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Jim,

On last Saturdays call, I asked the question, was it something Erdogan

said that caused Trump to pull out?  Could it have to do with the death of Khashoggi?

Dave

Ex-NATO Commander Wesley Clark To CNN: Did Erdogan Blackmail Trump?
December 25, 2018

Former NATO commander Wesley Clark told CNN Monday morning that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan night have blackmailed President Trump into withdrawing US forces from Syria. The retired U.S. Army general and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander posed the following explosive question during a CNN live interview on Monday:

“You have to ask, why was the decision made? People around the world are asking this and our allies in the Middle East are asking, did Erdogan blackmail the president? Was there a payoff or something? What was it? Why would a guy make a decision like this?”

This follows a broad Pentagon and deep state backlash in reaction to last week’s sudden White House announcement of a “full” and “immediate” pullout of the some 2000+ American military personnel training and advising Kurdish-Arab SDF forces in north-east Syria (in October the commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve let slip that there were actually 4,000 troops in Syria, but quickly tried to walk it back).

Quickly on the heels of the decision Trump’s senior aides noted the decision was made after a phone call between Trump and Erdogan on December 14th, and curiously the U.S. State Department approved the sale of $3.5 billion in patriots missiles the day after.

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Jim,

Geo-Politics is easy in an expanding world. In a recession it can get ugly fast! That is why we pay attention to it.

Dave

Global Economy Teeters on the Brink of a Recession That Will Transform Geo-Politics
December 24, 2018

As we approach 2019 the global economy teeters on the brink of yet another recession which will plunge geo-political relations into a period of great upheaval and rapid change. In 2019 global stock markets will continue to face unprecedented volatility and gigantic losses as the Ponzi scheme pumped up by the cartel of central banks comes crashing down.

The central bank cartel of the U.S. Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of Japan, and Bank of England together with the Bank of China have flooded their national economies with astronomical sums of money since 2008 in an attempt to stave off collapse of the global financial system.

Their money printing experiment has driven global debt from $177 trillion to over $277 trillion today while interest rates have been artificially suppressed enabling a wealth transfer to the 1% of historic proportions. This massive expansion of central bank balance sheets is illustrated below.

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Jim/Bill,

Good news from Syria.

Dave

Christmas Makes A Comeback In Damascus
December 25, 2018

Young volunteers from the churches of Damascus drove through the suburbs of the Syrian capital this week, carrying ornaments to decorate some of the first Christmas trees seen in former opposition bastions in seven years.

Once lit and decorated with tiny Santas, the trees in Eastern Ghouta looked like anything one would find on the streets of any European city. But these towns have suffered tremendous hardship during the seven-year conflict in Syria: ruled by Islamist militiamen that excommunicated Christian communities, besieged by government troops and then pounded to dust by the Russian Air Force, which ended Islamist rule last winter.

Many Christians are yet to return to the destroyed neighborhoods of Eastern Ghouta, where electricity blackouts are still common and where basic services, like running water and heating fuel, are still both expensive and irregular.

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