Obama Warned to Defuse Tensions with Russia


A group of ex-U.S. intelligence officials are warning President Obama to defuse growing tensions with Russia over Syria by reining in the demonization of President Putin and asserting White House civilian control over the Pentagon.


FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity


We write to alert you, as we did President George W. Bush, six weeks before the attack on Iraq, that the consequences of limiting your circle of advisers to a small, relatively inexperienced coterie with a dubious record for wisdom can prove disastrous.* Our concern this time regards Syria.

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. 20 September 2016 (UN Photo)

President Barack Obama addresses the General Assembly’s seventy-first session on Sept. 20, 2016 (UN Photo)

We are hoping that your President’s Daily Brief tomorrow will give appropriate attention to Saturday’s warning by Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova: “If the US launches a direct aggression against Damascus and the Syrian Army, it would cause a terrible, tectonic shift not only in the country, but in the entire region.”

Speaking on Russian TV, she warned of those whose “logic is ‘why do we need diplomacy’ … when there is power … and methods of resolving a problem by power. We already know this logic; there is nothing new about it. It usually ends with one thing – full-scale war.”

We are also hoping that this is not the first you have hear of this – no doubt officially approved – statement. If on Sundays you rely on the “mainstream” press, you may well have missed it. In the Washington Post, an abridged report of Zakharova’s remarks (nothing about “full-scare war”) was buried in the last paragraph of an 11-paragraph article titled “Hospital in Aleppo is hit again by bombs.” The New York Times totally ignored the Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s statements.

In our view, it would be a huge mistake to allow your national security advisers to follow the example of the Post and Times in minimizing the importance of Zakharova’s remarks.

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  • Daruka

    Obama is a pawn of the Zionists as is Ash Carter , and Kerry. Syria is all about a ‘Greater Israel”.

    • zionists are pawns too (albeit higher level pawns)…banksters use them to destroy resistance in the mideast…but in the end, they will sacrifice them as well

      • Carroll Price

        Zionist ARE the banksters. Who in hell do you think owns and runs the Fed?

        • banksters are the banksters….zionism, nazism, communism, crony capitalism….are all just movements they use for their own device….nwo enslavement of humanity

  • Confucious

    But if he doesn’t declare war, how else is he supposed to enact Marshall law and suspend the elections??

  • L Garou

    And Not Israeli civilian control!

  • Lombardi100

    USA and NATO allies with Israel are the problem by supporting those
    barbaric killer terrorists that destroyed Syria culture and
    infrastructures with huge amount of civilians death. The objective of
    USA is regime change at any cost by pretending fighting
    terrorists.With the new President Donald Trump in Fall election in USA,
    a new smart foreign policy will be implement to bring peace and
    stability in Syria and Middle East with the support and collaboration of
    Russia. Obama administration want to punish Assad by refusing the Qatar
    pipeline project to Syria coast few years ago. Nothing to do for human
    rights and democracy.

  • Johnny Canuck

    Obombya’s purpose is to destroy America and reduce it either to a Third World Country or a heap of smoldering ash.

    Ash Carter. What a fitting name for a guy who could possibly turn the World into a stone-age wonder.