The headline for Kuni Miyake’s article in the Oct. 16 edition, “Trump’s move in Syria should alarm U.S. allies,” was much more forceful than the actual article. This is a shame because the obvious now needs to be said: The United States will not stand by its allies unless Trump stands to benefit personally.

It’s almost impossible to overstate the significance of Trump’s utter and contemptible betrayal of the Kurds, not just for America’s role in the Middle East but for its role everywhere, including here in Northeast Asia. Sure, America will continue to make all the usual noises about standing side by side with allies — but this is now ridiculous nonsense completely divorced from reality.

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