BREAKING: Trump Just F*cked the CIA Over - Gave Putin Exactly What He Wanted

BREAKING: Trump Just F*cked the CIA Over – Gave Putin Exactly What He Wanted

Trump Surrenders to Putin in Syria, Gained Nothing

In the latest way-too-obvious-to-ignore piece of evidence that Donald Trump is acting in illicit collusion with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, the White House quietly dropped a key piece of President Barack Obama’s strategy in Syria. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Trump and top national security deputies had decided to drop the secret CIA program to arm so-called moderate Syrian rebels fighting against ISIS and the Syrian regime under dictator Bashar al-Assad, who is supported by Moscow.

Until this move, the West and its Arab allies have generally supported an end to the Assad regime, while Russia and Iran continue to support Assad. This has resulted in the proxy wars devastating that country. The move is a major reversal for Trump, who bombed a Syrian regime airstrip after accusing Assad of using chemical weapons only three months ago.

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The program enjoyed bipartisan approval, the backing of major US allies, and the support of the Pentagon. The program seems to have been dropped with scant discussion with other stakeholders outside of Trump’s inner circle, and the decision was reportedly taken ahead of Trump’s G20 meeting with Putin as a fig leaf to the Russian dictator. The Post reported,

“Officials said Trump made the decision to scrap the CIA program nearly a month ago, after an Oval Office meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster ahead of a July 7 meeting in Germany with Russian President Vladimir Putin.”

After Trump and Putin met for two and a half hours (and again in a secret hour-long meeting only revealed Tuesday) the 45th president announced that they had reached an agreement for a cease-fire in the southwest of Syria near the Jordanian border. This region of the war-torn country happens to be where US-backed rebels have made their most serious gains. Though the White House framed it as cooperation with Russia, it was effectively a concession from the US to Russia without any apparent payoff.

The Post quoted several officials and experts who blasted the move.

“This is a momentous decision,” said a current official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a covert program. “Putin won in Syria.”

“We are falling into a Russian trap,” said Charles Lister, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, who focuses on the Syrian resistance. “We are making the moderate resistance more and more vulnerable. . . . We are really cutting them off at the neck.”

Others characterized it as a “nod to reality,” since Washington’s ability to affect outcomes in Syria was diminishing rapidly even before Trump came into office. The Post also points out that even backers of the program were beginning to question its efficacy.

It is perfectly rational to question whether the program was effective or ethical and reach the conclusion that killing it might not be a bad thing for Trump to do. But the disturbing aspect of this decision is that it was apparently taken without broad consultation with Congress, the intelligence community or US allies. Worse, it was a concession to Moscow when Trump’s administration and family are already under a dark cloud of suspicion about their relations with Russia, and it’s not clear that anything was gained for it. If anything was secretly gained, did it benefit American interests, or did it benefit the interests of the Trump Organization and family? The Trump administration surrendered the US position in Syria to Russia’s interests under highly suspicious circumstances.

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Marc Belisle is the Reverb Press World Affairs Editor. He is a writer, activist and teacher. He has a Master’s degree in International Conflict Analysis from the Brussels School of International Studies. READ MORE BY MARC.

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Marc Belisle is the Reverb Press World Affairs Editor. He is a writer, activist and teacher. He has a Master’s degree in International Conflict Analysis from the Brussels School of International Studies. READ MORE BY MARC.

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