With America no longer in the picture Turkish president Erdogan visits Vladimir Putin to discuss divvying up Syria.

By |2019-10-22T21:44:41-08:00October 23rd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |7 Comments

Such a sad day for the Kurds.

Courtesy of NYT:

His jets patrol Syrian skies. His military is expanding operations at the main naval base in Syria. He is forging closer ties to Turkey. He and his Syrian allies are moving into territory being vacated by the United States.

And on Tuesday, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia played host to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, for talks on how they and other regional players will divide control of Syria, a land devastated by eight years of civil war.

Mr. Putin has emerged as the dominant force in Syria and a major power broker in the broader Middle East — a status showcased by Mr. Erdogan’s hastily arranged trip to the president’s summer home in Sochi. And it looks increasingly clear that Russia, which rescued the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria with brutal airstrikes over the last four years, will be the arbiter of the power balance there.

As President Trump questions American alliances and troop deployments around the world, Russia, like China, has been flexing its muscles, eager to fill the power vacuum left by a more isolationist United States. In Syria, both Mr. Putin and Mr. Erdogan see opportunity in Mr. Trump’s sudden withdrawal this month of American forces in the country.

Mr. Erdogan had long wanted go to war against the Kurdish-led forces that control northeast Syria, but he dared not, as long as the Kurds’ American allies were stationed there, too. He responded to Mr. Trump’s withdrawal by launching an invasion.

Tuesday’s meeting began hours before the end of an American-brokered truce between Turkish and Kurdish forces in Syria, where Mr. Erdogan says his troops have seized more than 900 square miles of territory since invading on Oct. 6.

No wonder Russia loves Donald Trump so much, he is everything they could hope for in an American president. 

I have no idea how anybody in the Republican party continues to support this guy, I really don’t.

Are a few conservative judges on the Supreme Court really worth all of this? 

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7 Comments

  1. Anonymous October 23, 2019 at 7:39 am

    little donnie is going to spin what a great deal he made in Syria. Hopefully this fiasco and the Ukrainian blackmail will sink him with the GOP.

  2. FoX October 23, 2019 at 8:05 am

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/sean-hannity-trump-favor_n_5dafd60fe4b0422422cdcced

    Trump replied: “I would like you to do us a favor though.”

    Hannity claimed the turn of phrase didn’t mean Trump actually wanted a favor, even though it was followed by a series of specific requests. It was just how he talks.

    “We all have go-to phrases,” Hannity said. “Ah, y’know, I say ‘y’know’ a lot.”

    And “do us a favor” is just Trump’s equivalent of “y’know.”

    “The president uses them all the time, a verbal aside,” Hannity said, then played clips of Trump using the word “favor.”

  3. Anon October 23, 2019 at 8:48 am

    https://www.pbs.org/video/richard-stengel-explains-how-combat-disinformation-oakgih/

    “Richard Stengel is the former Editor-in-Chief of Time and a former Under Secretary of State in the Obama administration, where he led the department’s counter-disinformation efforts. He joins Walter Isaacson to discuss his new book “Information Wars,” which offers a deep dive into the fake news phenomenon, beginning with his own experience with Ukraine during the Russian invasion of CRIMEa.”

    {HRC}”SHE WAS RIGHT” Hear This^

    https://www.amazon.com/Information-Wars-Global-Against-Disinformation/dp/0802147984

    “During the final three years of the Obama administration, Richard Stengel, the former editor of Time and an Under Secretary of State, was on the front lines of this new global information war. At the time, he was the SINGLE person in government tasked with unpacking, disproving, and combating both ISIS’s messaging and Russian disinformation. Then, in 2016, as the presidential election unfolded, Stengel watched as Donald Trump used disinformation himself, weaponizing the grievances of Americans who felt left out by modernism. In fact, Stengel quickly came to see how all three players had used the same playbook: ISIS sought to make Islam great again; Putin tried to make Russia great again; and we all know about Trump.

    In a narrative that is by turns dramatic and eye-opening, Information Wars walks readers through of this often frustrating battle. Stengel moves through Russia and Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and introduces characters from Putin to Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Mohamed bin Salman to show how disinformation is impacting our global society. “

  4. Anonymous October 23, 2019 at 8:57 am

    the coward went on national television to congratulate himself on Syria, claiming he is bring the troops home. LIAR or doesn’t he know 1) the troops are going to Iraq and 2) Saudia Arabia is in the middle east.
    too cowardly to go on tv during prime time, of course most of his supporters are on welfare, so they are probably home to watch if they aren’t at the bar:)

    don’t ask me what else Mr. Teleprompter said, because I flipped channels. can’t stand listening to the idiot.

  5. Anonymous October 23, 2019 at 8:58 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/watch-trump-delivers-incoherent-rant-about-obama-during-fact-free-announcement-on-syria-withdrawal/

    ““It’s too early for me to be congratulated, but we have done a good job,” Trump said. “We’ve saved a lot of lives. Most importantly, we have avoided another costly military intervention that could have led to disastrous far-reaching consequences. Many thousands of people could have been killed.”

    At this point, the president then took a series of contradictory shots at Obama by portraying him as both a rabid warmonger and a timid peacenik. “The last administration said Assad must go,”
    “They could have easily produced that outcome but they didn’t. In fact, they drew a very powerful red line in the sand. You all remember the red line in the sand when children were gassed and killed but then did not honor their commitment as other children died in the same horrible manner. But I did honor my commitments with 58 Tomahawks!”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/richard-engel-goes-off-on-trump-for-trying-to-confuse-americans-with-sand-and-blood-slur-on-middle-east/

    ” “This was a very specific mission that was to fight against ISIS with a very small number of elite U.S. special operations forces. They were working, they had captured and killed tens of thousands of ISIS fighters. And then abruptly, for reasons that maybe we’ll know one day, President Trump has this call with Erdoğan and he decides to let Erdoğan, let Turkey invade and blow up the entire project.”

    Engel noted that Trump was wrong to expect a few special forces to stay behind to takeover oilfields in the area.

    “I don’t think he has any idea of what these special operations forces do,” Engel explained. “They don’t go around with buckets and pick up oil and fly them in helicopters back to the United States. They hunt down ISIS fighters. They do very specific missions. They look for hostages. That’s what they’ve been doing here.””

  6. Anonymous October 23, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Turkey is bitch slapping Donald Trump.

    https://news.yahoo.com/turkish-bank-fugitive-sanctions-evasion-201909588.html

    “Turkey is snubbing U.S. demands for one of its biggest banks to face charges that it helped Iran evade sanctions amid escalating tensions fueled by Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria.

    U.S. prosecutors charged Turkiye Halk Bankasi AS last week with enabling a sanctions-evasion scheme that helped Iran tap $20 billion in frozen foreign oil sales revenue sitting in foreign bank accounts, at a time when the U.S. was trying to maximize leverage over the country in negotiations to abandon its nuclear program.

    The timing of the indictment led Turkish officials to dismiss the charges as false and politically motivated. The bank and its U.S. lawyers have refused to accept a legal summons or acknowledge U.S. legal authority in the matter. At a hearing Tuesday, no lawyers or executives showed up to represent the bank. A day earlier Turkey named a former executive at the bank, who’d been convicted in the U.S., to head the Istanbul stock exchange.”

    And why should they do anything? Trump gave Erdogan everything he wanted regarding the Kurds and Syria so Trump is a weak fool. And Trump’s official routinely ignore subpoenas from their own Congress so why should Turkey submit to anything the U.S. asks for.

    Trump has DESTROYED our country. We are not respected. We are not feared. We have no influence. Trump is a joke and he has weakened this country to the extent that Trump *is* our national security risk.

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