Saudi first: Trump wants to start a war with Iran when MBS gives the order by @mehdirhasan
On the word of a single, likely compromised, U.S. official, CBS says the Saudi oil attack was approved by Iran's supreme leader.

This story deserves our skepticism.…
I gotta say, this doesn't FEEL smart.

Under Trump arms deal, US smart bombs to be built in Saudi Arabia

We should not hand the Saudis valuable weapons tech given the kingdom's conduct in Yemen and its human rights record.…
U.S. Sanctions Iran’s Central Bank, Says It Will Send Military Forces to Saudi Arabia

The sanctions action, part of a ‘maximum pressure’ campaign meant to avoid war, targets institutions critical to the last vestiges of Iran’s international trade…
Trump AGAIN says he could end Afghanistan war quickly but ‘tens of millions’ of people would die…
Time to help Saudi Arabia murder more people.

US to deploy 200 personnel, missile system to Saudi Arabia…
I made this after Jamal Khashoggi's murder. Now we're sending personnel and weapons to Saudi Arabia to help them attack yet another country (we're already helping the murder Yemeni citizens).

#OneVoiceVets #OneVoice1 #BluePhoenixVets4Democracy #NoBloodForOil
Say... WHAT?

U.S. invokes state secrets privilege to block American journalist’s challenge to alleged spot on drone ‘kill list’ by U.S. authorities in Syria!…
Just a reminder...

U.S. shared nuclear power info with Saudi Arabia after MBS had journalist Jamal Khashoggi Murdered and Dismembered
1/5 Trump pays a lot of lip service to helping Venezuelans suffering under the Maduro regime.

He's threatened to invade & spoke of offering aid, but it turns out that despite his saber-rattling Venezuelan asylum seekers are getting turned away.
2/5 Despite clarion calls for Venezuelan ‘freedom’ the US has consistently resisted offering Temporary Protected Status to those fearing persecution.

Trump administration denies special help to Venezuelans seeking asylum…
3/5 Over four million Venezuelans have fled; Trump is certainly not welcoming them with open arms.

“I feel like the last violinist on the Titanic.” After four million Venezuelans have fled their country, one more couple tried to make it out.… via @WSJ
4/5 The Grim Reaper #MoscowMitch is living up to his name as he and his cronies in the Senate block a bipartisan bill that would aid these refugees from even coming to a vote.

5/5 In the meantime, desperate Venezuelans continue to seek sanctuary.

The Walkers: Venezuelan migrants travel hundreds of miles by foot to cross Colombia-Venezuela border every day.

For many, it's only the beginning of a grueling journey.
1/2 Trump says the U.S. will stand aside as Turkey moves into Syria and murders our Kurdish allies

Trump and Erdogan spoke by phone, but the White House didn't confirm Turkey's announcement that they will meet next month.…
2/2 Erdogan has long pressed a genocidal campaign against the Kurds, our long-time allies. Only the U.S. kept him from invading northern Syria and attacking them.

No longer.
"Erdogan also reiterated the necessity of the safe zone to eliminate the threats from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization."

The Kurds are our allies, not terrorists.

Trump's betrayal will lead to genocide.
Trump Just Opened the Way for Turkey to Invade Syria—and ISIS to Make a Big Comeback… via @thedailybeast
Oh look, not only is Trump abandoning the Kurds to Erdogan & Turkey, but he started out by secretly pulling back troops & leaving them in the lurch immediately.

Want to bet Erdogan knew about it?

Let's hear the phone call. I bet it's on that server...

Trump’s former ISIS envoy, Brett McGurk, offers scathing critique of his Syria decision — and entire management style…
Saudi Arabia bombs Yemen & murders Khashoggi.
Trump: sell them weapons & nuclear tech!

North Korea tests missiles & nukes.
Trump: let's be friends!

Russia attacks our elections.
Trump: Yes sir Mr. Putin sir!

What would be "off limits" for Turkey, & will the Kurds survive it?
A small line from my thread on Trump and dictators about how, of course, there's a conflict of interest in here and Trump is selling out the Kurdish people for personal gain.
1/6 People are ago at the hubris of Trump's "unmatched wisdom" post this morning, which also threatens to "obliterate" Turkey's economy if it does anything Trump considers to be "off limits."… via @thedailybeast
2/6 They're also noting how both parties are incensed by his actions.

Republicans slam Trump's Syria pullout: 'Disaster,' 'Betrayal,' 'Mistake'

Mitch McConnell: "withdrawal of US forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime."…
3/6 But I think people need to recognize a bigger, darker theme.

Trump here claims he is the final arbiter of what is right & wrong.

The man who jails children, openly excused Jamal Khashoggi's murder rather than lose weapons sales, vetoed attempts to END those sales to Saudi
4/6 Arabia for use in the #YemeniGenocide, has tried to befriend the leader of the most isolated & oppressive country on earth while it murders its own people & develops nuclear missiles, is ACTIVELY seeking to discredit the widely-known fact that Russia attacked our elections
5/6 in 2016, turned away refugees from Hurricane Dorian, abandoned Puerto Rico, deported asylum seekers and long-time residents despite the certain knowledge this could (and in some documented cases has) lead to their deaths, and committed or turned a blind eye to countless other
6/6 atrocities now assures us that he will step in if Erdogan and Turkey do anything HE considers "off limits."

Does anybody here believe Donald J. Trump considers a #KurdishGenocide off limits?

I sure don't think he does.

#GeeksResist #DemCast
It's already happening.

Turkey starts bombing Kurds in Syria as US pulls out

Genocide doesn't wait for us to get angry over the latest scandal. It just waltz in and starts killing.

#KurdsBetrayed #KurdishGenocide… via @timesofisrael
In a strange twist, the headline for the article above has changed to "US denies Syrian media report that Turkey has begun anti-Kurd offensive".

To say this worries me is putting it mildly.
Trump's betrayal of the Kurds is a gift to Putin and Assad…
In his #greatandunmatchedwisdom, Trump is pulling us out of the Open Skies Treaty, which allows the United States and our allies and partners in Europe to monitor Russian military deployments.

Withdrawal risks dividing the transatlantic alliance.…
Donald Trump got "rolled" by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey had already planned its invasion; rather than stand our ground or protect our Kurdish allies, Trump gave Erdogan free rein, with no threats of sanctions at all on the call.…
America Is Screwing the Kurds Yet Again

Trump's withdrawal from Syria is consistent with his predecessors' treatment of the ethnic minority as a geopolitical pawn.…
A new humanitarian disaster in the making.

Trump's shock Syria retreat reverberates as Turkish troops mass…
Kurdish civilians are planning to stage open-ended sit-ins in areas near the Turkish border in response to a looming Turkish military operation, acting as #HumanShields; Kurds, Arabs and Syriacs all oppose Turkey invading, fearing imminent massacres.
Remember when I pointed out how Trump said the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was okay because Saudi Arabia was paying us millions for weapons?

Trump just did it again with Turkey and the pending #KurdishGenocide. And we all saw it coming.

#KurdsBetrayed #DemCast #GeeksResist
1/2 Concerns that Trump's actions may drive the Kurds to ally with Assad, Russia, & Iran seem justified, as Turkey is balking at Trump's warning, with its VP releasing a formal statement that they will not be dissuaded from their plans, while Syria is reaching out to the Kurds.
2/2 "In the Syrian capital of Damascus, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad called on the country's Kurds to rejoin the government side after apparently being abandoned by their U.S. allies."…
All evidence says NOBODY was warned ahead of time -- except Erdogan and Turkey.

U.S. forces in Syria got an urgent alert Monday morning to pull back. "They were told, 'We're departing the field,'" senior U.S. defense officials said.… via @nbcnews
Trump's regime stated that Turkey has not attacked the Kurds in Syria.

Turkey ITSELF says otherwise, confirming it has attacked Kurdish supply routes.

We're trying to cover up a #KurdishGenocide that even the PERPETRATORS are openly admitting to.…
Never, ever forget how much blood is on Trump's hands, and everybody who has voted for and enabled him.

Our allies who Trump wants so eagerly to maintain a business relationship with:

Turkey said Kurdish militants in Syria, “will be buried in their ditches when the time comes”, after Trump began total withdrawal of US troops from Syria.
‘No idea where that came from’: Government denies Trump's claim UK was ‘thrilled’ with his Syria decision…
Thousands stand as human shields at Serekaniye border

People in the Democratic Federation of North and East Syria say they will not allow Turkey to invade their lands and will resist a possible invasion to the end.…
Call for resistance against Turkey’s plan to invade Rojava…
Turkish troops launch offensive into northern Syria, says Erdogan

Turkish troops have begun an offensive in northern Syria, which could bring them into direct conflict with Kurdish-led forces allied to the United States.…
Erdogan orders start of Turkey's Syria offensive – Peace Spring @TRTWorld…
President* Trump Abandons the Kurds in Syria Overnight

This is a nightmare only a twisted, compromised mind could concoct.…
1/2 Many in the military consider the Kurds as family; many have given blood to injured Kurds to help them survive.

Turkey is bombing them...

2/2 ...and our military is being told to sit and watch.

This is evil.

Turkey Begins Syria Offensive, Targeting U.S.-Backed Kurds
A thread by a veteran about how the Kurds stood with us against ISIS, solid, dependable, strong.

Never forget Trump's #KurdishBetrayal.

Never forgive Trump's #KurdishGenocide.

It's not only the Kurds who are about to suffer; Arabs & Syriacs, or Syriac Christians, also greatly fear what underway.

After surviving a civil war & ISIS attacks, the Christian minority fears a Turkish takeover in Kurdish border region.…
Turkey launches military operation in northeast Syria

Turkish jets strike Syrian border towns controlled by Kurdish-led forces after US forces pulled back from the area.

#KurdishGenocide #KurdishAllies #KurdsBetrayedByTrump @AJENews
Time for ISIS 2: More Blood on Trump's Hands

Many of us feared this result as part of the #KurdishBetrayal

The official release from Trump does not even MENTION the Kurds and is the biggest ball of lies you've ever read. It even has the gall to note that Turkey is a NATO member.
Trump's ludicrous argument today for betraying the Kurds includes that they didn't help us during WWII at Normandy.


It draws from this horrifyingly racist, arrogant Kurt Schlichter column which Will Sommer neatly traced it to.
Seven posts by @JenGriffinFNC

A firsthand account of how the Kurds are being massacred, are pleading for assistance, have not abandoned their posts, & Trump is letting them die.

#DontLookAway #KurdishGenocide #KurdsBetrayedByTrump #DemCast #GeeksResist #TrumpBetrayedTheKurds
1/2 That moment were Trump assures us he extradited a pair of murderers while leaving our allies to face a massacre at the hands of his buddy Erdogan.
2/2 Aparently Trump's top priority is securing a pair of ISIS murderers rather than protecting our allies the Kurds from Turkey.

Good to know what matters to him.

2 ISIS 'Beatles' transferred from Syrian prison to US military custody via @ABC
Donald Trump is a coward and a bully.

He neither understands nor cares about American values like bravery, loyalty, and integrity

1/2 Donald Trump is a war criminal.

I cannot say it in plainer terms.

He sold out our allies, the Kurds, perhaps some of the most progressive, pro-western people in the Middle East, for his own monetary interests.

#KurdishBetrayal #KurdishGenocide
2/2 This boy was six. He will not know seven. He will not know freedom and happiness and community.

Turkish shelling killed him.

Trump greed killed him.


#DemCast #GeeksResist #OneVoice1 #TurkeyIsNotOurFriend #TrumpBetrayedTheKurds
A running tally of tweets and other sources showing the damage and bloodshed the Turkish invasion is causing, which is also prompting ISIS to seize its opportunity and attack on other fronts.…
Two children among first deaths of Turkey’s offensive into Syria

Eight civilians have been killed in the first wave of Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish forces in Syria, according to a monitoring group.…
Syria Update: Turkey Is Blowing the Hell Out of It and the Russians Are Cheering… via @YahooLifestyle
Here is the part where Trump admits he knew Turkey's intentions from the start, talks about "playing fair" like this is a game instead of a massacre, ignores that US presence was what prevented this from happening to begin with, and essentially spews a long list of excuses.
Our veterans and active service personnel are horrified by what's happening in Syria. Hear their personal experiences.
1/2 Another ignorant Trump talking point shot down: the Kurds DID fight alongside the Allies during WWII.


The Kurds did help the Allies in WWII…
Our betrayal of the Kurds is a sin we will never wash away.

This tweet has video. It is graphic & gruesome, & will not be the last video like it to come out of Syria.

#DontLookAway #TrumpGenocide #KurdsBetrayedByTrump #KurdishGenocide #BloodOnTrumpsHands
1/2 This tweet and connected article just crossed over the the #TrumpGenocide in Syria with the Impeachment case.

2/2 Lindsey Graham dishes on Trump in hoax calls with Russians

Topics include Turkey's eagerness to attack the Kurds and Trump's efforts to have Rex Tillerson quash the Reza Zarrab case! via @politico
Turkey says Trump knew ‘precisely’ about scope of N. Syria operation.

“President Trump and President Erdogan have reached an understanding over precisely what this operation is.” Gulnur Aybet, Senior Adviser to Erdogan.

Isis militants break out of prison in Syria after bombing by Turkey

Escape comes after Trump cleared way for Erdogan to launch offensive on Kurds…
‘Some of the Most Noble People I’d Ever Met’

U.S. military officers who fought in Syria say they are devastated and ashamed by Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish-led forces.…
Trump regime: ISIS is defeated (it's not), I am letting Turkey attack our loyal Kurdish allies to end Endless Wars.

Turkey just nearly bombed US troops. How much is too much?

Turkey attacks US special forces in Syria, apparently by mistake…
No, Mr. Secretary, abandoning our #KurdishAllies is exactly what you did, and they are dying because of it.

Turkey's operation IS the #KurdishGenocide, and you know this all along.

#TrumpBetrayedKurds #TrumpGenocide
1/6 Hevrin Khalef sought to unite Arabs, Christians, & Kurds in NE Syria.

Turkey just dragged her from a car and murdered her in cold blood.

The Ottoman Empire GAVE us the word "genocide" after its 1914–1923 mass murder against the Armenian people.…
2/6 Turkey is the core and spiritual successor of the Ottoman Empire, and has continued its long history of genocidal events. The #KurdishGenocide is just one of those.

Initially attempts were made to blame Hevrin Khalef's murder on Syrian rebels.…
3/6 Eventually, though, they announced her murder openly.

Translation: Hevin Khalef, secretary general of the Party for the Future of Syria, a political extension of the terrorist organization PYD in Syria, was neutralized in a successful operation.

4/6 Yeni Şafak is a conservative Turkish daily newspaper known for hardline support of president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Here is ex-Trump envoy Brett McGurk calling this action out for the war crime it is.

5/6 ‘That’s a war crime’: Ex-Trump envoy Brett McGurk is outraged by assassination of Hevrin Khalaf -…
6/6 Reports of war crimes in N. Syria begin…
Military leader of Syrian Kurds tells US 'you are leaving us to be slaughtered'…
Turkey on one side, Assad and his Russian allies on the other. I fear for the people of Syria.

Though these Russian bombings of Syrian hospitals happened in May, don't think their presence isn't still a danger to the Kurds and others in northern Syria.…
ISIS Rears Its Head, Adding to Chaos as Turkey Battles Kurds

A prison break and a bombing claimed by the Islamic State punctuated fears that the Turkish invasion, now in its third day, was sowing mayhem.…
Hundreds of ISIS prisoners held at the Ain Issa detention center by the Kurds have escaped due to Turkish shelling. Trump is now directly enabling the restoration of ISIS.

At least 750 Isis affiliates escape Syria camp after Turkish shelling…
Trump ranted about Turkey this morning, denying culpability, insisting we've been smart to avoid getting involved, & ignoring the soldiers he sent to Saudi Arabia, that there is only fighting because of him, & the return of ISIS.

Then he had the gall to talk about sanctions.
Letters to the Editor: No one would 'help us with Normandy' after Trump abandoned the Kurds…
US troops believe Turkey deliberately fired artillery at an American commando outpost in Syria…
How Dangerous Is Turkey's Military on the Battlefield?…
The US is rethinking the 50-plus nuclear weapons it keeps in Turkey…
Senior Kurdish politician and women’s rights leader killed in northeastern Syria…
Russian wealth fund chief points to Saudi Arabia as a precedent for repairing relations with the US…
Hundreds of ISIS prisoners have escaped thanks to Turkish bombing and shelling.

Trump just accused THE KURDS of releasing them to get the U.S. involved.

No fucking shame.

#MakeISISGreatAgain #TrumpBetrayedOurAllies #KurdishGenocide #TrumpGenocide #TrumpHelpedISIS
One month ago: "President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani took part in a trilateral summit on the settlement in Syria."

#KurdishGenocide #TrumpGenocide #TrumpBetrayedKurds…
According to Senator Marco Rubio, Turkish forces are filming themselves beheading Kurds and U.S. forces are in danger of being cut off and surrounded by enemy combatants.

So what will he, or any of the GOP, do about the #TrumpGenocide and endangerment of our troops and allies?
The war against ISIS was all a waste

In less than a week, all that was achieved -- and sacrificed -- in the battle against ISIS has come undone.…
I guess we now know why Trump turned on the Kurds.

They couldn't pay, and Turkey and Saudi Arabia can.

U.S. support to the highest bidder, courtesy of #WarCriminalTrump

Fox News Host Says Trump 'Must Realize He Made a Huge Mistake' Withdrawing Troops from Syria?

Have you forgotten #Sharpiegate?

Trump never admits to even the smallest mistakes.

He sees it as a sign of weakness, but instead it reveals how weak he is.…
Signs Trump is in a panic? He just posted six tweets in a row, in three pairs, making ever more desperate excuses for why he was right about Turkey and his #TrumpGenocide of the Kurds, trying to lay the responsibility on everybody BUT himself.

1/2 Too little too late; after making constant excuses for what he's done, and seeing the growing anger of the American people and the world, Trump is issuing "sanctions" against Turkey.

Sanctions will not resurrect the dead, restore our honor, or stop the current carnage.
2/2 Trump thinks everything can be solved with tariffs, money, and economic pressure and extortion.

Erdogan wants to eradicate the Kurdish people. Sanctions take time to take effect.

And the Kurds don't have that time.

#TrumpGenocide #KurdishGenocide #WarCriminalTrump
The situation in Syria has been rapidly deteriorating.

Kurdish forces near the northern Syrian border have struck a deal with the Syrian government, marking a major shift in the country's eight-year war.

Trump just drove the Kurds to our enemies.…
1/2 And just like that Russia and Iran are the dominant powers in the Middle East. Tell us again how Trump isn't working for Putin?
2/2 Russian shadow falls over Syria as Kurds open door for Assad

With the US gone, the implications of their departure is beginning to sink in across the Middle East…
Yeni Şafak, the conservative Turkish daily newspaper known for hardline support of president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has taken down its tweet boasting about the gruesome murder of Kurdish politician and civil rights advocate Hevrin Khalaf
I am not certain I buy that Turkey wasn't in on this, given their big conference with Russia & Iran ABOUT Syria only a month ago.

Trump & Erdogan 'Just Got Played' by Putin Says Terrorism Expert, As Kurds in Syria Strike Deal With Russia & Bashar al-Assad…
1/4 As Trump scurries away like a coward, Russia steps in to take control.

Trump has delivered what Russia wants in Syria — at zero cost — and 'Putin likely can't believe his luck'… via @businessinsider
2/4 As World Frets Over U.S. Missteps in Syria, Russia Grins and Pounces
President Trump’s erratic moves are letting Russia seize the role of peacemaker — and deal-maker — in Syria.…
3/4 Russia patrolling between Turkish and Syrian forces after U.S. troops withdraw…
4/4 Russia has longed for a presence in the Middle East since the 70s. With its alliance with Assad, Iran, Turkey, and now, tentatively, Saudi Arabia, it has finally gained it, and as we withdraw, it moves into become the power in the region.
We are a joke. And Trump is the punchline.

Turkish lira rises as markets don’t take Trump’s tariff threats seriously…
1/2 WTF.

Trump just declared the situation HE created in Syria a national emergency.

Or... "the order", as he calls it.

And in doing so admits that this is undermining the efforts to stop ISIS.

His bold, brilliant move to stop Turkey?

Steel tariffs.

The problem with that?
2/2 Turkey doesn't import steel from us on a large basis.

Their three big suppliers? Russia, Ukraine, and South Korea.

No wonder they're completely ignoring Trump's hollow threat.…
1/2 Still doubt Russia has plotted all along to take over our place in the Middle East with this Syria operation? Take a look at this.

Video shows the inside of an abandoned US camp in Syria taken over by Russian mercenaries… via @businessinside
2/2 Russian forces sweep into U.S. base abandoned in Syria…
A followup on the post about steel sanctions against Turkey two tweets up. They do EXPORT a lot of steel (one of their fastest-growing industries). We're in the top 10 this time, but we're not in the top 3 and this won't really slow Turkey down at all.…
And here's Rudy Giuliani pushing to extradite a certain Turkish cleric for Erdogan... just like Mike Flynn did. It all comes full circle, doesn't it?
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