Armenia now the loser to Azerbaijan

Aremenian woman surveys damage to her home during the conflic

Russia, the only real help for Armenia, has failed to step in to save her. Will Putin let Erdogan get away with this? Brad Johnson, CIA Station Chief (Ret.) gives his analysis and predictions on the latest Turkish aggression.

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brad johnson it is november the 9th of
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2020
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and there’s many issues going
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undiscussed
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because of the catastrophic events with
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the american election
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um one of them is what’s taking place
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the war between
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azerbaijan and armenia and i happen to
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notice a photograph
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the other days yesterday i think it was
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actually was either erdogan and his wife
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or it was the azerbaijan
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president leader and his wife that were
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getting a nice romantic photograph taken
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in occupied armenian territory i presume
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this means the war is not going well for
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armenia can you give us an update
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yeah absolutely and it’s just more or
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less playing out pretty much precisely
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as we’ve been
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talking about for some time armenia well
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the it’s
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the nagorno-karabaw region it’s actually
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three
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uh zones that are generically called
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nagorno-karabakh
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uh for worldwide reporting purposes you
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know as we all talk about it
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uh and that was under stalin
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was transferred away from armenia to
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azerbaijan so it was a soviet union
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thing and if anyone
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history follows the history of stalin he
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loved to like shift around different
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ethnic groups he would shift people he
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would shift territory he would do
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all sorts of things and following the
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collapse of the soviet union
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these areas have been something that’s
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been fought over and it’s created a lot
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of problems i mean this is part of what
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we saw in the former
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yugoslavia and in the transnista region
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of moldova
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and uh you know in ukraine it’s kind of
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based on some of that stuff on
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uh this is the same stuff kind of
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carrying out it with those
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those policies coming home to roost if
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you will so
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uh army or azerbaijan considers it
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azerbaijani
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territory when they declared an
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independence that they didn’t recognize
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it internationally it hasn’t been
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recognized
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but and while it was independent it was
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essentially part of armenia from that
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point forward
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so azerbaijan has more of everything
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bigger military
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they’ve got natural oil and gas they
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always had money
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now since uh erdogan pres turkish
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president erdogan has become far more
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belligerent
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and trying to expand his empire he’s
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essentially
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made a fiefdom out of azerbaijan because
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he also wants the oil and gas
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so he’s making a good deal for them part
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of that is to take back this region
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also because there’s a pipeline that
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goes through it which he he wants that
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too because it ends up in
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guess where turkey and so
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he has to take all this back and that’s
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why i’ve said from the very beginning
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turkey will not give up they’re going to
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go and keep raising the ante and raising
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the ante and raising the ante
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until they win and that’s what we’ve
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seen now what they’ve done is they’ve
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broken through
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all the initial borders and they’re at
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this
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city called uh shushi shushi is
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basically the the stepanakert is the
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main town
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capital of the nagorno-karabaw region
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and this
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is on its way in it’s a hilltop town
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overlooking the road that goes into
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stepanakirk
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and once those two things are have been
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taken
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up it’s it’s over there’s really nothing
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left a few little rural villages
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and that’s about it so this is something
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i’ve been saying for a long time unless
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russia
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was willing to bring troops and and
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equipment to bear on this little
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armenian
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just never had a chance just never had a
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chance so
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uh this is this is playing forward as we
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expected it to do
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what will these troops the azerbaijani
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troops supplemented by
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uh different types of you know syrian
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troops and so on that
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that turkey’s been bringing in what are
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they going to do then to
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take it you know as they come in and
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capture these areas
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we don’t know but i would expect a
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certain level of atrocities to take
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place i doubt it would be
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some perfectly smooth thing where these
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villages are not uh
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blamed essentially for their breakaway
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they’re all
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ethnic armenians and speak the armenian
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language and all that
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even though it was part of azerbaijan so
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they will be blamed i would
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expect at the very minimum these people
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to all be moved out
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according to all the reporting
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steponikart is like a just a highway
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everybody who can load up and head out
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is heading towards regular armenia
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to escape the onslaught that’s going to
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come so
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i will see how far do they go
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is part of the question and is russia
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ever going to actually do anything about
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this
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so uh as i’ve said before and
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speculating about all this i just
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couldn’t see
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russia going really to
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war over armenia which armenia is part
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of their
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essentially their nato equivalent uh the
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russian nato equivalent
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and so uh interesting to see you know if
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you’re an ally of russia what you can
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expect
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as far as backing they’re going to be
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willing to play some lip service and
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provide some material and things like
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that but
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not go much beyond that because the
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risks are too great you know they don’t
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want to go
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toe-to-toe with turkey unless they have
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to and they’re not at that point and not
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willing to do it over armenia so
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uh the armenian war is essentially over
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at this point they’re not going to be
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able to hold them back
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there’s no place for them to dig in
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again and it’s going to be all fall back
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to
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the armenian border and see what happens
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from there i would be very
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surprised if they try to go past you
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know the armenian border in any way
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shape or form i mean they might shell it
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a
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few things to try and make them to back
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up a little bit so there’s no
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counter-offensive something of that
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nature but much beyond that i’d be
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surprised
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uh erdogan doesn’t need regular armenia
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there’s nothing there
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and uh i would say azerbaijan is the
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same thing they want this territory back
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they need it for the pipeline stuff but
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they don’t need anything
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in armenia so russian in some ways has
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been
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you know had some sand kicked in their
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face and aren’t really responding
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and armenia never had a chance to to
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stand up on their own and so this was uh
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inevitable it’s it’s
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ending up as it had to end up and uh
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basically the turkish terms are
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withdraw completely from the
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nagorno-karabaw regions
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and go back to your armenian line and
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then
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you have to sit down and negotiate well
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i gotta
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i gotta say i mean once you’ve lost the
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war
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you’re completely wiped out you know
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what what is there to negotiate but
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those are the turkish demands i
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i guess that the what they’re going to
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expect is that they capitulate
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you know on paper and say yeah we’ll
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never attack again
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and you know this whole armenian region
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that you’ve taken over long ago is
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stays in your hands so uh it’s money
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you know it’s the oil and gas money
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that’s driving this whole thing
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but it’s ending up in the logical place
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and i think it’ll go back to that border
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and
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essentially become a non-issue i don’t
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know that they’ll they’re going to
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negotiate any sort of treaty
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i think that will not happen it hasn’t
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happened since the
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90s when the armenians declared
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independence so why would it happen now
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so i think it’ll they’ll just fight it
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back to that border the azerbaijanis
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will keep
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an active level of troops in that area
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you’re going to see some suppression of
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the local population
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and nobody’s going to care that’s going
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to be the way it is because
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once the fighting stops nobody follows
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it so i’ll keep an eye on it but
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i don’t think it’s going to go beyond
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that i think it’s done deal and it’s
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over
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you know i got to say when you’re
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talking about what they can expect from
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the russian allies
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i mean when obama was president i think
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we learned a lot about
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in crimea i think the only the only
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western nation that actually
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really said we were going to help the
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crimeans was oddly canada under harper
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and i think we sent men and equipment
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but nothing ever panned out
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so boy all this feels like it’s adding
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up to a pressure cooker that’s coming
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down the road
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i would agree yeah i think there’s storm
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clouds on the horizon and we’ll see if
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and this is very scary in the scheme of
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the politics united states because if
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if biden doesn’t get uh sworn in in
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january
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it’s going to be one of those things
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where he begins to you know they they
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with oba obama during that obama
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administration they talked about
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the decline of the united states and
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managing that decline so we’ll go back
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into that
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in an uh you know a decline that’s
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forced
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upon the united states the problem with
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that is it creates power vacuum overseas
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power vacuum overseas is uh
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irresistible bait to any local tyrant or
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dictator
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or anybody with some ambitions it’s just
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irresistible and they’re gonna they’re
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gonna step up and start taking over
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territories and fighting and
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all of this so it’s it’s one of those
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things that uh abiding presidency is
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almost certainly gonna cause
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uh unrest throughout the world how big
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that work gets
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in what regions you know it’s so hard to
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predict the future in these areas but
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it’s going to encourage all the
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aggressive people that are out there in
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the world to
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to go to the next level
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