Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Today's Links

1---60 percent of Americans don’t trust their mass media - poll
Pollsters found only 28 percent of Americans were satisfied with the state of the nation, down from 40 percent in 2004. Broken down by institution, only 8 percent of Americans had trust in their Congress, 21 percent in television news, 23 percent in the criminal justice system and 32 percent in the US Supreme Court


2--Putin "must watch" video
3---Kerry warns Lavrov over Russian airstrikes in Syria


4--Daesh has WMDs(?)
Also on Wednesday, Lavrov warned the Security Council that the Takfiri militants are in possession of weapons of mass destruction.
In vast areas of Syria and Iraq, Daesh has “created an extremist quasi-state, which commands an efficient repressive apparatus, stable sources of income, well-equipped army and elements of weapons of mass destruction,” he said.


"As a result of airstrikes, ammunition and fuel depots, heavy military hardware, as well as command posts in the mountainous areas have been destroyed," he added.


5---Russian officials have on numerous occasions underscored that Moscow does not support Assad personally, but rather backs him as "the legitimately elected president" of Syria.


Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has stressed that Moscow does not agree to the precondition that calls for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step aside before any meaningful talks between parties to the Syria crisis and the subsequent peace process in the country.
On Monday, Lavrov stated that Russia's position "has not changed" on Syria and a solution to the conflict should come "without outside interference or any kinds of preconditions."
The remarks came in response to the August 14 allegations by the head of the so-called Syrian National Coalition, Khaled Khoja, that Moscow is "not clinging to Bashar al-Assad."
Russian officials have on numerous occasions underscored that Moscow does not support Assad personally, but rather backs him as "the legitimately elected president" of Syria.


The Western-backed Geneva I and Geneva II peace conferences on Syria, held in June 2012 and February 2014 respectively, ended in total failure since foreign-sponsored opposition figures refused to discuss widespread terrorism in the country and persisted in demanding the ouster of the Syrian government as a precondition


6---Asked if his true intentions were to bolster Assad rather than eradicate Isis, Putin answered: “Well, you’re right.” US officials said on Wednesday that they were still working to determine whom the Russian strikes hit, although early indications suggested a US-backed militant group was bombed.









2 comments:

  1. Mike's summary of Putin's tactics in CounterPunch were not to be missed (link: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/01/putins-blitz-leaves-washington-rankled-and-confused/) The breakdown is somewhat reminiscent Vizzini's out loud reasoning: 'Never Start a Land War In Asia' diatribe. But a good analysis will have predictive value. To this end Mike offers this: Putin will kick butt in a HURRY and then QUIT the field! Let's see if it plays out that way and then give credit if credit is due.

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