Sinam Mohamad says to @EliLake, “We don’t want to return to dictatorship,” which is a bit much. Her organisation, the #YPG/#PKK, has run a viciously repressive autocracy in the areas it holds, crushing Kurdish democrats and having murdered at least 40 of them.
It’s also wrong to compare Efrin with Minbij. The #PKK has no right to occupy Minbij and the U.S. stated publicly they would not be allowed to once #IS was gone. Sinam Mohamad complaints about the U.S. dealing with #Turkey, not them, again underlines the PKK delusions of grandeur
Fundamentally disagree with @EliLake on this one [doesn’t happen often]: the #YPG/#PKK are the chief problem in the U.S.’s stated counter-#Iran policy, they are not an asset. At best we could get #Assad and #IRGC out of the areas they control.
“In Rhodes’ telling, Obama made a tough but necessary decision … But Obama didn’t stay out of Syria. He backed #Iran. Rhodes’ narrative is a cover story for those Americans who knew exactly what was happening and said nothing.” http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/263446/americas-cash-for-genocide-program-in-syria … v @LeeSmithDC
Trump’s “flexibility” is easy to mock, but after months of saying we had to come to terms with Asad, he looked at the videos of gassed kids and ordered an attack on the regime. I’d rather that than Obama’s unwavering and dogmatic consistency in favour of Asad/Iran.
Final thing Ben Rhodes makes clear: how ideological Obama was. He decided to make the murder of 1,400 Syrians a test case of his beliefs about the U.S. President’s war powers.
One point Ben Rhodes makes that should be noted: AIPAC and the Saudi government lobbied congress in favour of the strikes in #Syria in 2013, and it did nothing. Neither the “Israel lobby”, nor the Saudis, can make the U.S. do anything it doesn’t want to.
Congressional Republicans really did behave shamefully over the strikes in #Syria in 2013 and Merkel’s response wasn’t much better. Britain disgraced itself with the vote in Parliament. But the President can act if he wants to, if he says America should.
Republicans in Congress, Germany, Britain, and Netanyahu were at fault for Obama not striking at Asad after he gassed 1,400 people to death in a morning, says Ben Rhodes, but inaction sure showed the neocons. https://theatln.tc/2sDrj7t
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