Trump’s Syrian Maneuver Works – President Erdogan Asks for Negotiations With Kurds in Syria…

President Trump has played this out perfectly.  By isolating Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and effectively leaving him naked to an alliance of his enemies, Erdogan is now urgently asking for the U.S. to mediate peace negotiations with Kurdish forces.

This request happens immediately after President Trump signed an executive order [See Here] triggering the sanction authority of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.  Erdogan called the White House requesting an urgent phone call with President Trump.

After President Trump talked to Kurdish General Mazloum Kobani Abdi, the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, President Trump then discussed the options available to President Erdogan.  As a result of that conversation, Erdogan requested the U.S. mediate negotiations.  Vice-President Mike Pence announces he will be traveling to the region with National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien to lead that effort.  WATCH:

[Executive Order]

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,

I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that the situation in and in relation to Syria, and in particular the recent actions by the Government of Turkey to conduct a military offensive into northeast Syria, undermines the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, endangers civilians, and further threatens to undermine the peace, security, and stability in the region, and thereby constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat. I hereby determine and order:

Section 1.

(a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:

(i) any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:

(A) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, or attempted to engage in, any of the following in or in relation to Syria:

(1) actions or policies that further threaten the peace, security, stability, or territorial integrity of Syria; or

(2) the commission of serious human rights abuse;

(B) to be a current or former official of the Government of Turkey;

(C) to be any subdivision, agency, or instrumentality of the Government of Turkey;

(D) to operate in such sectors of the Turkish economy as may be determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State;

(E) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

(F) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

(b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted before the date of this order.

Sec. 2.
(a) The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and other officials of the U.S. Government as appropriate, is hereby authorized to impose on a foreign person any of the sanctions described in subsections (b) and (c) of this section, upon determining that the person, on or after the date of this order:

(i) is responsible for or complicit in, has directly or indirectly engaged in, or attempted to engage in, or financed, any of the following:

(A) the obstruction, disruption, or prevention of a ceasefire in northern Syria;

(B) the intimidation or prevention of displaced persons from voluntarily returning to their places of residence in Syria;

(C) the forcible repatriation of persons or refugees to Syria; or

(D) the obstruction, disruption, or prevention of efforts to promote a political solution to the conflict in Syria, including:

(1) the convening and conduct of a credible and inclusive Syrian-led constitutional process under the auspices of the United Nations (UN);

(2) the preparation for and conduct of UN-supervised elections, pursuant to the new constitution, that are free and fair and to the highest international standards of transparency and accountability; or

(3) the development of a new Syrian government that is representative and reflects the will of the Syrian people;

(ii) is an adult family member of a person designated under subsection (a)(i) of this section; or

(iii) is responsible for or complicit in, or has directly or indirectly engaged in, or attempted to engage in, the expropriation of property, including real property, for personal gain or political purposes in Syria.

(b) When the Secretary of State, in accordance with the terms of subsection (a) of this section, has determined that a person meets any of the criteria described in that subsection and has selected one or more of the sanctions set forth below to impose on that person, the heads of relevant departments and agencies, in consultation with the Secretary of State, as appropriate, shall ensure that the following actions are taken where necessary to implement the sanctions selected by the Secretary of State:

(i) agencies shall not procure, or enter into a contract for the procurement of, any goods or services from the sanctioned person; or

(ii) the Secretary of State shall direct the denial of a visa to, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall exclude from the United States, any alien that the Secretary of State determines is a corporate officer or principal of, or a shareholder with a controlling interest in, a sanctioned person.

(c) When the Secretary of State, in accordance with the terms of subsection (a) of this section, has determined that a person meets any of the criteria described in that subsection and has selected one or more of the sanctions set forth below to impose on that person, the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall take the following actions where necessary to implement the sanctions selected by the Secretary of State:

(i) prohibit any United States financial institution that is a U.S. person from making loans or providing credits to the sanctioned person totaling more than $10,000,000 in any 12-month period, unless such person is engaged in activities to relieve human suffering and the loans or credits are provided for such activities;

(ii) prohibit any transactions in foreign exchange that are subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and in which the sanctioned person has any interest;

(iii) prohibit any transfers of credit or payments between banking institutions or by, through, or to any banking institution, to the extent that such transfers or payments are subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and involve any interest of the sanctioned person;

(iv) block all property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the sanctioned person, and provide that such property and interests in property may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in;

(v) prohibit any United States person from investing in or purchasing significant amounts of equity or debt instruments of the sanctioned person;

(vi) restrict or prohibit imports of goods, technology, or services, directly or indirectly, into the United States from the sanctioned person; or

(vii) impose on the principal executive officer or officers, or persons performing similar functions and with similar authorities, of the sanctioned person the sanctions described in subsections (c)(i)–(c)(vi) of this section, as selected by the Secretary of State.

(d) The prohibitions in subsections (b) and (c) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted before the date of this order.

Sec. 3.
(a) The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to impose on a foreign financial institution the sanctions described in subsection (b) of this section upon determining that the foreign financial institution knowingly conducted or facilitated any significant financial transaction for or on behalf of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to section 1 of this order.

(b) With respect to any foreign financial institution determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in accordance with this section, to meet the criteria set forth in subsection (a) of this section, the Secretary of the Treasury may prohibit the opening, and prohibit or impose strict conditions on the maintaining, in the United States of a correspondent account or a payable-through account by such foreign financial institution.

(c) The prohibitions in subsection (b) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted before the date of this order.

Sec. 4.
The unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in subsection l(a) or 2(a) of this order, or aliens for which the sanctions under subsection 2(b)(ii) have been selected, would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and the entry of such persons into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, is hereby suspended, except where the Secretary of State determines that the entry of the person into the United States would not be contrary to the interests of the United States, including when the Secretary so determines, based on a recommendation of the Attorney General, that the person’s entry would further important United States law enforcement objectives.

In exercising this responsibility, the Secretary of State shall consult the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters related to admissibility or inadmissibility within the authority of the Secretary of Homeland Security. Such persons shall be treated in the same manner as persons covered by section 1 of Proclamation 8693 of July 24, 2011 (Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions). The Secretary of State shall have the responsibility for implementing this section pursuant to such conditions and procedures as the Secretary has established or may establish pursuant to Proclamation 8693.

Sec. 5.
I hereby determine that the making of donations of the types of articles specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to section 1 of this order would seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in this order, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by section 1 of this order.

Sec. 6.
The prohibitions in sections 1 and 2 of this order include:

(a) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and

(b) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

Sec. 7.
(a) Any transaction that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

(b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

Sec. 8.
For the purposes of this order:

(a) The term “entity” means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization;

(b) the term “foreign financial institution” means any foreign entity that is engaged in the business of accepting deposits, making, granting, transferring, holding, or brokering loans or credits, or purchasing or selling foreign exchange, securities, commodity futures or options, or procuring purchasers and sellers thereof, as principal or agent. The term includes depository institutions, banks, savings banks, money service businesses, trust companies, securities brokers and dealers, commodity futures and options brokers and dealers, forward contract and foreign exchange merchants, securities and commodities exchanges, clearing corporations, investment companies, employee benefit plans, dealers in precious metals, stones, or jewels, and holding companies, affiliates, or subsidiaries of any of the foregoing. The term does not include the international financial institutions identified in 22 U.S.C. 262r(c)(2), the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the North American
Development Bank, or any other international financial institution so notified by the Secretary of the Treasury;

(c) the term “knowingly,” with respect to conduct, a circumstance, or a result, means that a person has actual knowledge, or should have known, of the conduct, the circumstance, or the result;

(d) the term “person” means an individual or entity;

(e) the term “United States person” or “U.S. person” means any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States; and

(f) the term “Government of Turkey” means the Government of Turkey, any political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality thereof, or any person owned or controlled by or acting for or on behalf of the Government of Turkey.

Sec. 9. For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in this order, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to this order.

Sec. 10.
The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this order. The Secretary of the Treasury may, consistent with applicable law, redelegate any of these functions within the Department of the Treasury. All departments and agencies of the United States shall take all appropriate measures within their authority to implement this order.

Sec. 11.
The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to submit the recurring and final reports to the Congress on the national emergency declared in this order, consistent with section 401(c) of the NEA (50 U.S.C. 1641(c)), and section 204(c) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1703(c)).

Sec. 12.
(a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
October 14, 2019.

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248 Responses to Trump’s Syrian Maneuver Works – President Erdogan Asks for Negotiations With Kurds in Syria…

  1. Doug Amos says:

    Guaranteed the UN, NATO and EU are in President Trump’s crosshairs and none of them are sleeping well.

    Liked by 19 people

  2. lansdalechip says:

    Fancy that.
    Not what all the experts were telling us.

    Liked by 15 people

  3. cantcforest says:

    Thank PDJT, Sundance, and above all, God.

    Liked by 21 people

    • Greg1 says:

      Thank YOU for giving God the glory.

      And thank God for giving us Donald Trump……

      ………..and Sundance, too!

      Liked by 19 people

    • Yy4u says:

      None of what has happened could have happened had God not decided to give us one last chance to get it right. With all aligned against him, there is no other explanation for Trump and us being able to prevail . We have to do our part though. God opens the door but we need to get up off our butts. Vote for the @#$%×@! Republicans because that is the only way we can help VSGPDJT. We can take our revenge on them after POTUS is out of office and out of harm’s way

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      • Chilqiyyah says:

        Having said all you said, why would you want to take revenge. Did you not just give the glory to God and His Christ?

        The vengeance is His also. He will take care of that for vengeance is mine saith the Lord.

        Let US give mercy.
        Let US choose Life.
        Let US love our neighbor and do good to those who spitefully use US.
        Let US love the Lord with all our ♥️.

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    • Y’all Know What Time It is says:

      When OBO brought Russia into save the day in Syria it was only to save his own face, after ignoring Assad crossing his Red Line.
      Trump is trying to resolve the problem.

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  4. JoeMeek says:

    President Trump is like Sun Tzu. The pentagon generals are like Nuoc Cham

    Liked by 4 people

  5. CountryClassVulgarian says:

    But…but… Trump doesn’t know what he is doing-Trump is betraying the Kurds-Trump was hood winked by Recep Tayyip-Trump is allowing Turkey to slaughter the Kurds….Orangeman BAD…..

    Funny how the know-it-all’s constantly come up short against President Trump. But persist they must.

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  6. SAM-TruthFreedomLiberty says:

    A lot of reports coming in that Kurds are taking back some areas. The turkish invasions into Syrian territory always were spearheaded by islamist type proxies with the help of the Turkish airforce.
    With the Syrian army advancing into the Kurd territories there’s basically A NO FLY ZONE established as Russia protects the Syrians and Turkey wont engage with RU.

    SOOOOO… Trump baited Turks and this will end in a stalemate while we are OUT of this hellhole.

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    • sickconservative says:

      That’s the plan who is next.

      Liked by 2 people

      • SAM-TruthFreedomLiberty says:

        Focus will shift to Iran. Full on.
        My guess is that Pence dealing in Syria with Turkey and Russia will pressure them to push out Iran from Syria. They’re meddling in Iraq too.
        With Americans out of Syria there’s also no reason to cry for some holy war vs. the Yankees. Religious motivations/recruitment going down.

        ME is shaping up nicely.

        Once Irans Mullahs are neutered focus will shift to the Isreal-Palestina(who are dry on money) problem.
        Maybe a big conference for peace in the ME..? SA and Egypt, Jordan and co. are with Trump already.
        And then?
        It’s all connected. What is left? China meddling in Venezuela along with the Mullahs will be gone.. So central America might see some light?
        NK is neutered.

        What is left?

        Hell, Trump might have some spare time to solve the nonsense happening in Africa towards the end of his presidency. Much of the conflicts there are fueled by Islamists and China too.

        He’s going for it and surely has a plan to get there. With every bad actor neutered and conflict solved the next one gets easier to settle.

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        • Truthseeker39525 says:

          Y’all ‘Tarred’ of winning yet?
          I suggest that everyone send President Trump a Thank-You note via Whitehouse.gov.
          …… and send a not to your CongressCritters to Support President Trump!

          Liked by 3 people

    • Sunshine says:

      Trump gave Erdogan enough rope to hang himself, which he did. He also dug his own grave. Brilliant Trump !!

      Liked by 3 people

  7. Joeknuckles says:

    Somebody needs to alert Mark Levin.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. When Five-Star General President “Ike” Eisenhower first warned our nation about “the Military-Industrial Complex” – a term that he coined and first used, and (AFAIK) Donald Trump was the first President to subsequently use – we easily forget that “Ike” was warning us of something which would cause us to forget strategy.

    Well, although Donald Trump has zero military experience, he is a consummate strategist. He knows how to play Chess. He knows that the matter of the Kurds could never be decided by 75 American soldiers, but could always be blamed on them. He knows that many of America’s “allies” have been shamelessly taking advantage of America almost since the alliances were first signed … “and, gosh darn it, why shouldn’t they? When you see that you’re dealing with a very rich Fool . . .”

    The lack of such strategy, and the financial hunger for “War as a Business,” has of course created more than one Memorial in Washington, DC, memorializing young men (and women) who never should have been sacrificed. 😔

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  9. zombietimeshare says:

    And Democrats, RINOs, and the State Department are all screaming “NNOOOOOooooo!”

    Liked by 8 people

    • TJ says:

      The fraud squad’s comrade cortez, took time out of her busy schedule rescuing 32year old Honduran children from concentration camps and saving mother earth from the KKK. to remind PT not to “betray” our…you know the rest of the script.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Garavaglia says:

    Just to be clear..has asked for talks, but at this time is waging war?

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  11. TwoLaine says:

    Peace through strength. It is something people used to understand, when they had common sense that is.

    I just spent my dinner explaining how the show The Apprentice/Celebrity Apprentice worked. The individual now understands why President TRUMP is so good at getting results from his teams.

    Liked by 5 people

  12. ChampagneReady says:

    Any questions Erdogan ? lol

    Liked by 2 people

  13. islandpalmtrees says:

    Interesting to see Erdogan asking for Negotiation help with the Kurds and Syria from President Trump. Not from the UN, not from NATO, not from EU and not from the Democrats. Why would that be, because these organizations, and countries don’t care, because Erdogan doesn’t want sanctions, because Erdogan is about to find himself in a war without help.

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  14. j'accuse says:

    Most of the MSM is still grossly exaggerating the alleged ‘chaos’ that has broken loose in Syria and that a bunch of ISIS fighters got loose — though I see the escapees include a lot of wives & children. The BBC seems to be wising up and reported:

    “The Russian government, a close ally of Mr Erdogan, said it did not want to entertain the possibility of a clash between Russian and Turkish forces in Syria, and said it was in regular contact with Turkey’s authorities”

    Seems significant to me but what do I know given all the self-proclaimed experts in Middle East affairs. Pardon me if I don’t give credence to these think tankers & team america types who have repeated & spread transparently ridiculous claims about Trump’s alleged collusions, treasons, and involvements in myriad criminal conspiracies. Loss of credibility is the price of spreading nonsense and naked smears and appeals to emotion. Sorry but it is hard to generate sympathy for ‘smart’ people who behave so foolishly no matter how pure they think their intentions are.

    Liked by 9 people

  15. Blue Wildflower says:

    I would say President Trump is in control of the world’s economy not the UN, not NATO, not EU and not democrats. The most powerful man in the world.

    Liked by 6 people

  16. icanhasbailout says:

    Worst thing you can do in the Middle East is be there.

    Liked by 7 people

  17. islandpalmtrees says:

    President Trump can now save Erdogan, if he does what is asked of him. Great tactics!

    Liked by 5 people

  18. Blue Wildflower says:

    There should be a long list of people apologizing to President Trump tomorrow morning. That list should contain people from religious leaders to politician, and everyone in between.

    Liked by 5 people

  19. alliwantissometruth says:

    It’s becoming almost too easy

    Now it seems the fake news doesn’t even have the time to construct a phony narrative before it all falls apart

    Liked by 7 people

  20. bkrg2 says:

    Wow! It’s like President Trump knew what he was doing… /s

    Liked by 9 people

  21. SD -Thanks for the collection of photos following the text. The last photo is priceless, and should be used by the campaign if it isn’t already.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Jase says:

    Ah, so that’s why the President withdrew the troops from Syria: they were desperately needed in Kentucky!

    Liked by 9 people

  23. PBR says:

    I’m happy to have this good news today!

    Liked by 1 person

  24. jeans2nd says:

    Does no one find it odd that no one has asked what the Syrian people want?

    A Progressive citizen-journalist in Syria was reporting and showing pictures of the Syrian people celebrating and dancing in the streets – the Kurds had finally returned to Syria and joined the Syrian forces to run Turkey out of their country.
    A new constitution will be drawn up in the next four days, incorporating the Kurds back into Syria.

    Anyone care to wager elections will soon be on the agenda for Syria?

    This action by Pres Trump will be seen as one of the brightest points of the legacy of President Donald J. Trump.
    Possibilities now for Peace in the Middle East. Who wuda thunk it?

    Liked by 5 people

  25. Skeeball says:

    I f—king love this guy.

    Liked by 3 people

  26. appraisher says:

    “The Art of the Deal”…President Trump’s 2nd Term is going to be EPIC!

    Liked by 2 people

  27. thedoc00 says:

    Yes, the President has been vindicated while creating a win-win for Syria and Turkey. Honestly, this is an outcome Turkey desired, maybe even more so. The Syrian Kurds are now tied for time being to Syria and are not part of the Kurdistan Faction if they want to survive.

    The primary focus of the Presidents plan was not to protect the Kurds as much as ensure no engagement between Syrian and Turkish Forces. He even was able to partially neutralize the Syrian Kurdish factions and keep them in the fight vs ISIS survivors in Syria.

    Bismarck and Metternich would have been proud of this move.

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    • bored identity says:

      Bismarck and Metternich would have been proud of this move.

      But,but,but…don’t y’all know that Trump has… blood on his hands!?*

      “Retired four-star Marine general John Allen slammed President Donald Trump on Sunday saying there is blood on his hands over the unfolding crisis in Syria.”

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7569309/Retired-Marine-general-says-U-S-greenlighted-Syria-crisis.html

      ” Blood on Trump’s hands…” – says Brookings Tin Toy Generalissimo whose underachieving credentials include 15 months of pouring gasoline on Syrian bonfire – that was finally extinguished in less than 15 months, only because God blessed America with having President Trump in the White House:

      ” On September 11, 2014, the Obama Administration announced that General Allen would coordinate international efforts against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. He was named as the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition against ISIL, a position he would hold for 15 months. Allen’s diplomatic efforts grew the coalition to 65 members”
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_R._Allen#Post-military_career

      * Funny, I always thought that’s an ultimate prerogative for Nobel Peace Prize…if you’re President Kenyatta.

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      • thedoc00 says:

        What is your point?? Because mine is that both of the STATESMEN named were master diplomats who crafted alliances and used diplomacy in the face of the militaristic opposition of many in their respective governments.

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  28. CNN_sucks says:

    During the vote summit PDJT said that he was alone and every generals disagree with him. If PDJT pull this through without any help from anyone, I like to see Lindsay eat crow. He has shown himself a charlatan and warmonger.

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  29. trishinsouthernillinois says:

    What was the name of President Trump’s military school again? They did a great job!

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  30. It’s obvious to my fellow elites that Trump has no clue what he’s doing. But like a stopped watch, he’s going to be right twice a day. We just have to figure out how to explain away the other 22 times he’s right. Aha! I have it. We’ll accuse him of having eleven more stopped watches. The gall of these rich people having twelve watches. If only we could find a way of impeaching him over it…SCHIFFTY!

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  31. Rowdyone says:

    President Trump is using, what I believe to be, the smartest and most Constitutionally legitimate method of projecting American power around the world to influence behaviors of international governments. Instead of using military might and defense treaties to attain specific goals as was the strategy of bygone era he saves his bulked up military strength for use as a last resort and uses tarrifs, as the framers of the Constitution prescribed. Hopefully, his successors will watch and learn from what may well be his most lasting legacy.

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    • DiogeneseVindicated says:

      But as with the discovery of the atom bomb, I worry that that this newly rediscovered power might fall into the wrong hands for nefarious reasons.

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  32. jmarshs says:

    And with this, the Obama Legacy is toast……

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  33. Chick-fil-A Traffic Jam says:

    So, if this ends quickly and peace happens very soon I’m just going to assume this was a galaxy brain plot to stabilize Syria. Turkey plays the role of a boogie man so the Kurds, and by extension Northern Syria, return back to the fold after ISIS has been weakened. I’d assume this is what the long call Trump had with Erdogan was really about before the decision was announced.

    I guess after all these years of the Syrian War, Turkey has given up the ghost of Assad being overthrown and a stable Syria is now to their benefit as opposed to more chaos and refugees on their border. Again, assuming these rumors are true and there isn’t a bigger escalation.

    And if that’s the case Trump truly is a mad genius putting all the losers before him to absolute shame.

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  34. SGH says:

    Praying for the whole situation, but especially, for VP Pence and team heading out there.
    Over the years, some people have been quite distrustful of him, but I lean toward him being genuine.

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  35. Pyrthroes says:

    Very impressive– no mention of Secretary of State Pompeo (top of his class at West Point) or his striped-pants waffle-fuss brigade.

    Imagine State’s “advice” proffered to a conventional Jumpin’ Jack Flash politician: Delay, obfuscate, prevaricate, delay some more while Erdogan moves in, then mount a diplo-speak, face-saving, tarradiddle Conference in (say) Beirut that betrays the Kurds, empowers Russo-Syriac forces, leaves U.S. expeditionary contingents shooting fireworks without any strategic or even tactical rationale whatever.

    Recall Capt. Ahab’s response to objections concerning Moby Dick: “There’s one God in heaven, and one Captain of this ship.” Poor analogy for harpooneers, but dead-on regarding Executive Authority: Presidents “preside” for the sole purpose of furthering America’s national interests. When domestic peace-and-prosperity conflicts with China’s wily oriental gentlemen, EU dirigistes, Muscovite hussars, scimitar-wielding dervishes from Riyadh to Teheran, like Oscar Wilde’s wallpaper “one of us has to go”.

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  36. spoogels says:

    @JordanSchachtel

    By creating the conditions for & further bolstering a PKK-held autonomous zone on the Turkey-Syria border, Obama Admin deliberately armed a ticking time bomb. War, terror, and mayhem was inevitable. Many bad guys on both sides. Trump WH put in an impossible position *by design*.

    As some of my friends in the foreign policy space have already noted, this Obama policy was purposed with empowering Tehran and extending its reach further into the region. Of course, it was enacted under the guise of going after ISIS, but that was not the end game.

    DOD has essentially confirmed Obama WH flat out lied about foundations of the SDF and YPG. Given that the PKK is a US designated terror group, we had policymakers and defense officials put in unethical position of shielding PKK-tied groups to get around our own anti-terror laws.

    Again, there was no good way to exit this shit show. Turkey kept saying they were going to invade & POTUS had to decide whether they were serious. @EsperDoD believed invasion imminent. WH pulled troops away from the unsustainable situation, which was always a ticking time bomb.

    Not even the most ridiculous interpretation of the AUMF could apply to US troops arming+defending Kurds in a shooting war against a treaty ally. If Congress wants to send troops in to Syria to referee a PKK-Erdogan-Assad-ISIS-RU-Iran shooting war, they should put it in writing.

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  37. dufrst says:

    This is what competent crisis management looks like folks. We are not use to seeing this and indeed haven’t seen such leadership in decades. Trump turned a situation that would have been quicksand for most presidents and turned it into one of his greatest foreign policy maneuvers to date.

    He extricated our troops while maintaining control of the entire situation from our standpoint. He had to break the situation to get EU involved and now they have no choice but to engage. He set Turkey and Russia against each other at a time where it looked like Putin and Erdogan were cozying up to each other. He kept the Kurds in the fold by placing sanctions on Turkey that while tough are not such that would completely alienate Turkey. He’s maintain lines of communications with Erdogan and overall just has been the head and shoulders leader in this entire situation. Contrast that with the years under Obama, where it seemed like Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and Xi were running the show!

    I can’t say enough superlatives about this president. I liken him to the superhero Daredevil, who was only able to see and act when things got loud. I say, Trump is the master of “chaos” and is able to react best when things seem to be most chaotic!

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  38. Linda K. says:

    Nice summary dufrst. I agree with you about Trump and crisis management. After all these years of Bush/Obama mismanagement and probable corruption, Trump is blue sky and fresh air.

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  39. Haveaspine says:

    Stable Genius is a well deserved name. All you Damn rats should respect this great President, not undermine him.

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  40. Edward Spear says:

    Trump gets it – and I do too. Do You???

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  41. Sol Benedict says:

    just sitting here chuckling…while Trump stands there smelling like a rose 🙂

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  42. President Trump is influence peddling! Hell Yeah he is using the power of the USA purse to influence Turkey to stop fighting! I Love This Man so much! God Bless him and God Bless tge USA!

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