Brennan’s secret task force revealed by BBC

John Brennan, always the key man in the FISA investigation, allegedly used a separate slush fund to investigate Trump during his initial campaign. Could this be the “gotcha” moment for the former CIA director? One can only hope… Brad Johnson analyses this new development out of the U.K. from his perspective as a former CIA Station Chief. Now retired from the agency after 25 years in the field, Brad dedicates his life to his non-profit Americans for Intelligence Reform. Brennan’s involvement in politicizing the intelligence community is just another example of how politics neglects our national security.

 


brad johnson it is september 11 of 2020
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and uh the the
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the action never stops in turkey um what
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is the current situation there please
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well a couple of interesting reports
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coming out in the in the media
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right now it’s kind of russia and turkey
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heating up i would say
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and uh there’s a lot of other players in
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this this is a
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mess that we’ve been talking about for a
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while the center of all of this
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is always turkey and right now the
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the turkey is talking about closing the
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boss for us now
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uh understand that’s stunning
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threat uh and essentially that’s where
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it’s a little
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narrow space that where the black sea
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connects up to the rest of the
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mediterranean sea
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now the importance out of that is that
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this would
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target russia russia at the same time
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has at least 14 or 15 warships
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off the coast of syria and this is
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something we’ve talked about before
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so uh syria being on the mediterranean
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side of the bosphorus and the black sea
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fleet
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up for the russian fleet of course being
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on the north side of it so
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they have to go back and forth through
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that
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so for turkey to threaten to close that
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it is a
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huge threat against billions of dollars
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worth of commerce because many of the
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important ports from countries in that
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european countries and
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and east uh east well that certain asian
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countries can
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can go through that so it’s it’s
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significant
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economically but it’s also significant
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militarily
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so that threat by turkey that’s now
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floating out there
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to close that is a big deal it
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i don’t think would be taken laying down
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by anybody
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it is essentially i think could be
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interpreted
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as the start or an act of war
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and uh a russia at a minimum is not
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going to be boxed into the black sea
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so i think russian ships would
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immediately move to
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go through and if fired upon by turkey
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would would be prepared to fire back
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so like i say the 15 ships they’re
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keeping ships moving
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off the coast of syria there’s a and of
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course there’s the other front
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in libya which is on the southern shore
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of the
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mediterranean sea and uh
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so all of that activity with united arab
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emirates
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and egypt and other countries being
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involved in libya with russia being
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involved
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in off the coast of syria and backing
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the regime in syria
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we’re seeing turkey begin to get serious
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pushback on all of these things that
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they’ve been doing that’s so aggressive
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in libya in syria in armenia uh
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azerbaijan armenia border there and
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nagorno-karabakh
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these things are all starting to get
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pushed back as the world
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sees how out of control uh erdogan in
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turkey’s becoming
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and how he’s pushing aggressively in so
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many different areas
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and as i said uh in a previous interview
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the head of the
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israeli mossad their intelligence agency
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has just come out and said
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turkey used to be an ally now they’re a
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strategic threat to the region
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and this is becoming very important and
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each time
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we look at this it gets ratcheted up a
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little bit mainly by
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turkey i would say they’ve begun the
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process
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and as i’ve mentioned many times they
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view these resources around them in
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these areas
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as legitimately theirs and many of the
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arab countries are now pushing back as i
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mentioned
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uae and egypt in particular and they’re
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supporting certain things going on in
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lib in libya for example
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and so that makes turkey then come back
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because
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erdogan views it as his legitimate right
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he
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responds in kind the problem with this
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scenario is
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erdogan and everybody else view
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themselves as fully justified
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so as one of the as as each side kind of
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goes up one notch it it just continues
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to
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heat up and if this threat becomes real
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of the boss first i would say that’s the
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first shot of war
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what would turkey do to enforce it they
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only have one option to enforce it
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because
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you can sail through it they can’t like
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right you know put a net across it or
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something i don’t think so
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even if they did that could be blown out
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of the water pretty easily
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so uh their only option then is would be
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to enforce it with
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with kinetic energy you know take out
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anyone that doesn’t have permission to
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go through take them out and as i said
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i guarantee you i know how the russians
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are for this sort of stuff first thing
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they’ll do is sail ships through to push
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that button
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and see what happens but they will be
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prepared to respond in kind
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if fired upon and you would then have a
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shooting war
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between turkey and russia which you know
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i
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i you know would be not a direct threat
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to the united states of america
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but i don’t know what would turkey then
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try to call upon nato would nato respond
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i mean
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the number of problems and ripple effect
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that would come out of that are enormous
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in essence russia would be in the right
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turkey would be in the wrong
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so would nato support turkey in a case
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like that we’ve already got
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a couple of countries like france in
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particular
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supporting movements against turkey
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we’ve got discussion in nato
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by the european countries going you know
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not so sure if turkey belongs in nato
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anymore
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and they’re certainly nowhere near
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they’re they’re not going to get eu
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membership and they’re not under
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consideration anymore so it’s becoming a
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mess and as i said
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erdogan is not going to back down on
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this he’s going to insist upon getting
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what he wants
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and i don’t think anybody’s going to be
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willing to give it to him
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therefore he’s going to feel the need to
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take it
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and once he moves into that mode of
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taking it what is it what’s the solution
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besides
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uh you know the use of kinetic energy
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which is
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like you know more better known as war
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so again i would say this is ratcheted
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up another notch
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and this is the main hot spot in the
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world
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around turkey that i see right now
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already lots of shooting going on
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and how do you stop that shooting from
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expanding and spinning out of control
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remains to be seen but this is i hope uh
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one of
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the places the most important places
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right now that’s getting a lot of
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attention from national security
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elements here in the united states
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because of the risk
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that’s represented here it makes me
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wonder if part of the
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reason that president trump was able to
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broker these amazing peace deals
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is that people in the region recognize
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that israel
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is a necessary strategic ally with a
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nate like a re-emerging ottoman empire
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in the region
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right makes you wonder i would say even
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without
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this now emerging neo-ottoman empire
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uh issue even without it i mean i think
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the basic question always needs to be
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here in the united states of america
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is the united states safer with a
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democratic stable israel in that
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area and i just i don’t see a scenario
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where you can paint it
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that our national security is worse off
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so it’s just
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and now with this issue this is one of
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this is a perfect example of
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why we’re better off with a stable
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democratic israel
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in that region this is a perfect example
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of it and we’re beginning to see a lot
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of
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uh countries kind of coalesce and
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willing to get along with israel and i
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i speculated previously that one of the
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reasons was we’re seeing these peace
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treaties like uae
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one of the reasons there’s others but
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one of the reasons is because of the
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growing threat of turkey
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and i think the arab countries around
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turkey recognize
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that that’s a direct threat to them
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because arabs were always looked down
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upon by turks during the ottoman empire
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days and so they they know that that’s
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where it would be headed back to
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which is kind of an interesting thing
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since arabs originated islam
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not the turks but uh this is this is the
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world we find ourselves in so
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a headed interesting direction but it is
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certainly a flash point that
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has got to be watched and this could
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turn ugly at the drop of a hat
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so
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you
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