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@paulmcleary — 14,664 followers, 16,246 tweets

Assad has threatened to shoot Turkish planes down, but Moscow likely mixed that idea. We’re about to see if he listens. 
With Washington totally distracted by shutdown, now would be a good time for someone to do something destabilizing/ambitious overseas, no?
Yes — the NDS, calling for deterrence in three theaters at once, is at base a force planning construct. And that costs $$. 
RT @LMartinezABC: According to US official, on Wednesday the US Navy destroyer USS Hopper conducted an innocent passage within 12 miles of…
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