America not only has no attainable goals in Syria, it has no friends.
The United States Congress voted today to punish Turkey over an invasion of Syrian territory and punish the US President for giving Turkey the green light and withdrawing a handful of troops from an area near the Turkish border.
by Micheal John
The United States has been aligned with a terrorist group in Syria known as the PKK / YPG which has been labelled as terrorists by most of the world. Also the United Nations has accused the United States and its terrorist allies of deploying hundreds if not thousands of child soldiers that the PKK / YPG group has been training in boot camps across Europe and the Middle East.
Turkey took offence at this and finally after years of complaining, sent its troops across the border, after getting the OK from Trump, and essentially drove the terrorists out of a 32 km ribbon along Turkey’s border with Syria. Turkey and Russia agreed to jointly patrol the border and maintain the peace.
The children have mostly been recruited or kidnapped in refugee camps which contain millions of Syria and Iraqi refugees and internally displaced persons.
The bipartisan bill (read: 116hr4692ih – “Countering Turkish Aggression Act of 2019”) levels sanctions against officials of Turkey and uses some strong language related to Turkey’s purchase of the Russian AS400 air defence system.
Among the Turkish officials under attack by the United States are:
(1) The President of Turkey.
(2) The Vice President of Turkey.
(3) The Minister of National Defense of Turkey.
(4) The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey.
(5) The Minister of Treasury and Finance of Turkey.
(6) The Minister of Trade of Turkey.
(7) The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey.
Additionally, “not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President [Trump] shall submit to Congress a report on the net worth and assets of the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
US Ends its Alliance With Turkey over Turkey’s Purchase of AS400 From Russia, Despite the US Denying Turkey an Opportunity to buy the Patriot Missile System
The President shall:
(1) treat the purchase by the Government of Turkey of the S-400 surface-to-air defense system from the Russian Federation as a significant transaction described in section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (22 U.S.C. 9525); and
(2) not later than 180 days after that purchase, impose 5 or more of the sanctions described in section 235 of that Act (22 U.S.C. 9529) with respect to the Government of Turkey.
(b) Definition.-In subsection (a), the term “purchase” means the execution of a contract, the delivery of any goods or services, or the payment for any goods or services.
(c) Non applicability Of Waiver And Delay Provisions.-The following provisions of law shall not apply for purposes of subsection (a):
(1) Subsection (b) or (c) of section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (22 U.S.C. 9525).
(2) Section 236 or 237 of that Act. (Cite:“Countering Turkish Aggression Act of 2019”)