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Trump is losing the Middle East FASTER than Obama did

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Oct 9, 2017 at 03:58

Hello, Daniel

I notice that you post via Twitter lately, but not so much here. I see you have the field largely to yourself, warning about Turkey. Here's the latest I've picked up:

"Iran, Iraq and Turkey Seek Triple Military Alliance"

-- https://english.aawsat.com/amir-taheri/features/iran-iraq-turkey-seek-triple-military-alliance

This comes on top of the reports that Turkey intends to buy the Russian S-400 front-line defense system, effectively making Russia, not the NATO, its principal ally. Another major US ally in the region has followed suit:

"Saudi Arabia to Buy S-400 Air Defense System From Russia

"Saudi Arabia is the second U.S. ally to buy the S-400 system after Turkey agreed to purchase the system from Russia in September
Reuters Oct 05, 2017 7:59 PM
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.815867"

-- https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.815867

Others sidling over to rely on the Russians are Egypt and the UAE -- who, along with Saudi Arabia, have up to recently been bitter enemies of Iran.

The upshot of the matter, is that the Trump Administration is probably losing influence in the Middle East FASTER than Obama did. And like the ultimate fool, Trump appears to be staking everything on a "peace" agreement with the Palestinian leadership, saying,:

"...some people say it's impossible, but I DON'T THINK IT'S IMPOSSIBLE, and I think that's something that can happen, and I don't want to make any predictions, but I want to give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem."

-- https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.816090

"Trump to UN chief: Netanyahu proving more difficult than Abbas in peace efforts"

-- https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.815661

Israel is the only country in the world, supporting the democratic aspirations of the Kurdish people. By showing the Turks and others that he is willing to undercut Israel in exchange for an illusion of "peace", Trump is also undercutting the Kurds, effectively giving away the store to Turkey and Iran.

Just for reference, God warned us long ago that Turkey and Iran will NOT stop at Kurdistan, but will continue their march, perhaps with a pause, against Israel (Ezek 38-39 -- Erdogan is "Gog").

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