The Syria Strikes Aftermath: What We Know So Far

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Hello, friends, James Corbett here,

It’s April 10, 2017, aka 72 hours into the post-Syria Strikes world and the dust is beginning to settle on the crazy events of last week. I hope you’ve been following all the latest information in the comments section of The Corbett Report’s own open source investigation as The Corbett Report community has been doing yeoman’s work in assembling and collating all the data streaming forth from the newsfeeds. But in case you haven’t been following the developments this weekend let’s just go over what we know, what we don’t yet know, and what we can read in the tea leaves about what is to come.

Firstly, I won’t spend too much time on the chemical weapons incident that spurred all of this in the first place other than to direct you to a very important interview that Scott Horton just conducted with ex-CIA officer Philip Giraldi where he insists that the intelligence community and military personnel know that the intel shows that this was not an Assad attack. This is further bolstered by an interview that ex-CIA officer Ray McGovern gave to RT that Fox News subsequently tried to censor off the web. McGovern says that his military sources indicate that the Syrian government’s strike on Idlib hit a chemical manufacturing plant and it was the toxic fallout from that that killed the citizens of Khan Sheikoun.

But as to the strike itself. There have been people throwing around the idea that the US tipped the Russians and/or Syrians off to the strike before it happened as if this was some kind of conspiracy or covert collusion, but there’s nothing hidden or conspiratorial about it. Shortly after the Tomahawks were launched, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis confirmed that “Russian forces were notified in advance of the strike using the established deconfliction line. U.S. military planners took precautions to minimize risk to Russian or Syrian personnel located at the airfield.”

The “established deconfliction line” that he’s talking about there refers to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that was signed back in October 2015. Again reading directly from “the MOU includes specific safety protocols for aircrews to follow, including maintaining professional airmanship at all times, the use of specific communication frequencies and the establishment of a communication line on the ground.” That MOU did not call for sharing specific information on what was being targeted, but obviously as per Captain Davis’ statement that was shared this time via the communication line.

Now we know that Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq set up the so-called “RSII coalition” in September 2015 to share intelligence and establish a joint information center in their joint bid to destroy ISIS, so let’s connect the dots. We know that the Pentagon informed Russia about the strike ahead of time. We know that Russia shares information with Syria, Iran and Iraq. Now Bloomberg dutifully reports that a Pentagon official “said the Pentagon had no intelligence indicating that the Russians tipped off Syria to the looming attack,” but we don’t need any SigInt or James Bond spy shenanigans to put two and two together. They have a joint information center on the ground, for crying out loud. The Russians absolutely let the Syrians know what was coming.

This becomes important when we look at what the strikes actually accomplished…or fail to accomplish. The runways were not damaged in the attack, meaning the base was up and operational again within 24 hours. This is because, we are now told, the strike didn’t target the runways at all.

Of course, Russia says that only 23 of the 59 missiles actually hit the airbase at all, although “Pentagon officials” speaking under the customary cloak of secrecy said all but one missile hit the base.

Pro-Russian sites have, predictably, latched onto the less-than-half-the-missiles-hit-the-base story to suggest that the super psychotronic 26th century mind control weapons from hyperdimension X that the Russians have Jedi mind tricked the puny US peashooters into committing harakiri before they even reached the base.

Meanwhile pro-Trumpers who were thrown under the Trump train by the neocon-in-chief but are still white knuckle grasping on to that caboose with all their might say this is because the entire strike is 7th dimensional backgammon to Make America Great Again by scaring the North Koreans…or Chinese…or someone…by completely failing to destroy an airbase. Or something like that? But these are the same people who think that Kim Jong-Un’s missiles that have failed to hit anything are an existential threat to the US and probably justify a nuclear invasion of North Korea should their dear leader order one, so consistent thinking is evidently not the pro-Trumpers strong suit.

Whatever the case, this much cannot be denied: this strike taken as a single, isolated incident had little effect on the Syrian government’s military capabilities. But this is not a single, isolated incident.

Even if the Russians and even the Syrians colluded to allow the strike to go ahead in order to relieve some of the pressure to “do something” about this chemical weapon false flag event, there have been several very real developments so far.

The Russians have canceled their memorandum of understanding on flight safety with the US, meaning that the next time a strike is launched or an attack is planned, there will be no hotline for the US to use to tip off the Russkies to stand down.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has already vowed to implement “a system of measures to bolster and increase the effectiveness of the Syrian armed forces’ air defense systems.”

Russia has sent the Admiral Grigorovich, its most advanced Black Sea frigate, back into the Eastern Mediterranean, aka the exact area where the USS Porter and USS Ross, the US destroyers that launched the Tomahawks, are still deployed.

And to top it all off, that RSII joint command center that we talked about earlier issued a statement over the weekend “what America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.”

On the US side, we have Trump and Nikki Haley and Tillerson and the entire administration sticking by the phoney script that the incident at Khan Sheikoun was 100% without doubt an insane President Assad gassing his own people right before the peace talks that would have secured his victory (for some unexplained reason).

So it really doesn’t matter whether the Russians or even the Syrians conspired with Trump to stage this mostly-for-show attack or not, everyone is now painted into a corner. One thing is for certain: there is now virtually no chance that Assad will be allowed to stay in power in Syria. If the Syrian army is on the verge of vanquishing the very last I-CIA-SIS terrorist from their soil, or even if the world is ready to sign on the bottom line of some completed peace negotiation to bring the terrorist insurgency in Syria to an end, the precedent has been established: all Al CIA-da has to do is stage another chemical weapons attack and blame it on Assad, and the dominoes will fall one by one. Neocon puppet Trump will, as we have seen, gladly sign off on whatever lies are passed before him, and next time it might just be a full-on invasion of Syria. At that point Russia has to put up or shut up. Either that will lead to full-on military confrontation between NATO and Russia, or we will know that Putin’s “red lines” mean nothing and the whole rivalry is just for show.

I’d say it would be harder to get out of this without further military action than to thread the eye of a needle, but that would assume I see any way of avoiding it at all, which I don’t.

Everything, and I mean everything, is going to hinge on what is or is not discussed in this upcoming visit of Tillerson to Moscow on Tuesday. I will of course be keeping my eye on everything here, and once again I invite the Corbett Report community to continue cataloguing and analyzing this information in the comments section of this video at


  1. Hello, all. Thank you for your participation in the open source investigation over the weekend. This is now the thread for collecting all information on the Syria situation as we move forward.

  2. Thanks for that, leslie.b. I did see a denial of the report from a different pro-Russia outlet (which had posted the story themselves), but the denial was ‘this isn’t posted on the Kremlin’s website so it isn’t real.’ I have reached out to the author of the report from AMN about the Arabic document:

    We’ll see if he responds. In the meantime, if VoA or any other Arabic speaker here can get to the bottom of that Arabic document (where it comes from and if it can be trusted) that would be helpful.

    • All true L. Look at anything over at or about White Helmets. They have done some in-depth research. Also, listen to interviews by Tim Anderson on

  3. Dr. Steve Pieczenik Explains How Trump Staged Syria Gas Attack In Order to Influence Chinese President Xi Jinping to Rein-in North Korea Nuke Threat. If you Believe Pieczenik’s Story you’re also required to believe Trump was counting on “Fake News” to Push the Lie About an Assad Gas Attack. You are Also required to believe that China continues to be fooled by the coordinated and staged False Flag gas attack that is so obviously transparent in multiple sources of alt media and Russia Today. Pieczenik also claims the threat of “regime change” in Syria is not real even while insistent claims are loudly spoken in Trump’s administration and Congressional Neocons. On the Bright side, if Pieczenik is wrong on his analysis he promises to admit he was wrong.

  4. FOX News Banned Video (RT) Recovered – Investigative Report, on-scene (4/8/2017) Concludes US-Backed Rebels (aka ISIS) Responsible For Chemical Gas Incident.

  5. Putin Refuses to Meet With Tillerson – Russian President Vladimir Putin will not meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, possibly signaling the Kremlin’s dissatisfaction with a U.S. missile strike against a Syrian airbase last Thursday. On a Monday conference call, Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Tillerson would not meet with Putin as former Secretary of State John Kerry had often done; and would instead meet only with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “We have not announced any such meetings and right now there is no meeting with Tillerson in the president’s diary,” Peskov told reporters. Peskov did not cite the airstrikes or any other reason for the lack of a meeting between Putin and Tillerson. Moscow has previously condemned the U.S. strikes and threatened that they might jeopardize U.S.-Russia relations. “With this step Washington has struck a significant blow to Russian-American relations, which were already in a sorry state,” Peskov said Friday. Moscow contends that the strikes were an act of aggression in violation of international law.

  6. I do not remember the website: the author of it stated that this was payback from Israel for Syria’s shoot-down of one Israeli plane and damage to two or three of the others, during recent attack on Syria by Israel planes. LAW ACCORDING TO ISRAEL: you must not shoot back when Israel attacks you.

    Considering the take-over of Trump by the Kushner-in-law live-in, this would certainly explain the two-day turnaround from “Assad can stay” to “Assad has to go” that we experienced just recently.

    Israel pulled the JooSA chain, and the mongrel attacked.

    Messing with Russia, through Syria, is good business to Israel; at America’s expense, they take out Syria, move on to other Middle East countries, and Americans will pay the price in blood, taxes, and loss of reputation.

    America has already experienced rape and pillage by Israel: destruction of the moral fiber of this country through total depraved media control; destruction of our financial system through Jew-controlled Federal Reserve; destruction of our manufacturing base through ‘free trade’ contracts; destruction of the American working people through exorbitant taxes.

    Unless these zombies can be overcome, we are lost. Pray Trump will cast off the Jewish neo-cons who’ve controlled this country far too long, and at least make an effort to do what is right: let Israel fight its own wars. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: STOP THE WARS.

  7. I am very disturbed.

    • I hear ya! This whole scenario is a bad nightmare.

  8. WHITE HOUSE SOURCE: Trump Pushes Back Against Neo-Con Plan to Invade Syria –Assad is apparently backing away from a deal he made with the Pentagon four years ago to step down from power in order to prevent a U.S. military bombardment that Obama pushed for back in 2013. The air strike ordered by Trump was apparently a reminder to Assad of the deal he struck to step down once jihadists had been defeated. Troop numbers are now being massively escalated in western Iraq to reinforce this message, including the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, to back up and cover the flank for U.S. Army ground forces in case of possible attack by Assad.

    • tldr; “source”…”apparently”…”a deal he made”…”apparently”…”attack by Assad”

  9. We must keep in mind that a violent war in Syria involving Russia places Israel at enormous risk of nuclear annihilation.

    • I don’t think so, Putin is a good friend of Netanyahu and Israel. His Jewish Chabad handler would not allow it. Read Makow’s excellent article about it.

      But of course Putin is in a dilemma, wanting to keep his good relationship with Israel and at the same time defending Russia’s strategic interests in Syria. I guess he might continue being a master in this game as he has been in keeping both Iran and Israel as his allies, unless Trump is ordered to start WW3. Only their Jesuit commanders know (the Jesuits, as everyone knew 80 years ago or more, was the greatest danger to the human race).

  10. We must keep in mind that a violent war in Syria involving Russia places Israel at enormous risk of nuclear annihilation.

    This unsustainable option speaks to negotiated settlement.

  11. Finger of Blame for Gas Tacks Pivots to RUSSIA – ‘Tillerson takes priority among West envoys’ – int’l affairs writer on Johnson canceling Russia trip

  12. Was Israel The Reason For The U.S. Strike On Syrian Military Base? – The base bombed by the Trump is the same base from which Israeli fighter jets were shot down after launching Israel illegal strikes into Syria.


    Israel Gets Very worried as Russia Is Turning Syria into a Major Naval Base for Nuclear Warships

  13. #FAKENEWSALERT — NEW LEGISLATION HIDDEN in the 2017 NDAA ALLOWS GOVERNMENT to STAGE HOAXES and LIE ABOUT EVENTS in PLACES LIKE SYRIA and SAN BERNARDINO if SUCH LIES ARE DEEMED in the INTEREST of “NATIONAL SECURITY”. Under Bipartisan Legislation Passed in Dec, 2016 called: “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act”, the purpose of the newly formed, “Global Engagement Center” “shall be to lead, synchronize, and coordinate efforts of the Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining United States national security interests.” …. Read More to Discover The Legal Right and Obligation of Mass Media to Create FAKE NEWS.

  14. Interesting. These NGOs wield tremendous influence and propaganda.

  15. Gallup Poll – dated April 10, 2017 – taken April 7 & 8 –
    US Support for Syria Strikes Rates Low in Historical Context
    Stats are presented measuring “approval” against previous U.S. missile airstrike campaigns, such as Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.
    Americans’ initial reaction to the missile airstrikes the U.S. launched against Syria last week is among the least positive of the 12 military actions Gallup has measured since 1983.

  16. OMG this is so idiotic! Truly the Kool Aid is strong! I heard a congressman, who unfortunately happens to be a fairly distant family member yesterday beating the war drums and mouthing the same ole Assad must go crap we’ve been hearing for years. If I thought it would do any good I’d try to enlighten him. He said that after having seen the classified report he was certain Assad was behind the gas attack. The report no doubt written by those desperate for war in Syria. It must be cognitive dissonance that keeps the American people from wondering how fighting Isis and getting rid of Assad are somehow the same things..?

    Here’s a short video connecting dots between Isis and NGO’s that are assisting and supplying the terrorists.

  17. I remember reading articles in the late 1980’s or early 90’s talking about how Israel was anxious over missiles in the Golan Heights area and just over the border in Syria that they felt threatened their settlements (perhaps it was missiles pointing at the Heights?). Then there’s the whole Wesley Clark “7 middle eastern states” plot from the 2003 (or 2004?) video. Add to that the gas pipeline to Europe issue. It all adds up to our “needing” to get Assad out of Syria I guess.

  18. 4/10/17: Following his recent upbeat assessment, Dr. Pieczenik has had a wakeup call, after having received a new intel Briefing. Now, Pieczenik “Explodes” and Warns Trump, Mathis and McMaster About Going to War in Syria – In this video uploaded on 4/10, Pieczenik exploded with rage on the Alex Jones show — warning Trump and his team that war crimes would follow if they pursued a neocon agenda of war in Syria, which the American people do not want.

  19. 4/11/17: Putin: Russian Intelligence Suggests More False Flags Being Planned in Syria – In a press conference today, Putin discussed the chemical attack in Syria that killed dozens, causing the United States to respond with ‘dozens’ of missiles being ferried into one of Assad’s forward airbase. Putin said Russian intelligence have knowledge of multiple ‘false flags’ being planned in Syria, south of Damascus, by terrorists trying to topple the Assad regime.

  20. It now appears that the US is in a determined rush to Start a War in order to (deliberately) lose it. This may sound counter-intuitive but could be the best option to press the reset button on monumental and unsustainable debt.

  21. Putin: “Idlib Was A “False Flag” Attack And We Have Learned That More Are Coming” — With Rex Tillerson on his way to Russia, moments ago Russian president Vladimir Putin shocked reporters when he said that Russia has received intelligence from “trusted sources” that more attacks using chemical weapons are being prepared on the Damascus region, meant to pin the blame on the Assad government. “We have reports from multiple sources that false flags like this one – and I cannot call it otherwise – are being prepared in other parts of Syria, including the southern suburbs of Damascus. They plan to plant some chemical there and accuse the Syrian government of an attack,” he said at a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Moscow. The Russian President announced that Russia will officially turn to the UN in the Hague for an investigation of the chemical weapons’ use in Idlib. Moscow has dismissed suggestions that the Syrian government that it backs could be behind the attack in Idlib province. “All incidents reminiscent of the ‘chemical attacks’ that took place in Idlib must be thoroughly investigated,” Putin said.

  22. China Threatens To Bomb North Korea’s Nuclear Facilities If It Crosses Beijing’s “Bottom Line” – With everyone putting down new and/or revised “red lines”, be it on Syria or North Korea, it was now China’s turn to reveal its “red” or rather “bottom line”, and in a harshly worded editorial titled “The United States Must Not Choose a Wrong Direction to Break the DPRK Nuclear Deadlock on Wednesday” Beijing warned it would attack North Korea’s facilities producing nuclear bombs, effectively engaging in an act of war, if North Korea crosses China’s “bottom line.” The editorial in the military-focused Global Times tabloid, owned and operated by the Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper, said that North Korea’s nuclear activities must not jeopardize northeastern China, and that if the North impacts China with its illicit nuclear tests through either “nuclear leakage or pollution”, then China will respond with force.

  23. I think there is a very strong anti war sentiment among the Syrian people. The “moderate rebels” would be affected by such a sentiment as much as Assad which should put pressure on a faster accord during natural negotiations. With these external factors it’s downright impossible to predict the outcome.

  24. JOHN McCAIN CAUGHT MEETING WITH ISIS RIGHT BEFORE ‘ASSAD’s’ CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK … & THAT’S NOT ALL – US Senator John McCain has some serious explaining to do regarding his personal relationship with the leaders of ISIS. Back in 2014, Senator McCain admitted to not only being in contact with ISIS but also having a close personal relationship with them and continues to speak with them regularly.

    Bloomberg – “Syria Clearly to Blame in Chemical Attack on Town, U.S. says”
    From article:
    “The Trump administration said evidence clearly showed Syria was behind a chemical attack on civilians this month and accused Russia of trying to cover up for its ally, Bashar al-Assad, by spreading disinformation.”

    ‘“The United States is confident that the Syrian Regime conducted a chemical weapons attack, using the nerve agent sarin, against its own people,” according to the four-page document released by the White House summarizing its assessment of the attack and the role of Assad’s regime.’
    Politico – “White House slams Moscow for defending Assad on gas attack”
    From Article:
    ‘“We assess that Damascus launched this chemical attack in response to an opposition offensive in northern Hamah Province that threatened key infrastructure,” the document said, pointing for the first time to a potential motive for the attack. “Senior regime military leaders were probably involved in planning the attack.”’

  26. April 11, 2017 – Statement from Russian Foreign Ministry
    Comment by the Russian Press Department on the visit by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
    In light of a visit by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, which begins today, we would like to express hope for productive talks. This is important not just for the future of Russian-US interaction but also for the international environment overall.

    The current situation in Russian-US relations is more complicated than it has been at any point since the end of the Cold War. The previous US administration’s actions have seriously complicated them by trying to restrain the growth of Russia’s influence in international affairs and undermine its economic development through sanctions. Although these efforts have failed, they have also demonstrated Washington’s striving for global domination complemented with deliberations about “America’s exceptionalism”, which has sinister historical associations…

    …In this situation, we are surprised by Washington’s disregard for reports about the use of chemical weapons by terrorists in the Middle East. There have been numerous chemical attacks not just in Syria but also in Iraq. Chemical weapons stockpiles have been found in eastern Aleppo after its liberation from the terrorists. However, the United States has not shown any interest in this information…

    …We also wonder when the West will dissociate itself from the notorious White Helmets and other pseudo-NGOs whose barefaced lies about the situation in Syria are eagerly taken up by the media. We wonder how much longer our American colleagues will rely on fake photo reports when taking decisions that can affect the lives of people in Syria….

    • The current Syria events, just like 9/11, are very telling about the MainStreamMedia and the U.S. government and… …”they have also demonstrated Washington’s striving for global domination.”

      “Government of the (duped) people, by the (psychopathic) people, for the (eugenics-tized) people, shall not perish from the Earth.” – what Lincoln meant to say.

      • Thanks for that. I wasn’t following them on Twitter, but I’ve just corrected that oversight.

  27. BREAKING: Putin Declares Syria Gas Attack a ‘False Flag,’ Says More Are Coming

    “A report just released by state-run media says Russian President Vladimir Putin has received credible information additional chemical ‘attack’ similar to a gruesome incident last week will be carried out to, once again, frame the Syrian government — and it, too, will be a false flag.”

    VIDEO of the speech:

      “Militants are delivering toxic chemicals in Khan Shaykhun, the Jira airport, East Ghouta and to the West of Aleppo,” the Russian General Staff said. The aim of these actions is to forge another pretext for accusing the Syrian government of using chemical weapons and for triggering new US strikes.”

      In January 2016, the (OPCW) “Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons” announced that all chemical weapons in Syria had been destroyed.

  28. Regarding the forewarning which the Russians received from the United States before the missile launch.

    Retired Russian Lt. General Yevgeny Buzhinsky states…
    …”Yes, the U.S. gave us one and a half hours, maybe two hours of advance warning of the attack. But how?”

    “There are several lines of communication between us. There is a Chief of General Staff to Chief of General Staff line, which is very fast. This was not used. Instead they used a line of communications set up by the 2015 Deconfliction Memorandum of Understanding, at the regional level, between Americans in Jordan and Russians in Syria. The message on the impending attack was sent to the U.S. command in Jordan in the middle of the night and the duty officer was in no rush to forward it to his Russian counterpart in Syria. The duty officer there sent it to Moscow, to the Ministry of Defense, which also did not rush to respond or to pass the message to the Syrians. Net result: the two hours was barely enough for the Russians to take necessary precautionary measures. The Russian Ministry was furious.”

    (This explains why the first Russian reaction to the whole affair was to suspend the Deconfliction Memorandum.)

    Twitter for RUSSIA INSIDER news

  29. TRUMP and ALEX JONES ARE THE SWAMP: Trump’s Jewish Elite MAFIA and The 5 Dancing Israelis (2017) – Alex Jones Caught Referring to “Dancing Israelis” as “Radical Muslims’.

  30. Trump spokesman sparks outcry by comparing Assad to Hitler

    White House spokesman Sean Spicer triggered an uproar on Tuesday by saying Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons. He apologized after his comments drew immediate criticism on social media and elsewhere for overlooking the fact that millions of Jews were killed in Nazi gas chambers.

    The Nazis murdered six million Jews during World War Two. Many Jews as well as others were killed in gas chambers in European concentration camps.

    It was not the first time the White House has had to answer questions about the Holocaust. Critics in January noted the administration’s statement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which omitted any mention of Jewish victims.

    This is pathetic on so many levels I can barely hold off from barfing.

    • Spicer deliberately dropped the anti-semitic bomb in order to have Fake Media remind the outraged Goyim to remain politically correct. Increasing awareness of Israel’s blame for America’s problems is spiking.

    • 6 million Jews died and we still have 5 million tattoos…Ha!

      • There’s no denying this could have been done intentionally, however I’ll opt for the simplest solution: an idiot blurbed something he shouldn’t have. He may also not understand that comparing just about anyone with Hitler, whom had reached an unimaginable level of hard core cartoon wickedness, has to lead to mocking and ridicule. We remeber HRCs references on Putin.

        Hitler is the worse guy ever. Does not hold the civilians killer highscore, not by a long shot, and was a decent dictator but he killed them 6 million jews so what can one do?

        The propaganda is incredibly strong to this day, people all over the place take that figure for granted. Never mind the official tally (all versions) is quite lower than that. Popular culture at its finest.

  31. A multi-level analysis of the US cruise missile attack on Syria and its consequences.

    Option 3 is most likely since the operation had advance planning and foreknowledge. Possibility that no gas was released from bombing is very likely. (Remember nobody died at Sandy Hook) Open a few bottles of bleach from the hospital and you have a fake CHLORINE GAS attack. This is most likely story since crisis actors were already in place with Hollywood cameras. Bottles of bleach are cheaper than fake blood. Remember that Trump had already rehearsed a fake crying spell as if babies had been dumped out of their incubators…a complete lie from Gulf War I. Finally, It’s unlikely that Crisis actors would participate in a “live” chemical event, especially when it was initially advertised to be SARIN gas.

    • saker does great analysis, but most of the pertinent stuff is just conjecture. Discussing what happened with X out of Y while you can’t even be certain there was Y to begin with is pointless. It all boils down to which bits of propaganda you choose to believe.

  32. RT – April 13, 2017 (2 minutes)
    UN Security Council tries to bully in a resolution that Syria was responsible for the chemical attacks. Russia vetoes and chides them for “no investigation” and violating international law.

  33. *****
    News Conference – Following the Tillerson & Lavrov talks in Russia
    Russia Insider – April 13, 2017
    Tillerson still adamant that Assad uses chemical weapons on many, many occasions (despite no real investigation)
    VIDEO (90 seconds) –
    Full Press Conference –
    From the Russian Foreign Ministry:
    Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a joint news conference following talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Moscow, April 12, 2017
    …As you know, we have repeatedly stated our assessments on this issue (April 4 chemical weapons). Today we said that it is vitally important to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident…
    …We drew attention to the official letter of the Syrian government to the UN and (OPCW) Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons asking for an immediate dispatch of a group of inspectors to carry out an impartial and objective investigation at the sites of the incidents in Idlib Province and at the airfield which has been struck. We saw that our American colleagues are ready to support such an investigation. We expect that the powers of the UN and the OPCW will be exercised without delay…

    …As you know, Russia has suspended the Memorandum (*). Today Russian President Putin reaffirmed our readiness to resume compliance with the Memorandum provided there is a clear understanding of the main aims pursued by the US-led coalition air forces and the Russian Aerospace Forces, namely, the fight against ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other associated terrorist groups…
    (*)Memorandum – See this comment…

    • Memorandum of Understanding on Deconfliction in Syria
      Article at Consortium News –
      In other words, the Russians knew that Tillerson came with empty hands and that he was the suitor, not the one being wooed. Tillerson came to discuss reinstatement of the Memorandum of Understanding on Deconfliction in Syria because on the U.S. side there was great concern over Russia’s refusal now to speak at the regional level to U.S. military counterparts and avert clashes on the ground and in the air that could lead to escalation of confrontation and possibly to all-out-war. The Russian withdrawal from the deconfliction arrangement following the U.S. missile strike on a Syrian airfield on April 6 put the continuation of U.S.-led military operations against Islamic State militants inside Syria in danger.

  34. EVIDENCE ISRAEL/SAUDIS BEHIND SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK: Award-winning Iran-Contra journalist Robert Parry says the chemical weapons attack in Syria was launched from a joint Saudi-Israeli special operations base in Jordan, according to his intelligence sources. U.S. intelligence analysts determined that a drone was responsible for the attack and “eventually came to believe that the flight was launched in Jordan from a Saudi-Israeli special operations base for supporting Syrian rebels,” according to the source. “The suspected reason for the poison gas was to create an incident that would reverse the Trump administration’s announcement in late March that it was no longer seeking the removal of President Bashar al-Assad,” writes Parry.

    Trump Withholds Syria-Sarin Evidence

    U.S. Intelligence Source: Syria Chemical Weapons Attack Launched From Saudi Base

  35. White House claims on Syria chemical attack ‘obviously false’ – MIT professor (VIDEO) — A professor who challenged the 2013 claims of a chemical attack in Syria is now questioning the Trump administration’s narrative blaming the Assad government for the April 4 attack in the Idlib province town of Khan Shaykhun.

  36. herrqlys, Thanks for the clip.

    The affected radius of the Hiroshima bomb is a mile. (a 2 mile diameter)
    Today, the U.S. dropped a bomb which has the same radius of one mile.
    The GBU-43B, The MOAB — Massive Ordnance Air Blast — is also known as the “Mother Of All bombs.”
    Video of the bomb exploding –
    Story about the Afghanistan bombing.

    Of course, we all know that it is no coincidence that shortly following the missile strikes in Syria, the U.S. happens to decide to take out this cave in Afghanistan. “See our big bombs” kind of attitude.

    The U.S. has the mindset of WrestleMania.
    Donald Trump bodyslams, beats and shaves a guy at Wrestlemania XXIII
    This is President Trump with his bigchested advisor getting ready for the boogeyman.

    Of course, Congress is a smart group…

    Who votes these guys in?

  37. Korea’s history has more to do with JAPAN than CHINA. So why is Trump not putting pressure on Japan as well as China to rein in the Nukes? — Japanese occupied Korea from 1910–1945, then occupied by the USSR from 1945-1950. The Korean war split Korea into North and South at the 38th Parallel. Japan tried to suppress Korean traditions and culture and ran the economy primarily for its own benefit. Korean resistance groups known as Dongnipgun (Liberation Army) operated along the Sino-Korean border, fighting guerrilla warfare against Japanese forces. Some of them took part in allied action in China and parts of South East Asia. One of the guerrilla leaders was the communist Kim Il-sung, who later became the leader of North Korea. Now, Kim Il-sung’s son, Kim Jung-un is supreme leader.

  38. 5 Major Stories That Blow The “Official” Narrative On Syria Out Of The Water. As Americans, even those who previously despised him, rally behind President Donald Trump’s bombardment of Syria, they are failing to realize the atrocious lies, half truths and controversy surrounding the United States’ history with Syria as well as the creation and support of Islamist extremism. While there has yet to be definitive proof of the recent alleged sarin gas attack in Syria, if one looks at the known disinformation as well as what top experts in the field are saying, it can be deduced that the US government is, at the very minimum, not being entirely truthful with its people. If one goes even further down the rabbit hole, believing the government’s official position on Syria becomes absolutely asinine.

  39. I had missed the news report about Syria shooting down an Israeli jet on St Patrick’s Day. (Fri Mar 17, 2017)

    Journalist Robert Parry says the chemical weapons attack in Syria was launched from a joint Saudi-Israeli special operations base in Jordan.

    The following article points out: “…no one shoots down an Israeli warplane and gets away with it—EVER. …10 enemy to 1 Israeli per Talmudic Law.”

    The article also mentions Jared Kushner as have other alternative websites.
    Hsaive’s comment has some links about Kushner.

  40. New York Times – April 12
    An article by Thomas Friedman suggests that the U.S. aid ISIS in toppling Syria. He argues that the U.S. shouldn’t fight ISIS, but help them in any number of ways.

    • That’s exactly what’s going on, anyway.

  41. Interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – April 13
    (3 minute excerpt) – President Assad on American aggression, its pretexts, and Trump…

    Full interview – Assad with AFP News

    YouTube Channel for the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic

    AFP News website

    Twitter for AFP News

    • Unrelated, but what really grinds my gears is the way Hollywood depicts these “hacker” scenarios: animated code, floor to ceiling massive flatscreens plastered everywhere… who the hell hacks/trolls/whatever like that?

      You get a person in a room sitting in front of his PC working on the code, probably swearing a lot, talking to and possibly even issuing threats at his screen. That’s it.

      • About 15 or 20 years ago, I was commenting on an AOL news article. (I didn’t know better) Probably 20 or so comments would show up every minute. I remember one lady who kept at some insane argument. During the many series of comments pouring in, I finally had a back-n-forth with her asking her if she worked for AOL or someone. She finally admitted it to me. I watched as she later would try to flame or incite people in the comment sections.

        • Some people like to troll, if you can align that with your propaganda objective you’re golden.

          This is really easy to do on the internet, further compounded by the fact many people completely lose their critical thinking (little that they had to begin with) when they get online. This is probably enabled by almost zero possibility of physical retribution over ones’ actions online.

  42. Locally and recently this past week in North Texas, I have heard of guys being re-deployed overseas. One fellow mentioned a desert area, but he was prohibited to specify exactly where. Poor duped guy, he was all patriotically noble …”will serve my country for freedom” “may not come back”.

    • It behooves him to wake the hell up and smell the roses.

  43. CIA’s UMBRAGE See this episode of Corbett Report

    Very interesting article by John Helmer
    Tillerson & Cyberwarfare Spook both at Moscow April 12 talks

    The article tracks Margaret Peterlin, covertly known for specializing in cyber warfare weapons, including the latest in US computer programs to mimic foreign hackers and convince US targets they have been hacked by Russians. Her history and associates are very interesting.

    One associate is Matthew Stacks.
    At Lambda Prime, Stack claims credit for two cyber warfare projects in 2013 – the practical, “weaponized virtual machines with heterogeneous nodes for unpredictable and agile offensive fronts” and the theoretical, “Clausewitz, a modern theory of grand strategy for cyber military forces, and the role of guerilla cyber tactics”. The following year Stack hosted his first “Annual Hackathon” — “Hackathoners flew in from all across the United States to inhabit a 27 acre, early 1900s mansion that serves as the Lambda Prime corporate headquarters”.

    (Comment – My guess is that this is the address where the “Hackathon” took place. 777 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201 )

  44. Hey Everybody,

    I have been researching The terrible Tavistock Institute and came across this doc. with footage of the msm preparing us for a MOAB drop.

    11:17 has a talking head begging for more than what was just used we need…to use the mother of all bombs.

  45. “It’s common knowledge that Israeli foreign policy going back to the days of Ben Gurion has been exceedingly opportunistic and amoral. So I suppose one shouldn’t be surprised at this new development. But still it does momentarily take one’s breath away to contemplate just how sleazy Israel’s motives and choices can often be.”

    • Where did you post your email address publicly?

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