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07 October 2019


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The Twisted Genius

Negotiations between the Rojava Kurds and Damascus haver been on and on for well over a year. Now there's talk about an immediate alliance of sorts to confront the Turkish threat. We'll see.

Mark Logan

John Frank,

His statement was he would destroy the Turkish economy if they did something which Trump, "...in my great and unmatched wisdom" judged wrong.

The phrasing covers a heck of a lot of territory, to say the least, but if Trump is not anticipating invasion why the specific order that those 50 SF near the border be moved?

English Outsider

Apologies. Mistyped SAA for SAG.


Mark Logan

IMO he thinks he made a deal with Erdo over the patrol strip on the Syrian side of the border but as is his way he backs that up with a threat if the Atrak
(plural in Arabic for Turk) make serious move on the SDF. He doesn't understand the ME at all. That is exactly what the irredentist Turks want to do. He just wants to get out of the ME. The neocons and Zionists are howling.



Who said that?

Barbara Ann

Off stage. Permanently.



Give me a hundred Tulsi's in place of all three of them. I have an idee fixe, and it's "We came, we saw, he died... giggle, giggle." If I'm not mistaken all three supported Clinton... through the primary process, when it counted.

PL is correct. The attack an KSA's oil infrastructure is a game changer.

What changed is America's military might well be able to defend the U.S. from foreign attack. What it can't do any more is imperialism. But the "establishment" will give up their imperialist fantasies very reluctantly. It was ever thus, cf. Germany before WWI.


She sounds so, so, so much better than the rest of what's out there. Legalizing heroin is Libertarian weirdness, but she would never be able to do it.


I don't think he said that exactly.

According to the NYT Erdogan has for some years demanded a buffer zone along Turkey's border with Syria. Erdogan wants the zone to be 20 miles deep and run for 300 miles along the Turkish-Syrian border east of the Euphrates. Ankara has promised them newly built homes and land to farm but Syria does not want to have its territory appropriated for Ankara's resettlement plans.

I see Erdogan's plan as probably the best and fair considering Turkey didn't create the 4 million refugees Turkey has taken in
and Syria needs to take some responsibility for the Syrian refugees.
The security problems associated with it for both Turkey and Syria are about even in terms of what kind refuges, potential terrorist would be included in that buffer but Syria needs to cooperate with it imo.

Turkey took on a daring political experiment from 2011 onward that made it home to the world’s largest refugee population—about 4 million registered and more than a million off the books—in the space of a few years.

Barbara Ann


The Turkish parliament has just extended their version of an AUMF for Syria and Iraq until 30 October 2020. That is plenty of time for Erdogan to try and reconstitute some of the vilayets of Aleppo and even Mosul in time for the centenary of the Ottoman Parliament's declaration of the National Pact early next year. Note the map in the wiki, this is the irredentism much in vogue with the neo-Ottoman crowd.

My guess is the neocons would rather see Turkey advance right down to the Euphrates than allow Assad to regain control. It will be very interesting to see what happens when the SAA try to cross the river.


Terence Gore

"...that while the United States has spent the last two decades squandering trillions of dollars fighting insurgents in the Middle East, Beijing was singularly focused on overcoming American military superiority in the Pacific. If the capabilities of these new weapons are taken at face value, China will have succeeded on this front. "



Elora Danan

McGurk? A bureaucrat non-entity.


There was a small demonstration (tires burning) said to be in Raqqa city and a large procession said to be along the highway west of Raqqa city, both on April 16, 2018. featuring among other things a very large Syrian (official) flag. This was just a couple days after Trump's second cruise missile strike. This was documented on the same day on Facebook links that no longer exist, but was preserved for reference a couple of weeks later on Wardiary.net/ R & U Videos.

Since then I have heard a few reports of demonstrations against the SDF, and of agreements between Arab tribal leaders from NE Syria and the Syrian government, and recently of an anti-Syrian government demonstration in Deir Ezzor province.

Sorry to rely on memory for both the parts where I can be specific and the part where my memory is only sketchy, but this is what I've got for now.



I doubt that you know more about the history of the German Army than I do. They (the Heer as opposed to the Nazi SS) WERE NOT enthusiastic supporters of Hitler and the Nazis. They just did their duty to their country. Was the record spotless everywhere? It was not. It NEVER IS in war.

The Twisted Genius

The Puritans viewed all aspects of life through God. Everything they did and thought was done in His service. They worked from sun up to sun down all in the name of God. The New England Puritans felt the battle between good and evil was all around them all the time. Both angels and demons were amongst them. One of their goals was to evangelize all of humanity through their example of Godly living, starting with the Anglican Church and including the heathen savages of the New England forests. This fanatical zealotry eventually softened into the typical New England Yankee.

I suggest a study of one Puritan in particular to get a fuller view of the New England Puritans in all their glory and gore... Cotton Mather. One of his fire and brimstone sermons was the first reading in my 6th grade American Literature textbook.


Here's video from the April 16, 2018 Raqqa province/city demonstrations I referred to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci0pFmT-7Gc

Ishmael Zechariah

Pay heed to what the Colonel says. Might I recommend that you read "Hammerstein oder Der Eigensinn - Eine deutsche Geschichte" by Enzensberger. It was translated into English as "The Silences of Hammerstein". This is a somewhat complicated issue.
Ishmael Zechariah
P.s: Hammerstein was the originator of the Hammerstein matrix:

“I divide my officers into four classes as follows: The clever, the industrious, the lazy, and the stupid. Each officer always possesses two of these qualities.

Those who are clever and industrious I appoint to the General Staff. Use can under certain circumstances be made of those who are stupid and lazy. The man who is clever and lazy qualifies for the highest leadership posts. He has the requisite nerves and the mental clarity for difficult decisions. But whoever is stupid and industrious must be got rid of, for he is too dangerous.”
― Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord



Cotton Mather? Really? How sad. My ancestors sat and listened to all that business about "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, " but at least they did not like it and kept moving away from it. You left out all the business of their persecution of anyone who did not agree with the Cambridge educated puritan divines. The Indians? One of my 9th great grandfathers was Major John Mason, the fervently puritan colonial commander in the Pequot War in the 1630s. He and his anti-Pequot Indian allies killed 500 Pequots in one village by penning them up and burning the place. They shot those who ran out of the flames. Was that evangelizing the savages? The puritans hated nature and wanted to destroy it. The Indians were part of nature.


The Turks were doing everything they could to support the jihadis, transiting, provisioning, buying stolen oil. This had EVERYTHING to do with the refugees. Reward them for this?

The Twisted Genius

You left out Cotton's part in the Salem witch trials. And they did view the forest as the domain of Satan. I'm not saying these people were fun. Their bringing the bible to the Indians was often heavy-handed, but it was earnest in their own zealous way. It would be a toss up whether an evening with a Puritan would be any better than an evening with a jihadi. I still say Cotton is a good example of what it was to be a New England Puritan.



The Empire’s end is in sight. The Coup against the President Trump by corporate media and the democrat aligned praetorian guard continues. Israel does not have a government. Saudi Arabia is ruled by a malignant prince and is completely vulnerable to further destruction by missile and UAV attack by Houthis and Iraqi Shiite militia. Saudis must make peace with their neighbors or be destroyed and take down the world economy. The US occupation of Iraq and Eastern Syria is untenable. The regime change campaign against Syria in 2011 and the Cold War restarted by Joe Biden in Ukraine in 2014 have come to a disastrous end. The simple ending is to give eastern Syria back to the national government. Let the Syrians settle it themselves. The same with Iraq. The question is there any one left in Washington DC who is sane enough to get the troops and contractors out safely. Leon Panetta on NewsHour last night was the definition of insanity; keep doing the same thing over and over again with the same result.

Barbara Ann


When did Syria turn into Palestine? I am surprised at your support for Erdogan's plan for settlements in the neo-Ottomans' equivalent of Judea and Samaria. Priority will doubtless be given to Mr & Mrs Al Qaeda Free Syrian Army as thanks for helping to remove the indigenous. Several commentators have mocked the Sultan's $27 billion housing scheme (unveiled at the UN GA) as being so good most Turks will want to move there. Would you agree to Mexico settling (and policing) a 20 mile wide strip of land along the border inside Texas or Arizona?

Syria may cooperate and offer an amnesty to returnees when the war is over. With its support for Daesh and the Idlib jihadis Turkey has helped destroy Syria and prolong the war. It has no right to play victim when it comes to the refugees.


No we need a NO FLY ZONE to begin Syria's partition, and to protect Israel. That is all that matters. America is simply the zionists' slush fund.

Babak Makkinejad

The Puritans must have specially hated Saint Francis then; he would preach to birds and trees, from what I have read.

Babak Makkinejad

Thank you.

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