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Obama administration admits they could seal Mexican border if they wanted to

Before Paris, Turkish officials often rebuffed U.S. calls for a larger border force, saying the frontier was simply too long to effectively seal, no matter how many soldiers were deployed.

Turkish officials pointed to Washington’s inability to seal off the U.S.-Mexico border as an example of how difficult such operations can be. U.S. officials chafe at the comparison. “If we were at war with Mexico, we’d close that border,” a senior administration official said of Washington’s response.

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I suspect that everything Russia said about Turkey and ISIS is correct. They are buying oil from ISIS and selling them weapons. They don’t really want to seal the border. Turkey sees the Kurds as the greater enemy, and ISIS is at war with the Kurds, and therefore ISIS is a friend on the theory that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 27, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Posted in Immigration

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  1. Good catch. Hopefully Trump or Cruz will pick up on this.


    November 27, 2015 at 9:55 pm

  2. Another thing Russia said was the US leaked to Turkey the downed Russian warplane’s flight path. Immediately afterward, Obama prejudged the incident and defended the Turks: “Turkey like every country has a right to defend its territory and air space.”

    Mark Caplan

    November 28, 2015 at 6:10 am

    • I doubt it was a leak, but just normal access to NATO early warning data. Because if it’s membership in NATO, Turkey is plugged into a pretty massive early warning system as well as intelligence network.

      Mike Street Station

      November 28, 2015 at 8:53 am

  3. “I suspect that everything Russia said about Turkey and ISIS is correct. “

    I agree. The plane was shot down over Syria not Turkey, Not only that but it had just hit Syrian Turkmen rebels in Northern Syria. Turks view Turkmen as kin and have been supporting them against Assad since the beginning. No doubt Turkey also saw the Syrian civil war as an opportunity to grab some Syrian territory and counter the Kurds. the very existence of a kurdish state would threaten Turkey as Turkey’s kurds would want to join it. The US and Turkey had already objected to Russia targeting Syrian Turkmen rebels. I think Turkey and the US wanted to create a conflict with Russia to undermine Russia’s efforts in Syria. They were hoping for military retaliation against Turkey they could publicly condemn and give US and Turkey an excuse to oppose Russia in Syria. Russia didn’t fall for it.

    I also think the US secretly wanted Isis to do the dirty work against Assad, Not only have they not done the things that could have stopped Isis such as bombing the oil wells and arming the kurds, they’ve actually helped arm Isis. The US armed the “less extreme” rebels which then joined Isis, Isis also got thousands of armored vehicles and artillery pieces the US had given to Iraq. I’ve had my doubts about whether that was an accident.


    November 28, 2015 at 9:06 am

  4. Turkey is a Sunni Muslim country. Turkey dislikes the Shi’a Assad government. Turkey has supported the Turkmen rebel groups in Syria who are fighting Assad. Turkey also hates the Kurds, because of the Kurd rebellion in Turkey. ISIS is a Sunni rebel group fighting against Assad. The Turkish government is probably leery of ISIS, but they have been willing to tolerate ISIS as an effective opposition to Assad.

    Now ISIS has carried out a few bombings in Turkey, but those bombings have mainly targeted Kurds. This makes Turkey more leery of ISIS, but ISIS has not yet tried to attack the government of Turkey. Turkey has used its air force to do some bombing in Syria and Iraq, but mainly bombing Kurdish targets, not ISIS.

    This is another example of the mess in the Syrian civil war. We are opposed to Assad and say Assad must go. We are opposed to ISIS and the al Qaeda rebel groups. Those are the biggest rebel groups. We support a few “moderate” rebel groups, but they are tiny. We support the Kurds, which have been the most effective opposition to ISIS, but the Kurds have no ambitions to do much more than defend their territory. You cannot intervene in a civil war and try to fight against all sides.


    November 28, 2015 at 12:58 pm

  5. All experts say that isis has 2 bn revenus and 50% comes from selling oil through Turkey. That’ s Why Occident lie when they support Turkey and Saudi Arabie and Qatar ….. The mother of terrorism is the USA in Afghanistan (arming thèm) and Irak (bombing plenty of childre and innocent civil) ….. Now America decides. French have 30 plantes there and US 400. It is interesting to notice that Saudi have 15 planes but déployed 90 and up to 120 against yemen shia …..

    Bruno from paris

    November 28, 2015 at 1:14 pm

  6. I havé seen plenty of vidéos of arms given to free syrian army (moderate if you can call them like that ….) ending in Al Qaïda hands. I never thought it could be on purpose but it is an interesting hypothesis however horrible ….

    Bruno from paris

    November 28, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    • Obama is deliberately installing Muslim terrorist governments wherever he can. The only Muslim nations where he’s endorsed overthrowing the government have been pro-American (Gadaffi and Mubarak) or where an anti-American dictator would be replaced by a terrorist government orders of magnitude worse than the incumbent (Assad).

      The Undiscovered Jew

      November 28, 2015 at 3:59 pm

  7. Bruno: any chance the FN wins the 2017 elections?

    Otis the Sweaty

    November 28, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    • On her part Merkel is certainly doing whatever she can to bring about an FN victory.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      November 28, 2015 at 7:51 pm

  8. We are in a war with Mexico and we’re losing! Wars are not just troops and guns.

    Also, Putin for President! I’d trust him any day over the likes of Obama. The Western World has become a cesspool and if it doesn’t correct and fight back it deserves to die.


    November 28, 2015 at 6:19 pm

  9. I think not. People think there is a “silent majority” who reject France africanization. But the theme has been there for ever, and when people had the chance to choose between Le Pen and Chirac, the latter being nicknamed the crook on TV and the former, the fascist, 80% chose the crook.

    Some people say that politics shoud be judged for treason for having welcommed 7/15 millions africans (we don’t know race statistics are prohibited by our Constitution), but french knew and didn’t opposed it.

    However,i think french people woud be happy to have local executives ruled by FN, so it is not impossible they could take 2/3 out of 22 local governments (that doens’t have much power, France still being really centralized country).

    Marine Le Pen has abandonned the antisemitic stance (traditional in our right) and has a social program wich is really far-left (protectionism, higher minimum wages, free house for poor french people, even free housing for local artists !) whereas her father was pro free-market (in the Reagan, Thatcher, Pinochet way). Television shows love to have her because people like to watch her.

    My opinion is that the far right can only grasp the power when there is a crisis creating a “vacancy” in power (1940, 1958, 1968) and is prepared. This latter condition isn’t met, most FN executives are now “mainstream”.

    Bruno from Paris

    November 28, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    • Was Le Pen senior popular with French Arabs due to his anti Jewish worldview or did they hate him anyway? I know he is very close friends with that wacky black comedian who invented the neo-nazi salute.

      But the theme has been there for ever, and when people had the chance to choose between Le Pen and Chirac, the latter being nicknamed the crook on TV and the former, the fascist, 80% chose the crook.

      But Jean Marie was an outright Nazi, the economy was better then, there was less Euroskepticism and Chirac was not an openly open borders whackjob like Hollande. I’m not totally sure, but hasn’t Jean Marie become more pro Islam over the last few years?

      I have French cousins and one told me that it isn’t considering socially unacceptable to support the FN anymore, whereas it was back when Jean Marie was running it.

      Otis the Sweaty

      November 29, 2015 at 7:37 am

  10. I think lot’s of people who like libertarian ideas would be scared to vote for a libertarian when he could really have a chance. It could be the same for Trump. Someone whose stances can really change things in people’s life never cast a majority except if people are really desperated (Hitler) or there is violence (révolutions). So i don’t thing really radical politican have a chance (Reagan and Thatcher may have been ab exception).

    Bruno from Paris

    November 29, 2015 at 11:20 am

  11. […] We just can’t secure the Mexican border. Well, I mean, unless we decided we needed to. […]

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