Trump’s been like Rumsfeld. HIS GENIUS would streamline things, and miracles would happen. We should know by now about Trump’s ultimate faith in his own ultimate savy he gets from watching TV. He was going to “bomb the shit out of ISIS,” and the US and Russia then did do that. And then Americans found out Iranians helped out the program on the ground where it counts a lot. To top that off Americans then found out the neocons all the while had watered down the whole mission with a side thing about removing Assad. Anyway, why now is Turkey saying hold off on rubble-izing Idlib? Well, Erdogan says to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe. That may not be the true reason, but it plays well. It plays well because it is a good reason, and then there are the refugees. Russia was gung ho to rubble-ize Idlib, but for now they’re holding off along with Turkey’s wishes [why, because the pipeline has to go through the latter country + the catastrophe? who knows?]. But Russia does have enough sense to take a stand regarding Turkey’s plans for the “safe zone.”
It just goes to show factors materialize that force nations to put off smashing whole cities. The forces in the region that want ISIS gone for good aren’t [minus a couple] gung ho about any war on Iran…thus, Trump wanted out of the neocons’ general approach (Pompeo, Bolton, and Giuliani may bring it back though). Time for another distraction. This time we will steal the poop out of Venezuela’s oil. This time it’s those evil folks down south. And we’ll let them stay imprisoned in old Mexican malquiladora factories…without enough clothes, or any medicine at all.
There was a better way all along. Boy, I missed this one. And all along I could have found it if I’d just searched the phrases and words I searched this evening. But all of us knew about ISIS’ oil going through Turkey.
Next, use whatever diplomatic and economic pressure is available to make it clear to whomever in Turkey that it’s time to stop facilitating the flow of that ISIS oil onto the black market. Then wield that same diplomatic and economic pressure to force buyers to stop purchasing it. Some reports suggest that Israel, cut off from most Arab sources of oil, has become a major buyer of ISIS’s supplies. If so, step on some allied toes. C’mon, someone is buying all that black-market black gold.
The same should go for Turkey’s behavior toward ISIS. That would extend from its determination to fight Kurdish forces fighting ISIS to the way it’s allowed jihadis to enter Syria through its territory to the way it’s funneled arms to various extreme Islamic groups in that country. Engage Turkey’s fellow NATO members. Let them do some of the heavy lifting. They have a dog in this fight, too. https://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/01/18/you-wont-it-heres-answer-isis Jan 2016
Wagging dogs is how fascism works.
It wants the area near the Turkish border to be cleared of the U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG militia and to move into territory there, some of which is currently controlled by U.S. forces.
Earlier on Thursday, Russia told Turkey it had no right to create such a safe zone unless it sought and received the consent of Assad. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-russia-turkey-iran-idUSKCN1Q31JC 2/14/19