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Critics Warn Any US Attack on Syria Ordered by Trump Would Be 'Reckless,' 'Dangerous,' and 'Illegal'


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Critics Warn Any US Attack on Syria Ordered by Trump Would Be 'Reckless,' 'Dangerous,' and 'Illegal'

Jon Queally, staff writer

With war 'fanatic' John Bolton in the White House for the first time as his new national security advisor on Monday night, President Donald Trump gathered his military advisors together as lawmakers and anti-war policy experts raised warnings that any move by the president to attack Syria in the wake of a suspected chemical at


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Illegal? Really? The entire concept of illegal conflict and wars has been, like so many other constitutional concepts, trashed a long time ago buried under endless false flag incidents. Add to that the worthless boot stepping mass media that is already supporting without question any military action and there can be only one result. They love war and presume to be able to keep it under control despite uncountable lives lost and the fact that these conflicts do spiral into insane mass violence that threatens all.


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Yes. With all due respect to Abraham Lincoln, it’s now possible to fool enough of the people enough of the time. And with Robert Mueller’s investigation drawing its net tighter around President Tiny Hands, almost any pretext will do to get it off the front page. May Gaia help the Syrians, as it’s ovious that John Bolton and his ilk don’t give a flying fig for them.


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Before President Trump even considers taking the United States down a path of unilateral military action, the American people need answers. What does this administration hope to accomplish? What’s the end game?" - Rep. Jim McGovern (Democrat, Mass)

The instant Trump wages war against Syria, Republicans will fall in line, the media will resume its jingoistic cheerleading, and its likely that a good number of Obama/Clinton loyalist Democrats will chime in with “I think Donald Trump became president of the United States” as Fareed Zakaria and others did about 1 year ago after Trump’s last attack on Syria.


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I don’t think the security state cares one whit how many are fooled or not. When was the last time the will or opinion of the citizenry was considered, when there are bombs to be dropped, nations to be invaded, and non-complying leaders overthrown?

What I’ve seen is this: a narrative is invented, it is then inserted in the popular discourse - whether it’s the truth or a fabrication - and forever and anon it is referred to as if it were fact. I think I’ve just paraphrased a lot of what Orwell tried to tell us.


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Reckless, Dangerous, and Illegal describes everything this administration has done this past year.


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Exactly. We Americans love to rally 'round our “Commander” when we start a “war.” (Not true war - just bombing campaigns that kill lots of civilians). And Barbara Lee’s claim that “only Congress can declare war” is patently false. Congress has not declared a war in 80 years, yet the US has been invading and bombing dozens of nations almost non-stop since then. They long ago abdicated that Constitutional responsibility to the Executive branch, and thus the reason we have said non-stop military engagements ever since.


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If the security state didn’t care a whit how many are fooled, it wouldn’t bother to invent such narratives. Consent must still be manufactured, for the time being. It’s when fraud no longer suffices that force is resorted to.


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2012 HACKED STRATFOR EMAILS: The US Government Sent Blackwater Veteran To Fight With Rebels In Libya And Syria

Syria Uprising: Mossad, Blackwater And CIA ‘Led Operations In Homs’

2017 The Blackwater of Jihad

Mapped: 38 U.S. Ambassadorships Remain Empty

DN 4/9/2018 Glenn Greenwald on Syria: U.S. & Israel Revving Up War Machine Won’t Help Suffering Syrian Civilians


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I want Peace! Peace with Russia. Peace with Syria. Peace with Lebanon. Peace with Palestine. Peace with Yemen.
Where are the pathetic institutions of “higher” leaning? Where are the students who are outraged and the idea of war? Where are the “professors” outraged at the wars of aggression? Oh that’s right, they are busy accusing people who want Peace, of being fascists.


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The media plays its part pushing the war propaganda wthout actual proof - this (4/10) mornings WNYC Brian Lehrer show, came right out and said "this chemical attack by the Assad regime…there was no “alleged” or any other nuance, just assad did it! At this point in time there is no proof to justify a US war machine attack on anyone - I do not defend either assad or putin!.

Lehrer also had a very well -spoken caller claiming to be a chemical weapons/attack expert, especially informed on the Syrian war, who pointed out the number of chemical attacks in Syria have been about 700 over time as I recall and all sides - Assad and the rebels included - have access to the chlorine gas supposedly used in this perfectly timed attack - the caller was terminated fast by Lehrer, not asked for any further information or clarifications, just silenced! Typical cheap BS from NYC, NPR and especially Lehrer!

That caller’s comments should be heard and when the 10 AM segment audio - Trump’s Response to Syria - with guest Heather Hurlburt is available it can be heard here:


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The concept of Peace is never given the time of day anymore with the parties of the Duopoly.

There are always a good supply of Democrats to vote for military strikes even before anyone knows “for sure” who and which country is responsible for the current atrocity.

It’s all a Fucking game with the Duopoly.

The Oligarchs crack a whip and say, “Fall in line or lose your meal ticket.”

And 95% of the voting electorate of Zombies, fall in line.


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I’m with you. Give Peace a Chance.


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And also peace between the ruling Assad family and the many thousands of our fellow dissenting leftists tortured and murdered in his prisons over so many years. This can be accomplished by Assad and his pretty wife leaving and never coming back. Putin can give him a nice place to live on the Black Sea.


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Any use of poison gas or other toxic chemicals is condemned by “civilized nations,” even though thousands more are being killed in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and Palestine by weapons whose sale our president celebrated at a recent White House meeting with the Saudi Prince. The fact that the US response will rely on explosives rather than poison is, we will be led to believe, what makes one side civilized and the other barbaric.


#19

Jimmy Dore nails it.


#20

Thanks, goatman.


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Of course, the voters who elected Trump were not interested in electing a president who was going to follow the law and care about the Constitution. They elected Trump because they believed he would be a strongman who would do what he wants regardless of the law. I think Truimp’s statements are meant to appeal to his voters. He wants to keep reminding them to keep the faith and a fascist dictatorship will be coming along. They won’t have to put up with the hated liberals having any power much longer. And the Republicans are too afraid of losing their jobs to object. Maybe a constitutional crisis is ahead with Trump ordering military action against Syria while some members of Congress claim it is illegal. My guess is Trump will back off. He has to do his bluster thing and then probably will turn to something else which will get everyone upset. Trump likes to disrupt. His military threats are another disruption opportunity. With respect of foreign policy he has no idea what he is dong. But he has to make it look like he is doing something. Pretending to be a real president can be a tough job at times.


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The caller to the Lehrer show I referenced - audio now posted at the link provided above @ 11:45 in the recording - is Ian Wilkie who may not be credible - he has been accused of being an opportunist and apologist for putin/assad actions in Syria and possible purveyor of disinformation in support of the assad regime along with several other people also so accused including Vanessa Beeley.

Those people cast doubt on the integrity of the Syrian “White Helmets” that videoed a prior chemical attack used as evidence against the assad regime - The White Helmets “officially known as Syria Civil Defense (SCD); is a volunteer organisation that operates in parts of rebel-controlled Syria and in Turkey.”

Obviously the Syrian civil war and all the players and “facts” are clear as mud… The only thing that is clear are the tens of thousands of civilians men, women, and children slaughtered and many more displaced!..it is very clear this horror for so many is difficult to suss and must be fully researched before we post anything…apologies.


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There’s a key word in the Democratic Party response as quoted in the article, which specifies that they are against any “unilateral” action.

This word is as big in this statement as the Rock of Gibraltar, because it gives the war Dems, who’ve been pressing for overt action in Syria for a very long time, and even more so now that the neocon mafia have pitched their tent in their putrid camp, a very important escape valve.

And, guess what? Though the MSM have downplayed it, France already has troops in Syria, the UK is spoiling for a fight with Russia, and the Israelis are bombing the country as much as they can to provoke a response.

And what does that mean? That means that all Trump (i.e., the US govt.) has to do is work out a military alliance with the above (which basically already exists), and voila! suddenly an attack by the US on Syria would no longer be “unilateral”!

So much for Trump’s “critics.” And their weasel words.