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Trump to Halt Joint Plan to Fight Islamic State with Russia

Peter KORZUN | 07.03.2017 | WORLD

Trump to Halt Joint Plan to Fight Islamic State with Russia

Normally, a new US president is treated benevolently by Congress, with lawmakers opening a wide leeway for initiatives coming from an administration. It’s different in the case of Donald Trump. He enjoys no honeymoon period, with all his activities obstructed in each and every way.

Under the circumstances, the president may have to shelve a joint plan to combat the Islamic State (IS) with Russia amid the scandals related to the ties of the president and administrations officials with Moscow. «I don’t know Putin, but if we can get along with Russia that’s a great thing. It’s good for Russia; it’s good for us; we go out together and knock the hell out of ISIS, because that’s a real sickness», the president told Fox News in late January. 

Today, the administration says it is scaling back, at least for the time being. That’s what President Trump stated at the February 16 news conference held right after the firing of his National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. «It would be unpopular for a politician to make a deal», the president said. «It would be much easier for me to be so tough — the tougher I am on Russia, the better».

The contentious issues of alleged violations of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and non-compliance with the New START are also cited as the reasons to put the plan on hold. Some of the officials, who have recently joined the administration and have the president’s ear, are known as advocates of tough stance. There are influential politicians in Europe who warn President Trump on Russia.

On March 4, Dmitry Peskov, Russia’s presidential spokesman, stated that Moscow was ready to continue the fight against «Islamic state» without the help of the United States. The statement was made in the wake of Palmyra’s liberation from the IS.

Opposed by Democrats and the Republican orthodoxy, Trump has to backtrack, losing initiative. The fight is not over. The president speaks directly to those who support him. A wave of pro-Trump rallies hit America. Rallies are scheduled in some 50 cities.

The president’s first «big» speech in Congress greatly strengthened his position  to increase the number of his supporters and sympathizers. It really gave him a bump. The plans to increase military expenditure also contribute into strengthening his support base among the military brass and the circles close to the US defense industry.

The success of the ongoing fight against the IS and subsequent contribution into peaceful settlement of the Syria’s crisis, is extremely important for US international standing. Russia has greatly increased its clout in the Middle East and plays a key role in the struggle against terror. It is the only actor who can effectively mediate between the parties pursuing different aims in Syria. It has just prevented a clash between Turkey and Syria in Manbij.

The problem of IS is not limited to Iraq and Syria only. There is a great probability Russia and the US will have to cooperate in Libya and Afghanistan.

It should be noted that the fight against terror groups in the region has nothing to do with the internal scandals hitting the US. The contacts, imaginary or real, of US officials with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak have no whatsoever relation to the fight against the IS and other terror groups threatening the United States and Russia.

In the worst times of the Cold War, the two nations found ways to set aside differences and join together to address the issues of mutual interest. Despite the deterioration of bilateral relations, they fruitfully cooperated in 2013 to do away with Syria’s arsenal chemical weapons.

Russia has more leverage that the US with key actors involved in the conflict, including Turkey, a NATO member, the Syria’s government and Iran – the country that cannot be ignored. Russia is on speaking terms with Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Kurds. It has a leading role in the Astana process. Its Air Space Forces and experts greatly influence the situation creep.

Moscow plays the role of mediator to prevent clashes between Syria’s and US forces on the ground. The refusal to coordinate efforts with Russia will reduce the US influence on the events in Syria and, thus, diminish its clout in the Middle East.

Acting on its own, the US will willy-nilly have to significantly increase its forces in Syria and the region in general. There are signs the process has already started. It  has been reported recently that the Pentagon’s plans envisage major US army deployment in Syria before an assault on Islamic State capital Raqqa. Even so, it has no resources to go it alone. A major military operation in Syria is doomed to be unpopular in the US after bitter experience in Afghanistan and Iraq.

It means America needs allies, partners and comrades in arms. ‘We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet,’ President Trump told Congress on February 28. A success will enormously boost his position and weaken the position of the critics. He definitely needs Russia to achieve this success.

The two nations will benefit if they use the experience of the past (the Helsinki Act) and divide the pertinent issues into «baskets». One basket should include the controversial matters to be addressed at the round table. The issues that unite the two nations should be put into another basket. The fight against terror is the one.

If success is achieved on this issue, the process will encompass other areas of relationship. Refusing to coordinate activities with Russia on Syria is equal to shooting oneself to the foot. No one wins, everyone loses. Donald Trump will lose more than anyone else at the time he badly needs breakthroughs and achievements.

US Keeps Stealing Iraq’s Oil Despite Mattis Comments: Analyst

Despite remarks by Defense Secretary James Mattis, US presence in Iraq is aimed at “stealing oil,” an analyst says.

Gordon Duff, senior editor at Veterans Today, made the statement while commenting on Monday remarks by Mattis ahead of an unannounced visit to the war-ravaged country.

In an apparent attempt to distance himself from recent remarks by President Donald Trump regarding Iraq and its oil, the Pentagon chief, who was en route to Iraq, asserted that Americans are “not in Iraq to seize” oil.

In the course of one year after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the US “stole 40 percent of Iraq’s oil that was sent out thought the Kirkuk pipeline to the Mediterranean port, south of Seyhan, Turkey,” Duff told Press TV.

“And it was loaded on the tankers owned by, well oddly enough, mostly Exxon corporation.”

The former ExxonMobil CEO, Rex Tillerson, currently serves as Trump’s state department secretary.

“Those tankers would be loaded, supertankers one after another, with Iraqi oil that was never paid for and then again we have the issue of ISIS (Daesh) and their 12,000 trucks that the US never saw.”

This AFP file photo taken on October 19, 2016 shows a man taking a selfie in front of a fire from oil that has been set ablaze south of Mosul.

“The oil trade is still going on,” asserted the Ohio-based commentator. “That oil [is] being shipped into Turkey, where it’s processed for the Turkey market or it’s put in the same Seyhan pipeline.”

The stolen oil is also being sold at a “highly discounted price” to ExxonMobil, “and that would be Rex Tillerson.”

Duff noted that Mattis himself “knows all about this.”

There remains the question, he asked, “why does he [Mattis] say this?”

“We are not there in Iraq to steal oil? Or we’re not there to steal oil anymore? Or perhaps we are there to stop stealing oil because the US is still stealing oil from Iraq?”

In March 2003, the US and Britain invaded Iraq in blatant violation of international law, over Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction,” but no such weapons were ever discovered in the country.

Commenting on Iraq in a speech to CIA staff on January 21, Trump said, “We should have kept the oil. But okay. Maybe you’ll have another chance.”

Later he clarified his saying, by stating that the US “should have taken the oil. You wouldn’t have ISIS (Daesh) if we took the oil.”

Iran Is ‘World’s Biggest State Sponsor of Terrorism’, Says World’s Biggest State Sponsor of Terrorism

Iran Is ‘World’s Biggest State Sponsor of Terrorism’, Says World’s Biggest State Sponsor of Terrorism

If there’s one thing that the United States truly excels at — aside from diabetes and predatory lending — it’s psychological projection.

For those uninitiated in this ancient art, psychological projection “involves projecting undesirable feelings or emotions onto someone (or something) else, rather than admitting to or dealing with the unwanted feelings.” It’s a defense mechanism to avoid dealing with your own bullshit, to put it simply.

So, for example, when you terrorize half a dozen countries with flying bomb-dropping robots, or are caught operating secret torture dungeons in Africa and Eastern Europe, or arm Takfiri maniacs in hopes of destroying peaceful nations on the other side of the world, or bomb multifarious brown countries with conventional planes flown by pilots hopped up on amphetamines, or impose sanctions that kill 500,000 children, or just straight-up occupy countries, sometimes for dozens of years or more, and then point the finger at a nation that you can’t destroy, because it’s actually capable of defending itself and protecting its national interests — this is the crème de la crème of psychological projection. Sorry for the run-on sentence. [Edit: It’s not a run-on sentence. Thank you commenter “tom”.]

And so we are not even remotely surprised that James Mattis, Defense Secretary of the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism, just accused Iran of being “the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism”.

Mattis made the remarks one day after Donald Trump’s government imposed new sanctions on Iran in response to it testing a ballistic missile. Because if there’s one thing the United States will not tolerate, it’s any country that can protect itself from the United States.

Here’s more from our friend Mattis: “We have seen [Iran’s] misconduct, their misbehavior, from Lebanon and Syria to Bahrain and to Yemen and it’s got to be addressed at some point.”

We love how Mattis includes Bahrain in his laundry list of Iranian horrors. As if we’re supposed to be outraged that any country might oppose a despotic regime propped up by the United States and Great Britain. How could you, Tehran?

And of course, it’s hard to get too upset about Iran’s role in Syria, considering that Tehran was invited by the sovereign government of Syria to help defeat extremists armed by the U.S., Turkey, Saudi Arabia — all the big names in the democracy promotion industry. Yes, Iran was “asked” to get involved in Syria. Is Washington even aware that this word exists? Certainly not when it comes to its “anti-terror” operations in Syria…

It really is special when the United States — a country that deposed the democratically elected leader of Iran, and then replaced him with a murderous autocrat, and then a few years later helped a neighboring rival use chemical weapons against the Iranian people, and then a few years after that shot down an Iranian airliner  — wags its finger at Iran and says, “these monsters have to be ‘addressed’ at some point!”

Holy shit. Stick a fork in it, Mattis. You’re embarrassing yourself

What absolute nonsense from James Mattis “Iran is biggest state sponsor of terrorism”

Iran is biggest state sponsor of terrorism – Pentagon chief Mattis 

https://www.rt.com/news/376288-iran-sponsor-terrorism-mattis/

Iran is the world’s “biggest state sponsor of terrorism,” US Defense Secretary James Mattis stated, warning that Tehran’s actions are known to Washington and being watched closely.

“As far as Iran goes, this is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world,” Mattis said at a press conference in Tokyo on Saturday.

“I think it is wise to make certain that Iran recognizes that what it is doing is getting the attention of a lot of people,” the Pentagon chief added.

“It does no good to ignore it. It does no good to dismiss it and at the same time I don’t see any need to increase the number of forces we have in the Middle East at this time,” he said.

“We always have the capability to do so but right now I don’t think it’s necessary.”

Tensions between Washington and Tehran escalated after an unnamed US official said on Monday that Iran carried out a test launch of a medium-range ballistic missile that exploded after travelling 630 miles on Sunday. The official told Reuters that the test was carried out from a site near Semnan, east of Tehran.

“We’re aware that Iran fired that missile,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said during a press briefing on Monday.

Iran has also confirmed that it tested the missile, and that the launch was “in line” with its plans.

“The recent test was in line with our plans and we will not allow foreigners to interfere in our defense affairs,” Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan told Tasnim news agency.

“The test did not violate the nuclear deal or (UN) Resolution 2231,” he added.

On Monday, Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said Washington was putting Iran “on notice” over its “destabilizing activity.”

Nikki Haley, the new US ambassador to the United Nations, called the test “unacceptable” at the UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday.

On Friday, the Trump administration ordered sanctions against over two dozen people and companies in response to Iran’s ballistic missile test. Those targeted by the Treasury Department include Iranian, Lebanese, Emirati, and Chinese individuals and firms involved in procuring ballistic missile technology for Iran, AP reported.

The US president tweeted on Friday that “Iran is playing with fire,” warning Tehran that he won’t be as “kind” as his predecessor, Barack Obama.

A landmark deal, brokered during Obama’s time in office, stated that Iran would dramatically curb its nuclear potential, but not completely, cutting the number of its centrifuges by two-thirds.

The deal also obliges Tehran to cap its uranium enrichment program below the level necessary for bomb-grade material, and involves Tehran agreeing to reduce its enriched uranium stockpile from around 10,000kg to 300kg for 15 years. In exchange, long-standing international sanctions against Tehran were lifted.

On Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif also took to social media to respond to Trump’s allegations, saying that Iran was “unmoved” by US threats and “will never initiate war.”

The foreign minister posted two videos on Twitter, with the comments: “Iran unmoved by threats as we derive security from our people. We’ll never initiate war, but we can only rely on our own means of defense.”

“We will never use our weapons against anyone, except in self-defense. Let us see if any of those who complain can make the same statement,” Zarif wrote.

Tehran slammed the new sanctions imposed by the US, saying it would impose legal restrictions on American individuals and entities helping “regional terrorist groups,” a foreign ministry statement read, as quoted by Iranian TV.

“The new sanctions… are not compatible with America’s commitments and resolution 2231 of the U.N. Security Council that endorsed the nuclear deal reached between Iran and six powers,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry statement from late Friday said

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