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06 April 2017

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Nancy K

He was always a liar and should not have been elected.

Poul

Russian MoD releases a drone footage of the aftermath of US cruise missiles strikes on Shayrat airbase.

https://twitter.com/miladvisor/status/850299201623920640

Nancy K

Trump is going to make most of the previous presidents look better than they were.

Poul

Initial Russian responds to the strike.

http://tass.com/politics/939940

LeaNder

Did he make that campaign promise? If so, I missed it.

He promised to 'extinguish' ISIS from the planet and challenge Iran. No doubt. Iran is present on the Syrian war scene. Earlier then Russia, strictly. Did he ever have something to say about Nusra or other fractions?

I never heard any statements about the rebels by him. The unicorns as they are called here. Now Idlib surely is their strongest base.

I cannot pretend I am surprised.

LeaNder

A new position. Really? How comes that is one of the things I picked up during his campaign?

walrus

The next stage is boots on the ground in Syria by a coalition and attempted partition.

LeaNder

KH, I occasionally begged to differ with Front Man Justin Raimondo. Ages ago, I recall, I looked a bit into his ideological background, to understand why this may be the case.

I do not agree with him in this case:
http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/04/06/trump-versus-trumpism-syria-in-the-crosshairs/

The irony is this contradicts every statement he ever made about Syria in the presidential campaign. Furthermore, this attack takes place barely 72 hours after the alleged incident, with no clear evidence that Assad was responsible.

I wonder if he sorted out the multitude of Trumps occasionally contradictory statements in the larger context of foreign policy.

Didn't he blame Obama for not acting on his own "red line" too? Could that as much as 'Borgian pressure' have forced his hand now? Would it conform with his image, if he showed hesitation, indecision?

Compare "Red State":
Assad crossed Obama’s red line, but Trump was having none of it. Last night, the United State military launched between 50 and 60 missiles at Syrian targets. It was Donald Trump’s first use of the military since he assumed office.

In the coming days, of course, we’ll have discussions over whether or not the strike was the correct action. We’ll have the talks over our relationship with Russia and Syria. We’ll have to listen to the people who say this is only going to create more enemies for America.

However, while all the political discussions are going on, we have to take a moment and offer Donald Trump some praise. He saw a great humanitarian crisis. He saw an atrocity. And, unlike his predecessor, he did not just sit on his hands and wait for the news cycle to move on.

LeaNder

And more importantly, greenlight the Borg to take him on even more intensely.

Sam, tell me why I doubt that? As the Borg was defined here, his 'decisive' action was quite in tune with it. Wasn't it?

LeaNder

it's extremely disheartening for a Foreign Policy Trump voter.

StoneHouse, that seemed to me to be a rather mixed bag of goods.

It may have been among his scripted speeches and it contained quite some worth while matters. On the other hand there seemed to be a trace of empire post-9/11-policy* too. For loss of a better way to put it.

* admittedly I did not pay careful attention on US foreign policy before, let alone Pat's speciality MENA.

Babak Makkinejad

All:

I was wrong.

Babak Makkinejad

No you cannot blame the Neocon. The electorate prefers war to peace.

LeaNder

Ok, maybe I understand your line of reasoning.

It's not a shift really. The "cherry blossom emperor", to borrow Tyler's term, was driven to act against his better will and reason by the Borgist Powers out there.

Jackrabbit

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/04/israel-just-received-a-huge-payment-from-russia-what-is-its-side-of-the-deal.html#c6a00d8341c640e53ef01b8d274de3c970c

kooshy

Babak, I don't the electors narrowly chose the less of two evils the less confrontational one, who opposed globalization, more wars, etc. Obviously as witnessed in this last three months for Mr. Trump was to conform to Borgs demands and plans (mainly on Russia) or abandon and be impeached.

LeaNder

Sorry, should have gone here:

http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2017/04/us-intervention-in-syria-is-imminent.html#comment-6a00d8341c72e153ef01b7c8eac7b3970b

Jim MacMillan

He is not a House Representative. Just another twitter hoaxer.

Babak Makkinejad

Trump does not need to conform.

Keith Harbaugh

You can hear Giraldi's 13 minute interview with Scott Horton (on 6 April, before the cruise missile attack) at
https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/4617-philip-giraldi-says-ic-military-doubt-assad-gas-narrative/
Its summary:

Philip Giraldi, former CIA officer and Director of the Council for the National Interest, says that “military and intelligence personnel,” “intimately familiar” with the intelligence, say that the narrative that Assad or Russia did it is a “sham,” instead endorsing the Russian narrative that Assad’s forces had bombed a storage facility.
Giraldi’s intelligence sources are “astonished” about the government and media narrative and are considering going public out of concern over the danger of worse war there.
Giraldi also observes that the Assad regime had no motive to do such a thing at this time.

I am unclear why "plantman" did not provide this link himself.

Babak Makkinejad

It was a very big airfield.

Babak Makkinejad

Very doubtful (even though I have been proven wrong before).

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