Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is a moment that might be more important than it seems—one that is likely to have a far-reaching impact that goes well beyond what happens in Syria.

Why? Because this is the moment when responsible adults in the administration and in high-ranking executive positions, however many of them are left, know that they have nothing to gain for continuing to serve in the administration—or from showing any loyalty to it.

Remember the op-ed from just a year ago—it only seems like ten—in which an anonymous “senior white house official” described himself as part of a coterie of staffers who “have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.” They were trying to achieve success for the parts of his agenda they liked, despite the obstacles thrown up by “the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty, and ineffective.”

Now they know how that theory worked out. If you were one of the serious professionals hanging around in the Trump administration because you thought you could still have influence and prevent stupid and malicious actions like the betrayal of the Kurds, now you know it was all an illusion. So what do you do next?

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