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Trump’s Incomprehensible Betrayal of the Kurds

President Trump’s decision to pull a handful of U.S. troops out of northern Syria to make way for a Turkish attack on our Kurdish allies is perhaps the worst thing I’ve seen out of this presidency.

Sure, the Kurdish forces have ties to groups in Turkey that are terrorists. But we chose these people to assist us. They were remarkably successful in helping us deal with a problem, ISIS, which had been created by Barack Obama’s similarly irresponsible decision to withdraw forces too early from the region.

Trump’s comments about the Kurds not helping us during World War II are moronic. Their abandonment is yet another example of throwing people who deal with us to the wolves, like we did in Vietnam. And like Obama more recently did in Libya, where Muammar Qaddafi had agreed to give up his nuclear weapons and then Obama and Hillary Clinton attacked and killed him, effectively.

This is Obama-style foreign policy. Sure, we need to limit our involvements overseas. But we do need to be involved to some extent, because otherwise, they strike us here, as a quick search in downtown New York City for the World Trade Center towers will remind you.

The Kurds are also guarding lots of bad guys, former ISIS members. These people may soon be melting into the population, only to reemerge soon armed with kalashnikovs and plastic explosives.

What a waste and a dumb idea. We don’t owe anything to Turkey, which refused to allow us to use our base there during the 2003 Iraq War. I don’t know what Trump’s affection Turkish President Erdogan is based on, but the policy is a disaster.

Trump is threatening sanctions. The Turks are not going to care. They want to kill Kurds. He thinks everyone cares as much about money as he does.

From a good opinion piece by Marc Thiessen today in the Washington Post:

President Trump has defended his shameful abandonment of our Kurdish allies in Syria, declaring that “I was elected on getting out of these ridiculous endless wars” that have left America “bogged down, watching over a quagmire.” Listening to the president, Americans might think that we still have large numbers of U.S. troops fighting on fronts across the Middle East. We do not.

The days when we deployed hundreds of thousands of troops in the Middle East are long gone. Today, we have 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, about 5,000 in Iraq and just 1,000 in Syria. That is a grand total of about 20,000 troops in all three countries. By contrast, we have about 37,950 U.S. troops in Germany, 12,750 in Italy, 53,900 in Japan, and 28,500 in South Korea — a total of over 133,000. In fact, we now have three times more troops deployed in Spain (3,200) than we do in Syria. 

Moreover, the vast majority of these U.S. forces are engaged in a noncombat mission known as “train, advise and assist.” U.S. allies do most of the fighting, while American troops provide intelligence, operational planning, fire support and airstrike coordination from behind the front lines. We have helped train and equip about 174,000 Afghan troops64,000 Iraqi troops and 60,000 Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) troops, made up predominantly of Kurdish fighters. They are the ones engaged in ground combat with America’s enemies.

Trump likes to say he “defeated” the Islamic State. Actually, the bulk of the fighting was done by our Kurdish allies, trained and supported by U.S. Special Operations forces. As Gen. Joseph Votel, who served as commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, explains, “Over four years, the SDF freed tens of thousands of square miles and millions of people from the grip of ISIS. Throughout the fight, it sustained nearly 11,000 casualties. By comparison, six U.S. service members, as well as two civilians, have been killed in the anti-ISIS campaign.”

Democrats Abandon Bipartisanship GOP Showed During Clinton Impeachment

A great story today from Susan Ferrechio at the Washington Examiner.

The problem for Democrats is that by doing things is such an obviously partisan and secretive way, they are going to create a Republican backlash and lose independents. President Trump will have a strong case that this is, well, a witch hunt.

It’s already clear Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff lied about his involvement in this case. Actually, shouldn’t he be thrown off the committee rather than leading it?

Watergate was conducted more fairly too.

According to the Examiner:

House Democrats have abandoned a long-standing tradition of bipartisan cooperation when it comes to launching impeachment inquiries.

Democrats are holding hearings behind closed doors and have so far provided Republicans with little more than the right to question witnesses who show up in a secure hearing room in the basement of the U.S. Capitol. 

Republicans have labeled the process a “clown show,” “kangaroo court,” and “a sham,” and the White House has refused to cooperate

“The whole process is partisan and unfair,” Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, told the Washington Examiner

The Democrats are employing a far different procedure than the accord the parties arranged two decades ago when lawmakers weighed the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. 

Democrats at the time acknowledged the two parties cooperated significantly when it came to setting the rules for the inquiry, even though most Democratic lawmakers objected to impeachment.

The Clinton impeachment inquiry opened in December 1998 with a bipartisan agreement that the rules would be based on those used in 1974 during the impeachment investigation into President Richard M. Nixon. Those rules provided the minority with some rights, including the power to call witnesses and to seek authority to issue subpoenas.

The cooperative deal for the Clinton inquiry was struck by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde of Illinois, and the top Democrat on the panel, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., of Michigan. 

“Mr. Chairman, you and I have worked more closely together than at any other time in our careers,” Conyers told Hyde at the launch of the first impeachment hearing, which was open to the public. 

“And I want to thank you for the many untold efforts that you have made, including providing Democrats the Watergate rules of operation which we sought.”

Trump Attacks Fox News

A new Fox News poll showed 51 percent want President Trump impeached and 40 percent oppose it.

Trump no like. Said the pollster “sucks.” The poll is a little worse than Trump than some others but still consistent with them.

He then went on to commend One America News, which basically does few if any stories hostile toward Trump, for its “fair” coverage.

Politico: “Impeachment Risks Fading From the News”

Seriously? Ya think?

Politico need not worry. They and the rest of the liberal MSM will make sure that does not happen.

From Politico’s daily “Playbook”:

HOW DO HOUSE DEMOCRATS keep momentum in their impeachment probe? Some worry about that, as the party has mostly retreated behind closed doors to take testimony from various witnesses. Without ready-for-TV moments, and in the absence of fresh allegations from a new whistleblower, impeachment risks fading from the news. Of course, the president is liable to go on the South Lawn and admit to what Democrats consider additional impeachable offenses at any point. But Trump’s power to control the headlines day in and day out is a challenge for Democrats, and it’s not one they’ve quite solved yet.

Unemployment at Lowest Level Since Last Republican Democrats Impeached

The U.S. economy added 136,000 jobs, and the unemployment level declined to 3.5 percent, the lowest level in 50 years — since December 1969.

And who was president then? Richard Nixon. So let’s impeach President Trump too, why would we want to continue letting the good times roll?

According to the Wall Street Journal:

Many workers who didn’t reap economic gains earlier in the decadelong expansion are now experiencing record-low levels of unemployment, including the underemployed, those without a high school diploma and Hispanic men.

“The U.S. labor market remains resilient and continues to create new opportunities for Americans—despite slowing global growth and the introduction of new tariffs,” said Julia Pollak, a labor economist for ZipRecruiter, a job-recruiting firm.

Average hourly earnings climbed 2.9% from September 2018, a pullback from previous months but still higher than inflation.

Health care, transportation and business-service sectors added jobs at a robust clip in September. Payrolls for August and July were revised up by a combined 45,000.

Manufacturers, though, cut employment last month, providing further evidence that the factory sector is on shaky footing. Faltering manufacturing has been a key factor behind a slowdown in global growth over the past year.

The jobs increase is actually just fair, though, and the Fed may well lower interest rates again soon.

Adam Schiff is the Ideal Enemy for Trump

Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California has been anointed by Nancy Pelosi as the “face” of the Democrats’ impeachment effort.

And, metaphorically speaking at least, what an ugly face! He’s already lied about his contacts with the whistleblower. He sounds partisan and self-righteous on TV.

As he did in the 2016 election with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has been very fortunate with the enemies he gets.

According to the Washington Examiner on Schiff’s “rocky impeachment launch”:

Republicans and President Trump, eager to discredit the impeachment inquiry launched by House Democrats, may have found their weapon in Adam Schiff. 

Schiff, a California Democrat who is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, was tasked last month by Speaker Nancy Pelosi with leading the impeachment inquiry into the president’s efforts to get foreign governments to investigate allegations against 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden. 

But Schiff, 59, could be helping the GOP weaken the case for impeachment by making critical missteps that Republicans and Trump believe undermine the Democrats’ case against the president. 

Reports surfaced last week that members of Schiff’s committee staff spoke with the whistleblower before the bombshell complaint was filed with the Intelligence Community inspector general who launched the impeachment inquiry. The reports directly contradicted Schiff, when during a Sept. 17 appearance on MSNBC, he proclaimed, “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower.”

The revelation raised serious questions about whether Democrats coordinated with the whistleblower or even aided in writing the whistleblower complaint. While the attorney for the whistleblower flatly denied Democrats had any role in writing the complaint, Schiff’s dissembling hurt his credibility.

Trump Says China Should Investigate Biden and His Son Hunter

Talk about doubling down.

From remarks today to reporters at the White House:

Well, I would think that, if they were honest about it, they’d start a major investigation into the Bidens. It’s a very simple answer. They should investigate the Bidens because how does a company that’s newly formed and all these companies, if you look at — and by the way, likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens.

Because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine. So I would say that President Zelensky, if it were me, I would recommend that they start an investigation into the Bidens. Because nobody has any doubt that they weren’t crooked. That was a crooked deal 100%. He had no knowledge of energy, didn’t know the first thing about it, all of the sudden he’s getting $50,000 a month plus a lot of other things. Nobody has any doubt.

Lindsey Graham: Plot Underway to Shut Down Probe of Origins of Russia Collusion Charges

The MSM and the Democrats don’t like it when the investigation gets turned on them.

Strangely, both Dems and the dutiful soldiers of the Fourth Estate could care less about whether the Obama administration sought unethically and even illegally to either overturn an election or discredit the incoming president.

So now, efforts by the Trump administration to solicit foreign help in this important probe are a scandal, another example of Trump using foreigners to advance his political goals.

Well, the ones who appear to have tried to illicitly destroy their political opponents may well reside in the Obama administration and the Deep State. And Americans need to know what happened.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Sen. Lindsey Graham says an effort is underway to “shut down” Attorney General William Barr’s inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation.

report about President Trump urging the Australian prime minister to help Barr “discredit” special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is just the beginning, the South Carolina Republican said Monday.

“Here’s what bothers me tonight. This New York Times article about Barr talking to Australia is the beginning of an effort to shut down Barr’s investigation to find out how this whole thing started,” Graham told Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Republicans have alleged that foreign intelligence agencies, such as those in Western Europe, may have played a role in eavesdropping on or otherwise monitoring Trump campaign associates in 2016.

“Barr should be talking to Australia. He should be talking to Italy. He should be talking to the U.K. to find out if their intelligence services worked with our intelligence services improperly to open up a counterintelligence investigation of Trump’s campaign. If he’s not doing that, he’s not doing his job,” Graham said.

MSM Suddenly Sees a Witch Hunt When a Democrat — Hillary — Gets Investigated

Look at this. Look how that Washington Post handles a news story about a legitimate investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to handle State Department business, a practice for which any employee would have been fired and possibly subject to criminal charges. The article is all about . . . Trump!… Continue Reading

Wall Street would Oppose Warren if Biden Sinks

There are two silver linings to Trump to being impeached. One is that it will energize his base, which doesn’t like the result of elections they won being overturned, which the Democratic have been trying to do for three years. The second is that, given the focus on the Bidens’ nefarious activities in Ukraine, the… Continue Reading