Don’t get carried away with the claim that Trump is abandoning the Kurds. “The Kurds” are not a single homogeneous people aligned with American values.
In an earlier post, I argued that Trump is retreating from the Wilson Doctrine (America must use her blood to bring democracy to other lands) and the Obama Doctrine (America is toxic and can remedy that only by fighting wars against her interests) and instead creating a Trump Doctrine: In any war to which America sends her troops, there must be an immediate and obvious benefit to America. To this end, he’s withdrawing troops from Syria because America cannot endlessly police the internecine warfare that is endemic in the Muslim world.
The objection to America’s withdrawal is that America is abandoning the Kurds. That objection went into overdrive when Turkey instantly bombed “the Kurds.”
Except it’s not that simple, at least according to one source. There are no generic “Kurds.” As with every other region in the Middle East, there are Kurdish factions and not all of them are our friends.