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At the Washington meeting, Obama and Erdogan agreed that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad must go. But who will they replace him with — and how will they get rid of him? Obama said that the Syrian dictator “needs to transfer power to a transitional body. … That is the only way we’re going to resolve this crisis.”

But that is demonstrably false, because Assad won’t step down. So what’s the United States going to do about it?

Will he continue to follow advice from Erdogan, which has already proven to be wrong because it is based on the interests of a Turkish Islamist regime seeking to promote Sunni Islamism and Turkish influence in the region?

Once again the Turkish government has taken the lead on U.S. policy by pushing for direct U.S. aid to the rebels. That means giving money, weapons, and other aid to the Muslim Brotherhood and more radical groups to take power, because the real moderates in the Syrian opposition are rare.

Obama’s expressed hope of creating a Syria that is “a source of stability, not extremism” is very dangerous — he might well hope that, but it is not a realistic goal. And again: what is Obama going to do to bring about this objective?  

(Incidentally. the U.S. government has apologized to Israel for U.S. officials confirming to the New York Times that a ground attack within Syria earlier this month was staged by Israel. Publicly stating this information forced Syria — and Hizballah and Iran — to officially threaten Israel with retaliation, thus endangering Israel.)

Now too, Iran, Russia, and Hizballah are stepping up support for Assad. It is clear that Russia will block tougher action in the UN Security Council; Russia is also stepping up arms shipments to Assad. If Russia provides Syria with advanced anti-aircraft missiles, these could be used to shoot down any U.S. planes that try to enforce a no-fly zone. Yet Obama doesn’t have the credibility or leverage with Russian President Vladimir Putin — who from every indication holds him in contempt as a weakling — to stop Moscow from showing that it is the stronger, more reliable ally. Hizballah has up to 5,000 fighters inside Syria now, though they have been mainly employed in holding territory vital for Assad’s survival.

The rebels will not win without a lot of U.S. help. This civil war is becoming an international test of wills in which Obama – for reasons that are not unreasonable – doesn’t want to fight. Yet does that mean the United States will accept a humiliating defeat at the hands of Tehran and Moscow? Fortunately, while the rebels cannot win, they also are likely to hold much of Syria. In other words, Assad can’t put down the rebellion, either. But the result will be stalemate, continued war for two years or more, and tens of thousands of more deaths.

One day there will be congressional investigations on how U.S. policy armed terrorists, and even — albeit unintentionally —  al-Qaeda groups. It will be too late. The situation in Syria makes the Iran-Contra affair look like a picnic.

The situation is getting very dangerous, and with a “friend” like Erdogan it is clear that Obama’s policy toward Syria, Iran, the advance of revolutionary Islamism, and the Israel-Palestinian “peace process” is in serious trouble.

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Greetings:

I was fortunate enough to have a father who mentioned, more than several times, that one "shouldn't have to drink the ocean to know it's salty". Burdened by that kind of twig bending, it was easy for me to get off the "Turkey is our ally" bus when it pulled in the welcome mat when our 4th Infantry Division wanted to go a-knocking on Saddam Hussein's many palace doors. Regrettably, but not unpredictably, it's been all downhill since they got away with that. Obviously, President Obama, if not an actual Islamist, is certainly an Islamophiliac in these days of living dangerously. For him, Islam is thicker than water.

Islam is the millstone. If your plan doesn't include constraining, undermining, or eradicating Islam, you don't have a plan. What you have us a hope.
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"....Obama's disastrous foreign policy."

We have a NATIONAL foreign policy NOT presidential foreign policies. Our national foreign policy was developed and implemented post WWII and continues to the present. Our national foreign policy is one of communist containment and nation building. Furthermore, we have 'principal' allies for whom are allied with our national foreign policy.

NO U.S. President acts on foreign policy matters in a politically partisan/ideological or individually independent vacuum! ALL presidents follow the national foreign relation sttrategic policy and seek allied, external and internal consultations as situations evolve within a particular nation or geograhpic region. To make such claims or to infer such, is being intellectually dishonest and displaying self serving partisan politics.

That said, I'm a strong advocate against the fundementals of nation building and the decades of results and consequences it has reaped. ALL presidents and our principal allies have followed this strategic policy, with ALL making their fair sahre of blunders in keeping the national foreign relations policy in place -- Obama no different than ALL his post WWII predecessors. We certainly need to re-address our national strategic foregin relations policy but raling on any particular presidents who come an go every four or eight years is NOT the course to take in making meaningful changes.

My position on Israel. Quit micro managing their national security but make it well known that we will not provide any military assistance unless, 'non bordering' nations militaries make a strike against them.
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"But the result will be stalemate, continued war for two years or more, and tens of thousands of more deaths."

Well, at least there is something good coming of all this!
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I am confident both parties are doing their best to undermine Israel by empowering Israel's enemies. Perhaps, Erdogan has hopes of being the Caliph of region 4 NATO is helping put together under the moniker Arab spring.
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"Some small U.S. diplomatic protests were made about the growing internal repression in Turkey and human rights’ violations there. Increasingly, the country lives under a reign of intimidation even as the Western media mostly ignores this situation." Why would Obama object to this, he is doing all he can to his own citizens?
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You realize that Israel is not the 51st state, right? Their interests do not automatically coincide with America's interests.

Besides, Turkey is a member of NATO and Israel is not. We should be siding with our NATO allies by default. Not Israel.
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You have a point about Turkey being in NATO and Israel not. However, beingin NATO does not automatically mean support. Early in the Falkland's war the US was definitely noncommital about its support for the UK. The key question here is not about NATO ( which IMHO has outlived its usefullness) but on who is the more useful ally. I believe that Israel has provided more return on investment (political/diplomatic/economic) than Turkey ever has or ever will.
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Extra Stout indeed. And thick
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You need to look up the definition of "ally".
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NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization: a system of collective defense whereby its member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party.

Turkey is a member. Israel is not.
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You're an embarrassment to PJ Media. Please desist from further outbursts of nonsense.
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Simply restating an irrelevant statement means nothing. Can you cite an example of Turkey's interests coinciding with those of America and an example of where the interests of Israel do not?
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You need to lay off the stout.

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Let's face it; Obama is drunk on power and it's sickening; absolutely sickening and disgusting!
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Almost opposite to Turkey's blatant disrespect toward the US is the almost craven accommodation that Israel grants the US. Today it's reported that Israel has extended Gaza's fishing zone back to 6 miles. It had earlier restricted it due to security threats and assaults coming out of Gaza. Why did Israel do this? Because Kerry is coming to town to push his "peace" agenda, and they want one less issue to spoil the "atmosphere". Turkey can get away with betraying a personal commitment to Obama, but Israel will get chewed out for just *planning* to build in the wrong place.
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Greetings:

I was fortunate enough to have a father who mentioned, more than several times, that one "shouldn't have to drink the ocean to know it's salty". Burdened by that kind of twig bending, it was easy for me to get off the "Turkey is our ally" bus when it pulled in the welcome mat when our 4th Infantry Division wanted to go a-knocking on Saddam Hussein's many palace doors. Regrettably, but not unpredictably, it's been all downhill since they got away with that. Obviously, President Obama, if not an actual Islamist, is certainly an Islamophiliac in these days of living dangerously. For him, Islam is thicker than water.

Islam is the millstone. If your plan doesn't include constraining, undermining, or eradicating Islam, you don't have a plan. What you have us a hope.
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Erdogan is scum ... and if I ever met him, well, it wouldn't be pretty.
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In related news...more mega mosques come to America. This one funded by the Turks. New territory claimed.

'A Symbol of Friendship' : Turkish PM Lays Stone for $100M Masjid Complex In Maryland

ttp://www.muslimlinkpaper.com/community-news/community-news/3358.html

The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers...
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Yikes!

I thought we evaded that when we defeated a zoning application for a Muslim "mid-Atlantic conference center" or some such, two or more years ago at Walkersville, Md.

This is too close to home. There's enough Muslim penetration in Northern Virginia.


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I tried that link, and received:

"No results found for http://www.muslimlinkpaper.com/community-news/community-news/3358.html [http://www.muslimlinkpaper.com/community-news/community-news/3358.html]"

.........
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Remember Turkey forbids new construction of Christian Churches, even renovation and maintenance work to standing churches and church properties.
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Northern Virginia and Maryland are suburbs of Washington DC, and that is where Muslims from the MENA and South Asia are interested in infiltrating and influencing.
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Try this one at Vlad Tepes Blog. I originally ran across this at Loonwatch.

http://vladtepesblog.com/?p=64221
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"Especially ironic: Obama believed that Erdogan’s goals were essentially the same as those of the United States,"
No irony there if you replace "the United States" with "Obama's own goals. I think he's given more than ample proof in his various declarations that his pronouncements are purely for public consumption. They often neither reflect the facts nor his true sentiments.
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The fact of the matter is that Obama has placed America -- most demonstrably through acceding to the demands of MB affiliated Islamic entities that we "purge" our LEO, intelligence agencies, national security, and military training "materials" of any "bias" toward Islam -- under submission to Islam, at the expense of our ability to know the enemy, Sun Tzu-style. Concurrent with this outrage is the administration's promotion of UN resolution 16/18, at the behest of the OIC, to criminalize free speech world wide that in any way disparages Islam. This is why Erdogan could announce to the world his anti-American plans standing beside the American President: His comments told the world, most importantly the Islamic world, that Islam has brought America to heel.

The lefty regime in DC is all too eager to get in line with the Islamic agenda since it's another of its many pillared-strategy to destroy the historic American nation.
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