President Donald Trump has revealed classified information about US intelligence on ISIS to the Russians in the Oval Office.
We can only imagine what a newly awakened Austin Powers would have said if he saw Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak in the Oval Office listening to President Trump brag about his ISIS intelligence:
I hope that made you laugh because this is serious shit, so now let's connect some dots.
Austin Powers: Russian Intelligence? Are you mad?
Basil Exposition: A lot's happened since you were frozen.
The cold war's over.
Austin Powers: Well, finally, those capitalist pigs will pay for their crimes, eh?
Eh, comrades, eh?
Basil Exposition: Austin, we won.
Austin Powers: Oh. Groovy. Smashing. Yay, capitalism.
Donald Trump is in way over his head. And what is more, he is a traitor in the fight against ISIS. He thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are our allies in the fight against ISIS terrorism, but he is mistaken because they both helped to create ISIS, continue to benefit from its existence, and even collaborate with it to their mutual benefits. For example this would be a good time to again raise the question that became the title of an article on Russia-ISIS collaboration by Ceren Kenar and Ragip Soylu in Foreign Policy, 9 February 2016 "Why Are Russian Engineers Working at an Islamic State-Controlled Gas Plant in Syria?" They reported:
Officially, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and his Russian allies are at war against the Islamic State. But a gas facility in northern Syria under the control of the jihadi group is evidence that business links between the Syrian regime and the Islamic State persist. According to Turkish officials and Syrian rebels, it is also the site of cooperation between the Islamic State and a Russian energy company with ties to President Vladimir Putin.There is another important direct connection between the Russian state and ISIS. Putin's government has had a policy of exporting its jihadist problem to Syria. There are reports of jihadists being released from Russian custody on condition that they moved to Syria, others have been helped in getting to Syria to make jihad there. For more on this see also:
The Tuweinan gas facility, which is located roughly 60 miles southwest of the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, is the largest such facility in Syria. It was built by Russian construction company Stroytransgaz, which is owned by billionaire Gennady Timchenko, a close associate of Putin. More...
Russia's Double Game with Islamic Terror, Michael Weiss, 23 Aug 2015, Daily Beast
How Russia allowed homegrown radicals to go and fight in Syria, Maria Tsvetkova, 13 May 2016, Reuters
Vladimir Putin’s Newest Export: Terrorists, Katie Zavadski, Michael Weiss, 04 Jan 2017 Daily Beast
To complete this latest Trump story in a way you are not likely to see anywhere else, let me remind you that I have recently published a number of blog posts that highlights the fact that it is Russian President Vladimir Putin that is really in the driver's seat when it comes to the Syrian military, meaning the Syrian state:
05/05/2017 Who runs Syria? Why are more sarin attacks coming?
04/24/2017 A valuable admission: Russia controls Syria & Putin runs the war
And for many years now we have been detailing the relationship between the Assad regime and the jihadist groups they pretend to be at war with:
05/06/2016 Leaked docs reveal: Assad & ISIS played us on Palmyra
12/01/2015 Assad buys oil from Daesh for cash while he sells himself as their worst foe
09/09/2014 Are ISIS and Assad enemies in Syria?
07/09/2014 Today's example of Assad's support for Islamic State
02/27/2014 ISIS & the Assad Regime: From Marriage of Convenience to Partnership
02/10/2014 Man behind the Curtain for al-Qaeda in Syria is Assad
01/27/2014 How Assad runs terrorist on "both sides" in Syria
01/20/2014 Bashar al-Jihad: How Assad finances terrorists with oil
01/05/2014 Bashar al-Jihad: Is ISIS a child of the regime?
The bottom line is that whatever Trump let on to the Russians about ISIS may actually help the terror group.