Illinois Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger continued his criticism of President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria with a United States military withdrawal. Trump also gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the green light to begin an invasion of the area.
Kinzinger—a military veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan—shared a screenshot of a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article on Twitter with the caption:
“Wow. We bombed our own base on purpose, because of the impulsive decision by [Donald Trump] didn’t leave time to evacuate the right way. Is this the America you grew up believing in?”
Wow. We bombed our own base on purpose, because of the impulsive decision by @realDonaldTrump didn’t leave time to evacuate the right way. Is this the America you grew up believing in? pic.twitter.com/r7l2l80wLZ
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) October 17, 2019
The full WSJ screenshot can be seen here.
In the article excerpt, The Wall Street Journal reports US F-15E fighters carpet bombed a former joint operation location shared by the US military and their Kurdish allies. The Kurds had abandoned the base of operations and the invasion by Turkey pushed toward their location.
According to Kinzinger—who has the combat experience to back up any claims—Trump’s decision to immediately begin the military withdrawal did not give US forces the necessary time to decommission or properly turn over joint operation locations to allies.
Trump found few defenders on Twitter—the President’s favorite forum for communication.
Country over party. Donald Trump needs to go.
— Art Martin (@gartmartin9) October 17, 2019
A man who sells our democracy to create sham conspiracy theories to win an election is not an America I grew up in either. He’s taking Russian bribe money to do Putin bidding. Do the right thing. #SupportImpeachmentNow
— Time2Act (@jlhatty) October 17, 2019
Kinzinger was not alone in his criticism either.
Honestly it’s hard to construct a better metaphor for the Trump administration than the fact that the United States is now bombing its own military bases.
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) October 17, 2019
Entirely in the absurdist mode of Joseph Heller, who wrote: “It was almost no trick … to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, … brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.”
— Snow Nguyen (@LensfieldRoad98) October 17, 2019
Bwhahaha, @realDonaldTrump can’t even get keeping beautiful and strategic bases that defend national interest right! I’d laugh more if not for the sobering amount of geopolitical instabilty his idiocy brings. Trump can’t do anything right
— Vincent Fabello (@vfabello) October 17, 2019
People shared how the fallout from Trump’s ill-advised decision played on an international stage. Russian media openly mocked the United States.
Here in New Zealand the news footage of a Russian reporter showing off the base from which the Americans ‘fled’ quote unquote and the pictures of the armaments being bombed. Not good, not good at all
— Jo McKee (@jomackiwi) October 17, 2019
— ThinxFactory (@thinxfactory) October 17, 2019
Putin put #Trump in office to destroy the US and #Republicans cheer because they can live as Putin’s peasants and be mean to black people. They’d rather be poor and subservient to a Soviet KGB guy than give an African American person a fair shake.
— Stan: The ALIEN Marketing Guy (@ellenbethgill) October 17, 2019
Some raised concerns over what exactly the United States left behind during the immediate withdrawal.
And left nukes behind, apparently: https://t.co/Gc1sFIawlH
— Suspended4Resisting (@Suspended4Resi1) October 17, 2019
If trump really pisses Erdogan off, he could easily use them on one of our allies, if we have any left, or worse, on the US. He wouldn’t hesitate a minute to use them.
— odell lynch (@odelllynch9) October 17, 2019
People again questioned who President Trump worked for and where his loyalties lie.
This is beyond politics, he’s basically working against us
— Christine Galea (@chrisgalea) October 17, 2019
But others reminded Kinzinger who enabled Trump.
It’s the America @gop, your Party, created. The @gop is completely corrupt and must be obliterated. Work with @justinamash and @GovBillWeld to create a new party. The Republican Party can NOT be salvaged. It stands for racism, guns and Voodoo economics.
— ✨Pamela Wallace 💐 🐶🐴🌞 (@pamwallace) October 17, 2019
The President continues to receive pushback from his own party and former fervent supporters. However so far he shows no signs of changing his mind.