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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 Thursday Evening Edition 10-22-15

this man, who is not your President, is telling you the truth on Syria. Your President and his administration continue the parade of lies.

Thursday evening greetings. Tonight, we’re going to look at a couple of items that provide insight on what I consistently describe as America’s most significant national security risk – American Foreign policy, or as Henry Kissinger pronounces it – “furrin bollicy”.

The first item has to do with Vladimir Putin’s assessment of the Obama administration’s “strategy” in Syria – if it can even be termed as such. The second, underscores the absurdity of Hillary Clinton claiming that her ‘leadership’ as Madam Secretary, was competent and successful.

Russian President Vladimir Putin,

in a meeting with international geo-political strategists, collectively known as the Valdai Club, Putin made some striking observations about the preposterous and nakedly counter intuitive nature of the Obama White House’s activities with respect to the containment of America’s Frankenterrorist creation, the Islamic State or ISIS / ISIL.

The Valdai Discussion Club is named in honor of Lake Valdai, a water feature that was the setting of Veliky Novgorod, where the first meeting of the club took place. The gathering typically includes foreign policy academics ranging from the Ivy League, to Stanford, the University of London, the University of Tokyo, Tel Aviv University, Johns Hopkins University, the London School of Economics, King’s College London and the Sorbonne – just to name a handful.

Putin observed, “It’s always difficult to play a double game: declaring a fight against terrorists while simultaneously trying to use some of them to arrange the pieces on the Middle East chess board in one’s own interests.”

I was struck with his choice of terminology – the analog of the chessboard to describe the calculus of American strategy. That has been my go to nomenclature for how American maneuvering in such regions has been conducted since the post WWII era. The unfortunate picture that emerges the more closely you examine these American chessboard moves, is that it seems we either have grossly incompetent chess players – or, the intention is not to win in the sense that our citizens would understand it.

Putin continues, “It is impossible to prevail over terrorism if some of the terrorists are being used as a battering ram to overthrow undesirable regimes,” referring to Russian ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

To U.S. claims that Russia is targeting NATO sponsored ‘moderates’ in Syria, Putin responds,
“There is no need to play on words, to classify terrorists are moderate and non-moderate. What is the difference?” Putin said, scoffing that “in the opinion of some experts… so-called moderate bandits behead people moderately or gently.”

And this is something that I have written numerous reports dealing with. The Obama administration has not been dealing with any ‘moderates’ unless the definition of moderates is twisted beyond recognition to include ISIS aligned and affiliated Salafist jihadists that would torture, behead, rape and terrorize religious minorities (mostly Christians) and anyone they remotely suspect of holding allegiance to the Syrian government.

I hate to report to you that Russia’s President is telling the truth here and your President – a man chargeable with an extensive array of impeachable offenses and violations of his office, is once again lying to you. While the Pentagon, under the direction of the White House, has a case of the slows in even attempting to eradicate its devil dolls, ISIS – the Russians are getting busy on the double.

“As a result of Russian air strikes, the main forces of terrorist groups, made up of the best trained terrorists, have lost combat capability. Their command and resupply system has been disrupted,” senior military official Andrei Kartopolov told Russian news agencies.

Kartapolov said the strikes — which targeted the provinces of Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Damascus, Aleppo and Deir Ezzor — had destroyed a bridge over the Euphrates River used for moving supplies to fighters from neighbouring Iraq.

Since the start of the campaign, Russian planes have carried out 934 sorties that have destroyed 819 “terrorist targets”, including command centres, ammunition depots and training camps, Kartopolov said.

The next item –

is one that stands in mockery of Hillary Clinton and her media apologists’ assertions that her management of foreign policy as Secretary of State was laudable. It was instead, laughable if only incompetent  –  and treasonous if intentionally negligent or malicious.

Another handful of hacked emails, this time from the inbox of CIA Director John Brennan – show, among other interesting details, that the CIA and the State Department had no coherent or organized formal strategy to deal with terror threats in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Although they deal with a time period that involves the last year of the Bush Administration’s handling of affairs in the region – they serve the function of underlining the fact that once Hillary Clinton took charge of Foggy Bottom, she continued the same confused, unfocused and contradictory management of this part of the world, and if anything, compounded matters. And that’s if we give her the benefit of the doubt.

The new release contains Brennan’s address book and a full version of ‘Executive summary of key findings and recommendations on Afghanistan and Pakistan’, some pages of which were published on Wednesday by Anonymous. A brief note – the hacker claiming responsibility is a 13 year old. If anyone thinks Hillary Clinton’s exchanges of highly confidential government business on her “Homebrew” server was even as robustly secure as Brennan’s, I have some beachfront property in the Mohave Desert you might be interested in. Bottom line, any number of entities internationally have been monitoring Clinton’s communications at State.

The November 2008 report prepared by Senate analysts is accompanied by a memo from Louis Tucker, the minority staff director for Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-Missouri).

“Everyone we spoke with on the ground in Afghanistan and Pakistan confessed that they know of no overall USG strategy for the region,” Tucker wrote. “Rather, we observed quality individuals serving judiciously in their own lanes ungoverned by a coordinated, comprehensive strategy.” The US government would have to develop a “comprehensive regional strategy designed to meet a set of clearly defined goals,” Tucker’s memo concluded.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said of Hillary’s handling of the region – particularly North Africa and the Middle East – and he implicates the Pentagon and White House as well – that “we were playing it by ear”. Yet in today’s hearings, Democrats such as Elijah Cummings are continuing to attempt to present Hillary Clinton as a martyr and a victim of a political hit job.

Actually, the real victims are no longer with us, to be able to first hand confront Hillary Clinton. They would be Ambassador Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and two CIA operatives, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods . Somebody has to speak in their behalf. I’m glad that Trey Gowdy has taken on the largely thankless job.