You make some important points. The Syrian Kurds are politically Maoist and religiously Islamic (their own brand), their export crop is opium. None of those things are something that most Americans would find desirable in a ‘friend’. They are allies of convenience. We send them weapons and they fight their traditional enemies (Turks, ISIS, and pretty much everybody else). Killing Kurds has been a sport in the Middle East for a long time. Saladin was a Kurd – but since then, they’ve been on the defensive. If the Turkish Army moves in a big way against Syria or the Kurds, there isn’t much that anyone can do to stop it in the short term. The Kurds will give them a bloody nose, but that is not defeating them.
I agree we should leave these Middle East dirt spots to deal with each other as they have been since before Christ, yet being diligent to keep them off our soil.
America has a lot of traitors in its midst. Most of them are not seriously anti-American in the sense that Benedict Arnold became. They’re Quislings of a different nature – self promoters at the expense of America. They are able to rationalize that stance.
The Kurds fight, and they individually understand what it takes to be a warrior. Those are all desirable traits and I don’t want it said that I am in any way anti-Kurd. However in a geopolitical sense, Syria is a loser. The Kurds need to join together to try and carve out “Kurdistan”, but at the moment the Syrian and Iraqi and Iranian Kurds are all at odds politically. Everyone wants to rule the world and be Khan of Kurdistan…old story.
I thought that all of the IDF girls ARE hot. It’s very disconcerting to think that they may not be. The same is naturally true of the Kurdish girls at the front. Propaganda works, or people wouldn’t devote so much effort to promoting it. As I think most of us are aware, the Kurds (and the Americans, the Turks, the Iranians, the Jews, etc.) all have their own self interest at heart.
I say leave them to their own devices, see how things go.
The Syrian Kurds are a separate issue from the Iraqi Kurds.
The Turks under Ataturk made good decisions. Under Sultan Erdogan, they do not. By in large, Turks are not bad people, but as you suggest, they are not our friends. We find the basing agreements to our advantage and it provides an “island with a runway” in the Northern Middle East within easy striking distance of Russia, the Balkans, Iran, etc. I don’t know that they are any more reliable of a NATO partner than, say Germany these days. That may possibly have something to do with the fact that there are more Turkish flags flying in Berlin and Frankfurt than there are German flags. And I’m not counting the million military age Mohammedans that they recently imported.
Next thing you know they’ll be wheeling out homemade canons.
No, they’ll use the RPG-7’s that Taiwan provided to the rebels as soon as the PRC rolls in armor. I’m very very close to the situation in Hong Kong in ways that I’m not going to discus on this blog. Suffice to say that there is a way out for China and HK, but it’s not a done deal.
EXACTLY! The situation is one that the Red Chinese are very uncomfortable with. A popular movement (like the Tea Party in the US, recently, during the Obama regime) with no leader is frustrating to them. They are accustomed to terrifying the population but that’s not working in HK. They’ve arrested most of the people who they consider to be ring leaders, but like the hydra’s teeth, ten pop up for every person they imprison. As one would expect, they feel that the Americans are behind it because the HK protesters carry American flags. But it’s not America, it’s freedom. That’s disturbing to the oligarchs in Beijing.
Mike_C – Thanks for the observations on China viz Hong Kong. It had not occurred to me that PRC leadership could possibly think this is all due to a single shadowy mastermind (call him Anti-Soros), but clearly they live in a different headspace than I do.
It’s convenient to delude yourself that a mastermind is the source of all your trouble in HK rather than 90% of the population that is unhappy with you.
A Ghandi would not have survived the first tank had he risen in the Soviet Union. In fact, the reds would have wasted the gas. One bullet would be sufficient. Truth be told there were many Ghandis in the Soviet Union and they were killed or shipped off to the Gulag Archipelago to be worked to death.
Yes, the strange thing is that they know how out of touch they are with reality in so many ways. They send intelligent students to Satan’s Vaticans (Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc) and the students receive high marks and return. Many of those students live in Chinese Bubbles while away at school and they return being able to quote this or that without ever understanding America. Likewise, they can’t comprehend nearly the entire population of Hong Kong wanting to opt out of Red China. How could anyone not love the Red Chinese?
The Military Industrial Complex
WSF – Unemployment of those grown fat sucking the taxpayer tit may be President Trump’s greatest accomplishment.
Don’t count those blood suckers out. They have as many Republican allies as Democrat allies and they will not hesitate to work diligently to unseat a president who doesn’t dance to their tune. One problem they have with President Trump is that he has SUPPORTED heavy military spending. It’s just that they would really like to have a war with an ongoing need for more war machines and logistics.