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UPDATE to my “MAJOR SHIFT” Article from This Morning: Biden Seems to Suggest a Deal Was Reached with Erdogan

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: As expected, the fake alternative websites are saying this proves Erdogan staged the coup

I still don’t know what to make of this.

We know for a fact the US runs the so-called Free Syrian Army as a defacto irregular warfare proxy army designated to destabilize Syria in preparation for regime change. And we also know Turkey’s incursion into Syrian territory in support of the FSA (supposedly targeting the same “ISIS™” proxy army we allowed to leave Manbij and head north to the city Turkey is now effectively invading) is opposed by the Syrian government from reports from SANA News Agency. We know President Erdogan met with our puppet dictator from “Iraqi Kurdistan”, Barzani and then he was allowed to meet with several other leading political figures in Turkey before going today to meet with the Turkish parliament and leading political Kurdish MPs as well. And we know that Joe Biden is in Turkey today doing the same. All that we know.

But what I didn’t mention in this morning’s article is worth consideration:

“Speaking in Ankara, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the attack on Jarabulus — the last stretch of northern border territory held by the jihadists — had begun at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, targeting “terror groups which constantly threaten our country.”…

Erdoğan added that the operation would also target Kurdish fighters in Syria

Turkey is determined for Syria to retain its territorial integrity and will take matters into its own hands if required to protect that territorial unity,” Erdoğan warned on Wednesday.

The name of the operation suggested as much: dubbed “Euphrates Shield,” the campaign clearly aims to enforce Turkey’s “red line” against the Kurds, as well as driving ISIL away from its border. When the SDF moved a few miles north towards Jarabulus on Monday, Turkey fired artillery shots at them while Turkish-backed Syrian rebels gathered at the border…

Syrian Kurdish leaders responded with anger. Salih Muslim, the leader of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), wrote on Twitter that Turkey was now in the “Syrian quagmire” and would be defeated like the Islamic State. Redur Xelil, a spokesperson for the YPG militia, denounced Turkey’s intervention as an act of “blatant aggression.”..

In Ankara on Wednesday, Biden launched a charm offensive, praising the bravery of the Turkish people during the coup attempt, lauding their efforts against the Islamic State and declaring that the country had “no better friend” than the United States. He also warned the Syrian Kurds that they would lose U.S. support if they did not retreat to the Euphrates’ eastern bank.” Politico

So it would appear that a grand bargain may have been struck between Turkey and the US to keep the developing Kurdish state in Syria confined to east of the river. And though Erdogan says he respects the territorial integrity of the nation of Syria, how does that fit in with his Euphrates red-line? I wonder if the US will quietly hand over Gulen as part of this deal to placate Erdogan, who, since the failed coup, has solidified his power in Turkey and announced himself as a man not to be trifled with to the US.

Does this mean that the Kurds we just helped take Manbij are going to be forced back across the river? Is this a victory in part for Erdogan and Turkey or just another twist in the Shakespearean tragedy playing out in Syria?

I don’t know.

I guess some might say keeping half of Syria is better than losing it all. Just ask the Libyans if they would take that deal right now.

Still, I don’t think Erdogan has any more business negotiating that deal from Turkey than we do from D.C. or Putin does from Moscow.

Anyway, just thought I would toss this out there.

MAJOR SHIFT in Erdogan’s Relations with Imperialist US… and the Barzani Clan (yes, you read that right): Did He Sell Out to Greater Kurdistan?

by Scott Creighton

I don’t know what to think of this so I am going to put this info out there for you guys to consider and maybe you can let me know what you think.

I started my morning off in the usual way, skimming the Times, al Jazeera, the Post, HuffPuff, Fox “News”, Daily Blow… you know, the usual crap just to get a feel for the daily dose of excrement they are shoveling our way today, when I came across a story that made me stop and do a double-take:

Erdogan Aiding Coalition Partners in Cross-border Attack on “ISIS™” in Syria

What? I thought “ah, that’s just the Times doing their propaganda thing” until, I saw it again:

Turkey and U.S.-backed forces take on Islamic State border town in Syria

So I thought “oh, OK. The Times and the Post feeding off each others’ BS” so I decided to take a look at some Turkish papers in order to get some clarification:

LIVE: Turkish military, coalition forces launch ‘Euphrates Shield’ operation in Jarablus

There it is again. Now it has a name “Operation Euphrates Shield” but I dismissed it YET AGAIN because, AH… Hurriyet Daily is a Dogan Media Group paper, a Gulenist rag, so I figured I would check out the Daily Sabah and get the REAL SCOOP:

Wednesday’s anti-Daesh operation, called Euphrates Shield, aims to support U.S.-led coalition forces, strengthen Turkey’s border security by clearing away terrorist groups and maintain Syria’s territorial integrity.” Daily Sabah

Are you fucking kidding me? Recep Erdogan just survived a damn coup orchestrated from the Pentagon and US State Department in conjunction with the monied interests behind Fethullah Gülen and just recently he started bombing the CIA’s new darling freedom fighters in Syria… and now he’s teaming up with TEAM USA WORLD POLICE to literally invade Syria to stop the CIA’s “ISIS™”? The same “ISIS™” the coalition let leave Manbij a couple weeks ago so they could head north to this city?

Is that a joke?

But wait.. it gets worse. Much, much worse.

Continue reading

One of coup plot leaders was Clinton donor: Report

from Hurriyet Daily

One of the suspected leaders of the July 15 failed coup attempt, for whom an arrest warrant has been issued, was at the center of a group of suspicious 2014 contributions to a super political action committee (PAC) supporting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, according to an analysis by USA TODAY.

A company created by Adil Öksüz, who is believed to have ties to U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, made a $5,000 donation to the Ready for Hillary PAC…

“A company called Harmony Enterprises gave $5,000 to the PAC on June 27, 2014, campaign finance records show. Öksüz registered Harmony in New Jersey in 2010, according to state corporate records. It is the only campaign donation the company had ever made,”…

“The company website suggests it is a paper manufacturing business, but the address listed on the corporate records is a used-car lot on a highway in Lodi, N.J…

The donation was reportedly one of a half-dozen donations made to Ready PAC that same day totaling more than $62,000 from Turkish Americans in and around Lodi…

Most of the donors reportedly have clear ties to the Gülen movement.

[read more here]

Michael Parenti – The U.S. War on Yugoslavia May 16, 1999 in Seattle, WA.

Founding Director of the George W. Bush Institute Backs Hillary Clinton: Says She has the “right values” for Him

by Scott Creighton

uhhhhh… Jesus. As if we needed more proof that Hillary Clinton is the neocon candidate for 2016, here we go again:

James Glassman, who is also the founding director of the George W. Bush Institute at the former president’s library in Dallas, told MSNBC Monday evening that Clinton is “by far the superior candidate.”

“She has the experience. She’s got the character. She has the values,” Glassman said. “She is the kind of candidate I support and that, as I say, millions of republicans are supporting.” Politico

Yes. Hillary Clinton has the values to win her the support of yet another neocon from the Bush/Cheney criminal empire gang.

From 1996 to 2008, Glassman was a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C

In an interview in 2009, he put forward a case that in the long run the Iraq War will prove to have been a positive decision

The George W. Bush Institute is another neocon think-tank pushing school privatization, regime change operations , war with North Korea, tearing down the borders between the US, Canada and Mexico on behalf of Big Business… and other neoliberal ideology agendas.

Well you got to hand it to Glassman: he knows Hillary Clinton doesn’t he? She certainly shares the values of the George W. Bush Institute.

nuff said

More anti-Russian propaganda from the New York Times

by Barry grey, WSWS (art added by AE)

McCarthy era propaganda

The New York Times has been spearheading a media campaign to demonize Russian President Vladimir Putin and create an atmosphere of anti-Russian hysteria. This is in preparation for a sharp escalation of US military violence in the Middle East and stepped-up preparations for war against Moscow and Beijing.

Notice the name of the author

Using unsubstantiated assertions, political amalgams and outright lies in a manner reminiscent of McCarthyism, the Times has published virtually daily articles, editorials and columns asserting, along with Russian “aggression” in Syria and Ukraine, that the Kremlin organized the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computers in order to embarrass Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and tip the election in favor of Republican Donald Trump.

The claim—presented by the Clinton campaign, the Times and much of the US media as indisputable fact—is that Trump is a political ally, if not a direct agent, of Putin. This allegation has become the focus of an attack by Clinton and the Democrats on the fascistic Trump from the right. It has been used to line up former CIA officials and Republican neo-conservatives deeply implicated in the invasion of Iraq, torture and other crimes of the Bush administration, along with an expanding list of billionaire financiers and CEOs, in support of Clinton.

There are precedents for such exercises in state propaganda in the guise of journalism. They have all ended with mass killings, the toppling of governments and, in many cases, the murder of government leaders portrayed as the incarnation of evil—Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi, for example.

[read more here]

Propaganda for Syrian ‘Regime Change’

by Rick Sterling, Consortium News

Neocons and Clintonites have launched a major campaign with the goal of direct U.S. military intervention and aggression against Syria, potentially leading to war with Iran and Russia.

An early indication emerged as soon as it was clear the Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic Party nominee. Following the California primary, The New York Times reported on State Department diplomats issuing an internal memo “urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al Assad.”

In early August, Dennis Ross and Andrew Tabler opined in The New York Times about “The Case for (Finally) Bombing Assad”. Dennis Ross is a favorite Clintonite. In her book Hard Choices, Clinton described how she asked Dennis Ross to come to the State Department to “work on Iran and regional issues.”

New York Times regular Nicholas Kristof made his own pitch for war against Syria. According to the self-styled humanitarian, we need “safe zones” as proposed by Clintonite Madeline Albright and retired General James Cartwright. That is risky, Kristof said, but “the risks of doing nothing in Syria are even greater.”

PBS broadcast a story titled “Repeatedly targeted by airstrikes, Syrian doctors feel abandoned.” The story features video from the “White Helmets” along with photos from the reported April bombing of Al Quds Hospital. Currently there is a huge media campaign around the situation in Aleppo. Syrian American doctor Zaher Sahloul, of the Syrian American Medical Society, has been interviewed extensively on mainstream media as well as DemocracyNow with widespread promotion in Truthout and other sites.

[read more here]

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