We should have left Syria years ago. The whole situation is a mess, and we at different times have sided with just about every group involved in the conflict. The Kurds are not our allies, but rather partners in a strategic alliance to eliminate ISIS. We wanted regime change in Syria to remove Al-Assad, yet the Kurds aligned themselves with him in the past and again right now. That’s not the move an ally would make (and for the record we never should have been implementing regime change in the region). We helped fuel ISIS by supporting them to fight against the growing Shiite power in Iraq and Iran. Never forget the infamous article from 2016 that reported on Pentagon armed militias (the Kurds) fighting against CIA armed extremists (ISIS). Clearly we have lost any sense of control in the region. Back to the point, are we abandoning the Kurds? Yes (although we did it before under George HW Bush when he encouraged them to overthrow Saddam in Iraq then left them). The thing that a lot of people don’t realize is that the Kurds want their own state, so we would have to end our partnership with them eventually unless we would support them taking land from a sovereign nation like Turkey, as well as Iraq and Syria. The other important fact is that Turkey is in NATO, and a protection agreement in NATO states that if any NATO country goes to war, all other NATO countries must support them. In this case, if the Kurds attacked Turkey in their attempt to create their own state, we would be required to side with Turkey and fight against the group we had once fought with. The point of the matter is that US foreign policy has been an unquestionable disaster, especially so in the Middle East. Syria is a hot bed with many groups exerting influence including Al-Assad, the Free Syrian Army, the Kurds, the United States, ISIS, Iran, Israel, Turkey, and Russia, just to name a few. It’s easy to see how this conflict could erupt into a Third World War, and frankly, it isn’t worth it.