“Dear FSM! Make It Stop!” Silly Pix Respite Thread

So, our criminal president is (by Turkish proxy) bringing death down upon innocents who thought they could trust US friendship. His party, most of them so far, is just fine with that.  He is actively working with every bad actor available to enrich himself and steal the next election.  He is publicly admitting new impeachable offenses more or less on the hour.  And there’s a non-zero chance that as the walls close in on his criminal enterprise he’ll find new ways to kill lots of the rest of us.

So I don’t know about you, but I could use a break.  So here’s a couple of silly pictures that managed to make me laugh through the madness.

1: From a professor’s office at an undisclosed west coast institution of higher learning (the pic. was smuggled to me):


2: An oldie — a picture I took at the ASU bookstore a few years ago. Puts a whole new dimension of meaning into the imperative “Publish or Perish”:


3: And finally, inspired by Pat Robertson asserting that Trump has lost the “Mandate of Heaven” — my absolutely true story, no lie, factual to the bone image of the new yacht the Shitgibbon just picked up from the Dowager Empress Cixi*

*Back story here.

The Potential Outcomes of the President Prematurely Pulling Back in Syria

Here are what I think are the three most likely, and also most deadly, potential outcomes of the President’s premature pull back in Syria so that Erdogan can go after the Kurds and establish his buffer zone/expand his border into Syria. There are not in any specific order, but all of them are bad.

  1. Erdogan gets himself bogged down in Syria trying to set up his 30 mile buffer zone. Putin then decides he’s going to tighten the screws and both actual Russia military personnel and Wagner mercenaries come into conflict with Turkish forces and, as a result, Erdogan needs help and decides to invoke Article 5 of the NATO Charter. This places the US and the rest of NATO in the position of either responding to the Article 5 invocation or fracturing NATO because no one wants to support an increasingly erratic and authoritarian Erdogan. Also, no one really knows how competent the Turkish military is right now given that Erdogan has purged the military of his perceived opponents.
  2. The ISIS detainees currently held by the SDF are cut loose by the SDF because they can’t detain them and fight for survival at the same time. They go into the wind, which exponentially increases the ISIS threat through the Middle East, Central Asia, Europe, and Africa.
  3. It sets off a new wave of refugees. This has the ability to destabilize Lebanon and Jordan. And it will further increase the neo-nationalist and neo-fascist pressures in Europe that are built around an anti-immigrant and anti-refugee attitudes, which will increase the pressure on most of our NATO allies, as well as on the European Union.

Open thread!

Full disclosure: In May 2016 I prepared and gave the keynote strategic assessment of the regional and geo-strategic problem set in the Levant for the commanding general, command group, senior staff, and as much as the rest of the staff they could shoe horn into the auditorium of XVIII Airborne Corps as they were preparing to take over as the commend element of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve. And I have provided ongoing strategic advice as needed/requested to senior US military personnel at echelons above brigade deployed to Operation Inherent Resolve.

Off the Rails (Open Thread)

This is a thing the president of the United States just said:

As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!). They must, with Europe and others, watch over…

….the captured ISIS fighters and families. The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!

Remember that time Trump totally destroyed and obliterated the economy of Turkey? Seems to have slipped my mind. Halp?

Sometimes Daddy is Mean

Trump’s latest lash out is to dump the Kurds and let the Turks invade northern Syria.

Quick, to the batphone:

Another move that helps Putin, advances Trump’s business interests (Trump Towers in Istanbul), and gives everybody else the signal that he’s gonna go ham if he gets impeached.

Update: Looks like Butters is issuing some strongly worded tweets:

Urkranium-1 Open Thread: The ‘Unified Morons Theory’

(Matt Davies via GoComics.com)

There is a growing body of empirical support for Marcotte’s theory:

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