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  • Who Lost Turkey? (Revisited)

    04/18/2017 7:10:33 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 12 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 17 Apr 2017 | Mark Steyn
    As they used to say way back when in the long Ottoman twilight, the Turk is the sick man of Europe. Following this weekend's Caliph-for-Life referendum, the Turk is sicker than ever. But he's no longer of Europe, and instead is exiting for a destination dark and catastrophic for almost all his neighbors. Sultan ErdoÄźan - who, a mere 15 years ago, was banned from holding political office - has now succeeded in dismantling almost every defining element of the Kemalist republic. What replaces it will be a crude strongman state in service of Islamic imperialism. I have read a...
  • Trump congratulates Turkey's Erdogan on referendum win

    04/17/2017 8:08:39 PM PDT · by Theoria · 45 replies
    AFP ^ | 18 April 2017 | AFP
    US president Donald Trump called his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to congratulate him on winning the referendum boosting his powers, the White House said on Monday. The call was first reported by Turkish state media, one day after Erdogan won over 51 percent in Sunday's vote. "Trump called Erdogan tonight (Monday) and congratulated him on his success in the referendum," Turkish presidential sources said, quoted by the government run Anadolu news agency. The reaction from Mr Trump contrasts with EU leaders who have been reserved in their reaction to the narrow victory while monitors expressed concern over...
  • RIP Turkey, 1921 – 2017

    04/16/2017 2:46:23 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 119 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 16 April 2017 | STEVEN A. COOK
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t just win his constitutional referendum — he permanently closed a chapter of his country’s modern history... Whether they understood it or not, when Turks voted “Yes”, they were registering their opposition to the Teşkilât-ı Esasîye Kanunu and the version of modernity that Ataturk imagined and represented. Though the opposition is still disputing the final vote tallies, the Turkish public seems to have given Erdogan and the AKP license to reorganize the Turkish state and in the process raze the values on which it was built.
  • More Winning: NATO Chief – Allied Spending Up $10 Billion Because of Trump

    04/13/2017 3:19:26 PM PDT · by davikkm · 7 replies
    More Winning… You’re Going to Get Tired of Winning… During the 2016 campaign Donald Trump complained that NATO countries were not contributing their fair share to the alliance. He was right. The United States pays more than any other country to prop up the alliance. Via CNN Money On Wednesday NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said during a joint press conference at the White House that allied spending was up $10 billion because of President Trump. This was after Trump repeated his request for NATO countries to keep their side of the agreement.
  • NATO Chief: Allied Spending Up $10 Billion Because of Trump

    04/13/2017 1:12:43 PM PDT · by DoughtyOne · 59 replies
    the Washington Examiner ^ | 04/13/2017 | Joel Gehrke
    Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said during a joint press conference at the White House. Stoltenberg reminded Trump and the public that NATO allies have contributed to the defense of the Untied States, emphasizing that about 1,000 members of allied militaries have died fighting in Afghanistan. But he paired that conventional defense of NATO with a clear olive branch to Trump, who rattled international leaders during the 2016 presidential election by threatening to abandon allies who fail to contribute to the common defense. Such rhetoric has produced a $10 billion increase in defense spending. "We are . . . seeing the effect...
  • President Trump approves Montenegro's membership in NATO

    04/12/2017 4:23:58 PM PDT · by rod5591 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 12, 2017 | "Washington Newsroom"
    U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed the U.S. instrument of ratification for Montenegro's accession to NATO, the White House said in a statement. Last month the Senate overwhelmingly backed the expansion of NATO to allow Montenegro to join the alliance, hoping to send a message that the United States will push back against Russian efforts to increase its influence in Europe.
  • President Trump: NATO Is ‘No Longer Obsolete’

    04/12/2017 4:12:26 PM PDT · by rod5591 · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 12, 2017 | RYAN STRUYK
    "President Donald Trump reversed course on his view of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Wednesday, saying it is "no longer obsolete," after months of bashing the alliance as no longer relevant during his presidential campaign. "I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete," he said at a press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House. "The secretary general and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism," Trump said. "I complained about that a long time ago, and they made a change, and now they do...
  • Trump: NATO is ‘no longer obsolete’

    04/12/2017 1:40:20 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 64 replies ^ | April 12, 2017 | Lisa Hagen
    President Trump on Wednesday said that NATO is “no longer obsolete” — a big change after Trump repeatedly called the alliance obsolete on the campaign trail.
  • Trump certifies addition of Montenegro in NATO over Russian opposition

    04/11/2017 8:16:52 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    The Washington Time ^ | April 11, 2017 | Dave Boyer
    ...White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Mr. Tump looks forward to welcoming Montenegro formally into the alliance at a NATO leaders meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on May 25. He said the move is “signaling to other NATO aspirants that the door to membership in the Euro-Atlantic community of nations remains open and that countries in the western Balkans are free to choose their own future and select their own partners without outside interference or intimidation.”
  • State Dept insiders discussed Rice's role in unmasking names 'for weeks' – Obama MUST've known...

    04/03/2017 4:09:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 3, 2017 | David Martosko
    The diplomat who is in line to be America's next NATO ambassador said Monday that former National Security Advisor Susan Rice has been suspected 'for weeks' of involvement in an effort to publicly unmask Donald Trump associates whose names appeared in foreign intelligence reports. And he claimed ten days ago that if Rice and her deputy Ben Rhodes were behind politically motivated leaks of classified intelligence, former president Barack Obama was also in the know. 'Former State Department colleagues of mine have been talking about Susan Rice's role for weeks,' Richard Grenell told on Monday 'She and her team...
  • Former NATO Leader: U.S. Should Arm Ukraine, Ramp Up Russia Sanctions

    04/02/2017 8:37:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies ^ | 3/31/2017 | Karl Herchenroeder
    WASHINGTON – The United States should strengthen economic sanctions against Russia and provide defensive weapons to Ukraine in response to Russia’s military buildup in Crimea, former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday. Rasmussen, who appeared on a panel at the Hudson Institute in Washington, said the U.S. has a moral obligation to do so because of commitments related to Ukraine’s nuclear disarmament in 1994. That year, Ukraine agreed to destroy its nuclear weapons and join the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in exchange for guarantees of assistance from the U.S. and the UK, as well as...
  • Sen. Rand Paul: Montenegro Joining NATO Is Against U.S. Interests

    04/01/2017 3:47:40 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 40 replies
    Time ^ | Mar 30, 2017 | Sen. Rand Paul
    President Donald Trump said in his inaugural address: “We’ve defended other nation’s borders, while refusing to defend our own.” I couldn’t agree more. Today, the question is: Will we add yet another commitment to defend yet another foreign country? For decades, NATO has been an organization where the U.S. disproportionately spends our blood and treasure. The other NATO countries have largely hitched a ride to the U.S. train that subsidizes their defenses and allows them to direct their revenues to domestic pursuits. Adding a country with fewer than 2,000 soldiers to NATO is not in our self-interest. There is no...
  • If We Had Our way: New Year's Resolutions for the New Congress

    01/02/2017 1:41:53 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 02 January 2017 | Charles Scaliger
    Now that the dust has settled on the elections, the time has come (or so some of the punditry in the media assure us) to set aside political acrimony and unite under the new leadership of President-elect Donald Trump and the new House and Senate. Although it’s far from clear what President Trump will choose to prioritize, now that he will face the realities of entrenched political interests in Washington instead of his fired-up political base on the hustings, it seems at least possible that he will show much more sympathy for certain constitutionalist and Americanist causes — such as...
  • Germany on collision course with US ahead of NATO summit

    03/31/2017 11:50:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies ^ | 31 March 2017 17:12 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    Germany Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel isn’t mincing his words. The pugnacious politician has called a NATO defense spending target being pushed by the US “completely unrealistic” for Germany. “I consider it completely unrealistic to think that Germany will achieve a defense budget of over €70 million per year,” said Gabriel on Friday. “I don’t know of a single German politician who believes that is either achievable or desirable,” he added. At a NATO summit in Wales in 2014, NATO members committed to working towards a goal of 2 percent of each state’s GDP being spent on their military by 2024....
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson demands NATO allies pay up

    03/31/2017 7:02:47 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 25 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | March 31, 2017 | AP
    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson demands NATO allies pay up as he says it's 'no longer sustainable' for U.S. to fund everyone's defense 'It is no longer sustainable for the US to maintain a disproportionate share of NATO's defense expenditures,' Tillerson said Friday NATO alliance includes 28 member countries, but the U.S. pays a disproportionate amount of money toward the group's common defense Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned in February that Washington could 'moderate' its commitment if allies fail to pay up Secretary of State Rex Tillerson demands NATO allies pay up as he says it's 'no longer sustainable'...
  • Report: Trump Printed Out & Handed Merkel a NATO Invoice For $300 Billion... Interest Included!

    03/26/2017 8:16:58 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 29 replies
    Politipage ^ | 03/26/2017 | Vanity
    According to the UK Independent, President Trump reportedly handed Angela Merkel an invoice for $300bn, with interest included, to cover Germany's NATO fees.
  • Serbia says no to NATO on alliance's airstrikes anniversary

    03/24/2017 3:49:18 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 24 replies
    Yahoo Via AP ^ | March 24, 2017 | DUSAN STOJANOVIC
    Serbia's prime minister pledged on Friday that the Balkan country will never join NATO or any other military alliance as Serbia marked the 18th anniversary of the start of NATO airstrikes that stopped its crackdown in Kosovo. Aleksandar Vucic spoke at a ceremony near a railway bridge in southern Serbia where the Western military alliance's missiles struck a passenger train, killing at least 28 people and injuring dozens. "We will never be part of the alliance which killed our children, nor of any other alliance," Vucic said. "They wanted to destroy and humiliate small Serbia and kill its children."

    03/24/2017 1:10:27 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 58 replies ^ | March 24, 2017 | Aleksandra Rebic
    One of those moments you never forget: 18 years ago, before the dawn on March 25, 1999, I stepped outside the door to find The New York Times there on the ground with the headline announcing that NATO had begun its bombing campaign against the Serbs in the former Yugoslavia on March 24, 1999. I remember looking at that front page of the paper before picking it up and thinking - "They are really doing it... It's no longer a threat... It's real... It's real... What a mistake... What a mistake..." Then I picked up the paper and went back...
  • Boat Migrants Landing In Italy ‘at Pace Exceeding Anything We’ve Seen Before’

    03/22/2017 1:44:19 PM PDT · by drewh · 51 replies
    Britebart ^ | 3/22/2017 1:34:04 PM | Jack Montgomery
    International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates 20,484 migrants have arrived in Europe by sea since the beginning of 2017, with numbers likely to explode as the continent heads into spring. These totals do not include 3,312 migrants picked up off Libya on the 19th of March who are currently en route to Italy, according to the text of the IOM’s report. Including these migrants puts the number of Italian arrivals well ahead of the total for the first three months of 2015 (10,165) and the first three months of 2016 (18,777) – and March 2017 has over a week
  • In Europe spat, Turkish president warns Westerners on safety

    03/22/2017 9:51:16 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies ^ | SUZAN FRASER and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-European rhetoric on Wednesday, warning that the safety of Western citizens could be in peril if European nations persist in what he described as arrogant conduct. Erdogan's remarks came amid tension over Dutch and German restrictions on Turkish officials who tried to campaign for diaspora votes ahead of an April 16 referendum on expanding the powers of the Turkish presidency. "Turkey is not a country that can be pushed and shoved, whose honor can be toyed with, whose ministers can be ousted, whose citizens can be dragged on the ground," Erdogan told...