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Why Erdogan’s Syria summit that excludes the United States is a good thing

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Why Erdogans Syria summit that excludes the United States is a good thing

Turkey has been systematically cutting ties with the United States for several years now. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been exploring improved relations with Europe, Russia, and China, though has found limited success. One of his biggest victories is coming up as Istanbul hosts leaders from Russia, France, and Germany to discuss the future of Syria.

Washington DC has had their feathers ruffled ever since it was announced the United States would not be included in the summit. This is unnecessary. In fact, it’s a positive thing that others are willing to take the lead in a nation that should hold very little interest to the United States.

If they’re willing to take the lead financially in rebuilding Syria as well, then our exclusion is a wonderful thing.

For too long, America has not only been the police force of the world but has also been knee deep in addressing humanitarian concerns such as the turmoil that has engulfed Syria for half-a-decade. The problems in Syria have dramatic effects outside of the nation as refugees continue to flood Europe. Meanwhile, Russia has maintained a military presence there, a move that troubles DC. If it weren’t for that fact, it’s possible we wouldn’t even be offended by our exclusion at the summit.

Even with Russia’s increased Middle Eastern presence, the benefits of not getting involved greatly outweigh the threats of Russia’s military presence there. Our focus on this important region must be on allies like Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt while also keeping an eye on enemies such as Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas. Syria is only a relevant player as a passageway for weapons to reach the enemies of Israel.

Our presence at the summit is not necessary to assist Israel in that regard.

Interested parties must be allowed to act on their own when our own interests are not in play. Those who argue Syria’s strategic importance to the United States could make similar arguments about nearly every nation in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. It’s easy to find tangential importance to our interests.

When seen through a lens of discernment devoid of ego, our presence at this and future summits is not necessary. Feathers get ruffled when politicians think, “how dare they meet without us,” instead of what they should be thinking, which is “good for them that they’re stepping up to address their problems without us holding their hands.”

The love-hate relationship between the United States and the rest of the world can be most easily mitigated when we are willing to put our efforts and dollars towards things that directly affect us. Instead, we tend to have a foreign policy that embraces the butterfly-effect. By this flawed thinking, any movement anywhere could eventually affect our interests, so we need to be everywhere at all times.

It’s not sustainable. It never has been.

It’s also not healthy and oftentimes proves to be detrimental to us and the outside interests we try to influence.

If Russia wants their military to not be surrounded by chaos, let them take the lead.

If Germany and France want to rebuild Syria so some of the millions of refugees can return home, let them take the lead.

If Turkey wants to be the center of the Islamic world, let them take the lead.

If China wants to get involved financially, let them take the lead.

As strange as it may seem, we do not have to be isolationists to recognize the need for other countries to step up. Our absence in Syria will not hurt the rebuilding process, nor will it reduce our influence in the region. Let them handle it.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Hosts Syria Summit Without US

https://www.voanews.com/a/european-russian-leaders-join-erdogan-at-summit-on-syrian-civil-war/4630443.htmlMoscow has said the Idlib deal is working and Ankara is complying with its side of the agreement. Under the terms of the deal, Ankara agreed to secure the withdrawal of radical groups and rebel heavy weapons from a newly created demilitarized zone between rebel and regime forces.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are expected to use the summit to work on consolidating the Idlib deal.

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Venezuela is colluding with Russia while America is distracted by Trump not colluding with Russia

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Venezuela is colluding with Russia while America is distracted by Trump not colluding with Russia

Two Russian jets carrying troops and equipment landed in Caracas, Venezuela, as part of a mission to “fullfil technical military contracts,” according to Russian media. But it’s almost certain this is part of Russia’s play on Venezuela to prop up socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro just as they did with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Meanwhile, most Americans who follow the news cycle were bombarded with perspectives on Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Robert Mueller investigation report. In it, President Trump and his 2016 campaign were found to not have colluded with the Russians in their election hacking endeavors.

My Take

While most were focused on fake Russian collusion, the real thing was happening in one of the world’s hottest spots, Venezuela.

Russia’s play here is simple: keep Maduro in power at all costs. They got the drop on any actions the United States may have been planning, though it’s unlikely those plans included military intervention. Still, Russia isn’t taking any chances. By getting troops and equipment on the ground, they’ll be able help Maduro by offering cover from outside actions while bolstering his support internally.

Any defections or coup attempts will be much less likely with Russia directly involved.

The opposition leader who America and over 50 other nations consider to be the rightful interim president, Juan Guaido, has been trying to get international support while maintaining domestic support, but Maduro’s move may have prevented that from happening.

In essence, the battle over Venezuela is now over. It’s unfathomable to conceive of action by the United States or any other’s who support Guaido other than diplomatic efforts that will accomplish nothing. Venezuela is doomed to retain their socialist dictator now.

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Israel suffers another rocket attack from Hamas

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Israel suffers another rocket attack from Hamas

A confirmed rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on Israeli homes near the border in the Kfar Saba area outside Tel Aviv. Sirens were heard prior to the rocket explosion and posted by the IDF Twitter account.

Six people were injured in the attack.

My Take

The conflict between Hamas and Israel has been getting old for years, but now is not the time to blow off the news. Hamas is having internal strife as its citizens protest living and economic conditions in the Gaza Strip. To garner international support and save face for failing to help their own people, Hamas is trying to start another war.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is caught between a contentious election at home and the need to get his own international support, particularly from the United States. He’s in Washington DC now to meet with President Trump, who has offered his support and endorsement for the long-time Prime Minister.

Hamas would love nothing more than for Netanyahu to be gone, replaced by a leftist who will wheel and deal for “peace” with the Palestinians regardless of the cost. If that happens, the toll will be great on Israel and the world.

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Here’s hoping there’s a plan we don’t know about with North Korea

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Heres hoping theres a plan we dont know about with North Korea

In a move that many, including supporters on the right, are calling a move of weakness, the President reversed the Treasury Department’s additional sanctions on North Korea.

My Take

I’m just not sure what to make of this. I understand many have been concerned about how nicely the President has treated Kim Jong un, but I’ve always felt there was some sort of plan happening behind the scenes that would justify it. Now, I’m not so sure.

This move emboldens Kim to continue avoiding any compromise on his nuclear weapons program. It tells him and the rest of the world President Trump isn’t going to be playing hardball and intends to coax the North Korean dictator into signing some sort of agreement before the 2020 elections.

Dare I say, this seems very Obamaesque? Where’s the hardball? Where’s the threats against Rocketman? If there’s some sort of 4D chess being played in the background, I seriously hope we see it in play soon. This is a strange move.

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