I stopped by Joy Reid’s show on Saturday and, in the course of our discussion, Malcolm Nance made a very important point. The betrayal of the Kurds doesn’t just fall on El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago, and it doesn’t just fall on the people who carry out his whims. (To call them “orders” is to dignify them beyond all reason.) It doesn’t just fall on his idiot enablers in Congress. It falls on this country. Period. It falls on you and me and every American citizen, in or out of uniform. It falls on every president, every administration, and every American government for the foreseeable future. And so, because we are a self-governing republic, we will have to carry our president*’s treachery and ignorance for the foreseeable future, too.

Read the rest of Charlie Pierce’s piece at Esquire.