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Congressmen Glenn Grothman vs. Adam Kinzinger Over Kurdish Slaughter

October 13, 2019

The measure of a person can be taken when there is clearly a right and wrong approach concerning a pressing issue.  The international crisis that has jarred the world following the military incursion by Turkey into Syria, all so the Kurds can be killed and removed, is such a moment to test a person’s character.

What Wisconsin Republican Glenn Grothaman offered as a tepid rejection of Donald Trump’s dangerous pullback of American forces in Syria, following the weak-kneed phone call at the White House to President Erdoğan, is most telling.

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During an interview on Upfront the most strident line that could pass the lips of one of Trump’s lapdogs was “On the surface, I don’t like the decision”.

The news reports and analysis pieces must be written at too high a level for Grothman.  Instead, he will soak up the lines offered by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later this week in a briefing.  And then simply regurgitate them to the public.  No threat of ever using the congressman’s name and the term ‘leader’ in the same sentence.    Not only did Grothman undermine the Kurds with his feckless remark, but he also demonstrated he has no ability to act with any moral compass.  Who would not say precisely what needs to be heard at a time when ethnic cleansing is being threatened?

Well, that would be Glenn Grothman.

Meanwhile, another Republican Congressman also gave an interview this weekend.


Adam Kinzinger was on Face The Nation.  His words were the type that underscores what this man is made up of.

In fact, pulling back those fifty troops or whatever it was has given license to Turkey and then now I think pulling out the remaining thousand in Syria is simply an excuse to get out. Look at it this way. You hear the President and people like Rand Paul talk about endless wars all the time and it’s kitschy, but actually we were preventing an endless war. And– and that actually commenced on Sunday now a week ago and so it’s really depressing. And you know, for me as– as a guy that served in the military and really, got into politics because I believe in the role America plays, to see this, yet, again you know leaving an ally behind, abandoning people that we, frankly, told that we were going to be with is disheartening, depressing. 

When asked if Trump is putting U.S. national security at risk there was no equivocation.

Yes, I certainly I– I think so, yeah. And I mean look– look at what’s going to happen out of here. Now we have another group that now believes they can’t rely on the United States. Th– there’s a lot of complication in the Kurd situation and I’ve seen all this Russian misinformation now on the internet that’s being picked up by some of these political blogs that these are the bad Kurds and there’s good Kurds. Well, look, there are Kurds that aren’t– aren’t the best folks in the world. But there are also people that we have chosen to equip to fight ISIS that we were with. We had created a situation in which there was stability and out of an impulsive decision, I think that the President made– otherwise it was cold and calculated because he’d been thinking about it for a while and nobody else knew. The Kurds found out on Twitter for goodness sakes. We have left them to the wolves. And– and the message this is sending to our allies around the world I think it– is really going to be bad.

The character, or lack thereof, with two Republicans on display this weekend.

And so it goes.

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