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Betrayal Begins: US and Russia Feud over Trump’s “Safe Zone” Scam Against Syria

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
Trump’s announced newfound Syrian policy has nothing to do with fighting terrorism, nothing to do with beating ISIS and everything to do with taking orders from Israel and causing as much mischief as possible.
Today President Trump has given the Pentagon, now reconfigured with g-d-fearing neocon operatives under retired General Jerry Boykin, 90 days to come up with a plan, not to beat ISIS but to set up “safe zones” inside Syria without consultation with Russia or Syria and in violation, not only of his promises to cooperate in the war on terror but violating Syria’s sovereignty as well.
In fact, safe zones were Hillary Clinton’s idea in the first place, and neither Russia nor Syria will accept the US coming in and establishing zones inside Syria which our sources tell us are to be used by Israel for logistics and intelligence centers for ISIS.  The greatest failing of the Obama administration, trying to sell the world that there really is a “moderate opposition” in Syria is now Trump policy as well, all coming from Tel Aviv.
America’s “safe zones” would provide real “save havens” for special units to replace the Saudi and Qatari advisors that have aided the ISIS chemical weapons capability and kept weapons “ratlines” coming from Ukraine and the Black Sea ports of Georgia, Romania and Bulgaria.
Imagine Trump who supports the ethnic cleansing of the West bank and who has already begun his own bombing campaign against the people of Yemen, telling us he loves the Syrian refugees that only two days ago he banned from coming to the United States.  From Press TV:
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Russia has called on the United States to thoroughly consider the outcome of its plan to establish “safe zones” in conflict-ridden Syria, where both sides are engaged in aerial military campaigns.

It is important to “weigh all possible consequences” of the US measure, Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said in a press conference on Thursday.

He was reacting to the latest comments by US President Donald Trump, who said Wednesday that he “will absolutely do safe zones in Syria” for refugees with the declared aim of protecting the war-stricken refugees.

Noting that Washington had not consulted Moscow about the plan before announcing it, the Russian official emphasized, “It’s important not to exacerbate the situation with refugees.”

According to a document seen by Reuters, Trump is expected to give 90 days to the Pentagon and the US State Department to draw up a plan for establishing what he called safe zones in Syria, a move that could result in increased US military involvement in Syria.

US President Donald Trump (Photo by Reuters)

Former US president Barack Obama had long resisted such a plan, fearing the potential for confrontation between US and Russian warplanes in Syrian skies.

Trump’s comments come as a countrywide ceasefire is largely holding across Syria amid a fresh diplomatic process backed by Russia, Iran and Turkey, which has brought the Syrian government and opposition groups back to the negotiating table.

Since September 2015, the Russian Air Force has been involved in a military mission against Takfiri terrorists at the request of the Damascus government.

Moscow’s fighter planes provide air cover to the Syrian army’s ground operations against terrorists.

The US, a staunch supporter of anti-Damascus militants, has also been conducting air raids along with a number of its allies against purported terrorist targets in Syria since 2014.

The attacks, which come without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate, have not only failed to dislodge the terrorists, but led to many civilian deaths and damaged the country’s infrastructure.

The US-led raids have on numerous occasions hit Syrian army positions, facilitating militant advances against government troops on the battlefield.

In this picture taken on November 21, 2016, a US Navy fighter jet takes off from the deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier. (Photo by AP)

In October 2016, the Russian military specifically warned the U.S. against striking Syrian government forces, saying its air defense weapons in Syria would fend off any attack.

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10 Responses to "Betrayal Begins: US and Russia Feud over Trump’s “Safe Zone” Scam Against Syria"

  1. JohnZ  January 27, 2017 at 7:52 am

    It’s so obvious to anyone with more than a few working brain cells that Drumpf is Nuttybombyou’s poodle.
    “Safe zone”…what utter rubbish!
    I thought safe zones were for the little snow flakes attending American colleges, you know with blankets, pillows , coloring books and videos of puppies playing, so they won;t have to be subjected to the idea that someone else with differing opinions is allowed to speak on campus. Notice the word “pus” as in what these SJW snowflakes have for brains.
    As for Drumpf, this clown is going to make a mess of everything, not to mention that religious whack job, Pence.
    Draining the swamp, indeed.
    And, oh yes, another VT contributor is just enthralled that Mad Dog Mattis is going to be tapped for a position.

  2. paul becke  January 27, 2017 at 5:24 am

    “Former US president Barack Obama had long resisted such a plan, fearing the potential for confrontation between US and Russian warplanes in Syrian skies.”

    Only in Syrian skies ? If only.

  3. M.c. Farrell  January 27, 2017 at 12:43 am

    No way this turns out well…not exactly sure what a safe zone is? Wasn’t that a Bosnian safe area guarded by Dutch and German and Canadian troops with no weapons surrounded by Serbs and various Pan-Slavic types who massacred the men and raped all the women? Srebrenica, wasn’t it? Or something like that? Or maybe Wounded Knee? Possibly Sand Creek?

  4. roger  January 26, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Trump has started the disappointing road of all presidents having Jewish support. Safe zones are needed also in Jerusalem, Gaza, Lybia, Yemen and why not, in Saudi Arabia and why not, in Poland. Evidently, Assad’s its a stumbling block to PNAC, Yanin Plan and Israeli elimination of Palestine people. It looks that America First its a refurbished and sanforized name for American Exeptionalism. Chicago and Detroit could be good places to start Safe Zones without the risk of a nuclear Exchange, without mentioning the benefits of stopping foreclosures all over the US. Adelson support and Kushner advice have started to take its toll on electoral promises and very likely, Kellyanne Conway would not count a joyful multitude at the end of Donald’s 4-year term. Duff, a good article indeed.

  5. brabantian  January 26, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Remarkably, Trump’s people say his proposed Syrian ‘safe zone’ will exclude anyone not committed to diversity & acceptance of gay people … it would be amusing to see how many openly-pro-gay people can be found in socially conservative & mostly Muslim Syria for Trump’s enclave

    With Trump’s drone killings of Muslims starting in Yemen as Gordon points out above, drone murders to help the Saudi Wahhabis who are covert friends of Israel, & Trump’s pro-torture fantasies he keeps burbling, & now this essentially war-criminal statement of intention to invade Syria –

    The world indeed has a Trump ‘problem’ quite different from what Trump voters expected, & even what Trump promised on the inauguration podium about leaving other nations the frack alone … VT’s Jonas Alexis is still bowing down before the Trump altar however … but Alex Jones & InfoWars are getting deluxe White House Press credentials as just announced HA

    • Poppadop  January 26, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      “VT’s Jonas Alexis is still bowing down before the Trump altar…”

      Wait, what…?
      veteranstoday.com/2016/04/01/donald-trump-has-officially-become-a-new-world-order-agent/
      veteranstoday.com/2016/12/26/donald-trump-needs-to-dust-the-israeli-shackles-off-his-clothes/

  6. Amelius  January 26, 2017 at 10:16 am

    How could setting up “safe zones” be possible, if Russia and Syria don’t allow it? Murcia is not the toughest kid on the block and if they try this, they might have to find that out the hard way. I say let them set up their safe zones, let them be filled with Israeli pond scum and ISIS dirt bags and then blow them all to high hell.

    • Amelius  January 26, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Not to mention, the USG has no authority to set up safe zones without permission. It would be like China invading the US and setting up “safe zones” for terrorists.

    • kaho  January 26, 2017 at 10:59 am

      «Safe zones» is just newspeak for conquered territory.

      An honest man would discontinue terrorist support, and soon the whole country would be safe.

    • Amelius  January 28, 2017 at 11:45 am

      I agree. The only lawful and moral thing the USG can do in Syria, is leave it alone entirely. With the so called “war on terror”, where terrorists are supposedly the enemy, sponsoring terrorists like the USG has been doing in Syria and all over the ME, should be considered treason. A crime punishable by death. Sadly, I don’t think anyone will stop, until someone hangs for it.

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