By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Nashville, Ind.

1. Trump's betrayal

Here are your Thursday power lunch talking points: The whole world is watching President Trump’s betrayal of Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. The New York Times  is reporting that 16 have been killed by Turkish forces as it moves in to create an ethnic buffer zone after Trump gave the green light in a Sunday phone call with Turkish President Erdogan. It was a unilateral decision by Trump, unbeknownst to the Pentagon. There were 11,000 Kurdish solders who died defeating ISIS with U.S. casualties in the single digits. The Kurds did the heavy lifting for America.

Trump defended his decision with some of the most nonsensical rhetoric of his presidency, saying, “Now the Kurds are fighting for their land. They didn’t help us in the second World War, they didn’t help us with Normandy for example.” As for the thousands of ISIS soldiers the Kurds are guarding (which will no longer be a priority), Trump said that it’s Europe’s problem. "Well, they're going to be escaping to Europe," Trump explained. "That's where they want to go, they want to go back to their homes." Washington Post  columnist David Ignatius calls this the "grotesque coda" to the rise, fall and potential rise again of ISIS. Ignatius: Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the SDF commander ... said that the SDF was guarding 12,000 Islamic State fighters who were captured when the caliphate was defeated. In addition to about 9,000 Syrian and Iraqi radical Islamists, this group included 2,500 foreign fighters, with about 1,000 Europeans.

This is a stunning betrayal with potentially calamitous consequences. How is allowing ISIS fighters to return to Europe a rational idea?

2. 51% favor impeachment in Fox Poll

The Fox News Poll released last night is another stunner: 51% want President Trump impeached and removed from office, up from 42% in July. Since July, support for impeachment increased among voters of all stripes: up 11 points among Democrats, 5 points among Republicans and 3 among independents. Support also went up among some of Trump’s key constituencies, including white evangelical Christians (+5 points), white men without a college degree (+8), and rural whites (+10). By a 66-25% margin, voters say it is generally inappropriate for Trump to ask foreign leaders to investigate political rivals. When asked about Trump’s phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart that is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, 17% believe it was appropriate. Most either describe it as an impeachable offense (43%) or as inappropriate but not impeachable (27%).

3. Pence on foreign interference

About that notion that foreigners shouldn't interfere in U.S. presidential elections, during the 2016 vice presidential debate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence assailed the Clinton Foundation for accepting foreign donations. "This is basic stuff. Foreign donors, and certainly foreign governments, cannot participate in the American political process," Pence said. Vice President Pence has been defending President Trump's attempts to get a Ukrainian investigation of Joe Biden. Asked by CNN if he still believes that foreign interference is taboo, Pence said, "Well, I do. I think that's why President Trump is so concerned about a foreign interference in our election in Ukraine. If you read the transcript, you will see that the President said to President Zelensky that our country had been through a lot, and then he had a question about foreign interference in our 2016 election. I mean, to be honest with you, when did you all lose interest in foreign interference in the 2016 election?"

4. Gov's road goodies

Gov. Eric Holcomb and INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness announced 229 Indiana cities, towns, and counties will receive $99.2 million in state matching funds for local road projects. “High-quality local roads and bridges are an important part of our formula for attracting jobs, growing our economy, and building strong communities,” Holcomb said. As for political impacts, that's a lot of ribbon cutting photo ops coming in an election cycle.

5. Indy auto emissions skyrocket

The New York Times provides a map of transportation-sourced greenhouse gases, and Indianapolis is a huge contributor. Total emissions in Indianapolis are up 93% since 1990. The emissions rose 66% in the Chicago market, 40% in the Louisville and Cincinnati markets. For comparison, emissions rose 9% in Cleveland, 18% in Detroit, 8% in Pittsubrg, 39% in Washington and 27% in New York City.

Have a great day, folks. It's The Atomic!