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14 October 2019

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Fred

oldman,

Biden seems to have forgotten that Syria before the externally sponsored uprising was fully controlled by the government headed by Assad. From the same debate, per the WAPO transcript:
"BIDEN: I would not have withdrawn the troops and I would not have withdrawn the additional thousand troops who are in Iraq, which are in retreat now, being fired on by Assad's people. "

So he would have ignored the Iraqi government, with which we did not have a status of forces agreeement to keep troops in place, and he now says the Syrians are attacking our soldiers who are leaving. Biden is not only a liar but a fool too.

prawnik

Ciekawy. Ja dawno sam sie uczylem; moja nieposluszna zona jest (zawodowa) Polka.

I speak Polish with a Russian accent and Russian with a Polish accent, to the point where people ask whether my father was the Pole or the Russian.

I am unpopular, everywhere I go. ;)

different clue

Semi-irrelevant but . . . . this comment about Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner made me think of a stanza I imagined for a poem I hope someone writes, to be called Rhyme of the Ancient Codewriter.

Data, data, every where
and all the brains did shrink.
Data, data every where
nor any thought to think.

different clue

It may be my irony-defficiency, but they seemed to be very openly and seriously Genghis Khan-nostalgiac.

Theodore Buila

Small question: Are the Kurds mercenaries albeit our mercenaries/on the books since the 1980s?

catherine

Interesting piece by the pro Israel Indyk that is a litany of failures in the ME that he attributes to Trump, not the Israel cabal in his adm. But the Kushner-Greenblatt duo does get a ripping. Not a Trump fan but perhaps his shuffling Israel Palestine off on his Zios has actually done us a favor since it has turned everything into a smashed kitty's paw.

Disaster in the Desert
Why Trump’s Middle East Plan Can’t Work
By Martin Indyk

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/middle-east/2019-10-15/disaster-desert?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_cta&utm_campaign=cta_share_buttons

catherine

''Biden is not only a liar but a fool too''

Agree
Never Biden.

Fred

Does anyone know the name of the guy (gal) who sold Hunter all that coke and what federal prison are they doing time in? Or wasn't testifying against them part of the arrangement for getting that discharge from the Navy?

The Twisted Genius

Theodore, absolutely not. The Rojava Kurds have been fighting the jihadis for their lives for years. The fact that US forces came to their aid does not make the Kurds mercenaries. Did the fact that France came to our aid in the Revolutionary War make Washington's Army a mercenary army?

The Twisted Genius

Different clue, of course they are. I wouldn't expect anything else. He was brutal, but that was the norm for the time and region. My ancestors took part in the Battle of Grunwald in 1410. The Teutonic Knight crusaders were defeated, captured and many were killed on the spot by the combined Polish-Lithuanian army. A family legend holds that my ancestors rode with the Lipka Tatar light cavalry... those dreaded Tatars. I am openly and seriously nostalgic for those ancestors and their Lipka Tatar comrades in arms.

catherine

Biden is also dirty. ...always as been.

DC’s Atlantic Council Raked in Funding from Hunter Biden’s Corruption-Stained Ukrainian Employer While Courting His VP Father

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/10/14/dcs-atlantic-council-raked-in-funding-from-hunter-bidens-corruption-stained-ukrainian-employer-while-courting-his-vp-father/

Elora Danan

Yesterday night, I was watching the film "Black Hawk Down", and, in that hell of a battle ( what you would call a TAFNU?...)in Mogadishu, Barakat Market ( very graphic for Elora´s tender age...indeed...a lot of people died...but I found the worst when a pilot is caught and beated by a turba of angry people until the local warlord arrives and stop the carnage...to get the pilot hostage...)there were involved two kind of units, who, at the beginning of the operation not seeming getting along too well, Rangers, and Alpha, these later seeming those especialists who go in around four to five people teams, good snipers, who use to do assaults..like Russian Spetsnatz, more or less...I gues...dunno...)

If it is not asking too much, I would like to know which one you both, TTG and Colonel Lang, did belong to, when you were on active duty...

Thank you, in advance...

Elora Danan

Yes, I wonder whether it will be distriibuted in Europe...
Elora would like reading...

Stephanie

Trump is a very interesting guy. He makes perfect sense on Syria. He does finesse the fact that we did betray the Kurds, but *he* didn't betray the Kurds, and if the Kurds were listening, they realized a long time ago that this was a guy who didn't really want anything to do with them.

Go ahead, say he couldn't build a hotel in Kurdistan, or a golf course, but don't say that to anyone except the people who voted for him and see what their response is.

And another thing. Let's compare Trump with Woodrow Wilson. It's like comparing Ghandi with Satan. Wilson was the real thing, an out and out racist, a liar, a fool, and a self-aggrandizing megalomaniac. As Presidents go Trump is nearer the median.

I would never vote for him, but to get me to vote, someone will have to pass the "We came, we saw, he died... giggle, giggle" test, and so far I don't think any of the Democrats do, except Gabbard, who unfortunately seems to be something of a space shot.

The Twisted Genius

Elora, "Black Hawk Down" depicted Rangers and Delta. Both those units are commandos and considered special operations forces. Colonel Lang and I were not in those units. We are Army Special Forces, the Green Berets, the quiet professionals, men totally different from mere commandos.

Elora Danan

Since I am noticing here an elder audience, these are my grandparents´s favourite music:

Grandpa´s:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKUfYSbvXbc

Grandma´s:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isKqhA76QTk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLHONUbmoKk

Elora Danan

Yes! Could it be Delta...instead of Alpha...sorry...I was too stressed so as to pay attention to those details...In fact, I have passed a really bad night...the film finished late and go straight to bed after that...

Then, these Rangers and Delta, belong to the Navy?

Why "quiet professionals", did you not go into action ever?

Elora Danan

TTG, just googled "quiet people green berets" ( as I recalled Colonel Lang would not have liked spoon feeding me...), and found this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMVayBBQr1s

Well, I can certainly that they develop quite enough action... But,...this group...happens to be, really, Alpha...oh, wait....
Wondering which letters of the Greek alphabet belong to the Navy and which ones to the Army...
Qué lío!

oldman22

Re: music
No one has mentioned the Ken Burns series "Country Music".
I think it is superb. Not going to attempt a review, but . . .
I had never seen Hank Williams moving, and I was really missing something!
I watched it free online, on an excellent sound system.
https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/country-music/episode-guide

oldman22

Graham Fuller summarizes the Syria situation.
I would appreciating hearing
from our host about Fuller's view on Turkey/Erdogan.
Fuller seems not to be concerned about any desire by Erdogan
to expand his borders.
Fuller confirms a point I attempted to make last week:
quote
Russia is successfully working to regain its former centuries old role in the Middle East in general—a position which briefly collapsed twenty years ago with the end of the USSR. Russia’s agenda is above all driven by its strong opposition to any further US attempts at engineering regime change by coup against any and all governments globally that the US does not like. Remember that US intervention in Syria has not been sanctioned by international law, whereas both Russia and Iran were both formally invited to come in and assist the legally recognized Syrian government.

But there is another striking feature of Russian diplomacy: it also seeks to maintain working ties with all, repeat all, players in the Middle East including seemingly incompatible ones: good ties with Israel, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon, Qatar, the UAE, Yemen, the US, etc. At the same time the US has refused to maintain any such comprehensive working ties across the region with forces it does not like. Hence it refuses to talk with key players like Iran, Syria and Hizballah or countenance a Russian role there. That kind of US posture has above all “served Putin” who has emerged as a master of regional diplomacy and compromise.

a worthy read here:
http://grahamefuller.com/everybody-betraying-everybody-in-syria/

Elora Danan

This response was meant to be adressed to Morongobill here up above, talking about Pat Lang´s memoirs...sorry...may be it´s time for me to go to bed...

Johnb

I still have my Hank Williams ep bought as a sixteen year old, my second record purchase from memory.

Ishmael Zechariah

My favorite soprano:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWMrPQ0VKWg

Classical Turkish music:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlPnQWEJD7A

An old folk tune w/ a newer interpretation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiEEuxaszxQ

Proof that Trump is doing the right thing:
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/An-act-of-betrayal-and-infamy-604867

Ishmael Zechariah

Factotum

Long alleged Valerie Jarrent and Ben Rhodes did not want a "Black Hawk Down" incident so close to Obama's 2012 re-election.

Hence, he went MIA during the Benghazi slaughter and did nothing, according to Trey Gowdy's investigation. Gowdy found nothing because there was nothing to find. Other than where was Obama during those long hours and who exactly was in the room calling the shots that night.

This is what Biden calls not even a smidgen of a scandal.

English Outsider


When I read your comment I fetched down an old childrens book, Der Zug in die Freiheit, Nelly Däs. As a child she'd been one of the lucky ones - got out and fetched up in what was to be West Germany. It got me looking at the history of the German settler communities in Russia.

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolgadeutsche

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwarzmeerdeutsche

I had no idea there were so many, and such a persecuted history. The deportations to Siberia, the treks across half a continent in front of the advancing Red Army in the Second World War, the forced returns afterwards - if the settlers had known all that was in store for their descendants I reckon they'd have stayed home.

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