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Category: Things that make us gasp

1.) We left a stockpile of nuclear weapons at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey:

The Air Force on Monday said it has made no changes to daily operations at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey even as Turkish forces continue to push into Syrian territory, which has prompted U.S. forces to pull back.

But concerns are growing over the reported presence of U.S. nuclear weapons at Incirlik, believed to be about 50 B61 gravity bombs. The New York Times on Monday reported that officials from the State and Energy departments over the weekend reviewed plans for evacuating the nuclear weapons there.

Not surprisingly, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek would not answer questions about possible nuclear weapons at Incirlik and whether they would be moved in a Monday email.

“The mission of the 39th [Air Base Wing at Incirlik] is to provide persistent surety and continuous air operations for the U.S., our allies and our partners and helps protect U.S. and NATO interests in the Southern Region by providing a responsive and operational air base ready to project integrated, forward-based airpower,” Stefanek said. But she stated there have been no daily operations changes at the base.

A senior official reportedly told the Times that the weapons “were now essentially [Turkish President Recep] Erdogan’s hostages” since removing the weapons would effectively spell the end of America’s alliance with Turkey, but keeping them there would leave them vulnerable.

What could possibly go wrong?

2.) John Bolton, the charismatic favorite of the U.N., who warms his vocal chords by screaming and yelling at subordinates, and who never met a conflict in the Middle East that he didn’t like, turns out to be the guy with scruples in the Ukrainian fiasco:

Former national security adviser John Bolton was so disturbed by the efforts to get the Ukrainians to investigate President Donald Trump’s political opponents that he called it a “drug deal,” former White House official Fiona Hill reportedly told Congress on Monday.

Hill, the former top Europe expert in Trump’s White House, testified that Bolton told her he wanted no part of the effort that involved acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, a person in the room for Hill’s testimony told NBC News. Bolton also was said to have referred to Rudy Giuliani as a “hand grenade.”

Lol! The idea that John “hand held rocket launcher” Bolton is calling Giuliani a “hand grenade” is ridiculously funny. But point taken, he didn’t want to get involved in Pinky and The Brain’s latest plan to take over the world.

He also apparently told Fiona Hill to report what she knew to White House lawyers. It sounds like Bolton might have been one of the whistleblower’s sources.

Never thought I’d be respecting John Bolton. We live in interesting times.

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