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U.S. Navy Fighter Jet Shoots Down Syrian Aircraft After Alleged Bombing Of Kurds

In a statement given by the Department of Defense to various media outlets, the U.S. military confirmed that a US F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet had shot down a Syrian SU-22 aircraft, which had allegedly bombed the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. “The Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend Coalition or partner forces from any threat,” the Pentagon said. The Syrian Democratic Forces backed the U.S. claim, accusing the Syrian government of having “mounted large-scale attacks using planes, artillery, and tanks” against them. Keep Reading

Politics/World

If You Want To Make NATO Great Again, Kick Out Turkey

  President Trump insisted throughout the presidential campaign (and even after being elected) that NATO was “obsolete”, mainly focusing on the fact that many of our European allies don’t put forward the appropriate proportion of their GDP toward their defense budgets and on the claim that the transatlantic organization doesn’t do enough to combat terrorism (the latter a far less fair criticism than the former, especially given the fact that the only time the group has invoked its Article 5 mutual defense provision was to assist the United States in the wake of the September 11th attacks). President Trump recently abruptly reversed course, now saying that NATO was no longer obsolete. But Donald Trump actually was right about NATO obsolescence, although right for the wrong reasons. It’s not because we no longer need NATO as a bulwark against Russia (we do) and not because NATO is no longer useful in the age of international terrorism (it is), but it is “obsolete” because an increasingly authoritarian Turkey has become an… Keep Reading

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Meet The New Boss Same As The Old Boss

“On the very first day of 2016, news agencies reported a bizarre story out of Turkey. At a press conference, President Recep  Erdogan referred to “Hitler’s Germany” as an example of the political system he proposes for his country — “a presidential system with a unitary state.” Hitler had his Reichstag and Erdogan his staged coup as he is following Hitler’s lead to a T.  We can see the same kind of aggressive recklessness in  Erdogan’s shoot down of a Russian Jet and support of ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria and saber rattling with Greece and Armenia.  Turkey does not have one friendly neighbor due to its sociopathic foreign policy.   If Erdogan follows the plan further, he will continue to reserve power in the Presidency and take it away from the century old Military, Judiciary and Parliamentary systems which is exactly what he is doing in his counter coup. The Ron Paul Institute noted:  “We don’t have to remind readers that when military coups take place in the middle-east, they… Keep Reading

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