Turkish troops and tanks have lined the border but have not crossed into Syria.
I have a hard time thinking that Turkey is against the ideal of a Caliphate. More likely to me, Turkey is against the idea that the Caliphate shaping up will not be a part of the once great Ottoman Empire.
The USA is not now fighting a war against a Caliphate in the Middle East. The USA is fighting a war against the opposition to its homeland.
A Caliphate in the Middle East is not against the interest of the USA, if we convert to natural gas and defend the homeland (the F35 and missile defense). There is a huge anti-war movement shaping-up in the USA that is threatening to move the US’s line of defense towards the Pacific (Obama’s Pivot) and South America, and away for the MENA.
I think my saying that the fight in the Middle East is now against ISIS, but not one against a Caliphate, is also true of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). I am sure both Turkey and KSA are more than willing to battle ISIS, if it means that the Caliphate forming will be more to their image, than that of the Levant.
Perhaps getting into the fight will mean more to Turkey when the Kurds get their own nation-state, which, because of the oil the Kurds hold and the Kurdish population in Turkey, will not be in Turkey’s interest.
In the mean time, Turkey will take advantage of the situation, as that advantage becomes available.
Look out Kurds, get your shit together, because the big-boys are a-coming. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the fire!
via BBC News – Kurds protest against Turkey as IS advances on Kobane.
“…due to the ever-rising costs”
Well, before we get to the point when nobody will be able to afford rent, let’s look at those ever-rising costs.
“Are those costs structural, cultural, something in the system, or does it just have something to do with asset management”, may be the first question to raise in the debate.
via The Critical Difference Between Rentier Wealth And Wealth Creation | Zero Hedge.
ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey could take a military role in the coalition fighting Islamic State IS militants as Ankara moves to take a frontline position in the campaign, the Hurriyet daily reported.
Ha! Of course they are. Who wouldn’t want to battle Saudis Arabia for the title of the lead, in this encounter?
In the Islamic world, it would be like being the nation to bring down Israel, only in the context of a nation-building Caliphate.
It’s the Church/State thing, which American’s forget about all the time, if it wasn’t for the Republican Party reminding us.
via Anti-IS coalition: Turkey ready for military role | Arab News — Saudi Arabia News, Middle East News, Opinion, Economy and more..
What one observes in Maneuver Warfare determines the direction and the amount of energy used in the conflict. The speed of the maneuver is only affected by Observation in such a way as observation determines position and position determines, not only, the distance between maneuver points and the direction with the greatest advantage.
Position is another way to say, where the advantages lay in the paths of Maneuver Warfare. Position is the way one orients towards an advantage in Maneuver Warfare. It should be obvious by now in our observation of our war with ISIL that we have positioned ourselves behind Saudi Arabia.
That much is revealed by the WSJ today in a piece exposing the backdoor dealings that the US conducted with Saudi Arabia to get the “green light” to launch its airstrikes against ISIS, or rather, parts of Iraq and Syria. And, not surprising, it is once again Assad whose fate was the bargaining chip to get the Saudis on the US’ side, because in order to launch the incursion into Syrian sovereign territory “took months of behind-the-scenes work by the U.S. and Arab leaders, who agreed on the need to cooperate against Islamic State, but not how or when. The process gave the Saudis leverage to extract a fresh U.S. commitment to beef up training for rebels fighting Mr. Assad, whose demise the Saudis still see as a top priority.”
via A Look Inside The Secret Deal With Saudi Arabia That Unleashed The Syrian Bombing | Zero Hedge.
The advantage we have for Saudi Arabia is that we have the ability to determine the direction and amount of energy that will be used against ISIL, as we are observed in the region, while we maintain no position in the “fight” against ISIL.
In other words, according to above article by Zero Hedge, the US is behind a force whose orientation is much the same as that of ISIL (ISIS is only a point or position), only their positions are different.
The speed of this Maneuver Warfare will be determined by the negotiations going on between like orientations, and the direction and the amount of energy used will be determined by the USA’s ability to isolate the area from outside forces such as Russia, Turkey, and Iran, to name the few and many.
On “Meet the Press” Sunday morning, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough outlined what success looks like in the war against ISIS. “Success looks like an ISIL ISIS that no longer threatens our friends in the region, no longer threatens the United States. An ISIS that can’t accumulate followers, or threaten Muslims in Syria, Iran, Iraq, or otherwise,” McDonough. Retired Gen. John Allen, newly appointed to lead the fight against ISIS, will sit down with the president Tuesday to consider options that could lead to such success, he said.
“War against ISIS.”
No it isn’t. Islam is the power of Muslims, and, at the moment, ISIS is the kinetic energy of that power, while in the same moment, the Levant is the potential energy of that power.
POTUS declared war on both the potential and kinetic energy that powers Islam. So Islam can find another power to base itself on, or watch these die.
That’s why Iran is “in” and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is “wavering.”
Iran wants to shift that power wayaaaaaaaaa- over towards their side, which may need to happen if the Kingdom makes an “arrangement” to keep what they got, in exchange for Iran under a Caliphate.
When you’re in a civil war, it is all family.
via White House: Fight Against ISIS Is ‘a War We Have to Win’ – NBC News.com.
…individual managers think that if they hired more people and produced more stuff they would be unable to sell it at a good enough price to increase their profits.
This may surprise you, because it is not so much what the experts say the individual manager think, it’s that the managers need to hire more people to create a better quality of life, while keeping the consumer happy, by the manager’s ability to maintain the production/cost of its employees.
The surprise is that anyone thinks this is going to be easy.
Managers are going to have to find the same heart that their minds were able to take advantage of, in the workspace of their employees.
via Why Is Anybody Surprised That the Job Shortage Continues for so Long? In Which I Troll Noah Smith for a Lazy Monday Morning…: Featured for September 8, 2014 – Washington Center for Equitable Growth.