The memesters are already out on Al-Baghdadi’s death

I’ve gathered here some of the best spoofs of the WaPo’s heinous Al-Baghdadi death headline, plus a couple of other funny cartoons about a bad man gone.

This is what the WaPo did:

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And here are some of the best examples of what Twitter did to the WaPo:

And to finish off this p ost, a couple of other Al-Baghdadi death commentaries:

IRAN, ISRAEL, WAR – “The Fighting Dramatically Escalates As Both Sides Prepare For ‘The Final War’ Between Israel And Iran” —by Michael Snyder

IRAN, ISRAEL, WAR

OPINION: JEFFREY A. FRIEDBERG

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Jeffrey A. Friedberg

** So many of you apparent, on-the-record, Israel-Jew-haters, seem to frequently cite reported, lying, Muslim and Racist propaganda— how the “USA fights Israel’s battles for them,” because the USA “works for the Israel lobby.”

Well, Tinkerbell: you can take all that with you straight to Hell.

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ARTICLE BY MICHAEL SNYDER:

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Are we about to see World War 3 erupt in the Middle East?  Over the past several days, Israel has attempted to prevent attacks by Iranian forces and their allies by striking targets in Syria, Gaza, Lebanon and Iraq.  As you will see below, political leaders in both Lebanon and Iraq are now accusing Israel of a “declaration of war”, and Hezbollah is pledging to strike Israel back extremely hard.  Of course if a full-blown war erupts between Israel and one of her neighbors, it is likely to become a multi-front war almost immediately.  But at the core, this is a conflict between Israel and Iran.  The Iranians have repeatedly pledged to wipe the nation of Israel off the face of the planet, and the coming “final war” is going to literally be a matter of life or death for those two nations.  Both sides have been preparing for this “final war” for a very long time, and once it fully erupts the death and destruction that we will witness will be off the charts.

 Just within the past few days, the fighting has escalated dramatically as the Israelis have conducted operations in four different territories

Israeli forces openly claimed attacks over the weekend in Syria and the Palestinian-administered Gaza Strip and were blamed for two more operations in Lebanon and Iraq. As reports of what occurred across the region emerged, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted at his country’s ongoing efforts abroad, telling a Monday planning meeting that “we will deepen our roots and strike at our enemies.”

The attacks in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq specifically targeted Iranian forces and their allies, and the goal was to prevent imminent attacks against Israel

In Syria, Israeli warplanes killed two members of the Lebanese Hezbollah. Israel says the individuals were supporting an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps plot to launch explosive-laden drones into Israel. The Israelis say that the specific Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps unit responsible was the Quds Force, led by Qassem Soleimani. If true, the Quds Force was likely using Hezbollah as a deniable proxy to avoid direct links between the plot and Tehran.

In another operation in Lebanon, Israel targeted another Iranian-allied group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In Iraq, senior Iran-aligned figures accused Israel of another air strike.

Missiles are not flying directly back and forth between Israel and Iran yet, but at this point a state of war essentially exists, and many are deeply concerned about what is going to happen next.

In particular, it looks like Hezbollah could launch a large scale attack against Israel at any moment, because their leadership is absolutely furious that the Israelis just hit their headquarters building in Beirut

Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s secretary-general, threatened to attack Israel in retaliation for a drone attack over the weekend on the organization’s headquarters in Beirut. Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah are now at their highest point since the 2006 war.

And the Lebanese government itself is extremely angry as well.  In fact, the president of Lebanon has publicly stated that what Israel has just done is essentially the equivalent of “a declaration of war”

Lebanese President Michel Aoun met Monday with the U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis, calling Israel’s moves in Beirut and Qusaya “a declaration of war.”

The statement echoed the words of Iraq’s powerful Fateh Alliance, which called separate strikes that killed a militia commander in the border town of Al-Qaim “a declaration of war on Iraq and its people,” according to the Associated Press.

 

This is an extremely serious situation.  Israel is literally on the brink of war with Hezbollah, and many feel that such a war is inevitable.

Meanwhile, a very powerful bloc in the Iraqi government has also accused Israel of “a declaration of war”

A powerful bloc in Iraq’s parliament has called for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, following a series of air raids targeting Iran-backed Shia militias in the country that have been blamed on Israel.

The Fatah Coalition said on Monday that it holds the United States fully responsible for the alleged Israeli aggression, “which we consider to be a declaration of war on Iraq and its people.”

We had not seen the Israeli military strike targets in Iraq until just recently, and this latest attack has absolutely enraged the Shia militias.  During the funeral procession for the commander that was killed in the attack, some of the Shia fighters were actually trampling the American flag

The Shia militia group, meanwhile, held a funeral procession in Baghdad for the commander killed on Sunday.

“There is no greater God but God!” the mourners shouted as they marched behind a banner with the words “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” Some trampled on an American flag as they marched.

Thousands of U.S. soldiers died, thousands more were injured, and we spent trillions of dollars in the process of “liberating” Iraq, and this is how they feel about us.

What a colossal waste.

Ultimately, nothing is going to be able to stop the massive war that is coming to the region.  The Iranians and all of their allies have a religiously-fueled hatred for Israel that most people living in the western world will never understand, and they are absolutely obsessed with permanently destroying the nation of Israel as it exists today.  There will never be peace between the two sides, and the coming apocalyptic conflict will literally be a battle for national survival.

This can definitely be described as a time of “wars and rumors of wars”, and the situation on the ground is extremely fluid right now.  The fact that the Israelis have another national election coming up adds another layer of complexity to all of this, and that election may cause events to accelerate even faster than many were anticipating.

Let us pray for peace, because right now tensions are extremely high and things are beginning to spiral out of control.

And when a full-blown war does break out, it is highly likely that the U.S. will get involved, and that will have enormous implications for all of us.

Get Prepared NowAbout the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters. His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dreamand The Most Important News. From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so. The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.

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“Emotionals”—Such As Our Millennials, Democrat Voters, and Suburban USA Housewives—Have No Reason. They Don’t, Or Can’t, THINK.

“Emotionals”—Such As Our Millennials, Democrat Voters, and Suburban USA Housewives—Have No Reason. They Don’t, Or Can’t, THINK.

OPINION: BY JEFFREY A. FRIEDBERG

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There’s a  problem with Emotionals.

These are “folks” who don’t actually think, but react. They react with emotions—with feelings. Not with actual thoughts or reasoning.

They don’t think things through or maybe ask, “How did this work out the last time it was done?”

Because there are others whom they could ask. There are older, wiser, and more experienced people in the world. You know—from the generations who fought in WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere across the Earth.

Others, who came long before the current sea of lies, bullsht, and Hollywood make-believe.

Emotionals could learn, from those of us who INVENTED computers, transistors, lasers, CDs, video, the space age, and the Internet Itself.

But, no. Emotionals think all they need are their phones and digital devices. They never think how these devices are all programmed by OTHER Emotionals— who don’t think either.

”Emotionals” can include millennials, suburban housewives, and democrat voters. Instead of asking others outside their tribes, or investigating thoroughly for themselves, they seem to rely on programming. What they were “taught” in Government creches—the so-called, “schools.” The inculcation centers where they were originally brainwashed.

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“THE MATRIX” (1999)

You know what I mean—the test tubes where they were trained not to think; not to question; not to have any real imagination, independence from the group, or any spirit of patriotism.

No, they were taught the opposite. By Captain Planet; by Sesame Street; by Fred Rogers; by hate groups; by Mr. Barack “Barry Soetoro” Obama; by kneeling athletes, Nike, Anderson Cooper, Chuck, Rachel, other talking nobodies on the “news,” and—oh—by Supergirl on Canadian TV.

And by all those make-believe freaks in Hollywood movies, who taught them there is no point resisting. There is no point in trying to go it alone. There is nothing they can do against real poWER.

You know—POWER pumped in your face by “social” media. POWER rammed inTO your orifices by “silicon valley.” THE POWER of propaganda, lies, obfuscation, and deletion.

Power of The Nothing.

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Remember? THE NOTHING? – AS IN, “THE NEVERENDING STORY.”

 

No—now they “know everything.”

They tell me I am old, and should die.

Well—fck you, pal—I’m not, and I won’t.

They ignore witnesses to the past. They avoid elders as unclean. They “KNOW” what their pre-programmed emotions and feelings tell them.

They have zero need for logic. They already have the answers.

They have been told what to think.

To them “It’s a new world.” —Noit’s not.

It’s the same world with the same bullsht, same lies, same propaganda, and same totalitarian aspirations. It’s the same old crap, “bro.” …seen it three times already.

What’s different, is: for the first time in human history, the science exists to enslave a world. Earth.

WE invented it. But THEY are harnessing it.

Will electing Trump in 2020 stop them?

No.

Will it slow them down?

Yes.

Will it get rid of them?

No. The only thing that can do that—is they, themselves. If they decide to open those gates.

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Why Israel Voted For Life- The Real Story of Israel’s 2019 Elections

The  Israeli 2019 elections are over, and in spite of all the nonsense in the garbage press, there’s only one major reason why it turned out as it did. In the end, Israel voted for life, plain and simple.

The results are as follows, but basically they can be understood as the collapse of the Israeli Left and a final verdict on the Left’s worst mistake… Oslo and the fallacy of the so called ‘two state solution.’

Bibi Netanyahu has won a record breaking fifth term as Israel’s prime minister. And the new government he will form will likely be further to the right, more nationalistic and much more stable then the current one with at least 65 seats or more. They may even get more because Israeli law specifies that those parties who fail to make the vote threshold (3.5%) must distribute their votes to another party.

The Blue and White Party, with former Labour General Benny Ganz  and his co-chairman former TV Talking head Yair Lapid were supposed to win and oust Netanyahu. A lot of the Israeli press was touting them, since basically, the Blue and White party consisted of politicians who favored Oslo and the two state ‘land for peace’ solution. Ganz has always been noted for his hostility to Israelis who live in Judea and Samaria and Lapid’s sole claim to fame aside from his TV antics was that he was once finance minister as part of the usual Israeli political horse trading. I remember asking one of my Israeli friends in Lapid knew anything about finance.His response? “Well, I think maybe he knows how to use an ATM.’  Actually a pretty accurate answer as it turned out. In the end, they got 34 seats, almost all of them based on votes from Tel Aviv,  which is almost akin to New York in terms of its politics. I doubt the Blue and White will be around for the next election. The entire Left coalition got perhaps 50 seats or so, including the Arab parties.

Israel’s Leftist Labour Party, which ruled the country for decades is essentially out of the picture. They won all of six seats in the new 120 member Knesset. The EU funded ultra Left Meretz Party had a grand total of four seats.

All the polls of the 2019 Israeli Elections had Blue and White leading Israel’s Left to victory.The press even trumpeted Israel’s attorney general’s last minute ‘indictments’ of Netanyahu for corruption, things that in most other countries would not even be questionable. Like our own president, Netanyahu has a lot of haters on the Left. Among his other sins, it was MIT grad Netanyahu who as finance minister rebuilt Israel’s economy by privatizing a number of things the government shouldn’t have been owning and encouraging entrepreneurship, pushing joint government and private industry projects, and generally turning Israel from a quasi-Socialist state with a struggling economy into the economic powerhouse it is today. The Left has never forgiven him.

So why did he win?

To understand that, you have to review both the past and the recent present.

The mantra of the Israeli Left was always ‘land for peace.’ The idea with Oslo was that this would work out like the deal with Egypt. There would be peace, and Israel’s diplomatic status and image with foreign countries and the UN would be improved. Actually, that deal never really worked that way. Only since Egypt’s Al Sissi took over has there been real co-operation between the two governments, based on a mutual distaste for Islamist terrorism.

The Camp David Accord was different because Anwar Sadat really wanted peace. Yasser Arafat was a Soviet trained terrorist who had no intention of it. It was President Bill Clinton who really created Oslo and gifted Arafat with his own kleptocrat fiefdom. Mr.Bill loved Yasser. He had him to the White house more than any other foreign dignitary, even though he knew Yasser Arafat had ordered two US diplomats tortured to death in the Sudan. And after Mr. Bill intervened in the Israeli elections to get Labour’s Yitzhak Rabin elected, the time was right. Arafat, huddled away in Tunis with his small group of thugs was given territory to have as an autonomous region (not a sovereign state) in exchange for renouncing terrorism, avoiding incitement to violence and embracing peaceful co-existence.

Needless to say, he did nothing of the kind. The ensuing bloodbath and suicide bombings mounted up as the most appalling atrocities were committed while Rabin and the Labour Party talked about sacrifices for peace. And Israel’s seeking peace resulted in even worse foreign relations with the EU and UN, demanding more and more concessions of Israel and only Israel.

The same thing happened after Gaza. The UN, President George W. Bush and his Roadmap and the EU all promised Gaza would strengthen Arafat as a gesture for peace, and that Gaza would never be allowed to become a security problem for Israel. None of those guarantees were worth the paper they were written on either.

Most Israelis realize now that the entire ‘Oslo/Land for peace/ Two state solution’  nonsense is and always was a total fallacy. you can’t allow a den of rattlesnakes or a pack of rabid dogs to live in your backyard and expect to have peace. It doesn’t work that way. And tthat’s really what Israel’s 2019 elections were about.

Netanyahu announcing that he’s going to annex the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and that he is committed to make them part of Israel is a major change. Among other things, it means those communities will be under Israeli law rather than military law. It gives them permanency.

Likewise, Netanyahu finally coming up with the courage to say there will be no ‘Palestinian State’ is also a major step. There’s no reason for one and never has been, especially since Jordan gave these Arabs citizenship back in 1954 and most of these ‘Palestinians’   still have it, including Mahmud Abbas. ‘Palestine’ has received more aid money than any other developing nation in history. What is there to show for it except some fat bank accounts in the EU and the Emirates? Nothing except a terrorist squat with murder for hire as its chief export.

The  Israeli 2019 elections were the  electorate finally saying ‘Ani lo friar‘*  once and for all. Recent terrorist attacks, including the brutal murder and rape of a nineteen-year- old girl and the murder of a Rabbi with ten children definitely help solidify this sentiment.

Another reason for Netanyahu’s win is his diplomatic successes.  His relationships with the UN and some of the nations in the  the EU are a problem , but the relations to the UN and these particular EU Nations with any Israeli leader would be the same. They have their far Left and a lot of Muslim migrants to appease.

But Israel under Netanyahu has fostered very close relationships with Russia’s Putin, India’s Modi,  Brazil’s Bolsanaro, numerous African nations, Australia’s Scott Morrison, Egypt’s Al Sissi and other Arab nations and of course, our own President Trump, Vice President Pence and the Republicans in congress. Ganz had zero foreign policy experience, and neither did Lapid.

And of course, Israel’s economy remains robust.

So how will this affect America? In several ways.

First, it will definitely affect President Trump’s deal of the century peace plan if it even gets aired. Since I doubt Netanyahu wouldn’t have told President Trump what he had in mind beforehand, and the president has already confirmed that his plan does not require a ‘Palestinian’ state.That makes president Trump smarter than any President since Reagan, who said exactly the same thing about the necessity of such a thing.

I doubt this doesn’t change a few things. But since Mahmoud Abbas has already said no to anything Trump comes up with, it’s probably a dead issue.

Second, the recent anti-semitism coming from almost every Democrat running for president in 2020 and those of anti-semitic Democrat members of congress is going to be one more issue to divide things. Thanks mostly to Barack Hussein Obama, this stuff is now out in the open as the Democrat Party follows the trend set by the UK’s Labour Party. The only Democrat presidential hopeful to go to AIPAC’s convention was Cory Booker, who actually has a Jewish constituency in New Jersey. The rest boycotted it.  I expect this to continue as Israel haters  like Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg among others fight for the nomination. Buttigieg in  particular is the craftiest of the three, masking his contempt for Israel by attacking Netanyahu and thus claiming that attacking Israel’s democratic choice ‘isn’t anti-semitism’  and pushing for that same old two state nonsense. I wonder if Buttigieg knows hoow gays are treated in ‘Palestine?’

Beto actually called Netanyahu a racist.  BTW, anyone who thinks Mayor Buttigieg is the sort of person you want running America should check what he’s done to South Bend, Indiana as mayor. The media’s hushing this up, but I have a feeling it’s going to come out as things heat up.

American Jews are going to become more divided…until they wake up. For many Jews in the past, especially those closest in age to the Holocaust, Israel was a major issue. It isn’t anymore for a significant number of today’s Jews, for various reasons.

There are a number of things responsible for the change.  As Israel went from a socialist, left leaning country to a more capitalist, nationalist state with a strong military most Israelis not only took pride in but served in it, many Jews who already leaned hard to the Left became estranged.

A large part of this increasing trend was the coverage Israel received from the media here in America. The New York Times and the alphabet networks were especially dishonest and repugnant, as was the BBC in Britain. Aside from demonizing Israel, they also sold the ‘Palestinian’ cause to these young Jews with the preconceived script of the Arab David versus the Israeli Goliath…carefully avoiding the vicious attacks on ‘Goliath.’ They also popularized the myth of Israel as ‘occupier’ and an ‘apartheid state’ committing ‘war crimes.’ This was the strategy of the Big Lie on steroids.

On universities where the Left had control (that is, most of them) Jewish students were made to feel uncomfortable by both radical professors and anti-Israel student groups. A great number of Mid East studies Departments were essentially bought by the Saudis for the express purpose of giving an academic luster to the ‘anti-zionist ‘ agenda. This propaganda was especially well received by a number of black and other minority students, adding pressure to Jews to virtue signal by damning Israel and become part of the in crowd.

Finally, the nomination of Barack Hussein Obama served as a test for those ‘good Jews’ to virtue signal and vote for the first black president, even to the point of ignoring his many anti-semitic and anti-Israel mentors. His establishing J Street with the financial backing of anti-Israel billionaire George Soros gave many of these Jews a banner to march under to pretend they were pro-peace no matter how many of their fellow Jews the ‘Palestinians’ brutally murdered. These Jews simply made a choice – Obama over Israel. Not even Obama’s appeasement of the genocidal Iranian regime made any difference. Many of them have made the same choice today…the resistance and the newly anti-Israel Democrat Party over pro-Israel President Trump. Will they continue to make that ultimately self hating and suicidal error? Time will tell. In the UK, it took awhile before Britain’s Jews awoke to what Labour had become  and by then it was pretty much too late.

Interestingly enough, as a number of young American Jews go left, associate themselves with the increasingly anti-Israel Democrat Party  and distance themselves from Israel and religious observance, their contemporaries in Israel are doing exactly the reverse, getting closer to religion and moving right politically.

There’s a reason for that.

While these young Israelis were too young to experience the signing of Oslo Accords in 1993 and 1995, these younger Israelis lots of them religiously observant to some degree, grew up with the consequences. They grew up with the so-called Second Intifada, which began in September 2000. they saw their friends and contemporaries murdered by Israel’s ‘peace partners and saw the government doing little about it. They went to the funerals of their friends murdered by homicide bombers and in many case experienced them firsthand, even though they survived.

Trust me, when you experience something like that and what it looks like, sounds like and smells like, it changes your entire perspective about ‘land for peace’ and ‘the two state solution.’ When you see parents sobbing over their dead children, when you see grown men in tears picking up their dead bodies while  you can actually hear the ‘Palestinians’ celebrating this in the distance, all the rhetoric you’ve been fed by left wing politicians, the media and what’s known as the international community is revealed as the horse manure it really is. You never forget. Never.

The Israeli Left is essentially history now.  The most Netanyahu’s new government is going to allow is a small enclave in Area A where the majority of Arabs live, a place where they lack statehood but can run their lives domestically. and frankly, I wouldn’t even give them that much. A ‘Palestinian’ enclave would simply be a cancer in an otherwise healthy area. Most of these people are Jordanian citizens, including Mahmoud Abbas. There’s no reason they shouldn’t return there, where they can mouth their hatred of Jews to their heart’s content without hurting anyone but themselves.

Israel has finally gotten out of it’s defensive crouch. There won’t be any more cringing over the latest nonsense from the UN or questioning over the ownership of the land from the river to the sea, land not only promised to the Jews by the Almighty but by the League of Nations Palestine mandate, its reaffirmation by Article 80 of the UN Charter and the San Remo accords that even the Arabs agreed to. It’s time to end this.

Selah.

 

*’I’m no sucker’

Rob Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Real Story On Syria

President Trump announced a U.S. pullout from Syria, and the media promptly labeled it akin to treason. Here’s the real story on Syria and why it was a brilliant move.

The reason the usual suspects gave for bashing Trump over this were pregnant with irony. He was ‘pulling out and leaving Syria to the Russians,’ he was ‘sacrificing the Kurds,’ it was ‘a disgraceful  retreat that would leave Syria to Iran and Hezbollah,’ he was ‘abandoning Israel,’ it was ‘collusion with Russia,’ you name it.

This nonsense is coming from the same politicians, pundits and talking heads who crucified Bush Jr. for staying in Iraq and Afghanistan and as politicians, did their very best to sabotage our efforts there . The same people  were perfectly OK with Obama’s illegal war in Libya which dismantled the existing peace and led to violent war and terrorism in much of the Middle East and North Africa. And who happily supported Obama’s Iran deal…talk about abandoning Israel!

So let’s examine what really happened, the real story on Syria.

ISIS still exists, but their territory has all been recovered…something President Obama said would take years but that President Trump accomplished in record time, just as he promised he would.  So the 2,000 troops we had there had accomplished their mission, and the $20 million or so per year it took to maintain them in Syria can be spent in more useful ways.

So let’s look at the arguments against the U.S. leaving, shall we?

Are we really abandoning Israel and the Kurds? Not a bit. For one thing, the Israelis have always operated independently, and even the IDF Chief of Staff said publicly that the Israelis can handle what they need to. In fact, they can even handle it better than before, since they can now operate without having to consider the impact of IDF operations on U.S. forces. They also have stated that they will not allow Iran or Hezbollah to maintain a presence in Syria, something they’ve backed up repeatedly by taking out weapons shipments, bases and Iranian and Hezbollah personnel.

As I’ve written before, The Israelis and Putin have an understanding about such matter, as well as a hotline hookup between the Kremlin and Israel’s equivalent of the Pentagon. The Russian’s chief concern is avoiding Russian casualties, and so far they haven’t had any complaints about Israel targeting Hezbollah or Iranian assets.

And the Kurds? I had a conversation with a long time friend and correspondent over this one. His view was that Turkey’s new Sultan Erdogan would promptly send his troops into Kurdish territory and start massacring our Kurdish allies. My response was I was certain Trump was clear to Erdogan about exactly where he could and couldn’t go and what he could and couldn’t do.

Aside from our troops who are S_L_O_W_L_Y being withdrawn from Syria and out troops in Jordan. Trump has an additional cookie to bribe the Mad Sultan.Turkey’s economy sucks just now, and Trump mentioned a possible trade deal to him he needs badly…with the unspoken proviso by Trump being, “If you behave.”

As it turns out, I was right on the money. No less than National security Advisor  John Bolton revealed today that our pull out from Syria was conditional on the Turks making a firm commitment not to target the U.S.’s Kurdish allies. Since Erdogan badly needs that trade deal Trump is dangling in front of him, I’d be very surprised if he decided to go after the Kurds just now…especially since it would bring the U.S. back into Syria with a vengeance and force the Turks to retreat…

“Timetables or the timing of the withdrawal occurs as a result of the fulfillment of the conditions and the establishment of the circumstances that we want to see,” he said. “It’s not the establishment of an arbitrary point for the withdrawal to take place as President Obama did in the Afghan situation…the timetable flows from the policy decisions that we need to implement.”

On Saturday, Mr. Bolton said the U.S. won’t hesitate to retaliate against the Assad regime in Syria if it uses chemical weapons against civilians. “Any use of chemical weapons will be met by [a] very strong response, as we have done twice before.”

Mr. Bolton plans to travel to Ankara, the Turkish capital, on Monday as part of a regional tour aimed at laying the groundwork for the withdrawal.

U.S. support for the main Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG, has been a source of tension with Turkey. Turkey considers the YPG to be an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which Ankara and Washington classify as a terrorist group.

Mr. Erdogan said in December that he would launch a military intervention in northeastern Syria to combat Kurdish rebels it regards as terrorists, drawing a stern warning from the Pentagon. Jim Jeffrey, the State Department envoy, has been seeking to forge an arrangement with the Turks that would allow them to enter northern Syria while avoiding largely Kurdish areas, people familiar with the discussions said.

So much for abandoning the Kurds. If Erdogan is stupid enough to attack our Kurdish allies, not only do we still have troops in Syria who are being withdrawn slowly, but additional forces in Jordan.  And America’s Mideast strategic reserve in Israel, with lots of toys to equip fresh troops should we need to return, as well as the IDF. They’ve always had close relations with the Kurds going back to the Saddam Hussein days in Iraq, when they armed and trained the Kurdish Persh Merga fighters.

Oh, and Russia?

Syria has never been worth much.The Seleucids, the Arabs and the Ottomans never made much out of it. It has a couple of warm water ports, some agriculture that’s now in ruins and that’s about it. The caravans don’t stop at Damascus anymore like they used to back when Mo was working the route.

The real story on Syria is that it would take  billions to rebuild its infrastructure. And even then it wouldn’t amount to much. It’s a disaster.

Putin’s probably smart enough to avoid Bushie’s mistake of putting billions of dollars into Iraq when it comes to Syria. Their chief interest is those warm water ports at Tarshish and Latakia for their navy. And Erdogan doesn’t have the cash to do so even if he wants to. The Arabs and Turks don’t get on so well anyway.

The real story on Syria is that it’s a mess the U.S. is much better out of. Especially since we can easily return to if we need to. Rather than a ‘retreat,’ it’s a smart conditional withdrawal that still maintains our presence.

 UPDATE: According to CNN Erdogan has rejected leaving the Kurds alone.

OK…first, let’s remember that this is CNN, home of fake news. If somebody hit a dog with their car and didn’t stop, they’d have a headline story that it was Trump, complete with the same kind of anonymous sources this story has.

Second,while Erdogan might have said this or something like it, CNN’s attempts to paint Bolton (who they also hate) as going beyond the president’s wishes are ridiculous. Bolton is not only smart, but experienced. He and President Trump went over all this before he left for the ME.

Third, so what? This was an extremely stupid thing for the would be Sultan to say. Here’s what it means, unless Erdogan walks it back….

1) No trade deal for Turkey, and probably sanctions in the near future.

2) We will probably leave our base at Inserlik, ending a profitable lease payment to Turkey. It could easily be moved to Greece, who could use the money.

3) Instead of removing heavy weapons from the Kurds, we will probably give them more…as well as air cover.

4) Our troops will remain as a presence in Syria. Also, the Assad regime and the Russians seem to be willing to protect the Kurds as well.

In short, Erdogan’s little rah rah to his pet sheep gained him nothing and will cost him quite a lot.

Rob Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rob Miller writes for Joshuapundit. His articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Examiner, American Thinker, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, Real Clear Politics, The Times Of Israel, Breitbart.Com, Yediot and other publications.

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