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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 08:56 AM

1. Well, whaddya know, the military did something extremely smart for once

"Russia’s military said it had nothing to do with the attack and the U.S. military accepted the claim."

If we had said ANYTHING other than that, we risked getting into a very dangerous escalation of rhetoric from which there might have been no backing down later on.

By accepting the Russians' claim they had no knowledge of the action, and that the Russians involved were rogue, outside of Putin's sanction, we have told Putin, in effect, fine, we aren't going to pursue this or your forces.

Frankly, I think the Russians' claim is blatant crap, and that there was a major miscalculation by some commander in the field as to whom some of their irregulars (this was obviously no Spetznaz) were supposed to attack. Whoever the Russian commander THOUGHT he was attacking, it sure as hell wasn't U.S. forces. But as long as we are willing to say we believe Putin that he wasn't involved, then we don't have anything for which Trump might feel a need to retaliate. No Putin? Good, then no problem. They know that we know, and it's enough.

Assuming the Russian commander in the field escapes this with his job and/or his life, it's a cinch he'll be more careful who he attacks in the future.

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