Turkey

DON’T CRY TO ME…AMERICA… (…it’s just a bit of Peronismo to tide you over…don’t you know.) President Trump’s flurry of executive orders from his first week of work suggests his term in that Oval Office will create an even more

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PEACE ON EARTH…GOODWILL TO ALL… (…are in very short supply and have become a forgotten ideal) The recent events in Berlin, Germany, and in Ankara, Turkey, along with the barbarities going on in Aleppo and other parts of Syria, all

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THERE’S NO DELIGHT IN TURKEY THESE DAYS… (…thanks to a misdirected American strategy for the region) The latest suicide bombing attack at Turkey’s Istanbul airport (apparently an ISIS inspired one with a Chechen twist) is yet another blow against one

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TURKEY IS NOW FORCED TO WALK THE LINE… (…as that hydra-headed wildfire of conflicts closes in on its borders….) After almost five years of sitting on the sidelines in its attempts to avoid getting sucked into the vortex of the

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CAN THE SYRIAN KURDS PROVIDE A LATTER-DAY SALADIN… (…as the seed that will flower into a new civil and open society for all Syrians?) Saladin, was a Kurd…and some 800 years ago he re-conquered most of what we call the

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GOING IN HALF-APP… (…when full-bore is the need) We’ve said it many times before…there’s no other place on earth worth one drop of American blood, or, one American soldier’s life…least of all anywhere in the Middle East, and especially in…Iraq.

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TODAY’S SEA PEOPLES… (…a replay of an ancient story…in reverse) Some three thousand years ago or so the entire Middle East was shaken up and left in chaos, much as it is today. The cause, back then, seems to have

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IT’S THANKSGIVING…. (…so how come all we can ever get for it is…the whole bird?) At the risk of being considered just another grumpy old Scrooge, on what is supposed to be the main occasion of the year for us

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MYOPIC NATIONAL AGENDAS BLOCKING EFFECTIVE STRATEGIC EFFORTS (…as the US and Turkey just tiptoe further into the fray with only band-aid support…) The ISIS/ISIL wildfire continues to rage with little or no containment, much less any real signs of it

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RESOLVING THE SYRIAN-ISIL CONUNDRUM… ( will require a bi-polar…not a mono-polar approach to succeed.) President Obama’s international coalition to sustain an intensive air-strike campaign against ISIL in Iraq, and now Syria, amounts to a stop-gap measure, and does not do

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