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Well Sir..a bunch of HeadChoppers just busted out of their detainment camp in Northern Syria.

Things will get very interesting now
SDF commander confirms five ISIS prisoners escape after Turkey shelling

 

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may god bless the Kurds, thoughts and prayers
 

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Heather Cox Richardson
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It is becoming clearer that American democracy is under attack by oligarchy... and we are losing ground.
A week ago, on Sunday, October 6, Trump ordered the 50 or so US troops stationed with the Kurds in northern Syria to withdraw toward the south before Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sent his forces over the border. America began its involvement in the Syrian civil war in September 2014, with airstrikes against the ISIS fighters in the Islamic state establishing itself in the north. Since then, we have stationed up to 2000 troops there, attacking ISIS largely through our allies, the Kurds. Meanwhile Russia backs the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, whose efforts to regain control over his country are particularly brutal. There are many struggles going on in Syria, but one of them was between Russia and America.
When Trump ordered American troops out of Kurdish-held areas, American officials of both parties objected with horror to abandoning our allies the Kurds, who had fought hard in our behalf to weaken ISIS, warning that they would be slaughtered, and that the thousands of ISIS prisoners they held might be released in the chaos of battle. Trump responded with reassurance: “if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!).”
As soon as the troops relocated out of Kurdish territory, Turkish forces quickly crossed into the region, and began to massacre the Kurds. As Turkish soldiers began ethnic cleansing, Kurdish leaders initially begged for US support, but when it was not forthcoming, turned to Russia for protection against Turkey. "Either you stop this bombing on our people now or move aside so we can let in the Russians," said the leader of the Kurdish forces in Syria. Today, Trump ordered about 1000 US soldiers to back away from northern Syria, with one administration official calling the conditions on the ground in northern Syria "a total sh*tstorm." Russians and Syrian troops backed by Russia moved into the contested territory, where the Kurds welcomed their promises of protection against Turkey. What this means is that today, on Sunday, October 13, Russia gained control of Syria. Russian state TV chided the Kurds for being conned by America, and urged them to "choose their protector" more wisely in the future.
Congress has been in recess for three weeks, but it reconvenes on Tuesday. Leaders of both parties are vowing to back sanctions against Turkey for their atrocities against the Kurds. But it is too late to change the outcome of this momentous week.
There is a similar story of waning American influence playing out in Ukraine. in 2014, Ukraine's people demanded a connection with Europe and an end to the rampant corruption that was elevating an oligarchy. Russia promptly invaded and annexed the Ukrainian region of Crimea. Since then, it has worked to undermine democratic policies in Ukraine, turning it back toward Russia, while American policy has been to try to solidify the rule of law and a stable economy. As former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch said in her prepared statement before her testimony last week, she worked to advance this American policy. Meanwhile, Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman, worked for pro-Russian Ukrainian leaders. When pro-Europe, pro-democracy President Volodymyr Zelensky took office in May 2019, Trump withheld both the military support he needed to hold back Russia, and the state visits he needed to show that America would support Ukraine against Russian incursions.
Rather than trying to defend democracy, Republican leaders are continuing to attack Democrats. On Meet the Press today, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul deflected questions about Trump by saying that the Democrats must be investigated for pressuring Ukraine's leaders just as Trump has done. This is a lie that cuts to the heart of the struggle in which we are engaged. The story of the Democrats is this: On May 2, 2018, the New York Times reported that Ukraine's corrupt general prosecutor, Yuri Lutsenko, had stopped investigations so he could impede the Mueller probe. On May 4, 2018, three Democratic Senators wrote to ask if this were true, and if so, if he had discussed those cases with anyone from the Trump administration. In contrast, Trump withheld vital aid to an ally until he had produced dirt on a political rival. (Trump also asked Zelensky to reinstate Lutsenko, whom he had replaced.) To suggest that the Senators' letter is equivalent to the actions of Trump and his cronies is disinformation that further undermines democracy.
A final note from today: news broke of a short video shown to a conference of Trump supporters at Trump's Doral resort in Miami last week. It takes a clip from the film Kingsman in which a man massacres dozens of people inside a church. In the violently bloody video, Trump's face is superimposed on the assassin as he knifes, shoots, and sets fire to people on whom the faces of various Democrats and media logos are superimposed. It is profoundly disturbing, and I will not link it here.
Russia is overtaking American democracy in both Syria and Ukraine, but rather than pushing back, Republican leaders are muddying the waters at home so no one can figure out what's going on. That a film is circulating in which an American president butchers his political opponents and the media figures who try to hold him to account suggests that the struggle for democracy is not only taking place overseas.
 

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Impeachment news today was overshadowed by Trump's surprise announcement that he is pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, leaving our Kurdish allies there to the mercy of advancing troops from Turkey. But my guess is that this and impeachment are actually the same story. This is really complicated, and some of it is outside my wheelhouse, so bear with me as I try to untangle it.
Pundits are spinning Trump's surprise withdrawal of troops as an attempt to fulfill a 2016 campaign promise to end foreign wars, and he certainly mentioned that promise in his declaration about the removal. But I'm shocked that no major American news outlets appear to be talking about oil.
Kurdistan is a region of people who share cultural, historical, and linguistic ties. It overlies the intersection of four countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. The Kurds have their own leaders and have different political relationships with each of the governments of the nations in which they live, but they have tended to work with the US, especially in our war against ISIS, for which they have done much of the fighting. The base of Kurdish wealth is oil. Their land has a lot of it.
The Russian oil and gas giant, Rosneft, has been trying to gain access to develop Kurdish oil for years. Rosneft is one of the largest companies in the world, worth around $70 billion. It is the tool of Putin and Russian oligarchs, and after Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, President Obama put sanctions on Rosneft to freeze its assets in the United States. These are the sanctions Putin wants lifted. Russia bought the Kurdish oil pipelines that run through Turkey almost two years ago, and if it can control the Kurdish oil fields, it will become the dominant foreign power in the Middle East, replacing the United States.
So what does this have to do with impeachment? Ukraine is another developing region with petroleum resources. We recently learned that while Rudy Giuliani and Trump's other people were attacking Hunter Biden's dealings in Ukraine, they were themselves trying to take control of Ukraine's huge natural gas company. They were working with the corrupt president, but the election of Volodymyr Zelensky, a reformer, brought them up short. They successfully torpedoed America's Ukraine Ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch, who stood against them, and pushed for the investigation of Hunter Biden as well as the conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that attacked the 2016 elections. Key to this scheme were two Soviet-born Florida real estate men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who had poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into Republican campaigns.
I know, you need a scorecard. But here's the full circle: The House impeachment investigating committees asked Parnas and Furman to produce documents and to testify about the Ukraine scandal. Today their lawyer wrote an astounding letter denying Congress had the authority to make such demands and that it was simply trying to "harass, intimidate and embarrass" his clients. He wrote the letter in comic sans font, which seems to suggest he is laughing at the idea he and his clients have to answer to Congress.
And now full circle back to Trump....
It sure looks like Russia wanted Trump to be president so he could loosen US support for Ukraine and lift the US sanctions on Rosneft (this is actually pretty well established, so I won't argue it here). The Steele Dossier of information about Trump, compiled by a former British intelligence agent, suggested that Putin had offered Trump and his associate Carter Page brokerage fees on the sale of up to 19% of Rosneft stock. That has never been proven, but Rosneft's interests were almost certainly in the air in 2016. Once president, Trump did hold back US military aid to Ukraine, but while he has been able to delay some of the sanctions, and to lift a few selectively, he hasn't been terribly successful at removing them altogether.
So why is there suddenly this Syrian announcement, an announcement that goes against not only established US policy but against most Republican Senators, whom Trump needs very badly right now to protect him from conviction if he is impeached? A few days ago, Rosneft announced that it was switching its operations to euros rather than dollars, because it wanted to lessen its exposure to future US sanctions. That suggests to me Russian leaders have lost faith that Trump can end sanctions, and that they are going to figure on doing business without him.
I think they see the writing on the wall that Trump's presidency is crumbling. I think Trump does, too, so he's trying to help out his friends in the Russian oil industry as much as he can, while he still can, come hell or high water. In addition to pulling troops out of Syria, we learned this afternoon that Trump is considering pulling out of the Open Skies Treaty, which would likely bring the whole treaty crashing down. It enables countries to conduct unarmed reconnaissance flights over each others' territories. Without it, Ukraine will not be able to monitor the Russian troops on its border. America will have ceded its influence in the Middle East and Asia to Putin.
Ever since July 23, 2016, when I read the first story about Russian interference in the American election, it has seemed to me that it has always been about Russia. No matter how the story twists and turns, always Russia seems somewhere around. This Syria story floored me because... why are we abandoning our allies?!? and why now, when it looks like an end is in sight?!?... and then I read that after Trump began the troop drawdown, the Russian foreign minister met with the Kurdish Prime Minister first thing this morning.
 

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New developments.
The Kurds will have to make nice with Syria.
Erdogan will have no choice but to Cool down..and Back off.
Russia and Iran have already told him what time it is.

U.S. Neo-Cons and Israel will be pissed.
 
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