Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday grilled Secretary of Defense Mark Esper after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. troops to abandon Kurds in Syria.
In an interview on FOX News Sunday, Wallace pointed out that Syrian fighters had committed apparent war crimes after Trump’s decision to withdraw.
“What are you going to do about it?” Wallace asked Esper. “What are you going to do to stop this?”
“This is part of the terrible situation that Turkey has put us in,” Esper replied. “Despite our protestations, the Turks now intend to go further south than expected and to go both west and east.”
“We were the protection for the Kurds,” Wallace said. “After [Trump] talked to [Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan] last Saturday, President Trump decided to pull those troops out and the Turks invaded.”
“Isn’t that the definition of abandoning the Kurds?” the host asked.
For his part, Esper insisted that Turkey intended to invade the Kurds in Syria “regardless of what we did.”
“There is no way we could have stopped 15,000 Turks,” Esper said.
“You say there’s nothing we could do,” Wallace fired back. “Do you really believe that Erdoğan and the Turks were going to just come through the border, perhaps create a conflict with the United States if we had stood firm?”
Esper accused Wallace of wanting to “sacrifice” U.S. troops.
“Maybe we would have stopped them,” Wallace said, observing that the U.S. has air superiority over Turkey.
“We’re not going to go to war in the Middle East over a long-standing ally,” Esper remarked.
“Do they seem like much of an ally now?” Wallace asked.
Esper agreed that Turkey has been “terrible” in recent years.
Watch the interview clip below.
‘Why do we need camo in space’: Trump’s Space Force ridiculed for woodland camouflage uniforms
On Friday, the United States Space Force released an image of their new uniforms on Twitter.
The image shows a Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) for a four-star general in a woodland camouflage pattern, with a matching camo nametape.
However, many people were confused as to why the Space Force would use uniforms designed to blend in on earth.
Here's some of what people were saying:
Sorry for the question but why do we need camo in space?
BUSTED: National Archives caught doctoring exhibit to remove criticism of President Trump from women
The National Archives were caught editing an artifact from the Trump administration to remove criticism of the president, according to a bombshell new report in The Washington Post.
The newspaper reported on a "large color photograph" at the National Archives exhibit marking the centennial of women's suffrage.
"The 49-by-69-inch photograph is a powerful display. Viewed from one perspective, it shows the 2017 march. Viewed from another angle, it shifts to show a 1913 black-and-white image of a women’s suffrage march also on Pennsylvania Avenue. The display links momentous demonstrations for women’s rights more than a century apart on the same stretch of pavement. But a closer look reveals a different story," the newspaper noted.
Dershowitz is running a ‘bizarro defense’ of Trump: Harvard Law colleague says ‘Alan is just completely wacko’
Two of the most famous names associated with Harvard Law School had competing appearances on MSNBC on Friday.
It began when Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus, was interviewed MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber about his new role officially representing President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.
Dershowitz claimed that neither abuse of power nor obstruction of Congress count as "high crimes" under the constitution.
Professor Alan Dershowitz, who has also been associated with Harvard Law for five decades, was asked about Dershowitz's argument during an interview with Chris Hayes.