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Time to Break Up With Turkey
Harold Hutchison  
Alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella was 
cited in key passage of Mueller report
by Jerry Dunleavy
{ } ~ Eric Ciaramella, alleged to be the Ukraine whistleblower, was cited in a key passage of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in connection to the meeting between President Trump and Russian officials... in the Oval Office the day after scumbag-James Comey was fired as FBI director. Ciaramella, a career CIA analyst, was Ukraine director on the National Security Council during the end of the scumbag/liar-nObama administration and remained there during the early months of the Trump administration, when he was briefly acting senior director for European and Russian affairs before the arrival of Fiona Hill. This week, the Washington Examiner reported that Ciaramella, 33, is now a deputy national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia on the National Intelligence Council, reporting to the director of national intelligence. On Oct. 31, RealClearInvestigations reported that Ciaramella was the whistleblower who filed a complaint about a July 25 phone call. During the call, Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into a conspiracy theory regarding CrowdStrike and to investigate Democratic 2020 candidate loose lips liar-Joe Biden and his son Hunter's business dealings in Ukraine. Ciaramella appears in a footnote on the 71st page of Mueller’s 448-page report, with Mueller citing two emails that he sent to John Kelly, then chief of staff, and other administration officials describing the details of a meeting between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. A letter that then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote in May 2017 justified scumbag-Comey's firing by criticizing his handling of the scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton email investigation, but Trump would subsequently suggest he'd fired scumbag-Comey because of the Trump-Russia investigation. After scumbag-Comey was fired, he leaked information from some of his memos to the media in order to prompt the appointment of a special counsel. The Mueller report footnote referenced Ciaramella’s emails when it stated that “the meeting had been planned on May 2, 2017, during a telephone call between the President and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the meeting date was confirmed on May 5, 2017, the same day the President dictated ideas for the scumbag-Comey termination letter to Trump aide Stephen Miller.”...
Pentagon: Revenue From Syria 
Oil Fields to go to SDF Not United States
by ~ The Pentagon said on Thursday that revenue from oilfields in northeastern Syria will go to U.S.-backed forces rather than the United States itself... "The revenue from this is not going to the U.S., this is going to the SDF," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters. The SDF stands for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. During a news conference announcing the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a U.S. raid last month, President Donald Trump had raised the possibility of American oil companies taking over the oilfields in northeastern Syria, currently operated by the SDF. Amid concerns that Islamic State could stage a resurgence in the ensuing power vacuum, Trump said a small number of U.S. troops would remain in the area of Syria "where they have the oil," a reference to oilfields in the Kurdish-controlled region. However, the total number of U.S. forces is expected to number in the hundreds and potentially only slightly less than the roughly 1,000 that were in northern Syria when Trump made his surprise withdrawal announcement last month. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday the United States was not fulfilling its pledge to remove a Kurdish militia from a Syrian border region and said he will raise the issue when he meets Trump next week. During the briefing, Hoffman said he was not aware of SDF fighters in the area, but said the United States did not have complete visibility. Hoffman added that the United States expects Turkey to hold to account any Ankara-backed forces who allegedly commit war crimes in northeastern Syria. In the same briefing, the Pentagon said the ceasefire in northeastern Syria was generally holding.   
Tucson Voters Overwhelmingly 
Reject Sanctuary City Proposal
by Jason Hopkins
{ } ~ In a major defeat for illegal alien advocates, voters in Tucson, Arizona, overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to designate it as the state’s one and only “sanctuary city.”... Tucson voters on Tuesday resoundingly opposed an initiative, known as Proposition 205, that would have given sweeping protections to illegal aliens and prohibited local law enforcement from working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. At the close of the polls, over 71% of voters rejected the measure. Notably, the measure was opposed by every member of the Tucson City Council—all of whom are Democrats. The council members were concerned that its passage would lead to the loss of millions of dollars in federal and state funding. Leaders were very aware of the Trump administration’s fight against other local jurisdictions that have passed sanctuary policies, threatening to withhold federal grants as punishment. Council members were also concerned that the measure would prohibit the city from working with federal law enforcement on issues that have no relation to immigration enforcement. “It’s refreshing to see Tucson voters and council members work collectively to reject policies that undermine federal law and harbor criminal illegal aliens,” Matthew Tragesser, spokesperson at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said in a Wednesday statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation. “While there are more than 560 sanctuary jurisdictions throughout the country, citizens nationwide are voicing their concerns and stymieing dangerous sanctuary laws. At the state level, Florida recently adopted anti-sanctuary laws. At the local level, Montgomery County, Maryland, has experienced a spate of violent crimes at the hands of illegal aliens, and also just incorporated anti-sanctuary policies,” Tragesser continued...   
US warns Iran could be 
positioning for ‘rapid nuclear breakout’
by ~ The United States on Thursday called for “serious steps” to be taken after Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordo plant... in a new step back from its commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal. “Iran’s expansion of proliferation-sensitive activities raises concerns that Iran is positioning itself to have the option of a rapid nuclear breakout,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. “It is now time for all nations to reject this regime’s nuclear extortion and take serious steps to increase pressure.” Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordo plant south of Tehran on Thursday in a new step back from its commitments under a landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Engineers began feeding uranium hexafluoride gas into the plant’s mothballed enrichment centrifuges in “the first minutes of Thursday,” the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization said. The suspension of uranium enrichment at the long secret plant was one of the restrictions Iran had agreed to on its nuclear program in return for the lifting of UN sanctions. Iran’s announcement that it would resume enrichment at the Fordo plant from midnight 2030 GMT Wednesday had drawn a chorus of concern from the remaining parties to the troubled agreement. The EU said Thursday it was “deeply concerned” by an incident involving an inspector with the UN’s nuclear watchdog last week in Iran which led to her having her accreditation canceled...
GOP raises alleged whistleblower name 
in secret hearing, and Dems post it online
by ~ Lawyers for the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint triggered the impeachment inquiry against President Trump... have warned of consequences if the accuser's name is revealed. But the Democratic majority itself may have outed the whistleblower when it  posted online a transcript of the testimony of William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. Taylor, according to page 236 of the transcript, was asked by the committee's Republican counsel, Steve Castor: "Okay. Does a person by the name of Eric Ciaramella ring a bell for you? Taylor replied that it didn't, and he affirmed he never had any communications with somebody by that name. When WND asked Democrats in the majority on the House Oversight Committee to identify Ciaramella, the man answering the telephone suddenly went silent and said he was transferring the caller to the media team. However, no one on the media team was willing to respond, and the reporter asked to communicate via email, which also did not generate a response. Donald Trump Jr., defying warnings by the whistleblower's lawyers, sent out a tweet Wednesday identifying Ciaramella as the whistleblower. Last Thursday, attorneys for the whistleblower, Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid, declined to confirm or deny that their client was Ciaramella. The day before,  RealClearInvestigations reported Ciaramella, a CIA analyst, is the whistleblower, calling his identity "an open secret inside the Beltway." Trump Jr.'s tweet linked to a Breitbart News report that Ciaramella was part of an scumbag/liar-nObama administration email chain celebrating the eventual signing of a $1 billion U.S. loan guarantee to Ukraine. According to the Washington Examiner: "Ciaramella, 33, a career CIA analyst, was Ukraine director on the National Security Council during the end of the scumbag/liar-nObama administration and remained there during the early months of the Trump administration, when he was briefly acting senior director for European and Russian affairs. On Oct. 7, the Washington Examiner reported that Ciaramella is now a deputy national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia on the National Intelligence Council, reporting to the director of national intelligence." Bakaj and Zaid claim that identifying "any suspected name for the whistleblower will place their family at risk of serious harm."...
Democrats Must Really Hate Women
By Tom Trinko
{ } ~ Have you noticed that the #MeToo movement is dead to Democrats these days?... Democrat representative Katie Hill had an affair with a staffer, a violation of the core concept of #MeToo that bosses can't have sexual relations with subordinates, and Democrats are bemoaning the fact that she had to resign. How can that be? That's because they never really believed in #MeToo, and they never cared about women. Democrat support for #MeToo was nothing more than a ploy to attack Trump and other Republicans. Trump is infamous for his philandering, though it seems to have ended about a decade ago, so the Democrats thought the #MeToo movement would be a good weapon to attack him with. They decided to sacrifice a pawn, Harvey Weinstein, a fading Hollywood mogul whose days of power were slipping into the past, to create a movement they thought could be used against Trump. The problem is that unlike with Weinstein, there's no credible evidence that Trump ever coerced women. Even the infamous tape reveals Trump saying women let a man grope them — i.e., Trump was talking about groupies, not women he forced to do anything. Now, that doesn't make Trump a paragon of virtue, but it's clear he's in a different league from people like Weinstein, who used their position of authority to coerce women into having sex with them. Democrats also sacrificed a less than totally popular Democrat senator, Al Franken, who probably won his office only due to voter fraud, not because they cared about women, but because it would allow them to attack Roy Moore, who had been accused of dating young girls. That ploy worked, since the Democrats won the election against Moore and Franken was replaced by a hardcore leftist because the governor of Minnesota was a Democrat. Unsurprisingly, now that Moore is history, some Democrats are trying to rehabilitate Franken.  We know that Democrats don't care about women because they all knew what Weinstein was up to for years, but they said nothing until Weinstein's power was waning and they saw a way to weaponize sexual harassment against Trump...
Time to Break Up With Turkey
Harold Hutchison:  When it comes to American policy in the Middle East, there is something that will clearly have to be done, even though it will be quite painful. To quote noted foreign-policy expert Taylor Swift, the United States needs to tell the regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “We are never ever ever getting back together.”

Loyal Patriot Post readers will know that we have been discussing the misdeeds of Erdogan and his regime for a long time. The Erdogan regime is different from the likes of Iran only by virtue of the fact that it has not openly called for the elimination of Israel. That’s cold comfort.

The fact is, kicking Erdogan’s regime out of the F-35 program was the right call, even if the purchase of the Russian-built S-400/SA-21 air-defense system was the wrong reason. America’s most advanced multirole fighter did not need to fall into the hands of a regime that is trending against American values, not to mention showing hostility toward America’s best ally in the Middle East — Israel.

The recent Turkish attack on the Kurds, despite the blunt warning President Donald Trump gave Erdogan, is just another sign that the Erdogan regime and America are just on separate, irreconcilable paths. While the withdrawal decision was controversial, there is one benefit — it gave Erdogan enough rope to hang himself in terms of his reputation and standing amongst the American people.

The fact is, Erdogan is taking Turkey back in time — and it now should be obvious that the failure of the 2016 coup is coming back to bite America. Erdogan has doubled down on taking the full Islamist path, he is willing to go after the Kurds, and he is a friend of Hamas — an organization designated as a terrorist group. These are deal-breakers, especially in our post-9/11 world.

Meanwhile, we have nuclear weapons deployed in Turkey that would need to be moved. But 50 B61 nuclear gravity bombs cannot be just flown to anywhere. The issue is not just the physical security of the nukes. Their deployment also is a statement of national commitment. We could move them to Eastern Europe — say, Romania — but that would unnerve the Russians. Not a bad option in the course of things, but given the situation in the Middle East, there is a much better option — and one that can send a message to our ex-ally in Ankara.

The nukes — and the American aircraft based at Incirlik Air Base — should be moved to Israel.

This does several things. First of all, it sends a strong message to the world that the United States will stand by Israel. While Israel is reported to have its own nukes, to have American nuclear weapons in Israel would be a major deterrent to Iran.

Second, it would still maintain America’s position in the Middle East — in fact, it would improve it. American and Israeli military personnel would be able to train together, and the Israelis have a great deal of expertise in electronic warfare — something that could help America in a potential conflict with Russia. American forces would still be able to handle ISIS in Syria while launching from Israel, and the Israelis are much more reliable allies. Israel is a redoubt of democracy and respect for human rights, and American policy should support it.

Third, given the harsh realities of the War on Terror and  the lessons that have come from 18 years of fighting jihadis, moving American forces to Israel would also bolster the chances for long-term peace in the region by deterring aggression, mostly by making starting a war with Israel (or America) look futile to any Middle East miscreant.

Finally, moving American forces will deprive Erdogan of potential hostages that he can use to affect American foreign policy. This is not a small consideration. The safety of our troops will be a major concern as America breaks up with Erdogan. As hard as it would be, this breakup is rapidly becoming necessary.   ~The Patriot Post  

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