As I type, Turkish troops are approaching the Syrian city of Manbij, where US troops are defending the city with Kurdish-flagged soldiers who are funded, armed and trained by the US and us taxpayers. To be very clear, this means that a NATO ally is preparing to attack the fortified positions of another NATO ally, in a third country. And to further the clarity, this means the US is occupying a portion of another sovereign country, against its wishes. What!?

The US needs to get out of Syria. The rationale for occupation seems to be the destruction of the physical presences of the Islamic State caliphate, but it still means we’ve entered another country against its wishes, for harmful purposes. And our president claims to be dedicated to border integrity and against illegal immigration, while he is authorizing the invasion of another country.