Interview Brad Johnson on Turkish moves in Syria 8 months ago Brad Johnson Brad Johnson it is February 12th 5:20 00:04 yes yeah just always like to check that 00:06 February the 12th of 2020 and I saw you 00:10 know thanks to my amazing readers at 00:12 flyed tempest who send me in just a 00:15 tremendous amount of really important 00:18 news articles and and so on so on from 00:21 ranging from the geopolitical to the 00:23 effects of Islam in the West and of 00:25 course communism on the west and this 00:27 this was a memory clip I think it’s 00:29 there too one specifically threatening 00:32 it looked like he was saying that he 00:34 will accept any excuse to wage all-out 00:36 war I mean it was like any tyrant he 00:40 wasn’t saying directly I’m gonna go to 00:42 war against Syria in totality he’s 00:44 saying if Syria does anything to stop me 00:48 from waging war on Syria then I will 00:51 consider it a casus belli to wage total 00:53 war on Syria least that’s how I read it 00:55 please tell me how you read it yeah an 00:58 interesting situation interesting 01:00 development I mean just let me lay the 01:01 groundwork for it first basically you’ve 01:04 you’ve got Syria the say northern third 01:08 or maybe quarter somewhere there was is 01:11 traditionally been where the Kurds have 01:13 been and that’s where the United States 01:14 was previously active before our 01:16 withdrawal now that is all in the 01:20 northern part of Syria 01:21 which to the north of Syria is turkey so 01:23 it abuts Turkey on the other side where 01:25 the Kurds are then you have the area 01:28 around Aleppo which is to the north and 01:30 west in in Syria and that’s what’s been 01:35 fought over refugees know that that’s 01:37 still being fought over and Syrian 01:39 troops that are you know Assad Syrian 01:42 troops are moving back into that area 01:44 and there’s so there’s a lot of fighting 01:46 going on and there’s a bunch of groups 01:48 that are active in that area so it’s not 01:50 like clear one side against the other 01:53 sort of conflict so there’s a lot of 01:56 fighting and the in the in the Kurdish 02:00 area which is in the the north from the 02:03 central part all the way out to the 02:05 eastern part of of Syria that curtisha’s 02:07 zone that’s where the Turks did a 30 02:11 mile bang 02:12 along the Turkish border so they’ve 02:14 they’ve they’ve gone into Syria to 02:18 control that land now they are saying 02:20 that their justification for that is 02:22 because they’ve got I don’t know how 02:24 many of they’re saying now but millions 02:26 of Syrian refugees that are which is 02:29 almost certainly exaggerated whatever 02:31 the number is that are in Turkey hiding 02:34 out so they want to take control of that 02:36 area so that they can bring the Syrians 02:38 back in now that’s the Turkish position 02:40 the point of conflict now which air to 02:44 gun is talking about in his speech which 02:45 two things on that one a lot of what 02:47 he’s saying is for domestic consumption 02:49 he wants to be the strong man and Pro 02:52 Turkey and all of these sorts of things 02:53 so it is being played for domestic 02:56 consumption also though however he does 02:58 believe all of that he wants to 03:00 reinstate the Ottoman Empire and so he’s 03:03 trying to expand his borders and areas 03:05 of influence in every way he can very 03:07 active in a number of areas so having 03:09 this strip of Syria is a great interim 03:13 step into taking far greater control of 03:16 that area and it allows him to use that 03:18 area fill it with what he’s done is a 03:22 lot of former Isis fighters and people 03:24 like that who want to come in and kill 03:26 Kurds so he’s achieving multiple things 03:30 out of this by doing that now the stance 03:32 he’s just taken the hard light stance 03:34 he’s just taken is that if anyone 03:36 attacks any of the observation posts the 03:39 Turkish militaries has put up in that 03:42 area 03:42 if anyone attacks anything like that 03:43 they’re going to take that as an attack 03:45 on Turkey and respond in kind that’s 03:47 essentially the statement that he made 03:49 so as the Syrian troops move in that is 03:53 the potential conflict now an 03:55 interesting aspect of all of this now of 03:57 course everybody points out Turkey’s 03:59 part of NATO Syria is not now of course 04:02 Syria is heavily backed by Russia 04:04 Russian troops are in there supporting 04:06 the Syrian army and Russian mercenaries 04:10 are in you know lending strength to the 04:13 Syrian troops so it’s it’s turning into 04:17 a very interesting conflict in that way 04:19 so they’re moving back in and of course 04:21 their goal is to take back all of Syria 04:24 into Syria 04:26 the Turks have claimed this land and 04:28 their this 30-mile strip along the 04:30 border which is as I said it’s 04:32 essentially in the Kurdish areas of 04:34 Syria they’re not gonna they’re not 04:37 going to give it up and because that is 04:39 all part of his his long term goal or 04:41 heir to Ghana and turkeys long term goal 04:43 so it’s it’s it’s shaping up into a 04:45 difficult difficult interesting conflict 04:47 what will happen if Syrian troops on 04:51 Syrian land get into conflict with 04:54 Turkish troops who are occupying a 04:56 portion of Syria and I don’t believe you 04:59 know of course I don’t know the ins and 05:00 outs of the legal system for NATO but I 05:02 don’t believe that would invoke the 05:05 protections under NATO where they’re 05:07 being attacked and therefore the NATO 05:09 countries would come to their aid I 05:10 don’t believe it does because it’s an 05:12 occupying force in a foreign country and 05:15 I don’t think that’s really covered by 05:18 this agreement so I mean I’m not sure 05:20 that a precise one for one thing like 05:22 this has ever happened before so it 05:24 hasn’t been tested but that’s where we 05:26 find ourselves right now now Aragon is 05:28 not gonna back down but I don’t think 05:30 Russian back troops back Syrian backed 05:32 by Russian troops are gonna back down 05:34 either so I think the possibility of 05:37 conflict is really going up quickly and 05:40 of course the Turks have put these 05:42 observation points out in areas that are 05:45 contested so them not being fired upon 05:48 would probably be a fairly low 05:50 percentage shot I think I think that’s 05:52 almost certainly going to happen so and 05:54 you will see the Turks they’ve already 05:55 been moving troops and mechanized units 05:59 up to the to this area up along the 06:01 border and into serious so they’re 06:03 preparing for this to turn into a 06:05 conflict Turkey and Russia have long 06:08 been at each other’s throats in the FATA 06:10 a cup two or three wars in history and 06:13 so they’re perfectly willing to fight 06:15 each other they don’t like each other 06:16 and so I can see where this is easily 06:19 going to turn into a shooting war right 06:21 now at least 06:22 other than who’s already there I don’t 06:24 see this widening that much bringing in 06:27 a lot of other players president Trump’s 06:30 position on this has been these guys 06:33 have had a long simmering conflict let 06:35 them fight it out settle it among 06:36 themselves and there’s really no 06:38 percentage in this for 06:39 you know who if we help somebody or get 06:42 involved you know how do we win by doing 06:44 that that’s basically his position the 06:46 only little area where he’s kind of 06:50 softened on that is he is still trying 06:52 to send aid in to the Kurds in this area 06:54 who have been longtime friends and 06:56 allies of the United States and done 06:57 quite a bit quite a few things jointly 06:58 with us taking out Isis that sort of 07:01 stuff fighting alongside and faithfully 07:03 well good troops that have fought 07:05 alongside of us so that is the one 07:08 weakness of this whole thing that I hope 07:09 doesn’t get forgotten in the mess but at 07:11 least at this point the Kurds are on the 07:13 side and the main area of conflict is 07:15 the Russians and Syrians on one side and 07:17 Turkey pretty much by itself on the 07:20 other so now there’s militias and 07:22 different people involved but they’re 07:24 the small players the important people 07:26 are Russians and Syrians and the Turks 07:29 so in other words to a degree it is him 07:32 advancing positions and saying I dare 07:35 you to attack this position and then 07:38 moving forward and saying I dare you to 07:39 attack this position yeah there’s there 07:42 some of that going on and I mean these 07:43 positions that he’s saying if you attack 07:46 them or fight back or all in Syria none 07:49 of them are in Turkey nobody’s moving 07:50 into Turkey it’s all in Syria well maybe 07:54 with any luck you’ll kill annoy the 07:56 Russians enough to tell that they’ll 07:59 push them back a little bit that was 08:01 really great thank you very much I think 08:02 that Turkey is one of those stories that 08:04 that goes unwatched and is not people 08:08 don’t recognize the importance because I 08:10 mean historically Turkey is usually a 08:13 world power yes it is and it’s it’s a 08:16 very important thing it’s something I’ve 08:18 talked about quite a little bit but 08:20 written about a lot more I do a lot of 08:21 op eds on what Turkey’s up to and if 08:24 anyone’s interested they well certainly 08:26 they can follow me on Brad Johnson on 08:28 and YouTube or go to my website intel 08:31 reformed org and you can follow and get 08:34 on the the list so you’ll receive the 08:35 letter that we put out and we put a lot 08:37 of information in that including the 08:39 op-eds and different things so Intel 08:41 reformed org or Brad Johnson on YouTube 08:43 highly both highly recommended thank you 08:45 very much for Agilent Click for entire transcript Continue Reading Previous The Purge Of The Swamp Begins Special Early Bird With Former 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