…does not mean it’s a bad idea. I lovvvve how every single article on this story paints it as a concession to Putin. Because arming terrorists er– I mean rebels against secular regimes in the Middle East has always worked out so fucking well. Almost every story has a line similar to the one in this article, “A move long sought by Russia”. Well, it’s also a move long sought by anyone who doesn’t want to arm Al-Qaeda.
Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria – Stripes
President Donald Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials.
The program was a central plank of a policy begun by the Obama administration in 2013 to put pressure on Assad to step aside, but even its backers have questioned its efficacy since Russia deployed forces in Syria two years later.
Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as an assault on its interests. The shuttering of the program is also an acknowledgment of Washington’s limited leverage and desire to remove Assad from power.
Any time we cut funding to forces trying to overthrow an elected government. Any time we cut funding to the CIA, it’s a very good thing.
CNN “reporter” Chris Cillizza did a Reddit AMA today. It was every bit as hilarious as you’d expect. Plenty of shitposting, but plenty of genuinely pointed, well-written, provocative questions:
Chris Cillizza AMA
… is more proof of collusion between Hillary Clinton and Russia than anything we’ve seen, heard or been shown in regards to Trump and Russia.
Hillary Clinton sided with Russia on sanctions as Bill made $500G on Moscow speech – Fox
The Russian lawyer who landed a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. during last year’s presidential campaign with the promise of dirt on Hillary Clinton had one big thing in common with the Democratic candidate: Both had opposed Russia sanctions targeting human-rights abusers.
Further, former Secretary of State Clinton’s initial opposition coincided with a $500,000 speech her husband gave in Moscow – a link her 2016 campaign fought to downplay in the press, according to WikiLeaks-released documents.
Trump White House officials now are trying to draw attention to that speech and the Clintons’ ties to Russia in a bid to counter criticism over Trump Jr.’s now-infamous meeting.
“If you want to talk about having relationships with Russia, I’d look no further than the Clintons,” Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a briefing last week. “Bill Clinton was paid half a million dollars to give a speech to a Russian bank, personally thanked by President Putin.”
It bears reminding that Russia is not our enemy. But the absurdity of the FNM, Democrat politicians and NeoCon scum like Paul Ryan, McCain et all constantly harping on this alleged Trump/Russia connection when there’s an enormous amount of publicly known interaction, quid pro quo and collusion between the Clintons and Russia is reaching a point of almost comical levels. (wow that was a long sentence, sorry).
There’s not many people left that are foolish enough to buy into this nonsense, but there’s apparently just enough for these treacherous bastards to keep doubling down on the lie.
Susan Rice, former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, is no longer expected to testify Tuesday in a closed-door hearing before the House Intelligence Committee on allegations that she requested the identities of “masked” U.S. persons in intelligence reports linked to President Donald Trump’s transition and campaign.
Rice was planning to appear before the committee on Tuesday to discuss her role in asking intelligence officials to unmask Trump associates, but the hearing has apparently been postponed, Fox News reported Monday.
The House Intelligence Committee is leading one of several investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The investigations aim to produce clarity on what precisely Russia did to interfere in the election and whether any Trump associates colluded with the Kremlin to defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
No word on why this committee hearing was postponed. This woman NEEDS to be grilled.
The headline is certainly provocative, but it’s not so much the nuke as it is that it was allowed to happen as I’ve stated on this blog before.
Retired Green Beret Warns: “There Could Be A Nuclear Strike Against The US Coming Soon” – ZeroHedge
The “tyranny of the majority,” in this case, was needed to accomplish the objectives of the Obama administration: appear to be “strong” on sanctions, and “aloof” with diplomacy, i.e., Barack Hussein Obama II’s not “lowering” himself to deal with North Korea diplomatically.
The true objective of Obama regarding North Korea was to pursue a laissez-faire policy and allow North Korea to progress, becoming a viable threat, as it is today.
All of this was deliberately planned by Obama and his handlers. As far back as April 7, 2015, Admiral Bill Gortney (the former commander of North American Aerospace Defense, a.k.a. NORAD) gave a press conference in which he warned of North Korea’s capabilities with an ICBM, an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile…warned that North Korea could strike the United States with a nuclear warhead on an ICBM…he stated this in 2015. Six months prior, in October of 2014 Admiral Gortney stated that North Korea had nuclear weapons, had miniaturization capabilities, and could place them on missiles that could reach the continental United States.