G7 Italy Talks – All Focused on Tillerson: Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh May…

It would appear, based on constructs from alternate governmental releases, that thankfully the prior AP report is not a surprise to Secretary Rex Tillerson.  A readout from a call between British Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump provides additional context to absorb the larger, and overarching, ally objectives.

As such it appears the international effort is focused on holding Russian President Vladimir Putin responsible for the actions of Syria’s Bashir Assad.   Toward that objective the international leadership is putting an absolute ton of responsibility on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to be the tip of the spear.

To say all eyes are on T-Rex today would be the understatement of the year.  And ahead of his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Vladimir Putin is attempting to avoid the snare by refusing to grant T-Rex an audience.  Apparently, based on the action of Putin, Secretary T-Rex is considered a more formidable adversary than former Secretary of State John Kerry.

(Via Reuters) The Kremlin said on Monday that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not meet President Vladimir Putin when he visits Moscow on Wednesday, a move that could point to tensions over a U.S. missile attack on a Syrian air base last week.

John Kerry, Tillerson’s predecessor, often met Putin as well as the Russian foreign minister when he visited Moscow, and Putin granted several audiences to the Texan when he ran oil major Exxon Mobil before taking his current job.

Putin even personally awarded Tillerson a top Russian state award — the Order of Friendship — in 2013, and it was widely expected that the former oilman would meet Putin on what is his first trip to Russia as secretary of state.

But Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on Monday that no such meeting was planned, suggesting Tillerson will follow strict diplomatic protocol and only meet his direct counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

[…]  Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, said on Monday that the U.S. strikes had shown Washington’s total unwillingness to cooperate on Syria.

Reacting to media reports that Tillerson would use his visit to press Moscow to back away from supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia’s biggest Middle East ally, Peskov signaled that was a non-starter.

“Returning to pseudo-attempts to resolve the crisis by repeating mantras that Assad must step down cannot help sort things out.”  (link)

This is how the UK officials are presenting the communication:  – “Prime Minister Theresa May and President Trump spoke today about the situation in Syria.  A Downing Street spokesperson said:”

♦ Theresa May tonight spoke with U.S. President Trump to discuss last week’s chemical weapons attack in Syria and the U.S. response.

♦ The President thanked the Prime Minister for her support in the wake of last week’s U.S. military action against the Assad regime.

♦ The Prime Minister and the President agreed that a window of opportunity now exists in which to persuade Russia that its alliance with Assad is no longer in its strategic interest.

♦ They agreed that U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson’s visit to Moscow this week provides an opportunity to make progress towards a solution which will deliver a lasting political settlement.

♦ They also discussed the broader Middle East, including the threat posed by Iran throughout the region.

The Prime Minister and President also stressed the importance of the international community including China putting pressure on North Korea to constrain the threat it poses.  (readout link)

Here’s the way the White House is framing the same contact:

 

 

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154 Responses to G7 Italy Talks – All Focused on Tillerson: Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh May…

  1. Kelly says:

    Isn’t it wonderful to have Secretary of State who doesn’t embarrass the crap out of America? TRex is an amazing man.

    Liked by 48 people

    • Tazz2293 says:

      Adults really are in charge again.

      Liked by 14 people

      • Remember how freaked out we were that Trump was meeting with Romney about the SOS position, looking at T Rex perform, you could tell Romney never had a chance during the interview process(not that he ever did). I am very happy with our T Rex!

        Liked by 14 people

        • The Demon Slick says:

          Nobody thought Rex would take the job. It’s a dream pick for us, but he had to give up so much to take the position, it was widely assumed that we couldn’t get him. There’s no upside for him except for maybe the history books. It was only because his wife convinced him to make the sacrifices necessary and do it for God and Country.

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          • Benson II says:

            Men like Tillerson need daily challenges and problems to solve to stay happy. I can’t imagine him being content with a meaningless boring retirement. No hobby can replace the real life excitement and accomplishment of doing an important job. Not everyone thrives on this kind of life but those who do need it to survive and thrive.

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        • ok4ayl says:

          That look Trump had in the restaurant was simply BRILLIANT……Romney looked clueless…Go figure!

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    • Anne says:

      Indeed! An amazing man!

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    • A2 says:

      Indeed and in the face of the AP story specifically timed to embarrass him and the administration. Catherine the Great Redux will not meet with T Rex because he doesn’t want to hear a united message from the G 7 who kicked him out after his adventures in Crimea and Ukraine. He can play hide and seek, but what is hidden shall be uncovered.

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    • Fe says:

      I don’t just “like” your comment, I “love” it! ❤

      Liked by 5 people

  2. FofBW says:

    There has to be so much 4d chess going on behind the scenes it would probably boggle our minds if we had privy to it. Thank God for the master player, President Trump!!

    Liked by 22 people

    • highdezertgator says:

      “THE IMPEDIMENT TO ACTION ADVANCES ACTION. WHAT STANDS IN THE WAY BECOMES THE WAY.” — MARCUS AURELIUS

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      • MVW says:

        Trump’s big problem is the CIA. Not Islam. Weaponized Islam is a product of the CIA. All the false flags that has cost us $6 trillion, American life and limb, and so much horror in the illegal trafficking for funding. So, how to undo the CIA? Others have tried.

        Answer: Let the CIA provide dirty intel leading to bombing Syria and risking conflict with Russia and war. Let Putin give Tillerson the real intel. Unmask the CIA and motivate cleanup of the rogue intel agency that has failed us in Iraq, etc.

        We will see what unfolds, maybe I will see Unicorns and Ivanka swinging a #2 wood in high heels on the green next.

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        • A2 says:

          I guess it comes down to, whatever floats your boat. The rest of us took the Train. Choo Choo MVW.

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        • highdezertgator says:

          Where was the CIA when Islam began in 610 AD? And the Caliphates that followed:
          The Rashidun Caliphate (632-661)
          The Umayyad Caliphate (661-750) – Successor of the Rashidun Caliphate
          The Umayyad Caliphate of Cordoba in Islamic Spain (756-929-1031)
          The Abbasid Caliphate (750-1258) – Successor of the Umayyad Caliphate
          The Fatimid Caliphate (909-1171)
          The Ayyubid dynasty (1171-1260)
          The Mamluk Caliphate (Bahri dynasty then succeeded by Burji dynasty) (1250–1517)
          The Ottoman Caliphate (1299 –1923)

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          • Noah says:

            Well, your argument is impenetrable. Since we’re facing the Ottoman empire, and there hasn’t been a slew of assassinations, coups, and other regime changes in the middle east since 1923. There obviously was no funding of fundamentalist madrasas and training of Islamic terrorists, no plans or history of using proxy armies to engage with democratic European governments. For example, NATO’s Gladio A & B proxy wars were not a thing. The CIA has been entirely honorable and applied just war theory in line with Christian principles to protect the American way of life. There is no possible logical conclusion but “Islam did it”. I’m on the train, too, doesn’t mean I have to forgot history because a good man is sitting in the President’s seat. CIA is part of the Swamp, as is the State Dept.

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    • mysticrose80 says:

      I definitely feel that there is a lot going on behind the scenes. This is why I am hesitant to weigh in on the current situation, either way. Is the President manipulating the situation to keep certain entities confused or guessing? Or is he, as others feel, becoming absorbed by the swamp? No one truly knows.

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  3. Tazz2293 says:

    So the LSM along with B.O. created the Trump/Putin hacking U.S. Election narrative.

    Trump destroyed that narrative.

    Now AP Reporting that a Senior U.S. Official (McStain is that you?) is stating that the Trump admin believes Russia may have been complicit in the Gas attack.

    Holy Cannoli Batman, Could Trump and Putin be playing 10D Chess with the Lying Urine Stained U.S. Media?

    I am sure that both Trump and Putin want to shame the U.S. LSM so as to shut them up, that behind the scenes the worlds super powers may work together to save the planet.

    I am not saying Trump and Putin are best buds, just that both recognize the threat to world peace are the globalists and their propaganda machine, and that along with Xi they can help to make the Globe safer for all of us.

    Ehhh, Just a theory

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    • Trumppin says:

      I’ve had thoughts that both Trump and Putin are busy playing master chess together on the 10th level of this chess board
      while they have everyone else still on the first level trying to learn the game.

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    • El Torito says:

      I see it more as Trump getting close enough to Deep State to shiv them.

      Liked by 2 people

    • mdt123 says:

      I keep thinking the same. They are both on exactly same page for each of their nations that were former adversaries. Together they could literally save the world by insisting on order and focus on lifting everyone from poverty (instead of globalization and mass migrations). I wonder how they would communicate for the 10D Chess without an outward appearance of ‘collusion’?

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  4. SoCal Patriot says:

    TRex is a serious man…we haven’t seen that in our Secretary of State over the last eight years. We have not been well-served by the two prior blowhards.

    Liked by 22 people

  5. 804hokie says:

    I thank the Good Lord that Trump is Commander-in-Chief right now, and not the alternative.

    Liked by 26 people

  6. Publius2016 says:

    Incredible how President Trump’s agenda is clearly laid out: radical Islamic terror must be eliminated, Russia must cooperate with us on resolving Middle East, sanctions stay as long as Russia continues in Ukraine, China must cooperate on North Korea or we reserve the right to intervene. Simple clear and fair. We are open for business 24/7.

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  7. NoOneButTrump says:

    TRex looks relaxed and confident. He knows things I don’t know.

    Ergo, I’m going to relax and be confident.

    Liked by 26 people

  8. Landslide says:

    Can’t imagine being in Tillerson’s shoes….but he is used to major negotiations on the world stage. I know I’ll be praying for him.

    Liked by 16 people

  9. Oldskool says:

    The more I see every media source reference to a “Syrian gas attack”, the more I’m convinced that what more than likely happened was CIA’s favorite group al Nusra, planted some sort of chemical agent in that ammo dump which was bombed and there you go. I would hope PTrump has Erik Prince send some of his contacts in there for some accurate intel before that situation gets made worse by the NeoCon’s propaganda machine. What kind of reports can be expected from the CIA? They started, funded and are perpetuating that non-existent civil war.

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  10. FofBW says:

    Just a thought.

    perhaps all this Russia knew stuff had to happen in order to remove the narrative that President Trump colluded with Russia. Now with a little more 4d chess the door will be open to have a real negotiation and relationship with Putin.

    It is above my pay grade, but who knows……

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    • ALEX says:

      It has obviously opened the doors for a major decision by Putin…We find out where we’re at and I like it…We don’t need him and he can rot away in a dying country if he wants..

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      • Summer says:

        His country is not dying. It is a large Christian country that rejected communism and embraced nationalism, with great cultural heritage, vast territories, abundant natural resources, populated with hardy people who love their country and will defend her to their last breath. And probably win. It is Europe that is dying. Soon to become a part of some caliphate. A Russian friend says the imposed sanctions spurred local manufacturing and made local businesses more profitable.

        We don’t know what Putin will do but Russia is a super power so whatever he does is important.

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  11. WeThePeople2016 says:

    I will be praying for the safety of T-Rex and his associates as he forges on in this mission overseas. May God keep them all safe.

    Liked by 13 people

  12. wheatietoo says:

    “All Focused on Tillerson”

    Yep, it’s like they’re all warming their hands on his fire.

    Liked by 8 people

  13. ALEX says:

    This puts tremendous pressure on Putin in a very short time….I like it. Putin doubles down and shows the world he is all in with Assad,Iran/Hezbollah etc or he at minimum recognizes the Western world is not budging and he can make some overtures towards joining civilized norms…..

    Your call VLAD…..Iran and Assad are a one way street tough guy….

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    • Publius2016 says:

      NATO was not to expand to Russia’s borders. The Ukraine revolution was supported by the Obama Administration as was the refugee invasion to Europe and Obama gave the mullah $150 billion with $7 billion in cash.

      Liked by 5 people

      • A2 says:

        Vlad supported and helped broker the Iran deal to lift sanctions and the dosh because he wanted repayment for all the military arms, nuclear tech, loans and so on he gave the Iranians. So, in a way Obama paid off Vlad. You should read the new line of credit and goodies he has now advanced Rouhani now that their credit is good at their joint development convo on 29 March.

        Expanding Russian influence west means eventually he will run into NATO. Getting rid of NATO has always been a long-term Russian objective. Oh, and the ports. Needs those med ports.

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    • Doug says:

      very well said

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  14. Am77 says:

    I was hoping for a better relationship with Russia with Trump, looks like it’s going to be the same as with Obama. Oh well.

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    • El Torito says:

      Nothing like it. Obama was a coward and a lying shrew and Putin knew it. With Obama, Putin had 8 years of free reign and no consequence. Putin is kicking himself that he didn’t more to take advantage while he had the traitor-in-chief at the helm. Trump caught him off guard. Putin erred by putting out a statement alongside Iran. Makes him look like he needs a partner to defend his interests. And Iran is going to get hammered by a coalition sooner rather than later. Putin has a weak hand and he’s bluffing.

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  15. WestportCT says:

    Wish SD would write about what’s going on in North Korea…amazing what T-REX and DJT have on their plates right now.

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    • A2 says:

      No one (meaning us keyboard jockeys) knows what is going on. However the story making the fakery rounds that China has amassed troops on the border has been debunked by both the Chinese Foreign Minister and the US DOD.

      What China has done is stepped up border and customs controls in accordance with an agreement made at the Trump-Xi summit to tighten up financial sanctions on NK. So results are in progress.

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      • WestportCT says:

        Pulled this from Hot Air:https://qz.com/950488/nasty-brutish-and-short-what-the-next-korean-war-will-look-like/

        Didn’t realize NK had capacity to launch missiles from submarines.

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        • A2 says:

          That has been reported for awhile. They also have mobile launchers.

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        • Maquis says:

          NorKs got the largest submarine fleet in the World. Mostly for Special Forces type insertions.

          They have people in place in the South already. Lots of huge tunnels, some can handle vehicles and such. We keep finding more, and they keep building more.

          Heck, they have an airbase built into a mountainside, if not more. They love the mole life.

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      • A2, “super secret intel?” Come on really? I read RC’s post and it is reasonable and draws reasonable conclusions and hardly some disinformation post. In any case, looks like RC took the time to post and seems like a person just wanting to express their opinion.

        Now for your utter snark and bitchsnickery.

        Anonymous persons, sexless, nameless, ageless, a cartoon for a a picture and without accountability sure do a lot of barking at people for simply making a comment. As you said about yourself you “don’t know what’s really going on” and “you’re a keyboard jockey.” So what is a person who admits they’re a keyboard jockey who doesn’t know what’s going on doing telling others they don’t either. Those are YOUR words..

        Not everyone needs super secret intel to decipher a situation especially when we had a round #1 of it in 2013.

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  16. Suite D says:

    Texas Hold ‘Em, T Rex! In order to live you have to be willing to die! MAGA!!!

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  17. fleporeblog says:

    The ebb and flow since the 59 Tomahawks were dropped on Thursday night has been amazing. Globalist realize that China is essential to a global economy. That is why you saw the WTO agreement of having China join in the early 2000s. Globalist in our country knew that this would destroy our manufacturing dominance. Our President always mentions that after China joined the WTO, over 60,000 factories had disappeared. Our biggest trade in balance is with China ($375+ billon a year).

    President Xi invited our Lion to come for a state visit in the same calendar year. Our President said that he would take him up on his offer. Do you think the little fat man in NK will still be an issue as our President lands in neighboring China. I don’t think so! To make sure, he is sending over our Carrier group just to play war games in their waters.

    Amazing that the Europeans are confused by D.C. There is absolutely no confusion in my book. TRex said on both Sunday shows that are #1 priority is to defeat ISIS. Our #2 priority is to stabilize portions of Syria near Raqqa to establish safe zones for local governance to return back. This will also allow Syrian refugees to start returning home and rebuilding their country. The most important point that flies in the face of McCain, Graham, Rubio and the rest of the neocons and Europeans is to allow the Syrian people to decide who should lead them. If that is to be Assad than that is that.

    We will not do what the globalist want which is for us to force regime change and possibly WWIII. The Europeans want to destroy Russia with the pipeline Saudi Arabia and Quatar would like to have run through Syria so that the can take over Russia’s business of providing fuel to Europe. Our President and TRex are well aware that the Globalist in the US and Europe feel that there is blood in the water. They will not take the bait but will play along.

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    • WeThePeople2016 says:

      “TRex said on both Sunday shows that are #1 priority is to defeat ISIS. Our #2 priority is to stabilize portions of Syria near Raqqa to establish safe zones for local governance to return back. This will also allow Syrian refugees to start returning home and rebuilding their country.”

      This is what Spicer said today during the Press conference. Spicer said it several times.

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      • I will be awaiting the bombing of the poppy fields. They are one of ISIS’ main source of revenue. It’s also poisoning our youth and adults in this country too.

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        • Noah says:

          I hope Trump can assert control of the military without globalist weasels in the leadership thwarting his directives. We can’t be protecting poppy growers like we did back in the latter part of George W. Bush’s presidency–the CIA international drug trade funding is something that needs to be choked to death by other parts of the government that haven’t gone rogue.

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  18. Derek Hagen says:

    “Please help us Mr. Tillerson, we’re all so slobbery over you because we haven’t been able to defend ourselves for over 100 years and it’s just too hard to get up enough gumption to even be thinking of doing that”.

    Liked by 3 people

    • dutzie60 says:

      And … “We can’t even protect our women from being raped, old women thrown out of windows, cars being burned, people being slapped around, stabbed, murdered and just general chaos and mayhem in our cities and countries.”

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  19. This situation has shown a seismic, cosmic, shift in who controls the foreign policy objectives of the united states.

    The wonks, neocon chickenhawks and assorted oddbods at State are now going back to being subservient to the leadership of the White House. Has not been that way for decades.

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    • Doug says:

      this .. my entire lifetime it hasnt been like this.. its like real adults are in charge and these adults realize the world isnt black and white.. that foreign policy cant be summed up in one sentence

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      • YES. enough with the slogans and soundbites and marketing pushes! Foreign policy is something older cultures take in with their mother’s milk, not something for smarmy slimy career bureaucrats and political grifters to latch on to for the work day!

        America has enormous risks in everything she does because she dominates through example as well as strength, held to a moral code that should sit easily on her broad shoulders.

        For far too long she has been horribly ill served by State. Enough.

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    • WSB says:

      And Nikki Haley didn’t read the memo, I guess.

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  20. RC says:

    5 days after the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun and we still have no independent, objective evidence what chemical was released, let alone by whom. Instead, we have virtue posturing and Sunday morning braggadocio by the Trump Administration, which decided without evidence about who is to blame, and then launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase as punishment. ( Execute first, then hold a trial. )

    Incidentally, President Trump’s authorization of a missile attack on a sovereign nation which had not attacked the US, or even threatened to attack the US (as have Iran and North Korea), is a violation of International Law and the United Nations charter, to which we are signatories. Should Russia and / or China raise a question about the lawless bombing of the Syrian airbase at the UN, how will the Trump Administration respond?

    * * * Spare me the knee-jerk label of TROLL. I cheered every Trump rally during the Primary and Election campaigns, here on the Treehouse, and still receive near-daily Trump and Trump allied solicitations for more money. * * *

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    • sundance says:

      Audio Visual version?

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    • Joe says:

      The violation of international law stuff bugs the Russians a lot. International law is a collections of agreements that grew up after the horrors of the 30 years war that civilized nations found useful to more or less abide by. We might want to think twice before going back to might makes right.

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    • Marica says:

      RC– do you EVER read sundance’s very astute and intelligent posts –like EVER? It doesnt matter WHO gassed the indefensible people–It simply needs to STOP! You make me want to stop coming to our beloved treehouse comment section because you are simply acting like “we are doomed” and and Trump is basically an idiot–and again–the other option was….? Maybe spend Holy Week praying that Our Awesome God has this–and pray that HE is using our new President to bring order to this very chaotic world…

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      • A.D. Everard says:

        Marcia, don’t give up coming. Whether this person is a troll or not, there ARE trolls who come in with the sole intention of upsetting people and disbanding the readership.

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      • Marcia Marcia Marcia! It always matters who committed such an atrocity as a gassing of civilians. To be accused and condemned and punished of such a heinous act and crime against humanity if you are not guilty of it sure does matter. Truth matters.

        Yes our God is an awesome God and one of His awesome commandments is “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” A lot of translations mistranslate this to “thou shall not lie,” but that is not what was Written. As to the question “well, who is our neighbor?” Jesus defined that for us as even being an enemy as He explained who is our neighbor in the parable of the Good Samaritan who was a stranger and an enemy.

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      • Maria…Don’t ever stop expressing your views…Once you do that you that you have given into the VERY THING they want: For you to stop expressing your opinion…

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    • graphiclucidity says:

      How many international laws have Russia, China, Iran and Syria broken in the last several years?

      If there is nobody willing to enforce it is it really a law?

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      • A2 says:

        Great comment. I made that exact point at an xxx meeting with a xxx gov think-tank (not US, Iran, Russia or Syria) I was asked to attend. No response. In fact there was silence, and a lot of shifting in seats,

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        • graphiclucidity says:

          It just seems so obvious to me.
          The designated enforcer, The U.N., is as useless as tits on a bull.

          Which is why the USA almost always ends up picking the short straw.

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          • A2 says:

            It is also true at the domestic level for states that publish all shiny new laws in compliance with UN directives, then don’t enforce them, then harass the lawyers and clients who think they will have a day in court.

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  21. Janice says:

    The lion and Sundance analysis over what is happening is just breath taking! Thank you Sundance. Prayers for this administration.

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  22. wolfmoon1776 says:

    Tillerson is definitely “on-message” about chemical weapons, by building on the theme of atrocities against civilians.

    This is actually a good way to improve ties between the Trump administration and the American scientific community. It’s also a way to help that community regain clarity of thinking. Chemical weapons are a much more solidly-grounded virtue signal than climate change.

    SECRETARY TILLERSON: We remember the events of August 12th, 1944 that occurred in Sant’Anna and we re-dedicate ourselves to holding to account any and all who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world. This place will serve as an inspiration to us all.

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    • piper567 says:

      wolfmoon ^^^,
      “Chemical weapons are a much more solidly-grounded virtue signal than climate change.”
      Very Good comment. Thank you.
      So much can be seen under this umbrella as an actual reality that can be focused on…
      Agenda driven “science” has a tendency to divide all kinds of people, whereas the intentional killing of civilians is a thing which can bring people together.
      a good focus for prayer.

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  23. ALEX says:

    It seems according to these articles and Kremlin spokesman the threat of retaliation was by a commander on ground in Syria and know red lines exist on next U.S. attack…

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/russia-walks-back-threats-retaliation-125400006.html

    https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201704101052484957-russia-us-syria-red-lines/

    Kremlin is not aware about statements of a joint command center of Russia, Iran and forces supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad reported by media that the United States had crossed “red lines” by striking Syrian airbase with Tomahawk missiles, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Sunday, Reuters reported, citing a joint command center allegedly comprising the forces of Russia, Iran and militias supporting Assad that the recent US missile attack against the Syrian Ash Sha’irat airfield had crossed “red lines.” According to the media outlet, the allies would respond to any new aggression and increase its support for Damascus.

    “We are not aware about that, we cannot confirm that and we do not know where Reuters got this and where these anonymous sources appeared from again,” Peskov told reporters.

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  24. American Patriot says:

    Tillerson is a breath of fresh air and a good pick……Betsy Devos not so much….Hope I am missing something with her 😦

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  25. booger71 says:

    Something goofy about your not fly zone story Sundance. Can’t access continue reading

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  26. Anne says:

    Arrival of the Ministers for the meeting, and the roundtable:

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  27. Joe says:

    This is an initial meeting at the foreign minister level after a new administration in Washington. Putin may drop in if he wants but there is no reason to. Someone who understands eastern europe said that Putin should cancel the meeting, so maybe the meeting taking place at all is more important than American views of who should be at the meeting?

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  28. Sunshine says:

    Putin is avoiding T-Rex.
    The ‘Russian bear’ image Putin has been cultivating for himself has suddenly vanished.
    T-Rex now holds the cards and owns the image as well.

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  29. jupitercomm says:

    “Being sick is itself a kind of ressentiment. — Against this the invalid has only one great means of cure — I call it Russian fatalism, that fatalism without rebellion with which a Russian soldier for whom the campaign has become too much at last lies down in the snow.”” – Nietzsche, 1888

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  30. Joan says:

    There is so much I love about T Rex – the fact that he is an adult, for one – smart – can actually talk and make sense – etc., etc. – but I really like his grey hair. I got so sick of Kerry’s wigs.

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  31. Aqua says:

    President Trump’s Cabinet and Supreme Court picks ALL know their respective roles and goals. For those from a military background, this comes naturally. For those from great companies, this is equally true. You state the objective, and strategize as to how to get there. Overcoming a few obstacles along the way is par for the course. I have been a part of some excellent companies, and to see this playing out in Washington DC is simply astounding.

    This is one of the most significant differences between a Trump Administration and Horrendous O’s.

    T Rex will be able to build a solid State Department once he finds all the obstacles within his Department. Like with any company, they will reveal themselves on the job, and T Rex will not have any trouble moving them along.

    In the meantime, he is working incredibly hard on our behalf. I am truly grateful.

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  32. RC says:

    Hey R-C,

    I notice your comment: “please note that I’m “R-C”–not the “RC” who made the original post, which I don’t agree with whatsoever” and wonder which of my two posts today you don’t agree with?

    1. That the US, Syria and the Russians share, co-ordinate and monitor all their flights over Syria, at a tactical level, to avoid mid-air collisions.

    2. We still don’t know what chemical was released over Khan Shaykhun and by whom (it seems even Sundance does not know and simply dismisses the question as of no import).

    3. The US violated International Law and the UN Charter by attacking a country that had not attacked us, nor even threatened to attack us.

    No offense intended and in the interest of clearing up your contrary position, please identify which of these positions you do not share? I have collected 2 my posts below.

    Your fellow Treehouse enthusiast.

    RC says: April 10, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Nobody on the American, or Syrian, or Russian side LEAKED anything about flights over Syria. For months, Syrian, Russian and the US militaries have shared a dedicated channel to co-ordinate each others air operations over Syria. The Syrians had long told the Russians and the US about their intention to bomb a former quarry-now-depot used by Islamic terrorists near Idlib, which involved successive recon flights over several days leading eventually to a bomb drop.

    The pre-established recon flight, by a Sukhoi Su-22, over the quarry took place at 0651 Local Time. 9 minutes later there was an explosion, generating a cloud of gas. Strong winds blew the gas over the neighboring village of Khan Shaykhun.

    It passes credibility that the Syrians would have used Sarin-or-Chlorine-or-Phosgene to gas the villagers knowing that both the Russians and the Americans were monitoring their air operations that and every morning.

    On the other hand, the 0700 Local Time gas explosion was probably intended to coincide with the Su-22 overflight, but missed by 9 minutes, at which point the Su-22 was checking up on other sites elsewhere.

    Incidentally, the so called “US warning” about our retaliatory missile attack in western Syria was achieved via the use of the same flight co-ordinating channel, per the established protocol.

    RC says: April 10, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    5 days after the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun and we still have no independent, objective evidence what chemical was released, let alone by whom. Instead, we have virtue posturing and Sunday morning braggadocio by the Trump Administration, which decided without evidence about who is to blame, and then launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase as punishment. ( Execute first, then hold a trial. )

    Incidentally, President Trump’s authorization of a missile attack on a sovereign nation which had not attacked the US, or even threatened to attack the US (as have Iran and North Korea), is a violation of International Law and the United Nations charter, to which we are signatories. Should Russia and / or China raise a question about the lawless bombing of the Syrian airbase at the UN, how will the Trump Administration respond?

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    • MVW says:

      R-C,
      I read both of your posts with interest. Trump, Tillerson, and generals are in the middle of war action against ISIS with Russia. There is no way to have insight into where the horizon while we fly in this cloud. Too much in play. Too many objectives. Trump is after all a genius. And then behind us all is God. In God I trust in this case.

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      • Every one of those “Italian leaders” at that summit are despised and hated by the Italians and they are the enemies of the people. It is absolutely reprehensible for Italy to even consider these Washington sanctions (started by Obama) on Russia, it is certain death for the people of Italy. Russia is one of Italy’s most valuable trading partners and the Italians depend on that trade for their economy.

        I can only wonder what “deal” Washington is making with Italy in return for supporting US sanctions on Russia. After the last time it almost bankrupted them and so many suffered and literally starved. Protection at the border by Sirte Libya where ISIS is aching to enter? Money? or both? It is imperative for Washington to at least have it appear like they have “the allies” votes on things.

        It’s like 2013 all over again.

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      • oops! Sorry MVW, my reply was for someone else in regards to the meeting with Italy, not sure why it posted under your comment!

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    • A2 says:

      A simple, and direct answer to your post, is go away. Disinformation, partial facts and faulty logic leading to more fallacies is well, laughable. But then we all wish to know your super secret intel for your assertions. Do tell us.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        A2, who are you addressing that comment to please?

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        • A2 says:

          Apologies. Forgot to put ‘RC’. So much thread jumping. A good reminder. Thank you,

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          • RC says:

            Hey A2,
            The Treehouse comment section used to be frequented by courteous folk capable of dialog. Please explain where my statements above are false, or where my logic is faulty? Also, why would deliberate lies ever be laughable?

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          • BigMamaTEA says:

            The more comments on threads, I try to remember to “address” my comments (sometimes I forget too) cause comments start actually landing sometimes in different places than you thought they would.

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