US envoy Brett McGurk quits over Trump Syria pullout

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      LiberalElite
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      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46661384

      <p class=”story-body__introduction”>A top US official in the fight against the Islamic State group has quit over President Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria, reports say.</p>
      Brett McGurk, the US special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat IS, brought his departure forward from February.

      Before Mr Trump’s announcement he had insisted that the US would continue working against IS in Syria.

      It follows the resignation of Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday.

      I feel much better since I gave up hope.

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      US ground troops first became involved in Syria in Autumn 2015 when then President Barack Obama sent in a small number of special forces to train and advise local Kurdish fighters who were fighting IS.

      The US did this reluctantly after several attempts at arming anti-IS groups had descended into chaos. (emphasis mine)

      Reluctantly? WTF? Obama couldn’t wait to get boots on the ground in Syria. He was all over the poison gas attacks that were never proven to have been done by the Assad regime. All for humanitarian intervention, he was. Surely I am not the only one to remember this?

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          allegations – he had originally said it would be a “red line” but later stepped back from that due to questions over who did what – and due to what seemed like reluctance to jump in with both feet.

          I believe it was Trump who, early in his presidency, did attack Syrian government positions over an alleged poison gas episode.

          The nice thing is:  since nothing can ever be conclusively “proven” in the fog of war to everyone’s satisfaction, poison gas and other violations of international norms can be part of warfare everywhere, and no countries need intervene.  Assad has bombed hospitals in rebel-held areas to smithereens, after all, and the world has merely shrugged.  Sucks to be Syrian – mais c’est la guerre.

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        Is Canada Huawei Arrest Attempt to Sabotage Trump Xi Talks?

        The arrest of the CFO of the China’s largest telecoms equipment company, Huawei, carries hallmarks of deep state or behind-the-scenes sabotage designed to rupture recent progress between US President Trump and China President Xi Jinping on strategic issues. Here are some elements of the case that smack of insider sabotage from the US side, with complicity of Five Eyes member Canada.

        After months of trade tariff clashes between USA and China, US President Donald Trump met with China President Xi Jinping during the Buenos Aires G-20 Summit. There the two issued a positive joint statement in which it was stated that the US on January 1 will impose a “cease-fire” and freeze current tariffs at 10% on the $200 billion of Chinese imports to the US, not raising it to 25% as scheduled. For his part, Xi agreed to resume buying US soybeans and other agriculture and energy products to cut the trade imbalance. Most interesting and little-discussed in western media coverage, on the US request, Xi also agreed to list the controversial chemical Fentanyl as a Controlled Substance, meaning that people selling Fentanyl to the United States will be subject to China’s maximum penalty under the law.

        As well, they agreed to immediately begin negotiations on key US issues including forced technology transfer, intellectual property protection, non-tariff barriers, cyber intrusions and cyber theft, services and agriculture to be completed within 90 days or face resumption of the planned 25% tariff raise.

        The offer by Xi to control Fentanyl, one of the most deadly synthetic drugs that has caused tens of thousands of deaths in the USA, was notable. According to U.S. law enforcement and drug investigators, China is the main supplier of fentanyl to the United States. There criminal organizations mix the Fentanyl powder with heroin. Also according to the US DEA, China companies ship Fentanyl to key points in Canada and Mexico. From Mexico it is usually repackaged by the Mexican drug cartels and smuggled into the US.

        https://journal-neo.org/2018/12/19/is-canada-huawei-arrest-attempt-to-sabotage-trump-xi-talks/

         

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        There was a good reason why Bolton did not last as a UN Ambassador in the GW Bush administration. Bolton was an embarrassment in that position. Now Trump just learned that lesson the hard way at the G20. It looks weak and pathetic when one leader of a nation is backed into a corner and says to another leader, “I did not know what my people were up too!” Bolton strikes again.

        If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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      Oh, poor baby. He’s ending the war. Now he can’t make more millions off defense contacts. What a pity.

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