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The situation could tget very volatile, very fast.

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Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Oct 17, 2017 at 07:49

"A UNIFIED stance against Erdo─čan's hostile dictatorship permits the grand NATO alliance..." (EMPHASIS MINE).

A unified NATO? That's gotten iffy-dicey lately. Too many European leaders have big heads, and want to rule the world (without paying their dues, of course).

I think Trump has really blown it in Iraq, by deserting the Kurds. The Iranian allies of Baghdad are already moving into KRG areas; and Turkey has amassed troops at the Iraqi border. The Kurdish Peshmerga, meanwhile, have adopted "running away" as their national sport. Turkey is also moving troops into NW Syria, near Idlib, with an eye to attacking the Kurds in that area. Now that Raqqa has fallen, Trump has relieved himself of a compelling reason to stay in Iraq and Syria; and he could cut and run at any time. That would leave the field wide open for a joint Turkish-Iranian occupation, right up to the gates of Golan.

It would definitely be wise to take our nukes out of Incirlik. The situation could get very volatile, very fast.

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