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Trump’s Neocons See Erdogan as Their Ticket to a Region-Wide Middle East War

  • Trump’s Neocons See Erdogan as Their Ticket to a Region-Wide Middle East War
    by , http://www.unz.com/
    Turkish troops and armored units are massed along Turkey’s southern border awaiting orders to invade northern Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to clear a ten mile-deep swath of land east of the Euphrates River in order to remove terrorist-linked militants (YPG) currently occupying the territory. The proposed offensive would put US Special Forces in the line of fire which significantly increases the likelihood of US casualties. If American troops are killed or wounded by the Turkish operation, Washington will respond in force leading to a potentially catastrophic face-off between the two NATO allies. The possibility of a violent clash between Turkey and the United States has never been greater than it is today.


    On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Turkey that any unilateral action in Syria would have “devastating consequences.” Pompeo’s comments were intended to intimidate Erdogan who stated on Tuesday that the military offensive would begin shortly after last weekend’s elections. If Erdogan proceeds with his plan, Pompeo will undoubtedly give the military the go-ahead for retaliatory attacks on the Turkish Army. This will either lead to a speedy retreat by Turkey or asymmetrical strikes on US strategic assets across the region. In any event, the fracas with Turkey is bound to widen the chasm between the two former allies forcing Erdogan to reconsider his commitment to the western alliance. Any further deterioration in relations between the US and Turkey could result in a dramatic shift in the global balance of power.

    Washington’s problems with Erdogan began years before the current dust-up. The Turkish leader has always steered an independent foreign policy which has been a constant source of frustration for the White House. During the war in Iraq, Erdogan refused to allow the US to use Turkish air bases to conduct their operations. (Erdogan did not support the war.) Presently he is purchasing air defense systems from Russia (S-400), (which VP Mike Pence has strongly condemned), he has attended summits in Sochi with Moscow and Tehran in order to find a political settlement for the war in Syria, he has signed contracts with Gazprom that will make his country the energy hub of southern Europe, and he has been harshly critical of US support for the its Kurdish proxies in east Syria (the SDF) which is an offshoot of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), a group that is on the US State Department’s list of terrorist organizations.

    Most of the friction between Erdogan and the US has been brought on by Washington’s flagrant disregard for Turkey’s security concerns. The current crisis is just another self inflicted wound, like the failed coup in 2016 which backfired spectacularly strengthening Erdogan’s grip on power while fueling widespread distrust of the United States. Check out this excerpt from an article in the New York Times dated August 2, 2016:

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http://www.threeworldwars.com/albert-pike2.htm

http://www.pravdareport.com/hotspots/conflicts/13-03-2018/140334-middle_east-0/

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http://americanfreepress.net/?p=7593: Clandestine session at Library of Congress involves top U.S. policy makers

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https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/ashkenazis-self-styled-jews-are-not-the-descendants-of-the-ancient-israelites/

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April 9, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is Vice President Mike Pence Giving Ultimatums to Turkey and Germany?

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‘S-400 Deal is Done Deal, We Will Not Step Back’ – Turkish FM

  • RT Published on Apr 4, 2019
    Turkey’s top diplomat has stood firm on Ankara’s commitment to buy the S-400 anti-air system from Russia, just days after the US froze deliveries of F-35 fighters to Ankara as part of its pressure to scupper the deal. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9rg1

April 5, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

Pence Issues Turkey Ultimatum: “Choose Between Remaining NATO Member Or Buying Russian S-400”

  • Pence Issues Turkey Ultimatum: “Choose Between Remaining NATO Member Or Buying Russian S-400”
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    Two days after we reported that the US had halted delivery of equipment related to the stealthy F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey as part of the ongoing rift over Erdogan’s plans to move forward with taking delivery of the advanced Russian S-4000 anti-air defense system, on Wednesday the US escalated the war of words with its NATO ally when Vice President Mike Pence threatened Turkey’s future role in the NATO alliance, warning it against “reckless decisions,” like following through with the purchase of the Russian-made air defense system.

    “Turkey must choose. Does it want to remain a critical partner in the most successful military alliance in history or does it want to risk the security of that partnership by making such reckless decisions that undermine our @NATO alliance?,” Pence tweeted on Wednesday, after making similar remarks at a NATO summit in Washington.

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April 4, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

Russia, Turkey Blast US Move to Recognize Golan Heights as Israeli

  • RT Published on Mar 29, 2019
    The top diplomats of Russia and Turkey have slammed Washington’s suggestion that the Golan Heights should be recognized as Israeli. The pair commented on this during a bilateral meeting in Turkey, which showed the two have a lot in common and not only in politics.

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March 30, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Turkey On Verge Of Collapse As Overnight Swaps Hit 700%, CDS Soar

  • Turkey On Verge Of Collapse As Overnight Swaps Hit 700%, CDS Soar
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    In Turkey’s ongoing attempt to crush currency manipulators, yesterday we reported that in addition to launching a “probe” against JPMorgan, the biggest US bank, for daring to cut its TRY price target, as well as threatening unnamed “manipulators”, on Monday Turkish authorities took a page of the Chinese currency manipulation playbook, when they made it virtually impossible for foreign investors to short the lira as they soaked up virtually all intermarket liquidity, potentially threatening to kill the economy.

    As we reported yesterday, the overnight swap rate on Monday soared more than ten-fold over the prior two sessions to more than 300%, the highest spike on record going back to the nation’s 2001 financial crisis as offshore funds clamoring to close out long-lira positions failed to find counterparties and the cost of a lira short exploded.

    Think Volkswagen short squeeze but for a currency, or FXwagen. Well, FXwagen went turbo on Tuesday, when this unprecedented move continued as Turkish Lira swaps exploded again, more than doubling overnight, and hitting an insane 700%, with some reporting prints as high as 750%.

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March 27, 2019 Posted by | Economics | , , , | Leave a comment

Troops in Syria: Whom to Believe, Trump or Pentagon?

  • RT America Published on Mar 18, 2019
    Amid stalling talks with Turkey, European allies and US-backed Kurds, reports have emerged that the Pentagon now intends to leave as many as 1,000 soldiers in Syria despite President Trump’s announced withdrawal from the conflict nearly three months ago. US generals have pushed back, claiming that there’s been no change in the planned withdrawal. Former US diplomat Jim Jatras joins News.Views.Hughes to weigh in.

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March 20, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Frenemies Be Like… Trump Threatens to ‘Devastate’ Turkish Economy If Ankara Attacks Kurds

  • RT Published on Jan 14, 2019
    Donald Trump has warned its NATO ally to beware of the devastative wrath of US economic pressure if Turkey dares to attack the Kurdish allies America is leaving behind in its “long overdue” pull-out of troops from Syria.

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January 15, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Comments Off on Frenemies Be Like… Trump Threatens to ‘Devastate’ Turkish Economy If Ankara Attacks Kurds

Erdogan to Bolton: “We Cannot Accept Bolton’s Messages Given from Israel”

  • The Duran Published on Jan 9, 2019
    The Duran Quick Take: Episode 50.
    Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan issued a crushing rebuke against U.S. national security advisor John Bolton over his pledges to ensure Turkish non-aggression against the American backed Kurds in Syria. Erdogan’s said on Monday that, “We [Turkey] cannot accept Bolton’s messages given from Israel” adding that Bolton made a “serious mistake”…a statement that left many U.S. warmonger neocon’s stunned The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a quick look at Turkish President Erdogan’s forceful shut down of war hawk John Bolton on Syria. What does this mean for the NATO allies, for the Kurds who are now seeking to reconcile with Damascus, and for Russia, which appears to have firmly positioned its partners in Syria, to work towards a diplomatic solution to America’s failed regime change war.

Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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January 11, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Erdogan to Bolton: “We Cannot Accept Bolton’s Messages Given from Israel”

Erdogan Dismisses Bolton’s Demand to Protect Kurds

  • RT America Published on Jan 9, 2019
    US national Security adviser, John Bolton traveled to Turkey this week to talk with Turkish and Israel officials about the future of US Troops in Syria. Instead Bolton received a furious response from Turkish’s president who declined to meet with him. For more on this, former US government advisor to Saudi Arabia, Paul Larudee joins Scottie Nell Hughes to discuss.

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January 10, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Comments Off on Erdogan Dismisses Bolton’s Demand to Protect Kurds

US Needs Kurds ‘for Leverage Over Future of Syria’ – Namo Abdulla

  • RT America Published on Jan 8, 2019
    Namo Abdulla, Washington Bureau Chief for Rudaw, joins News.Views.Hughes to discuss national security advisor John Bolton’s recent comments in Israel and offer of security guarantees to US-aligned Kurdish fighters in Syria and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s condemnation of the same. He argues that the “so-called Free Syrian Army” is ineffective and that the Kurdish insurgents, despised by Erdogan, are the only effective US ally there.

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January 9, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Comments Off on US Needs Kurds ‘for Leverage Over Future of Syria’ – Namo Abdulla

Syria Troops Withdrawal Rests on Turkey’s Guarantee for Kurds – US

  • RT Published on Jan 7, 2019
    Turkey has hit out at the United States over the situation surrounding Kurds in Syria. Washington is demanding that Ankara guarantee security for the US-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. Turkey says it only targets terrorist groups in the region, and not the Kurdish population as a whole. On Sunday, the US National Security Adviser laid out the conditions for the US troop withdrawal from Syria to begin.

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January 8, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Comments Off on Syria Troops Withdrawal Rests on Turkey’s Guarantee for Kurds – US

Will Russia, China, Turkey And India Drop the Dollar?

  • RT America Published on Jan 2, 2019
    Rick Sanchez explains what happened to the US economy in the last month of 2018. According to economists it was historically bad, alongside volatility and uncertainty. Some countries are planning to no longer use the US dollar as a standard, but why? Former CFTC commissioner Bart Chilton, host of “Boom Bust” joins News with Rick Sanchez to share his insights and predictions for short & long term.

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January 3, 2019 Posted by | Economics | , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Will Russia, China, Turkey And India Drop the Dollar?

Turkey Sends Team to Russia to Talk Manbij and US Pullout from Syria

  • RT Published on Dec 29, 2018
    Top diplomats and high-ranking military officials from Turkey have agreed to co-ordinate with Russia on the Syria crisis after holding talks in Moscow. It comes after the situation in Syria escalated, following Donald Trump’s surprise decision to pull US troops out of the country. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9lfc

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December 31, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Comments Off on Turkey Sends Team to Russia to Talk Manbij and US Pullout from Syria

Who Was Secretly Behind America’s Invading and Occupying Syria?

  • Who Was Secretly Behind America’s Invading and Occupying Syria?
    by ERIC ZUESSE, https://www.strategic-culture.org/
    The invasion and occupation of Syria by tens of thousands of jihadists who were recruited from around the world to overthrow Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, was financed mainly by US taxpayers and by the world’s wealthiest family, the Sauds, who own Saudi Arabia and the world’s largest oil company, Aramco. America’s international oil companies and major think tanks and ‘charitable’ foundations were also supportive and providing propaganda for the operation, but the main financing for it came from America’s taxpayers, and from the Saud family and from the Government that they own.

    One of the best articles that the New York Times ever published was by Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo, on 23 January 2016, “US Relies Heavily on Saudi Money to Support Syrian Rebels”. They reported that, “the C.I.A. and its Saudi counterpart have maintained an unusual arrangement for the rebel-training mission, which the Americans have code-named Timber Sycamore. Under the deal, current and former administration officials said, the Saudis contribute both weapons and large sums of money, and the C.I.A takes the lead in training the rebels. … From the moment the C.I.A. operation was started, Saudi money supported it.” Furthermore, “The White House has embraced the covert financing from Saudi Arabia — and from Qatar, Jordan and Turkey.” But “American officials said Saudi Arabia was by far the largest contributor to the operation.” The invasion and occupation of Syria by jihadists from around the world was primarily a Saud operation, though it was managed mainly by the US Government.

    Prior to the failed US-backed coup-attempt on 15 July 2015 to replace Tayyip Erdogan as Turkey’s President, Turkey was part of the U.S-Saudi alliance to overthrow and replace Syria’s Government. But afterwards, Turkey increasingly switched against the US and Sauds, and toward instead supporting the target of the Sauds and of America’s aristocrats: Syria. And, so, Turkey has increasingly joined Syria’s alliance, which includes Iran and Russia. That’s one of the major geopolitical changes in recent decades.

    The NYT continued: “The Saudi efforts were led by the flamboyant Prince Bandar bin Sultan, at the time the intelligence chief, who directed Saudi spies to buy thousands of AK-47s and millions of rounds of ammunition in Eastern Europe for the Syrian rebels. The C.I.A. helped arrange some of the arms purchases for the Saudis, including a large deal in Croatia in 2012.”

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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/03/us-isis-syria-iraq

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/raqqas_dirty_secret

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http://www.newsweek.com/secret-us-deal-isis-let-thousands-fighters-flee-raqqa-report-710301

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http://ibankcoin.com/flyblog/2017/07/24/tulsi-gabbard-us-addicted-regime-change-cia-funded-armed-al-qaeda-syria/

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http://theantimedia.org/tulsi-gabbard-plan-refugee-crisis/

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https://www.rt.com/usa/379119-tulsi-gabbard-terrorists-syria/

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http://theantimedia.org/congresswoman-us-funds-isis-syria/

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http://theantimedia.org/congresswoman-us-arming-isis/

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December 29, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Who Was Secretly Behind America’s Invading and Occupying Syria?