Armenia lost? Syrian bounty hunters?

Is this conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan a proxy war between Russia and Turkey? Why didn’t Putin help Armenia before it was/is too late? Brad Johnson brings analysis from his unique perspective after 25 years as a CIA Chief of Station and Senior Operative. Now retired, Brad devotes his time to his non-profit Americans for Intelligence Reform. We bring you in-depth global and domestic news from a conservative perspective. By subscribing and sharing our social media, you get outlets such as ours be heard.


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 because of
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the catastrophic events with the
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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 happened to
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notice a photograph
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the other day was yesterday i think it
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was actually it was either erdogan and
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his wife 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-karabakh region it’s
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actually 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 history of the
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follows the history of
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stalin he loved to like shift around
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different ethnic groups he would shift
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people he would shift territory he would
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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 trans-sinister
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region of moldova and
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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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uh 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 and
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trying to expand his empire he’s
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essentially made a fiefdom
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out of azerbaijan because he also wants
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the oil and gas so he’s making a good
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deal for them
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part 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
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he wants that too because it ends up in
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guess where turkey
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and and so he has to take all this back
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and that’s why i’ve said from the very
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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 uh they’re
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at 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-karabakh region
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and this is
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on its way in it’s a hilltop town
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overlooking the road
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that goes into stepanakert and once
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those two things are have been taken up
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it’s
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it’s over there’s really nothing left a
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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 was willing to bring troops and
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and 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 stepona
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card is like a just a highway everybody
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who can load up and head out
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is heading towards regular armenia to
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escape the onslaught that’s going to
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come
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so 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 so
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uh as i’ve said before and speculating
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about all this i just 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 as far as backing
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they’re going to be willing to play some
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lip service and provide some material
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and things like 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 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 gonna be able
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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 gonna be all fall back to
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the armenian border and see what happens
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from there
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i would be very surprised if they try to
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go past
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you 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 you’re completely wiped out
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you know what what is there to negotiate
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but those are the turkish demands i
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i guess that 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 and
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you know this whole armenian region that
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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 uh i
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don’t 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
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why would it happen now so i think it’ll
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they’ll just fight it back to that
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border the azerbaijanis 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
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so i’ll keep an eye on it but i don’t
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think it’s going to go beyond that i
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think it’s done deal and it’s 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 in equipment but
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nothing ever planned 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 or
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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 war 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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