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Trump and Bolton play good and bad cop game on Syria

US troop pullout from Syria conditional on Turkey’s security guarantees for Kurds – Bolton

… from Russia Today, Moscow

[ Editor’s Note: Here we go again, enshrining wide open to all UN countries that US policy is whatever we say it is, for any particular day. Today we have Bolton announcing a reversal of President Tweet’s policy announcement via Twitter on the Syria withdrawal.

The free and democratic US now insists, without any input from Syria, that it will decide Syria’s foreign policy with the Turks on the Kurds, as a ploy to pull the Kurds back from making a resolution deal with Damascus to be reintegrated into what all have agreed to, or say they do, except the US, that Syrian sovereignty is not up for negotiation. The US, even at this point in the war, still does not recognize it.

So with people like we have in power, who openly claim that not only do they not feel bound by agreements made by any past administration, but they don’t even feel bound even by whatever they said yesterday, then how can any country make an agreement with such openly slippery characters?

As VT has editorialized, this is a street-gangster mentality, a degraded condition that the US has been allowed to slide into, year after year, including all key aspects of our government, so our country could not only be overtaken by gangsters, but also have control over all the security and judicial orgs to protect themselves.

Many, like me, would view that as a form of coup, like putting the lobster in the pot and slowly increasing the temperature until it is done so the lobster does not thrash around after being thrown into boiling water and scald everybody.

Don’t expect the peace-loving Democrats to do much about this, as they want the funding from the military industrial complex to take back power in 2020; and yes, they will promise to keep the fake war hype going to keep the fat cats happy.

Will the veterans orgs and all the memberships of all of the legal and security organizations raise hell about this? They have not to date; so what would make them do so now? The public does not demand that they do; and frankly, with no public support, why take the risk to do so when they can sit tight and cash their paychecks while basking in the sun as protectors of American freedom and democracy? Jim W. Dean ]

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“You lie for me, and I will lie for you.”

– First published … January 06, 2019

US forces will not leave Syria until Turkey guarantees the safety of US-backed Kurdish militias, National Security Advisor John Bolton has said, as cited by AP. He added that there was no timetable for a US withdrawal.

According to Bolton, US President Donald Trump told him that he would “not allow Turkey to kill the Kurds.”

“We don’t think the Turks ought to undertake military action that’s not fully coordinated with and agreed to by the United States, at a minimum, so they don’t endanger our troops but also so that they meet the president’s requirement that the Syrian opposition forces that have fought with us are not endangered,” he said.

Bolton also stressed there was no set timetable for US withdrawal from Syria, adding that Washington was not interested in maintaining a long-term military presence in the country.

“The timetable flows from the policy decisions that we need to implement,” he noted.

Bolton’s statements provoked a critical response from Ankara. It is “irrational” to claim that Turkey targets Kurds in its operations, the Turkish president’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said, adding that the Turkish military campaign is aimed against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) as well as against the Kurdish YPG and PKK groups, which Ankara sees as terrorists.

Turkey’s goal is to “save the Kurds” from persecution by these “terrorist organizations,” Kalin said, and that any claim that these groups might represent the Kurdish people was showing “disrespect to our Kurdish brothers.” He also made it clear that Ankara is not intending to stop its military campaign as he said that “Turkey will continue its efforts with determination.”

Bolton made his comments while on a visit to Jerusalem, where he is meeting with Israeli officials to explain Donald Trump’s sudden announcement last month that American forces stationed in Syria would be coming home.

Trump had previously stated that the US’ sole mission in Syria – the defeat of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) – had been completed. Bolton’s statement appears to add a new condition before withdrawing: receiving assurances from Ankara that US-backed Kurdish militias in northern Syria will not face an assault from Turkish forces.

Although Trump vowed to bring US troops home as soon as possible, bitter disagreements between Washington and Ankara over the status of the Kurdish militias will likely bring the withdrawal to a halt. Turkey has labeled the Kurdish YPG – which receives support from the Pentagon – as a terrorist group.

Bolton will travel to Turkey on Monday, where he is expected to lay out Washington’s demands to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that “the importance of ensuring that the Turks don’t slaughter the Kurds” was “still part of the American mission” in Syria. His comment was condemned by Ankara, which creatively argued that Pompeo was comparing all Kurds to terrorists.

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14 Replies to “Trump and Bolton play good and bad cop game on Syria

  1. The rot is concentrated in the GOP.

    We have a two party system as why does the internet have thousands of paid bloggers and youtube channels promoting the far right wing of American politics?

    And only one VT and only one Gordon Duff?

    Let us please put our thinking caps on please….

    Nine

  2. “All vows [], obligations, oaths, and anathemas, whether called ‘ḳonam,’ ‘ḳonas,’ or by any other name, which we may vow, or swear, or pledge, or whereby we may be bound, from this Day of Atonement until the next (whose happy coming we await), we do repent. May they be deemed absolved, forgiven, annulled, and void, and made of no effect; they shall not bind us nor have power over us. The vows shall not be reckoned vows; the obligations shall not be obligatory; nor the oaths be oaths.”

    I suppose this sums up the USA Foreign Policy, because it is run by the same people who regard the above as a “Sacred Prayer”. Just Google Kol Nidre. This is worse than the meme of Catholics running to the priest for forgiveness. These guys get absolved in advance for Sins against The Word.

    It seems that politicians all over the world have fallen into this pattern of behaviour, perhaps because they have been compromised by the same Hidden Hand that pulls the strings of THEIR Puppets.

  3. Now that the flamers have shut down government . . . which means to me, people are NOT GETTING PAID . . . because a “wall” isn’t being built 😒 [unamused face emoji]. I am unamused.

    Dr. Abbe said we haven’t had an attack on U.S. soil . . . well, if WITHHOLDING WORK and PAY from government employees isn’t an ATTACK, I don’t know what it.

    I call it EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION by the U.S. Government on its employees, based on . . . wait for it . . . wait for it . . . wait for it . . . NATIONAL ORIGIN.

    And if government is shut down . . . why is Bolton going to Turkey? Oh, just not that part of government.

    OMIGOSH that’s hilarious, and I hope someday we can all look back on this and laugh. But, right now, government employees are being discriminated against because they work for the government of the United States of America, and a deranged administration put them on a Drunk Uncle Sam “strike” — because the real mentally unstable Humpty Trumpty didn’t get a wall built with Mexico paying for it! I call that a reverse . . . triple axle, double lutz . . . EMPLOYEE DISCRIMINATION claim.

    Bolton gets to work, why aren’t the other government employees allowed to??

    1. Humpty Trumpty, CAMPAIGNED to build a wall and have “Mexico” pay for it. Mexico shouldn’t pay for shit . . . they got forked tongued so many times by our Drunk Uncle Sam.

      Even Mexico’s Presidente said, prior to the election, “We ain’t paying for shit” . . . at least that’s how I translated what he said . . . then why are government employees forced out of work at this time, while OTHER government employees are going to Turkey?

      Everyone with half a brain tied behind their backs would not understand the logic of this.

      And what does the president do OVER CHRISTMAS . . . shuts down OUR GOVERNMENT, which means nothing but one thing . . . he’s starving out people right here at home by withholding from them THEIR ABILITY TO WORK and EARN AND INCOME <—————- and they're here "LEGALLY" . . .

      The irony.

  4. “So with people like we have in power, who openly claim that not only do they not feel bound by agreements made by any past administration, but they don’t even feel bound even by whatever they said yesterday, then how can any country make an agreement with such openly slippery characters?”

    This should come as no surprise. Ask any native american about the US administration keeping their word. The Nations found this out to their sorrow, and have paid a terrible price for expecting honor from the U.S.

  5. The U.S. has gone far too long without an attack on its homeland. The ignorant cowards in the population desperately need a lesson since all survivors of the last attack have died after the Civil War about 150 years ago. The fools in America today have no idea or concept of what it is like to be bombed as they allow the criminals in their own government to routinely do to other lesser countries every day. Therefore Russia, Iran, Syria, China and any other country should join hands and make a surprise attack on the U.S. and its gangster ally Israel so their populations can feel the same pain they routinely inflict on others. The four star generals are so corrupt and cowardly they likely can’t even find the nuclear codes in less than hours anyway. In fact most of the bombs they have likely won’t explode or will miss the targets. Do the world a favor. Teach the criminals in Israel and America a lesson they will never forget. Start with NY and end with LA and SF. You might even save the world from total annihilation. Every grade school teacher knows this dictum:
    “Never tolerate a bully”. The U.S. and Israel are the two bullies in planet earth today.

    1. I’m not sure I understand. We HAD an attack on our homeland on Sept. 11, 2001.

      The people we pay to “protect” us from these types of things were ordered/commanded by their superior officers of the U.S. military to STAND DOWN!

      And if left up to MAN — (sorry, kids, but they seem to want to run the circus) many more would be GONE!

      YEMEN started to be targeted. NOT because of anything other than . . . it’s great real estate. But it’s THEIRS.

      And it’s their culture. And it’s their lifestyle. If they don’t want to conform to OUR manner of living . . . let it be.

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  7. Yes exactly as articulated in article. A Gangster COUP. Janus of Neo-Rome on display as it’s true essence gets distillated down to it’s foci & cynosure. Which ‘Path to Persia’ ?

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