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November 29, 2017



Trump is not reading or misreading Syria. He is acting on his schoolboy infatuation with authoritarian, strong-man-type national leaders, such as Erdogan. Trump cannot achieve such status for himself in the US - there is no path to that here, even for a figure much smarter, better informed and more disciplined than Trump - but he can console himself by pretending that Erdogan, Putin, and similar dictators are his friends. Given Trump's gullibility, ignorance and pathological attraction to thugs, Erdogan easily talked Trump into dumping the Kurds, contrary to his own administration's policy, by calling them "terrorists." Trump either doesn't know or doesn't care that Erdogan himself was one of ISIS's original backers.

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