Margaret Kimberly, The Baghdadi Scam

By Margaret Kimberley The Democrats and corporate media don’t really oppose what Donald Trump is doing in Syria or anywhere else. “In the end it doesn’t matter if Baghdadi is dead or when or how he died.” Donald Trump says that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed by the United States military. Baghdadi was the founder of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which is also known as ISIS and Daesh. The name is less important than the fact that ISIL carried out a reign of terror against the people of Iraq…

How Trump Thwarted Calculated Israeli Effort to Keep U.S. in Syria

Gareth Porter The Pentagon was not the only party pressing Donald Trump to keep troops in Syria last year. It turns out the Israeli government and its supporters in Washington were working very hard to get the Trump administration to use America’s military presence there to support an Israeli campaign of airstrikes aimed at threatening war with Iran. The Israeli strategy was aimed at dividing Russia from Iran and thus putting pressure on Tehran to withdraw its military personnel from Syria. A campaign by a pro-Israel think tank actually succeeded in getting…

Marc Thiessen, The Ten Worst Things Trump did in 2018

By Marc A. Thiessen   [Editor’s note: Once again, I regard some of what Thiessen takes to be bad as good  just as I take some of what he regards as good as not. In this case,  where I regard 3 (seperating children from their families at the border as having been his obligation to follow a law signed by Bill Clinton and enforced by Barack Obama overwhelmingly more often) as one more Democratic political ploy, 2  (his plan to pull out of Afghanistan) and 1 (his plan to pull out of Syria) as his wisest foreign…

Sundance, President Trump and Turkish President Recep Erdogan – This Should Be Interesting…

sundance The announcement of The United States drawing down troop deployment from Northern Syria – with the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia sending in replacements to bolster the region, highlights a much larger backstory. President Obama’s February ’09 Cairo speech began a sequence of events that led to what was called the “Arab Spring“; factually an extremist uprising.  Bolstered by the resulting chaos the Muslim Brotherhood rose to power in Egypt behind Mohammed Morsi. However, a majority of the Egyptian people rejected President Morsi’s sharia governance, and asked a well respected…

Matt Purple, Washington Melts Down over Trump’s Syria Withdrawal

Matt Purple  Their obsession with Vladimir Putin misses the point and obscured the high cost of our military misadventures. He’s a wily one, that Vladimir Putin. Consider all that he’s managed to accomplish over the last 24 hours, according to the geopolitical wizards on Twitter. At Putin’s behest, President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a withdrawal of American troops from Syria. That’s now cleared the path for Russia to exert control over Damascus, the Middle East, indeed the world itself, because Moscow has at last secured the jewel in its…