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Fact-checking the Pi-Press

This article in the Pi-Press is disgusting in its dishonesty. In the article, the ‘reporter’ says that “Trump’s highly controversial order suspends refugee admissions for 120 days and bars all immigration for 90 days of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries with terrorism concerns: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Those now being barred from […]

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Syria’s Three (3) Bad Guys Exposed

There were always two bad guys in Syria, ever since the Assad family took over the Ba’ath Party and created a military dictatorship in 1970. …

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Aleppo, Syria: A Complete Meltdown of Humanity

War is hell; everybody knows that. A ruling power of a government intent on depriving civilians of life during a civil-war battle in a major city can go beyond the typical battle casualties to cause what the U.N. has called a “complete meltdown of humanity.”[1] One question on the minds of civilians in rebel-controlled areas of Aleppo in Syria in December, 2016 was whether even eventual charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity were enough. From this standpoint, the world was shirking a basic human responsibility in not intervening to stop the intentional killing of civilians. Had the facts on the ground made going after war criminals after the fact a meager excuse for not having acted in real time? Does the world, in other words, have a duty to step in when a government has turned on its own people—not counting soldiers and their suppliers, or does internal affairs encompass even such governmental conduct?

The full essay is at “A Complete Meltdown of Humanity

1. Reuters, “Battle For Aleppo Ends as Rebels Agree to Ceasefire,” The World Post, December 13, 2016.

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Why Would Vladimir Putin Prefer Donald Trump Over Hillary Clinton and Another Democrat Party Regime in Washington?

  Fake news is not new. The Benghazi video story was fake news. And we also know its instigators and purpose. There have been plenty …

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Engineering Club Sensible

By outlook, if not degree, I’m an engineer. My basic question is always, “Will it work, as designed, and can we build and run it on budget (or below)?” As far as I’m concerned, it’s what built the world we live in. It has nothing whatsoever to do with good intentions, it has much indeed […]

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Turkey Invades Syria – To Attack The Kurds, Not ISIS

Turkey’s leader Tayyip Erdoğan has devoted some impassioned rhetoric to fighting ISIS, but until now that pretty much summed up Turkey’s contribution…which makes sense if you think about it as I pointed out previously.

Actually, Turkey’s relationship with the Caliphate has been relatively benign. Among other things, Erdoğan has allowed the purchase of ISIS oil by various Turkish middlemen, helping the terrorist army fund its operations. In some cases, those middle men include members of  Erdoğan’s family. And through it all,  our ‘NATO ally’ Turkey has played a major role in allowing foreign fighters, weapons and oil to flow across the border.

What  Erdoğan has concentrated his military on is not ISIS but the Kurds, a U.S. ally and so far the most effective force on the ground battling ISIS.

On August 24th the Turkish military invaded Northern Syria. They used a contingent of 1,500 Turkish sponsored “Syrian rebels”, aka Islamist jihadis from all over the world, accompanied by some Turkish special forces and twenty tanks to capture the city Jarablus at the Turkish-Syrian border. There’s no question that this was pre-arranged in advance. ISIS moved all of its fighters and their families out of the city, and not a single shot was fired. After the ‘victory’ the Turkish flag was raised.

 Erdoğan’s announced rationale is to get rid of “any terror activity on our borders.”  He’s also made it plain that he considers the Kurdish forces ‘terrorists’ and the equivalent of ISIS, even though the Kurds have been the ones actually fighting ISIS with the most success. He also issued an ultimatum to the Kurds to withdraw all of their forces and civilians below the Euphrates River.

Obviously, if keeping ‘terrorists’ away from his border was Erdoğan’s chief concern, that could be accomplished by better border security on the Turkish side. A look at the map shows his real carve out a nice slice of Northern Syria and destroy the Kurds:

The Kurdish forces (labeled SDF by the U.S.) had previously advanced to the west and liberated the predominantly Kurdish city of Manbij from the Islamic State with the aid of U.S. air cover. And a new SDF Military Council was announced. But the man slated to head that  was assassinated a scant three hours  after the introductory press conference, with a fair amount of evidence pointing towards Turkish involvement in the murder.

Today, the Turkish military attacked Manbij, indiscriminately bombing and shelling civilians.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 40 civilians were killed in strikes on two areas. That’s probably a very low figure. According to al-Arabiyah, SDF spokesman Shervan Darwish said the airstrikes and shelling started overnight and continued Sunday along the front line, killing many civilians in Beir Khoussa and nearby areas. He said the bombing also targeted Amarneh village. He said 50 Turkish tanks were taking part in the offensive.

Keep two things in mind here. First, if Erdoğan’s ‘Operation Euphrates’ is successful, the Kurds are pushed into ISIS held territory without the defensive protective shield of the Euphrates River. And second, remember that these are U.S. backed allies we’re talking about that our ‘ally’ Turkey is attacking in force and attempting to push to an indefensible position.

Wouldn’t you expect the Obama Administration to intervene?

Of course they won’t. They’re simply standing aside and allowing Erdoğan’s armies to do whatever they want to the Kurds. In fact, while all this has been going on, Obama’s VP Joe Biden was making penitence in Ankara to Erdoğan. As a sign of massive disrespect to America and the Obama regime, Biden was met at the airport by -wait for it- the deputy mayor of Ankara.

This disgusting exhibition isn’t just limited to Obama. For 30 years, successive administrations, the Bushes, Clinton and now Obama have betrayed the Kurds, one of our few real allies in the region, usually in favor of Turkey. Obama and his minions seem to be paying no attention to the fact that Turkey is already working on an alliance with Iran and Russia, with Erdoğan establishing a direct line of communication from Ankara to Syria’s Bashar Assad and Turkish MiT Secret Service director Hakan Fidan visiting Damascus to discuss ‘mutual cooperation.’

President Barack Hussein Obama has proven once again that actually being a U.S. ally is not only worthless but potentially lethal. Unfortunately, the Kurds have found that out again the hard way. But don’t believe for a minute this won’t have serious repercussions on America in the future.

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Putin Gets Slapped Badly – By Iran!!

Russia’s Vladimir Putin just suffered a major setback in the Middle East…delivered by no less than Iran’s Supreme leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei.

A few days ago, there was a news story out that sent a shock through the foreign policy establishment here in the U.S. and elsewhere, that Russia would now base a squadron of its Tupolev 22M3 heavy bombers and support aircraft in Iran’s Nojef airbase. This was, of course, a huge game changer and Russia’s Foreign ministry proudly trumpeted the news in world media as a major sign of Russian dominance in the region.

Except it wasn’t. The whole thing blew up in the Russian’s faces, and in a particularly humiliating way.

The deal was arranged by Iran’s President Rouhani, who made the mistake of forgetting his place. He summoned the national supreme military council and, without consulting with Khamenei, simply informed them of his decision to make the Nojeh air base available to the Russian air force.

Aside from being angered that Rouhani made this decision without getting an OK from him, Khamenei was reportedly upset that the Russians showed every intent of making the base their permanent turf complete with sophisticate S-300 and S-400 defense systems to protect it. The last thing Khamenei and the ayatollahs want is a base deep in Iran controlled by a foreign country.

Khamenei orchestrated major disapproval from the Majlis, Iran’s version of a parliament that actually does the bidding of the Ayatollah Khamenei and his Council of Guardians. It was more than enough to kill the deal and force the Russians out bag and baggage after just three sorties into Syria.

So the Iranian defense ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi announced in a press conference August 22nd that the Russian mission is over for now, that it was always only a temporary use base on a Russian request.

And if that wasn’t enough of a slap, Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan insulted the Russians openly for “showing off” over the air base in an “ungentlemanly manner” and a “betrayal of trust.”

“We have not given any military base to the Russians and they are not here to stay.”

But wait, there’s more.

The Russians make a fair amount of badly needed cash selling weaponry to other countries,including Iran. The Ayatollah Khamenei wasn’t finished with them yet. He forced President Rouhani to make amends and show who really runs Iran by forcing Rouhani to be photographed posing with an Iranian-made Bavar-373 missile defense system and to tell the press that with this new, home manufactured system, Iran won’t need to purchase any more expensive Russian S-300s, “because the Bavar-373 is just as good.”

The Ayatollah was not just telling the Russians that Iran wouldn’t be buying any more of what they had to sell, but that Iran was going to be further hitting them in the wallet by putting out a competing, less expensive alternative to potential customers.

While I felt I understood why he was doing it, I’ve written before that Vladimir Putin was making a huge mistake making common cause with Iran. It’s the same mistake Stalin made with Hitler,supplying him with oil and other raw materials literally until the day Hitler’s armies attacked him.

What Khamenei was reminding Putin that ‘You’re a useful infidel at present, but you’re still an infidel.’

It’s as simple as that.

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Who should rule Syria? Nobody

Here’s a bit of common sense: The long civil war in Syria is still far from conclusion. Any real possibility of rebel victory ended with the entry of Russian forces last autumn — but while the initiative is now with the Assad regime, the government’s forces are also far from a decisive breakthrough. So who, […]

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Christie prosecutes, pillories Hillary

It’s easy to believe that Chris Christie was a US prosecutor in a previous career before politics. His prosecution speech Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention was intended, as Brit Hume put it, to rip the skin off of Hillary Clinton. If that was the goal, Gov. Christie succeeded. Early in his speech, Gov. […]

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If you missed it, yesterday morning the British published a report on the Iraq War. It’s two and a half million words, took thirteen years to prepare, and it says very little we didn’t know thirteen years ago. Chalcedon of at Jess’ site has written about it, better than I can. And yes, I believe […]

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Are Google and Facebook Shilling for Hillary, or are They Just Covering Up Arab Spring?

JUNE 16-17 UPDATE: The evidence is stacking up that Hillary Clinton’s fingerprints are as much on the epic fail that was Arab Spring as Barack Obama’s …

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Sadomasochism and the Jihadi Death Cult

I ran across this yesterday and think it may be a fairly good explanation. While I don’t think any single explanation holds in all cases, this may answer the question in many. […] Although we cannot know what goes on inside anyone’s head, the tools of psychoanalysis offer some tantalizing, and I believe promising, angles of interpretation. […]

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Multicultural Appeasement In Cologne

There’s really not all that much to add to this, from Daniel Hannan, MEP. I suppose I could say that I’ve said all this as well, I have, and so have others. But until we act on it, it doesn’t really matter. What was your reaction when you heard that there had been a series […]

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The GOP’s Agenda Media

Readers of LFR know that I’ve criticized the Agenda Media for almost 10 years. I especially criticized them when they didn’t do their due diligence on then-Candidate Obama. What’s happening now with GOP-leaning commentators is just as disgusting as what lefty pundits and reporters did in 2008. One of the biggest offenders this year is […]

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Conservative Comedy 12/4/15

It’s Conservative Comedy time at the Strident Conservative where I bring you some of the best conservative political and religious comedy, jokes, and satire on the internet, sure to provide a good laugh to begin your weekend. Many on the…

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Mother of Parliaments

Yesterday, I spent a good part of the day watching the British debate on air strikes in Syria, it was a fascinating exercise. We get so used to the petty squabbling and personal attacks in Congress that we tend to say, “That’s as good as it gets.” But it’s not, the debate yesterday was intelligent, […]

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Leftover Turkey Day and How Do We Solve a Problem Like Syria

A little bit of leftover business from Jess’ new post yesterday, she also had a message for us as Americans: As some of you know, I spent a year in America when I was younger, and that intensified a love of America that came from a crush on John Wayne and a love of American […]

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Conservative Comedy 11/27/15

It’s Conservative Comedy time at the Strident Conservative where I bring you some of the best conservative political and religious comedy, jokes, and satire on the internet, sure to provide a good laugh to begin your weekend. As the Conservative…

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I will tell you want Isis don’t want. Overwhelming western military force

This! Where, in God’s name, is the fire from our governments? We have been attacked (still again) and while David Cameron and François Hollande are making some of the right noises, and doing some of the right things, it seems to me to be rather half-hearted. We are not going to defeat IS from 29,999 feet, […]

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John McCain defends Syrian refugees and attacks Ted Cruz

In a series of interviews this past weekend by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), the two Republican presidential candidates made comments stating that efforts to resettle refugees from Syria in America should perhaps focus on…

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