Being Thankful... For Empire-Ending Headlines

Authored by Tom Luongo,

It’s been quite a week geopolitically.  From Angela Merkel admitting she can’t form a coalition and calling for new elections to Syrian peace talks opening up in Astana.  From the poppy fields of Afghanistan to the Syrian oil fields east of the Euphrates River there is a hint of fresh air in U.S. foreign policy emanating from the Oval Office.

We’re a couple of days out from Thanksgiving here in the States but a quick perusal of the headlines since then has me thinking we’ve turned a corner in Syria.  On Tuesday Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad held a meeting with their respective military commanders to prepare for the peace talks in Sochi.

Putin and Trump held an hour-long phone call that concentrated on Syria while touching on a lot of other topics.  But, we can see the outcome of that phone call in today’s headline that Trump has pledged to Turkey that we would stop arming Kurdish forces in eastern Syria.

The End of Proxy Wars

From Zerohedge:

Mr. Trump clearly stated that he had given clear instructions and that the YPG won’t be given arms and that this nonsense should have ended a long time ago,” [Turkish Prime Minister] Cavusoglu said at a news conference shortly after the call. And Erdogan presented an upbeat assessment of the call, tweeting shortly after: “I had a fruitful phone conversation with the U.S. President Donald Trump today.”

This may be the best news I’ve heard in quite a long time.  Because with this one statement the idea of a prolonged occupation of eastern Syria by U.S. forces fades considerably.  With talks occurring in Sochi on Syria’s political future, the Kurds have already come to the table, as the Zerohedge article goes on to state, sharing oil revenue with the Syrian government.

With Trump’s pledge to stop arming the Kurds, the likelihood of further chaos or a future uprising drops precipitously.  Iraqi Kurds were routed from Kirkuk a few weeks ago and now there is little hope for a greater Kurdistan which will put Turkey on a completely different footing.

The Turks consider the YPG and the PKK – two Kurdish politics organizations –to be terrorists and our arming them has been a major sore spot between us and President Erdogan for the past three years.

Our entire strategy in Syria has been nothing short of shameful, destroying a country for purely cynical reasons. And with one phone call, the right phone call, Trump just signaled to everyone that he has no patience to continue our current operations there one minute longer than we need to now that ISIS has been routed.

I’ve been saying for weeks that as the neoconservative push for Middle East chaos via atomizing Syria unravels Putin will be working the situation to allow Trump the opportunity to save face, declare victory over ISIS and leave.

What I’m really thankful for is that Trump is looking not only to end our use of proxies in Syria but around the world.  And if that is the case, then this is a cause for real celebration.

Why do I think that?

 

The End of Bad Diplomacy

And I’m thankful someone in our government said a fraction of what needed to be said.  This is especially true after the inane remarks from our U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley last week and the inference of an open-ended occupation of eastern Syria by Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis.

Neither of these people should be attempting to set policy at this point.  And their statements made an already bad situation far worse, further marginalizing U.S. diplomatic credibility on any issues pertaining to Syria.

We were caught with our hands in the geopolitical cookie jar and, for once, did not have the means by which to control the narrative to the exclusion of the truth.

When we couple these things in Syria with the news that the U.S. military has stepped up its targeted bombing campaign to destroy opioid production in Afghanistan that absolutely tells us the game has changed for the better.

Ending the opioid trade is part of a longer-term strategy of stabilizing Afghanistan while also ending long-standing U.S. intelligence operations to sow discord around the world.  I’m having a hard time not seeing a throughline between this news and last weekend’s show of force by the U.S. military at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

If these two things are connected then they are also connected to the events in Saudi Arabia which ousted from power dozens of crown princes with immense political pull the world over, who have been held hostage and are being shaken down by de facto king Mohammed bin Salman for their wealth and cooperation.

While I’m having a hard time believing the reports of Prince Alaweed bin Talal being hung upside down and beaten by U.S. military men, I do believe that President Trump signed off on most, if not all, of what bin Salman has done to end Saudi Arabia’s foreign interventionism.

These are all signs that:

  • Donald Trump has regained control over foreign policy and is solidifying his control over his administration.
  • Major pillars of our overseas empire are being destroyed by Trump.
  • A framework for peace in the Middle East is coming together now that the neoconservatives have been revealed as the big losers in Syria.

And in the end, these are things worth being thankful for.

Comments

two hoots skbull44 Sun, 11/26/2017 - 19:41 Permalink

When all is said and done, what was the point given the results?  We weren't nation building, far from it, more like nation destruction.  Just look at any before an after pics in Iraq/Syria/Afgan/Libya?  And that does not show the effect on people/families. We have dangerous people somewhere in Washington that have, hopefully had, unbelievable power to bring such tragic destruction to so many people, in addition to the loss of life, wounded warriors and great material cost?  For what purpose, what agenda, for whom?  We deserve answers and some deserve to be put on display.  If there was ever a need for a special counsel(s), a tribunal, this is it, we did harm, to ourselves and others.  This was no small matter and a great country could stand an honest review. We will never know if we had a chance of succeeding as we, not them, don't know what we were attempting?   Any event, it was a colossal failure and we need to reign in all similiar ambitions.  Getting think tanks out of our nations decision making would be a good start.  American's deserve an open review and accountability of this uncivilized adventure, need to know, be damned.I am thinkful to our President, Sec of State Tillerson and Gen Mattis for their service and hope they will put and keep us on an honorable path.   The world needs good leadership.  There is a time to fight, to defend, to be on the offensive, to be ready for anything, deciding that time is no small matter.It is the holidays Mr President, a great time to start bringing our servicemembers home.(Along with forcing the agencies/spooks/contractors out also). 

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BobEore two hoots Sun, 11/26/2017 - 21:42 Permalink

Looks like at least one TOM TURKEY made it out of the annual Gobblcaust alive... if not 'well'...

and has arrived on these very pages to 'flip da bird' at those who prefer their leftover news... without an overbearing dash of disinfo!

A short list of reasons this fowl escapee should be put outta misery:

The sudden love of the exceptionalist turkeygobblers here for
JIHADIST TERROR REGIMES and their fake news press... is in full accord with the naive and heavily salted storylines emanating from the usual suspect sources

that somehow. the very perpetrators of the ACTUAL proxy war against Syrians... the folks who armed,trained and financed Daesh and a bunch of other radical jihadi groups ...(hint for the terminally stupid among us - first letter T.,,rhymns with 'murky'!)

are now - he he he - 'white hats' and the folks who actually picked up arms and DEFENDED THEMSELVES SUCCESSFULLY AT KOBANE FROM EXTERMINATION/ENSLAVEMENT at the hands of Sraeli-created and managed "islamist extremists"... later taking the fight right to their spiders' nest and liberating hundreds of thousands of fellow victims of that Turco-Sraeli-GulfStates genocidal oppression...

are now - the 'black hats' - as in Proxy Forces of an Evil Empire. Right. You believe that bullshit... you deserve to

get stuffed. Along with Tom, Pepe and the rest of the fake news peddlers who have never seen a Talpiot paycheck which they didn't like.

Has there been any confirmation of this latest bald agitprop about what Trump actually said to the Turks? Err, no, {WHY DOES IT MATTER!!!>>??-WE DON'T GET PAID TO CORROBORATE OUR SOURCES OF FAKE NEWS!)

MOAR FAKE NEWS! bRINg on the end!(And moar bullying Turk 'security thugs' beating Merikans AT THE WHITE HOUSE ITSELF!) Hurrah for the Protocols!

"We deserve it" - at least yu got that part right morons!

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Kefeer dirty fingernails Sun, 11/26/2017 - 21:57 Permalink

The greater the former psycho-soldier the better the thug.  There are some very military-elite that love to kill and torture and they find a home in places like Academi (Blackwater). Here is a bigger issue than any standing army.  Greg Hunter with Danielle DiMartino and go to the 18:29 mark in a discussion about bankers and their interest in block chain tech.  What she said in this discussion is the most relevant thing I have heard in what may happen when this debt global bubble bursts.  These bankers will use the block-chain tech to control all transactions and the paper fiat will be no more.  Biblical - you can't make this stuff up.

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fulliautomatix Sun, 11/26/2017 - 17:41 Permalink

"...should have ended long ago."That is an interesting statement - it would imply that there was a directive for the cessation of supply at some (long ago) previous date that wasn't complied with. Which further implies that any US citizen not complying with the directive is in breach of the law. hmmmm.

Number 9 ebworthen Sun, 11/26/2017 - 17:52 Permalink

fvk that..i have a problem trusting someone who knowingly became a contract murderer..leave those bastards in the sandbox foevah..i dont think these brain washed idiots we call troops would have any qualms turning their guns on we the people if told to..remember, they joined up knowing that they would be called upon to kill israel's enemies.

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anonymike Sun, 11/26/2017 - 17:44 Permalink

Me thinks Luongo will be very disappointed, and soon. It is the nature of the mass murdering psychopathic criminal gang who call themselves us government.

anonymike XqWretch Sun, 11/26/2017 - 18:22 Permalink

"WE?" I never use that word when referring to the actions of the mass murdering psychopathic criminal gang who call themselves us government, or even the state or county centralized governments. THEY are all evil. The world can only begin to become a better place after THEY have self-destructed.For me, WE includes only those individuals I've voluntarily decided to become, or remain, associated with, which doesn't even include some of my relatives. Only at the most local level might it be possible for me to voluntarily associate with any governance which, fortunately, there is none of in my locale.

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anonymike XqWretch Sun, 11/26/2017 - 20:02 Permalink

Check outhttp://joelskousen.com/strategic.htmlI'm in a good area based on this book and my own analysis of TEOTWAWKIUpdate: also, based on the following link, you don't want to be downwind of any nuclear power plants. This rules out the vast majority of everything east of Texas to North Dakota.https://survivalblog.com/400-chernobyls-solar-flares-emp-and-nuclear-ar…

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Arctic Frost anonymike Sun, 11/26/2017 - 20:49 Permalink

Then why don’t you move? We’re the enemy who only has mass murder on our minds yet you sit here paying into our system feeding it your pay check. YOU are to blame for EVERYTHING by financially holding up this country! You support that what you KNOW AS A FACT is an evil entity, going around killing MILLIONS haphazardly and for no reason at all. You do this WILLINGLY.

You disgusting creature for aiding and abetting something you BELIEVE AS A FACT is a killing machine. You’re a thousand percent worse then those of us who don’t know what the hell your problem is. If YOU BELIEVE ALL OF THIS IS FACT, then look in the mirror as to who is REALLY an evil pig for not being brave enough to take your money to a different country.

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johnnycanuck Sun, 11/26/2017 - 17:46 Permalink

Sure buddy, sure.  There are pantloads, and then there are ^pantloads^."The number of US soldiers and civilian support staff deployed to Syria and the broader Middle East surged by more than 30% over the summer, according to Pentagon figures.A quarterly personnel report released late last week indicates that 54,325 US troops, reservists and civilians were stationed in the Middle East and North Africa during the three-month period that ended Sept. 30 — about 33% more than during the first two quarters of 2017. The increase holds true for combat zones such as Syria and Iraq as well as neighboring countries that host US military bases."https://al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/11/pentagon-troop-surge-syr… what they admit to. The Oded Yinon plan is still in play.

Mena Arkansas Sun, 11/26/2017 - 18:06 Permalink

now that the neoconservatives have been revealed as the big losers in Syria.The biggest losers are the US taxpayers that are being stuck with the multi-trillion dollar tab for the zionist wars waged in the middle east thanks to the israeli jews and their US sayanim in their quest for a greater israel and world domination.Thanks jews.

WTFUD Sun, 11/26/2017 - 18:18 Permalink

If the President can prevent the private-wing of MIC-al-CIAd'uh black-ops then i'll share the author's optimism.

For the time being Syria & Friends should maintain Code Red War Alert Keep Pounding. Where, for example, have MIC-al-CIAd'uh air-lifted the remnants of IS/Nusra to?

wisehiney Sun, 11/26/2017 - 18:29 Permalink

 “We're going to win so much. You're going to get tired of winning. you’re going to say, ‘Please Mr. President, I have a headache. Please, don't win so much. This is getting terrible.’ And I'm going to say, ‘No, we have to make America great again.’ You're gonna say, ‘Please.’ I said, ‘Nope, nope. We're gonna keep winning.’

Art duTrait Sun, 11/26/2017 - 19:44 Permalink

I'm cautiously optimistic. Sure, there could be a false flag tomorrow that is used to justify a fresh round of all hell breaking loose to advance the grand plan. But, I'll take a slowdown in the bloodletting any time, for as long as it lasts.

nicktd Sun, 11/26/2017 - 20:03 Permalink

Trump is just cutting losses in Syria, which was a loosing situation to begin with (result of Obummer suck ass foreign policy).Wiith Trump backing Israel and Saudis (via MBS) next target is Iran.  This is essentially Bush era policy back in action where Iran was next target after Iraq WMD.  Iran is not a country to underestimate. A war with Iran will be Trump's WMD.

Baron Samedi Sun, 11/26/2017 - 21:56 Permalink

I'll believe the Empyre is winding down when the CIA finally runs out of money (USD, EUR, opium, etc.) to buy whole governments (incl USSA) and run color revolutions.

frank further Sun, 11/26/2017 - 23:21 Permalink

Stupid article, believing Trump has a brain and common sense.  In case we all forgot, the cabinet is filled with generals and banksters, plus little kiddies.  MIC will always win, friends.

quintus.sertorius Sun, 11/26/2017 - 23:34 Permalink

The author is overly optimistic: while the US may be scaling down one proxy war, they are ramping up other proxy wars. To name a few,1) CIA and Wahhabi vassals are arming the ARSA Muslim terrorist group in Myanmar, meant to destablize the connectivity between Myanmar and China (see research by Irish journalist Gearoid O'Colmain).2) Support for anti-Iranian terrorist group MEQ (Mojahedin-e Khalq), in preparation for next proxy war between Ziodi Arabia and Iran.3) Support for NATO, meant to destabilize Europe and Russia. The terrorist nature of NATO exemplified by operation Gladio.4) Support for ISIS in Afghanistan. In several recent interviews, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has testified that ISIS helicopters have been setting off from US bases in Afghanistan to regions where ISIS fighters have been gaining a stronghold. Ultimately, ISIS fighters in Afghanistan are meant to a) provide the excuse we need to maintain control of the opium trade in Afghanistan and the world (pace Luongo) and b) use Afghanistan as a launchpad to spread terrorism into central Asian countries, China and Russia. The Russians and Chinese are well aware of this (see New Eastern Outlook website for articles on the topic).The Deep State has lost a battle, not the war.