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  • On Syria, Trump is playing the lousy cards Obama dealt him

    10/20/2019 11:30:45 PM PDT · by knighthawk
    NY Post ^ | October 20 2019 | Post Editorial Board
    Chaos and horrors followed President Trump’s needlessly abrupt withdrawal of US forces from northern Syria, but much of the mess was baked in long before Trump ever took office. In other words, this president played the anti-ISIS hand that the last president had left him: An American exit was always in the cards, and all the players are falling into positions prompted by Obama-era US policy. Thus the Syrian Kurds have allied with bloody Bashar al-Assad in the face of the Turkish invasion. This is less strange when you realize that the Obama administration chose the Kurds as its anti-ISIS...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Sunday 10/20/2019

    10/20/2019 10:00:56 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 10/20/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    Is an attempt underway to destabilize Lebanon? For the fourth day in a row protesters in the streets..... "We are at war against a powerful enemy, who is willing to use violence without any limits" The words of Chile's President Sebastian Pinera late tonight speaking tonight from army headquarters..... British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says Prime Minister Boris Johnson has the votes to pass his "deal" on Brexit.... Tens of thousands marching in Hong Kong Sunday defying a ban on protests..... The protest continuing today in Spain's Catalonia region.... Election news Sunday. Bolivia's longtime left-wing president Evo Morales forced into...
  • Petraeus says US betrayed Syrian Kurds in 'sudden exit'

    10/20/2019 7:41:15 PM PDT · by rintintin · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 20 2019 | Chandelis Duster
    Former CIA Director and retired US Army Gen. David Petraeus said on Sunday the United States betrayed its longstanding ally in its fight against ISIS, the Syrian Kurds, by withdrawing US forces from the northern part of the country. Petraeus, who previously oversaw military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, criticized President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US forces from northern Syria on CNN's "State of The Union." "Well, I think we have abandoned our Syrian Kurdish partners. They took over 10,000 losses as the defeat of Islamic State was carried out," he told CNN's Jake Tapper. "The elimination of the...
  • Clinton trolls Trump with mock letter from JFK to Khrushchev

    10/20/2019 3:45:12 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/20/19 | Zack Budryk
    <p>Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday trolled President Trump over his recent letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan, tweeting a mock archival letter from former President Kennedy to former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev that originally appeared on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."</p>
  • Trump’s Big Move On Turkey May Gain U.S. Goals

    10/20/2019 2:22:33 PM PDT · by bitt · 27 replies
    nysun ^ | October 18, 2019 | Conrad Black
    The controversy over President Trump’s pullout on the Turkish–Syrian border will settle down quickly. It is another useful debunking of ancient shibboleths and decrepit truisms, like the long-impregnable encrustation of false wisdom that moving the U.S embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would unleash hell upon the whole Middle East. There are about 35 million Kurds, approximately half of them in Turkey, where they make up about a fifth of Turkey’s population. A century ago almost all the Kurds had been in the Ottoman Empire, which the Allied powers broke up after World War I, a foolish decision that is on...
  • CNN Upset Over Mexican Cooperation with Trump on Border Control

    10/20/2019 3:35:28 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 11 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | October 20, 2019 | P.J. Gladnick
    CNN is upset because President Donald Trump's border control policies are working so well thanks in large part to the cooperation of the Mexican government. And it is that cooperation with Mexico that also irks Univision anchor Jorge Ramos from whom it is obvious CNN got many of their talking points. Oddly enough, however, CNN while being upset with Mexico, also concedes that Trump's border policies are working well. You can see that suprising concession in the very title of their Sunday story by Catherine Shoichet and Natalie Gallón (with talking points lifted from Jorge Ramos), "Why some say Mexico already...
  • America First or Kurdistan First — Take Your Pick

    10/19/2019 7:13:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2019 | Nicholas Waddy
    Democrats, talking heads in the media, and even most establishment Republicans are united in their condemnation of President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the border area between Syrian Kurdistan and Turkey. Trump has “betrayed” a faithful ally, they say, destabilizing the region and emboldening dictators in Turkey, Syria, and Russia. How dare he?The fact is, however, that the conventional wisdom in Washington, D.C. is wrong. U.S. intervention is not a panacea that can fix any international problem, and the time has come for U.S. forces to leave Syria and let the Syrian people decide their own destiny.President Trump's...
  • As America Leaves Syria, Iran Isn’t as Happy as You Think

    10/20/2019 4:12:58 PM PDT · by FreedomNotSafety · 23 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 20, 2019 | Ray Takeyh
    There are many sound arguments about why the U.S. should not have withdrawn its modest presence. But the notion that the pullout empowers Tehran is belied by its leaders’ expressions of anxiety. The Middle East rarely offers a respite to ambitious nations, even Iran.
  • Tucker Carlson: Outrage over Trump's Syria decision shows Washington's perverse priorities

    10/20/2019 3:32:51 PM PDT · by rintintin · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct 18 2019 | Tucker Carlson
    Finally, some good news from Washington. That doesn't happen very often. Over the weekend, the Trump administration announced plans to withdraw the remaining American troops that are still stationed in Northern Syria. Of countless decisions Donald Trump has announced via Twitter, you'd think this would be the least controversial of all. There's no reason for Americans to remain in Syria. ISIS no longer controls the cities there. We have no plans to overthrow the Assad government either. So, there's no longer a mission, and yet Syria remains a dangerous place. Five Americans have been killed there just this year, and...
  • Syria pullout critic Sen. Lindsey Graham reverses stance, now says Trump's policy could succeed

    10/20/2019 12:42:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | October 20, 2019 | Reuters
    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has been one of the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump’s decision to move U.S. troops out of northeastern Syria, said on Sunday he now believed “historic solutions” were possible. In an interview with Fox News Channel, Graham said a conversation he had with Trump over the weekend had fueled his optimism that a solution could be reached where the security of Turkey and the Kurds was guaranteed and fighters from Islamic State contained. “I am increasingly optimistic that we can have some historic solutions in Syria that have eluded us for years if...
  • Police probe Mullah Krekar terror group

    08/11/2013 5:59:47 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    THE LOCAL.no ^ | August 9, 2013 | by Richard Orange
    SNIPPET: "Mullah Krekar, the Norway-based Islamic extremist, is under investigation by German police for seeking to establish a Europe-wide terror network, Sweden's Expo magazine has reported.   The Germans have asked Sweden to interrogate a 28-year-old man from Västerĺs, who was in contact with Krekar in 2010.    "The German police have requested that we interrogate him, and they want it done in a court of law," Prosecutor Ronnie Jakobsson told the magazine.    Although the man is not suspected of any crime, German police believe that he has information about an Islamist terror network they suspect Krekar and another...
  • The Latest: Kurdish fighters pull out of Syrian border town

    10/20/2019 11:17:34 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | .•October 20, 2019 | Associated Press
    AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 6:10 p.m. A spokesman for the main Kurdish-led group in Syria says their fighters have evacuated the northern town of Ras al-Ayn, saying they have no armed presence there anymore. Kino Gabriel of the Syrian Democratic Forces said Sunday's evacuation was part of the agreement to pause military operations with Turkey with American mediation. The withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from Ras al-Ayn would open the way for them to leave a broader swath of territory along the Syria-Turkey border, as part of an agreement reached...
  • House Spk.Pelosi Holds Talks In Jordan With King Abdullah..(Doesn't the Logan Act apply to her?)

    10/19/2019 10:28:00 PM PDT · by caww · 97 replies
    OANN ^ | 10/201019 | David Shepardson
    Pelosi and other senior members of Congress held talks in Jordan on Saturday with King Abdullah II and other top Jordanian officials. The U.S. delegation included the heads of key House committees including .. 'Eliot Engel', 'Bennie Thompson', 'Adam Schiff','Mac Thornberry'. Pelosi said in a statement the visit was at “a critical time for the security and stability of the region… With the deepening crisis in Syria after Turkey’s incursion, our delegation has engaged in vital discussions about the impact to regional stability, increased flow of refugees, and the dangerous opening that has been provided to ISIS, Iran and Russia.”
  • Marco Rubio: Withdrawal & endless war weren’t only options in #Syria

    10/20/2019 10:39:20 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 29 replies
    Marco Rubio Twitter ^ | 10/20/2019 1hr ago | Marco Rubio
    Withdrawal & endless war weren’t only options in #Syria This wasn’t a withdrawal its a relocation This isn’t end of “endless wars”,14k troops have been sent to region in last 6 months It was hasty decision with no planning & most consequential impact is dishonor & chaos— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 20, 2019
  • Syria critic Lindsey Graham reverses stance, says Trump's policy could succeed

    10/20/2019 9:41:39 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 66 replies
    reuters ^ | October 20, 2019
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been one of the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump’s decision to move U.S. troops out of northeastern Syria, said on Sunday he now believed “historic solutions” were possible. In an interview with Fox News Channel, Graham said a conversation he had with Trump over the weekend had fueled his optimism that a solution could be reached where the security of Turkey and the Kurds was guaranteed and fighters from Islamic State contained. “I am increasingly optimistic that we can have some historic solutions in Syria that have eluded us...
  • Pelosi, other US lawmakers arrive in Jordan for meetings on Syria

    10/20/2019 7:35:37 AM PDT · by bitt · 66 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 10/20/2019 | Dom Calicchio
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other U.S. lawmakers announced late Saturday U.S. time that they had arrived in Jordan for meetings with King Abdullah II and other officials regarding the situation in Syria. Although touted as a "bipartisan" delegation, the group includes just one Republican -- Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas, ranking member of the House Armed Services Commitee. Thornberry is among a group of Texas Republicans who've announced they won't seek reelection in 2020. REP. PAUL GOSAR: TRUMP WAS RIGHT TO WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM SYRIA -- WE SHOULD PROTECT US BORDERS INSTEAD “Our bipartisan delegation is visiting Jordan at...
  • "Trump didn’t sell out the Kurds by pulling out of Syria"

    10/20/2019 6:25:54 AM PDT · by Sarcasm Factory · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | 19 October 2019 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    The national media blasted President Trump’s withdrawal of 50 US military advisors from the Syrian border with Turkey as a “sellout,” a “betrayal” and a “huge strategic blunder.”Let’s be clear: None of them truly care about the Kurds. Otherwise, they would have been sending correspondents and camera crews to Rojava, as the Kurds call northern Syria, on a regular basis.[....]I have met with Kurdish political and military leaders in the region, including the PYD, the political arm of the Kurdish YPG militia. And while they were thrilled to have US backing in the fight against ISIS, none of them had...
  • All U.S. troops withdrawing from Syria expected to go to western Iraq: Pentagon Chief

    10/20/2019 6:04:02 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 19, 2019 | Idrees Ali
    ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and “to help defend Iraq.” On Thursday, Turkey agreed in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to a five-day pause in an offensive into northeastern Syria to allow time for the Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a “safe zone” Ankara aims to establish near the Turkish border with Syria. The truce also aimed to ease a crisis triggered...
  • VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Kurdish, Syrian, and Turkish Ironies

    10/20/2019 12:19:34 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 22 replies
    NationalReview ^ | October 16, 2019 | By VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    Outrage met Donald Trump’s supposedly rash decision to pull back U.S. troops from possible confrontational zones between our Kurdish friends in Syria and Recep Erdogan’s expeditionary forces. Turkey claims that it will punish the Syrian Kurds for a variety of supposed provocations, including aiding and abetting Kurdish terrorist separatists inside Turkey. But what they say they can so easily do and what they really can do inside Syria are, of course, two different things. ~~skip~~ Otherwise, our presence in the firing line could raise the specter that we’d either refuse our Article V (collective defense) commitments to Turkey that Erdogan...
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Saturday Night Version Hard Truth About Syria And "The Kingdom Of Saudi Arapeia"

    10/19/2019 8:13:20 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 10/19/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    ....Pop music from the 1970's and I certainly listened to popular music but on the fringes like crossover songs on country radio, shortwave radio which I listened to a lot back then..... The mess in Syria that Donald Trump is helping to clean up by his decision making in recent days a scheme by the inside the beltway political elites, the European elites, the financial power of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arabs. The jihadists Al Qaeda movement Bin Laden admirers and followers unleashed on Syria..... But lets remember that Republicans like Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Thomas Massie of...