Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Donald Trump called Barack Obama the founder of ISIS and Hillary Clinton its co-founder, echoing the words of Gen. Michael Flynn that Obama made a willful decision to allow Islamic State to form as a weapon against Assad. It made the war in Syria a strategic mess. Geopolitically there's even more at stake after ISIS has been defeated. 

UPDATE: In the latest news the UN inspectors have not yet been able to visit the site of the alleged gas attack. And apparently they don't have to. There are reports there was a conventional strike causing respiratory problems and eye irritation. Upon entering the hospital some moron yelled "gas attack" resulting in widespread panic and hysteria. It sounds as something typical that might occur in that back of the woods. In the meantime there are reports the President still wants to pull out of Syria, inserting instead an allied force made up of Egyptian, UAE and Saudi contingents. Revolutionary idea! If you thought Bolton was a neocon, think again. Peace through strength should not be confused with the neo colonial concept of global liberalism.
The Trump administration is reportedly trying to recruit Arab nations to commit funding and troops to eventually replace the U.S. military presence in Syria. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that U.S. officials have reached out to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates about contributing billions of dollars and military resources to help secure Syria after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is defeated. National security adviser John Bolton has also reportedly reached out to Egyptian officials about the initiative. (More)

April 15, 2018


 It is time for some opinion about what is really going on with the strikes on Syria. The question if the gas attack on Douma is true or not, and if so who done it, is foremost in people's minds. Since we can't go there and ascertain for themselves, we shall have to take the parties' word for it. With that in mind it is important to understand why President Trump would make a point of upholding the ban on the use of these chemical weapons: in February the Russians attacked Kurds and Americans in Deir Ezzor; 200 Russian mercenaries were killed (source). In such an environment it stands to reason President Trump wants to make sure these weapons are not used against his troops. Secondly, if Trump wants to solve historical, intractable problems like North Korea and Iran, the world's thugs must know that if the president draws a red line he's prepared to enforce it. Candidate Trump promised "no more nation building", but what does his postmodern base think, is the meaning of "peace through strength"? Thirdly, closely related, there's this!

April 14, 2018


Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Oliver North said the coalition attack on Syrian military and chemical weapons facilities sends an "important message" to not only the Assad government, but also Iran and Russia. North said the two nations are "enablers" of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and that by America joining with allies France and Great Britain, the attack illustrates allied resolve. "There are a lot of players in this," he added, saying that several countries other than the three western allies are concerned about the present state of Syria. "Syria is a totally failed state," he said. "The ultimate outcome is going to be a completely different map." (More)


Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Saturday the U.S. and its allies "successfully hit every target" in airstrikes in Syria overnight. The U.S., U.K. and France and U.K. launched the strikes Friday night Eastern Time in response to the Syrian regime's alleged use of chemical weapons last weekend. In total, the U.S. used 105 weapons against three targets. "I can assure you we took every measure and precaution to strike only what we targeted and –– and we successfully hit every target," White told reporters Saturday. White said the U.S. believes it has "significantly crippled" Syrian President Bashar Assad's ability to carry out a chemical weapons attack. White said the mission in Syria remains defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but the U.S. will not stand by while Assad attacks "innocent Syrian people."  (More)

April 12, 2018


While Russia and Iran were scrambling to get their assets out of the Syria war theater, libertarians and other peaceniks worked themselves in a frenzy over "WWIII". Then President Trump posted a tweet this morning. The media echo chamber is pregnant with the sound of "Trump is walking back". No, he's not! They don't listen! Trump said he would take a decision in 1-2 days; not that he would attack. They never learn. They ought to know by know that the President does not show his hand when it comes to tactics. The Russians, Iranians and their Syrian clients on the other hand, just did!

April 9, 2018


A year ago President Trump answered an Assad poison gas attack with 59 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian airbase. The question is now, what will the President do after this week's alleged gas attack; and who unleashed airstrikes last night on Assad's T4 airbase near Homs? According to Russia two Israeli F-15 jets carried out the strike with guided missiles from Lebanese airspace. Five of eight missiles are said to have been destroyed by Syrian air defenses. The strike killed 14, including Iranian troops. The T4 airbase may have been chosen as a target as it is home to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Quds Force. An Iranian drone which took off from the T4 airbase, infiltrated Israel in February. Several drones were said to have been destroyed in last night’s strike. John McCain claims President Trump's suggestion that US troops may be withdrawn from Syria emboldened Assad. Trump never intended a withdrawal. It was clearly strategic deception. More is yet to come. A confrontation with Iran and Hezbollah is unavoidable at some point in the near future. More observations to ponder in Thomas Wictor's thread below.