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LQD: U.S. humanitarian concern for Syria

by Cat Fri Oct 25th, 2019 at 09:10:35 PM EST

The essay, "Trump & the Turkish Invasion of Northern Syria," challenges a few closely held beliefs in the honor of so-called Atlanticist foreign policies and coordinated military alliances. Domestic controversy regarding tangible and intangible returns from investment in such adventures recurs with somewhat alarming frequency. One may note here that the measure of returns from prosecuting a Global War on Terror in the "Greater Middle East" was from its start undermined by the failure of its leadership to identify reliable foreign agents ("proxies") and reduce or eliminate likely agency problems. The Management of Democratic Forces for The Good of the Planet today are no more astute in sorting sectarian mercenaries from sectarian rivals, genocides from undeclared wars, or civilians from combatants and collaborators than they were 100 years ago or more. For those observers, safely nested thousands of miles from "harm's way," the results are a disheartening testament of Allied commitment to humanitarian relief. For other observers manifest calumny is yet another opportunity to recruit arms (with or without legs), another fighting "round," to recover ground covering marketable resources, profiteering.
[ED. typo at "Atlanticist". 03.11.2019]

The reaction was unanimous: the so-called idealist diplomats under former President Barack Obama and the neoconservatives under former President George W. Bush all reacted with great alarm to the news that President Donald Trump was withdrawing U.S. troops from northern Syria and that he had given the green light to Turkey's President Recep Erdogan to launch his military operation against the Kurds.

The think tank and media establishment in D.C. finds fault with Trump, no matter what he does. The only exception was when Trump bombed Syria. Then the media and think tanks praised him for being presidential and for sending a message to enemies of the U.S. (Why do U.S. messages always have to be violent?)  When Trump acts tough in foreign policy, he is praised. But he is often criticized for not being tough enough.  If he shows softness in foreign policy, he is fiercely criticized for harming U.S. national security interests.
Trump is discovering that criticizing U.S. wars from the outside is much easier than trying to end them from the Oval Office.  The crisis in northern Syria did not start overnight, although the media just noticed. The U.S. media is now the voice of the war lobby and they wish to have the U.S. maintain a military force in almost all Arab countries.  And once an American occupation starts, the media does not want it to end. Instead it amplifies arguments about the need to "protect allies" (usually armed mercenaries) or "maintain vital U.S. interests" or "keep the peace" (even though the U.S. military presence always causes more bloodshed and exacerbates tensions), or stand firm against U.S. enemies (and naturally the enemies of Israel).

US Department of State Treaties Pending in the Senate, a partial listing

For example, the US Senate never ratified the Treaty of Versailles although Wilson may have signed it. Why is that fact a significant oversight of duties and obligations to this very day? Here is a discussion of international law as might or might not pertain to US Constitutional law --limitations of the state and protection of citizens from the state--and incorporation with US statutes.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 25th, 2019 at 09:20:38 PM EST

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 27th, 2019 at 12:24:31 AM EST

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 05:16:22 AM EST
APsplainin | 2 photos capture vastly different presidents

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 07:05:33 AM EST
[ Parent ]

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 05:29:49 AM EST

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 05:36:09 AM EST
mmm, no.

KRG: "viability of an independent Kurdish petro-state"
, 2014

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 05:46:40 AM EST
by Cat on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 06:17:43 AM EST
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Iraqis seize Kurdish military base and oil field in Kirkuk, 2017
How the US Occupied the 30% of Syria Containing Most of its Oil, Water and Gas , 2018
In addition to Syria's largest oil field, the U.S. and its proxies in northeast Syria also control the Conoco gas plant, the country's largest. The plant, which can produce nearly 50 million cubic feet of gas per day, was originally built by U.S. oil and gas giant ConocoPhillips, which operated the plant until 2005, after which Bush-era sanctions made it difficult to operate in Syria. Other foreign oil companies, like Shell, also left Syria as a result of the sanctions.
Syria's Kurdistan exports its oil to Iraq's Kurdistan, with which it conveniently shares a border, and it is then refined and sold to Turkey. Though no corporations are publicly involved, the deal between Syrian and Iraqi Kurds was brokered by unnamed "oil experts" and "oil investors." The Kurds in Syria and Iraq did not even sign the agreement in person. They were subsequently "informed" of the agreement by the United States and instructed to supervise the operation.
US to send `mechanized forces' to secure Syrian oil fields , 2019

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 06:47:26 AM EST
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Double-take w/e 2 Nov

By protecting Syria's Idlib, the US created a safe haven for Baghdadi and ISIS

... The United States vehemently opposed the Syrian government's operation too, but for a different set of reasons. While the Trump administration claimed to reject the mission on humanitarian grounds, its stated motive was contradicted by scenes of ruin only a few hundred miles away, in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where the US employed what then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis called "annihilation tactics." [Sep 2018] There, the US carried out 1,250 air strikes with 29,000 bombs, reducing huge swaths of the city to rubble and killing at least 9,000 civilians, all in the name of defeating ISIS. ...
a tragic recital of mistaken identities and misplaced trust

reference US war on Iraq
The Battle of Mosul, Nov 8 2004 to Nov 16, 2004
Second Battle of Fallujah, November 7 to 16, 2004

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Nov 2nd, 2019 at 09:31:54 PM EST

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 3rd, 2019 at 09:09:15 PM EST
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re: tears, sippy cup, Dundalk, US-SDF 2nd Battle of Raqqa, Ain Issa, concentration camps, al-Queda-in-*/DAESH/IS/ISIL/ISIS bride, citizenship


"This has been DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) led and follows months of diplomacy spearheaded by the Irish ambassador Dr Vincent O'Neill in Jordan [!]," a source yesterday confirmed.
The women were picked up by rebel fighters [?] from the Syrian National Army (SNA) before being moved to the safe house. ... The pair have been held in a Syrian rebel [?] safe house in a village on the ­outskirts of Tel Abyad, a town on the Turkey-Syria border, since they escaped from the Ain Issa detainment camp [?!] in north east Syria in early ­October.
CAPTION: This picture taken on Jan 31, 2014, and released by the UNRWA, shows residents of the besieged Palestinian [!] camp of Yarmouk, queuing to recive food supplies, in Damascus, Syria. Picture: AP Photo/UNRWA
She had been sharing a tent with the wife and Irish-born child of Isis supporter Alexandr Bekmirzaev, a naturalised Irish citizen who was captured by Kurdish [!] forces earlier this year. Bekmirzaev is being investigated by the Garda National Immigration Bureau as a result of a Sunday World investigation that found he had engaged in a sham marriage to achieve Irish citizenship.
"She went over there believing she was going somewhere peaceful, like one of those farms the Quakers [?!] have in the States [!]. But what she got was obviously very different.
RT | Dresden 2017

strategic bombing

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Nov 3rd, 2019 at 03:22:25 PM EST

SDF says it captured al-Omar oilfield from ISIL (22.10.2019). "Al-Omar is located on the east bank of the Euphrates River in eastern Deir Az Zor. Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have also gained ground in recent weeks on the west bank of the river, advancing under the cover of Russian air raids."

Former British Ambassador to Syria: UK Complicit in Trump's Syria Oil Grab, 31 Oct-7 Nov
The independent peer Baroness Cox prompted the following exchange with a government minister by putting down a tricky parliamentary question ... itself complicit in harboring and funding terrorists because of [Operation] Inherent Resolve's involvement in pillaging Syria's oil.

The U.S. says it will work with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to `safeguard vital infrastructure' and will route proceeds of oil sales to the SDF to pay for its role, described as being anti-ISIS. What this overlooks is that the oilfields are not in Kurdish areas, which are mainly in the north, near the Turkish border, but in southern Deir Ez Zor province, which is dominated by Sunni Arabs who formed a core constituency for ISIS. This area is not far from Raqqa. The nominally SDF forces in the area, with which the U.S. will have to work, are mainly Arab and notoriously marbled with ISIS fighters. This part of the SDF has been described as `SDF by day, ISIS by night'. Not that they will not make excellent guards. These fighters, far from attacking the U.S., will likely be delighted to find the U.S. not only creating a safe haven for them but funding them as well.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 13th, 2019 at 09:27:24 PM EST

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