Why did Trump abandon the Kurds? Why now? The easy answer to both of these question is because Trump is a psychopath. See if you agree with my assessment.
According to L. Michael Tompkins, EdD, a psychologist at the Sacramento County Mental Health Treatment Center, a psychopath is someone who doesn’t have a conscience. If he lies to you so he can steal your money, he won’t feel any moral qualms, though he may pretend to. He may observe others and then act the way they do so he’s not “found out”. A sociopath typically has a conscience, but it’s weak. He may know that taking your money is wrong, and he might feel some guilt or remorse, but that won’t stop his behavior. The difference between the two is that little voice all functioning adults have in their head, their conscience. That little voice keeps us from hurting each other. Trump doesn’t have one. All Trump hears is Trump.
Trump knew that when he cut Turkey lose this past Sunday night that the Kurdish people would be in grave danger and most likely be murdered by the Turkish military. There is zero chance he didn’t know this would be the outcome. He had already been through this fire drill once before when General Mattis resigned and had been warned this would happen. So why would Trump do it? Very simply, he is a psychopath.
If you didn’t know this by now Donald spends the vast majority of his days and evenings in front of a television and it’s not just Fox News he is watching. CNN, MSNBC are also part of his daily diet during “Executive Time”. Basically he uses the television as his babysitter, like millions of American parents do with their kids so they can have 30 minutes of their own “Executive Time”.
But over the last couple of weeks Don has not be pleased with the coverage he is getting, namely the Ukraine phone call and the impeachment proceedings. He simply can’t imagine why he would be taken to task for the “perfect” phone call or how he could be impeached for all the “winning” he has accomplished over the last 3 years. Again, psychopath.
Even his trusted Fox News has fallen out of favor with him tweeting today: “From the day I announced I was running for President, I have NEVER had a good @FoxNews Poll. Whoever their Pollster is, they suck. But @FoxNews is also much different than it used to be in the good old days. With people like Andrew Napolitano, who wanted to be a Supreme Court Justice & I turned him down (he’s been terrible ever since), Shep Smith, @donnabrazile (who gave Crooked Hillary the debate questions & got fired from @CNN), & others, @FoxNews doesn’t deliver for US anymore. It is so different than it used to be. Oh well, I’m President!”
So why would Trump allow the Kurdish people to be slaughtered? Because it will flip the news cycle. Trump has always used the 10 D’s of opposition tactics, deflect, delay, deny, discount, deceive, divide, dulcify, discredit, destroy and deal. Creating a new catastrophic situation, even when it looks bad on him and involves the murder of innocent people, fits within his strategy of deflection. It also throws the media, the public, and Washington into disarray limiting, and dividing the resources they have to get answers. Which disaster should we focus on?
Here is the thing, I don’t think Trump arrived at this “plan” all by himself. He simply isn’t that shrewd. Me, I think another psychopath planted this seed in Trumps orange noggin, Vladimir Putin. The late night phone call from Erdoğan, while Congress is on recess is all just too convenient. And if you check the news the story has certainly shifted from the Ukraine and impeachment. Now it’s about blood, the blood of murdered Kurds so for Trump and Putin, mission accomplished so to speak.
Meanwhile, in another galaxy, Ms. Lindsey Graham, who continues to vigorously defend Trump against impeachment proceedings, draws imaginary red lines on Twitter to protect the Kurds from Turkey except now, today, Lindsey can dip his fingers in pools of Kurdish blood, blood spilled by the actions of a psychopath, President Donald J. Trump.