Pompeo Confirms He’s Salty He Didn’t Get to Fight Russia to the Last Turk

Points out Russia killed 34 Turkey's NATO troops in Syria

Related: State Department’s Dream of Fighting Russia to the Last Turk Turns to Ashes in Moscow

Pompeo says Russia has killed “dozens” of Turkey’s NATO troops and the US “continues” to support its “ally”:

The United States believes Russia has killed dozens of Turkish military personnel in the course of its military operations in Syria, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday, saying that Washington continued to offer support to its NATO ally Turkey, reports Reuters.

Speaking at a news conference at the State Department, Pompeo did not specify where or during which incident the Turkish soldiers were killed. It was the first time Washington has directly pointed its finger at Moscow over the death of Turkish soldiers.

“We believe Russia has killed dozens of Turkish military personnel in the course of their military operations, and we stand with our NATO ally Turkey and we continue to consider additional measures to support Turkey and to end the violence in Idlib and in Syria more broadly,” Pompeo said.

Last month, an airstrike that Ankara said was carried out by the Syrian government forces killed at least 34 Turkish soldiers, the deadliest attack on the Turkish army in nearly 30 years.

What good is this talk to anyone now? Well, the Putin-Erdogan agreement is facing obstacles, as everyone knew the March 15 deadline for Russian-Turkish patrols along the jihadi-held M4 highway was way too optimistic. So Pompeo and the rest of his State Department gang are doing what they can to see if they can’t perhaps get the two fighting again by encouraging Turkey of support they’ve already proven unwilling (as the US) or unable (as the State Department) to deliver.

I can’t see Ankara, which opted to blame Syria for the strikes to save face, being terribly grateful to Pompeo for reminding its populace of the slap Erdogan had to put behind him and walk to Moscow to ask for a truce and be grateful for it.

Another thing is more interesting. When Erdogan last October was threatening (bluffing) he would invade US/Kurdish-held northeastern Syria, Trump withdrew from the border to allow Erdogan to proceed.

Yet when Erdogan last month launched an offensive to throw back the Russian-backed Syrian army, Moscow stood by its client and within days Erdogan, bloodied in the fighting, was saying he didn’t want the conflict to have any negative impact on Russian-Turkish relations and humbled himself at the Kremlin.

The Trump administration fed the US-backed Kurds to him hoping it would place him on a collision course with Russia instead (the Russians stepped in to limit his advance in the northeast as well), which it did, but to no result. The S-400, Turk Stream and the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant all remain strong points of cooperation (among others).

It’s almost like even Erdogan appreciates that at least with the Russians you know where you stand, not so with the treacherous Empire.

  1. cechas vodobenikov says

    amerikans lose all their wars–as Mao observed, “amerika is a paper tiger”—and losing today–these cowards–only amerikans consider a color to be cowardice…yellow, do not fight, they bomb wedding receptions…amerikans cannot hold territory….they r confined to their bases drinking coke and watching porn…of course Putin observed the same to Sashkavilli when they attacked Abkhazia and Ossetia—the amerikans did not keep their promises to you–we promised that we would not tolerate your barbarism…today Ossetians and Abkhaz r provided Russian passports…nobody trusts amerikans and they mistrust each other
    “amerikan parents lie to their children; amerikan children lie to their parents—its expected”. Geoffrey Gorer

  2. chris chuba says

    It is an interesting contrast. The ‘U.S. backed Kurds’ were thrown back while the Russian backed SAA was able t throw back the Turks. I don’t think that is a big deal because I’m not 7yrs old but the people on FOX news didn’t stomp their feet over it. If it was Obama they’d still be talking about it.

  3. Jihadi Colin says

    Pompeo is the perfect secretary of state the Amerikastanis could possibly have. Stupid, bombastic, utterly ludicrous, it is the quintessential example of the Amerikastani Empire.

  4. JustPassingThrough says

    ““We believe Russia has killed dozens of Turkish military personnel in
    the course of their military operations (whose military operations RU or TR?), and we stand (what does that mean?) with our NATO ally Turkey and we continue to consider additional measures to support Turkey and to end the violence in Idlib and in Syria more broadly,”

    this idiot should not be allowed to speak in public. what a clown.

  5. thomas malthaus says

    “U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien will travel to Moscow to attend Russia’s World War II Victory Day celebrations in May, U.S. ambassador John Sullivan said on Thursday.”–New York Times

    I had hoped President Trump would have made the trip, but I sense the CV is fully absorbing his days.

    Productive discussions involving Messrs. Putin, Lavrov, and US ace negotiator Robert O’Brien will center around getting wrongly US-imprisoned Russian citizens back home.

    It would be difficult to conceive even pilot discussions surrounding arms control. The US lacks any credibility and rule of law adherence.

  6. isaac says

    jmurika about to thump Iraq, Syria and Russia all at one time. The jUS gonna knock those bumbling ME clown’s heads together like the Three Stooges that they are. Big Daddy Puntang going to go crying back to his rabbi for absolution.

    1. Occam's Razor says

      🎼🎤 ” In the Land of the ME… 🥁 …. and the home of depraved”..🎸🎷🎺

    2. Grand Nagus Zek says

      o dear – someone is off his meds and took his tinfoil hat off

    3. rightiswrong rightiswrong says

      The US are scared shitless of Russia.

      Only Nazis think otherwise.

    4. James Willy says

      Ya they probably still won’t retaliate like always these guys (poohtin etc.) will just benz over fur sam again and do absolutely NOTHING. Thank You masta. They need to be replaced by men who fight back every time. Useless idiots refuse to fight back.

      1. rightiswrong rightiswrong says

        You seem to forget that the Russians are in the process of destroying the US economy, that the Russians have killed NATO troops openly and without reply, while Russias ally Iran has directly bombed USNATO forces.

        It’s the US who are the pussies, scared shitless of a direct confrontation with the forces of Good, Russia and China.

        1. Occam's Razor says

          Well played Vlad..

  7. Mary E says

    Erdogan and Pompeo (along with the orange buffoon) all belong in the same looney bin
    cell together/

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