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Sitting next to former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, who has been acting as a back channel between Trump and the Russian leadership, Trump seemed to rave about the cease-fire agreement that Russia, Iran and Turkey struck through what’s known as the Astana process.
Among the many shortcomings of the plan, however, are that large parts of these safety zones would be patrolled by Russian and Iranian forces, who have participated in the Assad regime’s campaign of atrocities. Also, there are no enforcement mechanisms if the regime and its partners don’t comply.
The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community.
If the technology plays out as officials envision, it will usher in a new era of cooperation and coordination, allowing agencies to share information and services much more easily and avoid the kind of intelligence gaps that preceded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
For the first time, agencies within the intelligence community will be able to order a variety of on-demand computing and analytic services from the CIA and National Security Agency. What’s more, they’ll only pay for what they use.
The vision was first outlined in the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise plan championed by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and IC Chief Information Officer Al Tarasiuk almost three years ago. Cloud computing is one of the core components of the strategy to help the IC discover, access and share critical information in an era of seemingly infinite data.
Henry Kissinger is most definitely a Washington outsider and is anti-establishment.
originally posted by: xenon129
a reply to: queenofswords
I was going to post about Amazon as well. Jeff Bezos and Trump don't like each other and Bezos is just using the Russian thing to put pressure on Trump to try to protect Amazon. money.cnn.com... this is from a fake news source but it has some Trump quotes in there that explains why Bezos doesn't like Trump and would be better off with a criminal democrat in office.
originally posted by: allsee4eye
WaPo warns Trump.
originally posted by: allsee4eye
So Trump meets Lavrov and Kislyak in the WH, does not bomb SAA, does not shoot down Russian planes, does not bomb the Russia base in Latakia, does not massacre Russian servicemen in Syria. Hence, treason to American interests in the Middle East. WaPo warns Trump. Watch your step. Or else the deep state will get you.
The problem is that plan is highly likely to fail and result in the continued, if not increased, slaughter of Syrian civilians — only this time the United States will be directly complicit.
Six years into this bloody conflict, the test results are in. Russian and American interests in Syria are not the same. Putin is not going to abandon Assad. Only with increased U.S. commitment to leading the diplomacy, pressuring the bad actors and supporting the opposition can a credible and sustainable political process even begin.
Trump is getting closer to collusion with Russia — in Syria