Wednesday, February 17, 2016

# 45 will be talking a lot about Aleppo

In 1940, most Americans did not know where Pearl Harbor or Okinawa were on the map. In 1960, Vietnam was not even discussed. In 2000, not much was said about Iraq.  
In 2016, we are not talking about Aleppo. In fact, the Democrats are not even talking about foreign policy.    
As we debate this and that, Syria is exploding into a war that the U.S. may not be able to avoid.   
This is from the Washington Post:
Across the olive groves and wheat fields of the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, a battle with global dimensions risks erupting into a wider war.
Russian warplanes are bombing from the sky. Iraqi and Lebanese militias aided by Iranian advisers are advancing on the ground. An assortment of Syrian rebels backed by the United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are fighting to hold them back. Kurdish forces allied both to Washington and Moscow are taking advantage of the chaos to extend Kurdish territories. The Islamic State has snatched a couple of small villages, while all the focus was on the other groups.
Ahead of a supposed pause in the hostilities negotiated by world powers and due to be implemented later in the week, the conflict seems only to be escalating. Turkey joined in over the weekend, firing artillery across its border at Kurdish positions for a second day Sunday and prompting appeals from the Obama administration to both Turks and Kurds to back down.
The Obama years have promoted the fantasy that the world is safer when we run away and talk about climate change. In reality, the opposite is true as we see in places like Aleppo. And there are more Aleppos coming!
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