"Nowhere in the Constitution is the government authorized to lie to We The People. And the Tenth Amendment prohibits the government from simply assuming that right.

"The government lied about a Spanish mine in Havana harbor, They lied about the Lusitania not smuggling weapons to Great Britain. They lied about the JFK assassination. They lied about torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin. They lied about Saddam’s WMDs. They lied about Assad gassing his own people. They lied about 9-11. They lied about Covid. They lied about honest elections. They lie about everything!

"When the government lies to We The People, it becomes an unconstitutional and hence illegitimate government, and we are not obligates to obey said government’s dictates, pay said government’s bills, or sacrifice our children in said government’s wars!" -- Michael Rivero

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There are also differing reports as to the success of the Iranian attack. As I have previously written the attack and the risks of it could have been prevented by the announcement of a Russian-Chinese-Iranian mutual defense treaty, but the political vision was absent.

The attack could also have been prevented if Syria had been permitted to use Russian air defense systems in Syria to prevent the Israeli attack on Damascus that provoked the Iranian retaliatory response.

If the Axios report is correct, the downside is that it is likely to convince Putin and Xi that Washington has finally come to its senses, and they will put their guard down and be tricked into more deceiving agreements like the Minsk Agreement resulting in even more distrust.

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In the video below, Prof. John Mearsheimer describes Israel as an albatross around America’s neck, as having attempted to get the U.S. into a war with Iran for long time, and as playing “very dangerous game” by bombing the Iranian embassy in Damascus. This was recorded before the Iranian retaliation.

So far at least, the Biden administration is staying away from direct confrontation with Iran, stating, according to the NYTimes, that Israel’s “successful defense against Iranian airstrikes constituted a major strategic victory that might not require another round of retaliation.” But there will be intense pressure to do so:

Emotions were running high among Israeli officials during phone calls with American partners late into the night, and the pressure to fire back was consequently strong. The U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive discussions, stressed that the decision was ultimately up to Israel. Israeli jets early Sunday hit structures in Lebanon controlled by Hezbollah after the Iranian-backed militia sent two explosive drones into Israel, but it was not clear how related that was to the Iranian airstrike.

Tags: IRAN, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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The neoconservatives that control United States foreign policy are attempting to goad Russia into a situation akin to the arms race of the 1980s, an arms race that the Soviet Union could not win. The warmongering neocons want an escalated conflict with Russia and are unabashed about using every means at their disposal to achieve that aim. The attack on the Crocus concert hall was just one of the “asymmetric” means hinted at by Victoria Nuland (who has recently resigned) in one of her recent speeches, which will be discussed below. There is mounting evidence that the terrorists were indeed working on behalf of the United States security apparatus — one of the nasty surprises adumbrated by Nuland. Essentially, they were wound up and set loose. The aforementioned warning published by the United States Embassy in Moscow was our first major hint. The expansionist designs of the heavily Jewish neoconservative movement in the United States have purposefully run headlong into a war with Vladamir Putin’s own imperial ambitions of an expanded Russia. Tragically, White ethnic Ukrainians and White ethnic Russians are caught in the middle of this vicious war of Imperial expansion. It is Empire versus Empire in an increasingly vicious proxy war.

It is very possible that Vladamir Putin allowed the attack to go ahead in order to justify an escalation of the conflict and to justify “mass mobilisation, strengthen domestic support for the Ukraine war, and make opposition to his rule even more difficult.” The Daily Mail reported on April 1, that Moscow was warned by Iran that a terrorist attack was imminent prior to the attack on the concert hall, but Moscow maintains that it received no prior alert. A report in the Kyiv Independent has reported that the Russians are mobilizing in upwards of 30,000 troops per month. This is in conjunction with the military industrial output of the Russian state that is producing more munitions than Ukraine or the U.S. If anything is clear from this incident, it is that both sides have used it to justify an escalation of hostilities.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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I am sitting in the auditorium at The New York Times. It is the first time I have been back in nearly two decades. It will be the last. The newspaper is a pale reflection of what it was when I worked there, beset by numerous journalistic fiascos, rudderless leadership and myopic cheerleading of the military debacles in the Middle East, Ukraine and the genocide in Gaza, where one of the Times contributions to the mass slaughter of Palestinians was an editorial refusing to back an unconditional ceasefire. Many seated in the auditorium are culpable.

I am here, however, not for them but for the former executive editor they are honoring, Joe Lelyveld, who died earlier this year. He hired me. His departure from the Times marked the paper’s steep descent. On the front page of the program of the memorial, the year of his death is incorrect — emblematic of the sloppiness of a newspaper that is riddled with typos and errors. Reporters I admire, including Gretchen Morgenson and David Cay Johnston, who are in the auditorium, were pushed out once Lelyveld left, replaced by mediocrities.

Lelyveld’s successor Howell Raines – who had no business running a newspaper – singled out the serial fabulist and plagiarizer, Jayson Blair, for swift advancement and alienated the newsroom through a series of tone deaf editorial decisions. Reporters and editors rose up in revolt. He was forced out along with his equally incompetent managing editor.

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Blue cities and blue school boards see merit as a tool of white supremacy and have erased it.

The latest example is the closing of schools for the gifted in the woke city of Seattle, Washington. You guessed it: there were too many white and Asian students. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13266205/Seattle-closes-gifted-talented-schools-racial-inequities.html

In America merit has been overthrown by “equity,” which has been redefined to mean privilege for people of color and the gender-confused. The elimination of merit-based learning is the way that liberals admit that there are racial differences in motivation and intelligence.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION
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Nearly every story coming out of Gaza in the last seven months has been tragic, but one of the most heartbreaking is the Flour Massacre, the name given to the February 29 incident that left 118 Palestinians dead and 760 injured at the hands of Israeli soldiers as they clamored to receive a delivery of food aid on al-Rashid Street in Gaza City.

It is one of the deadliest mass casualty events Gaza has seen since the war broke out following Hamas’s October 7 terror attack on Israel. There have been conflicting reports of the events, with Gazan health authorities blaming the IDF and the Israeli military saying most people died in a stampede and that they only opened fire in self-defense as Palestinians approached their tanks at a checkpoint.

However, an analysis by CNN shows that Israel is not as innocent as they claim. In fact, after viewing dozens of videos from the event and testimony provided by eyewitnesses as well as forensic and ballistic experts, they have concluded that the timeline of the events provided by Israel is false.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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As Ukraine has scrambled to source ammunition, arms and equipment for its defence, Russia has presided over a massive ramping up of industrial production over the last two years that has outstripped what many western defence planners expected when Vladimir Putin launched his invasion.

Total defence spending has risen to an estimated 7.5% of Russia’s GDP, supply chains have been redesigned to secure many key inputs and evade sanctions, and factories producing ammunition, vehicles and equipment are running around the clock, often on mandatory 12-hour shifts with double overtime, in order to sustain the Russian war machine for the foreseeable future.

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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China is helping Russia undertake its biggest military expansion since Soviet times, ramping up sales of machine tools, microelectronics and other technology that Moscow is using to produce missiles, tanks, aircraft and other weaponry for its war against Ukraine, according to a US assessment.

US officials are hoping the release of the intelligence will encourage European allies to press China, as the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, heads to Beijing this weekend and G7 foreign ministers meet next week in Italy.

Announcing US findings, officials said China was helping Russia in the production of drones, space-based capabilities and machine-tool exports vital for producing ballistic missiles.

China has been the key factor in revitalising Russia’s defense industrial base, “which had otherwise suffered significant setbacks” since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a senior US official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A UN official overseeing relief efforts in Gaza said aid access has not improved in the northern part of the Strip and pushed back on Israel’s claims that the UN was to blame for the difficulty in distributing the aid.

Jamie McGoldrick, a UN humanitarian coordinator, said the responsibility for the occupying power when it comes to providing humanitarian assistance for starving Palestinians “only ends when…aid reaches the civilians in Gaza.”

“It’s very easy for Israel to say we’ve sent you 1,000 trucks, so please deliver them inside Gaza,” McGoldrick said.

He said distribution inside Gaza was difficult due to the security vacuum and delays due to Israeli checkpoints. Aid workers have also been frequently targeted by Israeli forces, as 177 employees of the UN’s Palestinian relief agency, UNRWA, have been killed since October 7.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Last week, veteran NPR reporter Uri Berliner - a longtime 'Subaru driving' lefty who was raised by a 'lesbian peace activist mother' - wrote a scathing report accusing the network of overwhelming bias.

Introspection was the last thing on NPR's mind, however, as new CEO Katherine Maher chastised Berliner as "profoundly disrespectful, hateful, and demeaning" to his colleagues for calling out political bias.

Katherine Maher

As Jonathan Turley notes:

In a memo Friday, Maher told the staff that Berliner attacked not only “the quality of our editorial process and the integrity of our journalists” but “our people on the basis of who we are.”

 

Maher’s response was hardly surprising. She was a controversial hire at NPR. Many had hoped that NPR would seek a CEO who could steer the company away from its partisan and activistic trend. The prospect could have brought moderates and conservatives back into NPR’s listening audience. Maher, however, was part of that trend.

This should come as no surprise given Maher's history as a complete lunatic who spews woke diatribes on X - calling herself "someone with cis white mobility privilege" and other nonsense.

In response to journalist Chris Rufo pointing this out, Elon Musk replied that she's a "crazy racist!"

Claire's Observations:  As a straight gal, who has been in a loving marriage to a super great husband for over 30 years,  I needed some help understanding this lady's perspectives, so did a quick google search on "cis white mobility privilege, and this is what I found, courtesy of Arizona's Humanities program:   http://itspronouncedmetrosexual.com/2011/11/list-of-cisgender-privileges/ 

Folks, forgive me, but we have a world blowing up around us, and it seems that perhaps we should be treating ALL brother and sister humans with compassion and understanding, no matter how they self-identify; this should be a given.

But right now, humankind very much has bigger " fish to fry"  in terms of the survival of our species, and that is talking world leaders out of starting WW 3.

Between Israel's massacre of Palestinians, and Ukraine's military falling apart at the seams, and economic and societal strains and failures manifesting right before our eyes, perhaps our collective priorities need a little bit of re-direction here.  And the problem here is, no amount of so called "cisgender privileges" can right these other nightmares through which humankind appears to be sleepwalking right now.

So I have to wonder;  is this a distraction, engineered to take our minds off of some of the most pressing problems of our reality in the here and now?!? Please take a look around you, and see what is failing; then, you will have your answer.

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There is a line from the immortal anti-war poem i sing of Olaf glad and big, in which the protagonist, Olaf, a World War I–era conscientious objector who eventually dies in prison at the hands of the state, declares, “There is some sh*t I will not eat.” 

The basic problem we confront in the Middle East today is that when it comes from Benjamin Netanyahu, there is nothing Joe Biden will not eat.

Biden has been the object of Bibi’s bullying for years. Netanyahu delighted in humiliating then–Vice President Biden on the latter’s trip to Israel in 2010, announcing on the day of his arrival a massive expansion of “settlements” in east Jerusalem. At some point, one would think, it would become a question of self-respect, of manhood—for Biden to stand up to Netanyahu. 

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The Israeli military will be calling up two reserve divisions for operations in Gaza, it said on Sunday.

"In accordance with the situational assessment, the IDF is calling up approximately two reserve brigades for operational activities on the Gazan front," the army said.

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President Joe Biden is taking heat from Republicans for easing sanctions on Iran – including giving the terrorist-sponsoring nation access to billions of dollars in previously frozen assets – before it launched a massive drone attack on U.S. ally Israel.

Iran fired more than 300 drone and other missiles into Israel during the early morning hours Sunday (Israel time) in response to Israel’s strike on the Iranian consulate in Syria on April 1. Israel said 99% of the missiles were intercepted and damage from the attack was limited, with no fatalities, but the escalation is drawing wider concern of a potentially heightened conflict in the Middle East.

Republican members of Congress in part blamed the Biden administration's easing of sanctions against Iran for the attack.

"Iran has encircled Israel and has been attacking our Israeli allies from almost every front for months," U.S. Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said in a statement. "They have launched attacks from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, the West Bank, Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon, and of course the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Now they have escalated by launching attacks directly from Iranian territory."

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I guess eating ze bugs isn’t so healthy after all, eh Klaus? Reports online say that WEF Nazi Klaus Schwab has been hospitalized and is seriously ill. There are even some reports that he may have died, but not enough reports to confirm.

Webmaster addition: There are lots of rumors, but as yet no hard confirmation.

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Johnson said, “I spent hours with the president on Friday. He and I talk frequently, many times, usually, in a week. We have a long relationship. He’s 100 percent with me. And he said, ‘We’ll get this job done.’ That’s a distraction. What Marjorie is done with a motion to vacate is not helpful for our party, for our mission to save the country. Because if we don’t grow the House majority, keep the House majority, win the Senate, and win back the White House for President Trump, we are going to lose the Republic.”

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The U.S. and U.K. will begin restricting the trade of new Russian-origin metals – including aluminum, copper and nickel – on global metal exchanges and in derivatives trading.

The announcement is meant to follow up on the Group of Seven nations’ commitment in February “to reduce Russia’s revenues from metals” as its invasion into Ukraine has dragged on for more than two years.

Russia is a key exporter of metals like aluminum, steel and titanium – but British and American officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to preview the announcement, said the economic impact from the ban would be negligible for consumers and producers.

Tags: ECONOMY, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WHITE HOUSE
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Vatican prosecutor  has filed charges against an Italian Catholic journalist, accusing him of “defamation” of Pope Francis as well as divulging confidential documents.

Marco Felipe Perfetti, a conservative Catholic who writes the blog Silere Non Possum (“I cannot be silent”), has called the charges against him an attempt at “intimidation.”

“It is no secret that within the Vatican City State there is no protection of freedom of the press and the activity of Silere non possum has annoyed and continues to annoy those who have always acted to the detriment of this State and for their own personal interests,” the editors of the site wrote this week.

The site of the news outlet alleges that the Vatican initiated criminal proceedings against Marco Felipe Perfetti by communicating the charges to the press rather than to the interested party.

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According to IWN assessments and based on the latest news stories and information obtained from the missile and drone operations of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) under the name of ‘Operation True Promise’ against the Israeli regime, the following targets have definitely been targeted:

  • The Nevatim Airbase in southern occupied Palestine;
  • The Ramon Airbase in southern occupied Palestine;
  • An intelligence and espionage base of the Israeli regime in Jabal al-Sheikh (Mount Hermon) in the northern occupied Golan Heights.

It should be noted that the rest of the explosions or hits in other areas of the occupied territories are related to the confrontation of the Israeli air defense systems with the projectiles in the sky or the falling of the wreckage of the interceptor missiles or the wreckage of Iranian missiles.

There are several very important points about last night’s retaliatory attacks that need to be paid attention to: According to Western sources’ claims, Iran fired 185 drones, 110 ballistic missiles, and 110 cruise missiles towards the occupied territories in the attacks last night, and it is claimed that most of these missiles and drones have been intercepted; but the ground reality is different!

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Tensions between the US and China have grown as the US has been more aggressive asserting itself in the South China Sea, started military alliances with Australia and Japan and placed US troops on small Taiwanese islands within eyesight of the Chinese mainland.

After it failed in Ukraine, the collective West better “think twice” before provoking a conflict with China, military veteran, author and international geopolitical consultant Dr. David Oualaalou told Sputnik’s The Critical Hour on Wednesday.

While speaking about NATO plans to open an office in Japan, Oualaalou said that it “doesn’t make any sense” to put an office for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the Pacific unless “this is where the next conflict will be.”

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, NATO, PACIFICA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The German chancellor arrived in China on a three-day visit on Sunday flanked by a large delegation of German business representatives. Besides a stopover in the financial hub of Shanghai, he is set to travel to Beijing to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will attempt to use his trip to China to drive a wedge between Beijing and Moscow — but has little chance of achieving success, noted Russian senator Alexey Pushkov.

“Scholz is in Beijing. He will take another shot at trying to alienate China from Russia, which presumably will end in the same way as previous attempts made by [Emmanuel] Macron, [Ursula] von der Leyen and [Janet] Yellen," Pushkov posted on his Telegram channel. "Unlike Russia, the West is potentially hostile to China. No amount of negotiations will change this.”

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, ECONOMY, GERMANY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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A pledge by Berlin to augment Kiev’s air defense capabilities follows a familiar pattern of Western countries eventually conceding to Ukrainian requests for armaments after publicly agonizing over the threat of escalation with Moscow.

Germany offered to provide Kiev with another US Patriot air defense system Saturday as Ukraine’s military chief admitted the country’s position on its eastern front is rapidly deteriorating.

“The situation on the eastern front has significantly worsened in recent days,” said Ukraine armed forces commander-in-chief Oleksandr Syrsky, confirming recent media reports. Syrsky made the assessment in a post on Telegram after a visit to a part of territory of the Donetsk People's Republic under Ukrainian control, which is now a Russian territory.

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz embarked on a high-profile visit to China on Sunday in an effort to strengthen economic relations between the two nations, amid growing tensions between Western countries and Beijing over trade and political issues.

The сhancellor, accompanied by a large delegation of ministers and top executives from companies including Siemens, BMW, and Mercedes, arrived in the southwestern city of Chongqing, an industrial hub with a population of over 30 million.

Scholz went to China at the invitation of Premier Li Qiang – though at the airport, his delegation was greeted by the vice mayor of Chongqing, Zhang Guozhi, and China’s ambassador to Germany, Wu Ken.

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UK special services supervised most of the sabotage attacks against the Russian Black Sea Fleet and Crimea, a Federal Security Service officer said in a video released by the agency.

"Since the beginning of the special military operation, the Federal Security Service regularly receives information about the participation of Western special services, primarily from Britain, in the training of Ukrainian special forces. We have established the supervisory role of UK special forces in the overwhelming majority of terrorist and sabotage attacks against Russian Black Sea Fleet ships and the Crimean Peninsula," he said.

According to the officer, in addition to training saboteurs, UK representatives supply Ukrainian forces with intelligence gathering equipment, new types of explosives, including prototypes, using Ukraine as a testing ground and military personnel as expendable material for testing new weapons that are in development and tactics of their use.

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The former officer of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), Vasily Prozorov, who has been speaking out against the Kiev regime, has been injured in a car explosion in the north of Moscow.

The man is receiving medical treatment, and the investigative bodies have launched a criminal probe.

TASS has compiled the key information about the incident.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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After Russian President Vladimir Putin told the United States that intervening against Iran would result in Russia intervening to support Iran, a Russian frigate with hypersonic missiles entered the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

A Russian frigate equipped with hypersonic missiles entered the waters of the Mediterranean Sea this Sunday after crossing the Suez Canal, after which Moscow stated that the vessel "will fulfill its assigned tasks", without further details.

The frigate Marshall Shaposhnikov transited the Suez Canal.  "The ship's crew continues to carry out their assigned tasks as part of their long sea journey" the Russian Ministry of Defense said this morning.

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Austrian Energy Minister Leonor Gewessler has revealed a plan to eliminate the country’s energy reliance on Moscow in less than half a decade, the Kurier newspaper reported on Friday, citing the draft legislation.

The sanctions imposed by the EU on Russia due to the Ukraine conflict do not target gas imports. Nevertheless, Russian supplies to the bloc have dropped sharply due to the restrictions and the September 2022 sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines.

In response to a request by the Austria Press Agency, the country’s energy ministry confirmed details about the bill, which would need the approval of Austria’s ruling party and at least a two-thirds vote of support in Parliament to pass.

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Israel's response to Iran’s recent drone strikes could prove reckless and escalatory, officials in Washington have told NBC news on condition of anonymity, the outlet reported on Sunday.

Iran launched several waves of drone and missile attacks against Israel on Saturday and Sunday, in response to an airstrike that damaged Iran’s embassy in Damascus, Syria and killed seven military personnel – including two generals – earlier this month. While Israel has refrained from commenting on the bombing, Tehran has accused West Jerusalem of conducting an extraterritorial assassination and attacking their embassy.

Some US officials privately indicated exasperation with Israel’s decision to strike the Iranian consular building in Syria, NBC claimed, citing senior Pentagon officials as calling the strike potentially “catastrophically escalatory.”

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