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    US Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to ignore US President Barack Obama’s statement when the president listed Russia as one of the main threats to the world on par with terrorism and the Ebola virus.

    White House Mutiny? Syrian Peace Depends on Whether Kerry Answers to Obama

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    As John Kerry visits Moscow, Ray McGovern questions who controls foreign policy in Washington. ‘There is no Obama Administration. There is Obama and there are those clowns advising him on foreign policy.’

    Loud & Clear’s Brian Becker sits down with former CIA analyst and acclaimed journalist Ray McGovern to discuss Secretary of State John Kerry’s March 22-25 visit to Russia, to speak with his counterpart Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, about negotiating a peace in Syria, facilitating a political transition in the country, and jointly combating Daesh.

    What is the purpose of John Kerry’s Visit to Moscow? What is his mission?

    "His mission depends on who he is working for," opened McGovern, "I hope he is working for President Obama and not the neocons for who he has taken orders in the past."

    McGovern explained that over two years ago the US almost edged into a military quagmire in Syria at the behest of Kerry, the primary cheerleader of a forceful ousting of Bashar al-Assad. "Kerry participated in the effort to mousetrap Obama into making outward war on Syria. On the 30th of August Kerry said, 35 times, that Bashar al-Assad’s government was responsible for the chemical attacks outside of Damascus." The truth of Kerry’s assertions was quickly called into question.

    "President Obama recently told Jeffrey Goldberg that the head of national intelligence rushed to him that week and said, 'Mr. President, I know the Secretary has been blaming this chemical weapons incident on Bashar al-Assad but you should know that this time, let me put it this way, it is not a slam dunk, Mr. President,'" recalled McGovern.

    "That meant, of course, that at the time the evidence about who did the chemical attack was very elusive and we now know or are virtually 90% certain that it wasn’t Assad, it was the rebels," said McGovern. From this experience, President Obama became more skeptical of his Secretary of State, and kept Kerry on a tighter leash.

    McGovern claimed that, during President Obama’s 2013 visit to St. Petersburg, it was Putin who talked Obama out of going into full-scale war against the Syrian regime. "Putin said to Obama, about Kerry, 'He’s lying, he knows he is lying, and this is very sad,'" said McGovern.

    What Happened on Obama’s Trip to St. Petersburg in 2013?

    "Putin and Obama took it upon themselves to work out an easy resolution because the Russians had been working with President Bashar al-Assad to get his chemical weapons destroyed. So, Putin pulled Obama’s chestnuts out of the fire and they were destroyed on American ships on purpose."

    Brian Becker inquired, "You are saying that Obama lost confidence in Kerry and the US didn’t go to war because Russia offered us a face-saving way out, the destruction of Syria’s weapons of mass destruction?"

    "Yes," answered McGovern, "Kerry had said there was 'nothing in the cards that would prevent the US from declaring war on Syria because Assad would not get rid of his chemical weapons,'" adding that, "But, right that very day, Obama and Putin had worked out an arrangement with the Syrians that they would destroy all of the chemical weapons. That was sort of John Kerry’s Call-to-Jesus moment."

    So what should we now expect from Kerry’s meeting in Russia?

    "It seems as though Kerry found religion, Obama has given him tasks to do and he has carried them out in contrast to that earlier episode two and a half years ago," noted McGovern, optimistically. “A lot depends on Kerry with this trip,“ he added, "Putin is not going to meet with Kerry unless he is ensured that Obama is playing with straight cards now and is not going to defer to Kerry."

    McGovern does expect that both sides will come to an agreement on how to move forward in Syria, at least in the near term. "There are the makings of a deal there. That started when Obama met with Putin on the 28th of September last year and Putin said ‘hey by the way, Mr. President, I think I ought to tell you ahead of time that we are going to bomb the hell out of ISIS in two days, that’s why we have all of the aircraft in," the analyst noted. From there, he suggested, cooperation between the White House and the Kremlin on Syria began.

    According to McGovern, Obama said, "alright, I’ll have Kerry meet with Lavrov, we’ll work it out and we’ll deconflict the airstrikes and then we’ll work it out." As McGovern recounts, Kerry followed instructions and together with Lavrov came to an agreement, although there are now concerns that the US is dragging their feet on enforcing the peace.

    McGovern believes that Kerry is in Moscow because the Russian President has concerns about the US "kowtowing" to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and Israel. Russia will call on the US to rein in Turkey and follow through on whatever deal is mapped out between Kerry and Lavrov, McGovern said.

    The analyst expressed concern about the viability of any peace agreement in Syria because of what he suspects is an increasingly ineffectual White House. "There is no Obama Administration. There is Obama and there are those clowns advising him on foreign policy. The question is whether he will rise to the occasion. He faces these people down every now and then but is often just an inch short of war."

    Whether peace in the region will last depends, in McGovern’s view, on who Kerry’s masters are. "Whether Kerry will follow Obama’s instructions, whether they will actually achieve progress on Syria or Ukraine, remains to be seen."


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    • Capt'nSkippy !!!
      Not even a month of Russia pulling out from Syria and shEit keeps coming from the septics (US)!!! The demise of this scum country cannot come soon enough!!! The real masters is the N.W.O. neocons. Kerry is nothing more than just there global messenger boy busy being a mouth piece for them. I am sure Mr Lavrov is very tired of listening to the same B/S rhetoric that comes out of Kerrys mouth!!!
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      Ray McGovern is just another shill making excuses for Obama.
    • avatar
      I wonder if these "former CIA" people are really retired.
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      The political transition is still USA policy, meaning ousting Assad or what is an alternative interpretation?
      So like with the bombings in Paris some time ago (American activation of boots on the ground/at least thought of or planned), somehow this was some initiating process and when repeated in Belgium, the gathering of the political elite with Israel war criminal hand in hand with the European leaders and highlighted by media with Hollande stating that Europe is at war.
      This is a form of the preparation process from the USA as to have European leaders thinking of their own countries' security, so the negotiations in Moscow can be hold in the shadows so to speak, as people are more into the news of the terror attacks in Belgium.

      The sight of the Black Hawk appearing in the skies above Brussels in connections to these bombings is evidence enough. Like if the Israeli tanks can't be activated against Syria, then they might instead be activated on the European continent.
      So the bargain from the USA to Russia is - with the current (mindset) situation of BN holding hands with the other European leaders - now there is the political transition in Syria and the Minsk agreement to divert the attention from one subject/issue at a time or to use it as a bargain to get the Syrian ousting executed. And they do not bother about the Kiev not fulfilling the agreement as Russia is responsible for whatever.
      To put it short: the baggage Secretary of State has with him are the black snakes similar to what seems to be growing out of McCains face as well as from the American flag on Cuba.
      Happily the Russians have some restrictions on imports, don't they!
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      Kerry only answers to the Bush crime family. FACT
    • Annin reply toptcjm(Show commentHide comment)
      ptcjm, Every bombing that happens, rests at the feet of Washington DC. The warmongering neocons created ISIS, trained and supplied them and turned them loose, and everyone they kill is on their heads.
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      "...and there are those clowns advising him on foreign policy"
      WhoControlAmerica dot com
      Of the seventy-four(74) U.S. State Department senior officials, forty(40) are Jews or have Jewish spouses. This is a numerical representation of 54%. Jews are approximately 2% of the U.S. population.* Therefore Jews are over-represented among the U.S. State Department senior officials by a factor of 27 times(2,700 percent).
    • Darius
      How can one trust a member of the Skull & Bones secret society ?!
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      in reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, Most likely...
      Chances are, if you know their name, they've been vetted.
    • Anton KOMAROVin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, hi i think that there is nothing like ....a former CIA people ;)
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toCapt'nSkippy !!!(Show commentHide comment)
      Skippy !!!, it is the United States government that is the problem Skip, not the whole country.
    • avatar
      terryjohnodgersin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, a good question. My guess is, probably only when they kick the bucket.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toAnn(Show commentHide comment)
      Ann, these terrorist acts are carried out by those beholden to the moneyed interests of Europe and America that control them financially.

      They are just actors playing their part on the wold stage controlled by those who are able to remain aloof from it all because of their corrupting influence.

      My fear is, if ever there is a backlash against those actors for what they have done to us all, that those who are really responsible will escape the summary justice that they all deserve.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toMayoh(Show commentHide comment)
      Mayoh, have you bothered at the same time to count how many Muslims are employed by all the United States agencies or has your bigotry excluded you from doing that?
    • Capt'nSkippy !!!in reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      terryjohnodgers, Im inclined not to agree on this one Terry. I will simply say you only have to look at the chaos and destructive life style that they themselves live by. That is what the septic warmongers practice daily.
    • Annin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      terryjohnodgers, Agreed, 100%
    • Ivan Buckeye
      It does appear that there are competing factions within the U.S. government, not only that but also within the parties and the White House. This may be a symptom of how American policy and American status in the world is in decline. Bizarre reversal of directives, the shear number of activities spread across vast and different parts of the world, and the extreme show of politics between both parties candidates reveals how dire the situation is for American stature and power structure. A breakdown is in progress.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toCapt'nSkippy !!!(Show commentHide comment)
      Skippy !!!, you should familiarize yourself with the book American Betrayal by Diana West before casting blame on everyone. All Western countries have been undermined and white anted from within. What you are now witness to does not come from the grass roots but from the top down.
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