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    France & Germany Halt Arms Exports To Turkey As 100,000 Syrian Kurds Displaced

    Now, in day four of Turkey's military incursion into northeast Syria following a US troop pullback from border areas, both Germany and France have announced they will halt all weapons sales to Turkey, citing the possibility they could be used in the offensive. This also as an EU-wide embargo is being considered on Ankara amid its so-called 'Operation Peace Spring'.
    Germany moved first, with Heiko Maas on Saturday telling newspaper Bild am Sonntag that, "against the background of the Turkish military offensive in northeastern Syria, the government will not issue any new permissions for any weapons that can be used by Turkey in Syria."
    France quickly followed, with a joint French Foreign and Defense ministries statement saying, “In expectation of the end of this offensive, France has decided to suspend all plans to export to Turkey weapons that could be used in this offensive.”

    “This decision is with immediate effect,” the French statement added, at a crucial moment days away from next week's planned EU meeting in Luxembourg were a broader European response to Turkey's operation will be considered. Notably the Netherlands and Norway have also imposed their own temporary arms embargo on Turkey.
    French President Emmanuel Macron's office "reiterated the need to make the Turkish offensive stop immediately," in a statement Saturday. Macron also reported told President Trump in a phone call that Turkey's assault is likely to lead to a resurgence of ISIS and must be immediately halted.
    Given that now the EU's two most influential countries have issued the definitive bans, more are likely to follow, especially after the United Nations issued shocking figures this week, tallying that some 100,000 people have been driven from their homes since the start of Turkey's offensive on Wednesday.

    More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitic...ban-considered
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    They had been happily killing themselves with swords for 1000s of years. Who was the idiot who thought sending them fighter jets, tanks and missiles was a great idea? While I am at it, who originally thought it would be a great idea to have a permanent army in the US?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJB View Post
    They had been happily killing themselves with swords for 1000s of years. Who was the idiot who thought sending them fighter jets, tanks and missiles was a great idea?
    The Europeans decided to give up their superiority in order to use less advanced nations against eachother, history will marvel at the stupidity of that.

    Quote Originally Posted by RJB View Post
    While I am at it, who originally thought it would be a great idea to have a permanent army in the US?
    Smart people, it just should have been kept small because we didn't have any major military threats.
    And the states should have kept most of the regulars on their payrolls to train the militia.
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    PARIS (Reuters) - France’s weapons sales to Saudi Arabia rose 50 pct in 2018 despite the government calling for an end to the “dirty war” in Yemen, figures released on Tuesday showed.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-f...-idUSKCN1T51C0
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Smart people, it just should have been kept small because we didn't have any major military threats.
    And the states should have kept most of the regulars on their payrolls to train the militia.
    Actually I liked Ron Paul's suggestion that defending our border is more important than defending Iraq's

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJB View Post
    Actually I liked Ron Paul's suggestion that defending our border is more important than defending Iraq's
    Absolutely, but I don't think what I said contradicts that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RJB View Post
    They had been happily killing themselves with swords for 1000s of years. Who was the idiot who thought sending them fighter jets, tanks and missiles was a great idea? While I am at it, who originally thought it would be a great idea to have a permanent army in the US?
    This/\/\

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Absolutely, but I don't think what I said contradicts that.
    I know. I was modifying my own statement. I am not as idealistic as I once was. A small standing army is the best we can strive for. First off, neighbors are never kind to nation's with weak borders and also, people love the military. Neither of those will change.



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