Biden loads his administration with Obama’s old warriors

 

They’re Baaackkk!

Career advisors are kind of like old soldiers — only they never fade away.

Last week I posted

Biden Snubs Erdogan, Refuses To Answer Phone Call In Rare NATO Cold Shoulder

and wondered how this would portend for our upcoming foreign policy since the so called Obama/Biden policy was such a smashing success.

Biden, however, has vowed to ‘stand up’ to Erdogan, and already it appears the Turkish president is being left out in the cold, as he’s being reportedly snubbed by the Biden camp. “With just seven days until Joe Biden assumes office, the US president-elect is yet to respond to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s offer of a phone call, an unusual snub for a powerful Nato ally,” Middle East Eye reports Thursday

 

Mustang put his fingers to the keyboard and gives us this –

Do any of these names sound familiar?  Wendy Sherman, brokered the Iran deal for Obama; Victoria Nuland, leading envoy to Europe and State Department spokesperson; Amanda Sloat, Obama’s expert in trans-Atlantic affairs and US-Turkey relations; Andrea Taylor, Obama’s advisor on Russia; Jon Finer, Biden’s former speech writer and advisor to the NSC under Barack Obama; Brett McGurk, Middle East Advisor for Bush, Obama, Trump; Sasha Baker, former advisor to Elizabeth Warren (known for her far left ideas); Elizabeth Cameron, Obama’s advisor in Global Health Security; Juan Gonzalez, Biden’s former Latin American advisor; and Sumona Guha, Obama’s advisor on Middle Eastern affairs.  

Well, they’re all back in Biden’s lineup because (a) Obama’s foreign policy was such a grand success, (b) because they need the work, and (c) because these unelected officials never, ever go away.  A few important posts remain unfilled so there is still room for Susan Rice, Jaimie Gorelick, and Samantha Power.

Reams of opinion-centered articles could be written about any of these people, but for now — let’s take a look at Brett McGurk, a man who served two Republican and one Democratic presidents.  He’s no light-weight.  He is well-educated and no doubt earmarked for wondrous things in the future.  He served three clerkships for notable jurists, including William Rehnquist.  He was an associate at Kirkland and Ellis as an appellate attorney, and he taught law courses at the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

Secretary Kerry Speaks With Deputy Assistant Secretary McGurk

 

According to his biography, McGurk “helped lead negotiations with Turkey to open Incirlik Airbase for counter-ISIL missions.”The phrase “helped lead” is honorific, of course.On international councils, the person who makes coffee is helping to lead.A coalitionist, by the way is a global community organizer.He was still working in this capacity under President Trump, whom McGurk said in 2017 had dramatically accelerated the US-led campaign against ISIL.McGurk is credited with “helping to organize Arab and Kurdish fighters” in defeating ISIS [Note 4].Within the Trump administration, he “led talks with Russia and Jordan” to establish a ceasefire zone in southwest Syria.Or, he drew a map of sorts and labeled it in the Cyrillic alphabet.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, however, publicly credited McGurk for doing a great job in Baghdad.

In 2012, after his nomination to become the US Ambassador to Iraq, replacing James Jeffrey, a series of emails were leaked to the press that suggested McGurk was having an extra-marital affair with Wall Street Journal reporter Gina Chon.Critics (likely Democrats) claimed that his illicit affair called into question is ability to serve as a US Ambassador; those who supported him argued that it was merely a temporary lapse in judgment. McGurk and Chon subsequently married, but Chon was fired from WSJ, allegedly for sharing articles with McGurk before publication.

When President Trump announced the US troop withdrawal from Syria, McGurk resigned his post “in protest.”The highly publicized resignation prompted President Trump to wonder, “Who is this McGurk fellow?”Within a month, McGurk openly criticized the president’s decision in The Washington Post (and on Twitter) because it was “made without deliberation, consultation with allies and Congress, or an appreciation for the facts.”

Of course, Brett McGurk has never had to personally inform a mother or wife that her husband was killed in a non-declared war in the middle of a desert no one really cares about — so one might understand why he was angry at President Trump for daring to make a presidential decision without consulting him first.On the other side of this coin, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice offered her highest appreciation for McGurk’s skill as a professional diplomat.

More recently, McGurk served at NBC and MSNBC as a senior foreign affairs analyst and, in this capacity, regularly speaks to public audience about nation security strategy, war, diplomacy, and high-level decision-making.Of course, no one who responds to his obvious charm and charismatic personality seems to understand that war constitutes a failure in diplomacy — which brings one to wonder, which of those two is he MOST expert in?

McGurk’s nomination to serve Biden on the National Security Council was heralded in the press as sending a “strong signal to Turkey” — although no one on the NSC staff or at foggy bottom seem to know what Turkish President is likely to do.And, as our friend Bunkerville pointed out the other day, President-elect Biden refused to accept a phone call from Erdogan, and if not a diplomatic faux pas, it is at least culturally insulting.If Erdogan was looking for a signal, he received one — but the question remains, what will Erdogan do with the snub?

Mutual snubbing has been the norm between Biden and Erdogan since 2016, when then Vice President Biden made a trip to Turkey and was officially greeted by the deputy mayor of Ankara, rather than a high-ranking diplomat.Under the Trump administration, relations between the US and Turkey improved and many of the so-called flash-points of strained relations were put aside.Now they’re back with Biden assuming the presidency.According to Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon official and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, “The only thing holding the [US-Turkey] relationship together for the last several years has been Trump’s personal relationship with Erdogan.With Trump removed, Erdogan should be very worried.”

Americans should be worried, as well — particularly those who are tired of the Middle Eastern Wars of attrition.I don’t see U. S. Marines landing in Turkey to beat the heathen into compliance with Biden’s foreign policy, but there is a good possibility that the Middle Eastern sandbox will get deeper when Iran (whom Biden favors over Turkey) reaps the benefits of a decidedly leftist, poorly contrived foreign policy.And the man leading that charge will no doubt be Brett McGurk — who as one knows, is an “expert” in war and organizing armies.

Indeedy — the swamp is just fine and we can be doubly proud of our American voters; another good job.

Endnotes:

[1] The current senior advisory committee includes Ken Dubertein, Caroline Kennedy, William Delahunt, David Axelrod, Richard Berke, Sara Bianchi, Heather Campion, Torie Clarke, Manny Diaz, Joseph Kennedy III, Susan Molinari, Philip Sharp, Olympia Snowe, Elsie Stefanik, and Christine Todd Whitman.

[2] There are over 5,000 members of the CFR, including senior politicians, more than a dozen former secretaries of state, CIA directors, bankers, lawyers, and senior media personalities.Janet Napolitano is a member of the board, along with Fareed Zakaria.

[3] Today, Allen runs the Brooking Institute, a left-leaning think tank.

[4] One has to wonder how someone without any advanced military training is able to claim expertise in military strategy or tactics, so one suspects this credit is an undeserved laurel intended to improve the resume of a third deputy assistant to the under-secretary of (fill in the blank.)Quite often in government, the term “senior policy advisor,,” , etc., is a title with no clear delineation of responsibility.

 

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Biden Snubs Erdogan, Refuses To Answer Phone Call In Rare NATO Cold Shoulder

 

Sounds like this should make Liz Cheney very happy since there never was a war she didn’t like. I am no specialist in the Middle East and others can opine on the matter. But common sense tells me picking up the phone by the incoming US President sounds like a great idea to me to avoid tensions that may lead to a war,

The bigger question is whether Biden is up to handling a phone call from someone that requires some finesse at the least. Great to get congratulatory phone calls. Something else when it requires some amount of acumen. My guess the latter for his rudeness.

VP Joe Biden with Erdogan in Ankara in better days

Easy to forget Trump did not start one war. Here we go:

A week out from Joe Biden entering the White House, few countries are on edge more than Turkey. Despite US-Turkey relations generally deteriorating over the past years, especially over the Russian S-400 issue and blocked F-35 sales, it was widely perceived that Erdogan and Trump had a ‘special relationship’ which never allowed things to get to breaking point. This is likely why the administration never pulled the trigger on significant sanctions targeting Turkey over the S-400 issue.

Biden, however, has vowed to ‘stand up’ to Erdogan, and already it appears the Turkish president is being left out in the cold, as he’s being reportedly snubbed by the Biden camp. “With just seven days until Joe Biden assumes office, the US president-elect is yet to respond to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s offer of a phone call, an unusual snub for a powerful Nato ally,” Middle East Eye reports Thursday.

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McGurk has been both a major supporter of the Kurds while at the same time dubbing Turkish-backed Sunni militants in Idlib as al-Qaeda terrorists.

As Axios notes of McGurk, he’ll “be responsible for coordinating U.S. policies not only in Syria, but also in Iran, Iraq and Libya — all of which are of importance to Turkey.”

More at Zero Hedge

Poll: Majority of Republicans support Trump’s Syrian policy

 

A poll released Wednesday found that 57 percent of Republicans support President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria.

The statement of the year from Trump.

They have a problem at the border; it’s not our border,” the president said.

“If Syria wants to fight for their land, that’s up to Turkey and Syria,” he added. “Syria may have some help with Russia, and that’s fine. It’s a lot of sand. They’ve got a lot of sand over there. So there’s a lot of sand that they can play with.”

An Economist/YouGov survey shows 25 percent of Republican respondents said they strongly approve of pulling out troops, while 32 percent stated they somewhat approve of the move. Further, 26 percent of Republicans surveyed said they oppose the move and 18 percent said they do not hold an opinion on the matter. The poll surveyed 1,500 people between October 13th-15th and had a margin of error of plus or minus of 2.7 percentage points.

The survey’s results show Republican lawmakers who oppose the troop pullout – such as Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) – are at odds with the majority of GOP voters.

More at Breitbart

For an excellent history on the background of the Kurds check out an earlier post – a portion here:

The Kurds -The Dilemma and its Complicated History

In 2014, President Barack Obama brought the United States into the Kurd-Turk conflict by authorizing the transfer of arms and munitions to the Kurds.  He then (without congressional approval) complicated the matter further (in his opposition to Bashir Al-Assad) by involving the United States in a multi-layered war in Syria —one that involved not only Turkey and the Kurds, but Russia as well.

In effect, Obama’s intervention ended up benefitting both Syria and Russia.  Presidents Putin and Al-Assad must be having quite a laugh at our expense.  This was the mess left on Trump’s plate on his first day in the White House.

……

Have the Kurds been US allies against ISIS?  In a fashion, yes —but they were not fighting for American ideals; they were fighting ISIS for their own purposes —with US aid— provided to the Kurds because it served the United States’ interests to provide it.  We must remember, however, that according to US law, the PKK and YPG are designated foreign terrorist organizations.  Remember too that despite actions taken by the US government, private American citizens have been prosecuted (and convicted) for supporting these Kurdish organizations.

Other than that, all is well in the swamp.

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The Kurds -The Dilemma and its Complicated History

 

Salient Facts about Kurdistan

by Mustang

The issue of US involvement with Kurdish fighters is complicated and involve far more than a presidential directive to withdraw.  Let’s review.

The Kurdish people have been around since the third millennium B.C.  We know this because the Kurds are mentioned in Sumerian clay tablets.  They have long populated portions of present-day Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq.  They fought alongside the Roman Army in 360 A.D.

Kurdish YPG fighters

They have been demanding their own state since the 11th century.  History has not treated the Kurds kindly.  Turks, Iranians, Syrians, and Iraqis have murdered them, deported them, and resettled other ethnic groups in traditional Kurdish territories since the middle of the 19th century.

One consequence of this systematic suppression has been that the Kurds are more determined than ever to establish a state called Kurdistan.  Treaties promising them autonomy and self-determination have been made and broken since the 1920s.  Fifty years later, a new generation of Kurdish nationalists emerged: the Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK).

They initially embraced Marxist/Leninist ideology only to abandon it by the late 1970s.  In 2011, another group emerged … the People’s Defense Unit (also, YPG).  The United States regards both entities as foreign terrorist organizations.

To demonstrate how Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran have treated the Kurds, well over a million Kurds have been murdered or displaced since the end of the First World War.  Iraq has made a concerted effort to eradicate these people.  In one day in 1989, the Iraqi government killed 5,000 Kurdish civilians at Halabja by attacking them with nerve gas (see note 1).

The Kurdish rebellion in Iraq collapsed in 1991.  Iraqi troops recaptured most of the Kurdish areas and 1.5 million more Kurds abandoned their homes and fled to Turkish and Iranian border areas.  Twenty-thousand Kurds died during this evacuation.  The United Nations finally stepped in by passing a resolution to condemn the repression of Iraqi Kurds, but as far as anyone can tell, the UN’s somewhat belated resolution failed to restore life to any murdered Kurd.

Today, Kurds continue to occupy southeastern Turkey, northern Syria, northern Iraq, and northwestern Iran.  They refer to these areas as Northern Kurdistan, Western Kurdistan, Southern Kurdistan, and Eastern Kurdistan.  The truth is, there is no Kurdish territory.  The Kurds do not, nor have ever had —in the modern sense— a legally recognized state of their own.

Whether they like it or not, they live in Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran —much like the Basques live in Spain and France— and much like equally distinct ethnic minorities live throughout the United States.

Have the Kurds been US allies against ISIS?  In a fashion, yes —but they were not fighting for American ideals; they were fighting ISIS for their own purposes —with US aid— provided to the Kurds because it served the United States’ interests to provide it.  We must remember, however, that according to US law, the PKK and YPG are designated foreign terrorist organizations.  Remember too that despite actions taken by the US government, private American citizens have been prosecuted (and convicted) for supporting these Kurdish organizations.

Why has the United States designated the PKK and YPG terrorist organizations?  The answer is that the Kurdish insurgencies have opposed Turkey, a NATO ally, for over 30 years.  Irrespective of the policies of Turkish President Erdogan, Turkey remains an important strategic ally of the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.  Erdogan’s recent threats to adopt Russia as his new best friend would not serve the interests of the United States (or NATO).

In 2014, President Barack Obama brought the United States into the Kurd-Turk conflict by authorizing the transfer of arms and munitions to the Kurds.  He then (without congressional approval) complicated the matter further (in his opposition to Bashir Al-Assad) by involving the United States in a multi-layered war in Syria —one that involved not only Turkey and the Kurds, but Russia as well.

In effect, Obama’s intervention ended up benefitting both Syria and Russia.  Presidents Putin and Al-Assad must be having quite a laugh at our expense.  This was the mess left on Trump’s plate on his first day in the White House.

Of course, there were humanitarian reasons for arming the Kurds, but in doing so, it seems unlikely that anyone in the Department of State or Defense considered the likely consequences of such actions.  At the outset, the United States undermined its own anti-terrorism laws, alienated a NATO ally, bolstered Russia’s diplomatic credibility in the Middle East, pushed Turkey toward Iran, and encouraged Iranian support for ISIS.

Second, at no time did the United States seriously consider endorsing Kurdish autonomy.  The novella serves as a poignant reminder that our government’s incompetence in foreign relations is nothing short of astonishing.  While the blowhards in Washington seek to condemn President Trump for pulling out of Syria, he at least does have an exit strategy.

It is to exit a potentially disastrous (lose-lose) situation —one that does not serve the interests of the American people.  Americans are fed up with the Moslem world and their accompanying baggage.  The Middle East is not worth one drop of American blood —we finally have a president who realizes this.

When President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to withdraw US forces from Kurdish territory in Syria, Pentagon brass publicly complained that the President blindsided them.  Now if that is true, then these very senior three-and four-star officers should resign immediately.

They are either grossly incompetent, or they are pursuing an agenda that differs considerably from the foreign policy goals of the President of the United States.  Mr. Trump has consistently stated that he intends to disentangle the United States from military operations in Syria.  In fact, Mr. Trump wants US military forces completely out of the Middle East; he wants an end to the United States’ never-ending wars.

Note 1: Proof that Saddam Hussein not only had weapons of mass destruction, but also that he was willing to use them.

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Kashoggi – Have you had enough of it?

 

International Relations

The American Press, Politicians, and Fairness

By Mustang

Air Force officials announced the next chapter in a partnership with the Royal Saudi Air Force

Have you had enough?  I have.  It is time for news reporting, harping, and commentary as it relates to the murder of Jamal Kashoggi to end.  Without making any judgment about Kashoggi as a person, how is his demise at the hands of the Saudi government any business of the United States —particularly since the alleged crime was committed in Turkey, within the Saudi Embassy, and not within any US territory or facility?

I am no fan of the Saudis (or any other Middle Eastern cesspool), but I have to wonder if our idiot journalists and equally foolish politicians are aware that every Islamic culture in the world is barbaric.

These are people who continue living in the 7th Century.  Now then, after twenty or more years of watching (or being aware of) the beheading of non-Moslems and/or the death by hanging of homosexuals, should anyone on the planet be surprised to learn that Saudi thugs have murdered a dissident and then dismantled his body to hide the murder?  Are we so naïve to imagine that we can hold the Saudis or any other Islamist society to a higher (Judeo-Christian) standard —or more to the point, that the Saudis even care what we think?  Well, in my view, anyone who thinks that we can hold a barbaric culture to a higher standard is unrealistic and immature.

It is true that the Kashoggi murder was outrageous —but then, many behaviors within the cloak of Islamism are.

It is not as if horrible things never happen within our own borders.  Discounting leftists, we should expect that nearly every American will agree that Kate Steinle’s murder was a tragedy of epic proportions.  We hated what happened, even though not everyone agreed that justice was served or that José Inez García Zárate (AKA Juan Francisco López-Sánchez) received a correct sentence —but the government and defendant had their day in court.  The case of Kate Steinle was an internal matter, appropriately addressed within the body of American jurisprudence, none of which is the business of foreign press, commentators, or half-baked politicians —and had any of these interests demanded of US authorities an accounting of the Steinle murder, I daresay that the American people would have been livid— and rightly so.

Whatever the events involving Kashoggi in Turkey, this is a matter between the Turks and Saudis.  If the Saudis have in fact arrested those responsible for the murder, then it is up to them to seek a just resolution —and it is none of America’s business.  It is time to let it go …

Khashoggi? ‘Where Was This Concern for Our Ambassador Brutally Murdered in Benghazi?’ says Limbaugh

 

The Washington Post sure wasn’t concerned about what happened to our Ambassador Stevens and the three other men who fought bravely to the death on a rooftop in Benghazi. Reported at the time were that other American individuals were injured and flown to Bagram Air Base in Germany. Forced to sign a non-disclosure as to what happened, silencing them forever. Never questioned. Little is known about those who survived the Benghazi attack.

The State Department confirmed in March, after multiple inquiries by Fox News, that a total of three diplomatic security agents, as well as a State Department contractor, were among the Americans injured during the terrorist assault which killed the two former SEALs, Ambassador Chris Stevens, and Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith.  Here

Now the WP has their knickers in a knot over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi but of course, one of their own. Really? The bio if this fellow Khashoggi given by Rush at the end clip.

Here is a link that Limbaugh mentioned for the Bio on Khashoggi

The fate of Khashoggi has at least provoked global outrage, but it’s for all the wrong reasons. We are told he was a liberal, Saudi progressive voice fighting for freedom and democracy, and a martyr who paid the ultimate price for telling the truth to power. This is not just wrong, but distracts us from understanding what the incident tells us about the internal power dynamics of a kingdom going through an unprecedented period of upheaval. It is also the story of how one man got entangled in a Saudi ruling family that operates like the Mafia. Once you join, it’s for life, and if you try to leave, you become disposable. Full story over at the Spectator

 

Rush Limbaugh had a few choice words on the disparity of the two stories which I will get to in a minute.

But first let’s think about what we have been up to, or what we might know that the CIA or others have done in our name. This from the CIA gov site.

 

THE CIA’S WORLDWIDE KILL SQUADS[PDF]

https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP84-00499R001000080001-7.pdf

 

The we have

FORMER CIA AGENT SAYS AGENCY PROMOTING WAR

 

This gives a good overview:

The CIA has a long history of helping to kill leaders around the world …

 

 

Last let us not forget this one from Hillary Clinton and her handiwork over Benghazi way that gets us back to the point of the post:

 

 

 

But then again, what difference did it make?

 

Wednesday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh compared the situation involving journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was allegedly brutally killed at a Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey, to that of the tragedy of September 11, 2012 at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

 

Here goes a part of the Rushbo tape that I managed to find. Transcript below.

Listen to it at Breitbart:  HERE

My comment:

So now we are going to blow up our relationship because the Saudi Prince was attempting to westernize? So this Muslim Brotherhood fellow by the name of Khashoggi is a turncoat and anti Westernization? And with this power struggle let’s destabilize the Middle East and our economy. Was he really that dumb to think he could saw the guy up in the consulate and no one would know that video would show the guy went in and didn’t come out? Yes, I know, the Saudis export terrorism. Just like so many other nasty dictators that we deal with. Just maybe he is different. Not a crazy man that we now will attempt to overthrow or kill which is more likely.

Starting to sound a bit like the Shah of Iran that we so easily dispensed with?

 

Partial transcript as follows (courtesy RushLimbaugh.com):

Ladies and gentlemen, I have a question. I continue to get emails about the so-called Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. My question is a really rather simple one: Where was this concern for our ambassador and three other men brutally murdered in Benghazi? Somebody explain that to me? You realize how much attention is being paid to what… Has it been confirmed….? Did something happen since this program began?

Has it been confirmed that Khashoggi was murdered by the 15 hit men from Saudi Arabia? Has it been confirmed? It’s not confirmed? So it’s still likely or thought to be… And the story is that it took him seven minutes to die, that they dismembered him alive, at some point gave him drugs to knock him out, and then they listened to music while they did all of this. And of course until I blew up the theory that the Apple Watch contained the evidence, they were gonna try to make it look like proof existed in the form of audio recordings.

Khashoggi knew what was in store for him and he had finagled his Apple Watch to record the stuff somehow on his iPhone. That is very, very unlikely because of it being technologically impossible, barring just only two exceptions. I would have a tough time believing Khashoggi even knew to do or how to do. But all of this concern. And remember Hillary Clinton, when repeated questions were asked about how in the world four Americans were allowed to be murdered in Benghazi, with no assistance, and Hillary Clinton’s reaction?

(paraphrased) “What difference does it make now?” she said in frustration. Does anybody see a disparity here in proportion? Now, of course, we all understand why. The Democrats seriously believe they have a way of blaming Donald Trump for this. CNN all afternoon has tried to make it look like that Trump knows the Saudis did it and is trying to provide them cover. That’s… It’s despicable! The graphics that they are using to try to make that case. But I think there’s a lot proportionality missing here. Again, I don’t think the media realizes how obvious their subterfuge is to people now.

On Tuesday’s program Rush gives the background of Khashoggi that you won’t hear the MSM tell you about. It starts at about 58:00. A Muslim Brotherhood man opposed to the Westernization underway in Saudi Arabia.

We are the good guys. We don’t slice and dice. Bravo.

 

 

Bombshell: Report confirms U.S. coalition struck deal with ISIS, Permanent bases set up

Once again, Americans give blood and treasure and in return our government lies to us, the media fails to report that we are setting up shop in one more country. Syria. We make our bargain with the devil. In this case, giving away the Syrian oil fields. Selling out the Kurds in the process. The swamp is alive and well.

I will give you the concluding paragraph of the post:

So it appears that the US allowed ISIS terrorists to freely leave areas under coalition control, according to no less than the BBC, while at the same time attempting to make the case before the public that a permanent Pentagon presence is needed in case of ISIS’ return. But it’s a familiar pattern by now: yesterday’s proxies become today’s terrorists, which return to being proxies again, all as part of justifying permanent US military presence on another nation’s sovereign territory………

And astoundingly, even foreign fighters who had long vowed to carry out attacks in Europe and elsewhere were part of the deal brokered under the sponsorship of the US coalition in Syria. According to According to the BBC report

 America’s Syrian adventure went from public declarations of “we’re staying out” to “just some logistical aid to rebels” to “okay, some mere light arms to fight the evil dictator” to “well, a few anti-tank missiles wouldn’t hurt” to “we gotta bomb the new super-bad terror group that emerged!” to “ah but no boots on the ground!” to “alright kinetic strikes as a deterrent” to “but special forces aren’t really boots on the ground per se, right?” to yesterday’s Mattis declaration of an open-ended commitment. And on and on it goes.

At a moment of widespread acknowledgement that the short-lived Islamic State is no longer a reality, and as ISIS is about to be defeated by the Syrian Army in its last urban holdout of Abu Kamal City in eastern Syria, the US is signalling an open-ended military presence in Syria. On Monday Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that the US is preparing for a long term military commitment in Syria to fight ISIS “as long as they want to fight.”

Mattis indicated that even should ISIS loose all of its territory there would still be a dangerous insurgency that could morph into an “ISIS 2.0” which he said the US would seek to prevent. “The enemy hasn’t declared that they’re done with the area yet, so we’ll keep fighting as long as they want to fight,” Mattis said. “We’re not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has traction.”

Snip..

Meanwhile Turkey once again reiterated that the US has 13 bases in Syria, though the US-backed Syrian YPG has previously indicated seven US military bases in northern Syria. The Pentagon, however, would not confirm base locations or numbers – though only a year-and-a-half ago the American public was being assured that there would be “no boots on the ground” due to mission creep in Syria.

During the last year of the Obama administration, State Department spokesman John Kirby was called out multiple times by reporters for tell obvious and blatant lies concerning “boots on the ground” in Syria.

Remember this? “We are not going to be involved in a large scale combat mission on the ground in Syria. That is what the president [Obama] has long said.”
“It all depends what your definition of ‘boot’ is” John Kirby, State Department Spokesperson. U.S. Department of State – Daily Briefing: Apr.25.2016

According to yesterday’s bombshell BBC report:

 The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of Islamic State fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city. A convoy included some of IS’s most notorious members and – despite reassurances – dozens of foreign fighters. Some of those have spread out across Syria, even making it as far as Turkey.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Omar fields falling into hands of SDF could well have been part of a Quid pro quo deal that allowed ISIS to leave Raqqa for allowing SDF to capture Omar oil field after ISIS attacks  positions. If you read 1 article today, make sure its one by BBC below https://twitter.com/ehsani22/status/930134159607070721 

Full story over at Zero Hedge

Obama to open the biggest American Mosque in U.S.

What more can I add? Read the full post by Shoebat and weep.

By Walid Shoebat

President Obama Next Week Will Open The Largest American Mosque In The World Built Here In The U.S. He Will Be Accompanied By Antichrist Erdogan Of Turkey And Together Will Enjoy The Sounds Of Allahu-Akbar.

America’s largest mosque complex, officially known as Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center, was built with Turkish funding under the supervision of the Turkish religious foundation (Diyanet). The $100 million mega mosque in Lanham, Maryland, will soon be open for Muslim worshipers in the Washington, DC area, as their link shows: “Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdoğan and US President Barack Obama are expected to open the mosque.”

Erdogan’s newspaper Yeni Safak reports:

“The $100 million mega-mosque in Maryland, US will soon be open in the Washington, DC area, as Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to open the mosque during his official visit to the US between March 29 and April 2.”

I guess you can learn about your president’s next step towards building Islam in the U.S., not from your media, but from Erdogan’s official media Yeni Safak instead:

Read more Shoebat

Sunday respite: In memory of the Kurds who died this week with U.S. OK

 

This has to be one of the saddest post I have ever done. Tears fill my eyes. For those of us who know our long relationship with the Kurds and how we sell them out over and over again it is an immoral act of betrayal. No respite for this day. Do read the headline link below starting with “Stunning..” It will make you sick. Obama names the Kurds a terrorist organization. Read the tweets from the Kurds. So I will give you for the music selection, Schindler’s list done by Luka Sulic.

The headline?

Turkey Continues Airstrikes On Kurds, Killing 260…

The Kurds. And we supported Turkey killing our supposed allies. Those very brave men and women who we half supported, who we have lied to over and over again since we attacked Iraq the very first time.

STUNNING=> Obama Gives Turkey Green Light to Bomb ….

6 days ago – Retired US Marine Jordan Matson joined the YPG Kurdish fighters to fight ISIS in September 2014. Jordan told Greta Van … This week Obama gave a green light to Turkey to bomb the Kurds. …. Thank you for your support.

Earlier post 42 Million plus support ISIS, US blocks attempts by allies to arm Kurds 

Meanwhile, Obama refuses to help the Kurds.

The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt.

Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades.

John Kerry gets Zero support for Syrian non-war from ‘our’ Middle East ‘Allies’

Lerch has been once again tooling around the Middle East, searching for “the willing” to support Obama and his almost plan. The Brits, Germany and Turkey were quick to say “count us out”. They have had enough of this foolishness. The Libya and Egypt fiasco should have taught all of “the willing” how far throwing in with a loser will take them. Still looking for someone to put those ole boots on the ground. Why would Egypt and the UAE even be involved after just a few weeks ago, Obama and the EU reamed them out for trying to save the Tripoli airport from the Terrorists. Recall this nonsense?

Obama’s wacko Libyan policy. Attacks UAE and EGYPT for trying to save Tripoli? August 26, 2014

The New York Times, citing unnamed American officials, reported that neighboring Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have launched airstrikes against Islamists in Libya twice over the past week.

The US and EU governments “strongly condemn the escalation of fighting and violence in and around Tripoli, Benghazi, and across Libya, especially against residential areas, public facilities, and critical infrastructure, by both land attack and airstrikes,” the statement said. (They tried to save the Airport from the terrorists)

But I digressed.

To understand and to try and figure out who these “willings” will be and how Lerch is making out, I turned to the foreign news sources. So let’s take a look at what the Turkish media has to say about how the so-called coalition is working out. How are our friends stacking up?

The header reads:  Arabs back anti-ISIL statement as Turkey abstains. Let’s look at how the words are parsed. Grab this one first:

Squabbling among Washington’s allies in the region has complicated efforts to present a united front to beat back the militants.

Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Egypt are at odds with Qatar and Turkey because of the latter two countries’ support for the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups in the region.

Egypt’s foreign minister, Sameh Shukri, emphasized that rift in his opening remarks, saying regional chaos is the result of a number of factors, including the tolerance of some in the region and the West with “so-called political Islam” – a clear dig at supporters of the Brotherhood.

Salman Shaikh, the director of the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar, said the Sept. 11 meeting was important because it signaled a U.S. reengagement in the region – something many Mideast allies feel has been lacking under the Obama administration.

“How the U.S. can play this role will be absolutely crucial,” he said. “It has to act as a keen leader for its friends and allies, but also act as a referee between Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran, particularly when it comes to the issue of Iraq and the issue of Syria.”

Key Arab allies of the United States agreed Sept. 11 to “do their share” to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL),promising to take action to stop the flow of fighters and funding to the insurgents and possibly to join military action.

NATO member Turkey refused to join its Arab neighbors in their public pledge, however, signaling the struggle the West faces in trying to get front-line nations to set aside political feuds and work together against a common enemy, according to the Associated Press.

The announcement followed a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his regional counterparts in the Saudi Red Sea coastal city of Jiddah. His visit, on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, was aimed at pinning down regional allies on what support they are willing to give to U.S. plans to beat back the ISIL, which has seized large chunks of Iraq and Syria.

The meeting ended with Saudi Arabia, other Gulf states, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon pledging in a joint statement to stand against terrorism. They promised steps including stopping fighters and funding, repudiating the ISIL’s ideology, providing humanitarian aid and “as appropriate, joining in the many aspects of a coordinated military campaign.”

More at Hurriyet Daily News

The first clip gives us a flavor of the meeting and a view of the lying characters involved. The short second clip is even better. No wonder no one wants to get involved in this nonsense.

John Kerry to CNN: U.S. Is Not ‘at War’ with ISIS

Published on Sep 11, 2014

CNN’s Global Affairs Correspondent Elise Labott caught up with Kerry during a summit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Thursday and asked him if America is “at war” with ISIS, “because it sure sounded in President Obama’s speech that we were.

 

John Kerry: No need for “war fever” in ISIS operations

 

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