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    Aoun Heads to Riyadh, Says Efforts Can Begin to Return Refugees to Syria

    President Michel Aoun traveled Monday to Saudi Arabia on his first foreign trip since taking office, starting an Arab tour that will also take him to Qatar and Egypt.

    Aoun had received an official invitation to visit the kingdom from Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz.

    He is accompanied by a large ministerial delegation comprising the ministers Jebran Bassil (foreign affairs), Marwan Hamadeh (education), Ali Hassan Khalil (finance), Yaaqoub al-Sarraf (defense), Nouhad al-Mashnouq (interior), Pierre Raffoul (presidency affairs), Melhem Riachi (information) and Raed Khoury (economy).

    Lebanon’s ambassador to the kingdom Abdul Sattar Issa will join the delegation upon its arrival.

    Aoun will then head to Doha on Wednesday to meet the invitation of Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

    http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/223428-aoun-heads-to-riyadh-says-efforts-can-begin-to-return-refugees-to-syria

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  • leveymg (1494 posts)
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    1. The Saudis can begin by paying $100 billion to repair Syria.

    It should come directly out of the King’s allowance.  The Emir of Qatar can chip in another $100 bil.

    • bemildred (1687 posts)
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      2. That ought to be an interesting conversation.

      But the King did finally let him have the job. Since I’m sure The King does not want all of his jihadi friends to come home, Aoun and Nasrallah, and Assad are not without leverage with the King, or with Turkey. Assad has threatened to send The King and Erdogan’s friends home alive more than once already, and he looks to be in a position to do it.

      • leveymg (1494 posts)
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        3. France, Belgium and Germany should also send him a bill, and some Holy Warriors.

        Factory reconditioned by CIA Behavioral Sciences.  Each comes with a 3 year or 60,000 mile warranty.  Good as new.

        To protect your Majesty and the Holy Places, your Majesty.

        • bemildred (1687 posts)
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          4. Looking for a scape-goat

          22 October 2016

          In Berlin, Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine made an effort to disentangle the Ukrainian and Syrian conflicts. However, from the Russian point of view, these blockages only exist because the objective of the United States is not the defence of democracy, on which they pride themselves, but the prevention of the development of Russia and China by cutting the Silk Roads. Disposing of conventional superiority, Moscow therefore did everything possible to link the Middle East with Eastern Europe. It managed to do so by exchanging the extension of the truce in Syria for the end of the blockage of the Minsk agreements. As for Washington, it is still seeking to offload its guilt onto one of its allies. After having failed with Turkey, the CIA is now turning to Saudi Arabia.

          http://www.voltairenet.org/article193819.html

          I have seen a few writers bring up the idea that the Saudi gold needs to be grabbed now, before they sell it all off.

          • leveymg (1494 posts)
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            5. Voltairenet got that backwards. Tail has been wagging the dog on Syria for years

            I include Israel and the Neocons as part of the tail.  Nothing will change with either KSA or Israel, which are the real motivators of US Mideast policy.

            • bemildred (1687 posts)
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              6. Yabut they are losing now.

              What Trump will do about your tail is one of the big questions.

              • leveymg (1494 posts)
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                7. Nothing will change w/either KSA or Israel, which are the real movers of US

                Mideast policy.  Thierry and I seem to agree, at least on the Saudis:

                In Arabia, as in Turkey and other allied nations, the CIA is seeking to maintain the status quo. For that purpose, they are making do by organising attempts to change leaders without ever touching the structures themselves. The cosmetic character of these modification makes it easier to guarantee the invisibility of its work.

                If Trump were to mess with the status quo for either, we would have a real coup.

                • bemildred (1687 posts)
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                  8. I'm sure they would try.

                  • leveymg (1494 posts)
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                    11. They would if they could, but they can't so they won't.

                    There is only one force in American politics as certain and blunt in application as the NRA.  AIPAC is scarier and better armed.  As for the Saudis, they own too much Trans-Atlantic public debt and real estate and former CIA/MI5 officers for anyone to dare upsetting so many comfortable retirements.  Try, and there goes the neighborhood.  Might as well pour gasoline on the teak deck of your neighbor’s sailboat as think such a thing.  Forget it.

                • id-entity (1546 posts)
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                  9. Trump has promised

                  to start directly arm SDF (“Kurds”), which also Gabbard has insisted, which won’t please Turkey, as well as try to stop funding from SA and Qatar to Daesh and AQ. We’ll see.

                  If US and Russia can establish good partnership, that’s bad news for Erdogan which can’t no more play one against the other, threatening US and NATO to go with Russia if Turkey does not get what it wants.

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                  • bemildred (1687 posts)
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                    10. And the Russians are going to be OK with all that.

                    And the Americans will like having the Likudniks corralled and not making trouble. The tail is not supposed to wag the dog.

                    Even the Israelis will support arming the Kurds, which seems to be happening now, thanks to Obama. Turkey and Iran and Assad won’t, but they don’t have much say.

                    It’s been clear since the SDF showed it’s mettle that they would make an excellect hegemonic catspaw in the middle of things there to keep the local powers in line.

                    But this is all happy talk, we’ll have to see what they do.