October 17, 2019

Demo U-Turn on Troop Withdrawal

Timothy Birdnow

Democrats were for troop withdrawal before they were against it!

Democrats for Troop Withdrawal Now Highly Critical of Trump

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The Hunt for Biden

The good folks at Conservative HQ give us some details on the corruption of Hunter Biden[link] and his fathers' influence.

Here are a few snippets:

The same year that Barack Obama and Joe Biden took over the White House in 2009, a general partnership formed that brought together Hunter Biden, son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, Christopher Heinz, stepson of then-Sen. John Kerry (later to be Secretary of State), and Devon Archer, a classmate of Heinz’s from Yale.

What did Hunter Biden put into the partnership except his father's name?

As conservative author Peter Schweizer details in his book "Secret Empires,” Biden and Archer, along with James Bulger of the consultancy firm the Thornton Group, took several meetings in 2010 with high-profile business and government interests in China. As Rudy Giuliani has pointed out, James Bulger is the nephew of mobster Whitey Bulger and the son of former Massachusetts state Sen. Billy Bulger.

Schweizer came across an account of the meetings posted by the Thornton Group — in Chinese — in which Chinese executives expressed their "warm welcome” to the "Thornton Group, with its US partner Rosemont Seneca chairman Hunter Biden (second son of the now Vice President Joe Biden).” According to the Thornton Group’s account — a copy of which Schweizer emailed to FactCheck.org — the purpose of the meetings was to "explore the possibility of commercial cooperation and opportunity.”

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It is a documented fact that Hunter Biden did serve on BHR’s original board of directors while his father was vice president, but his attorney told the Washington Post that Biden was on the board of the advisory firm that did not directly invest, but instead advised those who did. The younger Biden, through his attorney, also denied doing any business when he accompanied his father to China, even though he set-up a photo with his father and one of his Chinese associates.

So, Joe Biden becomes Obama’s "point man” on Ukraine and suddenly Hunter gets a $50,000 a month seat on the board of a controversial Ukrainian energy company. Then Biden takes his son Hunter to China and Hunter’s company later inks a billion-dollar deal with China, but there’s nothing illegal going on say, Biden and his attorneys.

Read the entire article; it gives a great view of what transpired.

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Elijah Cummings Dead

Timothy Birdnow

Maryland Democrat Congressman Elijah Cummings has passed away. He was 68 years old.

The cause of death was merely given as "health challenges". He had been treated for heart valve problems in the past. Cummings was known to use a walker and motorized cart.

The man was a first rank POS and one of the worst partisans in Washington, and he had a lot to answer for when he met his maker. In spite of his illness he was one of the leaders trying to impeach Donald Trump, ignoring his family in favor of spending his last moments on Earth in a power struggle.

Sadly, but not unexpectedly, condolences poured in from Republicans. Liz Chaney had this to say;

"The news that our friend and colleague Elijah Cummings has passed away marks a sad day for the members of the United States Congress, the people of Baltimore, and the entire nation,"

Now, I don't see any point in speaking ill of the dead in such a circumstance, but why celebrate such a man? Cummings was as partisan as they get. While I feel sorry for his family, and hope his immortal soul eventually finds peace, I am not going to mourn his loss from this Earth. He did little good while here. His district is one of the poorest hell holes in the country, while Cummings himself has a net worth in excess of $1.3 million. (He had been heavily in debt, too, but suddenly was buying investment property and stocks at a prodigious rate.)

He had been the ranking Minority member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, and ran interference for Obama there. He was Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He was a big supporter of Black Lies Muttered, er, Black Lives Matter.

Cummings was also corrupt. His wife - the Party Chair in Maryland - ran a pay for play scheme, selling influence with Cummings and nearly sending the old boy to prison. Naturally, once you are in the Establishment you don't go to the slammer, so Cummings got off on this.He also colluded with Lois Lerner to use the IRS to suppress opposition groups. Cummings was illegally receiving tax information from the IRS about True the Vote. And he used his power on the House Oversight Committee to protect Lerner and the IRS thuggery.

Cummings' wife also appears to have embezzled funds intended to fight child obesity. From the article:

The complaint said that Rockeymoore Cummings—who also is currently head of the Maryland Democratic Party and a former gubernatorial candidate in the state—may have misused funds from a multi-million-dollar grant to fight childhood obesity through her nonprofit Center for Global Policy Solutions and directed them instead to the for-profit consulting firm, Global Policy Solutions, LLC.

The complaint says that the two entities blurred the lines with shared office space and telephone lines, in flagrant violation of tax laws.

Ironically, given Rep. Cummings’s own dogged threats of subpoenas against the current White House over tax documents, another complaint cited against his wife’s operation was the refusal to turn over an IRS 990 financial disclosure form.

I can't say he'll be missed. But then, his replacement is liable to be worse.

Postscript: I found NONE of this information from a Google search; had to go to Duckduckgo to get any of this. Also, none of it is in Cummings' Wikipedia page, either. Censorship? You betcha!

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October 16, 2019

Why We Should Stay Out of Syria

Timothy Birdnow

Robert Romano explains why we should stay out of Syria.

From the article:

The current operation by the Turks does mark an escalation, but it is also nothing new.

Within a week, Turkey has moved ahead with its invasion of Syria and fired nearby U.S. positions in Syria, highlighting the danger. The U.S. has since announced that almost all forces are completely withdrawing from that country.

On Oct. 14, Trump asked on Twitter very pointedly, "Do people really think we should go to war with NATO Member Turkey?”

That is actually a great question, and underscores President Trump’s relatively cautious approach to the Syrian conflict. Turkey has been a part of NATO since 1952.

When Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974, the U.S. arguably faced a far worse situation because it was two NATO allies, Greece and Turkey, in a conflict and even then the U.S. sided with Turkey. By comparison, this situation doesn’t come close.

Legally, whose side are we on? The NATO treaty says Turkey. We don’t have any treaty with the Kurds — their assistance in the Iraq war and later against Islamic State notwithstanding — and we certainly don’t have one to defend Syria from invasion by Turkey or anybody else. Nor does the U.S. officially recognize the independence of Kurdistan.

Now none of that absolves Turkey from its responsibilities under the United Nations Charter including obligations to maintain international peace and stability and to not invade other countries. But we’d have a hard argument to make, since Article I declarations of war and authorizations to use military force have not been used since 2001 and 2002, when authorizations to go to war in Afghanistan and Iraq were adopted.

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Turkey said they were going in and Trump was left to either leave U.S. troops in harm’s way or to deconflict and move them out of the way. He opted for the latter and has since threatened sanctions if Turkey does not limit its operations.

Read the whole article!

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Trump Leading with a Third of Black Male Voters

Timothy Birdnow

32% of black males will vote Trump, According to a new Hill/Harris X Poll.

That is shocking, and spells doom for the Democrats next year.

Of course, this was a matchup between Trump and a generic candidate, and those numbers will undoubtedly fall after the Democrats pick a candidate. Also, much can happen between now and then.

Still, the Democratic coalition never could allow for as little as a ten percent defection of black voters. If Trump manages to pick off a quarter of them it will be game over.

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Public Schools may Force Christian Children to recite the Shahada

Timothy Birdnow

The Supreme Court has declined to take a case involving a public school teacher who is forcing Christian students to recite the shahada or receive a failing grade.

The shahada is a recitation of faith in Islam "there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet".

According to the article:

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the teacher did not violate the Establishment Clause.

Wood also had been forced to view a series of Islam-promoting PowerPoint slides, including one casting aspersions on Christians that said, "Most Muslims' faith is stronger than the average Christian."

The teacher's actions were condemned in court by the high school's content specialist, Jack Tuttle.

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Richard Thompson, Thomas More's chief counsel, said he's "not aware of any public school which has forced a Muslim student to write the Lord's Prayer or John 3:16: 'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'"

"Yet, under the pretext of teaching history or social studies, public schools across America are promoting the religion of Islam in ways that would never be tolerated for Christianity or any other religion," he said. "It's disappointing that the Supreme Court did not take this opportunity to clarify the test which lower courts should use when ruling on establishment clause and free speech challenges to public school classes on religion."

Yet the allegedly "right wing" Court refused to take this up.

A Christian teacher should now do likewise, making his class recite Biblical passages and then see if the Court still ignores this issue. I'll bet they do not.

In modern America some are more equal than others. If you are white, Christian, and male you have no rights at all in the minds of the Progressives.

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The Trayvon Hoax, a new book and documentary film

by Jack Kemp


There is a book and movie called "The Trayvon Hoax" by Joel Gilbert about the frauds in the Trayvon Martin case. The heavyset woman "witness," Rachel Jeantel (who could not read cursive), was not the real girlfriend of Trayvon called "Diamond Eugene." 

Here is the trailer to the documentary film.

And here's a kicker for you. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother, is running for a Commissioner of Miami-Dade County. Guess which Democrat Presidential hopeful is campaigning for her. Townhall.com reports that it is none other than Hillary Clinton herself. The article states:

Hillary’s endorsement of Sybrina Fulton is no small thing. Rather, it is a significant piece in Hillary’s long history of promoting lies, hoaxes and the odious manipulation of events in order to advance her party’s political fortunes. That history ranges from Hillary’s trashing of women with whom her husband had affairs or had sexually assaulted, to preposterously claiming she’d come under sniper fire as First Lady while visiting Bosnia...

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I bet Sen. Liz Warren and Kamala Harris are angry they didn't think of this first.

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Hypocrisy of Harris

Timothy Birdnow

After sending over a thousand people to prison for drug offenses, Kamala Harris now calls the War on Drugs a failure but at the same time wants to imprison drug manufacturers because people have misused painkillers.

From the Federalist:

During a discussion on the opioid crisis at the CNN/New York Times Democratic primary debate, Sen. Kamala Harris unintentionally reminded us of her propensity towards imprisoning. Harris joined many of her fellow candidates in swearing to send to prison all of the executives at pharmaceutical companies who were involved in actively propagating the opioid crisis. It’s clear the former prosecutor still loves sending people to prison.

Strange; these drug executives did nothing but sell a legal product. If anyone is guilty of anything it would be the liberals who promoted easy access to opioids back in the nineties.

Maybe Kamie needed a little help to get by as she was climbing to the top under Willie Brown.

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October 15, 2019

Biden refuses to release Ukraine transcripts

Timothy Birdnow

"Commander Peachfuzz" Biden is refusing to release transcripts of his dealings with Ukraine.

But it's Donald Trump who is the bad guy here!

Biden says it would be illegal for him to do so. If true, why did the Democrats insist Trump do the same thing?

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Police Shortage

Timothy Birdnow

Here is the Captain Obvious question of the day:

What is Behind the Nationwide Shortage of Police

Answer: Ferguson.

Any other questions?

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October 14, 2019

Happy Columbus Day!

Timothy Birdnow

Happy Columbus Day!  He was a great Italian, even if a bit thick.

He WAS thick; the man argued the world was half the size that everyone else knew it to be. None of the crowned heads of Europe would finance his trip because they knew he was wrong, not because they thought he would fall of the edge of the world as the Left wing now claims (people knew the world was round since the ancient Greeks and there are statues of Jesus standing on a globe dating back to well into the Middle Ages.) Columbus was lucky; I suspect Queen Isabella was more interested in Columbus' Latin passions than his geographical ideas. Still, they gave him three crumby ships that were not suited for long-range travel just to get rid of him. He got monumentally lucky, finding a new continent - and no realizing he had done so. He went to his grave believing he was in the East Indies.

But God bless him! His voyages and later governing of the lands he found ended the tyrannical scourges of the Aztecs, the human sacrifice of the Mayans, and brought civilization with all its attendant benefits - to a number of savage and warlike peoples. Cannibalism, human sacrifice, torture were not at all uncommon in the pre-Columbian days.

God bless him! more...

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Shepard Smith leaving Fox

Timothy Birdnow

I know this is a little dated but I just wanted to say it! Buh-bye, Shepard Smith! Don't let the door hit you on  the backside as you leave!

Shepard Smith Makes Shocking Announcement that he is Leaving Fox News

I despise the man, who has become increasingly liberal. He often sneers and rolls his eyes and stands up for the Left when he is ostensibly doing the news. I'm very glad to see this creep go. If he wants to be on NBC he's welcome there; we need at least one network that is actually on OUR side.

It is believed Smith is leaving because he has been in conflict with the opinion hosts on the network - people like Hannity or Gutfeld or Brett Baer etc.

He was supposedly mad when Tucker Carlson attacked him on air.

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ANTIFA is an Internal Terrorist Organization

Timothy Birdnow

Time for Patriots to Declare War on Antifa

From the article:

The time for President Trump to take action on ANTIFA in labeling the organization an international terrorist organization is long overdue. It is an international terrorist group, since it also operates in many European countries as well as the United Kingdom aside from the US. ANTIFA is only part of a much larger spiderweb of anti-American terrorist groups, all founded and organized by Barack H. Obama and run via the central organization known as Organizing For Action.

https://www.breitbart.com/ politics/2017/02/19/obamas- organizing-action-partners- soros-linked-indivisible- disrupt-trumps-agenda/

https://nypost.com/2017/02/18/ obama-linked-activists-have-a- training-manual-for- protesting-trump/

ANTIFA along with Black Lives Matter, MoveOn.org, the ACLU, and Planned Parenthood, just to name a few are all part of the massive Obama organized and managed sphere of influence, all of which are financed by George Soros.

Read the whole article!

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AG Barr blasts 'militant secularists' in speech on religious freedom

Dana Mathewson

U.S. Attorney General Barr is not afraid to cross the supposed wall of "separation of church and state." Thank goodness! We need more like him, in and out of government. Needless to say, he'll be uninvited to all the best cocktail parties in Georgetown, and I doubt it bothers him one bit.

Attorney General William Barr blasted "militant secularists" and their attacks on Judeo-Christian values in a blistering speech at Notre Dame Friday, saying "religion has been under increasing attack" over the past five decades.

Barr, a devout Catholic, told students and faculty at the university's law school that "the problem is not that religion is being forced on others, the problem is that irreligion is being forced — secular values are being forced on people of faith."

"Among the militant secularists are many so-called progressives,” he said. "But where is the progress? We are told we are living in a post-Christian era, but what has replaced the Judeo-Christian moral system? What is it that can fill the spiritual void in the hearts of the individual person? And what is the system of values that can sustain human social life?”

Barr contends that many of society's ills are caused because of the breakdown of religion in society.

"This is not decay," he said. "This is organized destruction. Secular forces and their allies have marshaled all the forces of mass communication, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia, in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values."

Barr said "ground zero" for the attacks is the schools, pointing to New Jersey's passage of a law requiring public schools to adopt LGBT curriculum.

This is great! Please read the entire article (not long) here: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ag-barr-blasts-militant-secularists-attacks-on-religious-freeom

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Glacial Age

Mark Musser makes the following observations:

In an age of Global Warming, particularly between 1980-2004 in which temperatures did lean warm, how long does it take to create and actually grow a brand new glacier in Washington State? Not millennia, and not even centuries - but only two decades as the Crater Glacier on Mt. St. Helens (which blew up in 1980) was formed that grew to be more than 600 feet thick by the mid 2000's. In reality there are two glaciers now formed that have wrapped around the lava dome. This is all the more remarkable because of the low elevation in which the Crater Glacier sits - between about +7,000 feet at the top and down to +6,000 feet at its terminus. The glacier is also about a mile long. Granted the glacier grew on the north side of the mountain as glaciers love the northern slopes the best in the the northern hemisphere. It is also true that the lava dome, not to mention lots of rocks, provide lots of extra shade and protection from melting. More than likely as well, the prevailing winds in the winter dump all kinds of extra snow into the the middle of Mt. St. Helen's crater - and the lava dome grew that squeezed the glacier so that it became significantly thicker than normal.

Yet such facts should be all over the news, but perish the thought. One recent article from a few years ago acknowledged the glacial growth, but said it would not last. That may or may not be, but I can verify that most of the warming that took place in the Cascades was between 1985-1996. Snowfalls since that time have returned to 'normal' levels for the most part with only two exceptionally dry winters since that time. And yet during the warmest time in the late 1980's and early to mid 1990's, glaciers on Mt. St. Helens still slowly grew.

There is too much apocalypticism in the environmental sciences these days to be taken seriously. They have been crying wolf for so many decades now that I don't even listen to it anymore. What used to be laughed at with the likes of date setters akin to Harold Camping among Christian circles about the end of the world, is now mainstream leftist politics as the green horseman of the apocalypse looms on the horizon. And yes, the fourth horseman of the apocalypse is a green horse in the original Greek. The better translation should read, "I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, 'Come.' And I looked, and behold, a green horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. And authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth (Revelation 6:7-8)." Much of the judgments connected to this horse are related to environmentalis m today. The Bible predicts that a time is coming when people will no longer be able to defend themselves from the wild animals who will devour a sizable portion of the earth's population. And yes, this will occur during a time of unprecedented global warming - but we are not there yet ....

The dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945 Japan made science apocalyptic, but rather than take seriously the originator of apocalypticism - the Bible - people have rushed headlong into forms of scientific fiction that are far more foolish than anything the Bible has ever stated. Yet people believe that madness over the good book. The hardness of heart we are seeing today is off the charts and is at the very core of the hardened political hostility we see being paraded right and left - pun intended, "For thus the Lord, the God of Israel, says to me, 'Take this cup of the wine of wrath from My hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send you, to drink it. And they shall drink and stagger and go mad because of the sword that I will send among them (Jeremiah 25:15-16).'"

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October 13, 2019

Look at the Naked Climate Emperor

Timothy Birdnow

Hits the nail on the head on the whole Climate Change issue.

Just a taste:

Cook et al. (2013) ‘Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature‘ searched some 11,944 abstracts of scientific papers published between 1991-2011 in an online database called The Web of Science for the phrases "global warming” and "global climate change”

Without reading the papers, nor even the sentences in which the key words appeared, Cooke the activist found 97% of the abstract of the papers examined contained the key words sought.

From this, and nothing more, Cooke et al., and concluded and reported that some 11500 of the papers, or 97%, must be endorsing the idea of human activity as primarily responsible (that is more than half of the contributory cause) for global warming, and that the levels of global warming are dangerous.Note that this is paper, not authors. There were 29,083 authors listed on the 11,944 papers.

In reality, a more honest review of the same database by real scientists found that only 65 papers (0.5%) explicitly said humans contributed some effect to global warming. Almost none said the human contribution was the primary cause, or that it was dangerous.

To add insult to injury, Cooke’s emails were leaked to the press, and before he ever began the so called research, he explicit says what result he seeks to find, and says it will be used as a public relations gimmick.

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In Praise of the Decently Rich

Timothy Birdnow

My cousin Ellen sent me this. I think it is a very valuable essay on the benefits to society of decent wealthy people.

Whatever Happened to Noblesse Oblige?

From the article:

Such feudalism with the "rich man in his castle and the poor man at his gate” is alien to our egalitarian age, but it is not inherently unjust. It recognizes the reality of economic disparity, understanding that you will not only "have the poor with you always” but you will also have the rich with you always. Recognizing that reality, its success or failure relies on personal virtue; but this is a universal principle: any economic and social system is only as good as the people within it.

Progressive egalitarians may sneer at the principle of noblesse oblige, but the way Hampy lived and ministered in an English village in the middle of the last century exhibited the basic principles of a just and workable economic and social system. The principle of solidarity existed because the members of the village community lived, worked, prayed and played together. The village was a network of extended families who fought and forgave one another and who lived out the drama of quotidian life together.

Hampy was one of them, as were the members of the other wealthy families who lived in the two country mansions outside the village. These aristocrats not only provided the employment, they funded the local old folks home, ran the village school, nurtured the social life of the village, motivated the charitable works of the church and made sure no one was excluded. As they lived together they not only lived out the principle of solidarity, but also the principle of subsidiarity — the idea that problems should be solved and initiatives taken at the lowest, most local level possible.

It's a fine article - do read the whole thing.

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Cherokee Lizzy Applauds Tranny Children

Tim McNabb observes:

Look - if you are an adult and want to do your thing...I may advise against it...but ultimately I have better things to do. Seek your own path.

But for the love of God, a child cannot even take out a credit card, but we are indulging them in their *gender* identification. ..and politicians are *CELEBRATING* this???

Warren  Applauds 9 Year Old Transgender Questioner at Townhall

It's horrifying. Some parents - egged on by the woke among us - are not just dressing up their kids in different clothing, but giving hormones and considering surgery.

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"Kurds are Our Allies??"

This from Judson Phillips:

I'm sick of the "Kurds are our allies" line. Alliances are not permanent mergers. We did not marry them. They did not become Americans.

Alliances are temporary agreements that offer mutual benefit to both sides. When the benefit ends, the alliance ends.

The benefit has ended. The alliance has ended. There is zero reason for America's sons and daughters to go and die in Kurdistan. Let the Kurdish refugees that came here go fight for their country.

Here is a good alternative perspective on the whole Turkish/Kurdish issue.

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October 12, 2019

Trump did not betray the Kurds

Dana Mathewson

Timothy posted recently about President Trump's recent position regarding Syria, the Kurds, etc. Many people have taken the President severely to task for supposedly abandoning the Kurds. But they miss the point, because many are not well-versed in the situation or do not look back far enough. Luckily, we have a guide to the situation in the always-keen Caroline Glick, who is close enough and has a long-enough memory to be able to set the record straight.

This is a long article, but needs to be. I will try to pull out the salient points and hope to whet your interest enough that you will read the entire article.

The near consensus view of President Donald Trump’s decision to remove US special forces from the Syrian border with Turkey is that Trump is enabling a Turkish invasion and double crossing the Syrian Kurds who have fought with the Americans for five years against ISIS. Trump’s move, the thinking goes, harms US credibility and undermines US power in the region and throughout the world.

There are several problems with this narrative. The first is that it assumes that until this week, the US had power and influence in Syria when in fact, by design, the US went to great lengths to limit its ability to influence events in Syria.

The war in Syria broke out in 2011 as a popular insurrection by Syrian Sunnis against the Iranian-sponsored regime of President Bashar al Assad. The Obama administration responded by declaring US support for Assad’s overthrow. But the declaration was empty. The administration sat on its thumbs as the regime’s atrocities mounted. They supported a feckless Turkish effort to raise a resistance army dominated by jihadist elements aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Obama infamously issued his "redline” regarding the use of chemical weapons against civilians by Assad, which he repudiated the moment it was crossed.

As ISIS forces gathered in Iraq and Syria, Obama shrugged them off as a "jayvee squad.” When the jayvees in ISIS took over a third of Iraqi and Syrian territory, Obama did nothing.

As Lee Smith recalled in January in the New York Post, Obama only decided to do something about ISIS in late 2014 after the group beheaded a number of American journalists and posted their decapitations on social media.

The timing was problematic for Obama.

In 2014 Obama was negotiating his nuclear deal with Iran. The deal, falsely presented as a non-proliferation pact, actually enabled Iran — the world’s greatest state sponsor of terrorism — to develop both nuclear weapons and the missile systems required to deliver them. The true purpose of the deal was not to block Iran’s nuclear aspirations but to realign US Middle East policy away from the Sunnis and Israel and towards Iran.

Given its goal of embracing Iran, the Obama administration had no interest in harming Assad, Iran’s Syrian factotum. It had no interest in blocking Iran’s ally Russia from using the war in Syria as a means to reassert Moscow’s power in the Middle East.

As both Michael Doran, a former national security advisor in the George W. Bush administration and Smith argue, when Obama was finally compelled to act against ISIS, he structured the US campaign in a manner than would align it with Iran’s interests.

Obama’s decided to work with the Kurdish-YPG militia in northern Syria because it was the only significant armed force outside the Iranian axis that enjoyed congenial relations with both Assad and Iran.

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During his tenure as Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton hoped to revise the US mandate to enable US forces to be used against Iran in Syria. Bolton’s plan was strategically sound. Trump rejected it largely because it was a recipe for widening US involvement in Syria far beyond what the American public – and Trump himself — are willing to countenance.

In other words, the claim that the US has major influence in Syria is wrong. It does not have such influence and is unwilling to pay the price of developing such influence.

This brings us to the second flaw in the narrative about Trump’s removal of US forces from the Syrian border with Turkey.

The underlying assumption of the criticism is that America has an interest in confronting Turkey to protect the Kurds.

This misconception like the misconception regarding US power and influence in Syria is borne of a misunderstanding of Obama’s Middle East policies. Aside from ISIS’s direct victims, the major casualty of Obama’s deliberately feckless anti-ISIS campaign was the US alliance with Turkey. Whereas the US chose to work with the Kurds because they were supportive of Assad and Iran, the Turks view the Syrian Kurdish YPG as a sister militia to the Turkish PKK. The Marxist PKK has been fighting a guerilla war against Turkey for decades. The State Department designates the PKK as a terrorist organization responsible for the death of thousands of Turkish nationals. Not surprisingly then, the Turks viewed the US-Kurdish collaboration against ISIS as an anti-Turkish campaign.

Throughout the years of US-Kurdish cooperation, many have made the case that the Kurds are a better ally to the US that Turkey. The case is compelling not merely because the Kurds have fought well.

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The Kurds are a tragic people. The Kurds, who live as persecuted minorities in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran have been denied the right of self-determination for the past hundred years. But then, the Kurds have squandered every opportunity they have had to assert independence. The closest they came to achieving self-determination was in Iraq in 2017. In Iraqi Kurdistan, the Kurds have governed themselves effectively since 1992. In 2017, they overwhelmingly passed a referendum calling for Iraqi Kurdistan to secede from Iraq and form an independent state. Instead of joining forces to achieve their long-held dream, the Kurdish leaders in Iraq worked against one another. One faction, in alliance with Iran, blocked implementation of the referendum and then did nothing as Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk was overrun by Iraqi government forces.

The Kurds in Iraq are far more capable of defending themselves than the Kurds of Syria. Taking on the defense of Syria’s Kurds would commit the US to an open-ended presence in Syria and justify Turkish antagonism. America’s interests would not be advanced. They would be harmed, particularly in light of the YPG’s selling trait for Obama – its warm ties to Assad and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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Here it is critical to note that Trump did not remove US forces from Syria. They are still deployed along the border crossing between Jordan, Iraq and Syria to block Iran from moving forces and materiel to Syria and Lebanon. They are still blocking Russian and Syrian forces from taking over the oil fields along the eastern bank of the Euphrates. Aside from defeating ISIS, these missions are the principle strategic achievements of the US forces in Syria. For now, they are being maintained. Will Turkey’s invasion enable ISIS to reassert itself in Syria and beyond? Perhaps. But here too, as Trump made clear this week, it is not America’s job to serve as the permanent jailor of ISIS. European forces are just as capable of serving as guards as Americans are. America’s role is not to stay in Syria forever. It is to beat down threats to US and world security as they emerge and then let others – Turks, Kurds, Europeans, Russians, UN peacekeepers – maintain the new, safer status quo.

The final assumption of the narrative regarding Trump’s moves in Syria is that by moving its forces away from the border ahead of the Turkish invasion, Trump harmed regional stability and America’s reputation as a trustworthy ally.

On the latter issue, Trump has spent the better part of his term in office rebuilding America’s credibility as an ally after Obama effectively abandoned the Sunnis and Israel in favor of Iran. To the extent that Trump has harmed US credibility, he didn’t do it in Syria this week by rejecting war with Turkey. He did it last month by failing to retaliate militarily against Iran’s brazen military attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil installations. Whereas the US has no commitment to protect the Kurds, the US’s central commitment in the Middle East for the past 70 years has been the protection of Saudi oil installations and maintaining the safety of maritime routes in and around the Persian Gulf. [emphasis added]

The best move Trump can make now in light of the fake narrative of his treachery towards the Kurds is to finally retaliate against Iran. A well-conceived, and limited US strike against Iranian missile and drone installations would restore America’s posture as the dominant power in the Persian Gulf and prevent the further destabilization of the Saudi regime and the backsliding of the UAE towards Iran.

As for Syria, it is impossible to known what the future holds for the Kurds, the Turks, the Iranians, Assad or anyone else. But what is clear enough is that Trump avoided war with Turkey this week. And he began extracting America from an open-ended commitment to the Kurds it never made and never intended to fulfill.

The rest of the article is here, and I urge you to read it before you condemn the President out of hand: http://carolineglick.com/trump-did-not-betray-the-kurds/

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