As part of the “ceasefire deal,” Pence says all sanctions on Turkey are coming off:
We take you live now to Senator Graham…
Trump has what his diseased mind thinks is his Nobel Peace Prize accomplishment.
“This is a great day for civilization. I am proud of the United States for sticking by me in following a necessary, but somewhat unconventional, path. People have been trying to make this “Deal” for many years. Millions of lives will be saved. Congratulations to ALL!”
Trump and his administration might be the worst negotiators of all time. I’ve seen 8 years olds negotiate better fantasy football trades.
Can you imagine being in the room with Erdogan and his advisors as he read that letter? Quiet all around, and then a slowly dawning awareness: “These are not serious people…”
“We can do whatever we want.”
And then, apparently, have what they want presented as a negotiated settlement so that Trump could say he made a deal. I wonder what the kabuki theater of pretending to be negotiating looked like.
Also, I need to read more, but I’m a little intrigued by Pence and Pompeo being devout evangelical Christians; there’s been some buzz about the evangelicals in America being supportive of the only people in the region actually committed to religious freedom and thought it was cool that the US was supporting them. I mean, it’s likely that Syrian Christians are going to get fucked here.
So, we negotiated to ethnically cleanse part of Syria for Turkey and reward them for letting us do it?
The Turkish foreign minister explicitly said this is not a ceasefire.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the reached agreement between the US and Turkey to suspend military operations in Syria is not a ceasefire.
“This is not a ceasefire,” Cavusoglu said during a televised news conference today.
So Trump is strutting around on Twitter claiming victory and immediately afterwards Turkey disputes his account
Isn’t this all bad for Israel?
Very, but Bibi’s in waaaay too deep to do anything more than grumble at this point.
Iran’s goal in this is to extend a corridor of influence across northern Iraq and southern Syria to extend to Lebanon.
It’s also bad for Christians and other religious minorities in the region, if we’re keeping score.
Plus Turkey plans to repopulate the area with Syrian refugees.
So we’re not just giving land to ISIS, they’re going to get a complete population and economy to go along with it.
This is fucking insane even if there were no Kurds involved.