Turkey and US Relations Sour After Kurdish Militia Attacked | Time.com

This article from Time is on the button. It argues that the U.S. considers the Kurds as allies. On the other hand, it point out that Turkey says the Kurds are linked to terrorists. The conclusion is that a confrontation is brewing.

Source: Turkey and US Relations Sour After Kurdish Militia Attacked | Time.com

Both Trump and Erdogan are volatile and unpredictable. Trump ignored Turkey’s human right record and was very fast off the mark to congratulate Erdogan on gaining increased power in Turkey’s recent referendum. This was after Erdogan’s extreme praise for Trump’s after America’s military escalation in Syria.

Unless Trump changes direction, the Kurds remain critical to US plans to overthrow ISIS, so Trump will need to do some serious negotiating with Erdogan. Based on Trump’s successful meeting with the Chinese leader, his team will look for a winning compromise with Erdogan.

Thoughts?

 

Vladimir Putin wants to destroy Nato, says US commander in Europe Ben Hodges – Telegraph

English: BUCHAREST. Before the start of a pres...

English: BUCHAREST. Before the start of a press briefing following the Russia-NATO Council meeting. Русский: БУХАРЕСТ. Перед началом брифинга для журналистов по итогам заседания Совета Россия–НАТО. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This is a thoughtful and worrying article from the Telegraph. It’s a recommended read.

via Vladimir Putin wants to destroy Nato, says US commander in Europe Ben Hodges – Telegraph.

As I read this article my mind pondered why other NATO countries are not paying their way? For me, Germany stands out.

Let me introduce some data that was recently published by the International Spectator:

Top arms exporters, 2003-2013 (billion)

1. US: $79.7

2. Russia: $70

3. Germany: $22.1 4.

France: $19 5.

UK: $11.5