Christina Hebel und Christoph Sydow (Moskau und Berlin), “Putins Botschaft an Trump; Sie haben sich Zusammenarbeit zugesagt, doch während Donald Trump sich auf sein Amt vorbereitet, schafft Wladimir Putin in Syrien mit einer Großoffensive Tatsachen. Im Einsatz: der einzige russische Flugzeugträger,” Der Spiegel, 15. November 2016 (18:31 Uhr).
President-elect Donald Trump is a naif in foreign policy, and has been easily played as a chump by Vladimir Putin.
David Remnick, “Trump and Putin: A Love Story; The attraction is mutual, but history shows who’s really using whom,” The New Yorker, August 3, 2016.
The first mistake Trump made in his telephone conversation with Putin was to go beyond pleasantries and discuss substantive foreign policy issues with the Russian autocrat.
Barack Obama is still president, and Trump has no business inerfering with his conduct of U.S. foreign policy until Obama has finished his term.
The second naive mistake Trump made was to discuss substantive policy issues without the input of U.S. government officials who know the issues, current U.S. strategies, and the likely consequencs of alternative positions and courses of action.
After his reassuring conversation with Trump, Putin resumed bombing targets in Syria, which had been suspended in mid-October as Angela Merkel was considering proposing that the EU adopt additional sanctions against Russia in response to its bombing of civilian targets in Aleppo and Syria.
News reports suggest Trump wants to cut off assistance to U.S.-backed “moderate” rebels in Syria. He is apparently willing to stand by and watch the Russians join in the slaughter of the remaining 250,000 people in rebel-controlled eastern Aleppo.
After the telphone call, that slaughter has now resumed.
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