A former CIA counterterrorism official doesn’t think the Russians will be particularly impressed by the U.S. bombing of Syrian airfields.
Phil Mudd, a former CIA official and current CNN analyst, said Wednesday morning on “New Day” that President Donald Trump’s authorization of airstrikes will change anything in Russia’s long-term efforts to establish a base in Syria.
“The Russians are better at the art of the long view than the Americans,” Mudd said. “Let me tell you why I think this is just the first move from a chess board that I don’t think is significant unless there are further moves.”
He said Russian forces had been battling in Syria for years, while the U.S. has logged “fewer than five minutes in airstrikes.”
“If I’m Vladimir Putin, in this tough world, I’m saying, ‘If that’s the price I’ve got to pay for a foothold in Syria, not a big price,'” Mudd said.
He said Russia would likely sit back and wait for the U.S. to lose interest.
“There are other questions the Russians will ask, (such as) will you initiate no-fly zones for Syrian civilians, will you strike other targets, including other air force targets and regime targets, will you commit to changing the Assad regime and try to bring in other players — for example, the Turks and Iraqis — to change the regime?” Mudd said.
“I’m going to bet the Russians are going to say the Americans are short-term, they staged some relatively small strikes against one airfield, but they don’t want in this game after what happened in Afghanistan and Iraq, and that the Russians gamble we will once again step away,” Mudd continued. “Interesting step for Friday, (but) I don’t think it’s a huge step for the future unless we follow up.”
Trump officials could face criminal charges for USPS sabotage — and the president may not be able to pardon them
Members of the Trump administration could face legal jeopardy over efforts to sabotage U.S. Postal Service operations to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections.
"Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) made a criminal referral to the New Jersey Attorney General on Friday night, asking him to impanel a grand jury to look at possible breach of state election laws by President Trump, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and others for 'their accelerating arson of the post office,' he said. Alarming headlines have emerged in recent days as many states prepare to facilitate widespread mail balloting due to the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump openly admitted he was withholding federal aid from the postal service to prevent mail-in voting, and USPS has notified 46 states and D.C. that it will struggle to deliver some mail ballots on time," The Daily Beast reported Friday.
Maddow reveals how one state stood up to Trump’s USPS cuts — and won
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow's opening segment on Friday focused on a positive story of political pressure stopping one of the Trump administration's attacks on the U.S. Postal Service.
Maddow reported how NBC Montana reporter Maritsa Georgiou had doggedly reported on the removal of postal boxes in Missoula, where she is based. Missoula has been a long-time Democratic Party stronghold.
Montana has a competitive U.S. Senate election in 2020, with Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock challenging first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines.
As Georgiou chased the story, she learned there were also plans to remove boxes in the battleground of Billings. And more planned for the blue town of Bozeman. And other towns.
Pepsi joins the chorus of people dunking on Tucker Carlson over Kamala Harris
The Pepsi soda company mocked Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday evening.
On Tuesday, Carlson flipped out after a guest attempted to teach him how to pronounce the name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is running for vice president on Joe Biden's ticket.
Video of the exchange was posted on Twitter by Nikki McCann Ramirez, a researcher at the watchdog group Media Matters for America.
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