Fox's Pete Hegseth: America can still work with allies “like the Kurds”

In October 2019, Donald Trump withdrew military support for Kurdish fighters in northern Syria

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Citation From the January 3, 2019 edition of Fox News' The Five:

PETE HEGSETH (GUEST HOST): We can't rely on Iraqi guards standing outside our embassy. Guess what? We've been training them for 16 years and they still let the Iranians through to trash our embassy. We can't rely on allies who have never been full partners as much as we would like them to be in the war against radical Islamic terrorism.


We can do some from further away and work with allies that are still there like the Kurds, but pouring money and pouring weapons and pouring investment into places where people don't want it or they're not capable of keeping it is something the president ran against.

So, this action should not pull us closer to war, but instead it's -- weakness invites challenge. This is strength, which I think sends a signal, the right signals we want Tehran to read.