‘We’re one bad day away from Russians asking, ‘Why are you still in Syria?’ – top US commander

At the Aspen Security Forum on Friday, Special Operations Command chief Army General, Raymond Thomas was asked whether American forces will remain in Syria, after Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is defeated, possibly, to support the Kurdish forces in the north of the country.

Thomas acknowledged that American forces are fighting in a sovereign Syria, where they will likely “have no ability to stay” if that presence is questioned “in terms of international law,” Thomas said, replying to the Washington Post journalist’s question.

Here’s the conundrum,” Thomas continued. “We are operating in the sovereign country of Syria. The Russians, their stalwarts, their back-stoppers, have already uninvited the Turks from Syria. We’re a bad day away from the Russians saying, ‘Why are you still in Syria, US?’

It has come up in the form of some close calls there, but it will be hard – I defer to the lawyers in the crowd and others in terms of international law on the basis for us staying there other than our CT [counterterrorism] writ. We went there for all the righteous reasons, but if the Russians play that card, we may want to stay and have no ability to do it.

 

Syrian President Bashar Assad has said that any uninvited foreign troops, including those from the US, are “invaders” who only prolonged the conflict.

Assad has meanwhile invited Russian forces in Syria to join the anti-terrorist operation.

 

On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said America’s presence in the war-torn country was illegitimate and accused CIA Director Mike Pompeo – who had criticized Russia’s presence in Syria – of practicing “double standards.”

READ MORE: ‘Russians find any place they can make our lives more difficult’ – CIA chief

Lavrov cited Turkish media reports of “ten US bases already having been set up in Syria” and pointed to the “hundreds of military bases of the United States all over the world.”

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15 Responses to "‘We’re one bad day away from Russians asking, ‘Why are you still in Syria?’ – top US commander"

  1. JohnZ  July 24, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Let’s hope that “bad day” comes upon them very soon. The liars in the Pentagram are all failures and frauds. I wouldn’t trust them to lead a Boy a Scout troop.
    It would be better for all if the Pentagram was shut down.
    America needs a new anti-war/ peace movement. The libtards are useless. Just as brainwashed as the RINOS/ idiot flag wavers.

  2. Garry Compton  July 24, 2017 at 3:02 am

    “We went there for all the right reasons” –general ? Anything doing with Israel and the US is one huge Lie – Do not believe 1 thing these two-faced liars say or act on. Treblinka, Auschwitz, and the rest of the BS is a marketing tool and a great example , as in riding on the bloody shirt tails of some poor ass peasant who was chosen to be used for a labor of war or cannon fodder – no matter what their religion was or is today. .

  3. Eduardo  July 23, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    The more I read about the ongoing Invasion and constant re grouping of ISIS in Syria the less I become confident in Putin’s Russia as “the just liberator”.
    The Russian Airforce bombs 3 brand new Toyota’s into the ground in the North of Syria while the rear of ISIS logistical lines near the Iraqi border prepare for their next kill – protected by USA and their ME enema’s.
    Syria has been betrayed by the East and West and is lost forever. Another cradle of mankind is destroyed while its artefacts and relics again keep wandering into the bloody hands of the same Christian devils and their masterminds that designed and supported the onslaught. Islam has taken another well designed hit from the “revengeful God of Israel”.
    If US’s invading troops in Syria had something or anything to fear from Russia and Putin they would not be there!

    • Poppadop  July 23, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      “If US’s invading troops in Syria had something or anything to fear from Russia and Putin they would not be there!”

      Therein lies the problem. Between punishments for insubordination, economic desperation to make enlistment the only employment option, trading military service for naturalization/citizenship, and so on, those troops largely have more to fear from the banksters than the Russians.

      However, if that were to change, if the Russians switched to full-on attack mode, the Khazarian Mafia would use that as an excuse to ramp up its own war effort and shut down all “pro-Russian propaganda.” There would be no more VT, no more RT, no more South Front, no way of learning what the cartel is really up to. Putin would be cemented as the “new Hitler” and all the debt thralls will be rallied just like the last world war (which the banksters won). And many Americans would be okay with decimating freedom of the press because they will think it necessary for the war.

      At that point, however many Americans, or “Westerners” in general, who are awake and willing to resist the banksters is all you will get. Wouldn’t it be better to maximize that number as much as practical? What geostrategic advantage is there in needlessly rushing an escalation? It’s the banksters who don’t have time on their side: The more people who wake up, the worst for them.

    • JohnZ  July 24, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      The same xtian devils like the owners of Hobby Lobby.

    • Eduardo  July 24, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      A full-on attack mode would not be necessary by Russian troups poppadop. Just a simple Russian defence mechanism and reaction on the numerous assaults against Syria would have already helped. Unfortunately there was not even an attempt from the Russian side to avoid cutting up the Zionist birthday cake Syria. It was nothing but a staged show of Zion.
      After Syria Iran will be tempted to fall into the same Zionist hole.
      How long will the world helplessly watch the onslaught against Islam and humanity and read and write daily about it? Until more Westerners wake up but don’t even bother to get out of bed?
      We are talking about witnessing the murder of innocent human beings here.

    • Poppadop  July 24, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      “Just a simple Russian defence mechanism and reaction on the numerous assaults against Syria…”

      Meaning, what…? Shooting down coalition aircraft attacking government positions and supplying terrorists? Striking coalition bases illegally established in Syria? If that is what you mean, how is this different from a full-on attack after the banksters propagandize it and many “Westerners” receive it…?

      “How long will the world helplessly watch the onslaught against Islam and humanity and read and write daily about it?”

      Don’t know. While the anti-NWO might make a bigger move such as Donbass and Malorossiya, the banksters have to try and stop their bleeding sooner or later lest they lose too many useful idiots. However, waking people up is not necessarily being helpless.

      “The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations… This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.”
      ~ Founder and President John Adams, 1818

      Focusing on the shooting war has its place, Ed, yet never neglect the information war. Otherwise, the banksters will have too many sleepwalkers on their side and beat you with pure numbers (just like the last world war).

  4. JohninMK  July 23, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    We all know the truth of his comments, but for a General at his level to say it out loud in public?

  5. Grampah  July 23, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I love the futile way these bonehead script following top people are supposed to be believed and admired because they went to Harvard, first in class at USMilitary Academy and then display the scripted ‘knowledge” of a TV, canned propaganda mouthpiece. Can we leave out Harvard and first in class at west point “acclaimed writer”, etc and just let us hear the first canned propaganda out of a not sincere speaker.

    • JohnZ  July 24, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Harvard has become a joke. Nothing more than a wasteland of political correctness. Graduating dimwits.

  6. David Odell  July 23, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Which day was the good day ?

  7. Cold Wind  July 23, 2017 at 11:14 am

    The General pretends the American people are unaware of the fact that it was the United States itself that created ISIS. That ISIS was created to illegally overthrow the duly elected Assad government. That this was done for Israel, which has been the real architect of middle east policy for the US for decades. Unlike the General perhaps, the American people are aware that “fight against ISIS” has been pure farce from the beginning.That American troops are on the ground in Syria, not to fight terrorism, but to implement plan B for Syria: the division of Syria providing an independent Kurdish (US/Israeli controlled) state. The General is unconscionably stupid when he claims the US ever had a “righteous reason” for being in Syria.This is especially true after Libya and after Assad himself has demanded the US leave Syria..We are sick of the lies from our military commanders.

  8. paul becke  July 23, 2017 at 9:34 am

    What a wonderful turn of phrase : ‘…one bad day away from…’ ! It seems all the essentially anglophone countries have this gift for poetry and metaphor. Slang is the usual source of extraordinarily imaginative, poetic expressions. A diseased imagination, more often than not, admittedly….

  9. mb.  July 23, 2017 at 7:02 am

    “Why did you come in the first place ?”

    And where is the UN ?

  10. zman  July 23, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Righteous reasons? Which, creating and supporting ISIS, Al Qaeda?..or getting rid of Assad for Israel? Even when these assholes admit to illegality, they cover their reasons with lies. Everyone knows why we’re there…and it’s got nothing to do with destroying ISIS.

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