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Russian bluster over the last three weeks may be directly related to the low polling scores for Putin in the pretend Presidential election. Most curious is the threat to shoot at US and Coalition aircraft in Syria – the Russian air defences in Syria have little depth and would not survive a sustained attack.
Tillerson dismissed from SECSTATE post, Pompeo promoted from DCI, new DCI will be former deputy Gina Haspel, an experienced Agency staffer.
Interesting disclosures on the role of Susan Rice during the election meddling.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called out the Syrian government and its key ally, Russia, over the issue of chemical-weapons use, saying it would be “very unwise” for the regime to deploy such weapons.
Nikki Haley: US ‘Prepared to Act’ if Syria Continues to Violate Cease Fire
The United States has declared a United Nations effort to implement a ceasefire in Syria a failure and blamed Russia for stalling it, as the Syrian army continued to pound the devastated rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta.
Moscow is ready to respond if lives of the Russian servicemen are endangered, including by strikes on Damascus, head of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov said.
The Russian military has threatened action against the U.S. is it strikes Syria’s capital city of Damascus, according to multiple news reports. The threat, by Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov, was widely reported by Russia media sites such as state news agency RIA and Tass. It said Gerasimov said Russia had “reliable information” about militants preparing to falsify a government chemical attack against civilians. Gerasimov said Russia would respond to a U.S. strike on Syria if the lives of Russian servicemen were threatened, targeting any missiles and launchers involved.
Tensions between Russia and the West keep rising.
President Trump has removed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in a move that stunned Washington with its timing.
Mr Tillerson is said to be “unaware of the reason”, but Mr Trump says it came down to “chemistry”.
The move bring major changes as the United States deals with delicate foreign policy efforts such as possible outreach to North Korea.
Rex W. Tillerson, a former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, had been among President Trump’s most well-regarded cabinet choices. He is replaced by Mike Pompeo, currently the C.I.A. director.
As CIA director Mike Pompeo moves to become the United States’ secretary of state, deputy director Gina Haspel has been nominated to lead the agency. If confirmed by the Senate, she will become the first woman to run the CIA. Haspel’s nomination will be controversial; she played a leading role (paywall) in running a US torture site…
Gina Haspel, Trump’s choice to lead the CIA, has a long history with the agency and ties to extreme interrogation techniques.
President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he will nominate Gina Haspel to become the new CIA director.
Haspel made her career in covert action, but her involvement in interrogations could raise Senate questions for her confirmation.
The new director of the Central Intelligence Agency will be Gina Haspel, provided that her nomination is confirmed by the Senate.
I do not want this blog to get political. But… Why did Rice tell US intel to stand down when the Russians began interfering with the US election? Why did Obama do nothing about Russian interference? Why did Obama do nothing about Russia invading Ukraine? Why did Obama not equip Ukraine with weapons? NPR tried to…
Susan Rice, who didn’t exactly care about a terrorist attack in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 and gladly went on television to lie about it to the public, is repeating her same pattern. Turns out she issued a “stand down” order to National Security Council officials who sought to retaliate against Russia for its hacks into our electoral system. According to the Daily Caller, citing a new book out, Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump: One day in late August, national security adviser Susan Rice called [NSC official Michael Daniel] into her office and demanded he cease and desist from working on the cyber options he was developing. “Don’t get ahead of us,” she warned him. The White House was not prepared to endorse any of these ideas. Daniel and his team in the White House cyber response group were given strict orders: “Stand down.” She told Daniel to “knock it off,” he recalled. Daniel, as it happens, was planning to release embarrassing information about Vladimir Putin’s fortune to the Russian public in retaliation for Putin’s government’s hacking of Democratic National Committee emails, via WikiLeaks. This represents the second time that we know of that Susan Rice backed off from punishing perpetrators of enemy acts on the U.S. The latter case, with the Russians, was obviously squelched because Rice was so busy unmasking Americans caught up in intelligence dragnets, who were explicitly expected to be protected from that. And those unmasked for what Rice claimed in congressional testimony was for “national security purposes” just happened to be Trump campaign workers and advisers. See, to Rice, it was a matter of national security that President Trump never be allowed to take office after the American people elected him. Rice’s indifference to national security outside the realm of politics and advancing the progressive Obama political agenda suggests an unfitness for duty quite unlike anything we have seen or is legal. Cabinet officials I have dealt with during previous administrations were always scrupulously careful not to politic in their official capacities, citing the law and their showing their own seriousness about keeping that law. Not so Susan Rice. Preserving and advancing socialism was her idea of national security, and unmasking Americans to Get Trump was far more important to her than stopping a national security threat or punishing a miscreant to ensure deterrence. Every crisis had its political opportunities, didn’t it? Rice’s dereliction of duty and subornation of the legitimate functions of government to Obama politics look like a crime. If the Justice Department won’t deal with it, maybe the congressional committees need to get involved and expose it, allowing this kind of activity to define Democrats for the voters. Let them explain that one away as they once again grasp for what they consider their divine right of office.
It was in the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign that Susan Rice proved to be a pivotal figure preventing the United States from countering Russian attempts at election meddling. The former National Security Adviser, who chaired a number of high-ranking intelligence principals, told an official to “stand down” on developing cyber-espionage countermeasures because they had not been approved by President Obama.
In an upcoming book by David Corn and Michael Isikoff, the White House cybersecurity coordinator during the Obama administration claims then-National Security