America's top spy blasts Putin's Syria campaign
Iran Press TV
Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:11AM
America's top spy has blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin's military campaign in Syria as an "impulsive" move that lacks careful strategic planning.
In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Director of US National Intelligence James Clapper described Putin's move in providing military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as "opportunistic."
'I personally question whether he has some long-term strategy or whether he (Putin) is being very opportunistic on a day-to-day basis,' Clapper said. 'And I think his intervention into Syria is another manifestation of that.'
He also claimed that the Russian president has no plans for the future of his campaign of airstrikes against the Daesh Takfiri group in Syria.
'What his long term plan is, I'm not sure he has one,' Clapper said. 'I think he is kind of winging this day to day.'
Clapper said Putin is in a "decisional bubble," mostly because "he is not subjected to a steady stream of bad news" for which Moscow's intelligence service is to blame.
"He makes this decisions pretty much on his own," Clapper said.
The comments come as US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian officials are scheduled to meet in Vienna on Friday as part of international talks on a Syrian peace deal.
US officials have previously called Russia's airstrikes a 'strategic blunder,' with President Barack Obama saying earlier this month that Russia was going to face an inevitable 'quagmire' in the Arab country.
'It just won't work, and they're going to stay there for a while,' Obama said.
Putin has responded to US claims by lambasting the Obama administration's approach in Syria.
Speaking about the now year-long purported US-led airstrikes against Daesh in Syria and Washington's recruitment of and support for militants fighting the Assad government at the same time, the Russian head of state slammed the White House for staging "a double game" in Syria by "announcing the fight against terrorists" on the one hand and using some others "to position pawns."
He said Washington's airstrikes were launched "without considering the legitimacy of the use of force and its consequences," and were "only multiplying problems.'
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