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Sure Trump is 'Betraying the Kurds!' but What's New about That?

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By Dave Lindorff

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is attacking President Trump for pulling US troops out of Syria, where they've been engaging in an illegal and bloody war against the Syrian government and its military for at least five years (not counting the three prior years when the US was providing arms and training to Syrian rebels, including groups associated with Al Qaeda).


McConnell and other Republicans, as well as most leading Democrats, are calling Trump's move "precipitous" despite the years US troops have been fighting in Syria, and like McConnell are saying his decision is "benefitting Russia, Iran and the Assad regime," and is a "betrayal" of America's ally in Syria, the armed Kurdish minority.


For starters, I would argue that pretty much anything that McConnell is opposed to such as a US military withdrawal from Syria, an improvement in US-Iranian relations, an end to the US-backed Saudi war on Yemen or an end to the state of war between the US and North Korea is almost by definition a good thing.In fact, I would argue that, regardless of Trump's despicable character, personal lack of ethics or morality, his racism, sociopathy and fascist proclivities, and his willful efforts to destroy the biosphere, this bat-sh*t crazy president has done at least two good things: calling off an aerial blitz on Iran and deciding to pull US troops out of the Syrian civil war.


Craven Democrats who call for more war in Syria and for a war footing towards Iran, who back a new Cold War with Russia, and who apparently would prefer a nuclear North Korea to talks with that country's ruling tyrant, all simply because Trump seems to want the opposite, are the enemies of peace, regardless of the dangers posed by the current damaged and unstable denizen of the White House.


Probably the silliest claim, trumpeted by Republicans and Democrats alike and by our leading news organizations, is that...

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I agree, but if he really wanted to exercise the power of the office of the president, all he had to do was to publicly ask us, all of us, not just the men with guns, for help instead of doing all the other self defeating bat sh*t crazy stuff he has done. By now, he's played right into the elites hands. They've collected everything about him so that he is effectively compromised.

In regards to the elites, what are they going to do when the Russian S300s, 400s are integrated in western asia, and the s500's deployed in China? Imagine the Chinese prioritizing the manufacture of massive numbers of the s500 for deployment around China and the rest of the world in the next five years.

No wonder the western elites seem frantic and unable to report bad news, such as the surprising failure of western armaments to protect Saudi oil infrastructure from a country the US Saudi Coalition has been genociding? Is Mecca about to fall...could be why Iraq is being reintroduced to regime change.

And yet, gasoline prices have been dropping at Cumberland Farms in Massachusetts.

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Gas prices are falling because investors in oil know that the global economy is headed for a major downturn, and that means demand for oil will plummet. It has little to do with war in the Middle East, which most see as unlikely.


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