And Who Are the 60 Blood Lust Representatives Who Voted Against the House Resolution on Syria?

I am going to try to mine them from here:

the easy part: they are all Republicans

Gosar, Biggs, and Lesko from AZ

McClintock and Hunter from CA

Gaetz, Dunn, Rutherford, Posey, Steube, and Mast from FLA

Loudermilk, Graves, and Allen from GA

Fulcher from ID

Baird, Pence, and Hollingsworth from IN

Marshall, Watkins, and Estes from KS

Comer and Massie from KY

Abraham from LA

Harris from MD

Bergman and Walberg from MI

Kelly, Guest, and Pallazo from MS

Long, Smith and Luetkemeyer from MO

Reed from NY

Murphy and Meadows from NC

Jordan and Davidson from OH

Mullin from OK

Meuser and Joyce from PA

Duncan, Norman, and Rice from SC

Burchett, Fleischmann, DesJarlais, and Rose from TN

Gohmert, Gooden, Weber, Williams, Burgess, Carter, and Babin from TX

Mooney and Miller from WV

I think I got them all….if I missed anyone…I’ll add them later.

and now a special POS award to the chicken shits who voted PRESENT:

JODY HICE of Georgia

JUSTIN AMASH of Michigan


CHIP ROY of Texas

60 NO votes and 4 Present votes? Pack your office, go home, you’re not needed here…

Mike Pence To The Middle East?

Couldn’t we try thoughts and prayers first? But apparently President Trump is sending Vice President Mike Pence to the Middle East to solve the Turkish invasion of Syria and the Turkish genocide against the Kurdish population.

Vice President Mike Pence says he’s being dispatched to the Middle East by President Donald Trump as U.S. troops pull out of northeast Syria and Turkish forces invade.

Pence says the president is “very concerned about instability in the region” and is denying that Trump gave Turkey the green light to launch the invasion when he announced a troop pullout.

Well, I call bullshit on that last statement. We ALL knew what was coming.

But why the vice president? Where is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo? Isn’t he the logical choice? Or where’s White House Special Advisor and purported author of the unseen Mid-East Peace Plan, Jared Kushner? Isn’t he an expert on the region by now? What exactly does anyone think VP Pence will accomplish?

And why isn’t anyone from the administration meeting with the UN Security Council or at NATO headquarters? I know that question is redundant from my previous posts…but they do have the agency to get involved and bring additional weight to bear on Turkey. WTF?

Schumer and Pelosi Trying To Put Syrian Genie Back In Bottle?

This is just nuts too. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer want the president to reverse his decision to pull American troops out of Syria.

It’s too damn late. Genie is out of the bottle. It’s a full scale shooting war now and you can’t just plunk American troops back in place unless you are ready to take on that war.

Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will introduce a joint resolution calling on Trump to reverse the withdrawal of US troops from Syria.

Now Mr. Schumer has some valid points about the situation in Syria:

There have been so many developments the last few days, one after the other and it shows how bankrupt this president’s decision-making process is. The president is simply derelict in his duty as president. He is making Americans much less safe, he is undoing years of work to curb ISIS. He is making America more susceptible to terrorism by his actions, he may not have intended to do that but that’s just what has happened as a result of his actions. And as New Yorkers, we particularly know the danger of terrorism, because of 9/11. I knew three people who lost their lives. Every New Yorker knows people who were lost and New Yorkers are more aware of terror than anyone else.

Right on Chuck…but then he took a wrong turn:

So we will be putting on the floor of the Senate and the House – Speaker Pelosi will be putting on the floor of the House – a joint resolution that urges the president to undo his decision

and then he starts to get it right:

to do everything he can to protect the Kurds, to do everything that we must do to prevent ISIS terrorists from escaping. And make sure that Turkey respects existing agreements related to Syria and with the United States.

It’s time to push the president to actually put a stop to this. Not friggin’ sanctions but real pressure from the White House, our NATO allies, and the United Nations. Of course he has no faith in those institutions…but this is why they exist. Try actual…you know…diplomacy and world pressure.

Oh Goody, Economic Sanctions On Turkey

Real people are fucking dying. Innocent people are fucking dying. Former American allies are fucking dying because of something that President Donald Trump deliberately did knowing full well the consequences.

So Donny Tariff pulls out his bucket of economic sanctions to punish the Turkish Miscreants.

Targeting Turkey’s economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions Monday aimed at restraining the Turks’ assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria — an assault Turkey began after Trump announced he was moving U.S. troops out of the way.

In his sanctions announcement, Trump said he was halting negotiations on a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey and raising steel tariffs back up to 50%. Trump also imposed sanctions on three senior Turkish officials and Turkey’s defense and energy ministries.

“I am fully prepared to swiftly destroy Turkey’s economy if Turkish leaders continue down this dangerous and destructive path,” Trump said.

We had about 1,000 American troops in Syria. They weren’t in an endless war…they were keeping the peace. Now we are trying to figure out how to get them all out safely…while Turkey wreaks havoc with the Kurdish population in Syria…and ISIS fighters and adherents escape from Kurdish guarded enclaves. This genie won’t go back in the bottle even if the Turks stood down immediately.

But don’t worry, we have tariffs, we have sanctions, and the president apparently shook a virtual finger at Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“President Trump communicated to him very clearly that the United States of American wants Turkey to stop the invasion, implement an immediate ceasefire and to begin to negotiate with Kurdish forces in Syria to bring an end to the violence,” (US Vice President Mike) Pence said.

What exactly did the president think was going to happen? Nearly all of the rest of us expected exactly this!

Trump said Turkey’s invasion is “precipitating a humanitarian crisis and setting conditions for possible war crimes,” a reference to reports of Turkish-backed fighters executing Kurdish fighters on the battlefield.

One last thing, our president, ever the foreign policy visionary, says:

In a series of tweets Monday, Trump defended his gamble that pulling U.S. forces out of Syria would not weaken U.S. security and credibility. He took sarcastic swipes at critics who say his Syria withdrawal amounts to a betrayal of the Kurds and plays into the hands of Russia.

“Anyone who wants to assist Syria in protecting the Kurds is good with me, whether it is Russia, China, or Napoleon Bonaparte,” he wrote. “I hope they all do great, we are 7,000 miles away!”

Turkey Shells American Forces In Syria

At what point do we start to realize that Trump really fucked this one up? How many Kurds have to die? And isn’t that really genocide cloaked in the ‘threat’ of terrorism? Will it take American deaths? And why are American troops still there? WTF?

A contingent of U.S. Special Forces was caught up in Turkish shelling against U.S.-backed Kurdish positions in northern Syria, days after President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart he would withdraw U.S. troops from certain positions in the area. A senior Pentagon official said shelling by the Turkish forces was so heavy that the U.S. personnel considered firing back in self-defense.

Instead of returning fire, the Special Forces withdrew once the shelling had ceased. Newsweek previously reported Wednesday that the current rules of engagement for U.S. forces continue to be centered around self-defense and that no order has been issued by the Pentagon for a complete withdrawal from Syria.

The Turkish Defense Ministry issued a statement in response to Newsweek’s report, denying that its military had targeted U.S. forces. The ministry affirmed that “Turkish border outposts south of Suruc came under Dochka and mortar fire from the hills located approximately 1,000 meters southwest of a U.S. observation post.”

“In self-defense, reciprocal fire was opened on the terrorist positions of the attack. Turkey did not open fire at the U.S. observation post in any way,” the statement added. “All precautions were taken prior to opening fire in order to prevent any harm to the U.S. base. As a precaution, we ceased fire upon receiving information from the U.S. We firmly reject the claim that U.S. or Coalition forces were fired upon.”

Well I call double bullshit on Turkey. Given the Trump regime’s complete lack of expertise in anything they do, I don’t doubt that we have troops in harm’s way. But I don’t think US Forces would make up stories about being shelled by the Turks.

This entire episode is sadistic on the part of President Donald Trump.