While we’ve carefully documented the dynamics in play behind Trump’s decision to end the CIA’s covert Syria program, as well as the corresponding fury this immediately unleashed among the usual hawkish DC policy wonks, new information on what specifically impacted the president’s thinking has emerged. Thomas Joscelyn, a Middle East analyst for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explains in the August edition of The Weekly Standard: Earlier this year, President Donald Trump was shown a disturbing video of Syrian rebels beheading a child near the city of Aleppo. It had caused a minor stir in the press as the fighters belonged to the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, a group that had been supported by the CIA as part of its rebel aid program.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 31, 2017.
‘Signing a bill that sanctions Russia would mark a significant shift for Trump. He’s repeatedly cast doubt on the conclusion of U. S. intelligence agencies that Russia sought to tip the election in his favor. The president also has pushed for cooperation between Moscow and Washington on various matters, such as counterterrorism and the conflict in Syria, and more sanctions against Russia could imperil that effort. Trump’s persistent overtures to Russia drove lawmakers to include a section that mandates a congressional review if Trump attempted to suspend or terminate the sanctions on Moscow. The White House had objected to the review requirement, arguing it would infringe on the president’s executive authority and tie his hands as he explores avenues of communication between the two former Cold War foes.’ ‘Vast support for Russia sanctions quashes potential for veto’ Richard Lardner, Associated Press 7-25-17 As I wrote in the beginning of the year, the first six months in office make or break a president by setting the tempo for the remainder of his term. The President has not been effective in any area, and he has pulled a complete 180-degree shift in dealing with Russia. After they met in the G-20 summit, relations between the President and Vladimir Putin have steadily declined.
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21st Century Wire says… Here’s a story that you will never see mentioned across the entirety of the western mainstream media. Why? Because this man was covering the Syrian conflict from the perspective of the Syrian people, and not the highly distorted and constantly misleading western narrative.
Yesterday, a 25 year-old Syrian journalist, Khaled Al-Khateb, was killed by an ISIS rocket attack in Homs province. He had just recently joined RT Arabic as a stringer covering fighting in the Homs region. Today RT Arabic lost a young colleague, journalist Khaled Alkhateb. This is very painful news for all of us,’ the head of RT Arabic, Maya Manna, said in a statement. ‘This morning, together with soldiers of the Syrian Army, he was heading to the town of al-Sukhnah, where heavy fighting is currently underway to free it. On their way there, not far from Homs, the convoy was attacked by IS militants,’ she explained.
Episode #196 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes on July 30th, 2017 as guest host Patrick Henningsen brings you this week’s LIVE broadcast on the Alternate Current Radio Network – covering all the top news stories both at home and internationally… LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES: 5pm-8pm UK Time | 12pm-3pm ET (US) | 9am-12am PT (US)
This week we deliver another LIVE broadcast from the sunny shores of Devon in the UK, as SUNDAY WIRE host Patrick Henningsen is joined by Mike Robinson, editor of the UK Column, as we discuss this weeks top news stories both foreign and domestic. While the Trump White House is embroiled in another episode of political archaos, the US votes to resume sanctions against Russia, while Israel threatens to break the fragile Russian-brokered ceasefire in Syria. Trump drawn fire from liberal progressives and Hollywood over his recent announcement to ban transgender soldiers from US military. We also discuss Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg’s appearance in new 9/11 film trailer due out this fall. Later in the first hour we’ll discuss the recent controversy over a new US law that would make organized protests or boycotting Israel illegal in the US. In the third hour, we’ll try and connect with 21WIRE Associate Editor Vanessa Beeley on the ground in Aleppo, Syria. Later in the program we’ll also try and connect with SUNDAY WIRE intrepid correspondent for culture & sport, Basil Valentine, reporting from the Port Elliot Literary Festival in St Germans, Cornwall and joined by the lovely and talented Tamara The Political Poetress. VOTE IN OUR NEWS POLL: Who ‘Meddled’ More in the 2016 Election – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) or Russia?
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By ending the ‘secret’ CIA program to arm and train Syrian rebels attempting to topple Bashar al-Assad in Syria, the Trump administration has accepted defeat in Syria, according to the Century Foundation, a prominent New York-based think tank. The Century Foundation believes this signals an end to America’s commitment to achieving regime change in Syria and claims Washington’s attempt to topple Assad was half-hearted to begin with. That being said, the Century Foundation also concedes that the program was doomed from the outset, stating: ‘The problem with the program, which was reportedly running the CIA nearly a billion dollars a year, was not that it was under resourced or ‘insufficient in scale.’ The problem was that its logic was wrong and out of sync with the basic dynamics of the insurgency.’ [emphasis added] Whatever the program had going for it, its ludicrous nature came to light after the conflict took full swing and opposition groups gathered momentum, as the think tank explained:
What follows is a response to a July 26 article published at the Washington Post entitled ‘Why is the Trump Administration Empowering al-Qaeda in Syria?’ penned by columnist Marc Thiessen. The article – while its headline sounds like something many non-interventionists would endorse – is so filled with errors, inaccuracies and omissions that it only seemed appropriate to address it paragraph-by-paragraph.
The article begins like this:
‘Imagine that the president’s national security team walked into the Oval Office and proposed the following U. S. policy in Syria: Let’s create an al-Qaeda haven in southern Syria, by working with Russia to establish a cease-fire area where the terrorist network behind 9/11 is free to operate without fear of U. S. attack.’
In case the author hasn’t been paying attention, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the latest iteration of AQ in Syria, is primarily active in the north, around Idlib, not in the south.
While the Trump administration appears set to withdraw US troops from Syria in the not too distant future, as hinted by the recent decision to reverse the Obama-era decision to stop arming “moderate rebels” fighting the Assad regime, Vladimir Putin has a slightly different strategic vision for the proxy war-torn nation. On Wednesday, the Russian president signed a law ratifying a deal with the Syrian government allowing Russia to keep its air base in Syria for almost half a century, Reuters reported.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 27, 2017.
Regime change advocates are in continued meltdown mode. Last week’s announcement of Trump’s shutting down the CIA’s covert weapons and aid program to anti-government insurgents in Syria – a move now widely interpreted as marking the end of the years long US push for overthrowing Assad – has deep state hawks and their media allies throwing repeat public fits and tantrums in all the usual op-ed pages and cable news panels (though it appears the Pentagon is still ramping up its presence in Syria, ostensibly to fight ISIS). Even John McCain found time, a day after announcing his diagnosis with brain cancer, to compose a statement which said: ‘If these reports are true, the administration is playing right into the hands of Vladimir Putin.’ On Monday night Trump gave confirmation of the closure of the program while taking issue with The Washington Post’s reporting: The Amazon Washington Post fabricated the facts on my ending massive, dangerous, and wasteful payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad….. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 26, 2017.
America has been a discouraging landscape ever since the neoconservatives took over US foreign policy during the Clinton regime and started the two decades of war crimes that define 21st century America and ever since US corporations betrayed the US work force by moving American jobs to Asia. The outlook became darker when the Obama regime resurrected the Russian Threat and elevated the prospect of military conflict between the nuclear powers. As Europe is caught in the middle, in normal circumstances European countries would have insisted that Washington cease the gratuitous provocations of Russia. But normal circumstances have not existed. Since the end of WW2, European countries have been vassals without independent economic and foreign policies. Europe hosts US military bases that threaten Russia. Europe has backed Washington’s wars of aggression against Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Washington’s air attacks on provinces of Pakistan, and Washington’s use of Saudi Arabia to fight its proxy war against Yemen.
The following video was published by X22Report on Jul 26, 2017 Trump has been pushing Jeff Sessions to investigate. Session’s is now cracking down on sanctuary cities and will be pursuing leakers. Trump has a choice, will he go along with the sanctions or will he veto the sanctions. Which path are we going to head down. Corporate media pushing the idea that NK is ready to launch another missile, they are pushing and provoking war. The deep state is losing ground in Syria and the corporate media is pushing news about Russia to demonize them .
In a fawning editorial Saturday (7/22/17), pillar of the national security establishment Washington Post fell over itself to commend a John McCain that never existed, instead lavishing praise on a well-curated PR facsimile developed over decades. *** After praising McCain for issuing a ‘toughly worded criticism’ on Twitter of Donald Trump for allegedly ending an entirely pointless, destructive and likely illegal CIA program supporting unnamed ‘rebels’ in Syria (the highest act of moral courage for the Post is gunrunning to CIA proxies), the Fred Hiatt – run editorial board proceeds to paint McCain as the antidote to the problem of ‘partisan warfare, where politicians will say just about anything at all, true or untrue, to gain an advantage.’ This is clearly meant to be an opaque shot at Trump, but the Post is too cowardly to say so outright, much like McCain was too cowardly to actually vote against any of Trump’s cabinet – aside from the OMB director who McCain only opposed because he believed he would cut defense budgets. Never mind, the Washington Post had a childhood hero to worship: And all over this world, Mr. McCain is associated with freedom and democracy. He has championed human rights with verve and tirelessness – speaking out against repression and authoritarianism, and inviting – no, cajoling – his colleagues, both Republicans and Democrats, to bear witness with him on trips abroad. He has frequently welcomed victims of repression to the corridors of the capital, too, giving them succor and encouragement in the fight against tyranny.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 26, 2017.
The following video was published by X22Report on Jul 25, 2017 Trump wants to know why Sessions is not pursuing the case against Hillary. Brennan and Clapper warn if Mueller is let go they are calling for a coup. The corporate media has put out rumors that Trump might want to pardon himself so Rep Al Greene wants a bill so he can’t do this. Maduro is making his move to fight against the deep state. The reports coming from the corporate media is not telling the entire truth of what is happening in the Philippines. Trump refuses McMaster’s plan of more troops in Afghanistan. US ship fires on an Iranian vessel. Syrian terrorist forces receive drones from the deep state. Russia says if the Kurds want their own land within Syria it should be left up to the Syrian people to vote on a referendum.
Jordan has just released the previously suppressed CCTV video footage of last year’s heinous attack on 3 Green Berets by a Jordanian soldier and ISIS-sympathizer as they entered a desert facility to conduct training operations as part of a CIA secret program aimed at regime change in Syria. Last week we reported the following: “The Jordanian government had a strong incentive to gloss over the murders of the three Green Berets. Likewise, the CIA was scared of potential blowback and the exposing of their covert program,” says investigative journalist Jack Murphy, himself an Army special forces veteran. A premeditated green-on-blue attack in Jordan outside of King Faisal Air Base (at al-Jafr in Southern Jordan) late last year resulted in the deaths of three elite US Green Berets in what the media initially dubbed a mere unfortunate gate incident and what the Jordanian government dismissed as a “a tragic accident devoid of any terrorist motives”. But the whole event and subsequent attempts at cover-up just as Obama was leaving office enraged both the families of the slain and the US special forces community; and it further threatened to blow wide open the CIA’s illegal Syrian regime change operation, called Timber Sycamore, which involved American special ops soldiers being tasked with training so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels in Jordan and Turkey as part of an inter-agency program.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 24, 2017.
After a quiet few hours contemplating the National Scout Jamboree, President Trump just unleashed ‘hell’ once again at Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post, and Amazon.com. *** President Trump took his first shot at what appears to be referencing an article about his decision to end a CIA program that backed Syrian rebels. The Post reported last week that Trump shuttered a CIA program to support Syrian rebels in the fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a major victory for Russia. Russian officials had reportedly seen the program as an attack on the country’s interests…
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 24, 2017.
The following video was published by X22Report on Jul 24, 2017 The corporate media is pushing their agenda on Russian collusion, the problem there is no facts for evidence for this. The real story is the Clinton email scandal, the DNC server and the crushed hard drives the FBI confiscated from the democrats. Trump is now dismantling everything the globalists wanted to do by bringing in refugees into Europe and the US. Duterte will no longer allow minerals to be mined in the Philippines and then ship them off to be processed, he wants it done in the Philippines. France wants to legitimize Haftar to get the fake government in place. Iraq moving closer to Russia. US coalition does not want to leave Syria even when the IS is defeated.
For the past few days, news outlets have been reporting on the Trump Administration and CIA’s announcement to end the controversial covert program to arm and train ‘moderate rebels’ fighting to overthrow the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad. While many who want peace in Syria see this move as a step in the right direction, others still doubt that the underlying goal of ousting Assad has been abandoned completely. The decision may serve a number of purposes, but the long-term goals of the US and its close coalition allies do not change easily, and removing President Assad from power has a centerpiece their regional restructuring plan for a very long time. Does the announcement really mean that Trump is going to leave Assad alone? Is the US turning a corner in Syria and finally learning from the mistakes it made in Iraq and Libya? Is it really a concession to Russia? Is Trump finally actualizing his campaign rhetoric that seemed to reject America’s foreign wars? Not likely. Of course, it’s possible that Trump is at odds with other factions in the US government’s military and foreign policy establishment, possibly because he recognizes the danger of arming terrorists and the political damage this might do to his own reputation as a leader who is ‘tough on terror.’ Such a belief however, might be extremely generous to Trump, especially considering how under his authority the US military has dangerously escalated several wars, not just in Syria, but also in Yemen, and probably soon in Afghanistan. A more likely explanation is that the Trump administration and a complicit mainstream media are trying to manage public perceptions regarding six years of troublesome US involvement in Syria. In a bait-and-switch type PR deception, Washington might be attempting to generate the perception of de-escalation – even as the US increases its presence in Syria.
The following video was published by X22Report on Jul 23, 2017 CBO accuracy for forecasting has missed multiple times. The deep state will not let up, it now is going after Jeff Sessions again with no confirmation, but even if the story is true there is nothing there. The creator of the dossier and the owner of Fusion GPS are going to be subpoenaed to appear in front of the Senate. CIA chief very worried about Wikileaks, looking to go after Assange. US concludes that Kim Jong Un not crazy, he is protecting his country. EU very angry at the US saying these new sanctions will not help Europe, it will actually make things worse. CIA admits that they supported the moderate rebels and paid their salaries. US special operations commander says the US really cannot stay in Syria, it would be against International law. Syria wants the coalition to pay for the infrastructure damage to its country. US says Assad has not used chemical weapons since the strike, correction, Assad has not used chemical weapons since they were removed from the country. The US needs to work with the world or the US will be left behind as the world moves on
Episode #195 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes on July 23rd, 2017 as guest host Patrick Henningsen brings you this week’s LIVE broadcast on the Alternate Current Radio Network – covering all the top news stories both at home and internationally… LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES: 5pm-8pm UK Time | 12pm-3pm ET (US) | 9am-12am PT (US) This week we deliver another LIVE broadcast from the UK, as SUNDAY WIRE host Patrick Henningsen is joined by Mike Robinson, editor of the UK Column, as we discuss this past weekend’s event at the Grenfell Tower in West London, and hear some testimonies from effected residents. Later in the second our we’ll discuss the collapse of the US Mainstream Media including the recent case of Kurt Eichenwald and Newsweek magazine who were defeated by a Sputnik News staff writer in a recent legal challenge, John McCain’s recent diagnosis, as well as the recent CIA announcement that they are finally halting (or so they claim) their failed ‘train and equip’ covert program in Syria used to traffic weapons into the hand of terrorists in Syria, and much, much more… VOTE IN OUR NEWS POLL: Who ‘Meddled’ More in the 2016 Election – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) or Russia?
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It was reported on July 20 that Russia and Iraq have struck a deal on supplying a large batch of T-90 tanks. Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian president’s aide for military technical cooperation, confirmed the agreement but declined to provide details, saying only the number of tanks is substantial. Russian military analyst Ruslan Pukhov told Russian newspaper Izvestia that the deal might cover deliveries of several hundred T-90 tanks, and that the contract may exceed $1 billion. The T-90 is among the best-selling tanks in the world. Hundreds of vehicles have been sold to India, Algeria, Azerbaijan and other countries. A small number of tanks has been delivered to Syria to reinforce the military’s capabilities of combatting Islamic State (IS). Kuwait, Vietnam and Egypt are considering the option of purchasing T-90s. Known for its firepower, enhanced protection and mobility, the T-90 features a smoothbore 2A46M 125mm main gun that can fire both armor-piercing shells and anti-tank missiles and the 1A45T fire-control system. Standard protective measures include sophisticated armor, ensuring all-round protection of the crew and critical systems, including Kontakt-5 explosive reactive armor and active infrared jammers to defend the T-90 from inbound rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank missiles and other projectiles.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 22, 2017.