The Twitter Foreign Policy Experts

The Twitter Foreign Policy Experts

It’s amazing how quickly all the legal experts on Twitter shift gears and become foreign policy experts, isn’t it?  And not just any foreign policy experts.  They’re all experts on Middle East geopolitics and military strategy.

People who probably couldn’t point out Turkey or Northern Syria on a map if their lives depended on it and know the sum total of zero about the historical geo-politics of that region are now certain that President Trump is “abandoning our allies” the Kurds.

I was very sick with a fever yesterday and spent a great deal of time on Twitter reading the hot-takes from noted foreign policy experts like S.E. Cupp and Meghan McCain.

Let me tell you, it made for some pathetic reading.

So you can imagine how refreshing this tweet from Julie Kelly was:

If only more people would just admit they really don’t know enough to offer an opinion.

But, as I said, just as Twitter spawns legal experts who know nothing of the law, it spawns foreign policy experts who know nothing about all the moving parts surrounding the Syrian Civil War, the Kurds, and Turkey.

Sadly, many of these faux foreign policy experts were blue checkmark “journalists” and “pundits” whose only mission in life is to find some reason to attack President Trump.

No matter what the President does, they will come out against it.  It’s just how these people are.

Now, I’m not a foreign policy expert.  And I certainly won’t pretend to be.

I realize there are a lot of politicians who believe American forces once deployed should never ever leave.  How else do you explain our presence in Afghanistan for nearly two decades?

Personally, I’m not a fan of “mission creep.”

Yes, the Kurds were fighting the same enemy we were.  Which explains why we armed them so well.

And though I think it’s nutty that they are, Turkey is a NATO member.  In other words, they too are an ally.

Do Meghan McCain and S.E. Cupp really want the US to send troops to battle a NATO ally in order to protect the Kurds?

Now, I’m not one of those foreign policy experts, but that seems like a tremendously bad idea that would create a whole bushel of new problems.

Then again, the Twitter foreign policy experts who are attacking President Trump never do seem to get around to outlining what should be done instead.

You’d think they’d know what to do since they’re all so well informed, right?

Americans elected Donald Trump because he promised to put America and American interests first.  He was not in any way coy about his desire to end our interventionist policies in the Middle East.

What have those interventionist policies brought us?  We’ve been in Afghanistan for eighteen years.  Sons are now fighting in a country their father’s fought in.  Doesn’t that seem a tad insane to you?

President Trump sought to destroy ISIS.  We’ve done that.  Their caliphate is history.

At some point, the question has to be “how does staying in a Civil War on the other side of the planet serve our national interest?”

Everyone clutching their pearls and whimpering, “But we’re abandoning the Kurds!” seem to think the Kurds are helpless little lambs who couldn’t survive without a couple hundred US troops standing guard over them.

Is that even the case?  Do these Twitter foreign policy experts even know if that’s the case?

I read the White House statement on this and it seems to me the Twitter foreign policy experts are making a hell of a lot of inferences that aren’t supported by the statement.

Instead, they seem to be basing their remarks, not on the statement itself, but on the inferences of other people.

But see, this is how the game is played. They’ve done the same thing with that phone call with the Ukrainian President — telling us Trump demanded Ukraine “dig up dirt” on his political opponent or he wouldn’t give them US aid. As if that is in any way supported by the transcript itself. Everyone is getting angry, not over what the President actually said, but with the inferences made by people who want to paint the President in the worst possible light.

See, this is why I appreciate Julie Kelly’s tweet.

Better to simply admit you don’t know enough about this than to pop off as if you do.

But then again, it’s Twitter in the Age of Trump.

Not having Clue One about an issue should never get in the way of your mission to attack all things Trump.

On a side note:

The lab results have come back.  The problem isn’t caused by cancer.  This is great news.  I won’t know what treatment I’ll need until I speak with the doctor.  But knowing that it isn’t cancer is more than sufficient for now.

Thanks for all your kind thoughts and your prayers.  Whatever the treatment is, at least I can take comfort in knowing I dodged a bullet.

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16 thoughts on “The Twitter Foreign Policy Experts

  • October 8, 2019 at 9:27 am
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    On a side note.
    Bless god.
    We continue to pray for you.
    Keep the faith.

  • October 8, 2019 at 9:41 am
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    Outstanding news for you!
    Can any of these Twatter geniuses explain HOW the Syrian civil war began? Was it the CIA arming the Iranian jihadists to subvert Assad? So that Obama’s covert operation to install the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the region? To give Iran hegemony throughout the middle east? To then use Syria as a base of military operations against Israel? Why else would Obama so strongly support the “Arab Spring” demonstrations? Thank God for Gen El Sisi of Egypt for putting the kibosh on that by arresting and imprisoning the Brotherhood leaders. And while ALL this is going on, Obama is letting Iran build nukes and sending them uranium through Russia. I should write a book.

  • October 8, 2019 at 10:42 am
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    Not cancer. Good!
    Now, just get healthy from whatever it is, okay?
    Not just good wishes for your sake: I’m being selfish, too:
    We all want Dianny at your best for a long time. 😉

    And what’s this about needing to have some knowledge or expertise before proffering an opinion? Why, having no worthwhile knowledge or expertise of my own, I’d simply cease to exist online were I to follow that. (As would most of social media, so I gather.)

  • October 8, 2019 at 10:47 am
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    Happy for your great news!

  • October 8, 2019 at 10:48 am
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    Dianny, you say you dodged a bullet. I picture you as Neo in the Matrix, leaning back so the bullet flies over you, but with both middle fingers out.

    Congratulations on the great news.

  • October 8, 2019 at 10:56 am
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    Hapless neocon liberals who want endless war have nothing on the fact that you’re okay

  • October 8, 2019 at 10:57 am
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    “The problem isn’t caused by cancer.”

    That is great!!!! I hope the problem is easily treated once you know what it is.

  • October 8, 2019 at 12:25 pm
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    Great news, indeed: “The problem is not caused by cancer … dodged a bullet.” A wonderful life skill, if you’ve got it. You must be a type of superhero. And I always enjoy reading the consistently interesting posts here at “Patriot Retort.”

    However, not being a superhero, I will not not be practicing this skill with live ammunition

    !!

  • October 8, 2019 at 1:26 pm
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    Wonderful news on the cancer not being the issue. My wife and I continue to pray for you.

  • October 8, 2019 at 2:10 pm
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    That is good news indeed. Thank God. Amen.

    I enjoy your stuff.

  • October 8, 2019 at 4:11 pm
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    I’m no fan of Erdogan, but Turkey has an imperial history of strong-armed leadership stretching back centuries. It’s their way; and we should be able to deal with it. Too many “talking heads” bad-mouth Turkey and question their continued role in NATO; but, I see some important positives for Turkey as a NATO ally that seem to get overlooked by the self-appointed diplomacy experts in the media:
    1. Turkey enforces the Montreux Convention (something in which the US was too blind to participate), which critically hampers the Russian Black Sea Fleet from establishing and maintaining any SLOCs (sea-lines-of-communications…think supply to overseas locations) in the Mediterranean Sea. Nearly 60 years ago, the Soviets tried to support client states by maintaining ports in Tartus (Syria), Aden (Yemen) and the Dahlak Islands (was Ethiopia now Eritrea) but failed. They could not sustain any meaningful assistance to their clients even with using military transport aviation assets to augment support. It’s just too hard to support overseas activities due to the Montreux constricting Russian ship movements through the Turkish Bosporus. [http://sam.baskent.edu.tr/belge/Montreux_ENG.pdf]
    2. Turkish SIGINT sites (some of which were once ours before the National Security Agency (NSA) scaled back overseas sites) provide NATO intelligence collection on the Central Asian region, e.g., ISIS, Iran, Iraq, and including looking into the interior of Russia (e.g., think intelligence on CENTER-2015, the largest Russian field exercise since ZAPAD-81). As sexy as satellite intelligence collection may be, there are still some unique abilities from ground sites that make their continued operation valuable. [Genelkurmay Elektronik Sistemler: GES, also known as the General Staff Electronic Systems Command, is the Turkish equivalent of the US NSA.]
    3. Turkish missile radar sites in Eastern Turkey near the Iranian border are the only regional sites that provide early warning of Iranian missile launches. This supports Israel as well as NATO. [https://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/16/world/europe/turkey-accepts-missile-radar-for-nato-defense-against-iran.html]
    4. The Turks are building a new passage around Istanbul which will allow for LNG (liquified natural gas), currently prohibited from passing through the Bosporus, to pass into the Black Sea to the Ukrainian re-gasification facilities being constructed at Yuzhnyi (Odessa region). This is an energy development of a strategic nature for the Black Sea economies (Bulgaria and Romania, both NATO members, as well as Ukraine and Moldova; and, by extension, to NATO members Poland, Hungary, etc.). [https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/apr/27/istanbul-new-bosphorus-canal]

  • October 8, 2019 at 5:37 pm
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    YESS!!!! I’m so happy for you!

  • October 8, 2019 at 6:37 pm
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    Good news from you. Take care of yourself Dianny.

    • October 9, 2019 at 2:51 am
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      By the way foreign policy is now considered un-American.

  • October 9, 2019 at 7:32 am
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    My foreign policy rules are pretty simple.
    Keep your eye on the Russians and ChiComs, and TRUST NO MUSLIM.

  • October 9, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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    Yay! I’m so happy to hear this, Dianny. I will continue to pray for your quick recovery.

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