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Mon Feb 4, 2019, 05:51 PM

There should be a Conference Committee of the House and Senate Leaders...


The national security issue has become too much to ignore.


When Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Syria Monday and declared that troops could return home, pundits and lawmakers back in Moscow were eager to celebrate a so-called victory.

After more than two years of backing the Syrian regime in the country's bloody civil war, Russia was ready to celebrate success. President Bashar al-Assad has been emboldened and reasserted his hold on power, and Moscow has felt vindicated in the face of the West’s long-standing objections to Assad’s brutal rule. Western intervention in Syria focused on fighting the Islamic State militant group (ISIS)—something Russia has also sought to claim on its list of achievements.

After Putin's announcement, Senator Konstantin Kosachev, who heads the Foreign Affairs Committee, claimed the U.S. and its allies were jealous of Russia's "brilliant victory," suggesting the West had a chip on its shoulder about Russian military wins dating back to World War II.

“This geopolitical jealousy from the West is totally explicable and we are perfectly familiar with it in the context of World War II,” Kosachev wrote on his Facebook page on Monday. “And yet all of this will not in any way take away from the very fact that Russia won today. And nobody can take this victory away.”

And this:


U.S. President Donald Trump stunned the world Wednesday by announcing the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, declaring that the so-called Islamic State has been defeated. Planning for the “full” and “rapid” pullout already is under way, according to a U.S. defense official and an administration official quoted by CNN.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told state television Channel One that “a milestone” that might evolve from this decision is “a real prospect for a political solution.” But many Russian government officials, state media hosts and experts reacted to the news with cynical disbelief. It seemed too good to be true.

“Of course I support him [Trump] leaving,” said Semyon Bagdasarov, director of the Moscow-based Center for Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, appearing on the Russian state TV show “The Evening with Vladimir Soloviev.” Bagdasarov opined that the U.S. withdrawal would mean that massive oil reserves in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province would fall under Russian control. “I hope we’ll get it and not the Turks. Praise God, we thank him!”

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In my opinion, this is only a part of the national security threat to the United States. everything Donald Trump has done has been for the benefit of Putin and Russia, including the latest government "shutdown". Before that was the White House announcement that the US would withdraw all our troops from Syria. Even his latest announcement that he would use an American base in Iraq to "watch Iran". It all benefits Russia.

But, there is even more of a national security risk than those mentioned above. It is the total dismissal of any opposing viewpoints that do not agree with Donald J Trump, including those of our national security apparatus. On occasion, it might sound reasonable to disagree with the experts, every once in a while? But to disagree on so many issues of national security import, is very problematic and cannot be tolerated. Our democracy cannot operate under such restraints.

We must choose to accept the information from our national security experts or from Donald J Trump? It's a life or death decision for the Congress of the United States. Nobody promised them that their job would be easy. They must now stand up for our country and the rule of law.

on edit: The links above are a few weeks or months old. But they are used to put the present situation into context.

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