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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:10 am 

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Obama sold out the Kurds to Turkey. They will never trust us again.

All-out Turkish-Kurd war. Barazani goes to Tehran

DEBKAfile Special Report August 29, 2016, 8:47 AM (IDT)

An all-out Turkish-Kurdish war has boiled over in northern Syria since the Turkish army crossed the border last Wednesday, Aug. 24 for the avowed aim of fighting the Islamic State and pushing the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia back. Instead of falling back, the Kurds went on the offensive and are taking a hammering. This raging confrontation has stalled the US-led coalition offensive against ISIS and put on indefinite hold any US plans for campaigns to drive the jihadists out of their Syrian and Iraqi capitals of Raqqa and Mosul.
The Kurdish militia ground troops, who were backed by the US and assigned the star role in these campaigns, are now fully engaged in fighting Turkey. And, in another radical turnaround, Iraqi Kurdish leaders (of the Kurdish Regional Republic) have responded by welcoming Iran to their capital, in retaliation for the US decision to join forces with Turkey at the expense of Kurdish aspirations.
The KRG’s Peshmerga are moreover pitching in to fight with their Syrian brothers. Together, they plan to expel American presence and influence from both northern Syria and northern Iraq in response to what they perceive as a US sellout of the Kurds.

debkafile’s military analysts trace the evolving steps of this escalating complication of the Syrian war and its wider impact:

Since cleansing Jarablus of ISIS, Turkey has thrown large, additional armored and air force into the battle against the 35.000-strong YPG Kurdish fighters. This is no longer just a sizeable military raid, as Ankara has claimed, but a full-fledged war operation. Turkish forces are continuing to advancing in three directions and by Sunday, Aug. 28 had struck 15-17km deep inside northern Syria across a 100km wide strip.
Their targets are clearly defined: the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northwest Syria and the Kurdish enclave of Qamishli and Hassaka in the east, in order to block the merger of Kurdish enclaves into a contiguous Syrian Kurdish state.
Another goal was Al-Bab north of and within range of Aleppo for a role in a major theater of the Syrian conflict. To reach Al-Bab, the Turkish force would have to fight its way through Kurdish-controlled territory.
The Turks are also using a proxy to fight the Syrian Kurds. Thousands of Syrian Democratic Army (SDF) rebels, whom they trained and supplied to fight Syria’s Bashar Assad army and the Islamic State, have been diverted to targeting the Kurds under the command of Turkish officers, to which Turkish elite forces are attached.
A Turkish Engineering Corps combat unit is equipped for crossing the Euphrates River and heading east to push the Kurds further back. Contrary to reports, the Turkish have not yet crossed the river itself or pushed the Kurds back - only forded a small stream just east of Jarablus. The main Kurdish force is deployed to the south not the east of the former ISIS stronghold.
Neither have Turkish-backed Syrian forces captured Manbij, the town 35km south of Jarablus which the Kurds with US support captured from ISIS earlier this month. Contrary to claims by Ankara’s spokesmen, those forces are still only 10-15km on the road to Mabij.
Sunday, heavy fighting raged around a cluster of Kurdish villages, Beir Khoussa and Amarneh, where the Turks were forced repeatedly to retreat under Kurdish counter attacks. Some of the villages were razed to the ground by the Turkish air force and tanks.
In four days of fierce battles, the Kurds suffered 150 dead and the Turkish side, 60.
debkafile military sources also report preparations Sunday to evacuate US Special Operations Forces and helicopter units from the Rmeilan air base near the Syrian-Kurdish town of Hassaka. If the fighting around the base intensifies, they will be relocated in northern Iraq.
Fighters of the Iraqi-Kurdish Peshmerga were seen removing their uniforms and donning Syrian YPG gear before crossing the border Sunday and heading west to join their Syrian brothers in the battle against Turkey.
The KRG President Masoud Barazani expects to travel to Tehran in the next few days with an SOS for Iranian help against the US and the Turks. On the table for a deal is permission from Irbil for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to win their first military bases in the Iraqi Kurdish republic, as well as transit for Iranian military forces to reach Syria through Kurdish territory..

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Yemen: The Message From Iran Is Clear

August 29, 2016: The two year old civil war is currently stalemated with most of the conflict taking place in the media. The latest (last week) peace proposal was, as usual, accepted by the government but rejected by the rebels because they refuse to surrender their heavy weapons. This includes artillery and armored vehicles seized from military bases as well as ballistic missiles that have been fired at targets in Saudi Arabia (so far unsuccessfully) and government held areas in Yemen. The Saudis know they are vulnerable to one of those rebel ballistic missiles hitting a major oil facility. That would be a major blow to Arab resolve because this is the threat Iran has long posed. The American and Israeli firms that supply anti-missile systems have told senior Arab leaders that there is always a small chance a missile will get through. During the current campaign Saudi Patriot anti-missile systems have intercepted all rebel ballistic missiles aimed at important (lots of people or oil facilities) targets.

But the message is clear; Iran has a lot more of these missiles and can fire dozens at a time. The Arab Gulf states produce more oil than Iran, have more oil facilities to attack and a lot more to lose. Moreover perception (rather than truth) is important, especially in this part of the world. Currently the perception is that the Arab missile defenses work. But if one ballistic missile gets through than the perception will change. That would also cause oil prices to go up, if only temporarily. All this would be a major victory for Iran and that’s the main reason Iran is backing the Yemen rebels. The Arabs also are at risk of losing domestic support for their effort to put down the Yemeni rebels. That support would go away quickly if too many Arab troops got killed. Iran wins just by keeping the civil war going and that bit of cleverness is typically Iranian and the major reason the Arabs fear Iran, and have feared Iran for thousands of years. .

While Iran denies it is sending weapons there is lots of physical evidence to prove otherwise. Yet the Arab blockade is pretty tight. Iran apparently has to pay huge fees to the most skilled (or desperate) smugglers to get small shipments through. Iran is most useful in other ways, like mustering its media resources, and those of its allies Russia and China, to support the Yemeni rebels by playing up civilian casualties from the fighting, especially because of Arab air attacks. The Iranian propaganda ignores the rebel use of civilians as human shields. Iran also plays down the civilian casualties caused by rebels firing shells, bullets and rockets across the border into Saudi Arabia. Because China and Russia have largely state controlled mass media and world-wide reach in many different languages, Iran is making the rebels appear more virtuous, and the government more evil than they actually are.

The reality is that the Shia tribes of Yemen look out for themselves at the expense of others, as do most of the other tribes in Yemen. There is much talk of curbing corruption in Yemen but little interest in doing that equally with everyone. In other words every tribe has their own list of grievances and things that must be put right. The fundamental problem in Yemen, and many other nations worldwide, is lack of trust and willingness to compromise. Thus the rebels refuse to accept the government that was elected after former “president-for-life” Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced out in 2012. This new government is much less tolerant of Shia than Saleh, who is Shia but trusted by a lot of Sunnis. Yet the Shia tribes didn’t wait long before declaring the new government illegitimate and in need of replacement. Virtue has a price some Yemeni tribes were not willing to pay.

That is the main reason for the rebel unwillingness to surrender their heavy weapons. A lot of these heavy weapons were actually turned over to the rebels by commanders still loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The rebels are in debt to Saleh for things like that and insisting that any peace deal include “no retaliation” against the pro-Saleh commanders and tribal leaders who joined the rebel cause. The government and their Arab allies are willing to make compromises on the disloyal officers and much else, but not on the rebels desire to keep their heavy weapons.

Iranian backing for the rebels makes things worse because this turns the Yemen mess into part of the Iranian effort to make Shia Islam supreme in the Moslem world. This conflict has been going on for over a thousand years and for the last few centuries the Sunni (about 80 percent of all Moslems) have been clearly in charge with Shia the largest (at ten percent of all Moslems) and most militant of all the minority sects. Most Gulf Arabs are Sunni but Iran (a largely non-Arab state that has long dominated the region) became Shia in part to differentiate themselves from the Arabs.

So the Yemeni civil war is about more than corruption and disagreements over who gets what. Former president Saleh saw to that when he helped make the Shia tribes (who have been troublesome for centuries) more of a threat than usual. Saleh is a Shia who ran Yemen for decades by brokering deals between all the factions. He took a cut but even the most demanding tribes went along because what Saleh was doing was preferable to anarchy. Then came 2011 and the Arab Spring uprisings. Saleh proved adroit in dealing with this and resigned with an amnesty deal. But rather than retire he secretly arranged for his old allies in the military and many Shia and Sunni Yemeni tribes to effectively oppose and overthrow the elected government that succeeded him. Saleh also had contacts among Sunni Islamic terrorist groups that were surviving in Yemen because of Saleh’s willingness to make deals with anyone. That included Iran. All this was understandable (if not acceptable in this case) to his Arab neighbors but Westerners (especially the Americans) found it incomprehensible. It wasn’t, it was just the way things are done in this part of the world. That is the main reason this region is so backward and ravaged by violence but that’s another issue.

The months of peace negotiations have had some success in getting many local agreements to allow safe passage of relief supplies. That’s because this was recognized as crucial for both sides. Most Yemenis are now dependent on foreign food aid and that includes a lot of pro-rebel civilians. So both sides generally allow the aid convoys to pass, although sometimes trucks are stopped and searched for items (like weapons and military equipment) they are not supposed to be carrying.

The Cost

Two years of fighting between Shia rebels and the elected Yemeni government is believed to have cost Yemen over $14 billion in economic losses, over 6,500 dead and driven nearly three million people from their homes. Some 80 percent of the 27 million Yemenis depend on foreign aid to survive. Nearly $4 billion in property damage has been suffered in the cities of Sanaa, Aden, Taiz and Zinjibar alone. Over 6,500 have died, most of them civilians, and some 20,000 wounded. The economy along with health care and education systems are barely functioning.

In response to all this the wealthy Arab states who form most of the Arab coalition force in Yemen are supplying a lot of economic aid in areas where the government is in control. This is an effort to fix the economic problems in Yemen and is something Iran can’t do. This is a defeat for Iran but gets little publicity outside the region. But things like medical aid (including moving serious cases outside Yemen for treatment) and new vehicles and building supplies to replace what has been lost means a lot. Early on the Saudis also put a lot of pro-government militia members on the payroll but a lot of that had had to be cut back when tribal leaders were found taking most of the pay (they were supposed to distribute) for themselves. One solution to this problem is the current effort to hire 5,000 southern Yemenis for a Saudi sponsored border patrol force. The Saudis are supplying the training, weapons, money and supervision. The pay will be good but the work will be dangerous because the Saudis expect the border patrol to stop hostile (to Saudi Arabia) activity on the Yemeni side of the border and not just take a bribe and go on your way. Whatever happens these border guards will help repair the economy and might also help with Saudi border security.

This aid is also why Islamic terrorist groups like AQAP (Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) and ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) have lost so much local support (along with membership and income) in 2016. During the months when the truce was holding the Arab forces concentrated on the Islamic terrorists in the south and greatly reduced this threat.

That truce ended in early August when the Arab coalition resumed their air attacks on the rebels, mainly on the rebel held capital (Saana). There had been no attacks since May as several rounds of peace talks were held. The Iran-backed Shia rebels in Yemen don’t believe the Saudi led Arab coalition is willing to risk the losses necessary to take the capital Sanaa. The rebels know that the public support in the Gulf oil states for participation in the Yemen war would rapidly erode if there were a lot of casualties among their troops. So far the rebels have been right about this.

The Arab coalition has used a lot of air power and armored vehicles to protect their troops and this has largely worked. The Arab Coalition have not officially disclosed its losses but reports in the local media indicate there have been several hundred dead so far as well as more than a dozen jets and helicopters (crashed or shot down) and more than twenty tanks (mainly American M-1s) and even more less well protected armored vehicles destroyed or damaged beyond repair. The Saudis have about 400 M-1s in Yemen and the Saudis and other coalition states have more than a thousand other armored vehicles there as well. Since early 2015 Saudi Arabia has had M1A2S tanks in Yemen and is believed to have several hundred there (or on the Yemen border) now. There have been some media reports of Saudi M1A2S losses, including several videos of the Shia rebels there doing some serious damage to these tanks. Iranian media has mentioned at least five M1A2S tanks lost and the Shia rebels captured at least two, which were apparently hunted down and destroyed by Saudi warplanes.

Saudi Arabia is also suffering civilian casualties, from persistent Shia rebel attacks across the border. The Saudis shoot back but that has not stopped the attacks. Other solutions are being tried but Saudi Arabia is running into problems with Saudi tribes living along the border with northeastern Yemen who refuse to leave the area so a buffer zone can be created. This is mainly the border with the Saudi Arabian province of Jizan and the government is paying the people evacuated high prices for their property and helping them find homes elsewhere in the area. This is all about the Yemeni Shia rebels who continue firing mortar shells and rockets at Saudi towns and villages. The Saudis retaliate with artillery or air strikes and this has become part of an endless cycle of retaliatory attacks. There have not been many Saudi civilian casualties but the Saudis want to minimize the risk of there being more of them. In southwestern Saudi Arabia there are three border provinces (Jizan, Asir and Najran) that are adjacent to the northwestern Yemen region that the Shia rebels come from. Najran covers most of the threatened border and most of the half million people in Najran are Shia, but loyal to the Saudi king. The provincial capital (also called Najran) has a population of 240,000 and is close enough to the Yemen border to be the target of frequent Yemeni rebel artillery and rocket attacks because of that.

Yet the Saudis cannot afford to leave a hostile Iranian-supported enclave on their southwestern border and it appears the Saudis feel they have to do whatever it takes to prevent the Iran backed Shia rebels from remaining active.

In the south (outside Aden) an Islamic terrorist suicide car bomber attacked a new army training camp and killed at least a dozen new recruits and wounded many more.

August 28, 2016: In the northwest Yemeni Shia rebels fired a rocket at the Saudi town of Najran and killed two civilians and wounded five.

August 26, 2016: In the northwest (Hajjah province) a Saudi airstrike on a gathering of Shia rebels killed at least twenty of the rebels. Further south in Taez province heavy fighting continued, leaving over 30 dead, most of them Shia rebels.

Reports of a Yemeni rebel missile hitting a Saudi oil facility in southwestern Saudi Arabia caused a brief panic in the oil markets and the world oil prices briefly rose two percent. What actually happened was that a rocket fired from Yemen hit the fuel storage area for an electrical power plant near the Saudi town of Najran. This town is a frequent target of Yemeni rebel rocket attacks but since the rockets are unguided they rarely hit anything of value. But so far this month the rockets have damaged both a water treatment facility and the electrical power plant.

August 24, 2016: In the south (Shabwa province) an American UAV fired a missile at a moving vehicle and killed four AQAP men. Further north (Marib province east of the national capital Sanaa) another American UAV fired a missile at a vehicle and killed three AQAP men. There have been three UAV attacks in August. On the 4th missiles destroyed a checkpoint manned by AQAP men and killed three of them. In July there were two UAV missile attacks on AQAP targets in Yemen during July. The attack on July 8th killed one Islamic terrorist while the one on the 16th killed six and wounded one. There are far fewer attacks on ISIL because they are fewer in number and more dispersed.

August 23, 2016: In the southwest (Taez province, inland, near the Red Sea coast) heavy fighting continued in and around Taez City where Shia rebels continue to hold some neighborhoods. There have been over a hundred casualties in the last 24 hours. The Shia resistance continued in Taiz because the province has a lengthy Red Sea coastline which enabled smugglers to bring in weapons and other aid for the Shia rebels even though the rebels gradually lost control of most of the Taiz coast. This made smuggling operations along the Red Sea coast more difficult but obviously not impossible. There are Red Sea smugglers who will (for a much larger fee) get stuff in although the naval patrols have become more intense in an effort to halt all aid to the rebels. Since early 2015 over a third of the deaths in the Yemen civil war have occurred in and around Taiz city. Apparently some of the smuggling efforts are succeeding.

August 20, 2016: In the northwest Yemeni Shia rebels fired a rocket at the Saudi town of Najran and killed one civilian and wounded six others.

August 16, 2016: In the northwest Yemeni Shia rebels fired artillery shells at the Saudi town of Najran and killed seven civilians. The Saudis accuse the Yemen rebels of increasing their cross border mortar, artillery and rocket attacks since the 13th and killing at least fifty people, most of them civilians, in Saudi Arabia.

August 15, 2016: In the south (east of Aden) an AQAP suicide car bomber attacked a military checkpoint along the coast and killed four soldiers and wounded six others.

August 14, 2016: The Saudi government has announced a bonus (of one month’s additional salary) for Saudi personnel serving in Yemen. This comes after Saudi troops worked with Yemeni forces to clear AQAP out of Zinjibar and Jaar, the two largest cities in Abyan province and well as several smaller towns in Abyan. Most of the fighting took place about 50 kilometers east of Aden. Since late 2015 AQAP has been a constant presence in Abyan and frequently operated in Zinjibar and Jaar. This most recent offensive killed over 40 AQAP gunmen and put a lot of AQAP supporters in jail and shut down several locations in those cities that AQAP was operating from. The troops involved in this operation lost three dead, plus a dozen or more wounded.

In the south (Aden city) police found and raided a building used by three AQAP members to rig a car with explosives so a suicide bomber could use it for an attack in Aden (the largest port in the city) against a military target.

Elsewhere in the south (Lahj province, just north of the port of Aden) gunmen murdered three Yemeni military officers working with the Arab Coaslition. The three killing took place at different times and locations over a 24 hour period in the provincial capital (al Houta). Yemeni Shia rebels, who are still active in this area, are believed responsible.

In the northwest Shia rebels fired a rocket across the border and hit a water treatment plant in the Saudi town of Najran. Six plant workers were wounded.

August 10, 2016: In the northwest a Saudi policeman across the border in Saudi Asir province was killed by a Yemeni man (a legal resident of Saudi Arabia) who ran the victim over and then got out and stabbed the policeman to death. When arrested he said he belonged to ISIL. That arrest led to six other Yemenis in the area being arrested.

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http://newenglishreview.org/DL_Adams/Sa ... _Politics/

<The fact that our current President and Secretary of State (wannabe President Hillary Clinton), are followers of Alinsky is beyond disturbing. That so many Americans know Alinsky is heartening but few know the motivations behind the agitation that is so central to the Alinsky method and further what it means when a professional agitator acquires the power that they claim to require. What kind of effective governance is possible from the permanent agitator when the reins of power are handed to him/her? We have seen the results.>

<The core of Alinsky's method is destruction, destruction of the "system" that allows a disparity of wealth. There is no discussion of what is to replace this system once it is brought down. However, there is little doubt that Alinsky's idea of a better "system" is one that brings forced equivalence or Marxism. Fundamentally, the struggle to get power is the essence of Alinsky, what to do with the power once acquired is another matter altogether.

“Community Organizer” Barack Hussein Obama teaches the Alinsky method of power acquisition.>

<Alinsky grew up in Chicago in a very poor Jewish family in the early part of the century. He said that he had "kicked the habit" of Judaism at an early age, but would always say that he was a "Jew." Seeing the corruption of Chicago at the time and the hero status held by Al Capone and his operatives, Alinsky made it his affair to associate himself with them. He saw no difference between the Capone criminals and the corrupt city officials of Chicago at that time. He was successful in flattering himself (his characterization) into the Capone organization and became a trusted fellow traveler for "two years" according to his estimate. In fact, the influence of the Capone gang on Alinsky is substantial and lasted for more than two years.

"He introduced me to Frank Nitti, known as the Enforcer, Capone's number-two man, and actually in de facto control of the mob because of Al's income-tax rap. Nitti took me under his wing. I called him the Professor and I became his student. Nitti's boys took me everywhere, showed me all the mob's operations, from gin mills and whorehouses and bookie joints to the legitimate businesses they were beginning to take over. Within a few months, I got to know the workings of the Capone mob inside out." ( Alinksy interview)
Alinsky’s self-identification of Frank Nitti the mobster killer as his "professor" is important. In retrospect one can speculate that Alinsky learned a great deal about pressure and intimidation from his friends in the Chicago mob.

But even more enlightening is that the mob killer Nitti is the anti-thesis of what America is about; amorality and criminality were what Alinsky apparently found so fascinating about Nitti and his gang- they beat “the system” which Alinsky saw as just as corrupt or equally so to the Capone/Nitti gangsters.

This abandonment of morality and ethics and in fact, the identification of morality and ethics as impediments, would become a theme with Alinsky. The two years of training with “Professor” Nitti would reap huge rewards for Alinsky over time. But what it has left as a legacy for this country is a disaster as Alinsky’s followers took this abandonment of morals and ethics as a serious lesson; nothing is excluded as far as tactics and strategy are concerned - this is the lesson of the “professor.”

Alinsky's abandonment of morality and ethics is not difficult to demonstrate. "Rules for Radicals" is dedicated to Lucifer, the rebel against God's rule and great destroyer of Christian ideology.>

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My Money Is on a Trump Victory

For what it is worth: Nothing is ever certain, and much could go wrong, but my money remains on a Trump victory. Why?

1) It feels a whole lot like Reagan in ’80 and Newt in ’94.

Reagan was disliked by the establishment (who liked Baker or Bush), viewed with suspicion by professional conservatives (they liked Phil Crane, not a divorced, former Democrat, big-spending governor), and regarded with condescension by the media and the Left (who saw him as stupid and as a dangerous cowboy). Those camps could not fathom the breadth and depth of his popular momentum.

Ditto the GOP’s taking the House in ’94 — I was on CNN five weeks prior to that election and produced outright guffaws and rolled eyes from everyone when I said that the GOP would win not only the Senate but also the House. The signs were all there, but because the idea seemed so preposterous, many analysts couldn’t see them.

More recently, Matt Bevin was left for dead by most of the smart money in his race for Kentucky governor, and Brexit was “sure” not to pass. Trump is an extension of that zeitgeist for many — a long-awaited reclaiming of control of their lives, their country, their self-identity.

2) Who are you going to believe, polls or your lying eyes?

I started asking people in the spring whom they were voting for. A surprisingly large percentage of not-supposed-to-be-a-Trump-supporter types turned out to be exactly that. That includes rich and highly educated people, women, blacks, Hispanics, and Muslims. A bunch of anecdotes, but interesting.

Everyone keeps saying this election is about Trump. But I have come to believe it really is about his supporters, who to a person are deeply versed in all his flaws and faults and support him regardless. For them, this is about one or more of the following:

deep antipathy for Hillary and all she represents and would do;

disappointment with a broken system they feel has ignored them and in some cases harmed them for years;

a desire to reclaim the country and their own lives and personhood.

They genuinely love and worry about their country, and they want to feel proud again to be an American.

3) If what got incinerated was a phoenix, don’t bet against it rising.

If you’ve seen someone succeed at something five or six or nine times, how smart is it to bet they won’t do it the tenth time? How many times was seemingly everyone sure that Trump was finished — only to see him come back stronger than before? Many of us missed, time and again, the meta messages Trump was sending that galvanize his support, and many miss it still.

4) Enter the stages of grief.

For two-thirds of GOP voters, Trump wasn’t just another candidate — he was the one potentially viable candidate they feared. So with Trump triumphant, enter the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and, finally, acceptance – each person cycling through at his or her own pace.

You can tell that many are at the nadir of depression by the way those who are the most depressed about Trump interpret him. Having a predisposition, as understandable as it might be, can hinder our understanding of what is happening. If someone starts with the assumption that Trump is ignorant, stupid, or dangerous, it rules out considering the possibility that comments such as “founders of ISIS” could simply be brilliant hyperbole.

In contrast, allowing the idea that Trump is actually as smart as his overall track record, even discounted, indicates, permits the perspective that his repeated “gaffes” are a purposeful and calculated strategy to garner millions of dollars in free media, wherein his larger point gets made for him, over and over. That’s no mean feat in a media environment stacked in favor of the Left and Democrats and against conservatives and any GOP nominee.

5) It’s still summer.

I have found that many folks who are normally GOP voters but who are unhappy about Trump largely fall into two camps. The first are those who object because Trump isn’t solidly, reliably conservative on their priority issues. The second are those who, at bottom, find Trump personally objectionable, as does almost everyone they know, so they feel that the prospect of supporting him would violate the way they see themselves and wish to have others think of them.

These are real concerns that even many Trump supporters say they have worked through. But if people are hitting despair in August, that means they have September and October to move to acceptance. Why would they? Because Hillary’s presidency and all it implies will become so much more real.

Given the choice between someone who will get pretty much every policy decision wrong and someone who might get some of them right, more and more people who now can’t see voting for Trump will decide that on the “lesser of two evils” spectrum, they will be a Trump voter, even if they are not a Trump supporter.

One cannot discount the barrage of negative ads that will come against Trump. And who knows what new revelations will shift the ground yet again? But particularly with more and more Clinton pay-to-play revelations, if by early October the social opprobrium shifts from “how could I possibly support him?” to “how could I possibly enable her?” then Republicans will win the presidency.

— Heather R. Higgins is the president and CEO of Independent Women’s Voice, the 501 sister organization of the Independent Women’s Forum. This piece originally appeared at Ricochet.

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A lot of truth in this and yes, Obama has sold out yet another ally.

But extreme caution is advised in reading Debka analysis.

Having said that - the spectacle of US air supported Turkish forces fighting US air supported Kurdish forces is truly mind warping. And to watch the US VP land in Turkey and sternly order the US backed Kurdish forces to retreat from their US supported, hard fought, battlefield gains of the last few months is truly nauseating.

Is there anyone The Current Criminal Regime won't betray?

Maybe the problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.

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The Kurds have proven to be one of the most dependable and capable allies in our war against ISIL. The hypocrisy is outstanding considering the treatment the Russians got for anti-Assad forces and ISIL forces, while we regulary turn a blind eye to Turkey's behaviour.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached". - Manuel II

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