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Donald Trump’s Gulf of Tonkin

By Richard Cameron

Donald Trump has (as could be easily predicted),

succumbed to the worst facets of his lack of impulse control and used cooked intel to “wag the dog” in Syria, ordering the launch of $100 million worth of cruise missiles. Some I have heard, pass this off as a “muscle flexing” exercise. To me, that translates as a foolish gesture that deceives no one but his most ardent (but diminishing) supporters.

Incidentally, Foreign Policy magazine – a respected journal, not some fly-blown clickbait “alternate facts” site, is reporting that within hours of the strike on the airfield, Syrian Air Force Sukhoi SU-22 jets are flying sorties from that airport we hit with 58 missiles!

Syrian fighter aircraft used the just-struck al-Shayrat airfield on Friday to launch attacks against regime opponents, less than 24 hours after the United States tossed dozens of missiles at the base with the hopes of sending a “message” to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad about its use of chemical weapons.

I had heard of some members of the U.S. military and intelligence insiders, speaking off the record, that have concluded, based on information they’ve examined, that the event was a false flag staged by the laughably named “moderate rebels” to derail the peace negotiations in Geneva.

They also ask us to consider what possible motive Assad could have at this point when he is consolidating control of the country, to execute such a bizarre act, which would be completely against his interests. The terrorists in control of Khan Shaykhun – had and have, opportunity, means and motive. And as far as the sorties the Syrian AF has been flying – one could use intelligence based on any takeoff, flyover and return, to conclude that there is a tie in to an atrocity within one of the provinces.

We executed airstrikes in Mosul in a neighborhood that had NO Islamic State presence – just civilians and 200 non-combatants were killed. Babies and small children were among the victims. And this was just a ripple in a pond. We’re not making anything better over there, unless you think dropping cluster bombs on schools and hospitals in Yemen is an improvement.

One of the reports that I have discovered, is most revealing and it is this from retired D.I.A. (Defense Intelligence Agency) analyst, Colonel Patrick Lang:

“Donald Trump’s decision to launch cruise missile strikes on a Syrian Air Force Base was based on a lie.  In the coming days the American people will learn that the Intelligence Community knew that Syria did not drop a military chemical weapon on innocent civilians in Idlib. Here is what happened.

  1. The Russians briefed the United States on the proposed target. This is a process that started more than two months ago. There is a dedicated phone line that is being used to coordinate and deconflict (i.e., prevent US and Russian air assets from shooting at each other) the upcoming operation.
  2. The United States was fully briefed on the fact that there was a target in Idlib that the Russians believes was a weapons/explosives depot for Islamic rebels.
  3. The Syrian Air Force hit the target with conventional weapons. All involved expected to see a massive secondary explosion. That did not happen. Instead, smoke, chemical smoke, began billowing from the site. It turns out that the Islamic rebels used that site to store chemicals, not sarin, that were deadly. The chemicals included organic phosphates and chlorine and they followed the wind and killed civilians.
  4. There was a strong wind blowing that day and the cloud was driven to a nearby village and caused casualties.
  5. We know it was not sarin. How? Very simple. The so-called “first responders” handled the victims without gloves. If this had been sarin they would have died. Sarin on the skin will kill you. How do I know? I went through “Live Agent” training at Fort McClellan in Alabama.

There are members of the U.S. military who were aware this strike would occur and it was recorded. There is a film record. At least the Defense Intelligence Agency knows that this was not a chemical weapon attack. In fact, Syrian military chemical weapons were destroyed with the help of Russia.

This is Gulf of Tonkin 2. How ironic. Donald Trump correctly castigated George W. Bush for launching an unprovoked, unjustified attack on Iraq in 2003. Now we have President Donald Trump doing the same damn thing. Worse in fact. Because the intelligence community had information showing that there was no chemical weapon launched by the Syrian Air Force.

Here’s the good news. The Russians and Syrians were informed, or at least were aware, that the attack was coming. They were able to remove a large number of their assets. The base the United States hit was something of a backwater. Donald Trump gets to pretend that he is a tough guy. He is not. He is a fool.

This attack was violation of international law. Donald Trump authorized an unjustified attack on a sovereign country. What is even more disturbing is that people like Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and NSA Director General McMaster went along with this charade. Front line troops know the truth. These facts will eventually come out. Donald Trump will most likely not finish his term as President. He will be impeached, I believe, once Congress is presented with irrefutable proof that he ignored and rejected intelligence that did not support the myth that Syria attacked with chemical weapons.

It should also alarm American taxpayers that we launched $100 million dollars of missiles to blow up sand and camel shit. The Russians were aware that a strike was coming. I’m hoping that they and the Syrians withdrew their forces and aircraft from the base. Whatever hope I had that Donald Trump would be a new kind of President, that hope is extinguished. He is a child and a moron. He committed an act of war without justification. But the fault is not his alone. Those who sit atop the NSC, the DOD, the CIA, the Department of State should have resigned in protest. They did not. They are complicit in a war crime.”

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Filthy Bilge Rats Mid Day Edition 10-22-15

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This is the genocide that Hillary Clinton says she acted to prevent in Libya by removing Colonel Gaddafi

Hillary Clinton…

is testifying before the Benghazi committee and is doing as she characteristically does – dodging and evading the truth. Clinton made this preposterous opening statement to the hearing:

“We need leadership at home to match our leadership abroad, leadership that puts national security ahead of politics and ideology.”

That was a campaign message during a Congressional hearing. So let’s address it as such. What does the outcome in Libya say about Hillary Clinton’s demonstrated “leadership” in her term as Madam Secretary?  She has called her management of Libya  “Smart power at its best” during the most recent Democratic debate.

How about Libya’s government?  Did we impose ‘Democracy’ (whatever that actually means to the puppetmasters that hand Obama his foreign policy assignments) in Libya?  No – not even close.  The Libyan government is now controlled by … you guessed it, the Muslim Brotherhood! And the parts of the country not under their control are under the terror of the Islamic State and various other affiliates of Salafist terror.  What a shock?  In all material respects, the same set of conditions exist and persist in Libya that exist now in Syria.

What about civil order in the country?  Everybody is happy and peaceful and getting back to building rather than destroying, right?  Wrong. The U.K. Independent reports:

As world attention focused on the coup in Egypt and the poison gas attack in Syria over the past two months, Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi two years ago.

Government authority is disintegrating in all parts of the country putting in doubt claims by American, British and French politicians that Nato’s military action in Libya in 2011 was an outstanding example of a successful foreign military intervention which should be repeated in Syria.

O.K. Well, certainly the economic situation is improving in Libya.  Don’t you believe it – in fact it’s just the opposite.   Before the NATO intervention, Libya was exporting 1.6 Million barrels of high-quality crude oil per day.  The oil trade was the lifeblood of its economy – 80 percent of its GNP and up to 97 percent of its exports.

Now, because of a large scale mutiny among the security forces that were previously protecting the drilling sites, refineries and pipelines – production has plummeted to less than 100,000 barrels per day – not even a tenth of normal production.

The mutineers are sabotaging production because of complaints of inadequate pay and are attempting to sell the oil under their control on the black market. More recently, some pipelines have been at least temporarily opened, increasing last month’s production to 350,000 barrels per day – still only 25% of the production before Ms.Clinton lobbied for the removal of Gaddafi.

Hillary Clinton claimed in this morning’s hearing that – the U.S. military campaign against Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 helped prevent “genocide.”

What about Social order in Libya?  That should have improved, we were told, consequent to the removal of a dictator. Not so much?  Not at all.  Again, the Independent details the disintegration since the NATO incursion and regime change:

Libyans are increasingly at the mercy of militias which act outside the law. Popular protests against militiamen have been met with gunfire; 31 demonstrators were shot dead and many others wounded as they protested outside the barracks of “the Libyan Shield Brigade” in the eastern capital Benghazi in June.

Though the NATO intervention against Gaddafi was justified as a humanitarian response to the threat that Gaddafi’s tanks would slaughter dissidents in Benghazi, the international community has ignored the escalating violence. The foreign media, which once filled the hotels of Benghazi and Tripoli, have likewise paid little attention to the near collapse of the central government.

There is widespread tribal warfare, clashes between opposing militia groups and the new government is suspending civil rights for those suspected of loyalty to the former leader, Muammar Gaddafi.

So besides the Benghazi betrayal, where Ambassador Stevens and 3 other Americans working in security roles were killed, while Obama, Clinton and Panetta sat on their hands and Valerie Jarrett issued orders to stand down on any readily available rescue efforts – nothing else has yielded the results we were promised by this administration.

Only fools would have believed the promises.

Editor’s Note:   for another excellent outline of the disaster in Libya that Madam Secretary left in her wake – here is a report by Nancy A. Youssef of the Daily Beast, in which we learn, among other things, that then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who opposed the U.S. intervention, frustratingly explained about Hillary’ War –  “We were playing it by ear.”  BTW – let’s say you were considering hiring someone for a job opening in your company. Would you hire them if you discovered that they had a reputation of playing things by ear, instead of intelligent planning and informed decisions?