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Apr 13 07:19

‘Riskier than striking Syria’: Beijing warns US against attacking North Korea

China has warned the US against using military force against North Korea, after a surprise redeployment of an aircraft carrier group. Washington’s regional allies said they expect it to consult with them before any action.

Tension is mounting in the region as US President Donald Trump said he would solve the “North Korean problem” with or without China’s help.

The paper said Washington needs to accept the reality that it “has no power to put global affairs in order at the moment” and work with other leading world powers on the Korean situation through the UN Security Council, a body that the US has shun by the unilateral attack against Syria.

Apr 12 18:26

Russia-US relations have `worsened` under Trump: Putin

President Vladimir Putin said ties between Russia and the United States appear to have deteriorated under Donald Trump in an interview released Wednesday as the countries` top diplomats met in Moscow.
"You can say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military side, has not improved but most likely worsened," Putin said in a transcript from an interview with Mir television posted by the Kremlin.

Apr 12 18:23

Russia 'open to dialogue' with US despite problems: Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today that Moscow is open to dialogue with Washington despite tense relations between the countries, after talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
"Despite the quantity of existing problems... There are considerable prospects for joint work," Lavrov said at a news conference.

Apr 12 18:22

Mattis: Navy Strike Group Not Headed to North Korea for Any Reason

A Picard and Rivero palm to forehead moment!

With a US carrier strike group steaming toward North Korea, and top administration officials talking up the need for the US to “solve” North Korea, Russian officials today echoed a concern shared by a lot of people, that the US is about to unilaterally attack North Korea.

Defense Secretary James Mattis sought to downplay those concerns, however, insisting the carrier strike group is just in the western Pacific in general, and isn’t speeding rapidly toward the Korean Peninsula for any particular reason, and has nothing in mind when it gets there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNsrK6P9QvI

Apr 12 16:07

Did Trump Just Get Woke?

Today he seemingly changed his mind on half a dozen of his most stridently held views, all at once. It’s almost as if the Gary Cohn-Steve Mnuchin-Wilbur Ross contingent within Mar-a-Lago North finally strapped him down and jacked him into a basic economic program, Matrix-style. He is now saying smart things about these topics and taking positions that are conducive to the continuity of America as the world’s lone super power and most critical reserve currency.

Apr 12 15:25

‘US invasion of Syria began five years ago’

Published on Apr 12, 2017

US President Donald Trump’s claim that the US would never send troops to Syria might be correct on the surface but does not hide the fact that Washington has been waging a proxy war against Damascus since five years ago.Watch Live:

Apr 12 14:04

Russian Foreign Minister Rebukes Andrea Mitchell: "Who Has Given You Your Manners?"

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov chided NBC News' Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday after she shouted out a question at Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Apr 12 13:18

CONFIRMED: US sharply cuts air operations in Syria fearing Russian missiles

The media is barely reporting the fact but the immediate effect of the US missiles strike on Syria’s Sharyat air base has been to reduce US air force flights over Syria as the US worries about Moscow’s reaction.

That this is so is confirmed by the New York Times which – presumably because its anti-Trump campaign overrides all other issues – has actually been doing some proper reporting about the Syrian conflict following the US missile strike.

This is all set out by New York Times in the following article, which says the following:

Apr 12 12:53

The Latest: Russia vetoes UN condemnation of Syria attack

Russia has vetoed a Western-backed Security Council resolution that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in a town in northern Syria and demanded a speedy investigation.

Wednesday's vote on the resolution drafted by Britain, France and the United States was 10 in favor, Russia and Bolivia against, and China, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia abstaining.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told the council before the vote that during talks earlier Wednesday in Moscow Russia asked for an independent international investigation to examine the April 4 attack on Khan Sheikhoun that killed nearly 90 people. He said U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is considering the request.

Apr 12 12:25

G7 Rejects Boris Johnson’s Call For More Anti-Russian Sanctions Over Syria

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s mission to introduce fresh sanctions against Russia over Syria looks dead in the water after the G7 group of nations blocked the idea.

Apr 12 12:23

Russia’s Disdain For Tillerson And Trump

With Russia’s hopes for détente with President Trump dashed by his missile strike on Syria, the Kremlin looks askance at visiting Secretary of State Tillerson who it feels played the Colin Powell role for his boss, says Gilbert Doctorow.

Apr 12 12:02

Scott Adams: The North Korea Reframe

Prior U.S. presidents framed the North Korean nuclear program as a problem between the United States and North Korea, with China as an unhelpful third party with its own interests. That framing was weak and useless. North Korea did whatever it wanted to do.

President Trump recently changed the frame. Now it’s not so much a problem between the United States and North Korea as it is a branding battle between China and the U.S., with North Korea being the less-important part of the equation. President Trump has said clearly and repeatedly that if China doesn’t fix the problem in its own backyard, the USA will step in to do what China couldn’t get done.

See the power in that framing? China doesn’t want a weak “brand.”

Apr 12 11:59

Trump says he told Xi how he bombed Syria airbase over ‘most beautiful piece of cake’

"I was sitting at the table. We had finished dinner. We're now having dessert. And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen and President Xi was enjoying it,” Trump told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, during an interview that aired on Wednesday morning.

“It's so incredible. It's brilliant. It's genius. Our technology, our equipment, is better than anybody by a factor of five. I mean look, we have, in terms of technology, nobody can even come close to competing,” said Trump.

Trump spoke of a “great feeling” between himself and Xi, who he “really likes being with,” at least officially.

Apr 12 11:36

Tillerson is frozen out in Moscow: Two hours of talks with Putin end with nothing to show as Kremlin refuses to admit Assad gassed his own people - then lecture him on Iraq and Libya

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is leaving Moscow empty-handed following two hours of frosty talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin met with Tillerson on Wednesday after yo-yoing the American diplomat around for days.

The talk came hours after the Kremlin's foreign minister accused the US of launching an 'unlawful attack' on Syria that was 'extremely worrying' as talks with Tillerson got off to a frosty start.

Putin separately said that trust between the two countries had eroded since last week's air assault, casting a cloud over Washington's ambitions to coordinate militarily with Russia in Iraq to defeat ISIS. It had also hoped to entice Russia into dropping out of its alliance with Syria.

Apr 12 10:40

Syria air strikes: Russia sends more warships to Assad-controlled port of Tartus

In the wake of the US air strike on a Syrian airbase last week Moscow is sending more ships to Syrian regime controlled waters, a US defence official has said.

Two Steregushchiy-class corvettes, an ocean tug and a fleet oiler left Kaliningrad over the weekend, the unnamed official confirmed to USNI News on Monday.

The Baltic Navy vessels are expected to arrive in the eastern Mediterranean in the next five days and will probably be based in Tartus, which is home to a Russian naval base.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That means that these ships will arrive in Syrian waters by Monday of next week.

But looking at what the US military did in Syria last week, how can one complain at Russia's beefing up Syria's defenses in this way?!?

I am looking at the news conference, in Moscow, between Russia's Sergei Lavrov and Rex Tillerson, and the body language tells me that absolutely nothing has been resolved here.

Apr 12 10:24

Trump: Putin Backing 'Truly An Evil Person' In Assad

During an interview with Maria Bartiromo released Tuesday on Fox News, President Trump said Syrian president Bashar al-Assad "is truly an evil person."

Yesterday, Sean Spicer compared Assad to Hitler and said Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons," which triggered a huge sh*t storm. Of course, the outrage was not over Spicer ridiculously comparing Assad to Hitler for propaganda purposes, but rather the notion he was "denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death."

Apr 12 09:49

Russia Worried US Will Attack North Korea

With Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visiting Russia, Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement confirming that they have a lot of problems with US foreign policy that they intend to bring up, and while Syria had long been expected to dominate that list, the statement insisted North Korea was Russia primary concern right now.

The statement said Russia was “extremely worried” that the United States might follow through on recent talk of imposing a unilateral military solution on the Korean Peninsula, saying they want to understand US intentions and how they are reconciled with the UN Security Council’s own statements on denuclearization in Korea.

With US warships heading to the Korean Peninsula, the Trump Administration has been treating North Korea as a bilateral issue between the US and China, insisting that either China will agree to “solve” North Korea for them, or that the US will do so itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia has every right to be worried, not only about a decap strike against Kim Jung On and his nuclear facilities, but what happens with North Korea in the aftermath of such a strike.

And I would suggest, politely to President Trump, that old, but true dictum holds here; those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

And living on a hunk of rock with North Korea could potentially target and successfully hit, with one of their missiles, I am worried as well.

Apr 12 09:43

UN Security Council to vote on West's draft Syria resolution Wednesday

The resolution is a slightly revised version of previous similar document, which condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The document also demands that Damascus hand over all information on flights on the day of the incident to the Joint Investigative Mechanism of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and provide access to the military bases from which strikes against Khan Sheikhoun could be carried out. The resolution also threatens Syria with sanctions and the use of military force under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.

Last week, Russia described the document as "inadmissible" and prepared its own resolution, which envisages a full-scale investigation on the ground by UN and OPCW experts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not see Russia and China signing off on this, any more than the resolution they have already rejected.

Apr 12 09:25

Americans Need To Know Trump’s Endgame For Syria, Duckworth Tells Constituents

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) challenged President Donald Trump to state his administration’s “endgame” for military involvement in Syria following the U.S. military’s missile strike on a Syrian air field last week.

Speaking to a full house of constituents at a town hall in the Chicago suburb of Palatine on Tuesday night, Duckworth was asked what was accomplished with the first direct assault on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and what the long-term strategy would be.

Duckworth said that she wants to know, too ? and that Trump needs to provide those answers quickly.

“The Trump administration needs to come forward and [state] its goal. Come forward and tell us the truth,” Duckworth responded.

Following the town hall, constituents like Lisa Goranson, 58, and Sue Walton, 80, were troubled by Trump’s sudden shift on involvement in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I whole-heartedly agree with Senator Duckworth on this issue.

What we have seen, coming from the White House on this issue, appears to have been complete and utter confusion, consummated by the illegal strike against a Syrian military base last week, against a sovereign country with which the US government is not (allegedly) at war.

President Trump's policies in Syria appear about as clear as mud right now.

I would like President Trump to tell me how, if in fact, regime change in Damascus is his goal, he is going to accomplish this without using either US boots on the ground, or a decap strike against al Assad, which most probably would mean war with Russia.

There are only two things I know for certain here; Al-Assad is not going to leave his position as the country's President willingly, and should the US go ahead with some kind of assassination strike, Russia will respond militarily.

Apr 12 09:02

Is Trump Enlisting in the War Party?

By firing off five dozen Tomahawk missiles at a military airfield, our “America First” president may have plunged us into another Middle East war that his countrymen do not want to fight.

Thus far Bashar Assad seems unintimidated. Brushing off the strikes, he has defiantly gone back to bombing the rebels from the same Shayrat air base that the U.S. missiles hit.

Trump “will not stop here,” warned U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Sunday. “If he needs to do more, he will.”

If Trump fails to back up Haley’s threat, the hawks now cheering him on will begin deriding him as “Donald Obama.”

But if he throbs to the war drums of John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio and orders Syria’s air force destroyed, we could be at war not only with ISIS and al-Qaida, but with Syria, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

A Syrian war would consume Trump’s presidency.

Apr 12 08:50

NEW VIDEO: Follow The Money – Why Russia Is Triggering The U.S. War Machine

Apr 12 08:29

WHITE HELMETS HANDLE DEADLY TOXIC “SARIN GAS” WHILE LIGHTING UP CIGARETTES (VIDEO)

The Duran recently posted a bombshell study from the Swedish NGO Doctors for Human Rights (SWEDHR), that shows how the White Helmets murder babies, not save babies like Netflix and George Clooney would have you believe.

Now we can see the White Helmets pretend to handle deadly toxic sarin gas, which we are sure will sent to John McCain Labs Inc., where Assad and Russia will be found guilty of launching a chemical strike on “beautiful babies”.

We wonder, upon watching forensics experts/chemical weapons investigators/freedom fighters/medical doctors/first responders, the White Helmets, why some guys have masks, others do not.

Why some guys have gloves, others do not.

Some White Helmets jihadists are even hanging around the sarin gas lighting up a smoke.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for that documentary about them which won an Oscar this year. As reported by Rick Sterling at consortiumnews.com:

The Netflix movie “The White Helmets” may win an Oscar in the “short documentary” category at the Academy Awards on Sunday. It would not be a surprise despite the fact that the group is a fraud and the movie is a contrived infomercial. The “White Helmets” symbol, expropriating the name of “Syria Civil Defense.” Awarding “The White Helmets” an Oscar would fit with the desire of Hollywood to appear supportive of “human rights,” even if that means supporting a propaganda operation to justify another bloody “regime change” war in the Middle East. Much of what people think they know about the White Helmets is untrue. The group is not primarily Syrian; it was initiated by British military contractor James LeMesurier and has been heavily funded (about $100 million) by the U.S., U.K. and other governments. The White Helmets are not volunteers; they are paid, which is confirmed in a Al Jazeera video that shows some White Helmet “volunteers” talking about going on strike if they don’t get paid soon.

Remember what happened to James Cameron's film "Avatar",which was one of the most brilliant anti-war movies ever made?!?

When it was considered for the Oscar, the Oscar went instead to "Hurt Locker", which praised war and combat as the utterly right thing for Americans to be doing.

Hollywood, as an institution, is, and has always been, a "war whore", and always obeys its marching orders to glorify anything that supports the US government's "divine right" to conduct wars any time, any where, and for any reason it sees fit, and never question the rationale for fighting those wars.

Apr 12 08:23

Neocons Have Trump on His Knees

After slapping Donald Trump around for several months to make him surrender his hopes for a more cooperative relationship with Russia, the neocons and their liberal-interventionist allies are now telling the battered President what he must do next: escalate war in the Middle East and ratchet up tensions with nuclear-armed Russia.

Apr 12 08:16

BEX ALERT - Haley says Russia is 'nervous' and an 'island' after Assad attack

"Russia is on an island, and they now have to decide whether they're going to stay on an island and lose anyone that's willing to work with them, or whether they're going to come back -- and not lose face -- and actually try and do something constructive," she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nikki, Russia is the largest nation on Earth in terms of land area. The rest of your claims are as equally flawed.

There is no evidence that Assad gassed his own people.

What is making Russia (and other nations) skittish is the US attack on Syria based on incomplete and (based on the 2013 and 2014 claims) likely fabricated information.

Apr 12 08:03

Russia Slams "Absurd" Trump Demands, Warns Tillerson "Don't Strike Syria Again"

Amid attempts to "clarify areas of sharp difference," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov blasted the Trump administration’s "ambiguous and contradictory" foreign policy at the start of talks with Tillerson in Moscow Wednesday calling the demand for the Kremlin to abandon Assad "absurd." Furthermore, he warned Tillerson that Russia "believes it’s fundamentally important not to let these actions happen again."

Apr 12 07:46

Boris Johnson under pressure at home & abroad over failed Russia sanctions push

A government source told the Telegraph that the failure to secure an agreement on sanctions, which came on top of Johnson cancelling a trip to Moscow, had been a “total let down.”

“He is now persona non grata with Russia, they won’t take him seriously,” the source said.

Apr 12 07:42

Russia to supply 10 advanced Su-35 fighter jets to China this year

Russia and China signed a contract in November 2015 for the delivery of 24 Su-35 fighter jets

Apr 12 07:08

‘New sanctions against Russia over Syria – another absurd, crazy idea by UK’ - Italian ex-FM

After the alleged Syrian chemical attack, the West was sure Assad was to blame with no solid evidence presented. Now we're hearing voices insinuating that in fact, it's all Russia's fault.

Apr 12 07:08

‘Nodding like bobbleheads’: Putin slams NATO’s support for US violation of intl law in Syria

The missile strike on Syria was a clear breach of international law, while Washington’s claim that Damascus carried out the chemical attack that the US used as its casus belli is yet to be proven by any hard evidence, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

“What was the reaction of the NATO allies? All of them are nodding like bobble heads,” Putin said in an interview with Mir 24 TV channel.

Apr 11 23:41

A Multi-Level Analysis of the US Cruise Missile Attack on Syria and Its Consequences

The latest US cruise missile attack on the Syrian airbase is an extremely important event in so many ways that it is important to examine it in some detail. I will try to do this today with the hope to be able to shed some light on a rather bizarre attack which will nevertheless have profound consequences. But first, let’s begin by looking at what actually happened.

However, since the Russians were warned about the attack they had plenty of time to prepare their electronic warfare stations to “fry” and otherwise disable at least part of the cruise missiles. I do believe that this is the correct explanation.

Apr 11 23:32

Iran the Destabilizer: A world in turmoil, thank you Mr. Trump!

Philip Giraldi • April 11, 2017

The real Donald Trump has been exposed. The man who promised a sensible and non-interventionist Middle Eastern policy and a reset with Moscow has now reneged on both pledges. His nitwit United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has directly linked Russia and Syria for punishment by the omnipotent Leader of the Free World lest anyone be confused.

The unconscionable attack on Syria based on the usual unsubstantiated allegations has shifted the playing field dramatically, with the “new sheriff in town” apparently intent on proving he is a real man who can play hardball with the rest of them. Last week Syria was blamed by all and sundry in the Establishment for an alleged chemical weapons attack just two days after the White House backed away from the Obama Administration demand that President Bashar al-Assad be removed.

Apr 11 23:26

President Trump, with respect, start ruthlessly purging the U.S. general officer corps

Last time we discussed your refusal to abide by the Constitution’s hard-and-fast war-making provision, a decision that merits — as it did for most of your post-1945 predecessors — impeachment proceedings. Waging war in the manner you did in Syria is the work of an absolute monarch or a dictator, not that of a popularly elected president of this republic.

Today, we must discuss a topic that has been covered in this space on multiple occasions; namely, the need for you to immediately purge — via forced retirement — scores of your general officers. The American fetish for treating these officers as god-like wonders is baseless, and must be curtailed to the greatest possible extent. Among the most obvious reasons they merit forced retirement are:

–They and their predecessors have not won a war since 1945. In truth, they have won nothing in the most war-filled 72 years in American history.

Apr 11 19:14

Russia And Iran Warn US They Will ‘Respond With Force’ If Red Lines Crossed In Syria Again

Following Friday’s cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase, in retaliation for the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun earlier in the week, the alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a joint statement threatening action in response to “any breach of red lines from whoever it is”.

Apr 11 17:35

Ties with US worst since Cold War, says Russia

Relations between Russia and the US are at "their worst" since the Cold War ended, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
The ministry gave this assessment in a statement released hours before US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was scheduled to visit Moscow on Tuesday for talks on the ongoing Syrian conflict.

Apr 11 14:56

Vladimir Putin says US is preparing to bomb Syrian capital and will blame devastation on Bashar-al Assad's forces

Vladimir Putin has sensationally claimed that the US is preparing airstrikes on the Syrian capital - and will pin the blame on Bashar-al Assad's forces.

The Russian leader made the astonishing claim - that the US is planning to FAKE chemicals weapons attacks - during a joint press conference with the Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Putin insisted Russia would tolerate Western criticism of its role in Syria but hoped that attitudes would eventually soften.

But his claims that Russia has information strikes are being planned by the US on the southern Damascus region - the aim of which is to blame the resulting devastation on the subsequently discredited Syrian government - will not go down well in the White House.

Apr 11 13:32

Video: All Out War, Confrontation with Russia? The U.S. is Pushing Towards a “Non-Peaceful Solution” of the Syrian Conflict

Following the incident, Moscow suspended the memorandum of understanding on flight safety in Syria with the United States, suspended work of a hotline with the Pentagon and announced that it will take additional measures to strengthen the Syrian air defense capabilities in case of possible attacks against the country.

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin described the US attack as an act of “aggression against a sovereign nation,” which was carried out based on a “made-up pretext.”

The meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the issue showed further deep divisions among sides involved in the conflict. The US-led block continued blaming Damascus, Moscow and Tehran for the ongoing escalation and opposed the Russian suggestion to investigate jointly the Khan Sheikhoun incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sanctions are usually a prelude to war.

My burgeoning disappointment with the Trump administration, for the escalation of violence in Syria, is growing by the second. These other links might be of use in understanding what is happening here:

Inventing Enemies, manipulating public opinion; selling an escalated war on
Syria

Analysis of Evidence contradicts allegations on Syrian Gas Attacks

Reflections on Syria

Apr 11 13:29

‘Tillerson Takes Priority Among West Envoys’ – Int’l Affairs Writer On Johnson Canceling Russia Trip

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has cancelled his planned trip to Moscow hours before he was supposed to depart, citing the recent events in Syria.

Apr 11 13:05

Video: All Out War, Confrontation with Russia? The U.S. is Pushing Towards a “Non-Peaceful Solution” of the Syrian Conflict

Following the incident, Moscow suspended the memorandum of understanding on flight safety in Syria with the United States, suspended work of a hotline with the Pentagon and announced that it will take additional measures to strengthen the Syrian air defense capabilities in case of possible attacks against the country.

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin described the US attack as an act of “aggression against a sovereign nation,” which was carried out based on a “made-up pretext.”

The meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the issue showed further deep divisions among sides involved in the conflict. The US-led block continued blaming Damascus, Moscow and Tehran for the ongoing escalation and opposed the Russian suggestion to investigate jointly the Khan Sheikhoun incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sanctions are usually a prelude to war.

My burgeoning disappointment with the Trump administration, for the escalation of violence in Syria, is growing by the second. These other links might be of use in understanding what is happening here:

Inventing Enemies, manipulating public opinion; selling an escalated war on
Syria

Analysis of Evidence contradicts allegations on Syrian Gas Attacks

Reflections on Syria

Apr 11 13:02

Under US Instruction, UK Foreign Secretary Abandons Visit To Russia

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was instructed by Washington to cancel a scheduled trip to Moscow Monday, to meet with his counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

Instead, he was tasked by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call Saturday with securing a “clear and co-ordinated message to the Russians” over Syria. This message, dictated by the Trump administration, is to be given at today and Tuesday’s G7 Foreign Ministers meeting in Lucca, Italy of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the US.

Apr 11 12:59

Russia: Most Terrorist Groups Are Puppets For The USA

Russia has accused the United States of funding and supporting terrorist groups such as ISIS and al-Qaeda in order to further their own political agenda in the Middle East.

Apr 11 12:38

Why the World Should Fear Deep State Psychopath H.R. McMaster

The CIA/NSA political hit on General Michael Flynn appeared at first to have been a warning shot against Trump, and the Congress’ (((bipartisan))) support of replacement H.R. McMaster for the role of National Security Advisor has us falsely assuming that the duly-elected Executive Branch would retain control of him, as the Constitution commands.

But that assumption is increasingly proving false. There is no doubt in my mind that President Donald Trump is being held under duress; that is a theory and I don’t have hard evidence for, but it’s clear that overnight he has gone from a roaring, defiant lion, to script reading pussy-cat. The empowerment of Kushner and Cohn, the increasing isolation of Bannon, and a 180 on policy all come shortly after McMaster’s ascension.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

General Mc. Master, a word, please: I will continue to link to rt.com; sputniknews.com; presstv.com; and farsnews.com (two Russian, and two Iranian English blogs) until US law forbids it.

And THAT is a Supreme Court case, against the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, I would love to see argued!!

The American people now understand that you are pushing President Trump for a ground invasion of Syria (which will, of course, most generally mean war with Russia) Mc Master working covertly with Petraeus to put 150,000 ground troops in Syria,and I feel urged to caution you and our President that this is nothing short of foaming-at-the-mouth, barking-dog madness!!

You, of all people, should know that the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to ensure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

In order to win a conflict, a country has to be on the right side of history; and with Syria, and Russia's involvement in assisting the Syrian government against the jihadists, the US just isn't, and you should know that as well.

Apr 11 12:10

Tillerson Warns Russia: Assad Rule ‘Coming to an End’

On the eve of his visit to Moscow, and in the wake of a Kremlin announcement he won’t be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at all, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson continued to lash Russia publicly for backing the Syrian government, insisting that President Bashar Assad’s rule is “coming to an end.”

Whether thus amounts to a statement of US policy is unclear, as US officials have been send very mixed messages on their stance on Syria, after attacking them last week. Tillerson himself insisted just days ago that Assad’s future was still up to the Syrians, despite having announced before that that the US was in the process of implementing regime change.

Tillerson went on to predict that if Russia refused US demands to abandon Assad, they would effectively become “irrelevant” in the Middle East. This echoes other US officials’ demands that Russia unconditionally abandon Assad, amid ongoing allegations of Russian complicity in a putative gas attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly think these threats to Russia are for domestic, rather than Russian, consumption.

Russia is highly unlikely to unwind its position of total support for the Al Assad regime; Tillerson understands that.

But these threats/statements seem to me to be" engineered" to "groom" the US public into accepting a war against both Syria and Russia.

The harsh reality that such a move would be one of the most ham-fistedly pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to do, and appears to be an act of desperation on the cusp of madness, in a futile attempt to keep the US economy from crashing into the death spasms it can most probably not avoid, given the current "bubbles" in the system which cannot exist for very much longer.

and BTW, look for the draft to be reinstituted, under President Trump's watch.

Apr 11 12:01

Putin to Snub Tillerson as Tensions Spike

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow was shaping up to be an ugly one, tasked with dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin after last week’s US attack on Syria. US-Russia tensions appear to be getting worse so much faster, however, that it has killed the talks entirely.

Kremlin officials now say that Putin has no intention of meeting with Tillerson at all during his visit, and that the only Russian official Tillerson is going to be meeting with is Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Kremlin officials have downplayed the seriousness of this move, insisting a Putin-Tillerson meeting was never officially scheduled in the first place. That’s technically true, but as Tillerson had met Putin in the past, it seemed a foregone conclusion that one would take place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given last week's US military's bombing of the military base in a sovereign country with which the US is not at war, I can understand Putin's reluctance to hold a meeting with Tillerson.

In fact, given the circumstances, I am more than a little astonished that Medvedev would even receive him.

Unfortunately, however, I see this crisis resolving in only one way; a US attack against Syria, which would definitely mean war with Russia.

Apr 11 11:55

Vladimir Putin says US is preparing to bomb Syrian capital and will blame devastation on Bashar-al Assad's forces

The Russian leader made the astonishing claim during a press conference with the Italian President Sergio Mattarella

Putin insisted Russia would tolerate Western criticism of its role in Syria but hoped that attitudes would eventually soften.

But his claims that Russia has information strikes are being planned by the US on the southern Damascus region - the aim of which is to blame the resulting devastation on the subsequently discredited Syrian government - will not go down well in the White House.

When asked whether he expected more US missile strikes on Syria, Putin said: "We have information that a similar provocation is being prepared ... in other parts of Syria including in the southern Damascus suburbs where they are planning to again plant some substance and accuse the Syrian authorities of using (chemical weapons)."

He did not offer any proof for that claim however.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Putin's accusations ultimately prove true, I would hardly be surprised.

Damascus is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, and one of the cradles of early Middle Eastern Christianity.

I am completely distraught at the coming destruction it may have to endure, just so that the US government can get its "war on" here.

Unfortunately, just because a tactic is one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to do, is no guarantee that it won't do it.

A war with Russia over Syria is one of those things.

And with US Presidential advisor Mc Masters cheerleading for a ground war in Syria, (even though President Trump appears to be pushing back on this, at least for the moment), I am very concerned that such a thing might, in fact, happen.

Apr 11 11:19

Syrian Army Reportedly Drops Barrel Bombs Hours After U.S. Warned It Not To

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian government warplanes dropped barrel bombs on rebel-held areas of Hama province on Tuesday, a day after the United States said their use could lead to further U.S. strikes in Syria.

A Syrian military source denied the Observatory report and said the army did not use barrel bombs - drums or cylinders packed with explosives and shrapnel that cause indiscriminate destruction on the ground.

The United States fired cruise missiles at a Syrian air base last week in response to a poison gas attack on a town in northwestern Syria which Washington says was carried out by government forces. The government denies responsibility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ( a front for western intelligence, run out of the UK) makes such a claim, given its lousy track record, that claim is most probably false.

Unfortunately, the way Trump's advisors have be editing and doctoring the intel he gets, the falseness of such a claim will be no obstacle to to President Trump's bombing Syria again, which can nearly only mean one thing; war with Russia.

Apr 11 11:02

IS THERE A NEW U.S. SYRIA POLICY? IS THERE ONE AT ALL?

What does the U.S. administration want with regards to Syria?

The elements were clear just a few days ago. The U.S. would split off the east and set up a Kurdish enclave which it would then occupy with the help of proxy forces. It would use the leverage to push for political regime change in western Syria. Israel would occupy another piece of the Golan.

While that looked somewhat favorable for the U.S. in the short term it was bad long term strategy. U.S. forces in the east would be surrounded by hostiles, cut off from the sea and under permanent guerilla attack from various opposing forces. But it looked at least like a somewhat viable short term way way forward.

The new strategy, which may not be one at all, and the new U.S. commitment is all over the place:

Apr 11 10:34

Theresa May Considers How To Put ‘Further Pressure’ On Russia Over Syria… While On Holiday

Number 10 is considering how to put “further pressure” on the backers of the Syrian government, including Russia, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesperson says.

The comments come as G7 foreign ministers meet in Italy in an attempt to forge a united position on how to respond to the situation in Syria.

Apr 11 10:17

Tillerson: Assad Has No Future In Syria 'Longer-Term'

Rex Tillerson said Tuesday before arriving in Moscow that Bashar al-Assad has no future in Syria "longer-term" but the the US is "not presupposing how" his ouster will occur.

Apr 11 10:15

Syria: Trump May Just have Started World War III

It reeks all over of False Flag – Gladio 2 – level ‘world’. But nobody smells it, nobody wants to see it, nobody wants to hear it – and especially, nobody wants to talk about it. The truth cannot be spoken. The attack has to be launched immediately, before any investigation could reveal the truth. That’s the way it’s always been. Kill the witnesses. That’s what Washington and its Zionist masters know best.

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Trump has committed himself to ratchet up attacks every time the White Helmets stage a chemical weapons atrocity that will be blamed on Syria ...Putin has declared he has had enough of this shit .... This can't end well

Apr 11 10:14

Media Promote Baseless Assertions By Government Officials Of Russian Interference As Facts

The headline of a New York Times article published April 6, “C.I.A. Had Evidence of Russian Effort to Help Trump Earlier Than Believed,” misleadingly implies not only that there was an effort by the Russian government to help Donald Trump win the American presidential election but that it is a settled fact that the CIA was in possession of hard evidence to that effect. The text of the piece does nothing to substantiate either claim. There is not one mention in the 33 paragraphs that follow about the purported evidence.

Apr 11 09:53

Shvydkin: Russia will retaliate immediately if its military units in Syria attacked

Deputy Chairman of Committee of the State Duma on Defense Yury Shvydkin stressed that Russia will immediately retaliate if the Russian military units in Syria are targeted.

Shvydkin told Novosti Agency that there are Russian military facilities on the Syrian territories, and in case the Russian military units are threatened, the US President Donald Trump and his ilk must realize what this would lead to, indicating that there will be real deeds not words.

Apr 11 09:50

G7 has no consensus on sanctions against Russia over Syria

G7 has not come to a consensus on using sanctions against Russia as an instrument for achievement of goals, Italy’s Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano told a press conference on Tuesday after the meeting of G7 Foreign Ministers.

"We don’t have a consensus on how to use sanctions as an instrument for achievement of goals. Italy has always stressed that sanctions could not be an ultimate goal. That is why we are against their automatic extension," Alfano said.

He admitted that there are other approaches as well, for example the one proposed by the UK.

"But we came to conclusion that we should not force Russia into corner," the minister added.

Apr 11 09:47

Russia sends more warships to Assad-controlled port of Tartus

Two Steregushchiy-class corvettes, ocean tug and a fleet oiler leave Kaliningrad to join the missile-armed Admiral Grigorovich in Mediterranean as tensions between Russia and US grow

Apr 11 09:42

BEX ALERT - 'PUTIN IS LOOKING FOR WAR' Russian politician says conflict 'MOST LIKELY'

A VETERAN Moscow opposition politician warned Vladimir Putin may resort to war to unite his country behind him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It isn't Russia that has invaded, drone struck, or regime changed all those countries. It is the US.

Apr 11 09:33

Trudeau Points Finger At Russians For Syrian Chemical Attack

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blamed Russia for Syrian access to and use of chemical weapons on Monday.

“Countries that have been supportive of the Assad regime bear some of the responsibility for the chemical attacks on innocents,” he said.

“And those countries must also be part of the solution as we hold the Assad regime to account and as we move tangibly forward as an international community to ending this conflict in Syria.”

But Trudeau refuses to specify how that regime should be held to account nor if Canada will be part of any military solution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Justin ...

Apr 11 09:32

Iranian, Syrian, Russian FMs to hold trilateral meeting in Moscow

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem are expected to visit the Russian capital, Moscow, soon to attend a trilateral meeting with their Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

Apr 11 09:25

Putin Reveals Evidence Of Impending “False Flag” Chemical Attack In Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

In a stunning statement, Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia has evidence that not only was the recent chemical weapons incident in Idlib a false flag attack, but that another similar incident is currently being planned...

Apr 11 08:56

Putin: Chemical Attack Was False Flag To Oust Assad, And There's More To Come

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday their intelligence indicates the alleged chemical attack in Syria was a false flag to discredit Assad, and more such attacks are planned.

As I reported yesterday, the script has already been written by the US and they're planning to accuse Russia of being involved in last week's attacks.

Apr 11 08:52

Rex Tillerson issues an ultimatum to Russia ahead of talks

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson landed in Moscow on Tuesday with a message for Russia: Side with the US and like-minded countries on Syria, or join Iran, Hezbollah and Bashar Assad.

It was less clear what the consequences would be for a government that helped Assad and his allies succeed in their six-year war with Syrian opposition groups.

Russian President Vladimir Putin immediately refused to back down, saying Russia knew about organised "provocations" to blame Syria's government for using chemical weapons, and urged the UN to investigate the attack.

Putin told reporters: "It reminds me of the events in 2003 when US envoys to the Security Council were demonstrating what they said were chemical weapons found in Iraq. We have seen it all already."

Apr 11 08:06

FLASHBACK - OF THE LIARS, BY THE LIARS, AND FOR THE LIARS

In today's enlightened age of alternative media and global internet communications, lies by rulers are quickly laid bare. Yet most people remain trapped by their beliefs of what they imagine their rulers to be, and greet each new revealed mendacity with, "What? Our ruler lied to us?" The question more properly ought to be, "When don't rulers lie to us?"

The historical fact is that all rulers lie pretty much all of the time, and each newly revealed lie ought not to be thought of as a shocking isolated incident, but merely a continuation of standard operating bullshit! In short, the vast majority of what you are told by rulers is a lie, and the rare moment of absolute truth a rare and precious gem worthy of celebration.

Here are some examples from history.

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Apr 11 08:05

Idlib ‘chemical attack’ was false flag to set Assad up, more may come – Putin

Russia has information of a potential incident similar to the alleged chemical attack in Idlib province, possibly targeting a Damascus suburb, President Vladimir Putin said. The goal is to discredit the government of Syrian President Assad, he added.

Apr 11 08:02

Putin: Russia Has Learned More "False Flag" Chemical Attacks Are Being Prepared On The Damascus Region

With Rex Tillerson on his way to Russia, moments ago Russian president Vladimir Putin shocked reporters when he said that Russia has received intelligence from "trusted sources" that more attacks using chemical weapons are being prepared on the Damascus region, meant to pin the blame on the Assad government.

"We have information from various sources that such provocations — and I cannot call them anything else — are being prepared in other regions of Syria, including in the southern suburbs of Damascus, where they intend to plant some substance and blame the official Syrian authorities for its use," Putin told a briefing.

Russian President Putin announced that Russia will officially turn to the UN in the Hague for an investigation of the chemical weapons' use in Idlib. Moscow has dismissed suggestions that the Syrian government that it backs could be behind the attack in Idlib province.

Apr 11 07:53

BEXALERT: U.S. says strike hits 20 percent of Syria's operational aircraft

What a joke. More lies.It was a salvage and repair base.Most of the CM's didn't even make it to the target and of those that did,about half chewed up the grass around the field.

The U.S. cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base last week damaged or destroyed 20 percent of Syria's operational aircraft, as well as fuel and ammunition sites and air defense capabilities, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday.

"The Syrian government has lost the ability to refuel or re-arm aircraft at Shayrat airfield and at this point, use of the runway is of idle military interest," Mattis said in a statement.

Apr 10 15:58

RED ALERT: Anonymous Official Says Russia Knew Of Syrian Chemical Attack In Advance

A "senior US official" who "demanded anonymity" told the AP on Monday that "the United States has concluded that Russia knew in advance of Syria's chemical weapons attack last week."

Apr 10 15:53

Putin: chemical weapons" is a 'crock of shit.'

Apr 10 15:23

Video: Rehearsal In 360: Russian Military Prepares For May 9th, Victory Day Parade

The Russian military is getting ready for the May 9th Victory Day Parade which will take place on the Red Square in the middle of Moscow.

Apr 10 13:21

US National Security Adviser Urges Russia To Re-Evaluate Syria Support

US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has urged Russia to re-evaluate its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, suggesting that additional American military action against Syria is possible.

In his first televised interview on Fox News Sunday, McMaster said the US will simultaneously fight the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in Syria and seek to remove Assad from power.

Apr 10 12:06

Not going to put up posts......

unless I can find the original link. Al Masdar reported the story about the communique in Arabic saying it was from joint command centers. It talked about the US trying to separate Northern Syria and Northern Iraq from their respective countries.We know the US is doing that. We know the Russians have cut off the air force hotline.We know the Russians are going to beef up Syria's air defense system to stop further US incursions. If they do and the US strikes Syria again and does it with piloted aircraft,some US pilots will die,be wounded and or captured. Usually you can find a link or source to track back to. This is highly unusual.
On Al Masdar the story is credited to their reporter, Paul Antonopoulos.
I think this maybe a plausable denial thinly veiled heads up to Trump from the anti-terror coalition,but who knows?

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/russia-iran-hezbollah-military-le...

Apr 10 12:05

Scott Adams: Trusting Your Government in a Time of War

President Trump’s critics and supporters agree on one thing: Our new president has a history of “stretching” the truth whenever there is some advantage in doing so, and sometimes even when there is not. You might say he is famous for playing loose with the facts. We all expect a high degree of “hyperbole” from President Trump, to put it kindly. He gets away with it because barely-enough Americans believe his intentions are in line with America’s best interests.

The odd exception to our universal understanding of President Trump’s mode of operation is his claim that he is totally certain Assad was responsible for the chemical attack on his own people last week. The President’s critics and most of his supporters believe President Trump when he suggests that our military can track any plane in Syria and know what that plane did to whom.

Do you believe that?

Apr 10 11:43

The West and Its Allies Seek to Install the “Black Flag of Terrorism” Over Syria

The recent false flag terror attack in Idlib Syria recalls an earlier massacre by NATO forces on September 17, 2016 when Coalition warplanes attacked Syria Arab Army positions at al-Tharda Mountain in the region of Deir ez-Zor.

Each attack was for the benefit of ISIS terrorists. The direct attack on SAA soldiers at al-Tharda Mountain allowed ISIS terrorists to quickly occupy the strategic location, and the recent false flag attack provided a fake pretext for the U.S to launch a (poorly planned and executed) attack on the Shayrat air base — a facility used by the SAA to attack ISIS positions.

In fact, the entire terrorist infrastructure is strengthened with each and every initiative taken by the West and its extremist allies against the legitimate, elected, secular, socially-oriented, Syrian government.

Illegal sanctions, described recently by U.S Congressman Dennis Kucinich at the EuroCSE conference, as “war by other means”, also serve to advance terrorist capabilities.

Apr 10 11:40

Russia-Baiting Pushed Trump to Attack Syria — and Increases the Risks of Nuclear Annihilation

Vast efforts to portray Donald Trump as Vladimir Putin’s flunky have given Trump huge incentives to prove otherwise. Last Thursday, he began the process in a big way by ordering a missile attack on Russia’s close ally Syria. In the aftermath of the attack, the cheerleading from U.S. mass media was close to unanimous, and the assault won lots of praise on Capitol Hill. Finally, the protracted and fervent depictions of Trump as a Kremlin tool were getting some tangible results.

At this point, the anti-Russia bandwagon has gained so much momentum that a national frenzy is boosting the odds of unfathomable catastrophe. The world’s two nuclear superpowers are in confrontation mode.

It’s urgent to tell ourselves and each other: Wake up!

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Russian President Putin and Prime Minister Medvedev, a word please.

Gentlemen, I would like to assure you that no thinking American I know wishes to go to war with your country.

In my case, I am a Christian Activist Pacifist/Witness, consistently exhorting my government to achieve its geopolitical goals through hard-won, moral diplomacy, rather than war.

I am utterly appalled at what the US President ordered to be done in Syria last week, and pray for all those killed and injured, as well as those who were killed and injured in the St. Petersburg blast.

Although President Trump is the country's president, and we allegedly have a Congress which is supposed to represent the will of the American people, all I see, from the presstitutes to the fawning members of Congress who saw the strike as "Presidential" to "the utterly right thing to do", is that my will, which can best be articulated as the concept of peace through trade, was not represented at all.

One of the most crucial personality traits of an excellent leader is that of restraint; and whether President Trump is getting manipulated intel data, or whether he is getting blackmailed in some way, the man demonstrated, last Thursday, that he has no restraint whatsoever.

I am watching the "crawl" from "Faux News", and they are claiming that a CBS poll claims that most Americans polled approved of these airstrikes.

I would strongly suspect that the poll was either "push polling", i.e., polling a specific demographic (Brooklyn, maybe?!?), where the pollsters can be certain of a a specific outcome, or that they were polling the criminally insane.

Apr 10 11:31

REX TILLERSON JUST WENT ON TV & SAID 1 THING THAT’LL SHOCK VLADIMIR PUTIN!

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will now be heading to Moscow this week after Trump fired tomahawk missiles into Syria this week. Tillerson will be confronting Russia with evidence that the country knew about the Sarin attack and wanted to cover it up.

Apr 10 11:20

Wag The Dog — How Al Qaeda Played Donald Trump And The American Media

Normally, such major policy change could only be explained by a new reality driven by verifiable facts. The alleged chemical weapons attack against Khan Sheikhoun was not a new reality; chemical attacks had been occurring inside Syria on a regular basis, despite the international effort to disarm Syria’s chemical weapons capability undertaken in 2013 that played a central role in forestalling American military action at that time. International investigations of these attacks produced mixed results, with some being attributed to the Syrian government (something the Syrian government vehemently denies), and the majority being attributed to anti-regime fighters, in particular those affiliated with Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda affiliate.

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Translation: President Trump went off absolutely half-cocked, with this bombing run on a Syrian military base, because he had no definitive evidence as to who actually perpetrated this chemical poisoning in Syria.

And now, his national security advisor, Mc Masters is attempting to sell him on a pre-emptive full-on invasion of Syria, which will most likely mean war with Russia.

This is about as insane as any foreign policy suggestion as any I have heard over the years, and ultimately, cui bono?!? Who benefits?!?

If the US and Russia blow each other to bloody bits, it will be Israel who will be the benefactor of such mutual destruction, because it will leave Israel in control of all the Middle East's oil.

So, as is the mantra at WRH, don't panic; please plan.

Apr 10 11:09

U.S. TO ACCUSE RUSSIA OF COMPLICITY IN SYRIAN CHEMICAL ATTACK

Tillerson: Moscow 'clearly failed in its responsibility' to eliminate Assad's arsenal

Apr 10 10:56

Trump's National Security Advisor Planning 'Full-Scale War' in Syria

According to independent journalist Mike Cernovich, National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster is trying to get Trump to sign off on a plan that would put 150,000 US troops on the ground in Syria.

According to Cernovich:

Current National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond “H. R.” McMaster is manipulating intelligence reports given to President Donald Trump, Cernovich Media can now report. McMaster is plotting how to sell a massive ground war in Syria to President Trump with the help of disgraced former CIA director and convicted criminal David Petraeus, who mishandled classified information by sharing documents with his mistress.

As NSA, McMaster’s job is to synthesize intelligence reports from all other agencies. President Trump is being given an inaccurate picture of the situation in Syria, as McMaster is seeking to involve the U.S. in a full scale war in Syria.

The McMaster-Petraeus plan calls for 150,000 American ground troops in Syria.

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Forgive me, but has this gentleman become foaming-at-the- mouth, barking dog mad, to make such a suggestion?!?

I think the big thing McMaster needs to explain to the American people, who, most likely will see their sons and daughters drafted, slaughtered, and maimed for life, as the result of such an invasion is, how he expects Putin's government to respond to such an invasion of Syria?!?

I am not a betting woman, but were I, I would not bet that Putin and the Russian Duma will, thank you very much, sit quietly, humming "Kumbya", and do nothing, should such a US invasion happen.

Apr 10 10:20

Tillerson: Russia “Failed” to Keep Syria in Line

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that Russia was partially responsible for the devastating chemical attack launched by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Shortly after the U.S. destroyed a Syrian airbase with a round of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles, Tillerson told reporters that Russia had not done enough to keep the nation’s chemical weapons under lock and key.

Apr 10 10:19

Reuters, Others, Report Fake Iran/Russia Statement on Syria — 'Russia Insider' Blindly Follows

It looks like we goofed. Yes, the Independent, Reuters, and lots of other terrible (and not terrible) outlets reported on this. We had our doubts from the very beginning, but naively thought that the mainstream media couldn't be that bad. We were wrong! It's been five hours and we've seen zero confirmation from the Kremlin, so we're calling BS.

Apr 10 10:10

Poodle Trump Runs With Dogs of War

So the brash, big-mouth tycoon in the White House with an outsized ego has finally unleashed the dogs of war in Syria.

Invoking God and the suffering of “little babies”, the supposed US Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump ordered the bombing of Syria with cruise missiles launched from warships in the Mediterranean

But the upshot is this: Trump is acting like an obedient poodle going along with the Machiavellian American power system. Invoking God and suffering babies is just a shallow moral cover for his complicity in another US criminal act – in a countless list of such crimes down through history.

To save his political skin and no doubt lucrative future business opportunities for his dynasty, Trump has donned the cap of Commander-in-Chief and is groveling before the American war machine.

He is handing over an “official” license for war in Syria that the American Deep State has been craving for years.

Apr 10 10:05

WaPo Urges Aggression & Regime Change in Syria

The neocon Washington Post is a virtual CIA house organ. Its reporting and opinions reflect Langley’s diabolical agenda.

Extremist Robert Kagan co-founded the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) - now called the Foreign Policy Institute (FPI), its sinister agenda unchanged, promoting endless wars of aggression for unchallenged US global dominance.

In a WaPo opinion piece, he called for more aggression on Syria as part of US “military strategy to rebalance the situation in (the country) in America’s favor.”

He urged establishing a no-fly zone, grounding Syria’s air force, arming anti-government terrorists more than already, and ousting Assad - a virtual declaration of war on Russia if these policies are instituted.

Kagan: “The United States’ commitment to such a course will have to be clear enough to deter the Russians from attempting to disrupt it.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a plan.

Let's take all those who want a war with Russia, give them guns and parachutes, and drop them on Moscow.

Those of us who do NOT want war with Russia stay home.

All in favor, say 'Aye!' :)

Apr 10 10:03

US Had Not Warned Russia Prior to Attack on Syria Through Political Channels

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that the United States did not warn Russia prior to launching its missile strike on the base of the Syrian Air Force, and instead informed Moscow only through military channels.

Apr 10 10:02

Russia Criticizes UK Over Canceling Johnson’s Trip

Russia says UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s canceling of a trip to Moscow following talks with the US shows Britain’s lack of “real influence” in international affairs.

Apr 10 09:34

‘$64 question: Where is US evidence Assad behind Idlib chemical attack?’

The US says its missile strike on the Syrian airbase was in retaliation for the chemical attack in Idlib province which killed scores of civilians on Tuesday. However, Damascus firmly rejects any involvement.

America's UN envoy Nikki Haley held up images, purporting to show child victims of the chemical incident. She said it bears all the hallmarks of the Assad regime's use of chemicals.

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that no probe into Syrian government involvement in the Idlib attack had been conducted yet. Spokesperson Maria Zakharova pointed out that, despite the US calling for an investigation, the country then went on to destroy the planes they wanted to investigate, adding that it has nothing to do with establishing the truth.

Apr 10 09:09

RUSSIAN ARRESTED IN SPAIN OVER SUSPICION OF US ELECTION HACKING

An alleged Russian hacker, Pyotr Levashov, has been detained in Barcelona at the request of the FBI, an arrest that set cybersecurity circles abuzz after a Russian broadcaster raised the possibility it was linked to the U.S. presidential election, AP reports. A spokeswoman for Spain's National Court said that the Pyotr Levashov was arrested in response to a U.S. computer crimes warrant while a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Madrid confirmed the arrest on Sunday.

While it was not immediately clear why Levashov was arrested, Russian television station RT reported that Levashov was arrested under a U.S. international arrest warrant and was suspected of being involved in hacking attacks linked to alleged interference in last year's U.S. election. Peter Carr, a spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal division, said: "The U.S. case remains under seal, so we have no information to provide at this time."

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It was NOT a "computer virus" which led to Trump being elected; it was the reality that Clinton has an abominable temperament for the job; could not connect with working class people; and has more baggage that does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot!!

Apr 10 08:53

The US Attack On Syria: A Prelude To Wider War

In the day that has passed since the United States carried out an unprovoked and illegal attack on a Syrian air field, it has become clear that this event is only the prelude to a much broader military escalation, with the potential for a direct clash with nuclear-armed Russia.

Apr 10 08:48

G7 'Unlikely to Support' US-UK Push to Slap More Sanctions on Russia

G7 countries will likely reject the UK Foreign Secretary's latest call to tighten sanctions against Moscow, Russian political analyst Alexey Zudin told Sputnik.

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Mostly because the G7 realize that the original "Assad gassed his own people" doesn't make any sense, that the US always lies to start wars of aggression, and the sanctions have proven to cause more harm to Europe than to Russia.

Apr 10 08:38

10 Facts Regarding The US Strike On Syria

First, you’ll never get to the truth if you think this attack was merely a response to an alleged chemical attack, or if you think this is an issue of whether the US should get involved in another Middle East conflict or not. This is only a single episode in a long process the US and its allies have been taking to destroy stable Arab states for Israel while containing and trying to defeat Russia and its allies.

Apr 10 08:35

CHENEY, ROTHSCHILD, AND FOX NEWS’ MURDOCH VIOLATE INTERNATIONAL LAW BY DRILLING FOR OIL IN SYRIA

After concluding the flow testing phase, Afek Oil and Gas will now begin analyzing samples drawn from the Ness-2 drilling site, euphemistically dubbed “Deborah’s Well,” in the Israeli-occupied region of Syria known as the Golan Heights. New Jersey-based Genie Energy, Ltd., Afek’s parent company, claims a dubious cadre of investors cum war profiteers, including Rupert Murdoch, Dick Cheney, Lord Jacob Rothschild, James Woolsey — as well as a number of current and former U.S. politicians.

Prior testing at a separate Afek site did not meet expectations, so the company sought other “sweet spots” in the area. Analysis of samples from additional wells will be performed by Afek scientists in conjunction with “external international experts.”

To understand U.S. involvement in the quagmire in Syria, Afek’s oil exploration is of critical import.

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If the real reason for the US governmental blood lust for "regime change" in Syria has not been made clear for you before, it should be clear to you now.

Apr 10 08:19

RAND PAUL DEMANDS EVIDENCE OF CHEMICAL ATTACK, SAYS WASHINGTON IS “EXCITED” ABOUT WAR WITH SYRIA

Senator Rand Paul is calling on the Senate Intelligence Committee to review the evidence linking Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to a chemical weapons attack that lead to Trump’s illegal missile strike on Syria.

Paul went on the “The Laura Ingraham Show” and noted that Assad is“either the dumbest dictator in the world, or it may be more confusing.”

“I would like to see the evidence…In all this rush, why don’t we at least look at the intelligence instead of getting somebody’s conclusion on TV second-hand from the president.”

“I don’t dispute the evidence, I just haven’t seen it.”
Paul told Laura Ingraham that ‘it makes no sense for Assad to use chemical weapons. He was winning the six-year-old civil war, had the support of Russian troops on the ground, and, just days earlier, received a public statement from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that regime change was not America’s goal.’

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This reeks of false flag to me.

And BTW, while we are talking about children dying; what is President Trump going to do to prevent his BFF, Saudi Arabia, from killing children in Yemen from outright airstrikes; the slow and painful death from malnutrition; and death from depleted uranium poisoning?!?

My dear Ivanka Trump, when, please, was the last time you saw these images, all of which are real, and none of which have been photoshopped?!?

Images: Yemeni children maimed and killed from Saudi airstrikes

Images: Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition

Saudis use depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

Apr 10 07:51

Haley on Russia and Iran: 'I don't think anything is off the table'

"We're calling (Russia and Iran) out," Haley told "State of the Union" anchor Jake Tapper. "But I don't think anything is off the table at this point. I think what you're going to see is strong leadership. You're going to continue to see the United States act when we need to act."

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Someone needs to tell this woman to stop acting as US president, if not world president, and to cut on her daily threats to other nations like Russia, Syria, Iran , and many others.

Apr 10 07:38

Putin Will Not Meet Tillerson In Russia, As Confusion Grows Over US Policy Toward Syria

While the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seem unable to agree on what the right policy is regarding Syria and specifically Assad, with the former saying a top priority of Trump is to oust Assad, while the latter claimed over the weekend that the Islamic State is the key concern while Assad's fate and that the people of Syria should decide Assad's fate, Russia is not waiting for clarification.

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Trump has lost control over his own administration.

Apr 10 07:02

Russia has no intention of fighting US forces in Syria - senator

Russia has no plans to engage in combat with United States forces in Syria, but will continue to render assistance to the Syrian military in their fight against terrorism, the head of the upper house’s Defense and Security Committee says.

“Russia does not intend to get involved in an armed standoff with the United States there [in Syria], our task there is to support the Syrian military forces in their fight against terrorists, this is the task we have a mandate for,” Viktor Ozerov was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

Apr 10 01:48

Russia Accuses UK Of “Colonial Hypocrisy” For Supporting US Strikes In Syria

During a heated emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, Russia accused Britain of “colonial hypocrisy” after the UK voiced support for US air strikes in Syria.

Apr 09 21:30

Russia, Iran and Hezbollah military leaders release joint statement, threatens the U.S.

Fits about to hit the Shan!

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:50 P.M.) – The military operation rooms of Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and other allies have just released a new joint statement. This joint statement was spurred on by US aggression that saw the country strike the Shayrat Airbase in rural Homs with Tomahawk missiles.

The statement released in Arabic states that the allied operations room recognizes that the US is supporting the separation of northern Syria and Iraq from their respective states.

Point seven of the statement details how all US military are legitimate targets as they have crossed every red line possible and operate illegally in Syria. It then emphasizes that the joint military operations room will respond strongly to any aggression and any violation made by the US in Syria.

It appears this is another corporate media hoax. There is no confirmation from Moscow.

Apr 09 16:57

Russia To Blame For 'Every Civilian Death' In Syria, Fallon Says

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has accused Russia of being complicit in the ongoing bloodshed in Syria, saying Moscow is to blame for “every civilian death” in a recent suspected chemical attack in the Arab country.

Apr 09 16:46

Prepare for 'real war': Russian army chiefs threaten to retaliate against Trump if he crosses their 'red line' again as Putin's diplomats in London sound an ominous warning of escalating conflict

Russian and Iranian forces last night warned Donald Trump they would retaliate with military action if he launched more airstrikes on Syria.

In an ominous threat raising the prospect of war, they said the US President had crossed a ‘red line’ with his surprise missile bombardment on Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

‘From now on we will respond with force to any breach of red lines and America knows our ability to respond well,’ the military chiefs said in a joint statement with Hezbollah.

The Russian Embassy in London last night suggested there could be ‘real war’ if Moscow is presented with an ultimatum over Syria.

Apr 09 16:16

The Latest: Trump calls Putin

(*Hey! , FAKE NEWS , shouldnt it be Trump Calls 'Former Campaign Manager';Putin ?
That part of 'The Swamp' , miraculously , Dried Right Up!)

Apr 09 13:41

Russian MoD Drone Footage Of Aftermath From US Missile Strike On Syrian Army Airbase

Russian Ministry of Defense Drone footage showing Syria’s Shayrat Airbase was released by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Apr 09 11:28

Kinky Sex Makes the World Go 'Round

We don't even have to win this war.
We just want to cut down on some of this excess population

Now look. Just start up a draft; draft as many of those people as you can.
We'll call up every last youngster we can get our hands on,
Hand 'em some speed, give 'em an hour or two to learn how to use
An automatic rifle and send 'em on their way

Apr 09 10:43

Chiefs of staff of Russia and Iran agreed to boost the fight against terrorism in Syria

• The Iranian news agency Fars announced that Valery Gerasimov and Mohamad Hosein Crawler estimated that the goal of US aggression on Syria to "slow down the offensive Syrian army and raise the morale of the terrorists and their patrons'
The chiefs of staff of the armed forces of Russia and Iran - General Valery Gerasimov and Mohamad Hosein Excavators - agreed in a telephone conversation that needs to continue the fight against terrorist forces in Syria.
The American missile attack on Syrian air base "Šajrat" condemned as "undoubtedly pre-planned act of aggression against a sovereign state."
The Iranian news agency Fars announced that Gerasimov and Waste assessed that the goal of US aggression to "slow down the offensive Syrian army and raise the morale of the terrorists and their patrons."
Fars emphasizes that the chiefs of staff agreed not only to fight against international terrorism in Syria continue, but be strengthened.

Apr 09 10:39

Schiff says Russia is absolutely 'complicit' in Syrian chemical attack

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Russia is absolutely "complicit" in the chemical attack in Syria that killed at least 86 civilians, including many children.

"Absolutely they're complicit," Rep. Adam Schiff of California told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday. "Russian intelligence may not be as good as ours, but it's good enough to know the Syrians had chemical weapons, were using chemical weapons."

Apr 09 09:28

Former CIA Officer: "The Intelligence Confirms The Russian Account On Syria"

President Trump earned neocon applause for his hasty decision to attack Syria and kill about a dozen Syrians, but his rash act has all the earmarks of a “wag the dog” moment.

Apr 09 09:10

Russia, Iran Warn U.S. They Will "Respond With Force" If Syria "Red Lines" Crossed Again

A statement issued on Sunday by a joint command centre consisting of forces of Russian, Iran and allied militia alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad said that Friday's US strike on the Syrian air base crossed “red lines” and it would "respond with force" to any new aggression while increasing their level of support to their ally.

In the statement published by the group on media outlet Ilam al Harbi, the pro-Assad alliances says that “what America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well."

Earlier on Sunday the UK's Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, demanded Russia rein in Mr Assad (by which he really meant be willing to accept a new Syrian regime with a pro-western puppet leader, and one who is willing to allow the Qatar gas pipeline to cross the country on its way to Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that in the UK, being delusional and fact-free are prerequisites for becoming that country's Sec-Def.

Folks, this is about as serious as is a heart attack.

We are looking at war with Russia and Iran, unless cooler heads prevail here, and I do not see many adults in the bowels of power either here in the US, or in the UK.

Apr 09 09:05

Trump considering sanctions against Russia & Iran over Syria – US envoy to UN

US President Donald Trump is considering implementing new sanctions against Russia and Iran, the US ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley has said in an interview with CNN.

Speaking to Jake Tapper, the host of the State of the Union show, on Sunday, the US official said that the issue of the new sanctions is already being discussed.

“I think that’s conversations that he [Trump] will be having and have started to have, going forward. But I think he will have to look at the situation,” Haley told the CNN host when asked whether Trump “wants tougher sanctions on Russia and Iran.”

Nothing “is off the table at this point,” she added.

The discussions are linked to the situation in Syria, she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The existing sanctions against Russia and Iran have only proven to make them more self reliant, and their economies more resilient; so is President Trump going to double down on a policy which is not working?!?

Russian economy seen recovering in 2017

Iranian financial overview

Apr 09 09:02

Russia Responds: Show us the Evidence

Washington has presented “no evidence whatsoever” yet that the Shayrat airfield in Syria’s Homs Province targeted by the US after an alleged chemical attack in Idlib had any such weapons, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

“Twenty-four hours have passed since the US Navy warships launched a massive missile strike at the Shayrat airfield, and neither the Pentagon nor the State Department have provided any evidence of presence of chemical weapons at this airbase,” the ministry spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, said in a statement on Saturday.

Apr 09 08:38

Shadow Brokers hackers release NSA hacking tools to punish Trump for ‘abandoning’ his base

Trump has no friends and very few supporters left.This is awesome.

Hacking group Shadow Brokers has released the password to a trove of NSA exploits in what they say is a form of protest against President Donald Trump for going back on his campaign promises, and warning the president, “Don’t forget your base.”

NSA just lost control of its Top Secret arsenal of digital weapons; hackers leaked it.
1) https://t.co/zleVbyBtE3
2) https://t.co/aKwdiNbrJA
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 8, 2017

Apr 09 08:29

FORMER CIA OFFICER: "THE INTELLIGENCE CONFIRMS THE RUSSIAN ACCOUNT ON SYRIA"

President Trump earned neocon applause for his hasty decision to attack Syria and kill about a dozen Syrians, but his rash act has all the earmarks of a “wag the dog” moment.

Just two days after news broke of an alleged poison-gas attack in northern Syria, President Trump brushed aside advice from some U.S. intelligence analysts doubting the Syrian regime’s guilt and launched a lethal retaliatory missile strike against a Syrian airfield.

But a number of intelligence sources have made contradictory assessments, saying the preponderance of evidence suggests that Al Qaeda-affiliated rebels were at fault, either by orchestrating an intentional release of a chemical agent as a provocation or by possessing containers of poison gas that ruptured during a conventional bombing raid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has all the earmarks of a deliberate "false flag" to me.

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is many things; but crazy, he isn't.

This was a week when things were going his way; his military, coupled with that of Russia, was beating the jihadists into a pulp, and Rex Tillerson publicly stated that Assad could stay in power (at least for the immediate future).

So why, in the name of heaven, would he gas his own people?!? Cui Bono?!? Who benefits?!?

He would not benefit; ISIS, however, would benefit greatly, if there was a false flag it engineered to make it appear that this had been the work of the Syrian government.

And of course, Israel indirectly benefits, because regime changing Damascus is a "step on the road" to regime changing Tehran, which is a big, huge Israeli geopolitical objective.

Apr 09 08:26

After the U.S. attack on Syria: 3 possible scenarios

Russian experts are convinced that the surprise U.S. missile strike on a Syrian airbase, following accusations that President Assad used chemical weapons, will have a serious impact on U.S.-Russian relations. They offer several possible scenarios for the future, the most dangerous of which is a direct clash between Russian and American troops.

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Apr 09 08:09

Russia Deploys Ships To North Atlantic For “Training”

By Brandon Turbeville

After the United States launched its illegal assault on the Syrian military’s al-Sha’aryat airbase Thursday evening, the Russian response consisted of eliminating the “deconfliction channels” between the United States and Russia as well as by deploying the Admiral Grigorovich frigate to the Mediterranean.

The ship is to position itself between the ships that fired the Tomahawk missiles. It will also visit the Russian logistics base in Tartus, Syria...

Apr 08 16:46

Making America neocon again: Trump, Putin and the Ziocons

It doesn’t take a military analyst to grasp that the American attack on a remote Syrian airfield contradicts every possible military rationale. If America really believed that Bashar Assad possessed a weapons of mass destruction stockpile and kept it in al-Shayrat airbase, launching a missile attack that could lead to the release of lethal agents into the air would be the last thing it would do. If America was determined to “neutralise” Assad’s alleged “WMD capability”, it would deploy special forces or diplomacy. No one defuses WMD with explosives, bombs or cruise missiles. It is simply unheard of.

America targeted al-Shayrat because it knew with certainty that there were no WMD in that location. It was a fireworks show. It had no military objective.

The first concern that comes to mind is why do you need a saxophonist to deliver the truth every military expert understands very well?...>>

Apr 08 14:05

Putin: ‘Chained Bear’ Trump Was ‘Duped’ By New World Order

President Donald Trump is a “chained bear” who has had his “teeth and claws” ripped out by the deep state and neo-conservatives, according to Vladimir Putin.

Apr 08 12:08

Intercepted Podcast: Could Trump Start World War III?

Donald Trump has not started any new wars — yet. But his administration is pouring gasoline on several initiated by his predecessors. This week on Intercepted: There are U.S. boots on the ground in Syria — now including conventional military forces — and more are reportedly on the way. Trump has eased restrictions on the killing of civilians and is pummeling Yemen with drone strikes. Combined with the presence of radical ideologues in the White House and the involvement of the powerful militaries of Iran and Russia in the same battlespaces as the U.S., Trump could take the world to the brink of the unthinkable.

Exactly what the Satanic oligarchy, hoping to conceal their massive crimes against humanity want: a New World Order (Israel/bankers/China) from the irradiated ashes that destroys not only Russia, but the United states as well.

Apr 08 10:34

British Foreign Secretary Cancels Moscow Trip; Russia Responds "No Big Loss"

Johnson had planned to travel to Russia Monday on a trip intended to start fresh dialogue with the Russian government (which would have been the first visit by a UK foreign secretary in more than five years), but following this week's actions he said in a statement.

"Developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally,"

"We deplore Russia's continued defence of the Assad regime even after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians,"

"We call on Russia to do everything possible to bring about a political settlement in Syria and work with the rest of the international community to ensure that the shocking events of the last week are never repeated."

"My priority is now to continue contact with the U.S. and others in the run-up to the G7 meeting on 10-11 April - to build coordinated international support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These moves do NOT augur well for peace in Syria.

Apr 08 10:08

BREAKING: ‘Evil, undiplomatic behavior’ – Russia SLAMS the US at UN emergency meeting

Acting Russian Ambassador to the UN Vladimir Safronkov, delivered a scathing indictment on the United States and its allies over the illegal missile strike on Syria.

He rightly accused the United States of violating international law in a totally unprovoked attack on a sovereign nation. He was careful to illustrate the difference between the illegal US presence in Syria fighting Salifism with the Kurds vis-a-vis an outright attack on Syrian forces who are doing the lion’s share of the fighting against terrorism. In order words things have gone from uncomfortable to totally unacceptable and totally counter-productive.

He correctly stated that the American war crime of undermines the peace process for Syria as well as stability in the country and wider region.

Apr 08 10:00

Only 23 out of 59 US missiles hit target, damage is "laughable" - Syrian office

"The Shayrat airfield has for six months already been used by the Syrian Army as a ‘dump’ where the Syrian Arab Republic’s armed forces' old and already decommissioned military equipment waits before being sent to scrap or dismantling for old parts.

As a result of the US missile strike, six MIG-23’s were destroyed which were being repaired and one An-26 transport plane being recycled which, according to the technical staff of the base, already had its wings and power setup dismantled by the time of the attack.

In addition to equipment of Soviet production, as a result of the strike several light-duty transport aircraft of foreign production were destroyed," the Syrian military source concluded.

According to experts, the total damage of the missile strike was no more than 3-5 million US dollars. At the same time, by using not so tricky math, it is clear that for recycling such old Syrian equipment the US Army lost around 90 million US dollars.

Apr 08 09:40

A Strike in Syria Restores Our Credibility in the World

After President Bashar al-Assad of Syria once again attacked his own citizens with poison gas, the civilized world recoiled in horror at images of children writhing in pain and suffocating to death. President Trump voiced this justified outrage at a news conference on Wednesday, and the next day he took swift, decisive action against the outlaw Assad regime. But these strikes did more than simply punish Mr. Assad and deter future attacks; they have gone a long way to restoring our badly damaged credibility in the world.

It’s hard to overstate just how low the standing of the United States had fallen because of President Barack Obama’s failure to enforce his own “red line” against Mr. Assad’s use of chemical weapons in 2013. I was one of the few Republican members of Congress who supported strikes against Syria then. Because of that, I’ve heard from dozens of world leaders expressing their doubts about the security commitments of the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Senator Cotton, a word please.

Americans, and the world, understand that this was a false flag operation, engineered to evoke horror and rage, so that the bombs could be immediately dropped, before there was a thorough investigation.

And sir, have you had a rather "convenient" episode of SMD (selective memory disorder), which caused you to forget that in 2013, the US gave Syrian rebels poison gas, in order to create an attack against the Syrian people to be blamed on Al-Assad's government, as the excuse for regime change?!?

2013: U.S. 'BACKED PLAN TO LAUNCH CHEMICAL WEAPON ATTACK ON SYRIA AND BLAME IT ON ASSAD'S REGIME'

These strikes have not "...gone a long way to restoring our badly damaged credibility in the world."

In fact, these strikes have telegraphed to the world the absolute lack of restraint which characterises this administration, and shown that in the most foaming at the mouth, mad-dog, logic-free manner, the US government will strike anyone, anywhere, just because it can, even when it is punishing the absolutely wrong people.

The tensions with Russia are escalating by the millisecond over this, and may lead to US/Russian military conflict, and most probably sooner rather than later. How, in the name of heaven does this "restore our credibility in the world." ?!? The short answer is, it cannot.

And to all countries which are/have been thinking about developing nuclear weapons; this strike will instill the sure and certain knowledge that unless they have these weapons as a deterrent, the US will attack them as well.

Look for countries like Saudi Arabia to be looking to buy/build a bomb, and the government of Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation will oblige.

​S. Arabia calls in off-the-shelf nuke option with Pakistan – report

Can you say "destabilisation", Senator Cotton?!?

I knew you could!!

Apr 08 09:26

Russian Warship Steaming Toward U.S Destroyers Off Syria Coast

Early this morning we reported that as part of its response to the Syrian attack, in addition to suspending communication with U.S. forces designed to stop planes colliding over Syria, the Russian frigate Admiral Grigorovich would be deployed to the Tartus naval base in Syria. The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s frigate The Admiral Grigorovich, currently on a routine voyage, would enter the Mediterranean later on Friday, a military-diplomatic source in Moscow told TASS, adding that the ship would make a stop at the logistics base in Syria’s port of Tartus.

Apr 08 09:14

Syria: New U.S. Airstrike Support “Request Scheme” For Al-Qaeda

Al-Qaeda and its sidekick Ahra al-Sham welcomed the U.S. strikes and Abu Ivanka al Amriki on their side. The theocratic dictatorship of Saudi Arabia offered its full support as did its British creators.

The U.S. airstrike delivers a message to al-Qaeda. Whenever under military pressure al-Qaeda can now stage or fake a “chemical attack” and the U.S. will act to destroy its enemy, the Syrian government. Acts as the one last night are then direct military support by the U.S. on al-Qaeda’s request.

Trump is the third U.S. president in a row who promised less belligerence during his campaign only to deliver more after the election. The “democratic” veil of the U.S. oligarchic rule thus rips further apart.

Apr 08 09:08

False Flags and the Trump Administration: Expect an Erratic Flip-Flop Foreign Policy, a Return to Gunboat Diplomacy and More Illegal Wars of Aggression

International law is being more and more discarded in favor of international anarchy

It is a sad fact that in totalitarian states, but also in our so-called democracies, it seems that wars of aggression are now based and sold with official lies and fraudulent fabrications in order to fool the people. Warmongers in government know that people do not like wars, especially illegal wars of aggression, against countries that have not attacked them. That is why their first choice is to attempt to drag the people along with lies and false pretexts for war, and by dehumanizing any potential enemy through crude propaganda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we have in the United States is an illusion of living in a democratic republic.

Oh yes, we have elections; but these Kabuki-like processes only give us candidates which the American Deep State has vetted, and are very certain to do its will, once elected.

So ultimately, the American people have utterly no choice over their own destiny; and if the deep state is annoyed with a President, or Presidential Candidate, that person can be assassinated, sometimes very publicly, as was the case with the Kennedy brothers, and no one dares point a finger at the real culprits.

Apr 08 09:00

Syria: Trump May Just have Started World War III

People stand up and become disabler of the empire!

Syria is a mere square on this murderous chess board, as was Yugoslavia, Libya, Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, and many more to come. The purpose is not ‘winning a war’ – that would be too simple. The purpose is creating and leaving behind chaos, eternal chaos. In the case of Syria a balkanization of the country, what Clinton did to Yugoslavia. The old ‘divide to conquer’ – it still works after hundreds of years. People are still blinded to these oldest and most rudimentary of war strategies. They still fall for it; don’t notice; swallow the lies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly don't think the worst is over here; if President Trump does order another strike against Syria, Russia may very well counter militarily.

Their "line in the sand" here is that Al-Assad must be allowed to stay; anything that counters that scenario will be most likely me with extreme prejudice.

Apr 08 08:50

It's WMD all over again. Why don't you see it?

The pressures on anyone communicating with western media from such places can only be imagined.

And then there is this simple point. Why would the Syrian government use gas at this stage in a war it has recently begun to win with conventional munitions? You don’t have to believe that the Assad state is saintly to ask this question, and I don’t believe that. Please see http://dailym.ai/2h1XZAv Carla del Ponte, for the UN, has in the past accused the *rebels* of gas use http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10039672/UN...

Wicked and brutal they may well be, but they would have to be stupid and possibly mad to do such a thing, just as an important conference convenes in Brussels https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/news_corner/news/brusse... to discuss the future of Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to our world, Peter Hitchens!!

Apr 08 08:44

US Insists Russia Responsible for Syria Gas Attack

With Russia complaining that the US launched an illegal attack against Syria on Thursday night, based on unproven allegations of them launching a gas attack against northwestern Idlib Province earlier in the week, US officials have shifted to trying to blame Russia for the incident.

The Pentagon has announced that they are carrying out an investigation into the putative gas attack, saying that they want to see if Russian warplanes “took part” in the attack. Russia has insisted that no such gas attack took place to begin with, and that a Syrian conventional strike hit a rebel warehouse full of chemicals.

US officials don’t seem to be too worried about anyone proving anything, however, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisting in comments today that Russia “bears responsibility” for the attack because they played such a major role in the 2013 chemical disarmament on Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks, it's official; in even making this accusation that Russia was somehow complicit in this gas attack, the US government has just jumped the shark, indulging in this desperation on the cusp of madness through which to "justify" this rash, unjustified, stupid attack against Syria.

Apr 08 08:40

Lacking Clear Syria Plan, US Threatens More Strikes

Last night, the United States attacked Syria, launching 59 Tomahawk missiles against a Syrian air base in a move that marked a dramatic reverse in Trump Administration policy toward Syria. What that policy actually is, however, is totally unclear.

Reporters unsurprisingly had a lot of questions, and the White House, also unsurprisingly, had no answers, dodging all questions about the goals of the new US intervention in Syria, and what the overall strategy or even next steps either militarily or diplomatically is.

All the White House would say is that the US attacks were “very decisive,” even if they aren’t all that clear what decision they even made. Beyond that, administration officials were talking up the idea that the US might launch more attacks in the near future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully apparent to me, that this administration has no clue, and no cohesive plan, about moving their Syria policy forward.

And the question which would keep me awake at night is, if there are more attacks, just what, precisely, will Russia do to counter them?!?

Russia's Putin is the master of geopolitical restraint, but I am afraid that there will be a point of no return for him, and that we will be looking at war with Russia over Syria.

Just because a tactic is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly wrong and stupid thing the US government could do, unfortunately, is no guarantee that it will not do it.

Apr 08 08:32

Russian Defense Ministry to suspend communications hotline with Pentagon as of April 8More:http://tass.com/defense/940208

Russian Defense Ministry suspends as of April 8 the operations of a communications hotline with the Pentagon, which the two sides established in line with a memorandum of understanding on prevention of incidents and ensuring of flight safety in Syrian airspace, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, the Defense Ministry's official spokesman told reporters on Friday.
"About an hour ago, the US military attache in Moscow was summoned to the Defense Ministry to get an official note, which said the Russian side was suspending as of 00:00 hours on April 8 the observance of its obligations under the memorandum of understanding on prevention of incidents and ensuring of flight safety in the course of operation in the Syrian Arab Republic," he said.

Gen. Konashenkov refuted US media reports claiming Russia had decided to keep the hotline open.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This cessation of the communications hot line is going to nearly guarantee military confrontation between the US and Russia over Syria.

When I saw/heard the US bombing raids over the Syrian airbase, it was almost as though I was hearing the opening salvos to World War 3.

Apr 08 08:14

Cable News Praises Trump On Syria, Because Bombing Stuff Is ‘Presidential’

President Donald Trump announced the first serious military intervention of his young presidency on Thursday evening, a strike on a Syrian air base launched in retaliation for a horrific chemical weapons attack on civilians earlier in the week.

The strike was largely symbolic, and some critics of the move saw it as little more than a slap on the wrist for Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom the U.S. has accused of orchestrating the chemical attack. And while it raised a number of questions about a possible retaliation, civilian casualties, legality, and just how comprehensive the military strategy was, there was one constituency that, by and large, approved.

On cable news, Trump’s decision to take action was nothing short of heroic.

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria said Friday morning that “Donald Trump became President of the United States” the moment the bombs started dropping.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the greatest qualities in a true, national leader is restraint; what President Trump demonstrated, with this bombing run against a Syrian air base on Thursday, is that he is pathologically incapable of exercising this trait, and is now perceived by the world as an orange-haired orangutan, ordering the flinging the destructive, high-tech equivalent of poo.

And that statement by CNN's Zakaria demonstrates, in a profoundly painful way, how deeply the corporate presstitutes are faithfully in bed American Deep State.

This bombing, when there was absolutely no logical reason for Al-Assad to have ordered this chemical attack, was massively ill-advised, and has greatly complicated the relationship between Russia and the United States, and may lead to a military confrontation past the point of no return.

The reality is that the CIA gave the jihadists poison gas, and showed them how to use it in 2013, wanting to frame the Al-Assad government for the attack in order to justify an invasion of Syria>
2013: U.S. 'BACKED PLAN TO LAUNCH CHEMICAL WEAPON ATTACK ON SYRIA AND BLAME IT ON ASSAD'S REGIME'

The bottom line, historically, is that the American government lies to create an agenda to justify it doing whatever it wants, whenever it wants to it, and such agenda frequently has absolutely no basis in reality.

Apr 08 07:55

MICHAEL SAVAGE TURNS ON TRUMP, SAYS SYRIAN GAS ATTACK WAS FALSE FLAG OPERATION

Conservative talk show host, Michael Savage, who fervently supported Trump during the Presidential campaign, soured on him today. Savage, referencing his background in science, having a PhD in epidemiology, said the alleged gas attack in the ISIS controlled city of Idlib was most likely phosgene and not sarin.

Backing up his claim that the attack did not contain sarin, Savage made reference to photos showing first responders attending to bodies without gloves or protective gear. Had sarin been used in the attack, all of those men in white helmets would be dead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to our world, Michael Savage, and the deep sense of betrayal Michael and I feel by this rash, unwarranted, knee-jerk act by President Trump; the world has become a far more dangerous place because of this action, and I shudder to think what will happen if there is a direct confrontation between the US and Russian military over Syria.

Apr 07 22:42

45 times Trump said attacking Syria was a bad idea and might start World War III

President Donald Trump's administration ordered a missile attack on the Syrian government's al-Shayrat airbase near Homs on Thursday evening, taking a rapid about-face on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to a military conclusion in the wake of a chemical attack which killed scores and left hundreds injured.

But Trump has repeatedly spoken out against attacking the Syrian government, suggesting U.S. involvement in the conflict could make a bad problem worse and possibly lead to a global war.

In October, Trump blasted then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's position on Syria — that the U.S. military should take out al-Assad's airfields, the exact type of strike Trumphe ordered Thursday — by saying attacking a Russian-backed government could start World War III.

Apr 07 20:25

Prepare for Impact – This is the Beginning of the End for U.S. Empire

Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.

Trump’s weaknesses have been identified and exploited, and he’s successfully been manipulated into neocon foreign policy like George W. Bush and Barack Obama before him.

I’ve spent much of the past several months warning about exactly what happened last night, but the die is now cast. There’s no turning back from the path we’re on.

U.S. leadership is an absolute joke and will drive this entire country into a brick wall in the years ahead. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Chucky Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, are you kidding me? They remind me of George Armstrong Custer, and we all know how that turned out.

Apr 07 19:41

Only 23 out of 59 US missiles hit target, damage is "laughable" - Syrian officer

This is a joke. The USN hit a salvage and repair yard. Maybe the US Military isn't behind Trump!

A military source from the Syrian Arab Republic has disclosed the details of the consequences of the US’ missile strike on Syria’s Sharat airfield:

"The Shayrat airfield has for six months already been used by the Syrian Army as a ‘dump’ where the Syrian Arab Republic’s armed forces' old and already decommissioned military equipment waits before being sent to scrap or dismantling for old parts.
According to experts, the total damage of the missile strike was no more than 3-5 million US dollars. At the same time, by using not so tricky math, it is clear that for recycling such old Syrian equipment the US Army lost around 90 million US dollars.

Apr 07 18:32

Russian UN envoy accuses US of violating international law with Syria strikes

United Nation: Russia's UN envoy accused the United States on Friday of violating international law by carrying out military strikes in Syria

Apr 07 15:17

The St. Petersburg blast took the lives of talented and wonderful people

On April 4, Russia’s Investigative Committee published a partial list of victims in the St. Petersburg metro bomb blast, and it includes 10 of the 14 whose bodies have been identified. The explosion in the train car between the Sennaya Ploschad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations occurred at 2:40 p.m. local time on April 3. More than 50 people were injured. The youngest to perish was 17 years old and the oldest was 71. RBTH tells the stories of some who were killed in the tragedy...

Apr 07 15:04

Russia's Lavrov Says Hopes Syria Strikes Won't Irreparably Hurt U.S. Ties

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday he hoped U.S. missile strikes on Syria would not irreparably damage relations between Moscow and Washington.

"This is an act of aggression, on an absolutely made-up pretext," Lavrov told a news conference in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. "It reminds me of the situation in 2003 when the United States and Britain, along with some of their allies, attacked Iraq."

He said Russia would demand Washington explain why it conducted the strikes.

"I hope this provocation will not lead to irreparable damage (to U.S.-Russian ties)," Lavrov said.

Apr 07 14:33

Russian Foreign Ministry: Donald Trump has very hard times

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on the US cruise missile strike on the Syrian airbase in Homs. According to her, these actions have an absolutely obvious political background. "We have repeatedly stated and emphasised at all levels that, unfortunately, the US domestic political situation and internal political layouts in Washington show increasing influence on the state of affairs in the world," Zakharova said. Donald Trump is having hard times indeed during his first months as president, because "various political institutions in the US show as much opposition as possible to the work of the new US administration," Zakharova said.

Apr 07 14:02

US establishment breaks Trump’s pledges in ten weeks — PM Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has remarked that it took the machine of power in the United States just ten weeks to "break" President Donald Trump’s election pledges. "Right after his (Trump’s) election I said that all will depend on how quickly the existing machine of power will break Trump’s election pledges," Medvedev said on his page in a social network. "It needed ten weeks"...

Apr 07 13:57

US still seeks dialogue with Russia on flight safety over Syria — Pentagon

Washington still wants to maintain dialogue with Russia on ensuring flight safety in the skies over Syria, US Defense Department Spokesperson Michelle Baldanza told TASS on Friday, commenting on Russia’s decision to suspend the memorandum on flight safety in Syria. "The Department of Defense maintains the desire for dialogue through the flight safety channel. It is to the benefit of all parties operating in the air over Syria to avoid accidents and miscalculation, and we hope the Russian Ministry of Defense comes to this conclusion as well," she said...

Apr 07 13:55

Russian Defense Ministry to suspend communications hotline with Pentagon as of April 8

"About an hour ago, the US military attache in Moscow was summoned to the Defense Ministry to get an official note, which said the Russian side was suspending as of 00:00 hours on April 8 the observance of its obligations under the memorandum of understanding on prevention of incidents and ensuring of flight safety in the course of operation in the Syrian Arab Republic," Gen. Konashenkov refuted US media reports claiming Russia had decided to keep the hotline open.

Apr 07 13:51

Russian ambassador to UN asks US counterpart to avoid insulting Russia

Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, on Friday urged U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley to refrain from insulting Russia and to put collective work at the Security Council on a healthy basis. "I’d like to ask the speakers here - the U.S. representative and members of other delegations - to refrain from insulting my country," Safronkov said at an emergency meeting of the Security Council. "No one has the moral right to do it. We never allow ourselves to do such things." As the U.S. Ambassador and current President of the UN Security Council, Haley "has a real chance to put collective work at the Council on a healthy footing but this will never happen if the viewpoint of just one nation is passed off for absolute truth." Nikki Haley alleged in her speech at the meeting Russia, which "(...) is supposed to be a guarantor of the removal of chemicals weapons from Syria", had failed to do so, "(...) as innocent Syrians continue to be murdered in chemical attacks."

Apr 07 12:32

US Missile Strikes in Syria Cross Russian 'Red Lines'. How Will Putin Respond?

Putin has a cool mind and we may anticipate that the Russian response will come at a time of his choosing and in a manner that is appropriate to the seriousness of the U.S. offense

My days as apologist for Donald Trump’s backsliding on his electoral campaign promise of a new direction in foreign policy are over.

From being the solution, he has become an integral part of the problem. And with his bigger than life ego, petulance and stubbornness, Commander-in-Chief Trump is potentially a greater threat to world peace than the weak-willed Barack Obama whom he replaced.

Apr 07 11:36

The Ugly Underbelly Of Russia-Gate

The reaction among a number of high-profile media figures to Monday’s bombing of the St. Petersburg Metro, which killed 11 and seriously injured dozens, has been among the more shameful and troubling manifestations of the anti-Russian frenzy we have witnessed in recent months.

Apr 07 11:19

Influential Supporters Slam Trump After He Breaks Promises, Attacks Syria

By Jeff Paul

After a very murky report of a sarin gas incident on McCain’s mercenaries in Syria, all of a sudden Trump supports regime change and, with Hillary Clinton’s recommendation, launches a missile attack on Assad’s government. Influential Trump supporters feel betrayed and slam the decision...

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