Remember those ISIL terrorists being held by the Kurds?

According to Strategy Page, they’re probably in a world of hurt right now.  Turkey may be, too, due to the hornet’s nest it’s disturbed by invading Syria.  Bold, underlined text in the excerpt below is my emphasis. The Kurds responded to the Turkish offensive by doing something the Americans told them they would eventually have to deal with. The Assad government has prevailed in the civil war and they are technically in charge of the entire country, including border areas occupied by the Turks. The Assads declared that the Americans and Turks were in Syria without permission while the Russians and

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The President’s decision in Syria, and the cost of war

Following President Trump’s decision to pull back US forces from a potential conflict with Turkey in parts of Syria, he’s come in for fierce criticism from many quarters.  I support his decision, as I stated yesterday.  In that article, I said: I’ve been on the front lines of a war like that – a war that the political masters on both sides kept going for years longer than it need have lasted, solely because of their intransigence and blinkered vision.  Many paid for those shortcomings in blood;  but it was never the politicians who paid.  It was always the men in uniform.  I don’t

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Well, just what the hell do they expect?

So President Trump, after a long conversation with President Erdogan of Turkey, decided to pull US troops back from the area of Syria where Turkey wants to establish a “buffer zone” or “neutral zone”.  In doing so, it may expose some elements of Kurdish forces – elements already recognized by the USA as terrorists – to Turkish retaliation or aggression or whatever you want to call it.  Now, neocons and other right-wing voices are raised in righteous condemnation, calling President Trump’s decision a “betrayal” or a “mistake” or a “blunder” or whatever. Just what the hell did they expect? Would somebody please tell me what, in

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Ukraine: ain’t we got fun?

Well, here’s a development I didn’t expect! DOH! Did You Know There’s a Treaty Between the USA & Ukraine Regarding Cooperation For Prosecuting Crimes? My goodness. It was passed when Joe Biden was a member of the U.S. Senate and then signed by then-President Bill Clinton. A comprehensive treaty agreement that allows cooperation between both the United States and Ukraine in the investigation and prosecution of crimes. It appears President Trump was following the law to the letter when it comes to unearthing the long-standing corruption that has swirled in Ukraine and allegedly involves powerful Democrats like Joe Biden and others.

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The Ukraine scandal: the Swamp makes another try

One does get very tired of watching the Washington DC “Swamp” at work, along with its mainstream media allies.  In this case, the alleged “scandal” over President Trump “pressuring” Ukraine to investigate former Vice-President Biden’s son for corruption, the storyline being peddled by the mainstream media and the Democratic Party consistently ignores any and all facts that might derail it, if their “investigation” were in any way impartial. Consider these facts, all confirmed and verified from original sources. 1.  Biden does, indeed, face accusations of a conflict of interest for his behavior towards Ukraine during his Vice-Presidency.  He’s openly and blatantly admitted them on television –

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Syria’s army: collapse and rebirth

Military buffs will find a report from the Middle East Institute very interesting.  It’s titled “The Lion and The Eagle: The Syrian Arab Army’s Destruction and Rebirth“.  Here’s the summary. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been decimated by eight years of civil war. Defections, deaths, and a lack of funding have gutted its ranks while heavy losses of armored vehicles have significantly reduced the mechanized capabilities of what was once the sixth-largest armor fleet in the world. The inability of Damascus to fully deploy its official army led to the rise of paramilitary militias and an influx of pro-regime

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The Saudi oil attacks – read the map

I note that Yemeni rebels have claimed responsibility for attacking Saudi Arabian oil refining facilities using (presumably) Iranian-manufactured and -supplied drones over the weekend.  I’m not so sure.  Consider this map of the region, with the area of the drone attacks highlighted by a red marker. That’s an awful long way from Yemen, where the Houthi rebels are fighting.  What’s more, the Yemeni border area is well covered by radar, with missiles and fighter aircraft on permanent standby to intercept ballistic missiles and other attacks launched from rebel territory.  To suggest that the drones flew all that way north, penetrating all those

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Robert Mugabe’s death: too late to undo the damage he caused

I can’t help feeling at least some pleasure at the news that Robert Mugabe, former dictator of Zimbabwe, has shuffled off this mortal coil.  He was personally responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of his people, and transformed Zimbabwe from a flourishing economy, the breadbasket of Africa, to a famine-stricken wreck of a country.  As former Rhodesians were wont to say cynically, “People used to come to Rhodesia to see the Zimbabwe Ruins.  Now they come to Zimbabwe to see the ruins of Rhodesia.”  That was, overwhelmingly, Mugabe’s doing. My friend Lawdog has written a less restrained farewell to Robert Mugabe.  He doesn’t mince

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Refugees as an instrument of international blackmail

Having mismanaged its relationship with Turkey for decades, including paying a “subsidy” of billions of Euros to that country to persuade it to stop allowing Syrian and other “refugees” to flood into Europe, that continent is once again learning (the hard way) the lesson taught so well by Rudyard Kipling:  “If once you have paid him the Dane-geld, you never get rid of the Dane“. Reuters reports: Over a dozen migrant boats landed on Greece’s Lesbos island within minutes of each other on Thursday in the first such mass arrival from neighboring Turkey in three years, officials said, prompting Greece to summon Turkey’s ambassador.

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Doofus Of The Day #1,051

Today’s award goes to actor Alec Baldwin for this tweet about the death by suicide, while in prison, of Jeffrey Epstein: He shares the award with Ron Perlman, Brian Koppelman, Dave Bautista, George Takei, and probably others in the Hollywood kafeeklatsch, all of whom also inferred a Russian hand of some sort in Epstein’s death. I agree that Epstein’s suicide was, and remains, highly suspicious, with enough grounds for doubt as to what happened to keep us guessing for years to come . . . but Russia?  Really?  I’d have thought there’s nothing Russia would have liked more than to have Epstein’s “little black book” (and video

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