Monday, October 31, 2016

Prototype of Panic- Orson Welles' War of the Worlds: An Experiment in Mass Mind Control

 In honour of  Halloween- Let's take a walk back to 1938 and recall the radio broadcast of Orson Welles'... "War of the Worlds"

A broadcast that stands out in history as possibly the first large scale, thanks to the wide spread availability of radio, perception managing/ psychological experiment. Conducted on the unwitting masses designed specifically to understand how fear could be induced, effectively.

Image and some info borrowed from here
 Radio is an altogether novel medium of communication,
preeminent as a means of social control, and epochal in its influence upon the mental horizons of men.
– Hadley Cantril, 19355
Global Research-Early “Psychological Warfare” Research and the Rockefeller Foundation

"Aware of the Dartmouth connection, Marshall encouraged the enterprising Cantril to apply to the Foundation for support. Cantril’s request resulted in a $67,000 grant for a two-year charter of the “Princeton Radio Project” (PRP) at Princeton University. There Cantril proceeded to develop studies assessing radio’s effects on audiences. In 1938 Cantril also became a founding editor of the Rockefeller Foundation-funded Public Opinion Quarterly, an organ closely associated with US government’s psychological warfare endeavors following World War Two.
When the Princeton venture commenced another trained psychologist close to Rockefeller, CBS Director of Research Frank Stanton, was named PRP lead researcher but took a secondary role of Associate Director due to his position at the broadcast network. At this time Austrian émigré social scientist Paul Lazarsfeld was recruited to join Cantril. Thus Cantril, Stanton, and Lazarsfeld were closely affiliated and ideally positioned to embark on a major study involving public opinion and persuasion.
The opportunity for such an analysis presented itself when CBS broadcast Orson Welles’ rendering of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds on on October 30, 1938. Lazarsfeld saw the event as especially noteworthy and immediately asked Stanton for CBS funds to investigate reaction to what at the time was the largest immediate act of mass persuasion in human history. Over the next several months interviews with War of the Worlds listeners were collected, provided to Stanton at CBS, and subsequently analyzed in Cantril’s 1940 study, The Invasion From Mars: A Study in the Psychology of Panic." PDF-

Planned and studied to understand the full affects on the audience...
So, information gleaned could be honed, expanded and wielded, like any other weapon against it's unwitting victims

Jan @ Gnostic Media did an encore presentation of his 2015 show "Prototype of Panic"

I listened to it again. And decided Halloween 2016 was a fitting time to revisit this radio programming and the truth of it's broadcast

Closing this post with an Edward Bernay's quote that is always in the sidebar here as a reminder to myself, hopefully others,  that is behooves us all to question, always.

Edward Bernays: Perception Management it is a Reality
"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society"

"Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. . . . In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons . . . who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind."

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The US & Israel's Taking of Raqqa Impeded by Intermeddlers

It’s quite clear that there are complications in the US plan to take Raqqa- As part of their ongoing remake the middle east agenda. I’ve been trying to flesh out exactly what is the problem for the US. To the best of my ability, of course!  It is certain the US had desired and originally planned for Raqqa and Mosul to be taken at the same time. Literally, simultaneously. (Previous posts on the subject here at the blog)

Flashback: US Led Coalition Plans Two Pronged Attack Against ISIS in Raqqa and Mosul

“The U.S.-led coalition plans to place simultaneous military pressure on the Islamic State's two critical strongholds in Iraq and Syria to thwart the militant group's grip in the region, a top U.S. commander said"
The taking of the two key cities, Mosul and Raqqa,  is pivotal for the US/Israel plan for Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0. Since their plan has been for one unified Kurdish territory in Iraq, Syria and Turkey- The key city in Turkey would be Diyarbakir, which was mentioned by Michael Rubin as the future capital of Greater Kurdistan.

Remember? Repost: Is Turkey Heading to Partition?
 It may take a decade, but it is time to begin the countdown to the partition of Turkey. The Kurds will have their state, and its capital will ultimately be Diyarbakir, not Erbil.

Coup in Turkey: Neo-Cons Talk Coup & Partition-
Neither Turkey nor Greece lost their NATO membership after previous coups. Should a new leadership engage sincerely with Turkey’s Kurds, Kurds might come onboard.

Refresh Your Memory  from November 2014Kurdistan NATO’s New Southern Flank 
 If all goes well for NATO, Israel and the Kurds.  Turkey will be supplanted as NATO’s Southern Flank. It seems to be just a matter of time.....I hold the opinion that Turkish leadership has become aware of what looks to be it’s impending betrayal
With their future sites set on Iran (Already in progress with numerous posts here on this topic) 

Refresh Your Memory:  P5+1 is a distraction. Early Seeds of Iranian destabilization cross the Turkish border

Turkey is totally aware of this plan. If I could figure this out regarding Turkey nearly two years ago, it goes without saying that the Turkish government is savvy too. Iran can see it coming also.

Remember? Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis- The impending destruction of Turkey.  & Pt.2- Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis- The impending destruction of Turkey
At this point in time it is without question that the coup attempt in Turkey was American sponsored . Attempted to result in or speed up the process of breaking up Turkish territory for the desired and planned remake of the region. Which included Greater Kurdistan or Israel 2.0. Had the coup succeeded I feel certain that the nation state of Turkey would be in the process of partition because the coup plotters had announced their intentions to ‘govern inclusively’ and all that other obfuscative talk

Here's where we get to Raqqa

 It’s clear the US is perturbed.The taking of Raqqa is not going according to their plans, schedule or desired outcome. In fact it hasn't even begun despite the fact that the taking of Mosul started nearly two weeks ago and by all accounts is nearly job well done. Though it's not been mentioned anywhere but here?

Refresh :  Mosul Offensive Drawing to A Close As Daesh/ISIS Uprooted- Phase 2

 Now we get to our intermeddlers in America’s planned taking of Raqqa

Turkey. Iran. Syria. Barzani (Iraqi Kurdish leadership) and Russia

Turkey, Iran and Syria are and should be interfering in America/Israel's plan for the most obvious reason- they all have a common enemy in the US backed Kurdish militias and all would oppose, quite naturally, the  plans to destroy each nation state to advance the remake agenda

 As for Barzani? No love lost between himself, the KRG government, and the terrorists of the PKK/YPG etc.,  He has stated the YPG are much the same as the PKK. The PKK have attacked the Iraqi Kurdish regions pipelines repeatedly. Causing a great deal of of financial harm to the KRG government. The PKK's  front government Gorran is challenging Barzani in northern Iraq. There is much animosity between the two groups The PKK has also attacked, on multiple occasions, Turkish & Iranian pipelines.

Russia had an idea of a federalized Syria BUT it included Raqqa as Syrian territory

Recall:  Syria rejects Russian proposal for Kurdish federation
**Whose Rebels Will Fight for Raqqa Deepens U.S.-Turkey Divisions**
The U.S. commander of the campaign against Islamic State says the only group capable and ready for such a battle is the Syrian Democratic Forces, made up largely of Kurdish fighters. Turkey, however, wants to keep the Kurds out of the fight to prevent them from connecting their autonomous areas in Syria. It’s backing a separate Syrian rebel group, the Free Syrian Army’s Brigade 51, which says it will be on the march soon.
The main challenge in retaking Raqqa has always been who will lead the fight on the ground, with support from U.S. and allied advisers and air power, and whether those forces can be trained quickly enough. Speaking to reporters from Baghdad Wednesday, Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, commander of the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, said the only group “capable on any near frame” is the Syrian Democratic Forces, which includes the Kurdish YPG.(which is the PKK/TAK and affiliated Kurds from Iran)
I'm going to link yet another article discussing the fighters on the ground
U.S. commanders in the Middle East are trying to determine whether 300 U.S. troops on the ground inside Syria will be enough to oust the Islamic State group from its self-proclaimed capital in Raqqa.
Whose rebels?
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he told U.S. President Barack Obama in a phone call Wednesday that his country could rid Raqqa of Islamic State all by itself. Obama underscored to Erdogan the need for efforts against Islamic State to be “effectively integrated with the operations of other members of the coalition,” according to White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

Turkey said they’ll clear Raqqa with their own military and boots on the ground- Turkey does have a very large military  but the US has to agree the Kurds stay away. However, the US INSISTS  the PKK/YPG/TAK and company be involved in taking Raqqa from ISIS. It is this insistence on the part of the US that tells us the truth of the agenda- The US wants the PKK terrorist group and it's friendlies to take Raqqa.

‘No Kurds’
“The Turks’ main aim is to derail any plans from the Kurds to have an autonomous region in Syria,” Al-Kattan said. “Turkey wants to have a stake in what’s going on in Syria.”

Turkey’s Defense Minister Fikri Isik, speaking from Brussels, suggested on Thursday, though, that his country is adamant in its opposition to any major Kurdish role. Turkey can prepare a force to retake Raqqa as quickly as possible if coalition countries agree to prevent Kurdish forces from participating, he told state-run TRT television.

But Obama has been clear his terrorists (proxies) are going to participate.

"It would be hard to imagine that American plans on Raqqa are aimed only to bring peace to Syria. It cannot be ruled out by using Kurds to liberate the city from Daesh the US wants to support the federalization of Syria, including establishing an autonomous Kurdish region," Babakov told the Russian newspaper Izvestia.
Hard to disagree given the US insistence on having the Kurds present, despite Turkey's protests. Despite Syria's statehood being destroyed.
"The Americans have been trying for a long time to persuade Turkey to work with Kurdish forces in the operation to liberate Raqqa. However, it's impossible. Turkey won't agree to that, given that Ankara regularly calls the Syrian Kurdish PYD 'an offshoot of the PKK,'" political analyst Serhat Erkmen, director of the Center of Middle Eastern Strategic Studies
None of this would have been a problem for the US had their coup succeeded in July.
In an exclusive interview with Sputnik Turkiye in May,  Saleh Muslim emphasized that the city was not only Daesh's political capital, but also a critically important military and logistical center for the terrorists.

"This is a constant threat to all of Rojava [a Kurdish region in northern Syria]. Therefore, the decisive liberation of Raqqa from the jihadists is vitally important for the Rojava. The goal of this operation is to eliminate the threat emanating from the area. The operation had been planned for long time," he said.
The pressure the US is applying to Turkey is also being applied to prevent further rapprochement between Ankara and Moscow
"First of all, the US is mounting pressure on Turkey, thus trying to prevent further rapprochement between Ankara and Moscow. At the same time, Washington understands that sooner or later the Syrian Army will liberate Aleppo. So, the US and its allies want to take control over a different region in Syria. The US wants to have leverage on Damascus and Moscow over a Kurdish autonomy which would also include Raqqa," the expert suggested.

Preventing or breaking the rapprochement between Ankara and Turkey would serve to weaken Turkey even more! And it would weaken Russia also

Reread: How NATO Is Trying to Sabotage the Turkey-Russia Reset
And  Moscow will provide Ankara with intelligence about operation in Syria
Also:  Did Putin give green light to Turkish attack on US-backed Syrian Kurds?
OR:   An Insecure West and Turkey?
FinallyTurkey’s tilt to Russia changes dynamics of Syrian battlefield

Iran has sent it’s militias into Mosul and it has been reported that afterwards they will head to Raqqa as Syria’s allies:

hattip anonymous commenter!
No one wants to die for Raqqa.
Cut to the chase-
 But, but, but, there is a light in the tunnel!
Iraqi PMU recently announced that after Mosul the next target for its forces will be Raqqa. The offensive will be coordinate with Syrian governemnt. Maybe this is why Americans are getting nervous. If PMU and the SAA manage to captured Raqqa, the Syrian government will be able to establish a friendly administration in this city. Then the game is over.
Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesman for the Iraq-sanctioned paramilitary known as Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), said on Saturday that they will fight alongside Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s forces in Syria after finishing their battle against ISIS in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

The Iran-funded PMU has launched an assault on ISIS west of Mosul on Saturday but reiterated that they would not enter the Sunni majority city.

Which lines up with Massoud Barzani's statement regarding Mosul- A statement he made while standing aside the PMU. 

The leader of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has assured that Kurdish Peshmerga forces will not set foot in Mosul during a joint operation with the army and allied fighters aimed at liberating the Daesh-held northern city.
“The Peshmerga will not enter the city of Mosul,” Masoud Barzani said in a news conference with Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) Ammar Hakim, in Zartac Mountain, near the city of Nineveh, on Thursday.

 And walking beside one another in solidarity too?

Barzani further said the Kurdish fighters are coordinating their role in the Mosul liberation operation with the Iraqi military, adding that the collaboration will continue.
The Kurdish leader further highlighted unity among different Iraqi political parties, adding that Daesh was no more a threat as most areas are back in control of the Iraqi forces.

It seems to me there may just be a concerted effort to prevent the USA/PKK/Israel from taking Mosul... No Mosul. No Raqqa.

I've a bit more to add, but, this has gotten long and I've spent hours working on it
Please read it all and then share some relevant thoughts! I do love when readers and lurkers do that!

If you are unaware of the Raqqa situation please read:

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Allies Resist US Plan to Attack Raqqa?? What's Going On Here???

I've noticed the past week or so... Russia is not flying over Aleppo. Turkey is not flying over Syria.

Straight up, I don't believe Turkey is not flying because of warnings from Syria. Nor do I believe that Russia was unaware of the airstrikes made against the kurdish militias on syrian territory- Putin and Erdogan were talking immediately preceding the airstrikes.
 A news story was making the rounds about some 'close encounter' between a Russian and US plane over Syria, BUT, it was old news 

 Air Force Lt. Gen. Jeff Harrigan said the incident happened on Oct. 17 when a Russian jet was escorting a larger spy plane and came to “inside of half a mile” of the American aircraft, AFP reports.
Making the 'close encounter' news a total distraction.

To make matters even more curious this news from VOA caught my attention:

 Allies Resist US Plan to Attack Raqqa

 Apparently it's not just the Turks that are opposing the move on Raqqa and the use of PKK/YPG as proxies. Europe is less then enamored with the idea. So, what's really going on at this time? 
 A proposed U.S.-backed offensive on the Islamic State terror group’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa is encountering problems, because Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists the Syrian-Kurdish YPG — the only militia currently up to the task — can play no part.
America’s European allies also are raising objections and expressing strong skepticism about any major role for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG. They fear that having the Kurds in the vanguard of an assault on Raqqa, historically a predominantly Arab city, would fuel sectarian rivalries.
Speaking to the news channel France 24, Britain’s defense secretary, Michael Fallon, warned that using anything but an Arab force would court rejection by the Sunni Arab residents of Raqqa. He said the liberation of the city would have to be done by an “essentially Arab” force.
“Otherwise,” he warned, “the liberation is not going to be welcomed by the people of Raqqa” and would worsen tensions between Arabs and Kurds.
I've mentioned several times already the Kurds are not an effective fighting force, you're just supposed to believe that is true. The Kurdish militias have benefited from US airpower and the fact that ISIS always melts away- Everywhere. 

Turkey doesn't want a bunch of terrorists on their southern border
Worsening tensions and more sectarian rivalries will fuel more ethnic cleansing and more people displacement- The mass influx of refugees is causing discomfort in Europe.

Related: Kirkuk: Kurdish authorities demolish Arab Refugee Homes. KURDIShIS attacked Kirkuk

U.S. officials are eager to liberate Raqqa sooner rather than later because they fear IS is planning to prolong its already stiff defense of the Iraqi city of Mosul by sending reinforcements from Raqqa — something it may already be doing.
That's odd- 'stiff defense of Mosul'- Just the other day it was announced that Mosul was taken- and the allies were moving on to phase 2
Related: Mosul Offensive Drawing to A Close As Daesh/ISIS Uprooted- Phase 2

Earlier this week, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called for a simultaneous attack on IS’ self-styled capital of Raqqa alongside the push, started more than a week ago, to retake Mosul.

“We want to see an isolation operation begin around Raqqa as soon as possible,” Carter said during a visit to the Iraqi city of Irbil. “We are working with our partners there [in Syria] to do just that.”

Two fronts

In the runup to the launch of the assault on Mosul, some U.S. officials and analysts argued that to speed up the end of the jihadist caliphate, a better strategy would be to attack Raqqa and Mosul at the same time, forcing an already stretched terror group to fight off two major assaults on different fronts.
“I think Raqqa is more important to IS than Mosul is, because of how central Raqqa is to the group’s administration of its declining state,” Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based research group, told VOA before the Mosul assault unfolded.
In my opinion... The US wants to make the push on Mosul & Raqqa simultaneously in order to continue on with it's remake of the middle east agenda-Greater Kurdistan/Israel 2.0
The Kurdish militias (PKK) in Sinjar will roll on through to Raqqa- claiming everything along the way.. Raqqa is predominately Arab, not Kurdish as this map from the Economist implies

Control of Raqqa and its surrounding province has supplied IS with considerable revenue, from the sale of oil from nearby oil fields and cash the group demanded from the Assad government in Damascus for the electricity generated by the Euphrates and Ba’ath dams.
The importance of both the dams and the oil for Kurdistan has been discussed here on numerous occasions- And KurdIShIS's oil production and revenue has also been discussed.

Only in recent days have U.S. officials started to talk publicly about a Raqqa assault being unleashed within weeks. But as with the planning for the Mosul offensive, with Raqqa, U.S. officials are faced with a host of problems as they try to discipline unruly alliances of local sectarian rivals that mistrust each other and fear they will be outmaneuvered and weakened for what may follow the defeat of IS.
Well, this is Voice of America, so we gotta expect some total baloney will be in the article- The US has spoken publicly about a move on Mosul and Raqqa simultaneously for far longer then a couple of weeks.. There is a post here from August 14th on this topic

Refresh: US Led Coalition Plans Two Pronged Attack Against ISIS in Raqqa and Mosul
“The U.S.-led coalition plans to place simultaneous military pressure on the Islamic State's two critical strongholds in Iraq and Syria to thwart the militant group's grip in the region, a top U.S. commander said"
 Thwart the militant groups grip- absurd.. My readers know this has always been about annexing Syrian, Iraqi territory for Israel 2.0 /Kurdistan. I’ve written about this extensively.

VOA continues
Turkey’s Erdogan has said he told U.S. President Barack Obama in a phone call to exclude the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its militia, the YPG, from the proposed Raqqa offensive.

“We do not need terrorist organizations like the PYD and YPG in the Raqqa operation. Let us work together to sweep Daesh [the Arabic acronym for IS ] from Raqqa, I told him,” Erdogan said.

In a written statement after the phone call, Turkish officials said the two leaders agreed to support the territorial integrity and independence of a post-Assad Syria.
Two Turkish officials said that eh? No names? No direct quotation of said statements? Obviously I don't see this claim by VOA as credible. It directly contradicts Erdogan's quoted statement above and stance below.

Assad first, IS second

Ankara fears the Kurds are planning to fashion an independent state in northern Syria running along the border with Turkey and sees the PYD as an extension of Turkey’s outlawed separatist group, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, with which it is locked in a vicious conflict in southeastern Turkey.

But without the YPG, it is unclear who could muster a strong enough assault on Raqqa to recapture it from the jihadists.
Oh, really? Don't believe that claim either.
Since the YPG’s successful 2014-15 defense of the border town of Kobane from IS, Washington has considered the YPG its most reliable ground ally against the jihadists. But backing the Syrian Kurds has damaged Washington’s relations with both Ankara and the mainly Sunni Arab Syrian rebel militias that have battled to oust President Bashar al-Assad for more than five years. Arab insurgents see Assad as their main enemy and IS as a secondary foe that can be defeated once Assad has been driven from power.
Kobane- ISIS melted away- there is no need for strong defense when your so called enemy has it's strings pulled by your bestie- Your ally. 

Syrian rebel militias have clashed with YPG forces, which took the opportunity to seize traditionally Arab towns north of the city of Aleppo during a Russian-backed Assad offensive last February. Both Kurdish-dominated forces and Syrian rebels backed by Turkey are converging on al-Bab, northeast of Aleppo, in a race to take the town from IS.

Speaking in Ankara to the families of veterans, Erdogan reiterated his determination to maintain the push toward al-Bab. After that, he said, the rebels, with Turkish air, artillery and special forces support, would turn their attention to Raqqa.

“I had a long conversation with Mr. Obama last night and I told him that we’ll take these steps,” he said.
But it remains unclear whether Syrian rebel militias want, at this stage, to be drawn into what would be a prolonged and bloody fight over Raqqa. Rebel commanders working with the Turks told VOA that after al-Bab they want to bolster their comrades in the besieged city of Aleppo, where insurgents Friday announced they were mounting a new offensive to try to break a months-long siege by Assad’s forces, their second bid to do so.

The Turkish and American defense ministers, Fikri Isik and Carter, met in Brussels Thursday on the sidelines of a NATO meeting to discuss the anti-IS battles in Iraq and Syria. Isik told reporters that Ankara was pressing the U.S. to drop the PYD and to embrace the Free Syrian Army as the local force to liberate Raqqa.

“We will be insistent on this issue up to the end,” he said.

Scott @ American Everyman put up an interesting piece that may shed some light on Europe's recalcitrance to go along with US plans

After Cutting Massive New Gasprom Deal with EU, Putin Refuses to Renew Airstrikes in Eastern Syria as Our Terrorists Bomb with Impunity

 Winter's coming and it's said to be a cold one- We've had our heat on for better then a week already- With night time lows hitting just one or two degrees celsius- With Europeans already annoyed with the massive migration- would their leaders let them freeze in the cold while not allowing profit making to take place to appease America ?

Friday, October 28, 2016

How NATO Is Trying to Sabotage the Turkey-Russia Reset

 hattip Ally!
Russia Insider

Originally appeared at Indian Punchline
The Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg in his ‘doorstep statement’ today on the 2-day meeting of the alliance’s defence ministers in Brussels said, inter alia, that an agenda item concerns “making progress on plans” for more NATO presence in the Black Sea region. He cited Russia’s belligerence as the rationale for such move. Interestingly, there was much emphasis on the Russian operations in Syria in Stoltenberg’s media briefing. (Transcript)
Prima facie, Syria is not ‘NATO territory’, but a linkage is being established between NATO  posturing toward Russia and the latter’s military presence in Syria. This can only happen at the behest of the United States, because Stoltenberg wouldn’t even sneeze sans green signal from Washington. 
Of course, generally speaking, boosting the ‘enemy’ image of Russia is useful and necessary for Washington to keep the alliance going, since the member countries are otherwise loathe to increase their defence budgets to 2% of GDP. The US also calibrates the NATO posturing toward Russia to curb any proximity developing between individual European countries and Moscow at the bilateral level as well as to ensure that the sanctions against Russia will remain in place.
However, the plan to discuss Black Sea deployment as well as Stoltenberg’s emphasis on Aleppo also appears to serve another US objective – namely, put pressure on Turkey to delimit its strategic autonomy vis-à-vis Syrian conflict.
Significantly, NATO intervened publicly – alongside an American demarche – to force Spain to refuse refuelling for the Russian flotilla of warships (including aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov) heading for eastern Mediterranean. This has been justified on the ground that with beefed up military prowess, Russian operations in Aleppo might intensify. (RT)

The alibi that NATO has advanced is laughable – namely, humanitarian considerations – given the alliance’s brutal war crimes in Libya and its role in the gruesome murder of Muammar Gaddafi. Seumas Milne wrote in Guardian newspaper at that time, ‘If there were global justice, NATO would be in the dock over Libya.’ (Guardian)
So, why is Stoltenberg acting like this? The answer is, Spain’s rethink on refuelling the Russian flotilla on the basis of a NATO demarche, is intended to create a precedent that will also be applicable to Turkey. Indeed, Washington is having a difficult time to ‘manage’ Turkey. Turkish President Recep Erdogan is on guard vis-à-vis Washington ever since Ankara concluded that the US had a hand in the July 15 attempted coup to overthrow his government. Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus had some strong words for the Obama administration when he left Ankara for Washington on Tuesday on a mission to put more pressure on Washington to extradite the Islamist preacher Fetullah Gulen. (Hurriyet)
But then, wouldn’t Ankara know that Washington simply cannot extradite Gulen who has worked for the CIA? Of course the Turks would know that alright. So, it is a catch-22 situation. Gulen has become a lump stuck in Uncle Sam’s throat. Read a caustic commentary by the pro-government Sabah newspaper titled What happens if Washington refuses to extradite Fetullah Gulen?
To be sure, Turkey’s role in any plans on NATO deployment in the Black Sea will be crucial because of its prerogatives under the Montreaux Convention (1936), which severely restricts the traffic of warships (other than Turkey and Russia’s) through the Bosporus.
Again: Turkey’s role in any plans on NATO deployment in the Black Sea will be crucial because of its prerogatives under the Montreaux Convention (1936), which severely restricts the traffic of warships (other than Turkey and Russia’s) through the Bosporus.
In principle, Turkey will be obliged to go along with any NATO plans to step up deployment in the Black Sea. But in reality, Turkey would know that Moscow expects it to fully and faithfully observe the provisions of the Montreaux Convention. You bet Erdogan will twiddle thumbs and keep Stoltenberg waiting in the ante-room, no matter the decision to accelerate NATO deployment in the Black Sea.
Again: Turkey will be obliged to go along with any NATO plans to step up deployment in the Black Sea. But in reality, Turkey would know that Moscow expects it to fully and faithfully observe the provisions of the Montreaux Convention.

Conclusion: NATO is placing Turkey between a Rock and  a hard place
Clearly, the US hopes to somehow insert NATO into the Turkey-Russia rapprochement. Washington feels uneasy that Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin are effectively coordinating their approaches to the Aleppo situation. What emerges out of all this is the desperate extent to which Washington will go to stall the progress of the Russian-Syrian mlitary operations to liberate Aleppo from the al-Qaeda affiliate Nusra. Conceivably, the Obama administration would prefer to somehow keep the Syrian situation fluid for Hillary Clinton to do what she promises to do — namely, revive the ‘regime change agenda in that country, if need be through a US military intervention. (See the piece in Telegraph titled Hillary Clinton will reset Syria policy against ‘murderous’ Assad regime.)
Erdogan disclosed today that the Turkish military operations in northern Syria will steer clear of Aleppo. He said he has discussed the matter with Putin. At the same time, he gave a punch to Washington by revealing that Turkey next intends to target Manbij in northern Syria with a view to drive out from the city the Syrian Kurdish militia, who happen to be the US’ closest ally on the Syrian chessboard. (Hurriyet)
Because....  "It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled"
Yesterday's post must be read so don't miss it!

Kirkuk: Kurdish authorities demolish Arab Refugee Homes. KURDIShIS attacked Kirkuk

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Kirkuk: Kurdish authorities demolish Arab Refugee Homes. KURDIShIS attacked Kirkuk

How was it that ISIS made that sudden appearance and just as sudden disappearance in Kirkuk as an attempt at distracting Iraqi troops?   KURDIShIS of course!
 The assault appeared aimed at diverting attention from the Iraqi offensive to retake Mosul, and raised fears the extremists could lash out in unpredictable ways as they defend the largest city under their control and their last urban bastion in Iraq.
 Think I'm wrong? I'm not. Because the symbiosis between Kurd and ISIS has always been obvious- If you had eyes to see it?  I knew, with certainty when the news broke a couple of days ago regarding the sudden attack in Kirkuk. I knew before reading the information included in the second linked article

2nd-Middle East Monitor

Activists and Iraqi human rights organisations have confirmed that largely Arab refugees are being forcibly deported from the oil-rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk by Kurdish authorities who are also destroying their homes.
History repeats- Ethnic cleansing and kurdish militias go hand and hand!
There is a work in progress post on this very topic
The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights (IOHR) documented several cases of Arab residents and internally displaced people (IDPs) being warned by the Kurdish security services, the Asayish, that they had to depart the area in days.
Not long after, images emerged on social media showing the destruction of refugee shantytowns that used to be inhabited by Arab IDPs fleeing violence in other parts of the country. Reports suggest that this may have been in order to force them to become refugees elsewhere.
These incidences come after significant intelligence failures allowed Daesh militants to breach Kirkuk’s defences last week, killing dozens of security personnel and some civilians in attacks across the city.
"Many reports suggested that the Daesh (ISIS) fighters who attacked Kirkuk were Kurds rather than Arabs"

 KURDIShIS- I've said it for so long now and still people deny the obvious fact of what is occurring in plain site- Hate to say I told all my readers this was exactly the case, but, I did!
"Many reports suggested that the Daesh (ISIS) fighters who attacked Kirkuk were Kurds rather than Arabs"
Undoubtedly PKK. America and Israel's allies



The Kurdish authorities have denied that they are forcibly deporting Arab citizens and IDPs, and have similarly denied that any reprisals are being committed against them in retaliation for Daesh’s assault last week.
Azad Jabari, chief of the security committee in the Kirkuk provincial council, said that these actions were “individual behaviours” of Asayish officers, and did not represent official policy.
However, IOHR has stated that it is “bewildered” by these denials, as it has documented several families informing them that Asayish officers demanded that they hand over their identification documents before forcing them out.
Not only where they rendered homeless, but the lack of identification papers raises the risk that they will be deemed as Daesh infiltrators by the Iraqi authorities and incarcerated or worse.
 Hussein Ahmad, 33, was displaced from Tel Afar to Kirkuk. He said that a Kurdish official “visited me in my home accompanied by armed members of the Kurdish security forces, and asked me and my family to leave the city within one day.”
IOHR cited anonymous Kurdish security sources as stating that IDPs were viewed as a security risk in Kurdish-controlled areas.
“The purpose behind the decision to deport them is to transfer them to the camps to better guarantee their rights,” the Kurdish security source said, without elaborating upon how deportation would improve the rights of IDPs or Arab residents of Kirkuk.
Kirkuk has long been disputed, with Kurds, Arabs and Turkmens laying claims to the strategic northern Iraqi city. Although nominally under the control of Baghdad, Kirkuk has been controlled by Kurdish forces since the Iraqi army fled Daesh’s onslaught in 2014, stoking ethnic tensions.
Isn't it convenient that as the Kurds force the Arabs out- they steal their identity papers, enabling the Kurdish militias to frame Iraqi Arabs for all sorts of crimes and evil doings. All they need do is leave a handy identification paper in the vicinity of some crime scene. Such a familiar scenario.

Are the Kurds really "always the victim"? The obvious answer,  if you all want to accept reality is NO. 

A small sampling of posts discussing the Kurdish propensity for ethnic cleansing

Conveniently: ISIS Plotting External Attacks “against the west” from within Raqqa, Syria

Oh, really?  ISIS plotting an "external attack, against the west" from Raqqa?

Reality Check: 

The US wants to attack Raqqa. They’ve been preparing for an attack.  Turkey has been problematic in this attack plan due to the FACT, yes the fact, they are not interested in having a destabilizing terror state on their southern border called Rojova.

Cui Bono?

- So, an external ISIS attack on 'the west' ???
- Excuse for desired attack on Raqqa
- It would enable the US/NATO/Israel to get around the troubles with Turkey..
- Get the masses on board. Fear is such an effective motivator- Irrational fearful masses are elite malleable.
-Advance the remake the middle east /north africa agenda

How is the west defined in the news? Of course, it isn't.

Obviously this narrative makes me suspicious- It reads like a set up for some impending plot

The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) is plotting “external” attacks against the West from the Syrian city of Raqqa, according to the commander of the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition.

"We know they’re up to something, and it’s an external plot,” Townsend told reporters at the Pentagon, speaking from Baghdad, AP reported. “We know this plot-and-planning is emanating from Raqqa. We think we’ve got to get to Raqqa pretty soon,” said Townsend, declining to give a specific timeline.

Warning of ISIS Plots Against West, U.S. Plans Assault on Raqqa
The fight to retake Raqqa, the Syrian city that serves as the capital of the Islamic State, must begin soon — within weeks — to disrupt planning believed to be underway there to stage terrorist attacks on the West, senior Defense Department and military officials said on Wednesday.

Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the top American military commander in Iraq, declined to name a specific threat against Western targets emanating from Raqqa, but described a “sense of urgency.” He said it was imperative that operations to isolate the city begin soon to prevent attacks on the West that could be launched or planned from the militants’ capital.

In announcing that the fight to retake Raqqa is imminent, American officials are sweeping aside objections from Turkey
Sweeping aside objections from a long time ally? Of course. 

If an attack takes place ‘in the west’???
Watch for Turkey to get spin doctored, to the masses, for allegedly impeding the desired attack on Raqqa and causing/allowing the terror attack. Bad Turkey. That presentation will be promoted so the campaign of remaking the middle east can move into Turkey...

Updated because I had wanted to relink:

NATO-Run Safe Zones Could Stabilize Syria- Invoke Article 5- US Election Unaffected

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Mosul Offensive Drawing to A Close As Daesh/ISIS Uprooted- Phase 2

Wow, it's so amazing. One week and the offensive is drawing to a close! The offensive over! Moving onto the next stage.  This is exactly as I'd suggested:  Monday Ocotober 17 :The Battle for Mosul Has Begun? "Surely the US will want to wrap it up by the end of the month or beginning of November at the latest ?" Tuesday Oct. 18 - Mosul- Difficult Fight? Already Ahead of Schedule?  Wednesday Oct. 19- Taking Mosul "So far this is easier then Fallujah" What Comes After Will Be Worse, For Iraq. Thursday Oct.20-Taking Mosul "So far this is easier then Fallujah" What Comes After Will Be Worse, For Iraq.

I had even stated why this would end quickly: Because ISIS would melt away. Evaporate. As they have done time and time again- From last Monday's post:
Quoting Soufan group " When faced with the prospect of overwhelming force in other strategic cities, the Islamic State has often preempted a strategic defeat with a tactical retreat, thus preserving the majority of its fighting force"
You didn't know that about ISIS?  Did you think ISIS left Jarablus because they are in cahoots with Turkey? Nah, them leaving was just more of their usual.  Perhaps you believe the spin presented by so many others?  Me, I prefer truth and facts.   Additionally, I've mentioned the phenomena myself on several occasions. (available in previous monday's post)

  So much for all those hollow (without real or significant worth; meaningless) claims about Turkey taking Mosul.....

The latest
The Mosul offensive is drawing to an end and that the Daesh de facto capital in Iraq would soon be made Daesh-free, military sources said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

A small distance of five to six kilometers keeps Iraqi forces away from center city.

Elite counterterrorism forces' Maj.Gen. Maan al-Saadi said that forces have advanced all the way to Mosul city's outliers and currently await reinforcement to march into the Daesh definitive stronghold.

What remains are fears on the aftermath of freeing Mosul from Daesh, especially with areas suffering greatly from sectarian rifts, namely Tal Afar, which is a ticking bomb, said Nineveh's MP Ahmed al-Jarba told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Counterterrorism forces restored control over Rutbah, a small borderline town located near Jordan in Iraq's western Anbar province, after Daesh took over most of its neighborhoods.

Anbar council member Jasem Al Asaal said that Iraq forces were able to successfully drive Daesh fighters out of the last two grips the terror group had in Rutbah.

More so, the U.S.-led international coalition held a meeting in Paris on Tuesday, to review the offensive on the militant bastion.

With the Mosul battle in its second week, French President Francois Hollande called for the coalition to prepare for the aftermath and the next stages of the campaign against the militants.

As the ministers met, Hollande warned that "the recapture is not an end in itself. We must already anticipate the consequences of the fall of Mosul."

"What is at stake is the political future of the city, the region and Iraq," Hollande said, calling for "all ethnic and religious groups" to have a say in the future running of Mosul.

I'll finish with my previous statement regarding the taking of Mosul

 Mosul will be taken in short order- The fallout from the taking of Mosul will drag on for years and years-  
Not sure how the 'taking' of Mosul will be defined? But it will be hyped as a success!
You can count on it!

The NATO allies have their sites set on Raqqa. In a couple of weeks time. After the election? Or perhaps some NATO member state can invoke article 5 mentioned in yesterday's post?

NATO-Run Safe Zones Could Stabilize Syria- Invoke Article 5- US Election Unaffected

Options, options, options..

UPDATE: Retreat and resurgence: IS's never-ending cycle unfolds in Mosul 

" IS will rely on its usual tactics, retreating when needed before regrouping"

From Earlier Today-

Who Suffers From Russia, Turkey Pipeline Deal?

Who Suffers From Russia, Turkey Pipeline Deal?

Forbes Ken Rapoza
After kissing and making up from a downed Sukhoi fighter jet over Syria, Russia and Turkey are back to being business partners again. Gazprom and Botas Petroleum agreed on Oct. 10 to push ahead with the so-called Turkish Stream pipeline. This is going to hurt a few countries.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, look at each other during a news conference following their meeting in Istanbul, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Putin and Erdogan voiced support for the construction of a gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey, called Turkish Stream, a project that was suspended amid tensions between the two countries. The pipeline would carry Russian natural gas to Turkey and onto European Union countries. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

On the stock side of the equation, it’s impossible to say whether the pipeline is good for Gazprom’s share price, because the stock hasn’t been over $5 since April.

The deal is good for Turkey. It is not so good for Ukraine and Bulgaria, who will lose out now that the South Stream pipeline is no longer needed. Bulgaria was going to collect transit revenues from that deal.

“Turkish Stream hurts Ukraine because it deprives them of the trans-Balkan route that supplied Turkey via Ukraine, Moldova, Romania and Bulgaria. So it also deprives Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania of transit fees. Bulgaria is even more unhappy than the others of course since South Stream is dead,” says Sijbren de Jong, an energy sector strategist at the Center for Strategic Studies in The Hague.

Too bad for Bulgaria- Bulgaria wants to play a two-sided game with Russia and NATO

 It was Borisov who actually ruined all Bulgarian-Russian joint projects, including South Stream and propelled the military partnership (including bases) with the US. If such a player is opposed to NATO’s plans, it says a lot about their suicidal under text. On the other hand, recent reconciliation between Russia and Turkey may influence the change of behavior of the Bulgarian leadership (or at least part of it represented by the Prime-minister), because of huge Turkish influence in the country. That sign will be undoubtedly seen by the Russian authorities.
Russia/Turkey Pipeline Deal...

The Turkish Stream pipeline was designed by Gazprom as an alternative route into southern Europe instead of through Ukraine. It was to planned to have a total capacity of 63 billion cubic meters (bcm), consisting of four parallel pipelines each with a capacity of 15.75 bcm. Last October, Gazprom said it would cut the capacity by around 25%, citing its planned Nord Stream II pipeline. But that pipeline has now been dealt a mighty blow by a Poland anti-trust ruling.  Gazprom claims it will go it alone now that its main European partners, including Shell, are out for now.

Turkey was the second card up Gazprom’s sleeve.

It’s unlikely to be a full house, however.

The third and fourth line of the Turkish Stream are “hopelessly unrealistic,” writes de Jong in an op-ed published on Monday by the Royal United Services Institute in the U.K. The reason: there not enough demand for gas in the region to support the construction of all those pipelines.

This month’s agreement means the two sides are now committed to the construction of two pipelines. One would serve the Turkish domestic market, and the other would extend into southeastern Europe, replacing the old South Stream proposal with the Italian oil major Eni. Details of any pricing agreement remain elusive.
Recall at the time of the shootdown this posts?

If Oil Was Really A Consideration- Turkey Would NOT Have shot the Russian Jet down
"Turkey relies almost entirely on imports for its total oil consumption of about 720,000 barrels per day.
A large chunk of those imports come from Russia. In 2014 Russia also supplied 27 billion cubic metres of natural gas to Turkey, representing 56 per cent of its total consumption. 
Russia was Turkey's largest source of imports, supplying goods worth $25.3 billion, or more than 10 per cent of Turkey's total imports.
In this context, if oil was a consideration for the Turkish authorities in its decision to shoot down a Russian jet, it would have had good reason to hold fire"
As I had suggested at that time.. Turkey had nothing to gain by shooting down the Russian jet. But other parties did!

Russia/Turkey Pipeline Deal - Irking Ukraine
Turkish Stream doesn’t only irk Ukraine, and take away potential revenues from Bulgaria. It also may outsmart Iran and other gas producers further south.

“Russia knows it needs to use the surplus from the second pipeline to pre-empt future deliveries from Azerbaijan, and maybe even Turkmenistan and Iran,” de Jong says.
May and maybe aren't concrete- What's interesting is to see Ukraine get cut out. And Bulgaria? Sometimes it pays to play both sides against the other? And other times it doesn't?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Syria rejects Russian proposal for Kurdish federation

Options, options, options.
Dozens of Russian aircraft land daily at Khmeimim air base near Latakia, Syria. One such aircraft from Moscow that landed Sept. 17 didn’t attract attention, but its passengers, eight officials of Russia's Foreign and Defense Ministries, were carrying documents that one day could alter the political scene of the region.

But not that day.

The documents, obtained by Al-Monitor, included a memorandum of intent regarding the possibility of the Syrian government's granting Syrian Kurdistan "special status within the framework of Syria." The delegation was tasked with finding a solution to the Kurdish issue in Syria by having the parties agree to the memorandum.
Salih Gedo, secretary-general of the Democratic Party of Syrian Kurds, attended the meeting. "The Russians had a document ready. It was in our favor. They wanted federalism in Syria while reinstating the rights of Kurds. We accepted all of the [stipulations] and suggested some additions.”
According to Gedo, the Syrian government's delegation did not accept the agreement, saying it would split the country, and Damascus would not agree to start a dialogue about an autonomous administration.
The memorandum contains five basic proposals. The text follows below:
The Syrian Kurdish Party has suggested, and the Syrian Arab Party has agreed, to discuss the following issues:
1. Constitutional recognition of the nationalistic and political rights of the Kurdish people in Syria, and at the same time recognition of the rights of other national minorities.
2. Recognition of the democratic self-rule system in the cantons [of Jazeera, Kobani and Afrin, which are currently controlled by Kurds] and acknowledgement that members of the self-rule [system] represent the interests of all national and religious groups in these areas, and acceptance of all decisions issued by the legislative council of these cantons.
3. Recognition of the self-protection units and the Asayish [Kurdish police] forces as the legitimate national military forces.
4. The formation of delegations from both parties [the self-rule system and the Syrian government] to coordinate relations between the cantons and the central government in Damascus.
5. Change the name "the Syrian Arab Republic" to "the Syrian Democratic Republic," and form therein a government with varied democratic views on the basis of a federalism system.
Gedo said the Kurdish side suggested adding: Stop Arabs from settling in the Kurdish villages of Jazeera province, restore the Kurds' property and compensate the Kurds for damages they have suffered.
Any disputes during implementation of the terms would be resolved through talks between the two parties. "These disputes may not be resolved in international courts,” the memorandum said.
Gedo emphasized that the issue is not dead and that the Russian side will continue contacts with the Damascus government. He said the proposed agreement allows for flexibility by stipulating that "each of the parties has the right to abrogate the agreement at any time provided it informs the other of such in writing.”
Syria, one of four Middle East countries where Kurds live in large numbers, has about 3 million Kurdish residents, most of them without legal status. With the advent of the civil war in 2011, Kurds began to demand rights and recognition. Main Kurdish towns in Syria on the border with Turkey, such as Qamishli, Kobani and Afrin, came under the control of the Kurdish nationalist Democratic Union Party (PYD).
From the beginning, Turkey opposed this development. Some in Turkey felt the Syrian regime had abandoned the border region to the Kurds, both to avoid opening a new front in the civil war and also as a challenge to Turkey. But when the PYD unilaterally declared autonomous cantons at Qamishli, Kobani and Afrin, nobody, certainly not the Damascus regime, recognized these new entities. Then when the PYD's military arm, the People's Protection Units (YPG), began seizing land between the disconnected cantons, Turkey reacted strongly and declared it wouldn't allow a Kurdish entity to form a corridor on Turkey’s border.
In recent months, Western countries have been supplying arms to the YPG and giving political support to the PYD. These uncoordinated, conflicting interests of outside powers and lack of political cohesion among the Kurds assured that the Kurdish issue in Syria would remain unresolved. Kurds at times built close relations with the United States and at other times with Russia.
So some political figures in the region have wondered why Turkey has kept silent about Russia's blatant support for the Kurds. Another Kurdish official who was involved in the Khmeimim meeting said, “Of course the Turks know exactly what transpired in the meeting. They also know the Syrian regime is not going to accept the Russian plan for an autonomous Kurdish entity. So why should Ankara react and upset Moscow for an illusion that's not likely to work?"
 It appears from my reading of the above article Russia may have wanted Syria to accept 3 separate cantons existing within it's borders. NATO/US on the other hand is pushing for a unified Kurdish territory- across northern Syria to the Mediterranean.Taking a chunk of Iraq and then a piece of Turkey and onto Iran- I've covered the actions that demonstrate that plan as an ongoing process.

Some readers here may recall this aspect being entertained by myself? If not, I'll refresh your memories...

March 01/2016: In this post - Vladimir Putin, Godfather of Kurdistan? Not a Parent of Kurdistan?
Russia has sold Syria’s sovereignty down the river. As the US long did too
Both the US and Russia claim Syrian sovereignty is non negotiable. Both are lying. Would everyone feel better if I said- misleading?  Russia jumped into the Syrian fracas to block a split, a complete split, or a balkanization.  Pushing for some type of federated Syria instead of the US fracture. Speaking for myself, I wanted Syria to remain the nation that stole my heart. But, pretty much figured Russia was not going to save Syria in the way I’d hoped.
Was I mistaken? I don't think so. Am I disappointed? Always was.
But the blog is about discerning truth to the best of my ability- 
shrugs shoulders....that's all there is to it.

NATO-Run Safe Zones Could Stabilize Syria- Invoke Article 5- US Election Unaffected

 Cognitive Dissonance aside:

NATO-Run Safe Zones Could Stabilize Syria- Invoke Article 5- US Election Unaffected

This "letter" appears in WSJ as if it's a random letter to the editor- Written to the general public. In some ways it is. In other ways it isn't. The author is very interesting. I've done some digging that readers may find very interesting

Promote a NATO initiative by invoking Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty against ISIS in Syria in retaliation for its terrorist attacks in Europe and America.
Oct. 24, 2016 4:01 p.m. ET

Regarding the letters of Oct. 12 responding to Sen. John McCain’s “Stop Assad Now—Or Expect Years of War” (op-ed, Oct. 5): There is a way to overcome these valid points about what is the endgame for the U.S. and how Syria will be governed
. As chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. McCain would be able to promote a NATO initiative through invoking Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty against ISIS in Syria in retaliation for its terrorist attacks in Europe and America.

First, NATO must stop the civil war in Syria by implementing the necessary no-fly zones and safe-haven enclaves. The new zone for President Bashar al-Assad and the Alawites must cover their area of influence, which is only about one-quarter of the country, in the West and North. This should stop the tidal wave of refugees to Europe.

NATO would take control of an existing airport in Syria, perhaps Deir Ezzour or Palmyra, thus countering the basing problem caused by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s denial of operating use of Incirlik air base to America and NATO.

Bringing in NATO would mean European, not American, boots on the ground. The U.N. and relief organizations are encountering great difficulties in bringing in relief supplies to various locations in Syria, and this initiative would give them much improved security and access, and America would no longer be paying the full cost This initiative doesn’t require President Obama’s approval.
President Vladimir Putin is unlikely to try to block this. Indeed, it would be irrational for him to want to block an effective attack on ISIS.

Robert Laidley
New York

 Robert Laidley lays out several key points

-Make the destruction of Syria an admitted/open NATO operation through an invocation of Article 5

-Implement a no fly zone and designate safe havens for NATO to run- Leave Assad a tiny rump portion

-Take control of yet another airport. Or perhaps two? (There are already multiple US and French airbases in the Kurd annexed territory of Syria)

- No need for Incirlik as Turkey has denied operating use  and the US has been pulling personnel out of Turkey for months now .If this no fly zone safe zone is implemented in Syria, complete with airports- Turkey will become an open target- NATO long turned it's back on this inconvenient ally

-NATO involvement would mean European boots on the ground not American, boots on the ground. Which, coincidentally, will really turn the middle east remake into yet another world war- History repeats?

- America would no longer be paying the full cost: Obama wouldn't need to approve it.

Who is this fellow Robert Laidley?

The presentation in WSJ is that of a 'concerned citizen'. Robert Laidley appears to have an interest greater then that of an average citizen. Robert Laidley is President of the Atlantic and Conservation Institute.  Wow, the Atlantic and Conservation Institute! That must be an important institution? Yup, that's what your supposed to believe Wow! Important!

 What we can know is better then believing

-Robert Laidley heads an NGO
-An NGO that has little money? Look here.  Also look here
 When I see NGO's with this type of profile (non existent)... I'm reminded of a front company for some other type of operation. A cover of sorts. With a label that is used strictly as an appeal to authority for perception management purposes

Robert Laidley has written articles that have been published by the Washington Times

How to Save the Euro

Austerity leads nowhere
Robert Laidley invites Ambassadors to talk security

Mr. President, Fix The EMP Mess!, by AMBASSADOR HENRY F. COOPER
Several months ago, Robert Laidley invited Dr. Peter Pry and me to speak about the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threat at an Atlantic and Conservation Institute conference at The Explorer's Club in New York City. A few weeks later, he invited me back for a dinner at which I met Jen Bawden, who was already a member of the EMP Coalition formed by Frank Gaffney and others at the Center for Security Policy.
In case your curious who Ambassdor Cooper is ? 

Robert Laidley and Ambassador Cooper are Washington insiders. Therefore Robert Laidley's letter published by WSJ has to be considered for what it really is. An insider communicating with other insiders, for public consumption, to push or promote a desired agenda

Cognitive Dissonance aside:

Monday, October 24, 2016

Moscow will provide Ankara with intelligence about operation in Syria

This news seems a natural partner to yesterday's post: Did Putin give green light to Turkish attack on US-backed Syrian Kurds?
  I suspect Russia either green lighted or at the very least looked the other way. If Russia's goal is to ensure Syria's territorial integrity, it doesn't seem sensible they would allow YPG to annex more territory.
After reading the article below, the question became: Did Russia provide Turkey with the intelligence for the strike? Or was Turkey relying on their own resources? As Russia looked the other way?

 Moscow will provide Ankara with intelligence about operation in Syria

 On October 24, Moscow will provide Ankara with intelligence information about the Turkish operation “Euphrates Shield” in Syria, Izvestia newspaper reported. An informed source said to the newspaper, the agreement on the transfer of intelligence information was reached during a recent visit of Russian leadership to Turkey.

“The chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Viktor Gerasimov, was a member of the Russian delegation and held talks with his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar. The sides reached an agreement regarding the transfer of intelligence, useful to the Turkish military during the operation ‘Euphrates Shield.’ The two sides also discussed the information specifically, regarding how and in what format it will be provided,” the source told Izvestia.

In turn, as the first deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Franz Klintsevich said to the newspaper, “Turkey privately joined the pool of intelligence sharing created by Russia, Syria, Iraq and Iran…We pass the radio intercept data to the Turkish side and also radio engineering and optical imagery intelligence that may be of interest. In response, they also share information. The Turks have very effective special services and a very good intelligence network in Syria,” Klintsevich said.

“Although Turkey is a NATO country, it is very much offended by a coup attempt, in which, according to some data, some of the Western powers may be indirectly involved. President Erdogan and the Turkish leadership now understand that they can do business with Russia,” he said.

In late August, Turkey and its allied Syrian rebels started military operation “Euphrates Shield” against the so-called Islamic State in the Jarablus area of Syria. At the same time, the Turkish side also stated that the operation is aimed at liberation of the territory from the Kurdish groups.

Talks between the Russian and Turkish leaders were held in Istanbul on October 10th. As stated then by the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “the Syria issue was considered multilaterally…We discussed the issues related to the operation ‘Euphrates Shield.’ We made an assessment of how we can cooperate in this direction.”

In early August, in response to the results of the talks between the two leaders in St. Petersburg, the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavusoglu, told reporters that Turkey and Russia have agreed to establish a mechanism on Syria that will include diplomats, military and intelligence representatives.

 Also:  No Turkish Troops To Mosul: Refugee Safe Haven