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Seymour Hersh: US Military Recognizes Russia's Success in Syria

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According to Seymour Hersh, one of America’s best-known investigative journalists, the US recognizes Russia’s military success in Syria.

Russians have acted in a very professional manner and managed to strengthen the Syrian Army, while US policy in the region has remained inconsistent, Seymour Hersh said.

“Americans have not recognized one thing above all: Syria, like Iraq and Libya, was a secular ally of the West, with moderate Sunnis. And we have intervened into these countries, overthrown their governments, and thus helped those whom we view now as our worst enemies — ISIS or Daesh and all the other extreme Sunnis,” the journalist said in an interview with the German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN).

Hersh argued that Americans’ hatred for Syrian President Bashar Assad has no logical reasons. The Syrian leader repeatedly tried to build a good relationship with the US, while Syria’s intelligence services provided Washington with hundreds of documents, warning about Islamist attacks against the West and the US in particular.

“The Syrian intelligence [service] is one of the best in the world. It gave Americans the information on Mohammed Atta and the Hamburg terror cell,” the journalist said, cited by the newspaper. “But in his foreign policy, Obama — from his very first day in office – continued the Bush strategy. He continued with the ‘war on terror’.”

Hersh claimed that after 9/11, the US should have enhanced its cooperation with Moscow because “Russians know exactly what the Islamist threat is”.

However, better late than never: the “US military has now recognized the Russian military’s success in Syria,” Seymour Hersh said. Referring to his sources in the US military and the intelligence services, Hersh said, that Americans have great respect for Russia’s armed forces and especially for Russian General Valeri Gerasimov.

In the journalist’s opinion, Putin pursues a “clever” policy in the Middle East. The Russian leader managed to strengthen the Syrian Army and made it capable of fighting.

Nevertheless, the US has continued to maintain its tough stance against Russia and Hersh doesn’t understand the motives behind this.

“Lavrov is a very straightforward person. He has always said openly what the Russian position is,” the journalist said, adding that the US media tend to pretend that everything Russians say is a lie.

“Why not just listen to them? I cannot understand why Obama has such an anti-Russian stance. The Russian secret services are the best in the world; they know more about the region than we do. They know more about Daesh and al-Baghdadi. And they always have said — as well as the Syrians — that they are open to a better relationship with America. But the President pursues a surprisingly hard line against Russia and I do not know why,” the journalist stated.

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  • jerrys57
    The US is a country being ran without a brain.
  • pin8
    I know why the ZionCapitalistNewcons pursue.......
    They're SPOILED&ROTTEN pursuing their goals and ambitions with no care about other human beings. This administration has roots and a policy wich goes back at least a century.
    Dear S.H., let's saying it straight and clear without "ego te absolvo". There is no will to value or understand what ever dosen't fit intheir plans.
  • karlof1
    I don't think Hersh is as naïve as he presents himself. The entire plan to rearrange the Middle East was concocted by Zionist Neocons and follows the Yinon Plan almost exactly. And surely he knows the Outlaw US Empire's stated policy called Vision 2020 aims for Full Spectrum Domination of the planet and its people, that the so-called trade policies TTP, TTIP, etc., are designed to destroy democracy while enhancing the power of multinational corporations.
  • Ragnar
    It is not Obama who pursues a surprisingly hard line against Russia. It's the people who made sure that he became the president of the US.
  • This is another zio type of 911 Alan Sabrosky, a cunning devil always in employ of the US War College, WHEN ALL ALONG THE PENTAGON WAS BEHIND THE FALSE FLAG, including orchestrating the hit on itself. A disinformation merchant whose underlying allegiance is the synagogue of satan.
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    Russell V, this a Pentagon/israel shill in the mould of 911 sabrosky
  • armorin reply tokasivasantha(Show commentHide comment)
    kasivasantha, and who would be controlling that military/Ind/Media/Banks complex/secret societies? The top of the pyramid, sort of ?
  • It is all about arrogant exceptionalism. The US cannot admit a foreign policy mistake of this magnitude, let alone admit that they failed militarily as well. Considering the costs paid by Europe over Russian sanctions, the current flood of Refugees, not to mention the resulting terror attacks and crime - For the US to say, we made a mistake trying to isolate Russia and we make a mistake in Syria trying to take down Assad and we made a mistake in Libya taking down Qaddafi and we made a mistake in Iraq....
  • Ivan Zadorozhny
    "Hersh argued that Americans’ hatred for Syrian President Bashar Assad has no logical reasons." What a cop-out. Nothing happens for no logical reason. The reason is clear - unfettered world supremacy by the US.
  • Hersh argued that Americans’ hatred for Syrian President Bashar Assad has no logical reasons.

    Here is a little help to the journalist to understand why.

    1) Gas and oil
    2) Israel

    That was not hard, was it?
  • michaelin reply toAndreas Koppa(Show commentHide comment)
    Andreas, but have they experienced recent dogfighting? I believe that it would only be once they have been on the receiving end of that - losing that is, that they would then generate some respect. I talk here only of the military, not of the politicos.
  • michaelin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, ah, the KISS principle. :)
  • Andreas Koppain reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, You mean dogfighting à la WWII? Nope, the abc of modern air combat is a single pass maneuver (no time for more), lock the enemy, shoot AMRAAM missile, activate electronic countermeasures , flares and run. The wingman has the chance to shoot an ASRAAM but the enemy do the same as well. Then is the turn to fire a SAM or GTAM. Of course this is just the basic tactic. The advantage is in the side of the best plane/weapons/technology and how fast the pilot react.
  • michaelin reply toAndreas Koppa(Show commentHide comment)
    Andreas, yes of course the dogfighting of WWII/I, but I didn't mean it in that sense, more of the closing in battle between two a/c. What I was attempting to convey was more the loss of equipment and personnel after the battle. That heavy loss may generate a hesitation prior to provocation.
  • Andreas Koppain reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, Absolutely right.
  • The former U.S. secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, once said that Russia has too much oil to belong to just one country!
  • The warmongers strategy has met more than their match in their illegal vile intrusions in Syria.Putin is now the new Boss in Syria.
  • silkwillie
    Americans hatred for Assad ? I'd have a hard time believing that one , the American government yes but the people no . Unfortunately the American government is not of the people for the people or by the people it's the government of the filthy rich by the filthy rich and for the filthy rich. Americans are easily duped into believing how supposedly evil other nations leaders are, but somehow theirs are not ! Which helps give the great Satan the "moral" support to continually bomb those they don't want in power. Americans need to wake up
  • michaelin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    JusticeForAll, according to her, probably too much land and history too! :)
  • michaelin reply tosilkwillie(Show commentHide comment)
    silkwillie, I think that many on this site would agree with you about the difference between the actions of the people and their government. For the most part, I think that sometimes we write americans when we are referring to the government or wall street and so on.:) As for how Hersch uses the term - it may be the same for him or he may very well just generalise due to his belief - who knows?
    When you write that americans need to wake up, I think that there may be stirrings.:) Just recently there have been a couple of threads discussing conditions for many in the U.S. and I believe that today, Sputnik also has an article on obamacare as well - its problems. Maybe this talk is just related to the upcoming election? Parties using their PR machines?
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