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"Trump can't keep going after everybody who attacks him."
-- Megyn Kelly after the FOX GOP primary debate August 6, 2015
• Donald Trump Slams Virginia GOP Requiring Voter Pledge, ‘Controlled by the RNC’ / Breitbart, 2015.12.28
"GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is slamming the Republican Party of Virginia for requiring that primary voters sign a statement to confirm that they are Republicans."
• Trump: Virginia GOP Loyalty Oath 'Stupid' / Newsmax, 2015.12.28
• Neocons Threaten to Start New Party if Trump Wins GOP Nomination / InfoWars, 2015.12.22
"On Monday the guiding light of the neocon faction of the Republican party, Bill Kristol, said a third party will be required if Donald Trump wins the GOP nomination."
• Neocons and GOPe Survive a Liberal In The White House But Not A Conservative /
• Trump Was Right About TPP Benefiting China / The Intercept, 2015.11.15
"Donald Trump lambasted the Trans-Pacific Partnership at Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate, contending that China would use it to “take advantage of everyone” — generating snickers from journalists and a withering refutation from Rand Paul, who said “we might want to point out that China is not part of this deal.”
"But Trump never suggested that China was part of the TPP, only that the country would “come in, as they always do, through the back door” of the agreement. And he was right.
"The TPP does indeed allow China and other non-members to reap benefits from the deal without having to abide by any of its terms.
"Here’s how it works ..."
• VIDEO: Ben Carson in His Own Words
Screen shot from YouTube video.
• Secret Service to Protect Trump, Carson as Threats Grow / NewsMax, 2015.10.17
"The Secret Service will give agent protection to Ben Carson and Donald Trump while heavily upgrading Hillary Clinton's existing detail, a Washington source close to the agency’s plans confirmed to Newsmax.
"The deployment of agents around Republican candidates Trump and Carson is set to begin as early as next week. Approximately two dozen agents will be assigned to each candidate.
"... The agency's decision was primarily triggered by a significant number of threats to Carson, including death threats and terrorist chatter, the source said.
"The threats to the retired pediatric neurosurgeon have been "off the charts," the source said.
"... Newsmax has learned that the Secret Service and other federal agencies, including the FBI, became increasingly alarmed in recent weeks as their own monitoring activities indicated that Carson faced serious danger."
• Trump: Mid East Could Be Safer With Hussein, Gaddafi, Stronger Assad / Sputnik, 2015.10.03
""You can make the case, if you look at Libya, look at what we did there — it's a mess — if you look at Saddam Hussein with Iraq, look what we did there — it's a mess — it's [Syria] going to be same thing," Trump told NBC’s Meet the Press.
"‘You’re Going Back, if I Win’: Trump to Kick Syrian Refugees Out of US if He Gets Elected
"He added that Washington was helping in Syria to people who were “maybe worse than Assad.”"
• Russian airstrikes in Syria 'OK' with Trump / cnn.com, 2015.10.01
• Kate Steinle’s parents file legal claims against San Francisco, federal officials, in pier shooting death / New York Daily News, September 1, 2015
"Kate Steinle's parents announced Tuesday they had filed legal claims against San Francisco and federal officials in connection to their daughter’s death, which sparked fierce national debate about immigration policies.
""We're here not only for Kate, we're here for every citizen of this country who comes to San Francisco," said Jim Steinle, Kate's father. "If you think this can't happen to you, think again.
"Speaking to acrowd of reporters, Jim and his wife, Liz Sullivan, were joined by their son, Brad Steinle. The family said it had filed claims against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, whose stolen gun was used in the shooting, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
"... Her alleged killer, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a 45-year-old Mexican national, had been deported five times for multiple felonies. He had been held in a San Francisco jail in April and released when the charges were dropped because of the city's "sanctuary laws."
• Social media erupts as ‘left-wing racist’ Jorge Ramos calls Kate’s Law ‘unfair’ to illegals / bizpacreview.com, August 30, 2015
"Jorge Ramos, the illegal immigration activist who masquerades as a journalist, came out against a law named in honor of a woman killed by an illegal alien who’d been deported from the country five times — and returned every time.
"Speaking to CNN’s Brian Stelter in an interview to air Sunday on “Reliable Sources,” the Univision anchor declared Kate’s Law, which dictates that a deported illegal alien caught sneaking back in the country, would receive a mandatory five-year prison sentence, is unfair.
"“I think it is unfair that because one undocumented immigrants killed a wonderful human being, that all immigrants are being blamed for that killing,” he said. “It is so unfair.”
"Ramos is, as usual, confusing all immigrants with illegal immigrants.
"“It is completely unfair to criticize millions of people for what one or two people have done,” he said.
"... Social media, meanwhile, was enraged by Ramos’s take on the law."
• Is Trumpism the 'New Nationalism'? / Pat Buchanan at WND, August 24, 2015
"One never hears Trump discuss the architecture of our rules-based global economy. Rather, he speaks of Mexico, China and Japan as tough rivals, not “trade partners,” smart antagonists who need to face tough American negotiators who will kick their butts.
"They took our jobs and factories; now we are going to take them back. And if that Ford plant stays in Mexico, then Ford will have to climb a 35-percent tariff wall to get its trucks and cars back into the USA.
"Trump to Ford: Bring that factory back to Michigan!
"... Trump also seems to be saying that foreign regimes are freeloading off the U.S. defense budget and U.S. military.
"He asks why rich Germans aren’t in the vanguard in the Ukraine crisis. Why do South Koreans, with an economy 40 times that of the North and a population twice as large, need U.S. troops on the DMZ?
"“What’s in it for us?” he seems ever to be asking.
"... He looks on foreign trade much as did 19th-century Republicans.
"They saw America as the emerging world power and Britain as the nation to beat, as China sees us today. Those Americans used tariffs, both to force foreigners to pay to build our country, and to keep British imports at a price disadvantage in the USA.
"... Whatever becomes of Trump the candidate, Trumpism, i.e., economic and foreign policy nationalism, appears ascendant."
• TRUMP POSITION: Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again / donaldjtrump.com, August 16, 2015
"The three core principles of Donald J. Trump's immigration plan
"When politicians talk about “immigration reform” they mean: amnesty, cheap labor and open borders. The Schumer-Rubio immigration bill was nothing more than a giveaway to the corporate patrons who run both parties.
"Real immigration reform puts the needs of working people first – not wealthy globetrotting donors. We are the only country in the world whose immigration system puts the needs of other nations ahead of our own. That must change. Here are the three core principles of real immigration reform:
"1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.
"2. A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.
"3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans."
See link for full statement.
• Jeff Sessions: Donald Trump’s Immigration Policy Is ‘Exactly the Plan America Needs’ / Breitbart, August 16, 2015
"Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the intellectual leader of the conservative movement and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, issued a statement on Sunday afternoon praising 2016 Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s immigration policy plan for America.
"“This is exactly the plan America needs,” Sessions said in response to Trump’s plan. “Not only would the plan outlined in this paper work, but more quickly than many realize.
"“Most importantly, this plan reestablishes the principle that American’s immigration laws should serve the interests of its own citizens.
"“For too long, ‘immigration reform’ plans in Washington have served the special interests at the expense of working Americans. By contrast, this plan puts the needs of working Americans foremost, and develops an effective strategy for improving their wages and job prospects.
"“Crucially, this plan includes an emphasis on lifting struggling minority communities, including our immigrant communities, out of poverty — by preventing corporations from bringing in new workers from overseas to replace them and drive down wages.
"“When the labor market is oversupplied, it tilts the balance of power away form workers and towards employers. In combination with a smart, fair trade policy this proposal would reinvigorate the middle class.
"“Polling shows this plan will appeal broadly to all segments of the electorate: prioritizing the just demands of loyal, everyday Americans who have been shunned by a governing elite.”
"Trump’s plan is designed to put American workers first, and calls for halting of green cards until Americans are employed again—and pushes for a significant slowdown in the issuance of donor-class-craved H-1B visas, which have been used by many companies like Disney and Southern California Edison among others to replace Americans with cheaper, foreign workers.
"Trump consulted Sessions in putting together the plan, and now that he has the support of such an influential lawmaker who’s the key leader in Congress on this issue, it’s unlikely that anyone will ever be able to legitimately criticize him for lack of substance again."
• Game Change: Trump Consults with Sen Jeff Sessions on Immigration Strategy / Breitbart, August 14, 2015
"In what may be the most important development in the 2016 Presidential race to date, Donald Trump has announced, and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) (Twitter) office has confirmed, that the GOP front-runner is consulting with the Alabama Senator in crafting his immigration plan for the future of America.
"... Sen. Sessions, Chairman of the Senate’s Immigration Subcommittee, is widely regarded as the gold standard on immigration. Sessions has also become the intellectual thought leader in the Republican Party on appealing to the blue collar voters who have been abandoned by their political leaders.
"For instance, Sen. Sessions recently led the fight against Obamatrade, issuing one in-depth report after another about its effects on working families.
"... The Washington Post reports:
"Donald Trump will unveil a series of position papers in early September, he said in an interview Friday, beginning with a plan to address immigration policy that was crafted with the counsel of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), a favorite of conservative activists and an outspoken border hawk…
"Sen. Sessions’ spokesman Stephen Miller told The Post:
"Senator Sessions enjoyed the opportunity to speak with Mr. Trump. The senator believes the defining issues in 2016 will be how to earn the trust of struggling workers, and how to develop trade and immigration policies that serve their interests.
"Trump told The Post that he holds the Alabama Senator in extremely high regard: “I like him… Tough guy. I like that. We have a similar thought process.”
"... Sessions released an immigration handbook, a content-rich 25- page document for incoming freshmen Congressmen and women. The handbook provided a roadmap documenting the collapse of interior enforcement, the rampant abuses of the H-1B visa by large corporations, and the record issuances of green cards that is pulling down wages. To stitch together the case that unprecedented flows of immigration are devastating wages and putting American middle class dreams out of reach, Sessions cites analysis from Harvard Professor George Borjas, Georgetown professor Eric Gould, Howard University’s Ron Hira, UC Davis’s Norm Matloff, as well as raw data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau.
"Following Microsoft’s announcement that it was firing 18,000 workers, Sen. Sessions took to the Senate floor to expose Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Sheldon Adelson for continuing to push for more H-1Bs and cheap labor while laying off American workers.
"... In his now-famous immigration speech on the Senate floor last year–known as his Masters of the Universe speech, in which he directly took on billionaire and immigration expansionist Mark Zuckerberg, Sessions declared:
"One of the groups that have joined the chorus of special interests demanding executive action on immigration is FWD.us, run by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ... Well, the “masters of the universe” are very fond of open borders as long as these open borders don’t extend to their gated compounds and fenced-off estates… The job of elected officials is to answer to the people who sent them to Washington — not to scorn them, not to demean them, not to mock them, and not to sell their jobs and dreams to the highest bidder.
"In response to this story, Sen. Sessions’ spokesperson told Breitbart News, “The key to winning in 2016 is proving to the working men and women of the country that you will serve their needs – not the needs of the political class– first and always.”
"Donald Trump has long been a conservative favorite for his tough stance on immigration and trade and his message that we need to bring jobs back to the United States of America and put the needs of the American people first. A continued emphasis on this message and consultation with Sen. Sessions will send a resounding signal to millions of blue collar American voters across the country that a vote for Trump may be their best chance at regaining control over their collapsing economic futures."
• GOP elites plot to purge Trump / Patrick J. Buchanan for WND, August 13, 2015
"... there is a plot afoot in the Washington Post Conservative Club to purge Trump from the Republican Party before the primaries begin.
"... But if the GOP has no room for Trump’s followers, it has no future. For there simply aren’t that many chamber-of-commerce and country-club Republicans.
"... the leading establishment candidate of the Republican Party elites, in national polls and cash raised, is Jeb Bush, who took five days to concede the war his brother started may have been a mistake.
"And the leading candidate of the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, voted for the war that proved a disaster and against the surge that staved off the disaster until the Americans departed.
"Our Beltway elites are demanding that Trump apologize for his remarks about women. But when have they apologized for having inflicted this disaster upon our nation and the Middle East?
"Trump should tell the GOP, in the neocons’ favorite phrase, “All options are on the table.” And that includes the Samson Option.
"Trump should tell the GOP that if it disrespects him and his followers, then he is prepared to do as did the biblical hero Samson, when, blinded and mocked by the Philistines, he pushed the pillars apart and brought the temple down upon the heads of them all.
"The Republican establishment will understand that."
• FOX News & Rupert Murdoch are the fox in the 'conservative' hen house
We'll list some of the ways in the coming days.
• Nothing Unites Special Interests Like a Common Enemy ... / by sundance , July 30, 2015 [Seven days before the FOX GOP debate]
GOPe hierarchy survives loss to liberal Dems but not to a conservative inside the GOP
"... before you can see what’s going on – you first have to be willing to see what’s going on.
"Those who can accept the painful truth without agenda, have read the reason why I find myself supporting Donald Trump. I personally support him as a strategy to defeat the professional political class that is Washington DC. Conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin put it well recently when he shared:
"If the hierarchy within the republican party loses an election to Democrats it’s only a lost election; they are still there, and still comfortable even in the minority.
"That’s why the professional political class within the republican party, the GOPe, are more at risk from within than without. That’s also why the GOPe work harder to defeat conservatives than democrats.
"However, if the hierarchy within the republican party loses an election to Conservatives, they are out of a job."
"When you accept this simple truth you are able to accept the reality that unorthodox political methods are necessary in order to defeat the GOPe. That very unorthodoxy is what makes Donald Trump so valuable. Trump is the pry-bar to remove the rot within the GOPe. Similarly the lack of establishment bona fides also makes Trump a risk, and therefore a target.
"On the day Trump announced his candidacy, we stated the NUMBER ONE JOB was to insure Trump knew he held support from the conservative electorate. As we enter this most dangerous phase, the phase where the GOPe takes lead on the attack, that supportive sentiment takes on an even greater sense of urgency.
"... The GOPe approach -eliminating Trump- is dependent upon divisiveness as a tool, until they can get their guy into place. Then the GOPe will demand unity to support their guy. Mr. Donald Trump would be well served to avoid giving the GOPe the tool they want.
"... The historical approach has always been for the GOPe to begin pitching “social issue” questions to the guy they want removed. Questions about legalized drugs get the libertarians; questions about gender issues target women; questions about abortion and faith target evangelicals; etc. These approaches are all specifically targeted and intended to remove a segment of support. Political death by a thousand paper cuts.
"... Dividing/Fracturing the electorate is part of the strategy to get to Jeb as overall winner with 15% of the electorate.
"Losing to a Democrat (Hillary) keeps the GOP employed. Losing to a conservative, or to a main street non-political like Trump, removes them.
"Megyn Kelly announced last night she has a scheduled interview with Donald Trump on Monday August 3rd. Two days earlier Megyn Kelly interrupted her FOX News broadcast live to deliver the BREAKING Daily Beast article attack about Trump and ridiculous rape allegations.
"... It would appear [Megyn] Kelly has an interest in spotlighting Trump around an inferred position of sexism. This is transparently not accidental.
"... Yesterday [July 29, eight days before the FOX GOP debate], an early warning flare was spotted disappearing over the political horizon when Donald Trump said the Republican Party leadership had contacted him recently to work on a “better relationship”.
"'A Better Relationship'? Danger Will Robinson, danger."
• Trump tells Bush: 'You're fired' (because of Iraq) / theage.com.au, July 13, 2004
• Donald Trump Schools Whiny Brit - "Crimea is Your Problem, Not Ours" (Video) / Russia Insider, August 6, 2015
"The Donald seems to have a knack for saying what the public wants, and he has been consistent in his position that kicking up a rumpus with Russia is dumb, and he would improve relations with Russia if elected.
"... 'Let me explain first of all — this is Europe’s problem much more than ours, OK?' Trump told CNN during a trip to Scotland.
"'And Europe isn’t complaining as much as we are. But this is more of a Europe problem,' Trump continued. 'And when Europe comes to us and says, ‘We want your help, we want your help,’ but they’re not really doing that. They’re dealing with Russia, they’re taking in the gas, they’re taking in the oil — they’re not really doing that. And you know, we’re making a big deal out of it.'
"'But why isn’t Germany leading this one?' Trump asked. 'You know Germany is a very rich, very powerful nation. Why aren’t they dealing on it more so? Everything the United States — we’re like the policeman of the world.'"
• Ancestry of Donald Trump / By Kimberly Powell, Genealogy Expert, genealogy.about.com
• TIME TO GET TOUGH: Trump’s Blockbuster Policy Manifesto / Breitbart, July 12, 2015
"The Washington Establishment’s increasing angst and opposition to billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy is predicated on the notion that his highly-quotable catchphrases—“Take the oil!” or “Build a wall!”—lack substantive policy prescriptions to back them up. In short, the RINO caucus’ knock on Trump is that his solutions are unserious, unmeasured, quixotic.
"Yet if the chattering class fears Trump’s recent surge in the polls, they will go into panic-filled paroxysms when they read Trump’s smart and serious bestseller, Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again.
"... Backed up with nearly 250 endnotes, citing everything from Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports to Sherman Antitrust Act amendments to the Theory of Moral Sentiments, Trump’s book clearly lays out serious policy solutions to vexing U.S. problems. Welfare reform, cyberwarfare, energy, illegal immigration and crime, taxes, healthcare, national defense—you name it, Trump offers his plans, often including specific bills and amendments. Best of all, Trump does it all in his refreshingly blunt and authentic voice—the very voice now resonating with a citizenry fed up with the Political Class and its conceits.
"Indeed, vestiges of the GOP Establishment, like Karl Rove aide Peter Wehner, have slyly chosen to aim the bulk of their barbs against Trump at his bumpersticker-style catchphrases or decades-old statements, not the factual policy discussions he offers in Time to Get Tough.
"Detailed, innovative, and smart, Time to Get Tough rivals all other GOP presidential candidates’ books in both specificity and serious policy proposals. It’s a book to be read by conservatives and feared by Trump’s detractors."
• In 1988, Oprah Asked Donald Trump If He'd Ever Run For President. Here's How He Replied. / VIDEO: Huffington Post, July 22, 2015
"Long before The Donald officially kicked off his polarizing 2016 run and became the Republican frontrunner, Oprah asked the business tycoon about his political aspirations on a 1988 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show."
• Bush, Walker Paul in, Trump out of Voters First forum / UNION LEADER, July 22, 2015
"... Candidate Trump bowed out because, an aide said, he was upset with a Union Leader editorial this week that mocked him for saying that U.S. Sen. John McCain was not a war hero."
• Rupert Murdoch Wants to Stop Donald Trump, But First He’s Got to Rein In Roger Ailes / Daily Intelligencer, July 22, 2015
"This morning’s New York Times gives front-page treatment to the billionaire grudge match that has become a major story line in this year’s (already) fractious GOP primary. The piece ... chronicles Murdoch’s intensifying efforts over the past week to blunt Trump’s surge to the top of the crowded GOP field.
"... One reason Murdoch is taking to social media and deploying his publishing properties to attack Trump may be the simple fact that he hasn’t been able to control his most powerful media organ: Fox News. According to sources, Murdoch has tried — and failed — to rein in Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, who, insiders say, is pushing Fox to defend Trump’s most outlandish comments. This week, Ailes told his senior executives during a meeting that Murdoch recently called him and asked if Fox could “back off the Trump coverage,” a source told me. Ailes is said to have boasted to his executives that he told Murdoch he was covering Trump “the way he wanted to.” The implication was that he wasn’t going to budge.
"... according to sources, the channel's personalities are taking an active role in aiding Trump, both on- and off-camera. One source explained that Ailes has instructed The Five co-host Eric Bolling to defend Trump on air. A review of Bolling’s comments shows that over the past week, he’s gone to bat for Trump numerous times. Last Friday, for example, Bolling complained that conservatives shouldn’t be criticizing the real-estate mogul. “There's a problem in America, and it's not Donald Trump,” Bolling declared."
• Don't Make Donald Mad / American Thinker, July 23, 2015
"In the “pre-Trumped” era, the group I’ll refer to as “the cabal” (GOP establishment [GOPe], media, and Democrats) lobbed nukes at conservatives at will with no fear of retaliation. This cabal routinely embarks on scorched-earth campaigns against conservatives to destroy any opposition. There’s never any fear of significant damage to their own troops, because they are bullies who prey on the weak, unarmed, and poorly matched.
"But then Donald Trump came on the scene – a guy who dropped the knife and brought a gun to a gunfight. It’s hilarious to watch the cabal go down time after time, to see them hesitate to attack the Donald because they risk getting their own aristocratic butts kicked. Sure, they’re still talking about Trump, how crass and unpolished the man is, but they’ve gone from trying to shout him down to using their indoor voices, from all-out attacks in broad daylight to midnight raids."
• Revenge of the Radical Middle: Why Donald Trump Isn’t Going Away / Free Beacon, July 24, 2015
"... Well, here we are again, at the beginning of a presidential campaign in which the Republican Party, having lost its hold on the radical middle, is terrified of the electoral consequences. The supporters of Reagan and Perot, of Gingrich and Pat Buchanan, have found another aging billionaire in whom to place their fears and anxieties, their nostalgia and love of country, their disgust with the political and cultural elite, their trepidation at what our nation is becoming.
"A brash showboat and celebrity, self-promoter and controversialist, silly and mocking, a caricature of a caricature, Donald Trump is no one’s idea of a serious presidential candidate. Which is exactly why the radical middle finds him refreshing. Not an iota of him is politically correct, he plays by no rules of comity or civility, he genuflects to no party or institution, he is unafraid of and antagonistic toward the media, and he challenges the conventional wisdom of both parties, which holds that there is no real cost to illegal immigration and to trade with China.
"Trump’s foreign policy, such as it is, is like Perot’s directed not toward Eurasia but our southern border.
"... The men and women in the uppermost ranks of the party, who have stood by Trump in the past as he gave them his endorsements and cash, are inclined to condescend to a large portion of the Republican base, to treat base voters’ concerns as unserious, nativist, racist, sexist, anachronistic, or nuts, to apologize for the “crazies” who fail to understand why America can build small cities in Iraq and Afghanistan but not a wall along the southern border ... who stare incomprehensibly at the television screen when the media fail to see a “motive” for the Chattanooga shooting, who voted for Perot in ’92 and Buchanan in ’96 and Sarah Palin in ’08 and joined the Tea Party to fight death panels in ’09.
"These voters ... make a distinction between deserved benefits like Social Security and Medicare and undeserved ones like welfare and food stamps, their patriotism is real and nationalistic and skeptical of foreign entanglement ... What unites them is opposition to elites in government, finance, culture, journalism; their search for a vehicle—whether it’s a political party or an outspoken publicity maven—that will displace the managers and technocrats and restore the America of old.
"... Our political commentary is confused because it conceives of the Republican Party as a top-down entity. It’s not. There are two Republican parties, an elite party of the corporate upper crust and meritocratic winners that sits atop a mass party of whites without college degrees whose worldviews and experiences and ambitions could not be more different from their social and economic betters. The former party enjoys the votes of the latter one, but those votes are not guaranteed. What so worries the GOP about Donald Trump is that he, like Ross Perot, has the resources and ego to rend the two parties apart. If history repeats itself, it will be because the Republican elite was so preoccupied with its own economic and ideological commitments that it failed to pay attention the needs and desires of millions of its voters.
"... When the salient GOP accomplishment of 2015 will be granting President Obama Trade Promotion Authority, when the leading Republican candidates for president are telling donors they will push for comprehensive immigration reform when in office ... when it is sometimes hard to determine what they believe in beyond their own ambition, how is it surprising that a not insignificant portion of the grassroots, along with some people who normally do not pay attention to politics, are supportive of or intrigued by the outspoken and entertaining Donald Trump?
• GOP's nightmare: An Independent Donald Trump / CNN, July 24, 2015
"Republicans dreaming of shooing away Donald Trump may want to think twice.
"By publicly rebuking the billionaire businessman for his inflammatory comments, the party may convince Trump to launch a third-party candidacy."
• 'I love Latinos,' says Trump at US-Mexico border / AFP, July 23, 2015
"... [Trump] flew into the border town of Laredo ... Laredo's population is 95.6 percent Hispanic or Latino.
"... He said he had been "surprised" by how warmly he was received despite spending barely two hours on the ground. Laredo officials appeared delighted to have a celebrity in their midst.
"'It's a pleasure,' said Laredo mayor Pete Saenz. 'The excitement that he brings is also very on the plus side for our city.'
"... The border patrol union, who initially invited Trump, announced a boycott at the eleventh hour following what it called 'careful consideration of all the factors involved.'
"But the local branch of the National Border Patrol Council said it 'does not endorse candidates for any political office.'
"'Make no mistake, our border with Mexico is not secure and there's no doubt that we need to have an honest discussion about that,' it added.
"An unfazed Trump claimed the union had been silenced by bosses in Washington.
"'They're petrified and afraid of saying what's happening,' he said. 'They have a real problem here... they invited me and then all of a sudden they were told 'silencio.'"
• Donald Trump Shouts Down MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart During Border Presser [VIDEO] / Daily Caller, July 23, 2015
• Trump: 'I think I'll get the nomination' [VIDEO] / The Hill, July 23, 2015
"Businessman Donald Trump predicted Thursday that he would secure the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, playing down the suggestion he might run as a third-party candidate.
"'I want to run as a Republican. I think I'll get the nomination,' Trump said in Laredo, Texas, during a nationally televised speech amid his trip to the southern border.
"'I'm a Republican, I'm a conservative,' Trump said, touting his recent polling figures.
"'The best way to win is for me to get the nomination,' Trump said."
• Trump: McCain has abandoned our veterans. I will fight for them. / Donald Trump opinion in USA Today, July 19, 2015
"John McCain has called his own constituents who want a secure border “crazies.” No one in the news media or the establishment, including the Republican National Committee, criticized the senator for those comments. Now, as respected reporter Sharyl Attkisson has proved point by point, the news media are also distorting my words. But that is not my point. McCain the politician has failed the state of Arizona and the country.
"... Our Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals are outdated dumps ... The current medical assistance to our veterans is a disaster ... Thanks to McCain and his Senate colleague Bernie Sanders, their legislation to cover up the VA scandal, in which 1,000+ veterans died waiting for medical care, made sure no one has been punished, charged, jailed, fined or held responsible. McCain has abandoned our veterans. I will fight for them.
"The reality is that John McCain the politician has made America less safe, sent our brave soldiers into wrong-headed foreign adventures, covered up for President Obama with the VA scandal and has spent most of his time in the Senate pushing amnesty. He would rather protect the Iraqi border than Arizona’s.
"A number of my competitors for the Republican nomination have no business running for president. I do not need to be lectured by any of them. Many are failed politicians or people who would be unable to succeed in the private sector. Some, however, I have great respect for.
"... I will continue to fight to secure our border and take care of our veterans because these steps are vital to make America great again!"
• Donald Trump Heading to Texas Border / Breitbart, 21 Jul 2015
"Breitbart Texas has learned that 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is heading to the Texas-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at the current border security situation. Trump is expected to meet with Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector.
"'We look forward to giving Mr. Trump a boots on the ground perspective on the Laredo Sector of the Texas-Mexico Border,' said National Border Patrol Council, Local 2455 President Hector Garza. 'Mr. Trump is expected to be in Laredo later in the week.'
"Garza told Breitbart Texas that following the border tour, Trump will have a town hall style meeting where law enforcement officers will be invited to provide feedback on their perspective of the border situation.
"Breitbart Texas Managing Director Brandon Darby worked with Agent Garza to prepare for Trump’s border tour. 'It is of utmost importance that possible future leaders of our country visit the border region, especially the Laredo Sector. Most Texans and other Americans hear that the Texas border was secured, but it wasn’t. The Rio Grande Valley Sector was supplemented with manpower from the State of Texas, but that mostly stopped where that sector ended and the Laredo Sector begins.' Darby added, 'Mr. Trump will learn firsthand of the many holes and vulnerabilities that the Los Zetas cartel exploits to enter Texas and oppress their victims.'
"... Agent Garza added, 'Breitbart Texas has been instrumental in making sure that the voices and experiences of Border Patrol agents in the Laredo Sector have been heard. We appreciate Mr. Trump and anyone else with such a platform who takes the time to hear what we are experiencing and seeing at the border. We assure you that the reality is far different from what the federal government is telling the public.'"
• Trump threatens third-party run / The Hill, July 23, 2015
"Donald Trump says the chances that he will launch a third-party White House run will “absolutely” increase if the Republican National Committee is unfair to him during the 2016 primary season.
"'The RNC has not been supportive. They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy ... The RNC has been, I think, very foolish ... I’ll have to see how I’m being treated by the Republicans ... Absolutely, if they’re not fair, that would be a factor.'
"... 'I’m not in the gang. I’m not in the group where the group does whatever it’s supposed to do ... I want to do what’s right for the country — not what’s good for special interest groups that contribute, not what’s good for the lobbyists and the donors.'
"... 'As far as the debate is concerned, these politicians debate every night. That’s all they do is talk. I don’t do that. I do other things. I’m a job creator.'
"' ... He said he’d appoint judges to the Supreme Court with a “conservative bent,” praising Justice Samuel Alito and criticizing Chief Justice John Roberts.
"'Jeb Bush was the one that pushed Roberts through his brother, and Roberts gave us ObamaCare,' Trump said. 'Roberts was a terrible choice. We wouldn’t be talking about ObamaCare right now if we didn’t have Roberts.'
"... 'It’s very hard for a very successful person to run for political office — especially for president ... I get that now more than anything.'"
• Liberal Study Unintentionally Reveals Nationwide Illegal Alien Crime Spree / Breitbart, July 24, 2015
"A report issued by the liberal Migration Policy Institute (MPI) further shreds Chuck Todd’s assertion on NBC’s “Meet The Press” last Sunday that he and his staff, “couldn’t find a single study that links violent crime and immigration.”
"Tucked inside a report about President Obama’s new amnesty is the estimation from this liberal think tank there are 820,000 illegal aliens in the United States with criminal convictions, including 690,000 illegal aliens currently residing on U.S. soil who have been convicted of a felony or “serious” misdemeanor.
"The 820,000 figure is not an estimation of total crimes committed by illegal immigrants—which would be a much higher number—but only those illegal aliens successfully identified, arrested, tried, and convicted."
• Caught on Camera: Illegals Smuggle Drugs Into Laredo Before Trump Visit / InfoWars, July 24, 2015
"As Donald Trump prepared to arrive in Laredo for a tour of the US border, Infowars captured astounding footage which shows illegals sneaking across the Rio Grande river before they frantically throw huge bags of drugs into a vehicle and swim back to Mexico.
• Video: Infowars Catches Border Drug Smuggling Operation On Camera!
• Los Zetas Drug Cartel Linked to US Helicopter Downing / Freedom Beacon, July 24, 2015
"A shooting incident last month that forced a U.S. border patrol helicopter to make an emergency landing near Laredo, Texas, was the work of Mexican drug traffickers, and analysts say the attack highlights growing narcotics trafficking across porous U.S. borders.
"According to U.S. officials familiar with an investigation of the June 5 incident, members of the Los Zetas drug cartel were crossing back into Mexico from the United States when they were spotted by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) helicopter along the Rio Grande River near Laredo.
"The traffickers had finished delivering a shipment of drugs and were returning to Mexico when they were spotted by U.S. agents and opened fired with automatic weapons.
"The helicopter, part of USCBP’s Office of Air and Marine, was struck by gunfire on its side and on the rotor blade. The pilot was forced to make an emergency landing."
• Illegal Immigrant Sex Offenders Are Escaping Deportation, Not Having to Join Sex Offender Registry / Digital Signal, July 24, 2015
"The murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by a seven-time felon and five-time deportee has sparked a nationwide debate about sanctuary cities and immigration policy.
"We recently learned that in one eight-month period in 2014, more than 8,100 deportable aliens were released by sanctuary jurisdictions. Of those, three thousand were felons and 62 percent had a prior criminal record. Nineteen hundred were later rearrested a total of 4,300 times on 7,500 different offenses.
"But this debate over sanctuary policies has brought attention to another horrifying result of the federal government’s refusal to enforce our immigration law: the failure to deport convicted illegal alien sex offenders."
• Trump leads GOP presidential field in new national poll / The Hill, 2015.07.09
"Trump was the preferred GOP nominee for president for 15 percent of respondents — 4 points ahead of former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.) and Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), who were tied for second place.
"... In addition to being the first choice for the majority of likely voters who participated in the poll, Trump was also the primary second choice for those who preferred another candidate as their nominee."
• Donald Trump On The Gop Primary: ‘If I Win, I Will Beat Hillary’ / Breitbart, 2015.07.09
"'It’s been a wild ride. It’s been pretty wild. But the message is getting out there and the polls are looking good, and we’re doing fine. And I’m enjoying it,' said Trump, who shot up in the polls after taking a strong stand against illegal immigration. 'I loved what I was doing before, but this is so important for the country, because politicians are never going to make our country great.'
"On the day he launched his campaign, Trump stated flat out:
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.”
"... 'People want the truth, and they want to hear it straight! They’re tired of listening to politicians who are all talk and no action, and nothing ever gets done,' Trump said. 'And our country’s in big trouble.'
"... Clinton told CNN that she was “very disappointed” in Trump for pointing out the devastating harm illegal immigration does to the U.S. — but not disappointed enough to return some $100,000 Trump donated to the Clinton Foundation ... Asked what he thought of Clinton’s comments to CNN, Trump gave a blistering reply,
"I donate a lot of money to many different people, and many different foundations — but I’m disappointed in her. I’m disappointed that she didn’t give her emails. I’m disappointed that she was the worst Secretary of State in the history of the country. I’m disappointed at her — what happened in Benghazi and lots of other places during her term. I am disappointed in Hillary. During her tenure, I should say. But I’m disappointed in Hillary. So when she says she’s disappointed in me, I’m far more disappointed in her, and so is the American public."
"... 'We’re getting killed on trade, all over the world. Not only with Mexico ... The problem is the leadership in Mexico is so much smarter than our leadership. And the trade deals they’re making are good for Mexico, and bad for the United States. They’re terrible for the United States ... And I believe that’s a factor in Univision, because I think Mexico wanted Univision to do something to get me, even more so than the border, get me to stop talking about the horrible trade deals the United States is making with Mexico, because Mexico is making fortunes with these trade deals, they’re so bad ... So, with me, that won’t happen. Those deals will be the opposite. We’ll bring back jobs from China, from Japan, from Mexico, from all of these countries that are ripping us off. We won’t have bad trade deals anymore. We’ll have the best,' Trump said."
• Illegal Alien Crime Wave in Texas: 611,234 Crimes, 2,993 Murders / PJ Media, July 22, 2015
• Migrants Jump Off Boat, Run Ashore, During Miami Beach Fashion Shoot (VIDEO)
/ browardpalmbeach.com, July 27, 2015
• Infowars Catches Border Drug Smuggling Operation On Camera! / InfoWars, July 22, 2015
• Obama Admin Plans More Executive Action on Immigration / Free Beacon, July 23, 2015
• Obama shielding 80 percent of nation’s illegals from deportation / Washington Times, July 23, 2015
T U R K E Y
Photo credit: attributed to Turkmen rebels in Northern Syria / Southern Turkey
• Web search: Turkey F-16 shoot down Russian SU-24 Syria Novermber 2015
The war against ISIS begins by pushing them back from and out of safe zones in Syria as well as pounding its command, control and weapons depots as targets of opportunity. The war will progress to supply lines and then to the suppliers of ISIS. At that point, the major powers will be squared-up and all pretence will be laid aside. For instance, Turkey's harboring, support and supply of ISIS is now out in the open. To end ISIS, Turkey must be dealt with. Who else will be exposed as Russia pulls back the curtain on this proxy war? And how will Russia strategically deal with the reality of who its fighting? Will it defeat itself in a war of economic attrition by boxing shadows, or will it go for the kill by confronting those actually waging and enabling the war?
• Norwegian Report Determines Turkey Responsible For Buying ISIS Oil / Activist Post, December 24, 2015
• Ankara to send Military Aid to Ukraine, Turkey’s “Volunteer Battalion” to Enforce Crimea Blockade, Act of Aggression against Russia? / Fort Russ, December 27, 2015
"The Defense Ministry of Turkey is providing assistance in Ukraine by creating a volunteer battalion named “Noman of Celebicihan”, said the coordinator of the ‘civil action by blockade of Crimea‘, Lenur Islyamov."
• Turkey Refuses to Withdraw Its Troops From Northern Iraq Despite Ultimatum / Sputnik, December 7, 2015
"In the face of fierce protests from the Iraqi government and the international community, Turkey is refusing to withdraw troops from northern Iraq."
• Syria calls US-led coalition air strike on Assad regime forces an 'act of aggression' / independent.co.uk, December 7, 2015
Why is the US-led coalition allowed in Syria? Did Syria give it permission to wage war in Syria?
"An air strike carried out by the US-led coalition in Syria is reported to have targeted regime forces for the first time, killing at least three soldiers and destroying a number of vehicles.
"The Syrian government said four warplanes bombed its Saega military camp in Deir al-Zor province, describing it as an "act of aggression" by coalition forces.
"According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, 13 more military personnel were wounded in the strike, which it said took place near the town of Ayyash on Sunday evening.
"But while the Syrian foreign ministry said in a statement that it had written to the UN over the incident, a spokesman for the coalition denied it had carried out any air strikes on the area in question."
• 'Great partners': Pentagon rejects Russian evidence of Turkey aiding ISIS / RT, December 2, 2015
" A Pentagon spokesman rejected Russia’s evidence of Turkey’s involvement in oil deals with Islamic State militants, calling Turkey a “great partner” just a day after his boss complained to Congress that Ankara was not fighting ISIS enough.
"“Let me be very clear that we flatly reject any notion that the Turks are somehow working with ISIL,” said Colonel Steve Warren, spokesman for the US-led coalition fighting against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). “That is preposterous and kind of ridiculous. We absolutely, flatly reject that notion.”"
• Russia has ‘more proof’ ISIS oil routed through Turkey, Erdogan says he’ll resign if it’s true / RT, November 30, 2015
"[Vladimir Putin said], “At the moment we have received additional information confirming that that oil from the deposits controlled by Islamic State militants enters Turkish territory on industrial scale ... We have every reason to believe that the decision to down our plane was guided by a desire to ensure security of this oil’s delivery routes to ports where they are shipped in tankers.""
• Logistics 101: Where Does ISIS Get Its Guns? / NEO, 2015.09.06
"The current conflict consuming the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and Syria where the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) is operating and simultaneously fighting and defeating the forces of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran, we are told, is built upon a logistical network based on black market oil and ransom payments.
"... The fighting capacity of ISIS is that of a nation-state. It controls vast swaths of territory straddling both Syria and Iraq and not only is able to militarily defend and expand from this territory, but possesses the resources to occupy it, including the resources to administer the populations subjugated within it.
"... And were ISIS’ supply lines solely confined within Syrian and Iraqi territory, then surely both Syrian and Iraqi forces would utilize their one advantage – air power – to cut front line ISIS fighters from the source of their supplies. But this is not happening and there is a good reason why.
"... Terrorists and weapons left over from NATO’s intervention in Libya in 2011 were promptly sent to Turkey and then onto Syria – coordinated by US State Department officials and intelligence agencies in Benghazi – a terrorist hotbed for decades.
"ISIS’ supply lines run precisely where Syrian and Iraqi air power cannot go. To the north and into NATO-member Turkey, and to the southwest into US allies Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Beyond these borders exists a logistical network that spans a region including both Eastern Europe and North Africa."
• VIDEO: Turkey: IS Supply Channels | Focus on Europe / DW: Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster, Nov 27, 2014
• Turkish president warns Russia not to 'play with fire' after Putin suggested Su-24 jet was shot down after America passed on details of its flight path / dailymail.co.uk, November 26, 2015
"Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan has warned Russia 'not to play with fire' after Vladimir Putin suggested the Su-24 jet was shot down after the U.S passed on details of its flight path.
"... [Russian president Vladimir Putin said], 'The American side, which leads the coalition that Turkey belongs to, knew about the location and time of our planes' flights, and we were hit exactly there and at that time.
"'Why did we pass this information to the Americans? Either they were not controlling what their allies were doing, or they are leaking this information all over the place.'
"... 'They [our planes] have identification signs and these are well visible. Instead of... ensuring this never happens again, we are hearing unintelligible explanations and statements that there is nothing to apologise about.'
"... 'Vehicles, carring oil, lined up in a chain going beyond the horizon resembling a living oil pipe ... Day and night they are going to Turkey. Trucks always go there loaded, and back from there - empty ... We assume that the top political leadership of Turkey might not know anything about this [illegal oil trade]. Hard to believe, but it is theoretically possible.'
"... 'We didn't even think that we could receive a strike from a party that we thought to be our partner ... If we thought of this before, we would have established the systems capable to protect our aircraft ... The reason we didn't do this is because we thought Turkey to be a friendly country.'
"... [Erdogan said], 'Those who carry out a military campaign with the pretext of fighting Daesh are targeting anti-regime opponents ... You say you are fighting Daesh [ISIS/IS/ISIL]. Excuse me, but you are not fighting Daesh. You are killing our Turkmen kinsmen hand-in-hand with the regime in order to clear areas north of Latakia.'"
• Putin slams US for not controlling Turkey's actions in the downing of its jet over Syria / ibtimes.co.uk, November 27, 2015
"Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned they will halt cooperation with the US-led coalition fighting against the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria if its military is targeted again. Referring to the downing of its jet by Turkey as "unacceptable", he slammed the US for failing to control its allies.
"Putin said: "Why did we pass this information to the Americans? Either they were not controlling what their allies were doing, or they are leaking this information all over the place ... We are ready to cooperate with the coalition which is led by the United States. But of course incidents like the destruction of our aircraft and the deaths of our servicemen ... are absolutely unacceptable. And we proceed from the position that there will be no repeat of this, otherwise we'll have no need of cooperation with anybody, any coalition, any country.""
• US knew flight path of plane downed by Turkey: Putin / AFP, November 26, 2015
"President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia had given prior information to the United States of the flight path of the plane downed by Turkey on the Syrian border.
""The American side, which leads the coalition that Turkey belongs to, knew about the location and time of our planes' flights, and we were hit exactly there and at that time," Putin said at a joint press conference with French counterpart Francois Hollande in the Kremlin.
"... Putin on Thursday dismissed as "rubbish" Turkey's claim that it would not have shot down the jet if it had known it was Russian.
""They [our planes] have identification signs and these are well visible," Putin said. "Instead of [...] ensuring this never happens again, we are hearing unintelligible explanations and statements that there is nothing to apologise about."
"... Putin said there was "no doubt" that oil from "terrorist-controlled" territory in Syria was making its way across the border into Turkey.
""We see from the sky where these vehicles [carrying oil] are going," Putin said. "They are going to Turkey day and night."
""These barrels are not only carrying oil but also the blood of our citizens because with this money terrorists buy weapons and ammunition and then organise bloody attacks," he added."
• ‘Commercial scale’ oil smuggling into Turkey becomes priority target of anti-ISIS strikes / RT, November 27, 2015
"Islamic State’s daring and impudent oil smuggling into Turkey should become a high-priority target in order to cripple the terrorist group, President Putin said, backed by French President Francois Hollande. Both agree that the source of terrorist financing must be hit first and foremost.
"... “Vehicles, carrying oil, lined up in a chain going beyond the horizon,” said Putin ... The views resemble a “living oil pipe” stretched from ISIS and rebel controlled areas of Syria into Turkey, the Russian President stressed. “Day and night they are going to Turkey. Trucks always go there loaded, and back from there – empty.”
"... “Those who claim we buy oil from Daesh [ISIS] are obliged to prove it,” [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan said earlier on Thursday in an attempt to shift the blame for ISIS oil profits onto Damascus."
• US to pull Patriot anti-air missiles from Turkey / RT, November 17, 2015
"The US has followed in Germany’s footsteps, announcing that it will not be renewing its Patriot defense system in Turkey once it expires in October. The anti-air missile units will be shipped home for upgrades.
"“The United States has informed the Turkish government that the US deployment of Patriot air and missile defense units in Turkey which expires in October will not be renewed beyond the end of the current rotation,” said the message posted on the US Embassy in Turkey’s website.
"... The decision was made a day after fellow NATO member Germany announced the withdrawal of its own missile defense systems from Turkey. Germany cited a “low ballistic missile threat,” as well as the “high costs of the mission,” as reasons for the pull out.
"The NATO allies deployed the air-defense systems in Turkey in 2013 after Ankara requested them to counter potential attacks from Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces in Syria."
• Erdogan: Downing of Turkish jet with S-400 missile would mean aggression / apa.az, November 27, 2015
"Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the remarks in a statement to CNN International of the possibility of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system targeting Turkish warplanes in case they enter Syrian airspace.
"Erdogan did not rule out the possibility of such an incident.
"“In this case Turkey will be forced to take measures that will certainly not be discussed. And of course it would be an aggression against our rights of sovereignty and it’s the natural right of the state to protect those rights. We do not want to see any escalation of the situation in the region. We do not want to become a party to that. But those who side with Syria and escalate the tension, I think, are the responsible parties to this,” the Turkish president stressed."
• Russian S-400 Missile Defense System Deployed in Syria / Sputnik, November 26, 2015
"The S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) next generation surface-to-air missile system has been deployed to the Hmeymim airbase in Syria where the Russian Aerospace Forces group is stationed.
"The Russian Defense Ministry announced the deployment of the S-400 systems on Wednesday, a day after Turkish fighter jets had shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber, which had been taking part in Russia's anti-terror campaign in Syria.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin described the incident as a "stab in the back, carried out against us by accomplices of terrorists.""
• Turkey must be removed from NATO: US Army general / PRESSTV, November 26, 2015
"Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane over Syria has proven that the country is a liability to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and must be “ousted” from the Western military alliance, says a retired US Army General.
"... “I think NATO, if they have any resolve, they would oust Turkey out of NATO because they are not cooperating against ISIL, they are not cooperating at all with some of the forces inside of Syria, and they want to see [Syrian President Bashar] Assad removed or replaced by another government,” the retired General told Russia's RT."
• Police seized a shipment of 800 shotguns moving from Turkey to Belgium / express.co.uk, November 27, 2015
• Turkish newspaper editor in court for 'espionage' after revealing weapon convoy to Syrian militants / RT, November 26, 2015
"A Turkish prosecutor asked a court to imprison the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet newspaper pending trial for espionage and treason. In May, the outlet published photos of weapons it said were then transferred to Syria by Turkey’s intelligence agency.
"... Besides the editor, Can Dündar, the prosecution said it is seeking the same pre-trial restrictions for Cumhuriyet’s representative in Ankara, Erdem Gül.
"Dündar arrived at an Istanbul court on Thursday, saying that he and his colleague “came here to defend journalism.”
"“We came here to defend the right of the public to obtain the news and their right to know if their government is feeding them lies. We came here to show and to prove that governments cannot engage in illegal activity and defend this,” Dündar was cited by Today’s Zaman.
"According to the paper, the trucks were carrying six steel containers, with 1,000 artillery shells, 50,000 machine gun rounds, 30,000 heavy machine gun rounds and 1,000 mortar shells. The arms were reportedly delivered to extremist groups fighting against the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad, whom Ankara wants ousted from power.
"The Turkish authorities denied the allegations, saying that the trucks were carrying aid to Syrian ethnic Turkmen tribespeople and labeled their interception an act of “treason” and “espionage.”"
• Russia planning no war with Turkey — FM / TASS, November 25, 2015
""We are not planning to wage a war against Turkey, our attitude towards the Turkish people has not changed," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. "We have questions only to the Turkish leadership."
""... Now probably many things of what we are saying now should not be a secret, regarding how terrorists use Turkish territory to prepare their operations in Syria, to prepare terrorist acts in different countries, regarding efforts or lack of efforts on the part of official authorities to fight that," he said.
""... Currently, the government is considering the whole range of those relations," the minister said. "We’re not willing to artificially create problems for Turkish producers and exporters who do not bear responsibility for what has happened. We’re not willing to create additional problems for our companies, which cooperate with the Turkish side either. But we cannot leave what has happened unanswered, and not because we necessarily have to respond by doing something. The thing is that too many factors in Turkey's territory are posing direct terrorist threat to Russian citizens, and not only to Russian citizens. This is some kind of a bridgehead, which probably is hardly controlled by anyone. Though there are reports that those processes are followed by security services one way or another," Lavrov said.
""... In particular, I would like to draw the attention, and I have told (Turkish Foreign Minister) Mr. Cavusoglu this, to his phrase that yesterday’s incident once again necessitates measures in the context of Russian military infrastructure’s dangerous approach to the NATO borders," Lavrov said. "I hope that all the people present here are competent and there is no need to explain to them on what, generally speaking, hypocritical background these statements are based."
""... Some members of the coalition, including those providing their combat planes for strikes against Iraq and Syria have confided to us the planes involved were of US manufacture and the Americans normally request US permission for such operations," Lavrov said. "As far as I understand, our plane was downed by a US-made F-16. It remains to be seen whether the US requirement is applicable to Turkey, and if it is, I would like to know if Turkey had asked the United States for permission to send its planes on a combat mission and to shoot down a plane, albeit probably an identified one, over Syrian territory."
""... According to latest reports, there are hundreds and may be even thousands of militants from Russia in this region, which our Turkish colleagues consider to be inhabited by people who are loyal to Turkey. These militants are creating a direct threat to our security and the security of our people. According to our information, terrorist facilities such as weapons and ammunition depots as well as command centers and supply points are also located in this region," the Russian foreign minister said.
"Lavrov asked the Turkish foreign minister if Ankara’s attention to that region, including permanent proposals on creating a buffer zone over that territory, should be regarded as an attempt to fence off this infrastructure and prevent its destruction. Lavrov did not get any answer.
""Yesterday’s attack by the Turkish Air Force against a Russian aircraft shows the situation with illegal oil trade and the underground oil industry which the IS has created in its territory in a new light. Yesterday’s incident happened after Russian warplanes had started delivering quite effective and targeted strikes against those tank trucks and oil fields," Lavrov said.
"He recalled that on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Antalya the Turkish side raised the possibility of creating a buffer or no-fly zone.
"Lavrov expressed the hope that "such encroachments implying intrusion into Syrian territory, the territory of a sovereign state, will not go on."
""Yesterday’s attack against our plane and the whole situation is not to be used for pushing through the idea of a no-fly, buffer zone by hook or by crook."
"... Turkey keeps all lines of contact with Russia open, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu told parliament on Wednesday.
""Russia is our neighbor, friend and very important partner. We have no intention to sever ties or fan tensions in connection with this incident. But we have the right to protect our borders and will be using it further on. The plane was seen as a threat and the rules of response were used," he claimed.
"Davutoglu argues that the measures against the Russian plane were "implemented within the framework of international rules of response."
"He accused Russia of attacking Syria’s Turkomans using the struggle against the Islamic State as a pretext."
• NATO is harbouring the Islamic State / , November 19, 2015
• LIVE UPDATES: NATO Member Shoots Down Russian Fighter Jet On Syria Border / Breitbart, November 24, 2015
• #StabInTheBack: Social Media Shares Russian President's Outrage Over Su-24 / Sputnik News, November 24, 2015
"Speaking with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Sochi on Tuesday, the Russian president expressed his outrage over the downing of a Russian bomber jet operating in Syrian airspace by Turkish fighter aircraft, describing it as nothing short of a betrayal.
""This event goes beyond the fight against terrorism ... Today's loss is related to a stab in the back, carried out against us by accomplices of terrorists. I cannot describe what happened today in any other way," Putin emphasized."
S Y R I A
• VIDEO: Reality Check: Proof U.S. Government Wanted ISIS To Emerge In Syria / Ben Swann, November 19, 2015
"There is so much debate over how the U.S. and other nations will stop ISIS but can these leaders be trusted? Ben Swann exposes secret DOD documents that prove the U.S. wanted ISIS to emerge in Syria."
• See also ... / VC, November 20, 2015
• French Strikes on ISIL Oil Facilities in Syria Unjustified by Self-Defense / , November 20, 2015
"A senior Russian diplomat said that Russia does not support French airstrikes targeting oil facilities in Syria controlled by ISIL militants as they are not approved by the legitimate Syrian government and cannot be justified by self-defense claims.
"Russia does not support French airstrikes targeting oil facilities in Syria controlled by Islamic State (ISIL) militants as they are not approved by the legitimate Syrian government and cannot be justified by self-defense claims, a senior Russian diplomat said.
""We cannot support such actions primarily because they are carried out without the consent of the Syrian government," Ilya Rogachev, head of the Department for New Challenges and Threats (DNCT) at the Foreign Ministry said in an interview with the Russian Kommersant newspaper to be published on Friday.
"Rogachev suggested that the French airstrikes on oil facilities in Syria could pursue goals that contradict the announced drive to ensure France's self-defense in light of the growing terrorist threat.
""Because the French authorities consider [Syrian President] Bashar Assad and Islamic State as equal priority enemies of France, the airstrikes are designed to hurt both. For your knowledge, the French do not attack similar targets in Iraq," Rogachev stressed."
• Russia Deploys Powerful S-400 Air Defense System to Syria / Russia Insider, November 13, 2015
"Russia Deploys Powerful S-400 Air Defense System to Syria ..."
• Syria hospitals Russia accused of bombing don’t exist – Defense Ministry / RT, November 2, 2015
"... Reports in several Western media outlets on October 21-23 claimed that 12 people, including doctors, were killed in a Russian airstrike on the village of Sarmin in Syria’s Idlib province. They also said medical facilities were hit in al-Eis, al-Hadher, Khan Tuman, Latamna and al-Zarba.
"... Out of six hospitals that were mentioned in the reports, only one medical facility actually exists in real life ...
"... It turned out that, a hospital is only present in the village Sarmin,” Major-General Igor Konashenkov, the Defense Ministry spokesman said, adding that there are no hospitals and no medical workers in the other five villages named in media reports."
• US Special Forces deployed as ‘human shields’ to salvage terror assets in Syria / RT, November 1, 2015
Excellent article summarizing Western responses to Russia's dismantling of ISIS and other 'moderate rebels' in Syria.
"... US Special Forces are being used as “human shields” to curb Russian air strikes against anti-government mercenaries, many of whom are instrumental in Washington’s regime-change objective in Syria.
"... what we are seeing here is a concerted effort by Washington and its allies to stem their covert military losses in Syria. Sending in American Special Forces – a seemingly dramatic U-turn by Obama to put boots on the ground in Syria – is just one part of a wider effort to forestall Russian success in stabilizing Syria. These US forces are not about a “deepening of American involvement in a war [Obama] has tried to avoid”, as the New York Times would have us believe. They are being sent in to act as human shields against Russian airstrikes."
• Russian Video Reveals Hellish Carnage in Syria / InfoWars, October 21, 2015
Video credit: Russian drone captures the offensive by Syrian army on positions of terrorists in Jobar, an eastern suburb of Damascus
"Syrian government and jihadis have fought over neighborhood for more than two years ...
"Earlier this week Russian television released an HD video of a devastated Jobar, an eastern suburb of Damascus, where jihadists and the Syrian government are battling.
"The video allegedly shot by a drone shows tanks firing amidst a hellish wreckage of buildings.
"The Syrian government and jihadis have fought over the neighborhood for more than two years. It is largely abandoned, although it reportedly had 300,000 residents, primarily Sunni Muslim, prior to the war."
• The Mystery of ISIS’ Toyota Army Solved / Activist Post, October 9, 2015
Photo credit unknown
"The US Treasury has recently opened an inquiry about the so-called “Islamic State’s” (ISIS/ISIL) use of large numbers of brand-new Toyota trucks. The issue has arisen in the wake of Russia’s air operations over Syria and growing global suspicion that the US itself has played a key role in arming, funding, and intentionally perpetuating the terrorist army across Syria and Iraq."
• Turkey threatens to SHOOT DOWN Putin's planes as it drags West closer to war with Russia / express.co.uk, October 17, 2015
"TURKEY'S Prime Minister has risked launching World War 3 between the West and Russia after threatening to SHOOT DOWN Putin's war planes in the country's air space."
• Report: Russia blocks Israeli jets over Lebanon / YNET News, October 17, 2015
"Lebanese newspaper claims Israeli jets turn back after confrontation with Russian aircraft over northern Lebanon.
"Russian forces warned Israel over IAF flights in Russian controlled airspace near the Syrian–Lebanese border area after Israeli jets were detected nearby, according to a report Friday in the Lebanese media outlet As Safir.
"... Safir quoted Lebanese diplomatic officials who were "in the know," as saying that the warning was issued after Russian radar identified Israeli aircraft approaching Russian-controlled airspace two weeks ago.
""Russian aircraft immediately blocked the Israeli jets' path while they flew above the Akkar region in northern Lebanon. The Russians immediately sent a clear warning to the Israelis that entering Syrian airspace would be a pretext for opening fire," the source said."
• Smoking gun emails reveal Blair's 'deal in blood' with George Bush over Iraq war was forged a YEAR before the invasion had even started / dailymail.co.uk, October 17, 2015
• "Leaked White House memo shows former Prime Minister's support for war at summit with U.S. President in 2002
• "Bombshell document shows Blair preparing to act as spin doctor for Bush, who was told 'the UK will follow our lead'
• "Publicly, Blair still claimed to be looking for diplomatic solution - in direct contrast to email revelations
• "New light was shed on Bush-Blair relations by material disclosed by Hillary Clinton at the order of the U.S. courts"
• Moscow Demands Britain Explain "Green Light To Shoot Down Russian Jets" / Zero Hedge, October 11, 2015
"The chances of escalation from a proxy war to outright war just went to 11 on the Spinal Tap amplifier of sabre-rattling. A day after British and NATO pilots were reportedly given the green light to take drastic action against Russian fighter jets if they come under threat during missions over Iraq, Interfax reports that the Russian Defense Ministry has demanded clarification. Senior defence sources say it is just a matter of time before our fighters are involved in a deadly confrontation with Russian jets."
• RAF given green light to shoot down hostile Russian jets in Syria / ibtimes.co.uk, October 11, 2015
"As relations between the West and Russia steadily deteriorate, Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots have been given the go-ahead to shoot down Russian military jets when flying missions over Syria and Iraq, if they are endangered by them. The development comes with warnings that the UK and Russia are now "one step closer" to being at war.
"RAF Tornado pilots have been instructed to avoid contact with Russian aircraft while engaged in missions for Operation Shader – the codename for the RAF's anti-Isis work in Iraq and Syria. But their aircraft have been armed with air-to-air missiles and the pilots have been given the green light to defend themselves if they are threatened by Russian pilots."
• US pulls aircraft carrier out of Persian Gulf as Russian ships enter / PRESS TV, October 10, 2015
"For the first time since 2007, the US Navy has now no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, according to NBC News.
"The warship was withdrawn from the Persian Gulf on Thursday, a day after Russia fired 26 long-range cruise missiles from its Caspian Flotilla against terrorists in Syria, Pentagon officials said.
"US military officials claimed that the aircraft carrier, which houses about 5,000 sailors and 65 fighter jets, was withdrawn because it needed to undergo maintenance."
• web search: USS Theodore Roosevelt leaves Persian Gulf without US carrier Syria October 2015
• U.S. aircraft diverted to avoid Russian fighter in Syria / CNN, October 7, 2015
• Russian Offer to Share ISIL Targets With US-Led Coalition Gets No Response Sputkik/ , October 7, 2015
"Russia has proposed sharing the coordinates of possible ISIL targets with the US-led anti-ISIL coalition, but has not received a response, Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov, head of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian General Staff, told media at a press briefing on Wednesday.
""This means that either our partners do not have such coordinates, or that they for some reason do not want us to hit these targets. The reason for this remains unclear to us," Kartapolov said, cited by RIA Novosti."
• Russian Foreign Minister calls Free Syrian Army ‘phantom’ group / TASS, October 5, 2015
"The Free Syrian Army and the moderate opposition in general remain a "phantom" group, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said, adding that Moscow has called on the US to explain what it is and where it is based.
""No one has told us where the Free Syrian Army operates or where and how the other units of the moderate opposition act," Lavrov said.
"... Last week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said "there is absolutely controversial information about this so-called army." "What is Free Syrian Army? Is this an official term? Are they official armed forces or what is it," Peskov said. He reiterated that Russia would support Syria in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group and other extremists and terrorists."
• China Preparing to Hit Syria Jihadists Hard / Russia Insider, October 7, 2015
"China is planning to join Russia’s own emerging coalition by deploying Shenyang J-15, a carrier-based fighter aircraft.
"... With a high risk of military clash between the U.S. and Russian forces conducting overlapping air campaigns in Syria, the Russian and Chinese joint airstrikes plan to bomb CIA’s proxy jihadists, including ISIS militants in Syria.
"Several reports also suggested that a large number of Chinese military advisers have already joined Russia’s personnel in the Assad regime’s stronghold Latakia province.
"... The Shenyang J-15 warplanes “will take off from the Chinese Liaoning-CV-16 aircraft carrier, which reached Syrian shores on 26 September,” according to the Israeli military and intelligence news website DEBKAfile with news that Beijing is joining Moscow’s venture in Syria.
"... It has been reported that the Russians have managed to negotiate with the Syrian government to provide them an exclusive access to some of the largest oil and gas fields in the region in return for the Russian airstrikes.
"... China has stakes in Syria’s oil industry, in which China’s state-owned National Petroleum Corporation holds shares in two of Syria’s largest oil companies, while another Chinese company, Sinochem, holds 50% of shares in Syrian oil fields.
"...Hundreds of Iranian troops have reportedly arrived in Syria along with military equipment to launch ground combat operations on rebel-held areas and regain the control over the Northern-Western part of Syria, which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents gained earlier this year.
"The ground combat operation with Iran, Hezbollah and the Syrian army will go hand in hand with Russian airstrikes, which will likely get other Middle Eastern states involved into the war in Syria."
• 4 Russian warships launch 26 missiles against ISIS from Caspian Sea / RT, October 7, 2015
Graphic: Washington Post and Russian Video
"Four Russian Navy warships have fired a total of 26 missiles at the position of the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced. The missiles were fired from the Caspian Sea.
"“Four missile ships launched 26 cruise missiles at 11 targets. According to objective control data, all the targets were destroyed. No civilian objects sustained damage,” Shoigu said.
"The missiles flew some 1,500 km before reaching their targets, probing their efficiency ... The missiles used are capable of hitting a target within 3 meters at a range of up to 2,500 km.
"... The Russian Defense Ministry said it had worked with its partners to plan the flight path so that the missiles traveled only over desolate areas and didn’t pose any danger to civilians."
• Update from the Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Andrei Kartapolov on the cruise missiles launch / FortRuss, October 7, 2015
"Cruise missile strikes held from the south-west part of the Caspian Sea against militants in Syria have been agreed on by Russia and its partners beforehand. This was stated today by the Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Colonel General Andrei Kartapolov.
"... Andrei Kartapolov mentioned that in order to provide security for civil population, the flight corridor for cruise missiles had been planned over uninhabited areas. The strikes engaged plants producing ammunition and explosives, command centres, storages of munitions, armament and POL as well as a training camp of terrorists on the territory of the Raqqah, Idlib and Aleppo.
"... Missile ships Dagestan, Grad Sviyazhsk, Veliky Ustyug and Uglich performed the launches.
"... During his meeting with journalists, Andrei Kartapolov stressed that all the targets had been properly analyzed using the data received from space and radio reconnaissance, communications interception, and photos made by UAVs. Data collected by intelligence of Syria, Iran and Iraq, including human intelligence, was also used.
"... Andrei Kartopolov said that the final decision on elimination of targets was made only after the analysis of all the data and computer simulation of the strikes. Aviation targeting was made according to the same algorithm."
• Marco Rubio Wants US to Risk War with Russia Over Syria / , October 6, 2015
"Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida gave an interview with CNBC's John Harwood on Monday in which Rubio called for the United States to risk war with Russia to enforce a proposed no-fly zone over Syria.
"... Harwood: Would you be willing to engage in military conflict with the Russians who are now flying bombing missions over Syria to enforce that zone? Would you be willing to have war with Russia over that?
"Rubio: no. The answer to your question is the following. Number one, if you are going to have a no-fly zone, it has to be against anyone who would dare intrude on it. And I am confident that the United States air force can enforce that, including against the Russians. That I believe the Russians would not test that. I don't think it's in the Russians interest to engage in an armed conflict of the United States.
"Harwood: You think Putin would back off if we had a no-fly zone?
"Rubio: I don't think he's going to go into a safe zone, absolutely. I don't believe he will look for a direct military conflict against the United States in order to go into a safe zone.
"Harwood: What if he was?
"Rubio: Well, then you're going to have a problem. But that would be no different than any other adversary."
• Brzezinski: Obama Should Retaliate if Russia Doesn't Stop Attacking U.S. Assets / politico.com, October 6, 2015
"The United States should threaten to retaliate if Russia does not stop attacking U.S. assets in Syria, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in a Financial Times op-ed published Sunday, urging "strategic boldness," with American credibility in the Middle East and the region itself at stake.
"Moscow's apparent decision to strike non-Islamic State targets and those of Syrian rebels backed by the Central Intelligence Agency "at best" reflects "Russian military incompetence," and worst, "evidence of a dangerous desire to highlight American political impotence," wrote Brzezinski, the national security adviser for former President Jimmy Carter and a strong supporter of current President Barack Obama.
"And if Russia continues to pursue non-ISIL targets, the U.S. should retaliate, he added.
""In these rapidly unfolding circumstances the U.S. has only one real option if it is to protect its wider stakes in the region: to convey to Moscow the demand that it cease and desist from military actions that directly affect American assets," he said.
""The Russian naval and air presences in Syria are vulnerable, isolated geographically from their homeland," Brzezinski noted. "They could be 'disarmed' if they persist in provoking the US.""
• bigniew Brzezinski, Are You Nuts? / Russia Insider, October 7, 2015
• VIDEO: Banned in USA: Putin explains who supports ISIS / Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, Sep 29, 2015
"Meeting at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, October 24, 2014"
• Preview Of World War III? Russia Is Putting On A Display Of Firepower That Is Shocking The World / End Of The American Dream, October 5, 2015
"The Russians have unleashed their own version of “shock and awe” in Syria, and the brutal efficiency of their airstrikes against ISIS targets has stunned many observers around the globe.
"For more than a year, the Obama administration has claimed that its bombing campaign in Syria has been a “success”, and yet ISIS has continued to grow stronger and gain more territory. But now just over a few days the tide of the conflict appears to have turned. The whole world has gotten a chance to see what a global superpower can truly do to a bunch of radical Islamic terrorists when it is focused and determined. The images that we have seen of hardened ISIS command centers being wiped off the face of the map by Russian bombs are truly impressive. But why did those targets still exist in the first place? Was the U.S. military unable to identify them previously? Or could it be possible that the Obama administration did not want to hit them?
"These Russian airstrikes are intended to pave the way for ground assaults by Syrian and Iranian troops. If ISIS begins to lose a lot of territory inside Syria in the coming weeks, a lot of people are going to have some very serious questions regarding why previous U.S. attempts were seemingly so unsuccessful.
"... For weeks, Obama seemed to have little idea what the Russians intended to do in Syria. And now that the Russians are bombing the living daylights out of ISIS, the best that Obama can do is whine loudly about it.
"The Russians appear to be succeeding where Obama failed, and this has put the U.S. government in a very precarious position in the Middle East."
• Russia Intensifies Syria Bombing as Cameron Joins Criticism / bloomberg.com, October 4, 2015
"... The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday that 10 Islamic State positions in Syria had been attacked in the past 24 hours, including militant training camps in Raqqa and Idlib provinces. Russian strikes have broken “the management and logistics of the terrorist organization” and caused “significant damage to the infrastructure used for preparation of terrorist attacks,” the ministry said on its website.
"... The Russian military’s direct entry into Syria’s civil war last week in support of its ally, President Bashar al-Assad, has stirred anger in the U.S., Europe and Middle East, where leaders accuse Moscow of targeting western-backed rebel forces opposed to Assad ...
"... Obama said the country’s larger civil war requires a political resolution that would remove Assad ... In a joint declaration on Friday, the U.S., France, Saudi Arabia and four other nations had condemned Russia for the strikes.
"... Cameron, speaking as his Conservative Party began its annual conference, urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to “change direction” ... “I would say to them change direction ... if we want to have a secure region we need an alternative to Assad ...""
• Russian Air Force hits 50 ISIS targets in Syria over 3 days, ‘significantly’ damaging militants RT/ , October 3, 2015
" The Russian Air Force has conducted more than 60 flights and bombed over 50 Islamic State targets in three days, according to Russia’s top armed forces official. He added the strikes have significantly reduced the terrorists’ combat capabilities.
"“The airstrikes were being conducted night and day from the Khmeimim airbase and throughout the whole of Syria. In three days we managed to undermine the terrorists’ material-technical base and significantly reduce their combat potential,” Lieutenant General Andrey Kartapolov, head of the Main Operation Directorate of the General Staff of Russia’s armed forces, told reporters on Saturday.
"He added that according to Russian intelligence the militants are fleeing the area that was in their control.
"“There is panic and defection among them. About 600 mercenaries have left their positions and are trying to reach Europe,” he said.
"... “Over the past 24 hours, Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-24M fighter jets have performed 20 sorties and hit nine Islamic State installations,” Igor Konashenkov, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman, reported.
"“A bunker-busting BETAB-500 air bomb dropped from a Sukhoi Su-34 bomber near Raqqa has eliminated the command post of one of the terror groups, together with an underground storage facility for explosives and munitions,” the spokesman said.
"... “As you can see, a direct hit on the installation resulted in the detonation of explosives and multiple fires. It was completely demolished,” the spokesman said.
"... Another bomber on a sortie from Khmeimim has dropped a KAB-500 air bomb on an Islamic State camp near Maarrat al-Numan. It destroyed fortifications, ammunition, fuel and seven units of equipment, Konashenkov said at a media briefing on Saturday.
"... Assault aircraft from at Khmeimim airbase have also inflicted airstrikes against terrorist forces near Jisr al-Shughur in Idlib province, destroying vehicle storage depots used for organizing terror attacks.
"Regarding the airstrike on a target near Jisr al-Shughur, Igor Konashenkov pointed out, “footage of a huge pillar of smoke indicates a direct hit resulted in the total elimination of the facility.”
"Drones stationed at Khmeimim airbase are maintaining “round-the-clock monitoring of the situation in Islamic State’s operation areas,” Konashenkov said.
"“All disclosed targets are promptly engaged, regardless of the weather or light conditions,” said the Defense Ministry’s spokesman."
• 6 Russian air strikes destroy ISIS bomb factory, command centers – Defense Ministry / RT, October 2, 2015
"Russian jets have performed 14 combats flights, conducting six pinpoint airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on Friday, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry.
"“During the day, the Russian aviation group continued conducting pinpoint airstrikes against the infrastructure of the IS group in Syria,” Defense Ministry spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, said.
"“Su-34, Su-24-M and Su-25 planes performed 14 flights from Hmaimim air base, during which six airstrikes against IS targets were conducted,” he added.
"In the town of Maarrat Al-Nuuman in Idlib province, an Su-25 attack aircraft completely brought down a large terrorist workshop, which was producing bombs and improvised explosive devices.
"A nearby IS base, hosting weaponry and military vehicles was also targeted, with ten pieces of military hardware, including several APCs, was eliminated, the ministry said."
• Obama says Syria 'is not some superpower chessboard contest' / latimes.com, October 2, 2015
"“We’re not going to make Syria into a proxy war between the United States and Russia,” Obama insisted during an afternoon news conference at the White House. “This is not some superpower chessboard contest. And anybody who frames it in that way isn’t paying very close attention to what’s been happening on the chessboard.”
"“Once we start something, we’ve got to finish it, and we’ve got to do it well,” Obama said. “Unless we can get the parties on the ground to agree to live together in some fashion, then no amount of U.S. military engagement will solve the problem.
"“And we will find ourselves either doing just a little bit and not making a difference and losing credibility that way or finding ourselves drawn deeper and deeper into a situation that we can’t sustain.”
"“Iran and Assad make up Mr. Putin’s coalition at the moment. The rest of the world makes up ours,” Obama confidently asserted."
• Russian airstrikes in Syria 'OK' with Trump / cnn.com, 2015.10.01
• Russian Jets Carry Out 20 Sorties Against ISIL Targets in Syria / Sputnik, 2015.09.30
• Russian parliament unanimously approves use of military in Syria to fight ISIS / rt.com, 2015.09.30
• Damascus confirms President Assad asked for Russia's military aid in fighting terrorists / presstv, 2015.09.30
• 8 ISIS targets hit during 20 combat flights in Syria – Russian military / RT, 2015.09.30
• Russia's Foray Into Syria Is a Matter of National Interest, Not an Imperial Adventure / Russia Insider, 2015.09.30
• Russian Military Advisors Leading Syrian Forces Operations to Lift Siege on Aleppo Airbase / farsnews.com, 2015.09.29
• Putin to Netanyahu: Syria Can’t Open a New Front Against You / Defense News, September 21, 2015
"In an attempt to assuage Israeli concerns about Moscow’s military buildup in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday told visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Syrian Army is in no position to threaten the Jewish state.
"“We know that the Syrian Army is in a situation where it is unable to open a new front. Our main purpose is to defend the Syrian state,” Putin told Netanyahu prior to heading into extensive talks on implications of the Russian buildup at Israel’s north.
"... Putin, according to the Israeli readout of opening remarks, condemned shelling and mortar attacks on Israel from Syrian soil, which he said were carried out by “home networks.” That term, when translated from Russia, distinguishes homemade weaponry from industrial grade weaponry."
• Russia starts Syria drone surveillance missions: U.S. officials / Reuters, September 21, 2015
"Russia has started flying drone aircraft on surveillance missions in Syria, U.S. officials said on Monday, in what appeared to be Moscow's first military air operations there since staging a rapid buildup at a Syrian air base."
• Russia urges 'action' after shell hits Damascus embassy compound / AFP, September 21, 2015
"Russia's foreign ministry on Monday called for "concrete action" after a shell landed on its embassy compound in the Syrian capital, blaming forces battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
""A shell fell on the territory of the Russian embassy in Damascus on September 20 around 9:00am, going deep into the ground without causing damage," the ministry said in a statement.
""We ... condemn the criminal shelling of the Russian diplomatic presence in Damascus. We await a clear standpoint on this terrorist act from all members of the international community, including regional actors.""
• Russia deploys 28 combat planes in Syria: US officials / AFP, September 21, 2015
• Pentagon Recruits 60 “Moderate” Syrian Rebels, Pays $9 Million To Train Each One / InfoWars, July 8, 2015
"Virtually all rebels in Syria have sworn allegiance to ISIS
"Last year the Pentagon went before a congressional hearing and said it would need $500 million to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad. The money would go to 2,300 rebels who were supposedly vetted and not connected to al-Qaeda, al-Nusra or ISIS.
"... On Tuesday, it was reported that despite the influx of money and the commitment to overthrow the al-Assad government in Damascus, the United States found only 60 Syrian opposition fighters not aligned with the jihadists.
"Doing the math, the $500 million set aside for the effort translates to around $9 million for each rebel."
• The Russian army is beginning to engage in Syria / VoltairNet, August 24, 2015
"A profound and significant change has just occurred in the Levant – the Russian army has begun to engage against terrorism in Syria. Although Russia has been absent from the international scene since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and although it is moving with care, it has just created a Russo-Syrian Commission, has begun supplying weapons, sharing intelligence, and sending advisors.
"... Moscow and Washington have coordinated
- the removal of Patriot missiles stationed in Turkey ;
- the creation of a Russo-Syrian military Commission.
"The end of the no-fly zone
"The Patriot missiles had been installed by NATO in Turkey as from January 2013, in order to prevent the Syrian Air Force from deploying on the frontier. As a result, the jihadists of the al-Nusra Front (al-Qaïda) were able to seize the North of the country, and as from the summer of 2014, this no-fly zone was occupied by the Islamic Emirate.
"Thus, during the battle of Kobane, the Syrian Air Force were unable to bomb the Islamic Emirate, and Syria was obliged to attempt a land attack to save the city. Since it was unable to advance the last thirty kilometres, the Atlantist Press presented the Kurdish forces of the YPG as being independent of Damascus, although the Syrian Arab Republic had supplied it with weapons and was paying its soldiers.
"... On the 30th January 2013, Tsahal bombed the Centre for Military Research in Jemraya, under the pretext of destroying weapons that were destined for Hezbollah. In fact, the attack was intended to destroy a communications brief-case captured by the Syrian Arab Army, containing NATO satellite data, before they were able to decipher it . The operation had been commanded by the Israeli Air Force in coordination with the Free Syrian Army, which in turn was directed by officers of the French Foreign Legion under the supervision of NATO’s LandCom.
"... Russia wants to eradicate the jihadists before they turn against her, while the United States hope that some of them could be re-activated in other conflicts, as was earlier the case in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chechnya and Kosovo.
"Already, certain elements of Daesh have arrived in Kherson (Ukraine), where a so-called « Crimean Government in Exile » already exists.
"It is apparent that from the US side, the withdrawal of the Patriot missiles is a trap. Washington would be happy for Russia to reduce the number of active jihadists, but at the same time, it would not be dismayed if it were to get bogged down in Syria. That is why the Russian bear is advancing prudently."
• Russia, Egypt support forming anti-ISIS coalition with Syria - Putin / RT, August 26, 2015
"Russia and Egypt support the creation of a broad anti-terrorist coalition, which would include Syria, to fight Islamic State militants, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a joint media conference with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel el-Sisi."
“We underline the fundamental importance of the formation of a broad anti-terrorist front involving key international players and regional countries, including Syria,” Putin said on Wednesday.
“We have common views on the need to intensify the fight against international terrorism, which is relevant, considering the aggressive ambitions of radical structures, particularly the so-called Islamic State.”
“Every time we meet, the Egyptian people hope to see improvements in the cooperation between us and Russia in different fields, including the economy, but also the fight against terror in a region suffering from terrorism,” Sisi said at the media conference.
“It has an impact on our region’s stability and security. Not just in some countries, but in the entire region and possibly the whole world.”
July 22, 2015
John McCain / Lindsey Graham
• Kelli Ward Beats John McCain in Latest AZ Poll / Breitbart, 21 Aug 2015
"Her lead stands at nine percent.
"Ward was the choice of 45 percent of the registered Arizona voters polled, while McCain only garnered 36 percent. 1,271 of the more than 1,400 voters polled say they intend to vote in the 2016 primary election. Approximately one fifth remained undecided at this early stage of the race.
"Independent polling company Gravis Marketing conducted the August 15 poll. It surveyed 844 Republican primary voters and 427 Democratic.
"... “Join me and thousands of my fellow Arizonans who want to change D.C. at KelliWard.com,” she added."
• Hey McCain! Where Are The POWs? McCain's stories don't add up / InfoWars, July 23, 2015
• Web search: John McCain Keating Five
• Web search: John McCain calls Donald Trump supporters 'crazies'
• Web search: Lindsey Graham calls Donald Trump a 'jackass'
July 10, 2015
The Coming Era Of Civil Disobedience
• Can the U.S. governing elite not know how deeply it’s hated? / Non-Intervention.com, July 9, 2015
• Pat Buchanan: The Coming Era Of Civil Disobedience / wnd.com, July 9, 2015
"The Oklahoma Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, has ordered a monument of the Ten Commandments removed from the state Capitol.
"Calling the Commandments “religious in nature and an integral