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So, What About Syria?

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have made income inequality the main issue in their contest to become the candidate for president, but one more terrorist attack and  many Americans will be more interested in physical security than financial security. Neither candidate has offered any sort of foreign policy program that deals with this key issue. There is a large segment of the American population that is scared stiff. So, what can Bernie or Hillary offer that might address this issue?

1. It is time to be realistic. It is time to call for a new anti-terror alliance that involves the US, Europe, Russia and Iran.

2. During World War II the US and England formed an alliance with the Soviet Union. Yes, the Soviet Union was led by a dictator who would make Vladimir Putin come across as a choir boy. But, VICTORY was the name of the game.

3. Iran has boots on the ground in Syria–the Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah, so let the US offer Special Operations and air might.

4. It is time to make clear to Turkey the Kurds are part of the anti-terrorist equation.

Yes, terrorism can be defeated in Syria. So, Bernie and Hillary, offer a damn plan!

Handling The Refugee Crisis

After months of haggling and horrific pictures of dead drowned children, members of the European Union have finally developed a “Plan.” According to agreements with Turkey, the EU will accept about 72,000 refugees currently trapped in Turkey. The EU will provide Turkey with at least $3 billion in order to provide temporary living areas for the two or three million refugees that have been unable to reach an EU nation and seek to be admitted as a seeker for asylum. This so-called “plan’ is simply akin to shifting the chairs on the Titanic just before she crashed into an iceberg.

The reality is there can not be a resolution to the refugee problem until the war in Syria has ended,and people feel assured they can return home to their past lives without being subjected to death and poverty. This means:

1. President Assad has to depart according to a specific schedule. This is not negotiable –even if it means he retains power for a year or so.

2. Arab nations within the region must come together as part of an army that is committed to wiping out every militant force in Syria. The US and Russia can provide the air power.

3. The issue is NOT democracy–it is stability so that people can lead normal lives. Most probably, they will not be living in democratic societies for at least a decade.

4, Any  policy requires COMPROMISE. Again, THE issue is -stability and normality.

Who Are Bad Guys In Syria?

I realize that Republicans want to carpet bomb Syria into oblivion, but these days it is mighty hard to figure out who in the hell to bomb. For example:

1. There is the Free Syrian Army which hates President Assad and the Russians.

2. Turkey wants to bomb anti-Assad groups but also wants to bomb Kurds which are anti-Assad fighters.

3. The Russians are bombing enemies of President Assad but sort of ignoring ISIS and al Qaeda.

4. The US, England,France, Jordan and god knows who else is bombing Assad and his allies but not Russian ones.

5. The Democratic Union army is sort of anti-Assad but also anti those fighting Assad.

6. The Iranians help Assad and the Saudis help anti-Assad and also attack some  anti-Assad fighters.

We challenge anyone to come up with a score card as to who are the right guys to bomb!

Bad Times In ISIS Land

These are not the best of times in ISIS land what with Russian bombings, American bombings, Turkish bombings, and even Saudi Arabia bombings. Then again,there is always the problem that if Donald Trump is elected he will personally lead the wipe out of ISIS based on his great, great plan. ISIS us cutting salaries ending free utilities, reducing marriage bonuses, and worse of all, no more free energy drinks or Snicker bars! We  offer some advice.

1. Instead of beheading, why not switch to ransom?

2. Make a deal with Walmart to sell black tee shirts with the ISIS logo.

3. How about tours which include one beheading?

4. I have a hunch some of those brides after a few weeks in ISIS land would not mind being married off to some rich Arabs.

5. ISIS might offer to provide protection for Trump when he speaks in Texas or the southwest.

 

Turkey Has To Get Its Act Together

Turkey has an armed force which contains close to one million soldiers. They are trained, they are led by excellent officers and the problem of corruption is of scant concern. Turkey has the capability of wiping out ISIS in Syria with its armed forces. Of course, it can readily close the border between Turkey and Syria to prevent terrorists from walking into Syria and aiding ISIS.

Of course, this would require President Erdogan to  cease playing a poor imitation of the Strong Man of the Year and become a serious partner in the fight  to end ISIS as a key force for evil. Turkey can handle this entire operation by itself without ANY aid from outside forces.

Problem: Erdogan insists that President Assad depart, quickly. How  about a meeting between Obama, Putin and Erdogan which outlines a plan that allows Assad three more months of power and then he departs for Saudi Arabia?

Keep Them In Your Land!

The solution to Syrian refugees has finally been solved. The European Union is offering Turkey about 3.5 billion dollars if it will build refugee camps for Syrians fleeing the horror of what remains of their homeland. As far as the EU is concerned, better they stay with YOU rather than come to US. All the Turks have to do is construct some shacks, give the semblance of schools and whatever can pass for medical care.

How about solving other migrant problems in the same manner:

The United States can offer Argentine $5 billion to allow Syrians to settle on deserted areas of the pampas.

There is plenty of space in the Amazon region and Brazil is hurting for money, so this would be the perfect solution to people who have no place to go.

Then again, the US could send eleven million illegal immigrants to Venezuela which is close to economic collapse. They speak Spanish, the people in Venezuela  speak Spanish, problem solved. Think about the good news, there no longer will be any need to build a Great Wall.

New Republican Slogan: “Better You Than US!

Bullies Face Off!

Once upon a time there were two bullies who had become good friends and so enjoyed locking up anyone who challenged their authority. They so enjoyed a good time together making fun of those damn “liberals” and their day was not complete without the imprisonment of some journalist who did not show respect for their authority. Alas, this great friendship is no more.

Turkish President Recep Erdogan supported the action of a Turkish plane which shot down a Russian fighter plane in Syria who had accidentally wandered into Turkish air space. Putin charged that Erdogan was aiding ISIS and buying their oil. His response: “If such a thing is proven, the nobility of our nation would require that I not stay in office.”  He then challenged Putin: “Would you stay in office?” if you were wrong?

Putin Needs A Friend

These days things are  not looking good for Vladimir Putin. He does not have a  friend in any nation in Europe, he does not have a friend in the Western Hemisphere, he does have some sort of relationship with China, but there are simply no friends around the shores of Asian nations. Yes, he does have a friend in Israel. Then again, making friends with Israel is akin to having the person most disliked being your buddy.

Vladimir used to have a friend in Turkey whose president, Recep Erdogan was the Putin of the Middle East. So, what  happened? A Turkish plane shot down a Russian plane. According to Putin, “we have received additional data which confirms that the Islamic State(ISIS)” was selling oil to Turkey.

Let me get this straight: Turkey is our ally in the fight against ISIS and Turkey is buying oil from ISIS. Now, we know why Turkey would rather bomb the Kurds than ISIS!

Turkey Heading For Dictatorship?

There is one trick that politicians use regardless of where they are in the world. The oldest ploy is to shout “the sky is falling, run for your lives and let me save you!” Turkish President Recep Erdogan first manufactured a terror plot by Kurds, made certain in one way or another that bombings and fear would sweep through the land so that he might emerge as the savior of the hour. “Blame it on the Kurds” is his slogan and just give him unlimited power and he will end the problem–the one He created>

The tragedy is that opponents are hounded, beaten, their newspapers attacked, and fear allowed him to improve this party’s voting percentage last week. He wants to allow a President to possess all power and do what’s best for himself–in the name of the People, no doubt.

The Mets Are Went Down To Defeat

I do realize this blog is supposed to focus upon world events and issues of importance to humankind. Well, for some of us,baseball and football and basketball are a lot more important than who ISIS killed today.The New York Mets were killed, no, murdered, by their incompetence and the pitchers of the Kansas City Royals. These are not joyous days in the city of New York. First,we had to deal with idiots from Texas or the states of the South who continue electing men and women who would fail getting through elementary school, and now we have to endure a bunch of hicks from Kansas City doing harm to our lives.

Let me explain the reasons for the Mets losing the World Series:

1, Barack Obama caused the Ebola scare and since he finished with that one he decided to scare New Yorkers. Remember, he comes from Hawaii, wherever that place is.

2. Ted Cruz never got a chance to filibuster the umps and that’s why the Mets lost.

3. John Boehner cried for the Kansas City Royals,but not one tear for the Mets!

4. Met players were forced to listen to Ben Carson explaining his tax program and they just fell asleep. Unfortunately,they kept on sleeping on the baseball field.

5. Donald Trump is from New York.The Met Hispanic players were afraid he would send them back to the Dominican Republic or Mexico or wherever and they were afraid to get hits against the gringoes.