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Trump Should Rethink Syria Escalation


#1

Trump Should Rethink Syria Escalation

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)*

SUBJECT: Syria: Was It Really “A Chemical Weapons Attack”?

1 – We write to give you an unambiguous warning of the threat of armed hostilities with Russia – with the risk of escalation to nuclear war. The threat has grown after the cruise missile attack on Syria in retaliation for what you claimed was a “chemical weapons attack” on April 4 on Syrian civilians in southern Idlib Province.


#2

Does anyone really think that Trump gives a damn about the children killed in Syria? Trump's lachrymose, faithless and deceitful reaction that he used for justification for his war mongering and raison d' etre for attacking Syria is nothing but a false flag excuse of the most childish, cowardly and egregious actions of a fascist dictator.


#3

I suppose there is small comfort in the notion that we do have some “Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity”. But Trump has already revealed himself to be insane in many ways, though he does have a certain feral cunning to him. Asking that he do any more thinking will probably not have the desired result. He needs to be replaced, and most of the upper levels of government with him. And we’ll still have a hard time dealing with the real problems the planet and its dominant species actually face.


#4

Here is a long "Saker" analysis of the global situation. I don't agree with everything he says but I believe he has a lot of it right.

http://thesaker.is/a-multi-level-analysis-of-the-us-cruise-missile-attack-on-syria-and-its-consequences/

Peace
Po


#5

Eric [Trump] said his father was 'not a guy who gets intimidated' as he revealed Trump's decision to bomb a Syrian airbase was influenced by the reaction of his sister Ivanka, who had been 'heartbroken and outraged' by President Bashar al-Assad's gas attack.

Quoted in the Daily Mail UK.

Confirmed by Spicer here.


#6

Putin has referred to the gas attack as a "false flag" .. which got me to thinking.

What if it wasn't just an accident that the ammo dump bombed by the Syrians turned out unexpectedly to release poisonous gas?

What if al Nusra was warned by the Americans that the Syrian attack was imminent (remember the Russians informed the Americans via the "deconfliction process" that the attack was imminent) and deliberately set up the chlorine gas and white phosphorus (or agricultural phosphates) in such a way that the poisonous gas would be released during the attack, so they could blame the Syrians for allegedly dropping poisonous gas bombs instead of ordinary explosives?

This would explain why Putin is now calling it a "False Flag" instead of an accident, and also explain why the Russians have suspended the "deconfliction process".


#7

Gilbert Doctorow provides an interesting discussion on how Russian television covered the attack on Syria. One might be surprised at the dispassionate analysis, well worth the time.


#8

Clearly it was sarin, not chlorine:

The official added that there were physiological samples from victims of the attack, and that their symptoms — frothing at the nose and mouth, twitching — were “very consistent with nerve agent and sarin exposure” and not consistent with chlorine poisoning.

There is photographic/video evidence that show the bombs landing in the center of the village, NOT on a military munition site:

“Moscow said chemicals were caused by a regime airstrike on a terrorist ammunition depot in the eastern suburbs of Khan Shaykhun. However, a Syrian military source told Russian state media on April 4 that regime forces had not carried out any airstrike in Khan Shaykhun, contradicting Russia’s claim. An open source video also shows where we believe the chemical munition landed — not on a military base filled with weapons, but in the middle of a street in the northern section of Khan Shaykhun.”


#9

This is a well thought out and sobering dose of reality amid the bellicose hysteria of the cable news outlets. I hope Don reads this and gives it some thought!


#10

Also, how do you explain the russian made aircraft that bombed the hospital that was caring for the victims of the chemical attack? An obvious attempt to cover up the use of chemical weapons:

The United States has made a preliminary conclusion that Russia knew in advance of Syria's chemical weapons attack last week, but has no proof of Moscow's involvement, a senior U.S. official said Monday.

The official said that a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. Hours after the drone left, a Russian-made fighter jet bombed the hospital in what American officials believe was an attempt to cover up the usage of chemical weapons.

Until Monday, U.S. officials had said they weren't sure whether Russia or Syria operated the drone. The official said the U.S. is now convinced Russia controlled the drone. The official said it still isn't clear who was flying the jet that bombed the hospital, because the Syrians also fly Russian-made aircraft.


#11

The U.S. attack on a Syrian air base came after years of heated debate and deliberation in Washington over intervention in the bloody civil war.

Chemical weapons have killed hundreds of people since the start of the conflict, with the U.N. blaming three attacks on the Syrian government and a fourth on the Islamic State group. One of the worst yet came Tuesday in rebel-held northern Idlib and killed dozens, including women and children.

That attack prompted President Donald Trump, on day 77 of his presidency, to dramatically shift U.S. policy, with the first direct U.S. attack on the Syrian government.

Trump blamed Syrian President Bashar Assad for the attack and called on the international community to join him in trying to end the bloodshed.

A timeline of events in Syria leading up to Tuesday's attack:

March 2011: Protests erupt in the city of Daraa over security forces' detention of a group of boys accused of painting anti-government graffiti on the walls of their school. On March 15, a protest is held in Damascus' Old City. On March 18, security forces open fire on a protest in Daraa, killing four people in what activists regard as the first deaths of the uprising. Demonstrations spread, as does the crackdown by President Bashar Assad's forces.

April 2011: Security forces raid a sit-in in Syria's third-largest city, Homs, where thousands of people tried to create the mood of Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicenter of protests against Egypt's autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Aug. 18, 2011: President Barack Obama calls on Assad to resign and orders Syrian government assets frozen.

Summer 2012: Fighting spreads to Aleppo, Syria's largest city and its former commercial capital.

Aug. 20, 2012: Obama says the use of chemical weapons would be a "red line" that would change his calculus on intervening in the civil war and have "enormous consequences."

March 19, 2013: The Syrian government and opposition trade accusations over a gas attack that killed some 26 people, including more than a dozen government soldiers, in the town of Khan al-Assal in northern Syria. A U.N. investigation later finds that sarin nerve gas was used, but does not identify a culprit.

Aug. 21, 2013: Hundreds of people suffocate in rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital, with many suffering from convulsions, pinpoint pupils, and foaming at the mouth. U.N. investigators visit the sites and determine that ground-to-ground missiles loaded with sarin were fired on civilian areas while residents slept. The U.S. and others blame the Syrian government, the only party to the conflict known to have sarin gas.

Aug. 31, 2013: Obama says he will go to Congress for authorization to carry out punitive strikes against the Syrian government, but appears to lack the necessary support in the legislature.

Sept. 27, 2013: The U.N. Security Council orders Syria to account for and destroy its chemical weapons stockpile, following a surprise agreement between Washington and Moscow, averting U.S. strikes. The Security Council threatens to authorize the use of force in the event of non-compliance.

Oct. 14, 2013: Syria becomes a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, prohibiting it from producing, stockpiling or using chemical weapons.

June 23, 2014: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says it has removed the last of the Syrian government's chemical weapons. Syrian opposition officials maintain that the government's stocks were not fully accounted for, and that it retained supplies.

Sept. 23, 2014: The U.S. launches airstrikes on Islamic State group targets in Syria.

Aug. 7, 2015: The U.N. Security Council authorizes the OPCW and U.N. investigators to probe reports of chemical weapons use in Syria, as reports circulate of repeated chlorine gas attacks by government forces against civilians in opposition-held areas. Chlorine gas, though not as toxic as nerve agents, can be classified as a chemical weapon depending on its use.

Aug. 24, 2016: The joint OPCW-U.N. panel determines the Syrian government twice used helicopters to deploy chlorine gas against its opponents, in civilian areas in the northern Idlib province. A later report holds the government responsible for a third attack. The attacks occurred in 2014 and 2015. The panel also finds that the Islamic State group used mustard gas.

Feb. 28, 2017: Russia, a stalwart ally of the Syrian government, and China veto a U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing sanctions against the Syrian government for chemical weapons use.

April 4, 2017: At least 58 people are killed in what doctors say could be a nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in the rebel-held Idlib province. Victims show signs of suffocation, convulsions, foaming at the mouth and pupil constriction. Witnesses say the attack was carried out by either Russian or Syrian Sukhoi jets. Moscow and Damascus deny responsibility.

April 4, 2017: President Donald Trump issues a statement saying that the "heinous" actions of Assad's government are the direct result of Obama administration's "weakness and irresolution."

April 5, 2017: Trump says Assad's government has "crossed a lot of lines" with the suspected chemical attack in Syria.

April 6, 2017: The U.S. fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria Thursday night in retaliation for this week's gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians, U.S. officials said. It was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Trump's most dramatic military order since becoming president. Trump said strike on Syria in the "vital national security interest" of the United States.


#12

We all need to take a deep breath and think. Why should we go to war in syria? Why now and not earlier? Are there better solutions? What is the altimate goal in syria? If any politician cant awnser all four of those questions clearly in front of tgeir constituents tgen they shiuld resign. It will be my friends dying in syria not my representative Jackie Walorski.


#13

This guy seems to like Donald Trump (so for that reason might not be too popular here). But if what he is saying is true, pretty interesting:

Robert Steele - Inside Source Says Brennan, McCain & McMaster Responsible for Syrian False Flag


#14

I'd like to know where you are quoting from. I have read elsewhere that it was definitely not Sarin because the first responders weren't using gloves and Sarin is lethal in skin contact.


#15

"...a War for which we see no Compelling Reason."

They know, and have known for Generations, that their True Reasons for War would be instantly rejected by the American Populace, as the ACTUAL reasons, themselves, are nothing more than the epitome of the Banality of Evil:

Thirst for Money, Power and Dominance at the COST of Millions of Lives and Families, Entire Nations, and the Certain Destruction of the Habitability of our Planet.


#16

Poppy sang the same song before Desert Storm.


#17

Thanks for interesting, informative link.


#18

Interesting link.


#19

Good read, re Saker and like you I find some disagreement, but not much.


#20

The usual suspects. No not Russia and Syria.