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the white house these days may often seem like a never ending game of musical chairs rumors of staff changes cabinet reshuffle and the ebbs and flows of the president's ever changing favor have plagued this administration ever since its first days and though this rumor mill is very often nothing more than that recently the broken clock didn't strike correctly seen rex tillerson out as secretary of state and cia director mike pump a zero tapped as his replacement pump a zero with quite a contentious foreign policy record from his congressional tenure and his record as and as the rector of the nation's premier spy agency will no doubt take a notably different approach to diplomacy than as a political business executive predecessor how will those tectonic changes affect washington's policies abroad from the standoff with kim jong un to the quietly missed out metastasizing regime change campaign in syria for answers to these
questions and more sean stone sat down earlier with former cia officer and intelligence analyst philip giraldi. phil thanks so much for joining me i want to start by asking you because you're a former cia man yourself what does it mean that president trump as appointed by pompei out as the new secretary of state from being previously the head of the cia well i think the appointment of pompei zero sends a prayer a fairly clear signal that trump in his next phase of governing is going to be wanting to take a much harder line in a number of places trump has. basically already indicated that places like iran are very much being targeted but pompei or has it has gone beyond that and essentially has taken a very hard lines with russia and syria and of course has supported a very aggressive line with north korea. first talked about syria because i know
you've been writing about it as of late the american people may not even realize that we already have ground troops in syria what is the actual number at this point that we know of. well the number of troops in syria is of course questionable the depends on how you count them the the number that keeps coming up is two thousand that's what the pentagon admits to that's what essential is what the government is saying but there are also a large there is a large number of contractors in syria and nobody has ever come up with a number of them so i'm not sure whether we're talking about five thousand ten thousand or maybe even more than that and of course there's a fairly fluid battle line between iraq and syria since the fighting over there has originated with with going after isis which was in both places so that there's
probably a high probability that these numbers are fluid that the troops move around and as you say the united states public really doesn't have very good insight into what's going on and indeed i would add that the u.s. congress doesn't have a very good insight either. and then it seems that president job actually wants to expand the number of troops within syria somewhere around thirty thousand troops guarding this sort of so-called you know northern border but who knows where they'll all to be operating what is his plan looking like. well yeah the plan of of expanding operations in. syria has two aspects to it the first is they're talking about increasing the numbers and again the numbers seem to be loaded with contractors rather than actually serving soldiers. but we're talking about the numbers i've seen vary between thirty and sixty thousand now
a lot of these sixty thousand might indeed be made up from the kurdish militias that are already under arms and being directed by the united states so these numbers these numbers are a bit elusive what seems to be the the plan is to more or less control the border area between syria and iraq and this would require kind of a buffer zone that would run all the way along the euphrates river and up into the kurdish dominated regions in the north turkey of course is going to have a say in this and turkey has already indicated that it's not willing to put up with any kurdish zone of control in the north so we're looking at a confrontation with turkey as well as with the syrian government and all the teams to be in contradiction to what president trump had said when he was campaigning of course he had been opposed to us interventionism and excessive use of our military
abroad what are the interests that are at work here that are promoting the syrian war. that's an interesting question i mean i personally voted for donald trump because he was saying these things he was a strong critic of the iraq war and also to a certain extent of what was going on in afghanistan and basically committed himself to not expanding these useless wars in the middle east now all of a sudden he's on board so. my conclusion has to be that he's been convinced by some of his advisors some of the people he talks to he talks to john bolton quite often he's clearly very heavily influenced by nikki haley at the u.n. . so there are a lot of people who are conservatives who essentially are interested for various reasons in. going to war. on
a larger scale in syria and of course the danger in that is that it could easily bring russia well it seems that russia has certainly been involved the syrian war since twenty fifteen they were invited to support the assad government and yet what's a what shocks me is that whenever the assad regime seems to be making progress in expanding its realm of the government within syria for example rolling back isis from iraq places like this they get hit with new allegations of chemical weapons since most recently about a month ago what do you make of these that new recent allegations that assad has been using chemical weapons and basing the russians have been allowing it. well i believe that assad has not been using chemical weapons i think that nearly all of these charges against assad's regime as using them have been fake i think they've been essentially well if you look at the record and the almost all of these
incidents of course take place in areas that are controlled by the so-called rebels and they have the ability to both carry out the attack and stage how it is viewed. it said something like the white helmet that are also being used as a propaganda tool when you control the turf when you control the media that comes out of it and you have a lot of fellow travellers in in the west and elsewhere that are essentially willing to to follow the line that this is an atrocity being carried out by the syrian government that's what you're going to get so is the justification for the u.s. presence and troops in both iraq and syria still supposedly to fight isis. that's an interesting question the justification for fighting or for staying in syria has been changing regularly it was initially to fight isis then it
became more a question of of supporting the shall we say revolutionaries or rebels who are against the al assad regime with the justification be that al assad was quote killing his own people and more recently it has become i think a push for the united states to have rebel relevancy in the peace talks that will eventually decide what syria is going to look like and of course it will also include regime change and getting rid of al assad so the the the just because you keep shifting and we have nikki haley at the u.n. saying horrific things like we don't care what the rest of the world says but we have a right as americans to do whatever we want in syria i mean that's a ridiculous faves. yes syria reminds me a mixture it's a mixture of vietnam and afghanistan were on one hand you have the u.s. advisers that are on the ground as early as a vietnam and again
a lot of justification about this idea of fighting against a tyrant to that time it was the men and then in afghanistan where you're bringing in troops with the free syrian army being comprised of many foreign jihadists who've been brought in like the mujahideen war in the eighty's basically to overthrow sort of a russian friendly regime do you think that this ultimately will end in a will fashion or similar to afghanistan or vietnam. that's a very good question it's a question of what kind of defeat will it. i suspected it's going to be have its own unique characteristic we've been on a trajectory downward or we since we started with afghanistan and iraq of course is the perfect example of how bad it can get the century all you've done is is weaken the one state in the middle east that was strong enough to resist iranian had yemeni iran not being a country friendly to us and we've basically turned that country into an ally of
iran so that was a real dumb move i think that syria centrally will survive what we are doing to it and syria will then be a country that will be quite interested in doing mischief to get back for what we were doing to it so it's it's i think we would just kind of end at a certain point all of this will go away but it will be a tremendous disaster for the united states in terms of people killed by on both sides and also the money that we wasted and the money the money could be catastrophic. vernell is the latin word for spring equinox is latin for equal night the vernal equinox is the time right after day and night are of equal amounts of time and i march twentieth the twenty eighteen vernal equinox will commence marking the beginning of spring and a time for a new beginning celebrations of life and rebirth at stonehenge each year druids
which is an pagans alike meet at the site where for centuries major worshippers of celebrating the arrival of spring by drinking dandelion and bird are cordial to cleanse the blood and in china the cold flowers have bloomed bringing tens of thousands of tourists to the area people gathering at the fields to dance and celebrate earth year or the second day of the second month and chinese on our calendar it is seen as the day the dragon raises its head and awaken spring. so whether you celebrate the vernal equinox but could sing your body dancing with dragons and fields of flowers or spring cleaning your home it is the time of year when we honor the earth the warm breezes and the possibilities that bloom in a time of renewal because the spring them beauty is a joy forever well while know this but i'm happy that spring is finally here for places you know and with the warm out with the cold right now and now we can move on to complaining about how hot humid air from sun put it what are you to move through all the other great thing to which we have to remember is that every change
of season even if you live in a place where you don't really see the seasons change is that opportunity to start over and maybe we can see that in washington d.c. or other political capitals around the world a good time to start over and over russia just have their election so let's see what the new year brings us right new summer we all are winter let's see what happens i'm ready can't wait oh all right well that is our show for today remember everyone in this world we are not told that we are loved up so i tell you all i love you i am a robot and on top a lot of people are watching those hawks another great day and. join me every thursday on the alec simon show and i'll be speaking to guest in the world of politics sports business i'm show business i'll see you then.
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hello welcome it's just gone seven pm here in moscow with r.t. international now is the standoff between russia and great britain intensifies twenty three expelled russian diplomats are about to leave the u.k. these are pictures of their plane on the runway of london stansted airport and twenty three british diplomats expelled. by russia g. to leave moscow a bit later this week so that's the plane then about to take off from london heading for moscow they should arrive in about three and a half hours' time the russian ambassador to the k.l. xander. spoke to artie's video agency ruptly about explain expulsions. through diplomatic means forty percent reduction. and that's a lot for anyone to see that's why there will be an issue of visas is becoming more
. these days you know to work here in the u.k. but this is the new reality is this is the different level of wish and. the major problem for us in all this. is that we don't have any evidence no evidence were presented to us and for the time being you know we don't have any the mission about the poison. well russia does demand either prove or apologize for its accusations over the poisoning of former double agent a script and his daughter in the city of souls break in at the escalating conflict the prime minister theresa may is convening a national security council meeting on tuesday to discuss a response artie's dang hawkins has more. so far over the last fifteen days it's very much been a predictable different tit for tat the expulsion of those russian diplomats and the british diplomats likewise from moscow what we do know in terms of the wider
fallout the support u.k. has received chancellor merkel one major european power leader has been in consultation with the polish prime minister mr. mori work where she has condemned russia and divided russia provide proof of what she describes as its involvement in this case proof of its innocence this is what she had to say we are of the opinion that there are very serious indications there russia has something to do with this now it's up to russia to show this is not the case the president of france likewise joining in the chorus plying that russia may have stockpiled or perhaps even lost control of some of those alleged chemical weapons chemical agents it does pose as calling on russia to reveal any of those two that this is the statement from the french leader. the french president has called on russian authorities to shed light on their role in relation to the unacceptable attack in salisbury and to take back
full control of any programs not to clear to the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons further to those talks in warsaw the polish government also saying unconfirmed sources at the moment but saying they are considering expanding russian diplomats in solidarity with the u.k. also considering apparently bringing in sanctions against certain russian government officials and certain companies as well the whole. owners here of course being on russia to prove its innocence and prove. evidence of a lack of involvement in this case as opposed to the other way around the u.k. provide evidence of direct concrete russian involvement. to these countries that cetera very much of things perhaps slightly being turned on their head here short of what has been the official russian reaction. and to all of this initially of course denied any knowledge any involvement in what exactly happened to mr script while the presidential spokesman saying that confirming once again that russia the russian federation has not developed such nerve agents has not stopped while such
nerve agents i believe destroyed its chemical weapons stockpile last year and twenty seventeen nevertheless that diplomatic route has occurred the russian diplomats who were expelled twenty three of them by to reason may today have left or in the process rather of leaving london presumably the british that provides who've been expelled by moscow will leave as well so the diplomatic fallout really shows no sign of abating despite a lack of suspects officially as of yet announced by the investigating officers ok well here we are these are live pictures now from london stansted airport that plane carrying twenty three russian diplomats expelled over the scandal of the poisoning of the former double agent. that now heading to moscow they should be in moscow in about three and a half hours time and then coming the other way later this week will be twenty three british diplomats from russia who've been expelled by moscow in a tit for tat response these live pictures there from london stansted airport
carrying those russian diplomats that have been expelled. by multibillion dollar deals the iran nuclear agreement for yemen war and also russia are all expected to be on the agenda is the saudi crown prince meet donald trump in washington later on tuesday so let's get the latest now and head to washington d.c. and speak to our correspondent there samir occur and he joins us good evening t. samir a lot to talk about so how is the visit going so far. well there's been a whole lot of criticism in the u.s. over the saudi princes visit as well as the saudi assault on yemen and just yesterday there was a rally held in front of congress protesting the latter but first some background more than ten thousand people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict back in two thousand and fifteen and a saudi imposed a blockade has left the country at the brink of famine and the u.n.
has deemed it the world's worst humanitarian crisis. there that you're looking at. now even though there's been a public condemnation over the u.s. role in the saudi campaign the u.s. is still supporting it by arming the saudis amongst many other things but just last year a trump signed a a one hundred billion dollars arms deal with the saudis one of the biggest in history and reportedly the u.s. is hoping to make more profitable deals with the country now there are some voices
in the senate that oppose it and they've put forth a bill that would end the u.s. support to the saudis and that is set to be voted on tuesday and the senate has even grilled u.s. cent com over it let's take a quick look just see if tom tracked the purpose of the missions that it is refueling what targets it strikes and the results of the mission senator we did not ok. and apparently russia will also be on the agenda when trump meets with the saudi prince. senior u.s. officials say president trump and mohamed bin zalman will look for ways to make russia pay a price for its aggressions. now the kremlin has responded expressing regret over the demonization of russia but i wonder how this meeting will go if they'll come to agreement because if they do come to agreement it could potentially lead to very catastrophic consequences. certainly
a lot to discuss ok thanks samir that was r.t.s. american efforts in washington d.c. well as we mentioned there the future of the iranian nuclear deal is expected to be a key point of discussion at the meeting between the saudi crown prince and donald trump in washington both are expected to take a tough line to discuss the chances of washington pulling out of the agreement with side mohammad marandi he's a politics professor at the university of tehran. well it is possible that the united states will pull out of the deal we're not still sure because trump is so unpredictable i think it's quite obvious that the united states is discrediting itself the nuclear deal came after was that the result of the years of negotiations the united states by signing up to an agreement but the russians and the europeans and u.s. allies have been a part of the chinese as well by pulling out the americans are showing that they
have no credibility whatsoever in the future no country in the world should take the negotiations with the united states seriously because they may come to some sort of an agreement with the americans and then ultimately the americans there will be the being new concessions and they will pull out of the such an agreement. nothing needs tonight hughes's and facebook are questioning the credibility of the service following revelations over personal data harvesting parties and he said he now looks at the details on the tech giants data battle. deletes facebook it's the hashtag that's been trending on twitter the social network users off your reus facebook played a part in getting donald trump in the white house from fifteen million facebook users was harvested by a troubling analytic company and what appears to be the largest leak in the social networks history in two thousand and fifteen we learned that a psychology professor at the universe.