Did Putin’s puppet agree to the latest Russian offensive in Syria?

Back in October, Donald Trump Says He Might Meet With Putin Before Inauguration. “If I win on Nov. 8, I could see myself meeting with Putin and meeting with Russia prior to the start of the administration.”

Putin-Trump-KissOn Monday, President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in a telephone conversation Monday that relations between their countries were “unsatisfactory” and vowed to work together to improve them, the Kremlin said in a statement. Trump, Putin agree in phone call to improve ‘unsatisfactory’ relations between their countries, Kremlin says:

The statement said the two leaders discussed combining efforts in the fight against terrorism, talked about “a settlement for the crisis in Syria” and agreed their aides would begin working toward a face-to-face meeting between them.

Trump’s office said in a statement that Putin had called to “offer his congratulations” and that the two had discussed “a range of issues including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia, strategic economic issues and the historical U.S.-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years.”

Although Trump’s statement did not mention Syria or other specific issues, it said that he told Putin “that he is very much looking forward to having a strong and enduring relationship with Russia and the People of Russia.”

Yeah, the American people need to know more about what was discussed between Putin and Trump in that phone call, because the very next day the Russians began a new offensive on Aleppo against Syrian rebels fighting the Bashar al-Assad regime. Russia deploys new aircraft carrier as new Syria offensive begins:

Russia has begun a major military campaign on rebel-held parts of Syria after the country’s biggest surface deployment since the Cold War docked at a naval base on the Syrian coast.

Tthe new strikes on Homs and Idlib provinces are designed to wipe out al-Qaeda affiliated and Isis fighters, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

While he did not mention besieged east Aleppo, residents and activists in the city report dozens of strikes have hit opposition-held neighbourhoods in the last 48 hours, killing at least five civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“Today, we started a major operation to launch massive strikes on [Isis] and al-Nusra Front targets in the Idlib and Homs provinces [in Syria],” Mr. Shoigu said on Tuesday.

“For the first time in the history of participation of the Russian Navy in operations, the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrying cruiser began taking part. Our Su-33 aircraft began working from this cruiser today. Before this, we carried out very careful, thorough reconnaissance of all targets,” he said.

The formidable Admiral Kuznetsov – commissioned in 1990 and recently refitted at a cost thought to exceed $1billion – is capable of launching cruise missiles at targets up to 250 miles (400 km) away. Mr Shoigu said that strikes will target weapons depots and arms factories used by rebels.

The blitz comes the day after a phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump in which the Kremlin said the two agreed on their “number one enemy” of international “extremism and terrorism.”

[The] aerial campaigns are now backed up with the huge Black Sea naval deployment: the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier joins the Admiral Grigorovic and the Pyotr Velikiy (Peter the Great) nuclear-powered battle cruiser, both of which arrived at the Russian naval base in the regime stronghold of Latakia on the Mediterranean two weeks ago.

While British navy officials dismissed the huge deployment as “posturing,” the fleet poses a serious threat to rebels fighting the Russian-backed regime in Syria’s bloody civil war.

The threat of the ships’ firepower has in effect cut off any possibility of aerial intervention by the US-led Western coalition, which broadly supports Syria’s rebels in the six-year-old conflict.

Nato intelligence had previously warned that Mr. Putin was planning a huge assault on Aleppo while the US was distracted by the November 8 election and its aftermath.

Senator John McCain, who backs the Syrian rebels fighting the Syrian regime, is beside himself.  McCain says US reset with Russia would be ‘unacceptable’:

In a statement issued Tuesday, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said the price of starting anew with Moscow would be U.S. complicity in the “butchery of the Syrian people” being carried out by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“That is an unacceptable price for a great nation,” McCain said. “When America has been at its greatest, it is when we have stood on the side of those fighting tyranny. That is where we must stand again.”

McCain, the Armed Services Committee chairman, dismissed Putin as a former KGB agent who has plunged his country into tyranny, murdered his political rivals and threatened U.S. allies.

President-elect Donald Trump and Putin spoke by telephone Monday to discuss future efforts to improve U.S.-Russian ties. Trump’s office said in a statement that he is looking forward to having a “strong and enduring relationship with Russia.”

Trump spoke favorably of Putin during the presidential campaign, but he outlined few specifics as to how he would go about recalibrating ties with Russia that had become badly frayed during Barack Obama’s presidency.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a foreign policy hawk and close friend of McCain’s, said Tuesday he plans to hold hearings on “Russia’s misadventures throughout the world.” Among the areas he wants to examine is whether Russia had a role in the hacking of Democratic Party organizations before the election.

“When it comes to all things Russia, I am going to be hard ass,” said Graham, who chairs the Senate subcommittee that controls foreign aid spending. Republicans can’t “sit on the sidelines” and let allegations that a foreign government interfered in a U.S. election go unanswered because it may have been temporarily beneficial to the GOP’s cause, he said.

“This is a defining moment for the country,” Graham said. “I want a good relationship with Russia, but things have to substantially change.”

The Russians are not fighting against ISIS terrorists, they are fighting against the rebel forces aligned against their puppet regime of Bashar al-Assad, the “butcher of Aleppo.” All the Russians really care about is maintaining the Russian naval facility in Tartus, Syria, and projecting military power in the region. Putin doesn’t care how many Syrians have to die in defense of its puppet regime, or the total destruction of Aleppo.

Did Donald Trump indicate to Vladimir Putin that he would not object to the latest Russian offensive in Syria? Is Trump aligning the U.S. with Russia to maintain their puppet regime of Bashar al-Assad in power in Syria? Will Trump cut off military aid to U.S. backed rebels in Syria? Was the current president of the United States advised of the full content of the conversation between Trump and Putin? These are some of the questions for which Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham should be demanding answers.

9 responses to “Did Putin’s puppet agree to the latest Russian offensive in Syria?

  1. An early signal that the Democratic “elites” are not in the mood for introspection or change or passing the torch:

    Chuck Schumer: The Worst Possible Democratic Leader at the Worst Possible Time
    Jon Schwarz
    November 14 2016, 2:14 p.m.

    https://theintercept.com/2016/11/14/chuck-schumer-the-worst-possible-democratic-leader-at-the-worst-possible-time/

    • Well, well, well. Perhaps Schumer will be Trump’s puppet.

      Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer Says Top Priority for Next Year Is Giant Corporate Tax Cut
      Jon Schwarz
      October 19 2016, 11:36 a.m.

      https://theintercept.com/2016/10/19/democratic-sen-chuck-schumer-says-top-priority-for-next-year-is-giant-corporate-tax-cut/

    • Liza, it is wishful thinking to believe the democrat elites will learn a lesson from this election cycle and either change their method of operation or get out of the way for others to make the needed changes. Power is not something that is given up easily. The election of Chuck Schumer is a pretty good indicator that, as far as they are concerned, it is business as usual.

      Bernie Sanders may well be a new face of a new democrat party, but I have a hunch he is not going to fare well in the coming sessions of Congress at the hands of democrats. He successfully challenged the status quo and forced the democrat elites to expend a lot of political capital to defeat him in the primaries. They won’t forgive him for that. Bernie’s role has always been to fall in line with the democrats and, in exchange, he got a minor committee position or two. Let’s see what happens now…

      • “Power is not something that is given up easily.”

        Yeah, that’s the truth. I’m still rotating among anger, fear, and sadness and probably cannot do justice to a reply. But my first reaction is that a good politician would be able to read at least some of the writing on the wall and realize their days are numbered if they cling to the old ways of doing business. Their world is extremely isolated and privileged and they believe too much in their own righteousness and invincibility at the expense of those they supposedly serve.

        Hillary Clinton represented them, not us. Her train left the station without her in 2008, but they thought they could pull it off. They played a dangerous game and lost.

        What I would like now is some contrition, some acceptance of responsibility, some willingness to share power, and a firm commitment that they will take back the Senate and the House in 2018.
        Truth is, if they were to do these kinds of things, they would actually extend their time in power. If not, they will continue to fracture their own base of supporters.

        As for Bernie, I just wish he were younger. Regardless of his good health, a fight of this magnitude is too much for a person in their mid-70s. I guess we’ll see if new leaders emerge.

    • Does anyone besides me think there were issues that could have been emphasized during Hillary’s campaign other than “Trump is the Devil”?

      Ryan Plans to Phase Out Medicare in 2017
      Josh Marshall NOVEMBER 13, 2016

      https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/ryan-plans-to-phase-out-medicare-in-2017

      • Yes, there were a lot of subjects that she could have talked about besides Trump. Off the top of my head I can think of ways to improve the economy, further advancement of civil rights, immigration reform, pulling back some troops from overseas, the status of many of Obama’s Executive Orders under her Administration, reforms to Obamacare, energy policy, tax policy…there is almost no end to the number of other subjects she could have talked about. And I think it would have worked to her advantage if she had talked about them. As it was, she contributed a lot toward people’s attitude that it was a choice between “bad and badder”.

    • File this under “Things to be concerned about in addition to Vladimir Putin”…

      Japanese American internment is ‘precedent’ for national Muslim registry, prominent Trump backer says
      By Derek Hawkins November 17 at 2:43 AM

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/11/17/japanese-internment-is-precedent-for-national-muslim-registry-prominent-trump-backer-says/

  2. After all of the extreme condemnation of McCain in the last few months (and his lap dog Lesley Graham), you have now decided to cite both of them as authorities on what to do in the Syria region. Can you understand why someone might question how authentic your concern is about Syria? You are using people you obviously hold in complete as authorities in order to attack someone you hold in greater contempt. You’re building your case on a foundation of jello.

  3. Help! Help! The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

    Oh wait, I am Russian.