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129 Republicans Disgrace Themselves in House Show Vote on Syria

Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Remember those Republicans who supported Nancy Pelosi and betrayed the American voters with this vote. – I have very often been thoroughly disgusted with the behavior of spineless, disloyal Republicans in the U.S. Congress, but seldom as disgusted as I felt on Wednesday afternoon.

That was when we got news that 129 Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat caucus in a vote to condemn President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. military personnel out of harm’s way as the Turkish military invaded Northern Syria on Sunday. That decision involved about 50 U.S. military advisors who would have otherwise been trapped between the Turkish and Kurdish forces, and another 1,000 or so U.S. personnel who were already well away from the front.

This vote was a shameful act, and I’m frankly embarrassed to see the names of Texans like Kevin Brady, Dan Crenshaw and John Ratcliffe on the list of “yea” votes for this despicable, non-binding resolution. Here is why these were shameful votes: The U.S. Constitution grants Congress the sole power to declare war on another country. If these posturing, blustering politicians truly feel so horrified by the President’s decision to keep our country’s military personnel safe, and so strongly about siding with the Kurdish forces – who, by the way, regularly make incursions into Turkey against U.S. advice – then they need to man-up and hold a vote on a declaration of war.

Doing what they did on Wednesday is simply political posturing designed to allow them to go tell their voters that they bravely defied the President in a vote that in reality does nothing but provide political support for the Democrat Party. It’s disgusting, and I had hoped that I would not see the three men listed above – whom I have held in high regard – engaging in this sort of political cowardice.

Most Americans have no regard at all for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is a despicable, brutish thug. But the centuries-old conflict between the Turks and the Kurds is every bit as unsolvable as all the myriad other centuries-old conflicts involving various peoples and religious factions in the Middle East. These conflicts existed long before the United States of America was born, and will persist long after the Democrats succeed in dividing the U.S. into two or more separate nations.

They are, in other words, not our problem, and if the last 28 years have taught us nothing else, they should have taught every American that neither our country nor any other nation on earth, no matter how well-intentioned or powerful, is capable of resolving them peacefully. All we are capable of doing is ensuring the ongoing killing takes place in a reorganized fashion.

Donald Trump was elected to the presidency in large part to get our military personnel out of the middle of never-ending conflicts like this one, and that is what he decided to do on Sunday.  He inherited a set of quagmires from his four predecessors in office, holding a mandate from the voters to get our country out of them.

For members of congress, for warmonger John McCain disciples like Lindsey Graham, who are currently wringing their hands about the supposed “rebirth of ISIS,” the way to prevent that being a threat to America is to act on the other main reason why Donald Trump won the 2016 election and pass legislation designed to get control of our damn borders.

In other words, instead of going on Fox News and CNN to channel John McCain and lecture the President about “abandoning our allies,” Graham and Brady and Ratcliffe and Chrenshaw need to be going on those channels and others to pound the Democrats for abandoning the American people.

But that would take political will, something that is always in short supply among Republican members of congress.

Again, here is the link to the roll call on Wednesday’s show vote. Memorize those 129 Republican names, and if one of them represents your district, do something to let them know about your displeasure with yesterday’s abandonment of the American people. Because the 2016 election was a referendum on this very issue, and their side lost.

That is all.

 

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

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Another Day, Another Fake Controversy

Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Another day, another fake controversy.  – The bipartisan Warmonger lobby is out in full force this morning after false media reports claiming President Donald Trump had decided to “pull all American forces out of Northern Syria” made their way into the public domain. That decision – which is not the decision that has in fact been made – has been further reported to mean that the President has “given the green light” to Turkish thug Recep Tayyip Erdogan to invade and seize that region from the Kurds, who currently occupy it.

Upon reading these fake reports, the titular leaders of the Warmonger lobby – Senator Lindsey Graham, #nevertrump nitwit Bill Kristol and “The View” harpy Megan McCain – all very predictably rushed to social media and television vent their panic about the possibility of the U.S. not being involved in some war anywhere in the world. Note the one thing all three of these vocal warmongers have most in common – a longstanding relationship to the late King of all Warmongers, John McCain.

What a legacy.

All of this “reporting” by the corrupt U.S. media is, of course, false. The Times of Israel reports what is actually happening on the ground in Syria:

The United States has pulled back a “very small number” of troops from areas of northern Syria along the Turkish border, a senior State Department official says, after US President Donald Trump seemed to indicate a wider retreat.

The pullback only concerns “two very small detachments” — meaning less than 25 people in total — that have been moved a “very short distance,” the official says.

The announcement of the redeployment was interpreted as an American green light for a Turkish military operation against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria.

But the State Department official insists that Trump had clearly told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the US did not endorse any such operation — a message also conveyed by the Pentagon.

“We think this operation is a very bad idea. We do not think this operation will provide more security,” the official says.

He says that, beyond the small pullback of troops, “there’s no change to our military posture in the northeast.”

Oh. You don’t say.

President Trump himself had this to say about the reality of his actions related to this situation:

Oh. You don’t say.

But wait! The Kurds are our allies! – the Warmonger lobby shrieks. Meghan McCain went further, calling anyone who supports the President’s policy move a “feckless, unpatriotic coward.” But it’s a safe bet you won’t see Ms. McCain grabbing an AR-15 and flying over to Syria to defend the Kurds. If they even need defending, which is not clear.

And hey, isn’t Turkey our NATO ally? Or are our NATO “allies” only “allies” when calling them that is convenient for our domestic Warmonger lobby? What’s the point of having a thug regime like Turkey’s in NATO if the rest of the NATO alliance, i.e., pretty much every European country, collectively refuses to do anything to limit its aggression without the blood and sacrifice of the United States military?

Here is what is actually happening here: President Trump is sick and tired of these European “allies” (this incident is starting to convince me that our country has far too many allies-in-name-only) refusing to live up to their own international commitments and obligations, and has called their bluff. They’ve all refused to take back all of the ISIS prisoners from their own countries, leaving that burden – as they leave basically every dangerous and expensive burden – up to the U.S.

So President Trump is turning those Euro-trash ISIS thugs over to the thugs in Turkey, and basically daring our European “allies”  and our domestic Warmonger lobby to do something about it.

The 25 U.S. military personnel who have been providing the “buffer” between Turkey and the Kurds – both of whom are sworn enemies, but both of whom are also U.S. “allies” – could be replaced in about 30 minutes by a NATO military presence made up of European personnel. That is, if – and it is a very big “if” – this is truly that urgent a matter to our European “allies.”

Which, for some reason, it doesn’t seem to be.

As for Sen. Graham and the rest of the members of congress who are shrieking with so much horror about this move, there is an easy solution: Draft a resolution declaring war on Turkey, or whoever you think we need to be at war with over there, and vote on it. That’s the way the Constitution says we’re supposed to do this war stuff, anyway.

Put it to a vote, and see if your constituents will support it. Good luck with that.

In the meantime, you’re going to have hell convincing me that President Trump’s moving 25 U.S. soldiers a few miles back from being directly in harm’s way is some sort of existential crisis.

Try again.

That is all.

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

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