Russia has ‘failed’ in Syria, says Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (Source: AP)
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (Source: AP)

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Russia has “failed” in its responsibility to deliver on a 2013 commitment to secure Syria’s chemical weapons.

Tillerson briefed reporters shortly after the U.S. launched cruise missiles against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a gruesome chemical weapons attack. The secretary says Russia has either been complicit or “simply incompetent” in failing to deliver on its end of the agreement.

The agreement was struck after a 2013 chemical weapons attack. President Barack Obama threatened air strikes at the time, but ultimately pulled back on military action.

President Donald Trump is calling on “all civilized nations” to join the U.S. in seeking an end to the carnage in Syria.

Trump gave a brief statement Thursday shortly after the U.S. fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria in retaliation for this week’s gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians.

Trump says “peace and harmony will prevail” so long as the U.S. continues to stand for justice.

Trump says the U.S. missile attack on a Syrian air base Thursday night was in the nation’s “vital national security interest.”

Trump says the United States must “prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.” He says there is “no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons.”

Trump spoke to reporters after the United States attacked a Syrian air base with roughly 60 cruise missiles in response to a chemical weapons attack it blames on President Bashar Assad.




5 responses to “Russia has ‘failed’ in Syria, says Tillerson”

  1. MekensehParty Avatar

    One of Obama’s biggest mistake was to trust Russia as a partner in peace-making in Syria.
    One of Putin’s and Khamenei’s biggest mistake is to make him look like a fool for doing so.
    There you have it, the Americans replaced Obama with an unpredictable brute, and now both Putin and Khemenei have to tip-toe around him as he takes drastic measures so lightly.
    Next time an Iranian speed boat hassles a US vessel, prepare for a rapid and forceful reaction

    1. Hannibal Avatar

      One of Obama’s biggest mistake is being a wimp… half a million dead and maimed did not move him. He created ISIS playing into Assad’s hand. After one attack this administration showed the will to stop the massacres abroad and at home.

      1. MekensehParty Avatar

        Sure, he came across as a wimp, and after the images we saw in the past few days of suffocating and dead kids, tomahawks flying give people heart (those who have a heart) and make Trump look like a hero.
        Obama could have done exactly the same, but the situation back then was very very different:
        1- Isis, Nusra and Islamist rebels were on the offense and Bashar loosing territory every day. Weakening him with a few strikes would have delivered the country to Islamic fanatics.
        2- Major resistance from Russia who wasn’t happy at all loosing its only pied-a-terre in the ME
        3- Major internal resistance from the American people, congress and Trump himself who tweeted, all caps: DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA.
        While we can’t tell with certainty “what would have happened if Obama did order strikes…” it looked like it would stir much more shit than it would burry. Remember that Bashar at the time had huge chemical stockpiles that he could have launched left and right, and if he didn’t, this stockpile would have fallen in the hands of Isis, Nusra and the likes who would have certainly used it against their Syrian opponents (Alawites, Christians, Druze, Shia, Kurds…) and/or used it against Lebanon probably against everybody.
        All of this is not in defense of Obama, it’s just very plausible scenarios that could have plaid out.
        As for “creating” Isis, that’s not true, as Isis started in Iraq and invaded Syria from there, thanks to a moron called Maliki who kicked the US troops out, and thanks to our “allies” in the region who funded and armed Isis.
        Finally, I doubt the massacres are over. For now, these strikes are a message at best, and could very well be a masquerade. Already reports are surfacing that the basharians moved their planes and criminals out of the base before it was hit thanks to Trump warning the Russians in advance, whether to avoid Russian casualties, or because of the friendship between the two.
        As a conclusion, I’d say: to be continued…

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