Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Former CIA Spy

Comment: Many of those who blindly believe the many lies and propaganda of the Putin  dis-information network, and who idolize him,  will ask about this report: "But why should we believe a CIA former spy?"
My retort: But why should anyone, Russians or anyone else around the world,  believe Vladimir Putin's constant river of dis-information and gross lies,  he  a long time 'former-KGB agent'...and obviously... still one today? What all Putin says and DOES, proves who and what he is, him and his rubber-stamp Duma and his military.

The message of this article: America must fight fire with fire.

Former CIA spy: Putin using Soviet tactics to confuse US

 Christopher Snyder
Published July 29, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin does a “good job” confusing the West, as evidenced most recently by the leader’s denial that his country is firing rockets into Ukraine, according to one former top CIA spy.
Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland spoke to Jack Devine about U.S. strategy against Russia. Devine is a 32-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, along with being president of The Arkin Group, an international risk consulting and intelligence firm.
He says so far Putin’s regional strategy is working in Russia’s favor.
“Plausible denial does not mean credible denial, so he’s doing all the things that could have been anticipated. He is using agents of influence, using psychological warfare, and he is providing military support and denying it,” Devine told
Devine sees Putin’s playbook similar to how the Soviet Union dealt with crises. “If you look back in the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s, it was pretty much the same approach.”
Critics, including Devine, say the U.S. needs to expand its approach to the conflict.
“I’m advocating not only do we use diplomacy, we use covert action, we make sure we are using agents of influence and that we provide the support,” said Devine. “I agree no troops on the ground, but he [Putin] is really playing a hardball kind of game and we should match that.”
There are concerns that supporting Ukraine’s military is a risk, with possible Russian informants embedded with the Ukrainians. Devine dismissed this.
“The best way to know what is going on and [to] deal with things is to get in there and do it covertly.”
While the U.S. is hoping to garner European support to pressure Russia, Devine says, “by and large we are going to have to carry the burden of covert action as we always have.”
He warns that the possibility of further sanctions won’t change Putin’s position.
“I think he is sticking to his game plan -- he doesn’t want to take the whole Ukraine; he knows that is not within his grasp because otherwise you’re going to have an insurgency of a different type.”
Devine, author of “Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story,” added, “Putin is in a fairly good position, so that’s why we shouldn’t let him run or we will end up with a neutral Ukraine which is not in our interests.”

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