Special forces solider: "I'm ashamed for the first time in my career" to carry out Trump's orders
A special forces soldier just spoke to Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin and told her he was "ashamed."
“I just spoke to a distraught US Special Forces soldier who is among the 1000 or so US troops in Syria tonight who is serving alongside the SDF Kurdish forces,” Griffin tweeted Wednesday evening.
“I am ashamed for the first time in my career,” the soldier told her. “Turkey is not doing what it agreed to. It’s horrible.”
Here's what he had to say about President Trump more specifically: "He doesn't understand the problem. He doesn't understand the repercussions of this. Erdogan is an Islamist, not a level headed actor."
The unnamed soldier has trained indigenous forces on multiple continents over the years and says its horrible to be witnessing Turkish atrocities that President Trump is allowing to happen by making U.S. forces withdrawal.
"We met every single security agreement. The Kurds met every single agreement. There was NO threat to the Turks - NONE - from this side of the border." "This is insanity," the concerned US service member told me. ""I don't know what they call atrocities but they are happening."
Despite what's happening on the ground to them, the soldier told Griffin that they haven't abandoned their positions in guarding the ISIS prisoners. In fact "they prevented a prison break last night without us."
"They are not abandoning our side (yet)." The Kurds are "pleading for our support." We are doing "nothing."
"The Kurds are as close to Western thinking in the Middle East as anyone. "It's a shame. It's horrible." "This is not helping the ISIS fight." Re: ISIS prisoners: "Many of them will be free in the coming days and weeks."
Shortly after Turkey invaded northern Syria, Trump said he didn't endorse the attack and wanted everyone to know he now thought it was a "bad idea." But, Trump made the decision just a few days ago and knew this was going to happen so his words were essentially meaningless.