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Arguably the best foreign policy statement ever made by President Trump

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Arguably the best foreign policy statement ever made by President Trump

For years, there has been an undercurrent of self-righteousness permeating through many “conservative” circles. What most would attribute to Neocons is the idea that we have a moral imperative to spread democracy across the world. As we’ve learned recently, spreading democracy does not always yield the expected benefits.

At his United Nations speech, President Trump had some very quotable moments that highlighted who he is. These quotes, from “rocket man” to pretty much everything he said about Iran, stole all the headlines and coverage. What didn’t get covered was a very important point he made about the future of America’s role in the world.

“In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch.”

That’s the buzz line, but what preceded it was just as important.

“We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government. Strong sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures, and different dreams not just coexist, but work side by side on the basis of mutual respect.”

I’ve been very critical of the President in the past and will continue to call him out when he errs, but this is an example of what most of his voters expected. “America first” isn’t just about America. The rest of the world deserves for us to keep our noses out of their business.

Source: American Conservative

Trump Signals Break From ‘Globoloney’ Transnationalism | The American Conservative

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/buchanan/trump-signals-break-from-globoloney-transnationalism/It is difficult to reconcile Trump’s belief in self-determination with a National Endowment for Democracy whose reason for being is to interfere in the politics of other nations to make them more like us.

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Fighting in Kurdish-held Syrian town despite cease-fire

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Fighting in Kurdish-held Syrian town despite cease-fire

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Fighting continued Friday in and around a northeast Syrian border town at the center of the fight between Turkey and Kurdish forces, despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that went into effect overnight.

The town of Ras al-Ayn, scene of some of the fiercest fighting of the Turkish invasion, was emerging as an immediate test for the five-day cease-fire agreed on by Washington and Ankara. Before the deal’s announcement, Turkish-backed forces had encircled the town and were battling fierce resistance from Kurdish fighters inside.

A spokesman for the Kurdish-led fighters said Friday they were not withdrawing from Ras al-Ayn because Turkish forces are still besieging and shelling it. Elsewhere along the border, calm seemed to prevail.

Shelling hit in and around Ras al-Ayn on Friday morning, raising columns of smoke, seen by an Associated Press journalist in Ceylanpinar on the Turkish side of the border, but none was seen after noon, and only sporadic gunfire was heard from inside the town.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Rojava Information Center said fighting continued into the afternoon as Turkish-backed Syrian fighters clashed with Kurdish forces in villages on the outskirts of Ras al-Ayn. The Kurdish-led force said five of its fighters were killed and a number of civilians wounded in a Turkish airstrike on one of the villages.

Other activists reported a new exodus of civilians from the villages. Gun battles and shelling continued around a hospital in the center of Ras al-Ayn, and injured inside could not be evacuated, said Mustafa Bali, spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. The Kurdish Red Crescent said it was unable to enter the town to evacuate wounded because of fighting.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denied any fighting took place Friday and said Kurdish fighters had begun withdrawing. Bali said that was not true. “The Turkish land and air bombing continue in Ras al-Ayn,” he said.

A senior U.S. official said they were awaiting confirmation on the reported fighting. The official said it takes time for information to filter down to field units especially for forces without strong command and control. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The cease-fire agreement — reached after hours of negotiations in Turkey’s capital between Erdogan and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence — requires the Kurdish fighters to vacate a swath of territory in Syria along the Turkish border. That arrangement would largely solidify the position Turkey has gained after days of fighting. The Turks and the Kurds appear to disagree on the size of the area covered by the cease-fire. Turkey calls it a “pause” not a cease-fire.

It remains unclear if the Kurdish-led force was on board with pulling back even if a pause in fighting firmly takes hold.

Pence said the U.S. was already coordinating with it on a withdrawal. But American sway with the group has diminished after President Donald Trump turned his back on it by withdrawing U.S. soldiers from northeast Syria, opening the way for Turkey to launch its invasion 10 days ago.

The Kurdish-led force’s commander, Mazloum Abdi, said Thursday night that it would abide by the cease-fire and “do our best to make it successful.” He did not mention any withdrawal.

Asked about a withdrawal, a force spokesman, Mervan, said “so far there is nothing,” pointing to the continuing siege of Ras al-Ayn. “It seems that under this deal they want to commit more massacres,” he said. He uses a nom de guerre in accordance with the group’s regulations.

A member of the Syrian Kurdish force ruled out any pull-back from border towns, calling the U.S. deal with Turkey an “insult” and saying “no way this will work.”

“They think we will just leave our land and our people to Turks if we are asked,” he said. “They can come and take the land by force. Nobody should expect us to leave our land.”

“How does the U.S. think to enforce a deal without presence on the ground?” he added, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

Elsewhere, no fighting was heard Friday along the stretch of the border that has been the main theater of the Turkish assault, running from Ras al-Ayn about 125 kilometers (75 miles) west to the Turkish-held town of Tal Abyad. Kurdish fighters have already been driven out of much, but not all, of that territory.

Trump framed the U.S. cease-fire deal with Turkey as “a great day for civilization,” but it aims to patch up a foreign policy crisis widely seen to be of his own making.

Turkish troops and their allied Syrian fighters launched the offensive two days after Trump suddenly announced he was withdrawing American troops from the border area. The Kurdish-led forces have since invited the Syrian government’s military, backed by Russia, to deploy there to protect them from Turkey. Syrian troops have already rolled into several key points along the border.

The Kurds were U.S. allies in the fight against the Islamic State since 2014, but Turkey considers the Kurdish fighters terrorists because of their links to outlawed Kurdish rebels fighting inside Turkey since the 1980s. Turkey has said its security depends on clearing them out of a border “safe zone.”

Turkey’s pro-government dominated media hailed the cease-fire agreement as a clear win for Erdogan. “Great Victory” read Yeni Safak’s banner headline. “Turkey got everything it wanted.” Sabah newspaper headlined: “We won both on the field and on the (negotiating) table.”

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El Deeb reported from Beirut. Suzan Fraser in Ankara and Mehmet Guzel in Ceylanpinar contributed.

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No, Mick Mulvaney didn’t admit to quid pro quo over Biden investigation

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Mick Mulvaney Quid Pro Quo

When Democrats investigated the 2016 election through the Russia probe and subsequent Congressional witch hunts, there was no bellyaching from the left about it. The same must hold true for the White House investigating 2016 as well. This isn’t just about fairness. It’s about the White House doing its job to uncover corruption from foreign governments attempting to subvert the will of the American people during elections.

It’s important to understand this when we discuss the big news of the day, acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney “admitting” to quid pro quo with Ukraine in a way that impacts the impeachment inquiry. When I read the initial reports, I assumed from the reporting that Mulvaney acknowledged there was an expectation of quid pro quo from the Trump administration in which they withheld military aid to Ukraine unless they reopened the investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden. Then, I watched the statement by Mulvaney and could only shake my head over the conflation by Democrats and mainstream media trying to confuse Americans in hopes that we’re all that stupid and gullible.

Judging by many reactions on social media, it appears they are correct. Many really are incapable of thinking for themselves.

Watch the video for yourself and see if Mulvaney really admitted Ukraine aid money was held up until they investigated the topics of the impeachment inquiry, Joe and Hunter Biden:

Let’s get one thing straight: The impeachment inquiry alleges President Trump used political power to solicit assistance against a reelection opponent. The quid pro quo the Democrats are trying to prove is about Biden and Biden alone. What Mulvaney referenced is the ongoing investigation into 2016 election corruption, in which quid pro quo is not only acceptable but necessary at times. As he said, “get over it.” We do it all the time. President Trump does it. President Obama did it. Every President in our history has, by the very nature of their job, utilized quid pro quo in negotiations with foreign powers. Without quid pro quo, negotiations cannot happen.

Investigating 2016 election corruption and investigating Joe and Hunter Biden are two separate situations. Mulvaney was referring to the former at his press conference. There was no quid pro quo over Biden, and everything we know from the secret meetings House Democrats are having reinforces this fact. Democrats have painted themselves into a corner by making this impeachment inquiry about the Emoluments Clause which brings all of the focus on the accusation that President Trump was soliciting foreign help for his upcoming election in exchange for aid. Mulvaney clearly indicated the quid pro quo was regarding the 2016 election corruption investigation which has absolutely nothing to do with the Emoluments Clause.

Therefore, it’s an outright lie to say Mulvaney just “busted” the President, as so many “news” reports are indicating. Friends, this is why we often push for donations to this site. There is evil afoot within mainstream media that can only be stopped by truthful news outlets like NOQ Report. We can expose the truth, but we need financial assistance to disseminate it to the masses.

Democrats and the media are saying, “OMG HE ADMITTED IT! WE GOT HIM! LOLOLOLOL!” They hear what they want to hear and conflate facts to match their agenda. There was no quid pro quo over Biden. Their impeachment narrative is false.

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We must not trust Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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We must not trust Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We have a ceasefire that the Turks refuse to call a ceasefire, a withdrawal that’s not bringing troops home, and a “safe zone” that isn’t safe for anyone in it. The Turkey-Syria affair is still a mess even as it’s being praised by some in Washington DC as an example of good foreign policy.

It’s not, and the reason for that is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This dictator is the Sunni version of Ayatollah Khamenei. He hates America, wants to spread his religious ideology around the world, believes he is the leader of the caliphate, and will lie to anyone with an ear to hear. Any deal we strike with him will be as impotent and ineffective as the Iran nuclear deal.

Diplomacy is important, especially when the man on the other side of the table rules a NATO “ally.” But there needs to be something made crystal clear: The only attribute that will force compliance of any deal with Turkey is strength. No, I do not mean military strength. There’s no need to send more troops to Syria. There was never a need to send troops to Syria in their regional conflict. But we do have the economic power to bring the pain. The first round of sanctions should have been followed by a second round a day later. And a third round. And until the Turks pulled every soldier out of Syria, these sanctions should have continued.

The last thing we should be doing is celebrating this “pause,” as Turkey’s Foreign Minister called it.

Trump celebrates ‘great day for civilization’ as Pence, Pompeo secure Syria cease-fire agreement

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pence-pompeo-secure-cease-fire-agreement-in-syria-after-meeting-with-turkish-presidentPresident Trump declared Thursday “a great day for civilization” as Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced terms of a cease-fire agreement that would end violence between Turkey and Kurds in Syria, following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.

The deal is for a 120-hour cease-fire, during which time the Kurdish-led forces could pull back from the roughly 20-mile wide safe zone on the Turkish-Syrian border. All Turkish military operations under the recent offensive known as Operation Peace Spring will pause during that time, and the operation itself will come to an end entirely upon the completion of the Kurdish withdrawal, under the terms of the deal.

Whether the move to pull back troops was a good idea or not is up for debate, but now that we have, we must pressure Turkey to end its Syrian ambitions. If they want a “safe zone,” they should establish it on their side of the border. Invading Syria and displacing hundreds of thousands of Kurds, Christians, and others is a breach of sovereignty that should be condemned by the international community with the hardest economic pressure the world could muster.

We must deal with Turkey’s dictator as an enemy to our interests in the region. Playing softball and crying victory is counterproductive. We must hit them harder with sanctions until the abandon Syria. This “ceasefire” is nothing to celebrate.

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