" It seemed to me as if the raison d'etre of this abundant coverage was to spin this old news as if it was something new and recent. And also to push the idea that Trump had caved in to Russian demands."
Comment made at the Aspen Institute:
" So in January of this year the CIA funding was cut across the board. One reason is due to Turkey's non cooperation, thanks to the US betrayal by arming their enemy."
Appearing at the Aspen Security Forum on Friday, General Raymond Thomas, head of US Special Operations Command, said the decision was not made to appease Russia which supports Assad.
Someone else understands last week hype was just that!-"From at least what I know about that program and the decision to end it, absolutely not a sop to the Russians," Thomas said. "It was I think based on an assessment of the nature of the program, what we're trying to accomplish, the viability of it going forward and it was a tough tough decision."
It’s Good For America, Not Russia, To Stop The CIA From Funding Syrian Jihadists
The idea that Russia orchestrated the Trump administration’s decision to end the CIA’s funding of jihadists is totally corrupt and offensive.The author of the above piece puts the decision to cut funding, back to last month. Though he is not certain of that either. "The decision likely occurred last month"
The information contained in my post from Friday has the decision made in January 2017.
I'm good with that- Either way, last week spin was pure fake news.
General Raymond Thomas @ Aspen
Interesting but not an overly surprising admission regarding the Kurdish fighters
General Raymond Thomas continues:
"I was personally disappointed with the Peshmerga," he said. "Again I spent 15 months in Mosul, so I knew the Kurds very well, they talked a good game, it was a pretty army, it didn't fight very well when push came to shove. So we've had to bring them up to a level of competency that you would've have hoped was better beforehand but they are now contributing pretty actively."
Over hyped to sell nation building Also plainly and straightforwardly explains the abundance of private mercenaries and US/UK/French/Canadian and many other Special Forces embedded with the "pretty" Kurdish army. The training of the multiple kurdish forces by the US and co has been addressed here