I’m gonna disagree, he has a few more months to finish his work, but let’s see how he’s doing.
Special forces dudes training “moderate rebels” (read, Jihadis who don’t explicitly claim al Quaeda as their mentors) are not thrilled about training jihadis like al Nusra.
“Nobody believes in it. You’re like, ‘Fuck this,’” a former Green Beret says of America’s covert and clandestine programs to train and arm Syrian militias. “Everyone on the ground knows they are jihadis. No one on the ground believes in this mission or this effort, and they know they are just training the next generation of jihadis, so they are sabotaging it by saying, ‘Fuck it, who cares?’”
“I don’t want to be responsible for Nusra guys saying they were trained by Americans,” the Green Beret added. A second Special Forces soldier commented that one Syrian militia they had trained recently crossed the border from Jordan on what had been pitched as a large-scale shaping operation that would change the course of the war. Watching the battle on a monitor while a drone flew overhead, “We literally watched them, with 30 guys in their force, run away from three or four ISIS guys.”
So budding jihadis or people who don’t actually want to fight. I’m sure that’s going to do great things for the region.
The people who understand this situation the least are in charge of the US.
Obama, strengthening our allies and scaring our enemies!!!!!!!!
According to a recent report by Mohammad Ballout, a journalist for the pro-regime Lebanese newspaper Assafir, the alleged security deal between Turkey and Russia allowed Turkish troops to enter Syria to prevent Syrian Kurds from establishing an autonomous administration along the Turkish border. The Assad regime would also cut support for Syrian Kurdish military units affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Ankara considers a terrorist organization. In exchange, Turkey would stop arming rebels fighting the Syrian regime in Aleppo, Syria’s second city, and agree with Russian proposals to designate certain rebel groups as terrorists.
Wait, I mean strengthening our enemies and scaring our allies.
In Obama’s defense…getting Turkey to designate someone besides Israel as terrorists is a step forward.
Rahm’s more of a Clintonista but he is in Obama’s organized community, so let’s blame this on both Obama and Hillary!
…putting in place new standards while walking the gantlet of community activists who think they don’t go far enough and Chicago police who are convinced they’re getting the shaft.
As a result, a mayor typically unafraid to take a victory bow offered a more subdued reaction after a lopsided City Council vote to create a new police misconduct investigation agency with broader powers and empower a new watchdog to make sure the new system doesn’t go awry….
So what’s the new deal gonna be?
Under the plan, the much-maligned Independent Police Review Authority will be replaced by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. The new agency will have greater power to investigate alleged police abuse and the use of deadly force. It also will be able to recommend changes to police policy and procedure.
That’s gonna go well. Chicago cops don’t stand a chance. I do look forward to the changes in police policy and procedure from a bunch of Black Lives Matters activists you know will be running this agency.
The cops are going to be terrified to go after black criminals. So if you’re white and you want to commit a crime, I’d leave Chicago. If you’re black and you want to commit a crime, I’d migrate to Chicago.
In one email, an elementary school teacher noted the “rough treatment” a first grade girl has received from some of the Syrian boys.
We have basically decided to separate [the boys from the girls] because of our lack of success with mitigating the boys’ violent behavior,”…
the principal noted that a first-grade Syrian boy, who — upon finding out his teacher was not a Muslim — said, “You guys don’t believe in God so it would be better to kill you.”
Where do you think 1st graders learned that? I mean, we know it wasn’t from their refugee fathers, they’re just fleeing instability and want to start a new life.
I figure it’s from listening to Trump’s rhetoric.
That’s in Canada, but I’m sure we’re having similar problems that are being hidden. We’ll find out after the first, or maybe third or fourth time, a 1st grader rapes a classmate for not wearing a bag over her body or maybe a 2nd grader honor killing his 1st grade sister for having a boyfriend.
Tsar Putin I would be funny if we had a competent POTUS.
Date-rape drugs were slipped into the drinks of two U.S. diplomats while they attended a UN conference in Russia last year – and the incident is part of a troubling pattern of harassment of American officials, according to a published report.(emphasis me V)
The diplomats – a male and a female – were unwinding at a St. Petersburg bar after attending a UN anti-corruption conference last November when they suddenly fell ill, according to Radio Free Europe.
Poisoning enemies is an old middle-ages remedy to enemies. Notice it’s “part of a pattern”, Putin must have gotten all of Obama’s lunch money so now he’s smacking him with his own hand saying, “Stop hitting yourself”.
This bit takes it that little bit crazier that we expect from Tsar Putin I
One of the two went into a delirium and was taken to a medical clinic – but the electricity suddenly went out and doctors were unable to obtain necessary tissue samples and blood. By the time the official was flown to another country for further medical treatment, it was too late to gather samples, said the report.
They shut off the power to a clinic. That’s hilarious.
Or would be if our POTUS wasn’t such a dipshit who has no idea how to be forceful on the international stage. He knows how to draw red lines but when people ignore him, he doesn’t know what to do except blame the GOP (or Trump).
So is this Bush’ fault, as Obama would have you believe?
the State Department suggested the current harassment has been going on since 2014.
Hmmmm, now what happened in 2014? Eh, who cares. It was probably something stupid like one of his red lines or maybe Putin got mad because Obama sold secrets to China that he had already promised to Russia.
Other mischief includes water faucets that have been mysteriously turned on in the apartments of US diplomats while they were away. On at least two occasions, diplomats have found human excrement on their floors.
So they’re saying, “We’re home-invading your diplomats’ homes and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
I’m not saying we should nuke St. Petersburg (although we should), but there has to some effective response we could have made. If only our POTUS hadn’t retired 20 minutes after his reelection.
Somehow, I don’t think this is exactly what MLK was hoping for when he wanted people to be judged on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.
Former Washington state NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who was criticized last year for passing herself off as black, has been tapped to speak at a North Carolina Martin Luther King Day celebration in January.
Cuz the content of that twit’s character is shallow, stupid and full of lefty-idiocies.
I do wonder when we’ll first hear a joke about how they used a white woman so the cops wouldn’t shoot her.
A vicar tried one of those inspirational sign and gave us a win for the ages.
And by “ages”, I mean, “ages 13-17”.