The US Deep State: Sabotaging Putin-Trump Ceasefire Agreement In Syria

Authored by Federico Pieraccini via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

The meeting between Trump and Putin at the G20 in Hamburg injects new hope into the complicated relationship between the United States and Russia. Only time can confirm whether there is any basis for this hope.

The most eagerly anticipated meeting of the year, that between Putin and Trump, lasted far more than the scheduled 20 minutes, extending past two hours. This is not too much of a surprise given the points of friction that needed to be discussed, the many outstanding issues in international relations, and the fact that this was the first official meeting between the two world leaders. The results achieved exceeded initial ambitions, and the personal chemistry between Putin and Trump seems to have been sufficient to reach an important agreement in Syria as well as to conduct discussions surrounding cyber security. Trump even asked Putin about the alleged Russian hacking in the US presidential election as a way of appeasing detractors back home. The statements of both presidents following their meeting underlined their positive intentions. Putin called Trump a very different person from the one portrayed in the media, mentioning that he was reflective and very attentive to details. Trump, for his part, praised the meeting with Putin, stating the importance of dialogue between nuclear-armed superpowers.

The most important agreement concerned a ceasefire in southern Syria along the border with Israel and Jordan. This is a very active area of fighting, and so the ceasefire obviates the possibility of dangerous confrontations between the United States and Russia, as well as between Syria and Israel, which could escalate out of control as seen when the US Air Force shot down a Syrian Su-22 jet as well an Iranian drone. Israel, from its position in the occupied Golan Heights, has repeatedly struck the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), in a desperate effort to halt its gains against al Qaeda and Daesh terrorists.

In their first meeting, within less than two hours, Putin and Trump came to an agreement on potentially the most volatile situation in the region, saving hundreds of civilian lives in the process. The agreement on Syria now has to run the gauntlet of the deep state and all the other interests arrayed against Trump. Just four days following a similar agreement reached in 2016 between Obama and Putin, everything was upended by the US Air Force bombing and killing nearly a hundred soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army in Deir ez-Zor, shredding the ceasefire agreement that had just been reached.

Trump is dealing with the same occult forces that sabotaged Obama’s ceasefire agreement. It is impossible to know how much strategic support the US deep state has for the ceasefire decision. Ever since the SAA reached the Iraqi border north of al-Tanf, the space available for the US and her allies to maneuver has been dramatically diminished. With al-Tanf isolated, Washington's ceasefire does not change or shift the already heavily altered balance of power in that area of Syria. For all these reasons, the ceasefire does not appear to be a concession by either party but merely a commonsense move to lessen the possibility of a direct confrontation between super-powers.

The military apparatus seems to be focused on the situation in northern Syria, with Raqqa and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) being the central pivot for the US to reach Deir ez-Zor and its associated oilfields. The US State Department, as well as the US military wing involved in Syria, hope to balkanize Syria, dismembering it in different regions and putting Raqqa under the control of a puppet authority in Damascus. However, such American hopes of imposing a Brennan-style governorate as in Iraq is forlorn, as Damascus is the only authority recognized on Syrian territory, and once Raqqa is filled with returning Syrian citizens, such American plans will fall apart. Moreover, the Baghdad authorities have already made clear on two occasions how reluctant they are to support Americans in their military operations. In the case of Mosul, they reiterated that the US deployment and involvement be minimal, while the Iraqi authorities have already announced that they want to place under their full control their border with Syria, in effect hobbling Washington’s plan to leave chaos and instability along the borders of the two countries. The US deep state finds in chaos the ideal way to channel conflict and foment instability. One of the most important objectives of the Syrian and Iraqi armies is therefore to isolate the borders and control the flow of human traffic from one country to the other, nixing in the process what has hitherto been a strategic advantage for Daesh and other terrorist organizations, where they have been free to cross borders with weapons and whatever else they please.

Trump and all the actors involved in this negotiation are finally able to make an agreement between Moscow and Washington stand. Unlike with previous agreements, the US in Syria is now in a worse situation than it was 12 months ago, having failed to achieve many of its strategic objectives. Cooperation with Turkey in northern Syria was wrecked following the liberation of Aleppo and the clear US support for the Kurds (SDF). Similarly, areas of deconfliction in Syria agreed to in Astana (between Iran, Russia and Turkey) have stopped the gains of terrorists in many active areas of the conflict, leading to zero chances of occupying more towns. Such efforts have been important bargaining chips during the various peace negotiations.

The crux of this strategy seems to be a focus on the only possible solution that meets the interests of the deep state’s military wing, related to the original plan to dismantle Syria once the removal of Assad failed. From a certain point of view, it may make sense to focus on the situation in the north of the country in Raqqa, the only area where the US still has some influence. This may be the contorted vision drawn up by contending factions of American deep state. Certainly from the point of view of Moscow, the strategy in Syria is a mix of diplomatic solutions, seeking to reach multiple ceasefire agreements with major players like Turkey and the United States, but never setting aside the war effort carried out by Russia, Iran and Syria.

The agreement between Putin and Trump will firstly benefit Syrian civilians as well as widening the opportunity for the SAA to liberate more towns and villages from the grip of terrorism. It is a long-awaited agreement and solution that is now met by the predominant wing of the US deep state. In the event of a failure of the agreement, Trump will be obligated to point out to the world the subversion of the Washington establishment and its deep state, which works to frustrate his agenda and replace it with its own terrible policies.

Moscow's confidence in deriving concrete benefits from this deal increases hour by hour, thanks to the truce continuing to hold. From the Russian point of view, any military sabotage would once again lay American intentions bare, regardless of Trump's subsequent moves. However, one thing that is certain is that in the case of sabotage, Trump will be faced with having to make a definitive choice.

  • Either he will surrender to the deep state, returning the situation back to a state of hyper-conflict with a nuclear superpower; or
  • he will confront and overcome the deep state, thereby enabling him to implement his electoral promises.

Comments

hoytmonger Jul 17, 2017 6:04 AM Permalink

The cease-fire in southern Syria is being brokered by Syria, Russia, Jordan and the US, not Israel. Israel has been assisting Al Qaeda in Golan Heights and Netanyahu has stated that Israel opposes the cease-fire.https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/israel-opposes-ceasefire-southern-… is sending troops to southern Syria to monitor the cease-fire.https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-russian-forces-deploy-sou… is the most likely place for a false-flag attack or the terrorists sponsored by Israel will break it.

Felix da Kat Jul 17, 2017 3:26 AM Permalink

The real objective of the deep-state; the shadow government that operates secretly to satisfy its own objectives is to assassinate President Trump. Very possibly, the most plausible scenerio for a Trump assassination is an altitude bomb (detonates at pre-determined height) smuggled aboard Air Force One by either an unwitting passenger or a willing accomplice. Remember, there are thousands of Loretta Lynch-type government workers who feel entitled to circumvent laws (and even morality itself) in order to achieve, in their view, a greater good. Such dysfunctional Trump-haters must be rooted-out. I sincerely hope the Secret Service thoroughly checks ALL luggage aboard any aircraft or vehicle the president is to occupy. Any areas of laxity could be exploited for a possible attack. The idea is not new. The same type of airborne assassination attempt was made against Hitler in 1944. I suppose I am overly paranoid about losing President Trump. I think it would be a terrible blow to our country and the world.

beijing expat Jul 17, 2017 2:43 AM Permalink

With Obama there was no price to be paid for foiling his plans. I think it will take a brace man to cross Trump. You will note that after the Syrian fighter was shot down the carrier it was launched from was pulled off station. It's been real quiet ever since.

foxenburg Jul 17, 2017 2:40 AM Permalink

Another cease fire was wrecked when White Helmets said Syrians/Russians bombed an aid convoy. Why the Syrians would want to do that was never explained. The convoy appeared to have been set on fire by a ground attack. The Russians aaid hey there are no signs of this convoy having been bombed - no strike marks or craters on the ground - no twisted chassis or wheels blown off - it looks like intact vehicles set on fire.American response was we're not interested in your pernickety forensics - the White Helmets said they saw it being bombed and that's good enough for us. All the international agencies have been 100% co-opted by the deep state...UN, Red Cross, NATO....http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/suspends-syria-aid-convoy-bombed-… 

Muppet Jul 17, 2017 2:34 AM Permalink

Its all about the money.  Billions for the MIC.   US firms in the MIC business fuel all world conflict.   Without US MIC arms, conflicts are contained to small arms.  Simply stop the export of US MIC attack aircraft, missle systems, ammo, APCs, TOWs, tanks, etc. and the whole cabal collapses.   So easily stopped... but for... the MONEY stupid.  

custard Jul 17, 2017 2:31 AM Permalink

Before Trump, there was President Obama’s Iraqi refugee ban and seven nations of terror proclamation.But before Obama there was Bill Clinton who received a standing ovation for demanding stronger border defenses, and deporting criminal illegal immigrants.“We are a nation of immigrants.. but we are a nation of laws”“Our nation is rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country…Illegal immigrants take jobs from citizens or legal immigrants, they impose burdens on our taxpayers…That is why we are doubling the number of border guards, deporting more illegal immigrants than ever before, cracking down on illegal hiring, barring benefits to illegal aliens, and we will do more to speed the deportation of illegal immigrants arrest for crimes…It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws that has occurred in the last few years.. and we must do more to stop it.”

LetThemEatRand Jul 17, 2017 2:14 AM Permalink

How the hell was Syria ever a threat to the United States?  Why are we there?   There is an answer but you need to have stars on your collar and an allegiance to another country to think it's a good idea.

garcam123 LetThemEatRand Jul 17, 2017 10:42 AM Permalink

It's outright whorish thuggery perpetuated by power hungry mafioso "elected" sluts killing for profit and they do it with your money called "taxes".  Their first line of terror is domestically called the "Police". A power structure that delivers only  terror, robbery and death......how exciting! That poor Australian woman in Millwalkie(sp) knows all about that and her fiance! SCUM is what they are, likened to the SS.

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Centerist Bay of Pigs Jul 17, 2017 7:34 AM Permalink

Banksters, Deep State and MIC are distractions.  Focusing on those takes attention from what really needs addressed.The defense industry and defense-related bureaucracies derive benefits from protracted military campaigns, but they hardly have the horsepower to foment them.  They are only a layer deep into this matter.The real origins of this flawed approach to foreign policy go clear back to Saudi Arabia's initial relations with the US and the establishment of the Petro Dollar.  Saudi Arabia and the GCC are in an ongoing battle for local hegemony with Iran, and Iran backs Assad.  ISIS is also a threat to Saudi and the GCC because its ideology could influence GCC citizens who are sufficiently disaffected.Because of these threats to the GCC states and because of US obligations associated with maintaining the existence of the Petro Dollar, the US has certain obligations to Saudi and its local agenda.  If the US were to walk away, the Petro Dollar would go away, and the US Dollar would no longer have the status that it has.  You guys think you have it rough now?  Just wait until the US Dollar loses that status.Those who ask what threat Syria and ISIS pose to the US are right to ask that question, though.  The security gains to be had from engaging in conflicts against them do not exceed the costs.  They do, however, fulfill obligations that we have made to others in the region, and the value associated with maintaining the US Dollar's status arguably exceeds the costs of protracted conflict in the region--according to certain schools of thought.So... If you really want to talk about what is behind the ongoing conflict and do something about intelligently arguing for its cessation, then you need to convince the powers-that-be to abandon efforts to keep the US Dollar as the only authorized oil-purchasing currency.  And then you need to convince the public to tighten its collective belt in order to deal with a drastic drop in handouts financed from endless printing of Dollars--printing that the Petro Dollar status enables.Note: For those who blame Israel for the current Mid East situation in its entirety, just remember that the US relationship with Saudi Arabia started before Israel was born.

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evoila Karmageddon Jul 17, 2017 2:23 AM Permalink

Well the primary party not interested in this cease fire is Israel. And the reason we have this cease fire is because Kushner wasn't in the room to shit on it when Putin and Trump struck the deal.

If you want to know who the deep state is look no further than Israel. They are overstepping their bounds and the people of this country are starting to wake up. Slowly but surely.

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Jubal Early (not verified) evoila Jul 17, 2017 2:57 AM Permalink

Southeastern Syria is but one front in World War III for greater Israel.   It is a full spectrum war, and the yids and their Zato puppets will simply open another front, say in Lebanon.  It could be cyber attacks, it could be natural disasters or drought, it could be demonstrations and revolution.  But SE Syria will become part of Israel or the goyim will be forced to pay.Besides, as far as I know Zato is still occupying al Tanf and they will remain there until the next false flag.

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Jubal Early (not verified) Sandmann Jul 17, 2017 5:44 AM Permalink

At some point in the future they will have to stage another holocaust in order to scare a couple million jews out of the west to settle those new provinces of Greater Israel.  This could be one reason (((they))) are sending the rapefugees to northern Europe.... to drive jews to their soon to be newly occupied territories.

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All Risk No Reward SoilMyselfRotten Jul 17, 2017 9:31 AM Permalink

>>Trump is dealing with the same occult forces that sabotaged Obama’s ceasefire agreement. It is impossible to know how much strategic support the US deep state has for the ceasefire decision.<<

So the Debt-Money Supremacists would use the same tactics to dupe the masses and give cover for all sides of their now political false trichotomy?

Say it ain't so!

Also, it is wrong to say these wars are for "Israel."

Just like it is wrong to say central banks are for "Americans." Or the "British."

"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper (correct) name."
~Confucius

Israeli economy is ready to COLLAPSE, MASS PANIC IN ISRAEL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TZinAPrIfg

Israelis rally for better economic conditions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3xXICtSwYE

Israel mass protests over rising living costs | Aug 2011 | BBC News
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VGOO5f8RjA

Nope, all this insanity is orchestrated by, and for the benefit of, the Debt-Money Supremacists.

Debt.

Money.

SUPREMACISTS.

"KNOW YOUR ENEMY."
~Sun Tzu, Art of War

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