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October 17, 2019

Oct 17 07:37

House Dems Unanimously Vote to Condemn Withdrawal From Syria

Positions from Democrat leaders suggested an unconditional opposition to Trump ending any war and withdrawing any troops under any circumstances. They also objected to the notion that a president could end a war without their permission.

Oct 17 07:36

US Destroys Former Syria Base, Leaves More Cities

US forces continue to withdraw from Syria, and on their way out the door are trying to take various measures to either destroy facilities or to spite Russian troops who are moving in.

One former US base, near Kobane, has been totally destroyed by US airstrikes. Some officials presented this as a “show of force,” though against whom was unclear. This base was the one the US accused Turkey of bracketing with artillery fire early in the invasion.

Another US base, near Manbij, was not destroyed in time. The US stripped it of gear, and left it for Russia. The US also drew crude pictures of penises on the walls, along with insulting phrases.

The US coalition also issued a statement on Wednesday reporting that they’d withdrawn from the cities of Tabqah and Raqqa. US forces also left a cement factory belonging to Lafarge.

Oct 17 07:35

US Special Envoy: Syria Pullout Doesn’t Effect Iran Strategy

US special envoy on Iran Brian Hook told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that the administration does not consider the withdrawal from Syria to in any way impact US hostility toward Iran.

Hook said the administration remains “very comfortable” with its Iran strategy, and that the “maximum pressure” campaign will continue. He added troops in northern Syria never had an Iran mission set.

Some Senators were eager to make Syria all about Iran, however, with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) claiming Iran was “smiling from ear to ear as Turkey rushed into Syria.” Romney also claimed Turkey’s invasion made Assad stronger.

Oct 17 07:34

US Officials Confirm Secret Cyber Attack on Iran After Saudi Oil Refineries Hit

US officials have told Reuters that in response to the attacks on a pair of Saudi oil refineries in mid-September, the US carried out a cyber attack against Iran, damaging physical hardware in the process.

Such an attack has been alleged before, and these officials are only confirming on condition of anonymity, and even then are refusing to provide any details on what was actually attacked.

The Pentagon said they don’t discuss any of their cyber attacks, and so they are neither going to confirm or deny if they did it. Iran denied that they were attacked, suggesting the officials “must have dreamt it.”

Oct 17 07:33

Is the Impeachment Process Fair? By Andrew P. Napolitano

Last week, the White House legal counsel wrote to congressional leaders stating President Donald Trump’s legal views of the impeachment investigation now being conducted by the House of Representatives. The essence of Pat Cipollone’s letter argued that the impeachment investigation is illegitimate, unconstitutional and unfair.

The illegitimacy argument contended that since the House has yet to vote to authorize an investigation of the president, its committees lack subpoena power. The unconstitutional argument offered that since impeachment seeks to overturn a valid election, it is a thinly veiled coup and thus is in violation of the Constitution. And his unfairness argument states that the president is entitled to due process at every stage of the impeachment proceedings.

These are valid political arguments. But as legal offerings, they are profoundly misguided. Here is the backstory.

Oct 17 07:32

North Korea's Kim sends "defiant" sanctions message at sacred mountain

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rode a white horse to Mt. Paektu and lashed out at sanctions imposed on the country, the state-run KCNA news agency reported Wednesday — hailing the action as "a great event of weighty importance."

The big picture: The images at the sacred, active volcano and accompanying proclamation that "there will be a great operation to strike the world with wonder again and make a step forward in the Korean revolution" comes days after denuclearization talks between North Korea and the U.S. broke down.

Oct 17 07:31

U.S. Coalition - forces have left Syrian cities of Raqqa, Tabqah, Lafarge factory

The U.S.-led coalition said on Wednesday that its forces had left the Syrian cities of Tabqah and Raqqa as well as a Lafarge cement factory as part of the withdrawal from northeast Syria.

“Coalition forces continue a deliberate withdrawal from northeast Syria. On Oct. 16, we vacated the Lafarge Cement Factory, Raqqa, and Tabqah,” coalition spokesman Colonel Myles B. Caggins said on Twitter.


Oct 17 07:30

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 17, 2019: SYRIAN ARMY ENTERING KOBANI AND RAQQA

On October 16, units of the Syrian Army entered the city of Raqqah for the first time since 2014. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has controlled the city since 2017, when they with help from the United States seized it from ISIS. The Syrian Army reportedly established several observation posts in the area and continued deployment within the SDF-held area.

According to pro-government sources, government troops are also preparing to enter the Omar oil fields. A day earlier, on October 15, Syrian troops and Russian Military Police units started patrolling the contact line between Turkish-backed forces and the SDF near Manbij.

On October 16, US-led coalition forces withdrew from the Kharab Ashk military base where dozens of US and French troops had been deployed. US-led forces burned the base in order to destroy equipment that they were not able to evacuate.

Oct 17 07:29

America sold over $55 billion in weapons in FY19

The U.S. sold $55.4 billion worth of weapons to allies and partners around the globe in fiscal 2019, a nearly flat change from the previous fiscal year.

Of that total, $48.25 billion came in payments from partner nations, $3.67 billion from grant assistance programs such as Foreign Military Financing and the Global Peacekeeping Operations Initiative, and $3.47 billion for cases funded under Department of Defense Title 10 grant assistance programs, such as train and equip programs or the Afghan Security Forces Fund.

In FY17, the U.S. sold $41.93 billion in Foreign Military Sales, or FMS, deals. That number jumped a dramatic 33 percent in FY18 to $55.6 billion in deals.

While another major jump did not happen in FY19, Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, the head of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, expressed confidence that the various efforts to reform his agency would continue to pay off.

Oct 17 07:10

How GE Screwed Over Its Retirees

Oct 17 07:08

Police confiscate firearms of Korean War veteran, 84, after waitress mishears conversation

A Korean War veteran who has served in some capacity with local law enforcement for a span of six decades had his firearms confiscated and was relieved of his duties as an elementary school crossing guard last month, after a waitress overheard what she perceived to be a "threat" in a passing conversation at a coffee shop.


Oct 17 07:08

Donald Trump Jr. hits back at critics who compare him and his siblings to Hunter Biden

Donald Trump Jr., the son of President Donald Trump, defended himself Wednesday night from critics who have sought to compare the foreign business deals of himself and his siblings to those of Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Oct 17 07:07

Samsung: Anyone's thumbprint can unlock Galaxy S10 phone

A flaw that means any fingerprint can unlock a Galaxy S10 phone has been acknowledged by Samsung.

It promised a software patch that would fix the problem.

The issue was spotted by a British woman whose husband was able to unlock her phone with his thumbprint just by adding a cheap screen protector.

When the S10 was launched, in March, Samsung described the fingerprint authentication system as "revolutionary".

Oct 17 07:01

Scientists discover “electric” bacteria – can it lead to next-gen batteries and miniature pacemakers?

Experts know that a strange species of bacteria found in oxygen-deprived sediment and soil can generate electricity. But they only recently learned that the microorganism achieves this through a method that differs from that used by other electric bacteria.

Called Geobacter sulfurreducens, the anaerobic bacteria possess a unique biological structure. This previously unidentified feature makes it possible for the microbe to conduct electricity.

Researchers believe it is possible to replicate the bacteria’s natural structure and improve its ability to generate electricity. A refined synthetic version of the formation may power miniature electronics and make it possible to design tiny batteries with high capacity.

Oct 17 06:57

Testimony a DISASTER for Dems: Brit Hume has an inkling why Schiff and Pelosi want impeachment interviews ‘behind closed doors’



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Oct 17 06:54

PART 3: FIELD OPS MANAGER AT CNN: ZUCKER’S 9AM CALLS ARE ‘BULLSHIT;’ “WE’RE TOTALLY LEFT-LEANING…(BUT) WE DON’T WANT TO ADMIT IT”

Manager of Field Operations at CNN Patrick Davis Complains “We Could Be So Much Better Than What We Are.”

“I Haven’t Listened to a 9AM (Rundown) Call in About 15 Years…Just, I Can’t Listen to It,” Explains Davis, “It’s All Just a Bunch of Bullshit.”

Field Production Supervisor at CNN Gerald Sisnette: “The Only Way This Will Go Away is When He (Trump) Dies. Hopefully Soon.”

“They Sold Themselves to the Devil. It’s, It’s Sad.” Laments Floor Manager at CNN Mike Brevna.

“We Used to Cover News,” Complains Senior Field Engineer at CNN Scott Garber, “We Used to Go Out and Do Stories.”

Zucker Admits to Being Personally Responsible for Impeachment Coverage: “I Am the One Saying We Should Just Stay on Impeachment.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Part 3 of the Project Veritas Expose'.

Oct 17 06:46

Extinction Rebellion CANCELS plan for Gatwick demo after furious East London commuters drag them off roof of Tube train and rough them up

As their eco-protest enters its 11th day XR activists launched a co-ordinated strike on three London Underground stations, clambering on top of carriages and glueing themselves to doors despite Monday's city-wide ban issued by the Met Police.

But their efforts to disrupt public transport were met with a furious backlash from commuters, industry groups and politicians leading one XR spokesman to admit the move had been a 'huge own goal'.

A hastily-deleted tweet comparing themselves to icon of the nonviolent black civil rights movement, Rosa Parks, was also met with opprobrium from social media users.

Video surfaced from Canning Town station of a protester seemingly being beaten and kicked by angry workers on the station platform having been dragged bodily from the top of a train.


Oct 17 06:43

Doctors slam popular genetic tests such as 23andMe for sparking confusion and fear in patients 'by telling them they could get diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's'

A panel of experts from Southampton University, Exeter University and Southampton Hospital said 'direct-to-consumer' genetic tests are unreliable and leave people confused and uncertain.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, they said genetic information is complex and even if people are shown to be at risk they need carefully walking through the results by a doctor – not left to panic at home.

Oct 17 06:42

Progressives attack CNN over host's 'racist' comment against AOC and the 'squad'

CNN's John King is getting pilloried online over a two word description he made against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and three other progressive members of Congress.

Oct 17 06:37

Olympic fever? Tourists may be unaware Japan IMPORTED Ebola in preparation for 2020 games

The Japanese government has imported strains of Ebola and four other lethal pathogens to research possible countermeasures should an outbreak occur with the vast influx of athletes and tourists at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

The Japanese health ministry's National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) has begun tests on live samples of Ebola, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, South American haemorrhagic fever, Marburg disease, and Lassa fever to validate existing and developing tests used to help contain any potential outbreaks and mitigate the risks of a major public health emergency.


Oct 17 06:35

Covering the tracks? US jets BOMB own base in Syria as troops retreat

A major US base in northern Syria was destroyed by an air strike after the troops pulled out, likely to prevent more embarrassing videos of the abandoned facility once it is reclaimed by Syrian government troops.

The Lafarge cement factory near Kobani was the site of a joint US-French base, which was abandoned on Wednesday as part of a general withdrawal ordered by US President Donald Trump. Local sources reported the facility at Kharab'Ashaq was bombed shortly thereafter.

US officials confirmed the strike on Wednesday evening, saying it was previously planned and intended “to prevent the coalition operation center from being utilized by outside forces.”

Oct 17 06:24

'Meltdown': Syria rebuke prompts Trump-Pelosi confrontation

Tensions soared Wednesday over President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria, with the House voting overwhelmingly to rebuke him and a subsequent confrontation at the White House that led to Democratic leaders walking out on the president.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said that when she delivered news of the rebuke, Mr. Trump had a “meltdown” and called her a “third-rate politician.”

Republicans said it was Mrs. Pelosi whose conduct was outrageous. They said her walkout was unbecoming and her push toward impeaching Mr. Trump is poisoning government at the highest levels.

Oct 17 06:21

Pelosi Throws Tantrum, Storms Out of White House Meeting on Syria With President Trump (VIDEO)

Congressional Democrats walked out of a White House meeting on Syria with President Trump on Wednesday.

Pelosi’s behavior was “unbecoming” according to Rep. McCarthy and the President responded to her by hammering the House Speaker, calling her a “third grade politician.”

Initial reports claimed Trump called Pelosi a “third rate politician,” however it was later corrected to accurately report that he called her a ‘third grade politician.”

Prior to the meeting, the House passed a resolution opposing President Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of Northern Syria.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) threw a tantrum and stormed out of the meeting, according to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

Pelosi told reporters outside of the White House that Trump was “shaken up” and refused to cooperate.


Oct 17 06:20

Schiff Not Worried About Impeachment Probe Hurting Vulnerable Dems: ‘Let the Chips Fall Where They May’

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) indicated this week that he is not concerned about the impeachment effort hindering the re-election chances of vulnerable Democrats.

“Let the chips fall where they may,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff declared, seemingly throwing some of his Democrat colleagues under the bus.

Schiff’s comments came during an interview Monday at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, moderated by New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof.

The moderator noted that former Rep. James Rogan (R-CA) lost his congressional seat to Schiff in 2000 after voting in favor of impeaching President Bill Clinton.

Oct 17 06:15

Trump to Pelosi as She Stormed Out of Meeting: “Goodbye! We’ll See You at the Polls!”

President Trump savagely trolled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday after she threw a tantrum and stormed out of a White House meeting with Trump on Syria.

Pelosi was out of control on Wednesday and made a scene at the White House with her partner-in-crime Senator Chuck Schumer.

President Trump put Pelosi in her place and called her a “third grade politician.”

But he wasn’t done.

A senior Democrat aide said that Trump hit Pelosi again with another zinger as she stood up with Schumer and left the meeting.

“Goodbye, we’ll see you at the polls.” Trump said to Pelosi and Schumer.

Oct 17 06:14

Report–George W. Bush: Trump’s ‘Isolationist’ America Is ‘Dangerous’ for Global Peace

Former President George W. Bush, who led the United States into war across the Middle East, attacked President Trump on Wednesday night, saying U.S. intervention is necessary “for the sake of peace” around the globe.
During a panel alongside former President Bill Clinton at the Nir School of the Heart, Bush laid into Trump for his recent decision to withdraw up to 1,000 American troops from northeast Syria — fulfilling his longheld campaign promise to bring troops home after more than a decade of war.

“An isolationist United States is destabilizing around the world,” Bush said, according to the Washington Post‘s Josh Rogin. “We are becoming isolationist and that’s dangerous for the sake of peace.”

Oct 17 06:13

Corn Pop’s Revenge: Leftists Move for the End of Joe Biden

So when moderator Anderson Cooper at the end of the CNN-New York Times debate on Tuesday night closed down the debate with a question about a unique and different friendship that has shaped their lives, one would have thought the moderators were teeing Biden up for a perfect Corn Pop moment.

Cooper said:

Last week, Ellen DeGeneres was criticized after she and former President George W. Bush were seen laughing together at a football game. Ellen defended their friendship, saying, we’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s OK that we’re all different. So in that spirit, we’d like you to tell us about a friendship that you’ve had that would surprise us and what impact it’s had on you and your beliefs.

Cooper went to all 11 other candidates before getting to Biden, who closed it down at the end, giving Biden plenty of time to think about what he was going to say.



Pixfuture
Oct 17 06:10

Tulsi Gabbard Not At All Surprised At Proof CNN Is Totally Bias Against Her!

Oct 17 05:29

If THIS Doesn't PISS You OFF...Nothing Will!



Taboola
Oct 17 05:16

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings dies; longtime Baltimore advocate was key figure in Trump impeachment inquiry

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore, a committee chairman known for his devotion to Baltimore and civil rights and for blunt and passionate speechmaking, died of longstanding health problems early Thursday morning, his office said. He was 68 years old.

The Democrat, a key figure in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, died at Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Johns Hopkins affiliate, at approximately 2:45 A.M., a spokeswoman said.

October 16, 2019

Oct 16 22:42

Manbij is ours! US military left a message

Inside the US base. The cokes were still cold.

Oct 16 22:38

How The Win-Win-Win-Win Plan For Syria's Northeast Succeeds

The Syrian and Russian operations in the northeast of Syria are going well.

Russian troops prevented attempts by Turkish supported Jihadis to attack Manbij. Russian and Syrian units now also entered Ayn al-Arab/Kobani. Syrian government troops took control of the electricity producing dam in Tabqah and some units set up posts in Raqqa. Other units entered the Conoco and Al-Umar oil fields north of Abu Kahmal and east of Deir Ezzor. Some local tribe which profited from the oil explorations there held a small protest against the return of government control.

The Russian air force in Syria is preventing the use of the Turkish air-force in support of the Turkish attacks. Yesterday a Turkish F-16 entered Syrian air space but retreated when some Russian fighters appeared to hunt for it.

Oct 16 21:59

The Russian Masterpiece in Syria: Everyone Wins

Putin is a genius!

Russia’s operation was complicated and required a lot of patience; but thanks to negotiations supervised by Russia, together with the bravery and courage of Syrian soldiers, almost all of the terrorist pockets scattered around Syria have been progressively overcome.

Erdogan currently finds himself boxed in, squeezed in by a collapsing economy, threatened by his allies (the purchase of the Russian S-400 system irritated many in Washington and in NATO): he desperately needs to present some kind of victory to his base.

With Trump, he is desperate to shift attention away from the impeachment proceedings (a hoax), and similarly needs to present some kind of victory to his base.

Erdogan and Trump have also solved the embarrassing internal conflict within NATO between Turkey and the US, probably reestablishing personal relationships (the tough talk from the White House notwithstanding).

Oct 16 20:07

N.Y. closes 'double jeopardy' loophole, can charge pardoned offenders

Really doesn't change anything. Under dual sovereignty a state could charge someone with the same crime the President pardoned them for on the federal level and vice versa and it wouldn't be double jeopardy. This is redundant and a swipe at Trump.

Oct. 16 (UPI) -- New York lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have approved a new law that allows prosecutors to charge residents with crimes on the state level, even if they have received a presidential pardon.

Oct 16 19:33

Trump warned Erdogan in letter: 'Don't be a tough guy' or 'a fool'

This is a damn good letter Trump sent to the would be Caliph of a revived Ottoman Empire!
Some peoples reaction to it makes me put a palm to my forehead!
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -

Trump had the letter released to bolster his view that he did not give Turkey a green light to invade Syria. Many lawmakers have been sharply critical of his decision to remove American forces from the conflict zone.

“I have worked hard to solve some of your problems. Don’t let the world down. You can make a great deal,” said Trump in the letter.

He said he had confidentially enclosed to Erdogan a copy of a letter Mazloum had sent him.

Oct 16 16:36

Media and politicians didn’t care about chaos the US caused in Syria for years, but now that Trump can be blamed, they’re outraged

Mainstream US media has been the biggest cheerleader for Washington’s chaos production in Syria for years, but now, as Donald Trump pulls troops out of the northeast, they’re suddenly outraged. Spare us the crocodile tears.

Oct 16 16:29

After paying out $8 billion in fines, J&J now faces 100,000 more lawsuits related to injuries caused by antipsychotic drugs

Things just keep getting worse for Johnson & Johnson (J&J), which after having recently paid out some $8 billion in fines for illegally pushing doctors to prescribe its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal (risperdone) now faces more than 100,000 additional lawsuits over harm caused by this same drug, as well as many of the company’s other drugs and products.

Similar to what Monsanto and Bayer now face with thousands of lawsuits over Roundup (glyphosate) poisoning, J&J is finally being held accountable for crimes that injured and killed countless people, which analysts say could drain from the company at least another $20 billion in fines, settlements, and other payouts.

Because there appears to be no end to J&J’s liabilities at this point, shares of the company plummeted some 12 percent.

Oct 16 16:09

Dems storm out of Syria meeting with Trump: 'We have to pray for his health'

The Dems impeachment move has failed so now they are going to try the 25th amendment to get him out.

Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty-fifth_Amendment_to_the_United_Stat...

Pelosi said later, at the Capitol: "I pray for the president all the time, and I tell him that -- I pray for his safety and that of his family. Now, we have to pray for his health -- because this was a very serious meltdown on the part of the president."

Oct 16 15:46

Are Concrete Blocks the Next Batteries?

When solar panels in a field in Rome, for example, begin producing energy, they would siphon part of that energy off to a storage facility like Energy Vault. With that energy stored, the company could then run the energy when there was no wind or a cloudy day.

There are many ideas for renewable energy batteries. Energy Vault's consists of an almost 400-foot tall, six-armed crane with custom-built concrete blocks weighing almost 35 metric tons each. As solar or wind energy is siphoned into an Energy Vault tower, an A.I. directs the concrete blocks to rise up. Then, according to the company's website, the blocks are "returned to the ground and the kinetic energy generated from the falling brick is turned back into electricity."

Oct 16 15:43

Yahoo Groups Is Winding Down and All Content Will Be Permanently Removed

Users won't be able to upload new content to the site after October 21 and have until December 14 to archive their content, Yahoo said in an announcement.

Oct 16 15:34

SpaceX files paperwork for 30,000 more Starlink satellites for high-speed internet - amid fears they will litter the night sky and make stargazing impossible

Over the summer, SpaceX had lost contact with three Starlinks orbiting earth, leaving experts concerned over the potential for such satellite mega-constellations to add to dangerous orbiting space debris.

But this does not seem to put a damper on Musk's plans.

The billionaire is set to release hundreds or even thousands of the satellites into orbit over the next year.

Oct 16 15:12

The real cost of your iPhone: Apple spends less than $500 on the parts and production of the iPhone 11 Pro Max - but charges up to $1,449

A teardown of the smartphone has revealed that including parts and assembly, the Cupertino company is only paying $490.50 for a finished handset.

However, the $490.50 price tag does not include shipping, wages of people who handle assemble and costs of services that are free with each iPhone such as AppleCare and iCloud syncing.

The teardown the 512GB iPhone 11 Pro Max was conducted by TechInsights in collaboration with NBC News.

The camera created specifically for this smartphone has been praised for its stunning capabilities, making it the most expensive piece of hardware at $73.50.

And the 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR display comes in second at $66.50 and the powerful A13 Bionic chip cost Apple just $64.

Although the cost of parts is just shy of $500, this does not included the extra fees for shipping, labor and paying for free services.

Oct 16 14:55

Massive Verizon outage across the US as data, texting and calls fail - and no word about when the issue will be resolved

America’s ‘most reliable’ network has gone down.

Verizon appears to be out across the entire US, with the most recent reports coming in from New York City, Houston, Texas and Los Angeles, California.

The outage appears to be effecting data, payments, calls and texting for customers -- no official statement has been given by the communications and Technology Company yet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not good, particularly in light of how dependent our lives have become on these gadgets.

Oct 16 14:52

'Don't be a tough guy!' What Donald Trump wrote to Turkey's president while Syria invasion began - as he promised 'concessions' from Kurds and warned history would see Edrogan as 'the devil' if he attacked

President Donald Trump tried to cajole Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his Turkish counterpart, into negotiating with Syrian Kurds instead of invading, a letter released by the White House reveals.

'History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way. It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen,' the president wrote on October 9, as Erdogan's forces prepared to cross into Syria.

'Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!' he wrote. 'I will call you later.'

Trump told reporters during a press conference Wednesday that he hadn't given Erdogan 'a green light' to invade, and claimed releasing 'a very powerful letter' would dispel misconceptions about the impact of his troop withdrawal from Syria days before he wrote it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sitting at my desk here, and having a palm-to-forehead moment, at warp speed, upon reading this.

That President Trump believed that he could influence Erdogan by insulting him, painfully demonstrates a reckless professional idiocy, writ large, under his watch.

This... is really painful, to watch a President of the United States behaving in this manor, and actually thinking he could "save the day" by doing so.

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