Fortune Cookie Blog (Cease Fire?)


The foolhardy, faux peacemaker can never claim his haggled cease fire to be
a victory. NOT when he turns his back on his allies; NOT when his subjugator
pals can claim their victory, too. NOT when their shared victories usher in the
dissolution and dismemberment of contested territory that favors the despots.
NOT when the masses suffer distress, displacement, destruction and DEATH!







Are we overlooking something?


First and foremost, I have absolutely no way of proving my following suspicions. Even so, such speculation is worthy of discussion. That said…

The simplest explanation is to dismiss Donald J. Trump’s ill-conceived, ill-timed, bizarre Syrian policy as a monumental blunder of his own making. However…

What if autocrat Vladimir Putin’s meddling into American affairs is not limited only to Election Day? What if he actually ordered Trump to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria?

After all, to destabilize that nation / region, in this manner, has got to be Putin’s fantasy fulfilled. And seeing how both of these despotic dudes have had plenty of clandestine meetings (minus even an American interpreter), Bad Vlad could’ve easily corrupted the always corruptible Donny.

IF THIS IS TRUE… just how many more of Putin’s barked out orders has the Trumpster been following… no questions asked? After all, to destabilize / overthrow America has got to be their shared goal.

Beyond that? One wonders what sort of “doggie treats” this power-hungry Russian feeds his obedient lapdogs?







From a Pacifist Pragmatist’s Perspective


As a pacifist… I do find it disconcerting whenever I find myself needing to side with the warrior mentality…

As a pacifist… I would love to side with any leader who’d withdraw his troops to end a war…

As for the BIG HOWEVER let’s just sum it up thusly….

As a pragmatist… I know that a leader who EITHER wages a war OR inherits it from his predecessor does have a moral obligation to [1] maintain the safety and well-being of the civilian population as much as possible, [2], keep his troops out of needless danger, [3] clean up the whole effing mess that war always leaves behind, [4] make damned sure that any of the blood splattered gains there may’ve been will never be sacrificed AND [5] once / if it is ever established, keep the peace!

Donald J. Trump’s recent, ill-advised, ill-timed, ill-conceived, ill-thought-out, ill-tempered withdrawal of troops from Syria has amply proven to the entire world that he is neither a pacifist nor a pragmatist. The needless human suffering and incalculable instability he has inflicted upon our world is indefensible and unforgivable.





Talking Turkey

“I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me.” ~ Donald J. Trump

Oh really? While I could never claim to be a military genius, it’s safe to say that…

Even I know more about ISIS than Donald J. Trump, believe me.

Granted, this post’s discussion will be limited to my general knowledge re the War on Terror’s Rule #1… namely…

One must never throw allies under the bus. However, that’s exactly what the Trumpster is doing.

The 4 – 1 – 1:

• American and Kurdish forces have both been fighting against ISIS within Syria.
• The Kurds have played a major role in helping America defeat ISIS.
• Trump is now pulling U.S. troops out of Syria.
• That will facilitate Turkish prez Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s invasion of Syria.
• With no American protection, the Turks will slaughter the Kurds.
• Trump’s decision to aid and abet Turkey will also aid and abet ISIS.
• With a resurgence of ISIS… well… need anyone say more?

So, what might motivate this sudden change in Trumpian foreign policy? Hmm… might a “little” quid pro quo be in play? Perhaps Erdoğan was able to shovel up some fake dirt on Joe Biden?

Hey, seeing how the Don has been shaking down nations, spanning our entire globe, why would Turkey be an exception?