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Post by Joseph » Oct Mon 12, 2015 9:22 am

U.S.-backed 'rebels in Syria using TOW missiles to slow the offensive of Syrian Army, which is being given air support by Russia.

'TOW' missiles funneled into Syria via Turkey and Saudi Arabia in a CIA-backed program.

This is the part that is not covert:

"WASHINGTON, Dec 5, 2013 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for tube-launched, optically-tracked wire-guided 2A/2B radio-frequency (RF) Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $900 million.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale of 9,650 BGM-71 2A Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked Wire-Guided (TOW) Radio-Frequency (RF) missiles, 4,145 BGM-71 2B Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked Wire-Guided Aero RF missiles, 91 TOW-2A Fly-to-Buy missiles, 49 TOW-2B Fly-to-Buy missiles, containers, spare and repair parts, support equipment, tools and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $900 million.

The proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a critical partner who has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability in the Middle East.

[But, these weapons are being given to al-Qaeda & Friends. This means that 'stability' for the U.S. and Israel ='s INSTABILITY in the Middle East among 'Arab' nations?]

The proposed sale will support the Ministry of the National Guard’s defense and counter-terrorism missions. The sale will also improve Saudi Arabia’s capability to meet and defeat current and future threats from enemy armored vehicles. Saudi Arabia will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. Saudi Arabia, which already has TOW missiles in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be Raytheon Corporation..."
http://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/ki ... 2a2b-radio


Link to this info found in the Washington Post article:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/di ... story.html



No definitive word on how many of these are in the possession of al-Qaeda, ISIS and others hostile to the U.S. and it's allies.
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Re: The Middle East

Post by JIMD » Oct Tue 13, 2015 7:54 am

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ ... 2-14-55-15

Putin will sort it out and with out Barry's ineffective input
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Re: The Middle East

Post by specialties » Oct Tue 13, 2015 7:56 am

And the slack that barry cut for the poot on that 'open mic' too... Fer shame!!!
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Re: The Middle East

Post by Joseph » Oct Sat 17, 2015 9:48 am

ISIS/Neocons/CIA/Mossad ammo dumps and other installations being hit and destroyed by Russian forces:
https://youtu.be/hO6DO7YjMWA

https://youtu.be/jHxdxJnrJdw

Meanwhile U.S. "coalition" forces continue hitting water treatment plants, hospitals, etc - driving (herding) more refugees ultimately to Europe in an attempt to depopulate Syria and disrupt (destroy) European culture.
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Re: The Middle East

Post by Mac66 » Oct Sat 17, 2015 11:31 am

Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Syria, even Israel, are talking to Putin. Obama's position of strategic patience is being seen by our allies in the region as cautious disengagement.

The next WH occupant is going to have his/her hands more than full.

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Post by lost cause » Oct Sat 17, 2015 1:51 pm

Mac66 wrote:Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Syria, even Israel, are talking to Putin. Obama's position of strategic patience is being seen by our allies in the region as cautious disengagement.

The next WH occupant is going to have his/her hands more than full.
It is not "cautious disengagement" but flat out ignoring the region. Obama is so afraid committing U.S. forces and having one of them killed leading into the presidential election as he knows it will have negative ramifications for the democrats.
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Re: The Middle East

Post by Joseph » Nov Thu 19, 2015 9:09 pm

Russia's President Putin gets briefed on operations in Syria:

https://youtu.be/20pyZbCYxOg

Short version:

"Comrade Commander-in-Chief, in accordance with your orders we have intensified strike operations and are 'bombing-the-[expletive]-out of the terrorists' in Syria."
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Post by Joseph » Nov Mon 23, 2015 8:18 am

Who is cutting off ISIS oil trade???

https://www.rt.com/usa/323070-pbs-isis-video-russian/
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Post by specialties » Nov Tue 24, 2015 7:13 am

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Post by Joseph » Nov Tue 24, 2015 8:03 am

Russian jet shot down over Syria by NATO member, Turkey.



http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/11/2 ... IS20151124



The work of crazy Shrillary and the Bush and Obama era neoCons is begging Russia to 'push the Button'---
http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/ ... linton.jpg

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Post by Joseph » Dec Wed 02, 2015 7:12 am

Incredible how the major networks (CBS, NBC, ABC, etc.) continue to downplay or ignore the work that the Russians are doing in Syria to erase U.S.-spawned and supported Daesh/ISIS/al Qaeda forces.

It should now be clear to everyone that U.S., Turkey and Saudis and their 'friends' have been fomenting and feeding the conflict under the guise of 'removing Assad.'

And if Assad were suddenly removed- what would happen? I think we know - from seeing what happened when Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Libya were thrown into chaos due to U.S./Israeli/Saudi actions.

BTW- here's how Russia responded to the people on the ground responsible for the war crime committed against their crew from the downed SU-24...

https://youtu.be/n2C5aAxpRGM
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Post by Joseph » Dec Wed 02, 2015 7:45 am

They admit it- U.S. Special Forces are on the ground in Syria and Iraq.
https://youtu.be/87w7zSuok-0
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Post by Joseph » Dec Fri 04, 2015 7:07 pm

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Post by Mac66 » Dec Sat 05, 2015 8:43 am

Read most of it,esp the portion on terrorism. He makes many good points. He's clearly calling for an international coalition to defeat isis, with Russia leading the charge.

We have one more year of a so-called Syrian policy that has failed us and failed the Syrians.

We should engage the smartest computer experts and forensic accountants in the world to go after the isis money sources, prosecute them publicly, and shut off the spigot. If Putin could lead that charge, he'd go down as a modern day hero.

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Re: The Middle East

Post by Joseph » Dec Sun 20, 2015 10:26 pm

Glenn Beck on the Middle East and ISIS and U.S. role:

http://www.glennbeck.com/2015/12/15/exp ... proxy-war/
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Re: The Middle East

Post by specialties » Dec Mon 21, 2015 9:22 am

When you add it all up we see where the terrorism is centered fer sure...

Stalin, hitler, mao, pol pot maybe caused 100,000,000 premature deaths??

Add our communist left effort here in the USA plus their allies isisis et al, including abortion and that's maybe 60,000,000 very early deaths???

Think about it, pink slob gobs!!! Why should we vote for you nasty buggars??? :oops:
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Post by Joseph » Dec Tue 22, 2015 7:27 am

U.S. Joint Chiefs acting against Obama?

This article provides some explanations and insight...

https://www.rt.com/usa/326748-us-syria- ... nce-hersh/

In the end, the Israelis are the ones pushing hardest for the removal of Assad. They apparently want total chaos in the region and the de-legitimizing of claims by Syria for return of the Golan.


From the articles:

"In summer 2013, a highly classified report prepared by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the JCS assessed that ousting President Assad would create chaos in the country, making it an easy prey for Islamic extremists.

By that time, the CIA had been delivering weapons from Libyan arms depots [Thanks, HILLARY!] to Syria via Turkey for over a year. This began soon after the assassination of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, writes Hersh.

The arms were handed to any group opposing Assad’s military, including Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State [THANKS AGAIN, Hillary!]. The so-called ‘moderate rebels’ had “evaporated and the Free Syrian Army was a rump group stationed at an airbase in Turkey,” the source told the journalist. The US military assessment was realistic: moderate opposition to Assad is a myth and the US was arming Islamic extremists.


The DIA’s former head, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, recalled the report “got enormous pushback” from the Obama administration, which “did not want to hear the truth.”

If the American public saw the intelligence we were producing daily, at the most sensitive level, they would go ballistic,” Flynn said."
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Post by Joseph » Dec Tue 22, 2015 6:36 pm

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Re: The Middle East

Post by Joseph » Jan Mon 04, 2016 7:55 am

https://exposefacts.org/killer-drone-ne ... leblowers/

"Killer Drone News Blackout Continues As Mainstream Media Ignore 4 Whistleblowers
By John Hanrahan
December 3, 2015


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And now, in the latest example of journalistic negligence, The New York Times, Washington Post and other mainstream news organizations in late November continued their apparent policy of no-bad-news-reporting-about-drones.

This time, the major media chose to ignore four former Air Force drone-war personnel who went public with an open letter to President Obama. The letter urged the President to reconsider a program that killed “innocent civilians,” and which “only fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS, while also serving as a fundamental recruiting tool [for extremists] similar to Guantanamo Bay.”

In strong, dramatic language, the four men — in the letter and subsequent press appearances — challenged the official Obama White House/Pentagon/CIA public view that civilians are rarely killed by drones, and that drones make Americans safer and are helping defeat terrorists. Rather, they said that the U.S. drone war plays right into the hands of ISIS and other extremist groups by terrorizing local populations and killing innocent civilians, resulting in heightened anti-U.S. feeling and more recruits for ISIS."
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Post by Mac66 » Feb Sat 06, 2016 11:36 am

Aleppo is about to fall to the Assad-Putin coalition.

Result? Peace talks suspended, Assad winning back the country, thousands of refugees fleeing to a county that can't handle them.

The USA stance? We're officially "troubled" that Putins jets are targeting Syrian Rebels, not Isis. Putin, not Obama, not the USA, is the kingmaker in Syria. Welcome back, Assad. His country is rubble, his people scattered, but it looks like Putin has won the day for him.
The encirclement of Aleppo would also create a humanitarian disaster of such magnitude that it would eclipse the horrific sieges of Madaya and other stricken regions that have received the world’s (short-lived) attention. Tens of thousands of Aleppo residents are already fleeing toward Kilis, the Turkish town that sits across the border from Azaz. The humanitarian crisis, lest anyone still had any doubt, is a deliberate regime and Russian strategy to clear important areas of problematic residents — while paralyzing rebels, neighboring countries, Western states, and the United Nations.

Assad all along pursued a strategy of gradual escalation and desensitization that, sadly, worked well. Syrians already compare the international outcry and response to the IS’ siege of Kobane in 2014 to the world’s indifference to the current tragedy.
So much for Obama's "red line." Putin will keep pushing, there and elsewhere.

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Post by Joseph » Feb Sun 28, 2016 9:34 pm

https://consortiumnews.com/2016/02/20/f ... t-realist/

"Not surprisingly then, Washington’s neocon-dominated foreign policy elite has been scathing toward both men, seeking to marginalize them so far from the mainstream that aspiring pundits and academics with hopes for professional advancement will obsequiously vouch for the diplomatic chops of Hillary Clinton and the seriousness of the GOP establishment contenders.

Sniffing Out ‘Realism’

As for Sanders, David Ignatius has detected a clearly disqualifying characteristic, that the Vermont senator may be, gasp, a “closet realist.”

On Feb. 12, Ignatius raised that shocking possibility in another Washington Post column: “Is Bernie Sanders a closet foreign policy ‘realist’? Reading his few pronouncements on foreign policy, you sense that he embraces the realists’ deep skepticism about U.S. military intervention.”
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Post by specialties » Feb Mon 29, 2016 1:28 am

Aleppo is about to fall to the Assad-Putin coalition.
America watches with some interest...
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Post by Joseph » Jul Mon 11, 2016 9:23 am

Putin dissects the situation in Syria and is reported to say that American leaders have 'mush for brains.'

See:
https://youtu.be/jd4qr2rW4lc
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Re: The Middle East

Post by specialties » Jul Mon 11, 2016 9:35 am

American leaders have 'mush for brains
Subject to change in November...
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Post by Inglewood2 » Jul Mon 18, 2016 10:52 am

Let's Make Turkey / Turkey Again 2016 ; "This Is Going To Get Very Ugly" - Former Top CIA Officer Says "Obama Has Lost Control Of The Middle East"
by Tyler Durden
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With Thursday's tragic mass killing by a resclusive, truck-driving Tunisian maniac in Nice having been violently drowned out by the frentic late Friday news of a failed (and perhaps staged) coup in Turkey, the news cycle has once again shifted its attention away from a far greater threat to the global economy than whether Erdogan can concentrate even more power in his grasp. Namely, both lone-wolf and organized terrorism in Europe (and elsewhere). And according to at least one CIA field commander, Gary Bernsten, it is all Obama's fault.

As the Hill reports, the decorated former CIA career officer who served in the Directorate of Operations between October 1982 and June 2005, said on Friday that Obama has lost control of the Middle East following attacks in France that left at least 84 dead. "This is going to get very, very ugly," Gary Bernsten said on Fox & Friends Friday.

"The president of the United States, as Newt Gingrich has stated, has failed in his responsibilities to defend the United States. He has lost control of the Middle East. It is in flames, and that is what he will leave when he leaves office." One can also make the argument that it is not so much Obama, as his first secretary of state, the person who in less than 4 months may be America's next president.

We wonder what Bernsten would add after last night's even more disturbing events in Turkey. As we just witnessed over the past 24 hours, the Middle East is indeed in flames, and what's worse, the US has zero control. As Ali Watkins reported overnight, US officials were caught completely off guard by Friday's attempted Turkish coup.

The State Department scrambled to alert citizens in Turkey, urging them to shelter in place and check in with family members in the U.S. The White House said President Obama had spoken with Secretary of State John Kerry, and both urged “all parties” in Turkey to support the democratically elected government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and “avoid violence or bloodshed,” but the statement avoided using the word “coup.”

Across Washington, it was clear that responses were purely reactionary — it took more than two hours after first reports emerged of the violence for the White House to make any public statement. In the hours immediately following the attempted overthrow, officials across the White House, State Department and Pentagon simply said they were monitoring as the situation unfolded. If the U.S. was indeed blindsided by the attempted overthrow Friday afternoon, it will have to take a long, hard look at why such a consequential event — with a NATO ally, no less— took them by such surprise.

As of Friday night, the attempted coup had “no impact” on the U.S.’s military operations in the country, a U.S. official told BuzzFeed News. “[U.S.] air ops have continued from Incirlik. Literally birds in the sky.”
As of Saturday morning, however, things are very different.


Ironically, this time Obama lucked out on a major change in the geopolitical arena (perhaps because the entire coup attempt was staged or simply because it was very disorganized); but what happens when this - or another- key US ally and NATO member undergoes a military coup. Will the US once again have no response? As of this moment, the CIA officer's assessment is absolutely spot on.


He had some parting thoughts about "eliminating" the ISIS threat: "We can take care of these ISIS thugs in about a month." One still wonders why that hasn't happened...

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Post by Inglewood2 » Jul Mon 18, 2016 11:14 am

Funk called Medina,Funk called Medina : Defence Security Cooperation Agency
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WASHINGTON,DC The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for tube-launched, optically-tracked wire-guided 2A/2B radio-frequency (RF) Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $900 million.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale of 9,650 BGM-71 2A Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked Wire-Guided (TOW) Radio-Frequency (RF) missiles, 4,145 BGM-71 2B Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked Wire-Guided Aero RF missiles, 91 TOW-2A Fly-to-Buy missiles, 49 TOW-2B Fly-to-Buy missiles, containers, spare and repair parts, support equipment, tools and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $900 million.

The proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a critical partner who has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability in the Middle East.

The proposed sale will support the Ministry of the National Guard’s defense and counter-terrorism missions. The sale will also improve Saudi Arabia’s capability to meet and defeat current and future threats from enemy armored vehicles. Saudi Arabia will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. Saudi Arabia, which already has TOW missiles in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be Raytheon Corporation of Tucson, Arizona. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

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Post by Joseph » Sep Mon 19, 2016 9:14 pm

A M A Z I N G !!!

American jets strike Syrian Army forces. Reports: 62 killed, 100 wounded. ISIS then uses broken lines to mount massive attack on Syrian Army positions.

Russian Defense Officials convene emergency Security Council.
Calls for emergency UN Security Council meeting.

USA Main Stream Media squashes news and info on this. Instead - reports on 'dumpster bomb' and Trump dominate.
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Post by Joseph » Nov Fri 04, 2016 1:43 pm

U.S. made weapons for terrorists and to foment unrest in the Middle East.

Another exhibit:
https://www.facebook.com/paul.j.watson. ... 443981171/

Saudis and others buy weapons from U.S.
Deals approved or condoned by Killary.
Cash goes to Clintons.
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Post by Joseph » Dec Sat 17, 2016 9:45 am

Syria: Can you handle the truth?

Now, a word from the 'evil' 'hacking' Russians:
https://youtu.be/ZqIoedx01cw

and...

https://youtu.be/c4EtLukoy4c
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Re: The Middle East

Post by Mac66 » Dec Sat 17, 2016 11:03 am

https://usun.state.gov/remarks/7607

Can you handle the truth? nah, go into conspiracy/denial/fake news mode, after all your KGB thug and his good friend and trusted ally, the murderous Assad, can do no wrong...
Thank you. Here is what is happening right now in eastern Aleppo. Syrians trapped by the fighting are sending out their final appeals for help, or they are saying their goodbyes. A doctor named Mohammad Abu Rajab left a voice message: “This is a final distress call to the world. Save the lives of these children and women and old men. Save them. Nobody is left. You might not hear our voice after this.” A photographer named Ameen Al-Halabi wrote on Facebook: “I am waiting to die or be captured by the Assad regime. Pray for me and always remember us.” A teacher named Abdulkafi Al-Hamdo said: “I can tweet now but I might not do it forever. Please save my daughter’s life and others. This is a call from a father.” Another doctor told a journalist: “Remember that there was a city called Aleppo that the world erased from the map and history.” This is what is happening in eastern Aleppo. This is what is being done by Member States of the United Nations who are sitting around this horseshoe table today. This is what is being done to the people of eastern Aleppo, to fathers, and mothers, and sons, and daughters, brothers, and sisters like each of us here.

It is extremely hard to get information, of course, out of the small area still held by the opposition. You will hear this as an alibi as a way of papering over what video testimony, phone calls, and others are bringing us live. You will hear this invoked – that it is hard to verify. It is deliberate. The Assad regime and Russia back by Iran using militia on the ground have done everything they can to cut off the city. So you will hear, “well, we don’t really know, maybe it’s made up” – but they are hiding what is happening from the world. It would be easy for independent investigators to get in along with food, health workers, and others; but instead, the perpetrators are hiding their brutal assault from the world willfully. But consider the accounts that have made it out – so many of them – first responders describing children’s voices from beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings. There are no first responders or equipment left to dig them out, and no doctors left to treat them. Bodies lying in the streets of eastern Aleppo, but no one dares collect them, for fear of getting bombed or shot to death in the process. Up to a hundred children are reportedly trapped right now, in a building under heavy fire. Terrorists. Clearly – young children – they must be terrorists because everybody being executed, everybody being barrel bombed, everybody who’s been chlorine attacked, you’re going to be told they are all terrorists – every last one of them, even the infants.

The regime of Bashar Al-Assad, Russia, Iran, and their affiliated militia are the ones responsible for what the UN called “a complete meltdown of humanity.” And they are showing no mercy. No mercy despite their territorial conquests – even now, no mercy. In the last 24 hours alone, pro-Assad forces reportedly killed at least 82 civilians, including 11 women and 13 children.

These forces are reportedly entering homes and executing civilians on the spot, as we have heard. And according to the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights, foreign militias like Iraqi Harakat Al-Nujaba organization are involved in these killings. Where civilians are able to run the gauntlet and make it across the frontlines, Syrian intelligence agencies are pulling people aside and sending them away, perhaps to be gang-pressed to the front lines, likely to the same prisons where we know the Assad regime tortures and executes those in its custody.

In light of these reports, we join others, especially the Secretary-General, in one of his final appeals, reiterating our call to the Assad regime and Russia to stop their assault on Aleppo, to protect civilians. We call on Russia and Assad to allow impartial, international observers into the city to oversee the safe evacuation of the people who wish to leave, but who justifiably fear that if they try, they will be shot in the street or carted off to one of Assad’s gulags.

The Assad regime and Russia appear dead set on seizing every last square inch of Aleppo by force, no matter how many innocent bodies pile up in their wake. But we keep insisting on answering the UN call for access, for safe and orderly evacuation, because we are not willing to accept that innocent men, women, and children can be butchered simply because they happen to live in a conflict area. Our shared humanity and security demands that certain rules of war hold, the most basic. And it is up to each and every one of us here to defend those rules.

To the Assad regime, Russia, and Iran – three Member States behind the conquest of and carnage in Aleppo – you bear responsibility for these atrocities. By rejecting UN-ICRC evacuation efforts, you are signaling to those militia who are massacring innocents to keep doing what they are doing. Denying or obfuscating the facts – as you will do today – saying up is down, black is white, will not absolve you. When one day there is a full accounting of the horrors committed in this assault of Aleppo – and that day will come, sooner or later – you will not be able to say you did not know what was happening. You will not be able to say you were not involved. We all know what is happening. And we all know you are involved.

Aleppo will join the ranks of those events in world history that define modern evil, that stain our conscience decades later. Halabja, Rwanda, Srebrenica, and, now, Aleppo. To the Assad regime, Russia, and Iran, your forces and proxies are carrying out these crimes. Your barrel bombs and mortars and airstrikes have allowed the militia in Aleppo to encircle tens of thousands of civilians in your ever-tightening noose. It is your noose. Three Member States of the UN contributing to a noose around civilians. It should shame you. Instead, by all appearances, it is emboldening you. You are plotting your next assault. Are you truly incapable of shame? Is there literally nothing that can shame you? Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin, that just creeps you out a little bit? Is there nothing you will not lie about or justify?

To the members of this Council, and all Member States of the United Nations: Know that the ghastly tactics we are witnessing in Aleppo will not stop if the city falls. The regime and its Russian allies will only be emboldened to replicate their starve-and-surrender-and-slaughter tactics elsewhere. This will be their model for attempting to retake cities and towns across Syria. It will not end with Aleppo. And it will not focus on terrorists. It never has, and there is no evidence that it will.

This is why it is so essential that each of us right here – no matter how small a country you are, no matter what your view of sovereignty, if you share our view that terrorism is one of the singular causes on earth worth fighting, it doesn’t matter – you have a responsibility to denounce these atrocities. We have just heard the Secretary-General state it plainly. You have to tell those responsible that they must stop. This isn’t the time for more equivocation, for self-censoring, for avoiding naming names, for diplomatic niceties of the kind that are so well-practiced here on the Council. Say who is responsible. Appeal to Moscow, to Damascus, to Tehran, that they have to stop. Use every channel you have – public, private, bankshot, through someone who knows someone. The lives of tens of thousands of Syrians still in eastern Aleppo – between 30,000-60,000 people – and hundreds of thousands more across the country who are besieged, depend on it.

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Post by Mac66 » Dec Sat 17, 2016 11:12 am

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.759473
Early in the Trump transition phase, it looked as if Mike Huckabee would be appointed ambassador to Israel. Huckabee had recently accused Jews of plotting false flag hate crime hoaxes to frame Donald Trump supporters; he also has a bit of a history of tossing out casual Holocaust comparisons and then getting really angry when Jews cry foul.

But Huckabee will not be our ambassador. Instead, Trump has tapped close adviser David Friedman for the role. Friedman has called Barack Obama an "anti-Semite" and contended that J Streeters are "far worse than Kapos." He also asserted, in the course of advocating "allegiance" standards for Israel's Muslim citizens, that "In the United States, advocating to overthrow the government by force or violence can get you life in prison" (No, it can't). And of course, he's an opponent of the two-state solution.

It's a little unnerving that the thing Trump looks for in an Israel ambassador is a propensity to frivolously toss out Nazi comparisons. It's almost like he won't actually be a real friend in the White House. Imagine that.


So let's go back to that little bit where Friedman unfavorably compared a significant swath of the Jewish community to Nazi collaborators. Remember last week, when the Senate passed the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act 97-0 (it was really controversial)? The ASAA incorporates a definition of anti-Semitism which, among other things, considers Israel/Nazi comparisons anti-Semitic. Surely, the spirit of the law also includes other comparisons of Jewish institutions to Nazis or their collaborators, yes?

The ASAA does not contain an "unless you're a right-winger" carve out. Once again, there's an opportunity for Jewish organizations to demonstrate that they're unafraid to call out anti-Semitic rhetoric when it emerges from the right. One does not have to be a J Street member or even a fan to think that comparing them to "Kapos" is grotesque and marginalizing, and should be (what's the word I'm looking for? Help me out, ADL) disqualifying for any administration post – much less one deeply symbolic for America's Jewish population.

In fact, I hereby pledge to donate to the first Senator who announces their opposition to Friedman by citing their vote for the Senate’s ASAA bill. I am 100% serious. It does absolutely no good for the Senate to announce it takes anti-Semitism seriously, then immediately confirm someone who flouts the spirit of the standard they just articulated. Just as Democrats have an obligation to tackle anti-Semitism among their allies, it's time that Republicans take seriously anti-Semitism within their own ranks.
David Schraub is a Lecturer in Law and Senior Research Fellow at the California Constitution Center, University of California-Berkeley Law School. He blogs regularly at The Debate Link. Follow him on Twitter: @schraubd
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Re: The Middle East

Post by JIMD » Dec Sat 17, 2016 11:27 am

The only person on the planet to have had any chance to save people of Aleppo is Obama but he's leading from behind.

The world knows he's a phony
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Re: The Middle East

Post by Mac66 » Dec Sat 17, 2016 2:26 pm

The only person on the planet
You are so going to miss him. Make sure you buy his book.

And the Trump - Putin bromance? No worries there? No worries that his Israel pick (ZERO diplomatic background) is another loudmouth bomb thrower, almost sure to make things worse?

Diplomacy can be done behind the scenes; now it's all self promotion...watch and learn from the Trumpster...

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Re: The Middle East

Post by specialties » Dec Sat 17, 2016 6:02 pm

crickets... Lots of crickets...
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Re: The Middle East

Post by Joseph » Dec Sat 17, 2016 10:36 pm

Mac66 wrote:https://usun.state.gov/remarks/7607

Can you handle the truth? nah, go into conspiracy/denial/fake news mode, after all your KGB thug and his good friend and trusted ally, the murderous Assad, can do no wrong...
Thank you. Here is what is happening right now in eastern Aleppo. Syrians trapped by the fighting are sending out their final appeals for help, or they are saying their goodbyes. A doctor named Mohammad Abu Rajab left a voice message: “This is a final distress call to the world. Save the lives of these children and women and old men. Save them. Nobody is left. You might not hear our voice after this.” A photographer named Ameen Al-Halabi wrote on Facebook: “I am waiting to die or be captured by the Assad regime. Pray for me and always remember us.” A teacher named Abdulkafi Al-Hamdo said: “I can tweet now but I might not do it forever.

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The lives of tens of thousands of Syrians still in eastern Aleppo – between 30,000-60,000 people – and hundreds of thousands more across the country who are besieged, depend on it.

Disgusting fakery. What a load of melod-ramic, cynical CRAP.
Thank Goodness only about a month until the slimy Samantha is GONE from the UN.
Why do so many officials FEAR and kowtow to the Marshfield Airport gang?

What is the source of their power? Does it involve some kind of unseemly enterprise? A government entity?

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Re: The Middle East

Post by Joseph » Dec Mon 26, 2016 8:10 pm

Michael Scheuer's perspective on the Middle east, Trump and other things:

http://non-intervention.com/
Why do so many officials FEAR and kowtow to the Marshfield Airport gang?

What is the source of their power? Does it involve some kind of unseemly enterprise? A government entity?

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Re: The Middle East

Post by Mac66 » Dec Tue 27, 2016 8:04 am

Disgusting fakery
In more than five years of war, the fighting in Syria has left an estimated 470,000 dead, more than 1 million injured, and driven 11.3 million from their homes.

For the millions of children caught in the middle, the war has taken an especially painful toll. According to UNICEF, 8.4 million children – more than 80 percent of Syria’s child population – have been affected by the conflict, either in Syria or as refugees in neighboring countries. In 2015 alone, the agency documented nearly 1,500 “grave violations” against children. The majority of these violations were cases of killing or maiming from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, the agency said.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/artic ... e-numbers/

Are the numbers perfect? No. Are millions of people suffering? Yes. Is there a migration north? Yes.

Go dance around your Putin shrine...

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Re: The Middle East

Post by specialties » Dec Tue 27, 2016 9:49 am

Good thing that we placed a red line in the sand!!! That'll show em!!!

The narcissist and queen will now retire...
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Re: The Middle East

Post by Mac66 » Dec Tue 27, 2016 10:11 am

The narcissist and queen will now retire...
And replaced by who? A narcissist and queen...

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Re: The Middle East

Post by specialties » Dec Tue 27, 2016 12:36 pm

:lol:

You missed ( avoided ) the point, and the red line...
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