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Syria blasts the US, Turkey and Israel while praising Russia and Iran in a POWERFUL proclamation against terrorism and imperialism (VIDEO)

Walid Al-Muallem spoke for the Syrian Arab Republic in a stirring speech which exposed the state supporters of Takrifi terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda.

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The Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic, Walid Al-Muallem has addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations in a powerful and defiant speech which lacerated the enemies of Syria while praising the will, determination and dignity of the Syrian people and the Syrian Arab Army.

Walid Al-Muallem began by stating that in the present conflict ridden world, there is a standoff between two forces. The first force seeks to dominate the world and re-establish a unipolar order which fuels chaos and war while violating international humanitarian laws. This is a clear reference to the United States and its allies.

Opposed to this are forces which work to create a more “balanced, just and secure world, one which respects the sovereignty of states and the self-determination of peoples. This appears to be a reference to Syria’s allies including Russia, Iran and China.

He stated that while many people throughout the world continue to suffer due to the policies of “certain countries”, that no country has suffered more than Syria.

Specially, the Minister stated that Syria has suffered because certain countries believe that they could use terrorism to further their own greed, even if ultimately it is not even in their own interests. Again, the allusion to the United States is unambiguous in this statement.

In spite of six years of suffering, Walid Al-Muallem stated that the struggle and sacrifices made by Syrians have only strengthened the resolve of the Syrian people.

For 6 years, Syrian has fought terrorism supported by regional and international powers

Walid Al-Muallem defined Syria’s state policy as having two goals 

  1. Conbatting terrorism 
  2. Working hard for political solutions which will end bloodshed and restore stability. 

The Minister praised the Syrian Arab Army’s recent victory in breaking the ISIS siege of Deir ez-Zor and also remarked with pride on the crucial victories against terrorism in Aleppo and Palmyra.

However, he stated that the threat of this plague (terrorism) persists. Walid Al-Muallem said,

“Takfiri ideology will spread like a tumour throughout the world unless everyone of us demonstrates a genuine will to cooperate to confront it together”.

He stated that in conjunction with the Syrian Arab Army’s immense victories against terrorism, that another reason for Syria’s success has been President Bashar al-Assad’s amnesty programme which has invited militants to put down their weapons and return to a normal life. The Minister stated that this reconciliation process is the best means of alleviating suffering.

Walid Al-Muallem went on to praise the Geneva and Astana peace formats, but warned that  the Astana peace process will test how far terrorists groups and their “Turkish sponsors” are willing to go in order to de-escalate the conflict. To this end, he assured the General Assembly that while Syria welcomes de-escalation zones, that such measures are temporary and cannot be used to threaten the territorial unity of the country.

Walid Al-Muallem then stated that all parties must repsct the follwoing Syrian “red lines”

–The complete destruction of terrorism 

–The territorial unity of Syria and its people

–No foreign interference in Syria’s future 

–Only Syrians have the right to make such decisions and no one can deprive the Syrian people of the free and legal will to shape their country 

Turning to Israeli aggression against Syria, Walid Al-Muallem  slammed Israel’s “unscrupulous and thuggish” aggression against Syria. He spoke of how “the usurper entity” has for 70 years occupied Palestine and also occupied Syria’s Golan Heights.

He stated that if Israel thinks that the present conflict will make Syria give up on restoring the Golan, that Israel is being delusional. 

But, he said, Israel did not stop there. Walid Al-Muallem stated that Israel has “provided funds, weapons, material and communication equipment to Takrifi terrorists”. He continued, stating that Israel continues to bomb Syrian army positions in a move which directly helps terrorists, something Walid Al-Muallem said should not be surprising as Israel and the Takfiri terrorists have the same goals and interests.

Turning to the United States, he claimed that the US and its western allies continue to peddle lies including falsely accusing  Syria of using chemical weapons–in spite of an OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) report affirming that Syria has eliminated its old chemical weapons program. He claimed that this is evidence of an open conspiracy on the part of certain countries which is designed to slander Syria

Walid Al-Muallem then said that the US led coalition, which is in Syria to allegedly fight terrorism, has killed many more innocent Syrians, mostly women and children, than terrorists have done. Furthermore the US and its allies have destroyed vital infrastructure that Syrians have worked for decades to build.

Walid Al-Muallem blasted the US for its illegal attack on an airbase in western Syria from the 6th of April and said that Syria has always been willing to welcome UN inspectors to the country.

Walid Al-Muallem then said that the US and its so-called coalition failed to make any meaningful progress against ISIS and that instead, the US and its allies have actually killed more Syrians and destroyed more of Syria’s infrastructure and heritage than the terrorists themselves have managed to do. 

He further stated that the US use of prohibited white phosphorus bombs (a chemical weapon) “before the eyes of the world”, has exposed the hypocrisy of many members of the international community who have said nothing about this atrocity. 

He then turned to the hypocritical nature of western so-called NGOs, stating that certain countries have boasted about fighting terrorism in Syria and they have established groups under deceiving titles like ‘Friends of Syria’. The Minister remarked that it is ironic as these deceptive groups come from  the countries which are destroying the lives and livelihoods of Syrians.

Apart from just killing Syrians through military means, Walid Al-Muallem said that the unilateral sanctions against Syria (from mainly western nations) has created a crisis in Syria’s once excellent health care system.

He then affirmed that US, Turkish and European actions in Syria are illegal and that Syria considers the presence of any foreign troops in Syria without consent to be foreign occupiers who are violating international law and the Charter of the United Nations.

The Foreign Minister further stated that it is impossible to fight terrorism without coordination with the Syrian army

In spite of this crisis, Walid Al-Muallem proclaimed that Syria is on the march to a victory which is now in reach.

He continued,

“When this unjust war against Syria is over, the Syrian Arab Army will go down in history as the army which defeated terrorists who came to Syria from many countries and who received support from the most powerful countries in the world”.

Walid Al-Muallem stated that the occupying powers and the terrorist failed to impose their backward ideology on a nation which for decades was a cradle of civilisation

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mosad maze ?

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Great historical speech! The days of the satanic, imperialist, pro-ISIS (U$A) and its jihadist proxies are numbered in Syria! Victory to SAA, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah! Long live President Assad!

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Long live the incredibly brave Syrian Arab Army and government which have had the courage to stand up to and triumph over the terrorists and their US, UK, Saudi and Israeli supporters…

Never forget that the Real Axis of Evil is the US/Israeli/Saudi Axis of Death and Destruction…

And never forget THE ETERNAL SHAME OF THE UNITED STATES for having funded, armed and organized the cannibal terrorists of the Middle East since before 1979….

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GeorgeG
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I kiss the sword of truth and raise it in salute to Syria and Walid Al-Muallem.

S.M. De Kuyper
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S.M. De Kuyper

The Syrian Prime Ministers speech is a gale of fresh air where only fetid, putrid air has been since US self done 9/11. The US vassal states, all of them, are in great danger from America, with it’s bombs and it’s lies.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

We are seeing other nations pick up the flag which Russia and Putin in Munich 2007 first set flying: telling the truth, making no bones about who is doing what, and how the rest of the world feels about it. Truth is the powerful weapon we have, along with the commitment to honour and integrity that love of justice and life bring. The more of this that happens – and as more speak out, others will gain the courage to do so as well – then the faster the tide will turn against the aggressor, the sooner we can tell… Read more »

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

Whilst listening to this speech , I was simultaneously reading an RT article by John Pilger “The Killing of History” https://on.rt.com/8nyj It was quite incredible how many themes resonated with the Syrian FM and PM’s speech. Of course Mr Pilger speaks from a factual basis of many decades of US imperialist actions and is able to openly state the culprit. The Syrian speech did not even need to do so, such is the understanding by non-Western countries of US historical and present day violation of international law I am reminded of a further address that never grows irrelevant nor dated.… Read more »

my2Cents
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my2Cents

WOW thank you Terry….Forwarded to Europe as a reminder.

Sarah417
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Sarah417

I too want to thank you. I am an American and know what my country has done. I am ashamed.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

You’re not responsible for what has been deliberately and systematically hidden from you. Don’t feel ashamed for what a handful of grotesque, ruthless men have done. The fact that we have the opportunity now to learn about the evil deception that has been ongoing for a very long time is good. And you’re taking part in learning and disseminating information. Me too.

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

Where are the rest of the Americans ? Are they ASLEEP, or are they supporting the USA slaughter of innocent people around the world ?

RussG
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RussG

Ray, the fact is, they do not know. The MSM in the US is the reason the ‘gubmint’ has got away with this. The truth, if revealed to all Americans (and they would watch the real news instead of The Batchelor or some stupid game show), would result in a huge civil uprising. But of course the ‘gubmint’ will see to it that does not happen.

Mike McPherson
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Terry, thanks for quoting one of the most articulate and revealing exposés of American foreign policy and its cover up by the magnificent Harold Pinter, it is always worth repeating.

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nodomino

Syria has won back it’s lawful and moral right to determine their own national direction. They and their allies have defeated the most odious regime extent on the planet Today. The government of the United States.

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ignasi

Many successes to the People of Syria to defend the Freedom of the peoples of the World

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Watchman for Truth

Imperialistic US military and Zionist Israel have waged a covert global campaign of endless terrorism and blatant atrocities on the defenseless and innocent. These psychopathic arrogant twins of evil will not end their arrogance and endless horrific wars of aggression until they are militarily challenged by Russia, China and Iran to finally obliterate them out of existence. The time for political peace talks is over…complete annihilation is the only solution. World peace can only be realistically achieved when these demons are exterminated.

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America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars
We don’t need a war with Iran because Israel wants one and some rich and
powerful American Jews are happy to deliver. Seriously, we don’t need
it.
https://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2017/09/21/1015592-americas-jews-are-driving-americas-wars/

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Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Where would you say the British royal family fit into this mix? I ask because: a) The Rothschilds and the Windsor ‘firm’ go back several generations in their financial dealings; b) I’ve seen several different stories about Princess Diana being Goldsmith’s secret daughter (Goldsmiths and Rothschilds marry each other a lot); and c) Princess Diana’s son is doing a bizarre and deliberate thing with his hand in his jacket in the first photo with Melania Trump in this report today on The Daily Mirror:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4912946/Prince-Harry-meets-workers-hospital-Canada.html

bluewater
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well my friend it is very long story…. you are correct.. You do know that the Windsors are GERMAN … The House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha … and then invade Britain with WILLIAM OF ORANGE and changed the name to WINDSORS so nobody would know they are GERMAN.
THE CITY OF LONDON run by THE ROTHSCHILDS is the financial capital of the world,while the VATICAN is the SPIRITUAL center and WASHINGTON D.C. is the MILITARY POWERcomment image comment image comment image

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Yes indeed. We appear to have visited all the same sources in our research.

bluewater
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bluewater
bluewater
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bluewater

Trump – Illuminati Jews are half-Jewish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2gu9eL4dXo&t=1s

bluewater
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bluewater

Global Citizen Festival: ILLUMINATi United Nations AGENDA 2030 “Sustainable Development” EXPOSED!!!
https://youtu.be/0T_Ydub3NEc

bluewater
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The Spencer family is blue blood..Diana was brought in to bring in FRESH BLOOD into these SATANISTS…because the blood was getting to pure and UGLY.. it was all planned at her birth. Prince William is a 33 degree FREEMASON and so is Harry so he is doing his HIDDEN HAND MASONIC SIGN. I do not mind telling you the TRUTH but i get censored a lot on these sites because those that run these sites do not like it..especially BLACKLISTED NEWS. AS far as Melania..she is not what you think she is..can not say here take the BLUE PILL and… Read more »

bluewater
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bluewater

The Queen of England is a CRYPTO JEW

PRINCE WILLIAM is a CRYPTO JEW

KATE MIDDLETON is a SAPHARDIC JEW

so the children are jewish..get the picture

QUEEN LIZY and the ROTHSCHILDS control the CROWN

https://youtu.be/hKycRuWnnO4

Gary Wells
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Gary Wells

I didn’t watch the speech, but what the ambassador said was simply the truth. Was that hag who so appropriately represents the US present for the speech?

Gavin Allen
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Gavin Allen

“Syria blasts…” The illegitimate dictatorship of the murderer Assad is not “Syria”.

Ian Shears
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Ian Shears

Honesty is so refreshing.

RussG
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RussG

Excellent speech, Mr. Al-Muallem! The only thing you could have stressed more is that the “West” and its hegemonic ideology is responsible for starting the war in Syria in the first place.

I wonder how many other UN attendees really absorbed the truth in this speech.

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BuzzFeed pushes fake Michael Cohen news, as real news breaks on HUGE conspiracy against Trump at FBI and DOJ (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 169.

Alex Christoforou

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According to Zerohedge, in an almost unprecedented event – having rarely commented on stories related to the special counsel’s investigation – Robert S. Mueller III’s office put out a statement firmly disputing the reporting of the news site BuzzFeed reported that the president instructed his personal attorney to lie to Congress about his push for a Moscow real estate project

BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” the special counsel’s office said.

As The Hill reports, BuzzFeed had released a statement earlier Friday defending the reporters behind the story and saying that it “stands by this story 100%,” and for his part, Cohen adviser Lanny Davis refused to confirm or deny the report during an interview with MSNBC on Friday afternoon.

President Trump retweeted a few social media reactions…

And then made his own views clear:

Meanwhile the real election collusion bombshell had nothing to do with Russia, Moscow hotels, or Michael Cohen, and everything to do with bullet proof evidence that DOJ official, Bruce Ohr, warned all the higher-ups at the FBI and DOJ (Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe, etc…) that the Steele dossier was connected to Hillary Clinton, and was extremely biased against Donald Trump.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss how BuzzFeed pushed out a clear, fake propaganda story on Trump, Cohen, and more stupidity about Moscow hotel deals, as real reporter, John Solomon broke a massive story, with solid evidence and facts, that show the FBI and DOJ knew that the Steele dossier was a complete work of fiction, and knowingly hide that fact from FISA courts.

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Authored by John Solomon, via The Hill

When the annals of mistakes and abuses in the FBI’s Russia investigation are finally written, Bruce Ohr almost certainly will be the No. 1 witness, according to my sources.

The then-senior Department of Justice (DOJ) official briefed both senior FBI and DOJ officials in summer 2016 about Christopher Steele’s Russia dossier, explicitly cautioning that the British intelligence operative’s work was opposition research connected to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and might be biased.

Ohr’s briefings, in July and August 2016, included the deputy director of the FBI, a top lawyer for then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a Justice official who later would become the top deputy to special counsel Robert Mueller.

At the time, Ohr was the associate deputy attorney general. Yet his warnings about political bias were pointedly omitted weeks later from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant that the FBI obtainedfrom a federal court, granting it permission to spy on whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia to hijack the 2016 presidential election.

Ohr’s activities, chronicled in handwritten notes and congressional testimony I gleaned from sources, provide the most damning evidence to date that FBI and DOJ officials may have misled federal judges in October 2016 in their zeal to obtain the warrant targeting Trump adviser Carter Page just weeks before Election Day.

They also contradict a key argument that House Democrats have made in their formal intelligence conclusions about the Russia case.

Since it was disclosed last year that Steele’s dossier formed a central piece of evidence supporting the FISA warrant, Justice and FBI officials have been vague about exactly when they learned that Steele’s work was paid for by the law firm representing the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

A redacted version of the FISA application released last year shows the FBI did not mention any connection to the DNC or Clinton. Rather, it referred to Steele as a reliable source in past criminal investigations who was hired by a person working for a U.S. law firm to conduct research on Trump and Russia.

The FBI claimed it was “unaware of any derogatory information” about Steele, that Steele was “never advised … as to the motivation behind the research” but that the FBI  “speculates” that those who hired Steele were “likely looking for information to discredit” Trump’s campaign.

Yet, in testimony last summer to congressional investigators, Ohr revealed the FBI and Justice lawyers had no need to speculate: He explicitly warned them in a series of contacts, beginning July 31, 2016, that Steele expressed biased against Trump and was working on a project connected to the Clinton campaign.

Ohr had firsthand knowledge about the motive and the client: He had just met with Steele on July 30, 2016, and Ohr’s wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS, the same firm employing Steele.

“I certainly told the FBI that Fusion GPS was working with, doing opposition research on Donald Trump,” Ohr told congressional investigators, adding that he warned the FBI that Steele expressed bias during their conversations.

“I provided information to the FBI when I thought Christopher Steele was, as I said, desperate that Trump not be elected,” he added. “So, yes, of course I provided that to the FBI.”

When pressed why he would offer that information to the FBI, Ohr answered: “In case there might be any kind of bias or anything like that.” He added later, “So when I provided it to the FBI, I tried to be clear that this is source information, I don’t know how reliable it is. You’re going to have to check it out and be aware.”

Ohr went further, saying he disclosed to FBI agents that his wife and Steele were working for the same firm and that it was conducting the Trump-Russia research project at the behest of Trump’s Democratic rival, the Clinton campaign.

“These guys were hired by somebody relating to, who’s related to the Clinton campaign and be aware,” Ohr told Congress, explaining what he warned the bureau.

Perkins Coie, the law firm that represented both the DNC and the Clinton campaign during the 2016 election, belatedly admitted it paid Fusion GPS for Steele’s work on behalf of the candidate and party and disguised the payments as legal bills when, in fact, it was opposition research.

When asked if he knew of any connection between the Steele dossier and the DNC, Ohr responded that he believed the project was really connected to the Clinton campaign.

“I didn’t know they were employed by the DNC but I certainly said yes that they were working for, you know, they were somehow working, associated with the Clinton campaign,” he answered.

“I also told the FBI that my wife worked for Fusion GPS or was a contractor for GPS, Fusion GPS.”

Ohr divulged his first contact with the FBI was on July 31, 2016, when he reached out to then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and FBI attorney Lisa Page. He then was referred to the agents working Russia counterintelligence, including Peter Strzok, the now-fired agent who played a central role in starting the Trump collusion probe.

But Ohr’s contacts about the Steele dossier weren’t limited to the FBI. He said in August 2016 — nearly two months before the FISA warrant was issued — that he was asked to conduct a briefing for senior Justice officials.

Those he briefed included Andrew Weissmann, then the head of DOJ’s fraud section; Bruce Swartz, longtime head of DOJ’s international operations, and Zainab Ahmad, an accomplished terrorism prosecutor who, at the time, was assigned to work with Lynch as a senior counselor.

Ahmad and Weissmann would go on to work for Mueller, the special prosecutor overseeing the Russia probe.

Ohr’s extensive testimony also undercuts one argument that House Democrats sought to make last year.

When Republicans, in early 2018, first questioned Ohr’s connections to Steele, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee sought to minimize the connection, insisting he only worked as an informer for the FBI after Steele was fired by the FBI in November 2016.

The memo from Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) team claimed that Ohr’s contacts with the FBI only began “weeks after the election and more than a month after the Court approved the initial FISA application.”

But Ohr’s testimony now debunks that claim, making clear he started talking to FBI and DOJ officials well before the FISA warrant or election had occurred.

And his detailed answers provide a damning rebuttal to the FBI’s portrayal of the Steele material.

In fact, the FBI did have derogatory information on Steele: Ohr explicitly told the FBI that Steele was desperate to defeat the man he was investigating and was biased.

And the FBI knew the motive of the client and did not have to speculate: Ohr told agents the Democratic nominee’s campaign was connected to the research designed to harm Trump’s election chances.

Such omissions are, by definition, an abuse of the FISA system.

Don’t take my word for it. Fired FBI Director James Comey acknowledged it himself when he testified last month that the FISA court relies on an honor system, in which the FBI is expected to divulge exculpatory evidence to the judges.

“We certainly consider it our obligation, because of our trust relationship with federal judges, to present evidence that would paint a materially different picture of what we’re presenting,” Comey testified on Dec. 7, 2018. “You want to present to the judge reviewing your application a complete picture of the evidence, both its flaws and its strengths.”

Comey claims he didn’t know about Ohr’s contacts with Steele, even though his top deputy, McCabe, got the first contact.

But none of that absolves his FBI, or the DOJ for that matter, from failing to divulge essential and exculpatory information from Ohr to the FISA court.

John Solomon is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work over the years has exposed U.S. and FBI intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal scientists’ misuse of foster children and veterans in drug experiments, and numerous cases of political corruption. He is The Hill’s executive vice president for video.

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At Age 70, Time To Rethink NATO

The architect of Cold War containment, Dr. George Kennan, warned that moving NATO into Eastern Europe and former Soviet republics would prove a “fateful error.”

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“Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last.”

So said President Charles De Gaulle, who in 1966 ordered NATO to vacate its Paris headquarters and get out of France.

NATO this year celebrates a major birthday. The young girl of 1966 is no longer young. The alliance is 70 years old.

And under this aging NATO today, the U.S. is committed to treat an attack on any one of 28 nations from Estonia to Montenegro to Romania to Albania as an attack on the United States.

The time is ripe for a strategic review of these war guarantees to fight a nuclear-armed Russia in defense of countries across the length of Europe that few could find on a map.

Apparently, President Donald Trump, on trips to Europe, raised questions as to whether these war guarantees comport with vital U.S. interests and whether they could pass a rigorous cost-benefit analysis.

The shock of our establishment that Trump even raised this issue in front of Europeans suggests that the establishment, frozen in the realities of yesterday, ought to be made to justify these sweeping war guarantees.

Celebrated as “the most successful alliance in history,” NATO has had two histories. Some of us can yet recall its beginnings.

In 1948, Soviet troops, occupying eastern Germany all the way to the Elbe and surrounding Berlin, imposed a blockade on the city.

The regime in Prague was overthrown in a Communist coup. Foreign minister Jan Masaryk fell, or was thrown, from a third-story window to his death. In 1949, Stalin exploded an atomic bomb.

As the U.S. Army had gone home after V-E Day, the U.S. formed a new alliance to protect the crucial European powers — West Germany, France, Britain, Italy. Twelve nations agreed that an attack on one would be treated as an attack on them all.

Cross the Elbe and you are at war with us, including the U.S. with its nuclear arsenal, Stalin was, in effect, told. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops returned to Europe to send the message that America was serious.

Crucial to the alliance was the Yalta line dividing Europe agreed to by Stalin, FDR and Churchill at the 1945 Crimean summit on the Black Sea.

U.S. presidents, even when monstrous outrages were committed in Soviet-occupied Europe, did not cross this line into the Soviet sphere.

Truman did not send armored units up the highway to Berlin. He launched an airlift to break the Berlin blockade. Ike did not intervene to save the Hungarian rebels in 1956. JFK confined his rage at the building of the Berlin Wall to the rhetorical: “Ich bin ein Berliner.”

LBJ did nothing to help the Czechs when, before the Democratic convention in 1968, Leonid Brezhnev sent Warsaw Pact tank armies to crush the Prague Spring.

When the Solidarity movement of Lech Walesa was crushed in Gdansk, Reagan sent copy and printing machines. At the Berlin Wall in 1988, he called on Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.”

Reagan never threatened to tear it down himself.

But beginning in 1989, the Wall was torn down, Germany was united, the Red Army went home, the Warsaw Pact dissolved, the USSR broke apart into 15 nations, and Leninism expired in its birthplace.

As the threat that had led to NATO disappeared, many argued that the alliance created to deal with that threat should be allowed to fade away, and a free and prosperous Europe should now provide for its own defense.

It was not to be. The architect of Cold War containment, Dr. George Kennan, warned that moving NATO into Eastern Europe and former Soviet republics would prove a “fateful error.”

This, said Kennan, would “inflame the nationalistic and militaristic tendencies in Russian opinion” and “restore the atmosphere of the cold war in East-West relations.” Kennan was proven right.

America is now burdened with the duty to defend Europe from the Atlantic to the Baltic, even as we face a far greater threat in China, with an economy and population 10 times that of Russia.

And we must do this with a defense budget that is not half the share of the federal budget or the GDP that Eisenhower and Kennedy had.

Trump is president today because the American people concluded that our foreign policy elite, with their endless interventions where no vital U.S. interest was imperiled, had bled and virtually bankrupted us, while kicking away all of the fruits of our Cold War victory.

Halfway into Trump’s term, the question is whether he is going to just talk about halting Cold War II with Russia, about demanding that Europe pay for its own defense, and about bringing the troops home — or whether he is going to act upon his convictions.

Our foreign policy establishment is determined to prevent Trump from carrying out his mandate. And if he means to carry out his agenda, he had best get on with it.

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The ISIS attack in Syria appears to have failed in its real mission

ISIS probably tried to get Mr. Trump to keep troops in Syria, but in reality this attack shows no compelling reason to remain there.

Seraphim Hanisch

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ISIS is one of the bloodiest, most brutal organizations to ever exist in modern history. During its meteoric rise, the “Caliphate” struck with death and fear across the deserts of Iraq and the wastes of Syria, seducing a seemingly increasing number of recruits from the West, developing its own currency and financing abilities, all the while remaining a death cult, in the conviction that their eventual destruction would trigger a far greater Islamic uprising.

But something changed for them starting in about 2013. While ISIS got quietly aided and abetted by President Obama’s (perhaps not unwitting) support through neglect and then even quieter collaboration (Obama thought ISIS could be “managed” in the effort to oust Bashar Al-Assad from Syria), its power and reach extended through much of Syria.

But then came Russia. Russia didn’t think ISIS should be managed. Russia determined that ISIS should be destroyed. And in 2015, invited by Syria, the Russians came and went to work. They did most of the heavy lifting in terms of driving ISIS back, while (inconveniently for the US and West) also carefully taking back Syrian territory from antigovernment groups that were supported by the US and its coalition of forces operating in the country, including Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, and all the names it took on afterwards. This was quietly carried out because the Americans also had face to save, owing to Obama’s clumsy decision to send American forces into the country, which gradually grew and metastasized into a significantly sized fighting force.

With an extremely complicated group of alliances and enemies, the American forces were forced to quietly abandon their mission of removing Bashar al-Assad from power and to pivot to actually destroying ISIS. President Trump does deserve some credit for his part in helping this to happen. He also deserves a lot of credit for his recent decision to pull American troops out of Syria.

This move was severely condemned by the US hawks, resulting in the resignation / firing / retirement of former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and, in an amusing show of hypocrisy, the pundits from the Anti-Trump crowd at CNN and other news outlets characterized this decision as the US President proving once and for all that he is a Putin operative, a real-life Manchurian President.

ISIS evidently wanted the US not to leave either, so it conducted an attack on Wednesday, January 16th, tragically killing 19 people, with four Americans among the dead. The New York Times was lightning-fast to jump into the fray to carry out what was probably ISIS’ real mission with this attack: to sow seeds of doubt among the US authorities, and to keep American forces in the region (emphasis added).

Four Americans were among 19 people killed in Syria on Wednesday in a suicide bombing that was claimed by the Islamic State, just weeks after President Trump ordered the withdrawal of United States forces and declared that the extremist group had been defeated.

The attack targeted an American military convoy in the northern city of Manbij while troops were inside the Palace of the Princes, a restaurant where they often stopped to eat during patrols, residents said. While the Americans were inside, a nearby suicide attacker wearing an explosive vest blew himself up.

The bombing raised new questions about Mr. Trump’s surprise decision last month to end the American ground war in Syria. Critics of the president’s plans, including members of his own party, said Mr. Trump’s claim of victory over the Islamic State may have emboldened its fighters and encouraged Wednesday’s strike… Mr. Trump’s withdrawal announcement, made over the objections of his top national security officials, “set in motion enthusiasm by the enemy we’re fighting,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and a prominent Trump ally who has nonetheless criticized the military drawdown.

“I saw this in Iraq. And I’m now seeing it in Syria,” Mr. Graham said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.

The rest of the article, of course, had the Trump Administration defending itself, with Vice President Mike Pence as the spokesman of that defense.

However, already only two days later, the noise about this seems to have faded. There is no ongoing media fury about the President’s decision to remove troops. In fact, aside from the ongoing investigation to confirm that ISIS indeed did carry out this attack, there is no indication of a change in the troop withdrawal process.

If this situation remains as it is, it is a very good sign for these reasons:

  1. President Trump is showing his resolve and confidence in a decision he knows to be right (to withdraw) and not to accede to the War Party wishes.
  2. ISIS is losing its reputation as a significant fighting force as far as the US population is concerned, as it probably should. With the US gone, Russia can prosecute this war full force without risk of creating more serious incidents with the Americans.
  3. The possibility exists that this attack, already heinous in what we know, could have been a false flag, designed specifically to provoke the US troop withdrawal to stop and be reversed.

This last scenario has oddly not been visibly mentioned, but it should be, because it probably happened in April 2018 and earlier. The Duran covered this quite extensively, and while the “official” (Western) investigation has come up curiously silent on the alleged chemical weapons attack last April in Ghouta, the overwhelming body of reports from the region suggested that the “gas” attack was nothing at all but drama to keep the US ensnared in the region. Remember, President Trump at that time also expressed the intention of withdrawing US troops from the area, and this event caused a reversal for a time.

ISIS tried to become a nation. It operates on terror and theater, but it considers itself free to kill people along the way as it creates its pageantry. For the souls of all those innocent people who perished in this attack, we must pray and not forget.

But ISIS is substantially done, and what is left will be dealt with by Russian and Syrian forces.

For once, the definition of “American courage” might be not to fight. President Trump’s decision to remove the troops remains one of the most significant achievements of his presidency, and one of the most important in terms of restoring balance to the United States that it deserves to have.

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