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Trump to abandon "moderate rebels", focus on fighting ISIS

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Trump will very likely replace the policy that the US has implemented against Syria by another one that will be implemented against ISIS. A future of political stability and security will hopefully prevail in the Middle East and everywhere.

"(RT) US President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed that he will most likely abandon the Obama administration policy on Syria to seek a possible rapprochement with Russia.

“I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria,” the 70-year-old Republican told the Wall Street Journal in his first interview since the election.

From the start of the Syrian war, Barack Obama’s foreign policy has been focused on the support and training of the so-called “moderate” militant groups who were supposed to defeat ISIL terrorists, and survive to eventually overthrow President Assad. That approach became deadlocked this year when Washington failed to honor its obligations under an agreement with Moscow to separate their “moderate militant” forces from internationally-recognized terrorists.

Trump, on the other hand, said on Friday that the US should be focused on fighting ISIL, instead of pursuing regime change in Syria.

“My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIL, and you have to get rid of ISIL. Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria… Now we’re backing militants against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are.”

It has been widely documented and reported that American weapons supplied to the “moderate” terrorists are often obtained by extremists in Syria. Those weapons, in turn, are being used by the ‘jihadists’ to strike civilian positions and deploy them against Syrian forces.

The president-elect warned that if the US attacks Assad, “we end up fighting Russia, fighting Syria.”

The US coalition bombing of Syrian Army positions near the city of Deir Ezzor on September 17 led to the collapse of the US-Russian peace initiative.

Rapprochement in US-Russia ties could, however, be on the horizon after Trump admitted receiving a “beautiful” letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump said a phone call between them is scheduled shortly.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are “very much alike… in their basic approaches toward international affairs,” Dmitry Peskov told the Associated Press earlier.

“[Trump] has been a very firm supporter of the idea of a good relationship between our countries, because we do carry a joint responsibility for strategic stability in the world, strategic security,” the spokesman said.

Immediately after Trump’s victory, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow looks forward to restoring bilateral relations with the United States.

The US military establishment, however, already seems to be working against Trump’s policies. In an interview with CBS This Morning, Defense Secretary Ash Carter leveled a barrage of accusations at Russia.

He said the Russian campaign in Syria “fuels the fires” of ongoing violence in the country, claiming “they’re not doing what we need to do and think needs to be done [in Syria].”"

Trump: US must focus on fighting ISIL, not changing Syria regime
 

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Endless war and the attendant deficit growth will continue unabated regardless of election outcomes.
 

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isn't 'ash carter' one of mrobamas boys ?? Of course he won't like this idea .
 

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and what , whats the problem , do you like Islamic state / isis . War is needed , money needs to be spent to fight Islamic state if they are to be defeated Fenton .
 
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Trump will very likely replace the policy that the US has implemented against Syria by another one that will be implemented against ISIS. A future of political stability and security will hopefully prevail in the Middle East and everywhere.

"(RT) US President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed that he will most likely abandon the Obama administration policy on Syria to seek a possible rapprochement with Russia.

“I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria,” the 70-year-old Republican told the Wall Street Journal in his first interview since the election.

From the start of the Syrian war, Barack Obama’s foreign policy has been focused on the support and training of the so-called “moderate” militant groups who were supposed to defeat ISIL terrorists, and survive to eventually overthrow President Assad. That approach became deadlocked this year when Washington failed to honor its obligations under an agreement with Moscow to separate their “moderate militant” forces from internationally-recognized terrorists.

Trump, on the other hand, said on Friday that the US should be focused on fighting ISIL, instead of pursuing regime change in Syria.

“My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIL, and you have to get rid of ISIL. Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria… Now we’re backing militants against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are.”

It has been widely documented and reported that American weapons supplied to the “moderate” terrorists are often obtained by extremists in Syria. Those weapons, in turn, are being used by the ‘jihadists’ to strike civilian positions and deploy them against Syrian forces.

The president-elect warned that if the US attacks Assad, “we end up fighting Russia, fighting Syria.”

The US coalition bombing of Syrian Army positions near the city of Deir Ezzor on September 17 led to the collapse of the US-Russian peace initiative.

Rapprochement in US-Russia ties could, however, be on the horizon after Trump admitted receiving a “beautiful” letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump said a phone call between them is scheduled shortly.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are “very much alike… in their basic approaches toward international affairs,” Dmitry Peskov told the Associated Press earlier.

“[Trump] has been a very firm supporter of the idea of a good relationship between our countries, because we do carry a joint responsibility for strategic stability in the world, strategic security,” the spokesman said.

Immediately after Trump’s victory, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow looks forward to restoring bilateral relations with the United States.

The US military establishment, however, already seems to be working against Trump’s policies. In an interview with CBS This Morning, Defense Secretary Ash Carter leveled a barrage of accusations at Russia.

He said the Russian campaign in Syria “fuels the fires” of ongoing violence in the country, claiming “they’re not doing what we need to do and think needs to be done [in Syria].”"

Trump: US must focus on fighting ISIL, not changing Syria regime
Yes, it may be time to throw the towel in on the idea of a free and independent Syria. What this means is America will have to abandon our policy of opposition to an Assad regime. We would have to face several rather uncomfortable truths.
  • The Middle East was a lot safer and a more stable place with despots like Saddam Hussein, Moammar Qaddafi. These Secular despots kept jihadism and sectarian violence in check while ignoring human rights and perpetrating gross atrocities on their own people. Power vacuums stemming from the demise of these tyrants have incubated some of the worst chaos, hatred, and human misery the world has ever seen. Clearly this has been the case in the Middle East.
  • To support Assad is to accept that our idealistic goals of an American style democracies are unachievable and that only hard-nosed realism can support our strategic interests, at least in the Middle East.
  • This change is not just a reversal of Obama's policy in Syria. This is a reversal of a policy that began with H.W. Bush's invasion of Iraq in which he set America on a path of opposing tyrants who were no real threat to US but rather grossly violated human rights and threaten the peace of the region. This signals the return to the policies of the mid 20th century in which America was willing sacrifice it's principals to accomplish it's goals, a time in which America was willing to tolerate, support, and aid despots and dictators if there seemed to be any benefit to the US in doing so.
 
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Yes, it may be time to throw the towel in on the idea of a free and independent Syria.
Correct. Syria is already free and independent. The idea that invasions by hundreds of thousands of foreign Islamist terrorists would turn a country into a free and independent one is also not well-founded.


  • The Middle East was a lot safer and a more stable place with despots like Saddam Hussein, Moammar Qaddafi. These Secular despots kept jihadism and sectarian violence in check while ignoring human rights and perpetrating gross atrocities on their own people. Power vacuums stemming from the demise of these tyrants have incubated some of the worst chaos, hatred, and human misery the world has ever seen. Clearly this has been the case in the Middle East.
The people supported Gadaffi and Hussein. This means they cannot be the evil mass murderers those who sought to invade these countries told us.


  • To support Assad is to accept that our idealistic goals of an American style democracies are unachievable and that only hard-nosed realism can support our strategic interests, at least in the Middle East.
Come on. You do not really believe in your "idealistic goals". They don´t exist. They are imperialist goals. Furthermore, if you really try to bring democracy to a country, you don´t send al-Qaeda/ISIS.
People in Syria can do whatever they want. They have absolute freedom. They even elect their own MPs in parliamentary elections and most of them support Assad - even more than before the war.


  • This change is not just a reversal of Obama's policy in Syria. This is a reversal of a policy that began with H.W. Bush's invasion of Iraq in which he set America on a path of opposing tyrants who were no real threat to US but rather grossly violated human rights and threaten the peace of the region. This signals the return to the policies of the mid 20th century in which America was willing sacrifice it's principals to accomplish it's goals, a time in which America was willing to tolerate, support, and aid despots and dictators if there seemed to be any benefit to the US in doing so.
No, the policy has been the same: Put people into power, use them for own interests, bomb them away thereafter.
This is hopefully going to change now. It has nothing to do with democracy, American values and all that stuff the US governments have cited as justifications for brutal wars against weaker countries.
 

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Trump will very likely replace the policy that the US has implemented against Syria by another one that will be implemented against ISIS. A future of political stability and security will hopefully prevail in the Middle East and everywhere.

"(RT) US President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed that he will most likely abandon the Obama administration policy on Syria to seek a possible rapprochement with Russia.

“I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria,” the 70-year-old Republican told the Wall Street Journal in his first interview since the election.

From the start of the Syrian war, Barack Obama’s foreign policy has been focused on the support and training of the so-called “moderate” militant groups who were supposed to defeat ISIL terrorists, and survive to eventually overthrow President Assad. That approach became deadlocked this year when Washington failed to honor its obligations under an agreement with Moscow to separate their “moderate militant” forces from internationally-recognized terrorists.

Trump, on the other hand, said on Friday that the US should be focused on fighting ISIL, instead of pursuing regime change in Syria.

“My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIL, and you have to get rid of ISIL. Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria… Now we’re backing militants against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are.”

It has been widely documented and reported that American weapons supplied to the “moderate” terrorists are often obtained by extremists in Syria. Those weapons, in turn, are being used by the ‘jihadists’ to strike civilian positions and deploy them against Syrian forces.

The president-elect warned that if the US attacks Assad, “we end up fighting Russia, fighting Syria.”

The US coalition bombing of Syrian Army positions near the city of Deir Ezzor on September 17 led to the collapse of the US-Russian peace initiative.

Rapprochement in US-Russia ties could, however, be on the horizon after Trump admitted receiving a “beautiful” letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump said a phone call between them is scheduled shortly.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are “very much alike… in their basic approaches toward international affairs,” Dmitry Peskov told the Associated Press earlier.

“[Trump] has been a very firm supporter of the idea of a good relationship between our countries, because we do carry a joint responsibility for strategic stability in the world, strategic security,” the spokesman said.

Immediately after Trump’s victory, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow looks forward to restoring bilateral relations with the United States.

The US military establishment, however, already seems to be working against Trump’s policies. In an interview with CBS This Morning, Defense Secretary Ash Carter leveled a barrage of accusations at Russia.

He said the Russian campaign in Syria “fuels the fires” of ongoing violence in the country, claiming “they’re not doing what we need to do and think needs to be done [in Syria].”"

Trump: US must focus on fighting ISIL, not changing Syria regime

REJOICE WORLD!!!! capt. blei has the ANSWER which wiil end strife in the MIDDLE EAST-------easy-------the US must withdraw then ALL WILL BE WELL ---an end to death and nary a tear will drop
 
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Trump will very likely replace the policy that the US has implemented against Syria by another one that will be implemented against ISIS. A future of political stability and security will hopefully prevail in the Middle East and everywhere.

"(RT) US President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed that he will most likely abandon the Obama administration policy on Syria to seek a possible rapprochement with Russia.

“I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria,” the 70-year-old Republican told the Wall Street Journal in his first interview since the election.

From the start of the Syrian war, Barack Obama’s foreign policy has been focused on the support and training of the so-called “moderate” militant groups who were supposed to defeat ISIL terrorists, and survive to eventually overthrow President Assad. That approach became deadlocked this year when Washington failed to honor its obligations under an agreement with Moscow to separate their “moderate militant” forces from internationally-recognized terrorists.

Trump, on the other hand, said on Friday that the US should be focused on fighting ISIL, instead of pursuing regime change in Syria.

“My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIL, and you have to get rid of ISIL. Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria… Now we’re backing militants against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are.”

It has been widely documented and reported that American weapons supplied to the “moderate” terrorists are often obtained by extremists in Syria. Those weapons, in turn, are being used by the ‘jihadists’ to strike civilian positions and deploy them against Syrian forces.

The president-elect warned that if the US attacks Assad, “we end up fighting Russia, fighting Syria.”

The US coalition bombing of Syrian Army positions near the city of Deir Ezzor on September 17 led to the collapse of the US-Russian peace initiative.

Rapprochement in US-Russia ties could, however, be on the horizon after Trump admitted receiving a “beautiful” letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump said a phone call between them is scheduled shortly.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are “very much alike… in their basic approaches toward international affairs,” Dmitry Peskov told the Associated Press earlier.

“[Trump] has been a very firm supporter of the idea of a good relationship between our countries, because we do carry a joint responsibility for strategic stability in the world, strategic security,” the spokesman said.

Immediately after Trump’s victory, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow looks forward to restoring bilateral relations with the United States.

The US military establishment, however, already seems to be working against Trump’s policies. In an interview with CBS This Morning, Defense Secretary Ash Carter leveled a barrage of accusations at Russia.

He said the Russian campaign in Syria “fuels the fires” of ongoing violence in the country, claiming “they’re not doing what we need to do and think needs to be done [in Syria].”"

Trump: US must focus on fighting ISIL, not changing Syria regime

REJOICE WORLD!!!! capt. blei has the ANSWER which wiil end strife in the MIDDLE EAST-------easy-------the US must withdraw then ALL WILL BE WELL ---an end to death and nary a tear will drop
Come on...
 

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Trump will very likely replace the policy that the US has implemented against Syria by another one that will be implemented against ISIS. A future of political stability and security will hopefully prevail in the Middle East and everywhere.

"(RT) US President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed that he will most likely abandon the Obama administration policy on Syria to seek a possible rapprochement with Russia.

“I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria,” the 70-year-old Republican told the Wall Street Journal in his first interview since the election.

From the start of the Syrian war, Barack Obama’s foreign policy has been focused on the support and training of the so-called “moderate” militant groups who were supposed to defeat ISIL terrorists, and survive to eventually overthrow President Assad. That approach became deadlocked this year when Washington failed to honor its obligations under an agreement with Moscow to separate their “moderate militant” forces from internationally-recognized terrorists.

Trump, on the other hand, said on Friday that the US should be focused on fighting ISIL, instead of pursuing regime change in Syria.

“My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIL, and you have to get rid of ISIL. Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria… Now we’re backing militants against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are.”

It has been widely documented and reported that American weapons supplied to the “moderate” terrorists are often obtained by extremists in Syria. Those weapons, in turn, are being used by the ‘jihadists’ to strike civilian positions and deploy them against Syrian forces.

The president-elect warned that if the US attacks Assad, “we end up fighting Russia, fighting Syria.”

The US coalition bombing of Syrian Army positions near the city of Deir Ezzor on September 17 led to the collapse of the US-Russian peace initiative.

Rapprochement in US-Russia ties could, however, be on the horizon after Trump admitted receiving a “beautiful” letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump said a phone call between them is scheduled shortly.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are “very much alike… in their basic approaches toward international affairs,” Dmitry Peskov told the Associated Press earlier.

“[Trump] has been a very firm supporter of the idea of a good relationship between our countries, because we do carry a joint responsibility for strategic stability in the world, strategic security,” the spokesman said.

Immediately after Trump’s victory, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow looks forward to restoring bilateral relations with the United States.

The US military establishment, however, already seems to be working against Trump’s policies. In an interview with CBS This Morning, Defense Secretary Ash Carter leveled a barrage of accusations at Russia.

He said the Russian campaign in Syria “fuels the fires” of ongoing violence in the country, claiming “they’re not doing what we need to do and think needs to be done [in Syria].”"

Trump: US must focus on fighting ISIL, not changing Syria regime

REJOICE WORLD!!!! capt. blei has the ANSWER which wiil end strife in the MIDDLE EAST-------easy-------the US must withdraw then ALL WILL BE WELL ---an end to death and nary a tear will drop
Come on...

second thoughts? blei dear???
 

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Trump will very likely replace the policy that the US has implemented against Syria by another one that will be implemented against ISIS. A future of political stability and security will hopefully prevail in the Middle East and everywhere.

"(RT) US President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed that he will most likely abandon the Obama administration policy on Syria to seek a possible rapprochement with Russia.

“I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria,” the 70-year-old Republican told the Wall Street Journal in his first interview since the election.

From the start of the Syrian war, Barack Obama’s foreign policy has been focused on the support and training of the so-called “moderate” militant groups who were supposed to defeat ISIL terrorists, and survive to eventually overthrow President Assad. That approach became deadlocked this year when Washington failed to honor its obligations under an agreement with Moscow to separate their “moderate militant” forces from internationally-recognized terrorists.

Trump, on the other hand, said on Friday that the US should be focused on fighting ISIL, instead of pursuing regime change in Syria.

“My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIL, and you have to get rid of ISIL. Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria… Now we’re backing militants against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are.”

It has been widely documented and reported that American weapons supplied to the “moderate” terrorists are often obtained by extremists in Syria. Those weapons, in turn, are being used by the ‘jihadists’ to strike civilian positions and deploy them against Syrian forces.

The president-elect warned that if the US attacks Assad, “we end up fighting Russia, fighting Syria.”

The US coalition bombing of Syrian Army positions near the city of Deir Ezzor on September 17 led to the collapse of the US-Russian peace initiative.

Rapprochement in US-Russia ties could, however, be on the horizon after Trump admitted receiving a “beautiful” letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump said a phone call between them is scheduled shortly.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are “very much alike… in their basic approaches toward international affairs,” Dmitry Peskov told the Associated Press earlier.

“[Trump] has been a very firm supporter of the idea of a good relationship between our countries, because we do carry a joint responsibility for strategic stability in the world, strategic security,” the spokesman said.

Immediately after Trump’s victory, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow looks forward to restoring bilateral relations with the United States.

The US military establishment, however, already seems to be working against Trump’s policies. In an interview with CBS This Morning, Defense Secretary Ash Carter leveled a barrage of accusations at Russia.

He said the Russian campaign in Syria “fuels the fires” of ongoing violence in the country, claiming “they’re not doing what we need to do and think needs to be done [in Syria].”"

Trump: US must focus on fighting ISIL, not changing Syria regime
Yes, it may be time to throw the towel in on the idea of a free and independent Syria. What this means is America will have to abandon our policy of opposition to an Assad regime. We would have to face several rather uncomfortable truths.
  • The Middle East was a lot safer and a more stable place with despots like Saddam Hussein, Moammar Qaddafi. These Secular despots kept jihadism and sectarian violence in check while ignoring human rights and perpetrating gross atrocities on their own people. Power vacuums stemming from the demise of these tyrants have incubated some of the worst chaos, hatred, and human misery the world has ever seen. Clearly this has been the case in the Middle East.
  • To support Assad is to accept that our idealistic goals of an American style democracies are unachievable and that only hard-nosed realism can support our strategic interests, at least in the Middle East.
  • This change is not just a reversal of Obama's policy in Syria. This is a reversal of a policy that began with H.W. Bush's invasion of Iraq in which he set America on a path of opposing tyrants who were no real threat to US but rather grossly violated human rights and threaten the peace of the region. This signals the return to the policies of the mid 20th century in which America was willing sacrifice it's principals to accomplish it's goals, a time in which America was willing to tolerate, support, and aid despots and dictators if there seemed to be any benefit to the US in doing so.

Yes, it may be time to throw the towel in on the idea of a free and independent Syria.
Correct. Syria is already free and independent. The idea that invasions by hundreds of thousands of foreign Islamist terrorists would turn a country into a free and independent one is also not well-founded.


  • The Middle East was a lot safer and a more stable place with despots like Saddam Hussein, Moammar Qaddafi. These Secular despots kept jihadism and sectarian violence in check while ignoring human rights and perpetrating gross atrocities on their own people. Power vacuums stemming from the demise of these tyrants have incubated some of the worst chaos, hatred, and human misery the world has ever seen. Clearly this has been the case in the Middle East.
The people supported Gadaffi and Hussein. This means they cannot be the evil mass murderers those who sought to invade these countries told us.


  • To support Assad is to accept that our idealistic goals of an American style democracies are unachievable and that only hard-nosed realism can support our strategic interests, at least in the Middle East.
Come on. You do not really believe in your "idealistic goals". They don´t exist. They are imperialist goals. Furthermore, if you really try to bring democracy to a country, you don´t send al-Qaeda/ISIS.
People in Syria can do whatever they want. They have absolute freedom. They even elect their own MPs in parliamentary elections and most of them support Assad - even more than before the war.


  • This change is not just a reversal of Obama's policy in Syria. This is a reversal of a policy that began with H.W. Bush's invasion of Iraq in which he set America on a path of opposing tyrants who were no real threat to US but rather grossly violated human rights and threaten the peace of the region. This signals the return to the policies of the mid 20th century in which America was willing sacrifice it's principals to accomplish it's goals, a time in which America was willing to tolerate, support, and aid despots and dictators if there seemed to be any benefit to the US in doing so.
No, the policy has been the same: Put people into power, use them for own interests, bomb them away thereafter.
This is hopefully going to change now. It has nothing to do with democracy, American values and all that stuff the US governments have cited as justifications for brutal wars against weaker countries.

The people supported Gadaffi and Hussein. This means they cannot be the evil mass murderers those who sought to invade these countries told us.
It's pretty hard to claim that either of these men had the support of the People. There were no free elections. In fact, from the time Hussein seized power in 1979 till he was ousted in 2003, the people were never given a choice of another leader. The atrocities against their own people are well documented.

American Foreign Policy for over hundred years supported despots with little of no regard for human rights or their oppression of their neighboring states as long their activities served US interest. This began slowly changing with with the first Iraqi War, Bosnia, Somali, and the second Iraqi war. Allying with Assad is a change in American Policy signally once again the US is ready to embrace pragmatism over principal. I think this maybe beneficial in ridding Syria of ISIS. However, returning to a policy of supporting tyrants and dictators may not be the best policy in the long run.
 

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Yes, it may be time to throw the towel in on the idea of a free and independent Syria. What this means is America will have to abandon our policy of opposition to an Assad regime. We would have to face several rather uncomfortable truths.
  • The Middle East was a lot safer and a more stable place with despots like Saddam Hussein, Moammar Qaddafi. These Secular despots kept jihadism and sectarian violence in check while ignoring human rights and perpetrating gross atrocities on their own people. Power vacuums stemming from the demise of these tyrants have incubated some of the worst chaos, hatred, and human misery the world has ever seen. Clearly this has been the case in the Middle East.

Assad is what caused instability in the first place. Saddam Hussien and Qaddafi also has unstable regimes plagued with violence and democide.

The rebels are not going to stop fighting for liberty just because their western backers want to throw in the towel. Almost every successful revolution took decades to resolve, and nearly every revolution has seen independent radicalist factions develop in the midst of conflict.

What is happening is irrelevant of the fact that the ruling government is despotic. Everything that has happened is unavoidable when fighting a revolution. There is nothing going on that we have not observed before throughout history (including US history).
 
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Trump will very likely replace the policy that the US has implemented against Syria by another one that will be implemented against ISIS. A future of political stability and security will hopefully prevail in the Middle East and everywhere.

"(RT) US President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed that he will most likely abandon the Obama administration policy on Syria to seek a possible rapprochement with Russia.

“I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria,” the 70-year-old Republican told the Wall Street Journal in his first interview since the election.

From the start of the Syrian war, Barack Obama’s foreign policy has been focused on the support and training of the so-called “moderate” militant groups who were supposed to defeat ISIL terrorists, and survive to eventually overthrow President Assad. That approach became deadlocked this year when Washington failed to honor its obligations under an agreement with Moscow to separate their “moderate militant” forces from internationally-recognized terrorists.

Trump, on the other hand, said on Friday that the US should be focused on fighting ISIL, instead of pursuing regime change in Syria.

“My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIL, and you have to get rid of ISIL. Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria… Now we’re backing militants against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are.”

It has been widely documented and reported that American weapons supplied to the “moderate” terrorists are often obtained by extremists in Syria. Those weapons, in turn, are being used by the ‘jihadists’ to strike civilian positions and deploy them against Syrian forces.

The president-elect warned that if the US attacks Assad, “we end up fighting Russia, fighting Syria.”

The US coalition bombing of Syrian Army positions near the city of Deir Ezzor on September 17 led to the collapse of the US-Russian peace initiative.

Rapprochement in US-Russia ties could, however, be on the horizon after Trump admitted receiving a “beautiful” letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump said a phone call between them is scheduled shortly.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are “very much alike… in their basic approaches toward international affairs,” Dmitry Peskov told the Associated Press earlier.

“[Trump] has been a very firm supporter of the idea of a good relationship between our countries, because we do carry a joint responsibility for strategic stability in the world, strategic security,” the spokesman said.

Immediately after Trump’s victory, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow looks forward to restoring bilateral relations with the United States.

The US military establishment, however, already seems to be working against Trump’s policies. In an interview with CBS This Morning, Defense Secretary Ash Carter leveled a barrage of accusations at Russia.

He said the Russian campaign in Syria “fuels the fires” of ongoing violence in the country, claiming “they’re not doing what we need to do and think needs to be done [in Syria].”"

Trump: US must focus on fighting ISIL, not changing Syria regime

REJOICE WORLD!!!! capt. blei has the ANSWER which wiil end strife in the MIDDLE EAST-------easy-------the US must withdraw then ALL WILL BE WELL ---an end to death and nary a tear will drop
Come on...

second thoughts? blei dear???
Maybe the US could start to act like a normal member of the international community...
 
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It's pretty hard to claim that either of these men had the support of the People. There were no free elections. In fact, from the time Hussein seized power in 1979 till he was ousted in 2003, the people were never given a choice of another leader. The atrocities against their own people are well documented.
It is documented that 1,7 out of 6 million Libyans rallied for Gadadfi. An equivalent would be 100 million Americans on a single rally. The book/movie Live from Baghdad shows a friendly and helpful Iraqi government. Alleged crimes of the government are not well documented. Few photos of alleged dead bodies do not prove anything in fact. Other accusations were proven wrong. Another fact is that the Baath Party was in charge also before Saddam Hussein became President.


American Foreign Policy for over hundred years supported despots with little of no regard for human rights or their oppression of their neighboring states as long their activities served US interest. This began slowly changing with with the first Iraqi War, Bosnia, Somali, and the second Iraqi war. Allying with Assad is a change in American Policy signally once again the US is ready to embrace pragmatism over principal. I think this maybe beneficial in ridding Syria of ISIS. However, returning to a policy of supporting tyrants and dictators may not be the best policy in the long run.
You are utterly wrong. The founding fathers never intended to "bring democracy to the world". In fact, the American foreign policy was a one of neutrality and non-interference, called isolation by some. The biggest change came after WWII when the US started to interfere everywhere. The US supported the South Korean regime, the US supported the South Vietnamese regime, the US supported the Iranian Shah regime. In fact, the US supported everyone who might serve them and even created those who serve them, like al-Qaeda. And the US also supported Saddam Hussein! This policy has not yet changed.

However, the US will not be allying with Assad but rather start to honestly fight terrorism. And this of course requires to cooperate with the Syrian government as Syria is a sovereign country. President Assad and the Syrian government are democratically elected.
 
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It's pretty hard to claim that either of these men had the support of the People. There were no free elections. In fact, from the time Hussein seized power in 1979 till he was ousted in 2003, the people were never given a choice of another leader. The atrocities against their own people are well documented.
It is documented that 1,7 out of 6 million Libyans rallied for Gadadfi. An equivalent would be 100 million Americans on a single rally. The book/movie Live from Baghdad shows a friendly and helpful Iraqi government. Alleged crimes of the government are not well documented. Few photos of alleged dead bodies do not prove anything in fact. Other accusations were proven wrong. Another fact is that the Baath Party was in charge also before Saddam Hussein became President.


American Foreign Policy for over hundred years supported despots with little of no regard for human rights or their oppression of their neighboring states as long their activities served US interest. This began slowly changing with with the first Iraqi War, Bosnia, Somali, and the second Iraqi war. Allying with Assad is a change in American Policy signally once again the US is ready to embrace pragmatism over principal. I think this maybe beneficial in ridding Syria of ISIS. However, returning to a policy of supporting tyrants and dictators may not be the best policy in the long run.
You are utterly wrong. The founding fathers never intended to "bring democracy to the world". In fact, the American foreign policy was a one of neutrality and non-interference, called isolation by some. The biggest change came after WWII when the US started to interfere everywhere. The US supported the South Korean regime, the US supported the South Vietnamese regime, the US supported the Iranian Shah regime. In fact, the US supported everyone who might serve them and even created those who serve them, like al-Qaeda. And the US also supported Saddam Hussein! This policy has not yet changed.

However, the US will not be allying with Assad but rather start to honestly fight terrorism. And this of course requires to cooperate with the Syrian government as Syria is a sovereign country. President Assad and the Syrian government are democratically elected.
The alliance is of course is going to be between the US and Russia with an aim to defeating ISIS. However, with the close ties between Russia and Syria it will be hard to imagine the US will continue it's call to oust Assad. This will move the US closer to its 20th century polices of active support for despots in quid pro quo relationships.

I suspect that we're going to see a lot of changes in alliances with Trump.
 
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The alliance is of course is going to be between the US and Russia with an aim to defeating ISIS. However, with the close ties between Russia and Syria it will be hard to imagine the US will continue it's call to oust Assad.
This has, officially, already happened.
No 'regime change' in Syria: After talks in Moscow, Kerry accepts Russian stance on Assad


This will move the US closer to its 20th century polices of active support for despots in quid pro quo relationships.
No, it will move the US away from its policy of active support of terrorists in quid pro quo relationships. A closer look unveils that the US aim was not necessarily the end of the Syrian government but to split Syria into several failed states. The same applies for Iraq.


I suspect that we're going to see a lot of changes in alliances with Trump.
Hopefully we do.
 

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Trump will attack the moderate rebels who are about to take Raqqa, in order to help Bashar al-Assad's Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party regain control of the parts of Syria closer to the parts he controls. Only later will Russia and Trump's USA attack ISIS.
 

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