LATE BREAKING NEWS!!!
Eric Schmitt, Michael R. Gordon, and Somini Sengupta, “U.S. Officials Say Russia Probably Attacked U.N. Humanitarian Convoy,” New York Times, September 20, 2016.
Valdimir Putin may have ripped off his mask and shown the all-believing Barack Obama and John Kerry what close observers of events in Syria since 2011 and in the Crimea and the eastern Ukraine since 2014 have understood for some time:
Putin is an implacable adversary of the U.S. and NATO, and should not be trusted.
Yet the U.S. and its allies should also examine what may have appeared to be perfidy in Putin’s eyes, the bombing and killing of 62 Syrian soldiers in recent days.
How did such an “accident” happen, particularly on the eve of the next stage of joint U.S. military cooperation, under the terms the American-Russian ceasefire deal?
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter would be well-advised to appoint a high-level commission of inquiry to find out what happend here.
The Trenchant Observer