OMINOUS: World prepares for a Hillary victory…
One of the topics from this week’s special “Jeopardy” — presidential debate edition, was foreign “hot spots.” I found that an interesting topic area and a savvy Donald Trump should have immediately chimed in with, “If it weren’t for Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, there would be no global hot spots.” Oh well, a missed opportunity, but there’ve been several revelations recently that attest to just how hot these hot spots have become…thanks to the failing foreign policy of Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton.
And just to update y’all, one of Russia’s largest surface combatant ships traversed through the English Channel. Its destination: Syria. And something tells me these Russian sailors aren’t going there for a vacation port call.
So, speaking of Syria and Iraq, here’s an interesting report from the New York Times about the confused state of affairs, “Just days into the operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, a fault-line has widened between Iraq and Turkey, and the distrust among the various forces arrayed against the extremists has again bubbled to the surface.
The rhetoric is growing increasingly heated on both sides. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have traded schoolyard insults, and earlier this week thousands of followers of a firebrand Shiite cleric rallied outside the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad, calling for an end to the Turkish “occupation.”
They were referring to the presence of some 500 Turkish troops at a base north of Mosul who have been training Sunni and Kurdish fighters since last December. Baghdad says the troops are there without permission and has called on them to withdraw. Ankara has refused, and insists it will play a role in liberating the city.
Turkey has close ties to the Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani, which perhaps explains how the troops came to be there in the first place. Kurdish Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa declined to comment Wednesday when asked if the Kurds had invited the troops, saying only that they favor a solution that is “satisfactory” to both countries.