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Old Today, 01:55 AM   #36326
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My understanding was the US troops were in Syrian towns keeping Turkish aligned militias away from the Kurds and not the Turkish Army at the border.
Both.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/30/middle...troops-patrol/

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http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mi...-idUSKBN16D29G
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Old Today, 01:56 AM   #36327
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this is a great take as usual, although this time around i don't see the gop wasting what they know may be their final chance to do every unpopular thing they've ever dreamed of doing, concealed within the shadows of trump's 24/7 media distraction gift. cutting, undermining, or straight up destroying both healthcare and social programs, selling off public lands, massive tax cuts and redistribution, undercutting public education, and, as bannon said, complete destruction of the administrative state.

i believe the traditional gop of the past would fear the olds, but this new trump version of the gop just does not care. they luckboxed the election and know this window will probably be their last chance in a long, long while where they will ever hold all three branches of government, so they're going to use their one time to undo the system and assist the mega-rich in robbing the american people totally blind, likely knowing worst case most will end up having cushy private sector jobs waiting for them after this is all over.

from the gop's point of view it's a win-win: in some warped alternate reality where things somehow turn out okay, they can take all the credit, while for all other outcomes, they can just blame trump.

I'm going to sum it up quicker: People are dumb, they hate their lives and get jealous of others doing way better. In their minds the following occurs:
Step 1. They see one candidate as more of the same and another as a massive changing of the guard. It doesn't matter how logical it will be, they just see everything being turned on end.
Step 2.?????????? This is all subconscious, it doesn't make any logical sense. The mind jumps a step, the basis for anarchist feelings.
Step 3. They have now switched places with their successful neighbour because everything has been turned upside down.
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Are all foreign embassies in the US under surveillance?
I'm sure it depends on the country, but given how often diplomatic cover is used to carry out espionage activities, I'd imagine that we at least occassionally physically or electronically monitor embassies or personnel from a lot of countries.

(Side note: I used to live a few blocks away from the Russian embassy in DC. It always amused me that they kept a few cars idling in a side alley 24/7... I guess it's a precaution, but if I noticed the vehichles, I'm pretty sure that anyone planning an attack on the embassy would have noticed them too)
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Maybe, but apparently not enough for the administration to develop any kind of plan, except to not arm the Kurds as Obama was going to because Turkey did not approve.
I understand the enemy of our enemy is not our friend, but the Kurds from my very limited knowledge seem like a really good friend
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Are all foreign embassies in the US under surveillance?
I would hope so, and would assume the converse.
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I would hope so, and would assume the converse.
I remember some stuff I saw on the military channel about espionage secrets and there's ways to design embassies so that surveillance is very difficult (no one outside can hear conversations that take place inside, where as the opposite could be done so that even whispers could be heard clearly from a great distance). That being said, electronic communications outside of the country should be surveilled and protected as much as possible by both sides.
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I don't believe even Trump is so insane as to try to pardon himself. To try to pardon everyone around him for everything they may have done would be an abuse of power even the GOP congress wouldn't tolerate. But then this is an already way more lol universe than i could have imagined a year ago.
lol there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that trump will pardon himself. I am less sure that he will pardon his cronies tho. he may just hang them out to dry, not out of malevolence or political or legal strategy, but simply bc he doesnt care about them.
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