Why is President Trump Threatening Assad Over Chemical Weapon Use?…

There are people on all sides of the political continuum entirely missing the reason for President Trump to threaten Bashir Assad publicly.   Key word to understanding the Trump motive is: “publicly“.

President Trump, according to all high-brow punditry, is breaking diplomatic and national security norms by announcing the threat of punishment publicly instead of directly to Assad via a back-channel like Russia.  However, that approach appears entirely by design; not by some arbitrary dispatch or happenstance breech of security protocol.

Here’s the big picture.

♦ FIRST – Who benefits from the U.S. attacking, weakening or taking out Assad?

Four primary groups:

  • #1) Assad’s political opposition.
  • #2) Islamic Extremist groups (ISIS, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra et al) ie. The Muslim Brotherhood.
  • #3) Turkey and Recep Erdogan; and
  • #4) John McCain, Evan McMullin, Adam Kinzinger, the industrial war complex and neo-cons etc.

♦ SECOND – President Trump doesn’t want to engage in Syria beyond the elimination of ISIS (al-Qaeda, al-Nusra) etc.  Trump’s announced strategy is to defeat the Islamic extremists, ISIS; and then work on a regional governorship type structure toward a diplomatic internal political solution (Rex Tillerson).

[…]  In terms of the future of Bashar al-Assad, it is important to us that we undertake a political process that leads to the final conclusion of how Syria will be governed. It is our policy for a unified Syria that is governed by the people of Syria.

I think it is clear to all of us that the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end; but the question of how that ends and the transition itself could be very important, in our view, to the durability, the stability inside of a unified Syria, and its stability and durability of the outcome going forward.

So that’s why we are not presupposing how that occurs, but I think it is clear that we see no further role for the Assad regime longer-term given that they have effectively given up their legitimacy with these type of attacks.  (more) ~ Rex Tillerson

However, all of the four aforementioned vested interests want a civil war type military conflict and the mutually beneficial opportunities arising therein.

♦ THIRD – Bashir Assad, and by extension Vladimir Putin and Iran, don’t want to see ISIS defeated (leading to space for a political opposition within the country).  So long as the fire that is ISIS remains, the fireman that is Assad has a purpose. Assad has a vested interest in containing, but not necessarily defeating, ISIS.

That’s why Russia and Assad made so much initial progress crushing ISIS then paused and preferred to just contain them. For several months Assad/Putin have NOT been working to eliminate ISIS or the Muslim Brotherhood.  ISIS has become the shield for Assad to remain in power with a purpose to sell to the rest of the world.

All of Assad/Putin’s recent military engagements have been targeted attacks against Assad’s political opposition, not extremists and jihadists.

• President Trump wants ISIS defeated; Assad/Putin, notsomuch.

•ISIS, Turkey, the EU and John McCain want Assad defeated (regime change);  President Trump, notsomuch.

Who has a vested interest in using Chemical Weapons that will draw the U.S. into removing Assad?  Answer: ISIS, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, Turkey, Recep Erdogan, John McCain, Evan McMullin, Deep State CIA and EU counterparts etc.

To counteract this interest President Trump tells the world publicly:

“If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.” (link)

In essence any entity that uses chemical weapons will trigger an attack against Assad.

So what’s Assad’s best play now?

Stop anyone from using Chemical Weapons.

What does that mean?

It means Assad/Putin needs to fight ISIS, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra etc. to ensure chemical weapons are not used.

This forces Assad to fight the and defeat forces he and Putin, in actuality, don’t want to fight (but Trump does).

If Assad doesn’t fight to defeat ISIS (al-Qaeda, al-Nusra etc.) he runs the risk of those people using chemical weapons to initiate Assad’s own demise.  Ergo it is now in Assad’s best interest to fight ISIS (al-Qaeda, al-Nusra etc.).

♦ Lastly, by making the threat as big, loud and unusually public as possible, it stops the rogue industrial war machine: CIA, Senator John McCain, Evan McMullin, Adam Kizinger and the Muslim Brotherhood crew, from using chemical weapons to force Trump’s hand.

The unusually public broadcast by President Trump makes it transparently clear that Bashir Assad wouldn’t be the most likely suspect, and increases the likelihood any covert false-flag operator would be fingered.

The McCain crew customarily prefer shadows, not sunlight.

In essence, Trump presents protection to Assad from the rogue Deep State CIA operatives who work with John McCain and crew on all of their regime change operations on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

That’s why President Trump used the *unusual* public announcement approach.

If chemical weapons are used, the global community will question the motives of the user.  As a consequence, if chemical weapons are used President Trump has also given himself space to question the motives of the user.

Those who initiate war and regime change are usually successful.  Look at their success with the ‘vast Russian conspiracy’ in the U.S. election.  President Trump has no ambitions to be manipulated into such a position.  So,… go loud:

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298 Responses to Why is President Trump Threatening Assad Over Chemical Weapon Use?…

  1. That is a unique take, one I have not read on the various media sites, left, right, pro Russ, anti Russia. Thanks for thinking outside the box.

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  2. harrietht3 says:

    Sundance writes:
    “♦ THIRD – Bashir Assad, and by extension Vladimir Putin and Iran, don’t want to see ISIS defeated (leading to space for a political opposition within the country). So long as the fire that is ISIS remains, the fireman that is Assad has a purpose. Assad has a vested interest in containing, but not necessarily defeating, ISIS.”

    And also this:
    “•ISIS, Turkey, the EU and John McCain want Assad defeated (regime change); President Trump, notsomuch.”

    So Putin and Iran want Assad in place for their own purposes; but ISIS, Turkey, the EU and John McCain want him removed.

    And now President Trump is signaling through Sec. of State Tillerson that Assad’s days are numbered — which should make the 4 anti-Assad entities pleased.

    Did I get that right?

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    • WSB says:

      “The unusually public broadcast by President Trump makes it transparently clear that Bashir Assad wouldn’t be the most likely suspect, and increases the likelihood any covert false-flag operator would be fingered.”

      This is a warning from President Trump to John McCain and Company that he knows who is behind these attacks, and will out them if they even try anything.

      Tillerson specifically said that the people of Syria should decide their future, which is a message that the Trump Administration will not tolerate the CIA installing a Muslim Brotherhood thug they way they did in Egypt, which threw that country into chaos.

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      • harrietht3 says:

        Alright. Then regime change is good (according to the will of the Syrian people) but unacceptable if changed per the designs of the global elite and their ISIS tools.

        Got it. I must be slow this morning. Thank you.

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  3. Watcher says:

    President Trump would not have made this statement without intelligence that he trusts.
    So what has changed? Have the CIA white hats regained control?
    Or is the intelligence coming from other sources, Israel, Russia, Saudi, Qatar, who?

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  4. Please cite your sources, preferably links to your sources. I want to read those sources for myself. I want to believe, but I want to verify.

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  5. Esperanza says:

    I have a problem with the captions on the photo. Should be McCain G Az. As in G for globalist.

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  6. Sandra-VA says:

    Jenan’s report from Raqqa:

    Click the tweet to see all in that thread…

    She is a good follow to learn what it is like in Syria.

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  7. Killdozer says:

    It`s retarded and old plop ,”Assad killing all his own people” dumb as folk ,as moronic as muh Russians ,This sounds like a Bandar Bin Sultan project this pos fell off the planet after his Ghouta false flag chemical attack started going sideways Aug. 2013 ,Obama had a falling out with the Saudis after that and crossed over to Iran ,now it smell like Bandar Bush is back with more chemical plop but still no 28 pages

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  8. rashamon says:

    We have to get smarter about the ME as we keep getting sucked into their tribal skirmishes triggered originally by the worldwide race to control the oil countries and that never-ending greed of the British and French Bankster class. The Vatican, London City and Washington D.C. can do more to destroy the world than Russia and China combined.

    Bashar Assad has been the tool-of-the-day for these manipulators. All the excuses we and our “allies” make for interfering in his regime make us look like idiots. Do you want China or Britain or South Africa telling you what to do? Do you want any foreign country objecting to how you spend your time, energy, or money? To design the future of your family?

    We are talking about an area that used to have a highly-educated population serving a worldwide marketplace . Lebanon was the “Paris” of the Middle East. Damascus was a city of grace, culture, fine dining, elegant style. Look at those territories now. Thank you George Bush and Dick Cheney; thank you Big O, Hilarity, Sammy and Susie and all the other arrogant “experts” who fell into the trap of the Muslim Brotherhood (transformed into ISIS, ISIL, ISI, al quaeda, whatever) which — WHICH — Bashar’s father fought to extinguish from his country. This is not a man inclined to poison his people; that dialogue is spin and propaganda at its worst.

    President Trump was on the right path when he suggested safe zones. The UN has become another dangerous tool of those with too much spare time, endless need for power and uncontrollable arrogance, so they need not oversee anything — oil for food is over. What will it take to start safe zones and then edge them larger? Our leaders can do this if the Banksters weren’t involved and making billions off the debt necessary to wage these wars. Let their marketplaces begin again. Let the refugees go home to their culture, their extended families.

    For all the money we spend on holding these John McCain (the useless brain) panels on how RUSSIA IS RUINING THE WORLD, we could spend it more productively if PDST and Mr. Assad sat down to talk about solutions. PDJT is very, very good at problem —–> solution. Who is stopping him?

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    • rashamon says:

      I’ve been watching this European Elections Senate Hearing (why, why, why, dearest GOD, do I do this???) and it occurred to me:

      Most Treepers appears to be people who have run a shop, headed a department, formed a business, organized a family; i.e. people with management skills that require moving from one challenge to another and solving the majority of them to insure the entity continues safely and productively.

      Would you ever, ever, ever, ever spend the time these congresscritters devote to minuscule irritations without three steps toward ending the issue? Done? Done. Not done? Next step. Click, click, click.

      If any of us had spent this quantity and quality of time running our lives, we would be on the street with a cup.

      We need to cut these Congressional salaries, make them use standard healthcare and benefits, put them on Skype for committee meetings, force them to direct their energy to their constituents, and term limit their ability to become agents for the lobbyists and moneyed donors. Sorry, Jason Chaffetz, you have stayed way too long and need to find a sleeping bag on a hard floor if you can’t handle the costs of D.C. Go home before you do more damage.

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      • Maquis says:

        Also need to end their lifetime pensions for short Congressional career.

        Definitely agree these sre not serious problem-solvers nor wise stewards. They are destructive dangerous fools of the highest order.

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    • Icestation3 says:

      The Middle East after the fall of the Ottoman Empire would have turned into a bloody sectarian hell-hole if Western powers had not turned up. Nothing is more certain than that. All of the oil which powered 20th century technology would have remained untouched under the feet of murderous savages. You would now be using 1970’s technology if we had not acted.

      Wanting to have access to cheap energy is not greed. All of the oil which was expensively found and drilled was put on the open market. It was not stolen.

      Russia and the West backed regimes which were capable of keeping order. This continued until the 21st century when the previous successful Western neo-con strategy was replaced by stupid idealism. The type of people who have a dumb dangerous hippy view of the world are called progressives who have been regime changing their way around the world since the 1990’s (Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Ukraine, Syria).

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      • dayallaxeded says:

        Your point about the horrific damage progzis have done to world and particularly inherently unstable third-world stability is spot on. Some societies are simply not developed enough to maintain order without a “strong man” keeping the sectarian BS under his iron fist.

        However, your opinion about modern history in the GME is completely divorced from, well, history and reality. Had the west left the factions to work out their own issues after the fall of the Ottomans, the area would have seen multiple blood baths, until depopulation and/or ascendancy of the most capable rulers allowed a level of stability. There were always, as there plainly are today, several alternatives to Arab oil. Arab oil isn’t what fueled the technological leaps of the last 50 years. If anything, overly cheap and abundant Arab oil retarded development of other energy sources and more efficient technologies, because it eliminated the economic impetus to develop alternatives.

        A simplistic example: In 1969, a Pontiac Ram Air IV 400 c.i. Firebird made about 400 hp at the wheels, avg about 12 mpg (speaking from experience/memory). Why bother making that monster more efficient, when you can turn dinosaurs into noise for only .50 per gallon? At $2+/gal, manufacturers and customers are a whole lot more interested in, e.g., a Nissan GTR, 3.8 ltr v6, 565 hp, avg 18 mpg (50% better mpg, 30% more hp). Of course, these are extreme examples, since fuel economy is obviously not the top concern of people who buy these cars, but there’s little doubt that the cubic inch “wars” in the 1960s and early 1970s USA car industry were directly related to cheap, over-abundant fuel and the development of more efficient cars was directly related to pricier fuel. BTW, my current ride’s a throw-back 2005 CTS-V, 5 ltr LS6 V8, @400 hp, actual avg about 13 mpg, premium only. Sometimes the progress that matters is all about 0-60.

        Additionally, if you read up on the negotiations between Arab, ex-Ottoman, Persian, and Jewish factions immediately after WWI and before the Sykes-Picot agreement was rammed down everyone’s throats by England and France, you would see a glimmer of what could have been, but was never given a chance to even try–a cooperative Arab/Jewish GME administration.

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  9. sundance says:

    Interesting how the swarms of Putinapologists and Assadapologists seemingly always ignore Syrian and Assad being the epicenter for Hamas and Hezzbollah.

    Funny that.

    Assad is a terrorists favorite terrorist.

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    • rashamon says:

      Who’s apologizing for Assad? We simply don’t belong in an area that’s been fighting the same battle for centuries. WE are going to solve it? Don’t think so.

      And who is going to take Assad’s place? We haven’t exactly excelled at overthrowing governments and replacing leadership since…?

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      • Sandra-VA says:

        Who replaces Assad is up to the Syrian people. Assad will leave via diplomatic process, if he plays his cards right.

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        • winky says:

          If I remember correctly….Assad is very popular with his people and was elected by more than 80% of the people. Hopefully he will not be replaced with someone who does not ally with Russia.

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      • Sandra-VA says:

        Also, have you even listened to President Trump or Tillerson? We are not there for regime change. However, over the course of time, it has become apparent to the entire world community that Assad has to leave. We (the US) will not be doing the “removing”.

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    • J.T. says:

      its the Middle East though. everyone is engaging in or supporting some form of terrorism, including Israel, who strangely wasn’t mentioned as being one of the groups benefiting from Assad being deposed.

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    • Lord Jim says:

      “Interesting how the swarms of Putinapologists and Assadapologists seemingly always ignore Syrian and Assad being the epicenter for Hamas and Hezzbollah.”

      Interesting how many ignore the role of the west in the Sunni proxy war in Syria and the blow back the west has received from it in terms of refugees and terrorism.

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    • kiskiminetas says:

      Right on Sundance they willingly ignore and cover that up. You have explained before how this situation is and how it most likely it will be played out. Kudos to you and your ability to look at things then break them down into a palatable format.

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    • kiskiminetas says:

      Right on Sundance they willingly ignore and cover that up. You have explained before how this situation is and how it most likely it will be played out. Kudos to you and your ability to look at things then break them down into a palatable format.

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    • kiskiminetas says:

      Right on Sundance they willingly ignore and cover that up. You have explained before how this situation is and how it most likely it will be played out. Kudos to you and your ability to look at things then break them down into a palatable format.

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    • KPomeroy says:

      Assad uses Hezbollah. The US uses the Syrian “Democratic” Forces. Assad is the elected President of Syria. The US is an invader. Hezbollah has helped defend the Palestinians. The Palestinians did not deserve to lose their land in the 1967 war. Syria did not deserve to lose the Golan Heights in the 1967 war. I do not get your moral logic, Sundance.

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      • sundance says:

        So we should give Texas back to the Mexicans?

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      • dayallaxeded says:

        If you think Hezbollah has done squat for paleoswinians, you’ve drunk some very wacky kool-aide. Hezzy is about Hezzy and primarily shiite interests in Syria and Lebanon. Hezzy operates all the “rackets” in the once beautiful, prosperous country of Lebanon, which Hezzy has turned into a hell hole. They are Syrian/Iranian pawns. They are not the same thing as Hamas or paleoswinians, though they are all similarly barbaric and self-destructive in the long run.

        You know who “deserved to lose their land in the 1967 war?” The losers–especially the losers who conspired to conduct a sneak attack against a much smaller neighbor who had done nothing but seek peace in a piece of their historic, God-given homeland. Paleoswinians were told to leave their lands by their Arab overlords, with the promise of sacking Israel, after the combined Arab armies killed all the Jews (except for those they would rape and/or enslave)–but they got it wrong. The Golan is a strategically necessary outpost for Israel, given the continuing bellicose actions and intentions of Syria and Hezzy. Had Israel not occupied that high ground, there would have been constant battles along Israel’s northern border. As it is, they live in tense, but relative peace, at least most of the time. Not saying Israel is always right, but on these issues, they have the geographic, strategic, and moral high ground.

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      • MOA says:

        Now that’s as amusing as cognitive dissonance gets K.

        You believe that the Arabs can launch war after war since 1947 to drive Israel into the sea and cleanse it of Jews and when the Arabs lose there are no consequences so they can do it all again when they feel like it.

        The consequences are the Israeli’s holding the Golan heights and part of the West Bank.

        And in “the truth shall set you free” column, the Israelis withdrew from Gaza, handing it back to terrorists in return for “peace”. Bwaaaaaaa…….

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        • Maquis says:

          Israel should take and keep all “occupied” territories, and send the interlopers to another country, or to another realm altogether…

          Israel was promised all of what is now Jordan as part of her inheritance. She was robbed of so much… The West Bank never belonged to the Ayrabz. It is part of her inheritance, a necessary buffer zone (when cleared of Murderous Muslims).

          All FIFTY-THREE Muslim nation signatories to the new anti-terrorist and possible peace agenda should agree to take in all of the “Palestinians,” proportionately according to their own populations.

          Israel should own and hold all of her heritage and historic territory. She should own completely the entire Temple Mount. She should level the abominations constructed there and dump it all into the sea, or an appropriate desert location, burning there all that can burn, leaving only scorched rubble.

          They won’t get Jordan back, but tbey are entitled to and deserve the “occupied” tertitories in accordance with a hundred international laws and conventions and treaties and promises and Holocaust Reparations and customs and History and ancient laws of war wherein defeated aggressors lose some, or even all, of their territory, and just plain common sense and decency.

          THAT would be a “Land for Peace” deal that would actually bring peace.

          The “Palestinians” are merely Arabs deliberately manipulated into becoming such vile ravenuously bloodthirsty murderous Israel hating blaming killing scum that no Arab nation actually wants anything to do with them, no matter how extreme any of those cultures are.

          They are ceaselessly contentious troublemakers, the Frankenstein’s of the Arab’s own policy of enforcing misery and poverty and twisted ideologies upon this festering gangrenous human-sore on Israel’s flank in order to keep tbe hate, and tbe bloodshed, ceaselessly churning at a low boul.

          The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem spent a lot of time with Hitler, advising him on the destruction of the Jewish People. He wanted Hitler to build an extermination center in Jerusalem as well. Hitler, through the Mufti, actually twisted their already twisted ideology and incorporated a profoundly virulent anti-Semitism that still defines them.

          They danced in tbe streets .on 9/11. They still pay the families of “martyrs”, ie terrorists a handsome reward. They murder without cause. They create false rationales for “Infitadas” which all of them honor and abide and engage. They hand out candy to celebrate the murder of Jewish children. They brutally murder any of their number suspected of passing information to Israel. Unlike MS13, they need no “green light” to execute tbeir objects of suspicion in the street with a hail of bullets, or blades.

          These are seemingly soulless creatures continually obsessed with violence and hatred. THEY are the occupiers. They are the remnants of of the many armies sent to destroy Israel. These are the Arabs that agreed to get out of the way of the several advancing armies coming to destroy Israel, with the understamding that tbey would partake of tbe spoils and occupy the homes of their murdered Jewish neighbors.

          They have lost all claim to the territory hundreds of times over. They are still “refugees,” tbe longest running many decades old UN chartered refugee camps remain and breed squealing expendable spawn in the squalid conditions that they are too lazy and self-entitled and superior in their minds to even consider improving their lot and their communities.

          No one of that nature deserves to even speak out loud their supposed claims to any Israeli soil, or any soil at all. They don’t even deserve burial plots.

          Drive them into the desert. Force a long march on foot back to Arabia. Let tbeir creators deal with them.

          Israel has suffered enough.

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  10. Sandra-VA says:

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    • Sandra-VA says:

      If there was any doubt as to what we are doing in Syria… let it be cleared up by McGurk’s statement. They are there to kill ISIS/foreign fighters.

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  11. TPW says:

    Why is Trump “publicly” warning Assad….Trump is showing how serious he is………they will know he will not back down after announcing to the world.

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    • KPomeroy says:

      Yeah, except for the fact that Assad obviously has not and will not use chemical weapons. There is simply no logical reason why he would want to do so. Who benefits? Certainly not Assad. Get it straight folks.

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  12. winky says:

    I wish PTrump would warn McCain and his band of murderers . I do not recall Assad threatening to start a war with the US…..McCain and his band of murdering neo-cons are more of a threat to the US at the moment than Assad or Putin for that matter.

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  13. jbrickley says:

    Remember how fast Mummer Gaddafi gave up his nuclear program after we took Baghdad and found evidence of his nuclear program? Or how quick he shut up when Ronaldus bombed his home minutes after he left over the 1986 Berlin discotheque bombing and his big mouth? The man literally retreated to the desert to meditate. Or how we pulled Saddam Hussein out of that spider hole?

    We have a man in charge of the Pentagon nicknamed Maddog who was quoted as saying, “I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.” and “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.” OORAH!

    And a President who reacted decisively in a rapid retaliation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria already. So there is little doubt this threat is real and it was done publicly to let all parties know, both foreign and domestic, that Trump is not playing around, he’s serious, he will do it. There is no Obama red line here to be confidently crossed without repercussions. This threat was not made lightly and as Sundance says, it was multi-faceted for the larger audience some of which hide in the shadows. Complicated Stuff Folks, Complicated Stuff.

    The Russians made a threat about shooting at our aircraft when we downed a Syrian Su-22 that dropped bombs near our allies and apparently our own forces. Remember when Israel bombed the Syrian nuclear reactor in the Deir ez-Zor region and there was a total media blackout for seven months? They flew right over many recently installed high-tech Russian S300 surface to air defensive missile batteries and all the Syrians saw on their radar screens was blue sky. While the American made F15s took out their targets and safely flew home. That is highly effective electronic warfare without the need for stealth. The way GW Bush kept saying “no comment” makes me wonder if we didn’t help the Israeli’s in their attack.

    No one wants another ME war but we can’t let Assad or anyone else use chemical weapons of mass destruction. Russian needs to take measures to destroy those weapons and provide proof of the sort Reagan once require under “Trust, but verify” standards. Not that weak START treaty Obama signed on his way out the door. We don’t give a crap about Syria we want to crush ISIS.

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    • Maquis says:

      We do have an interest in Syria ceasing to be a threat to Israel. To no lo ger be a client state of Iran. To no longer serve as a munitions super-highway for Hezbollah in Lebanon and environs.

      To become a new signatory of the in work Sunni Anti-Terror missiom. To become a charter member of a massive Mid-East Peace Accord minimizing if not eliminating tbreats to Israel.

      We want to crush ISIS. We want the Assads gently moved out of the picture in favor of a citizen led government. No, we don’t want to Nation Build, but we do want tbem to do just that tbeir ownselves.

      The many terrorist groups battling in Syria found a safe haven there due to a genuine civil war, if a doomed effort from the start. That political slash military conflict gave the real bad guys cover and opportunity to exist and operate there.

      If the Syrians got what the rebels appear to be seeking, self-rule, then there would no longer be a safe haven in tbe midst of chaos, thus, no more ISIS and all al-Monsters retired.

      Ending their relationship with Iran helps us further isolate and pressure the once sane and proud Persians currently on tbe road to invitong tbe return of tbe Twelfth Imam by initiating a massive global nuclear war.

      Ending Syria’s willingness to threaten Israel, holding it hostage, in the event of any military actions to defang Iran, makes it easier to end the Mad Mullahs without losing Israel.

      So, yes, ISIS, but also, as always, a Bigly Beautiful cunning plan beyond what we see, creating stability and peace as only Trump can do, which two Bushes, two Clintons and one Obama failed to do.

      Even Reagan messed up by not leveling Beirut as we pulled out in tbe wake of tbe Hezbollah murder of 241 Marines, emboldening Iran. He had a Cold War on his hands and simply decided to avoid further adventurism in tbe ME.

      So we do have things needing done in Syria beyond ISIS, and PDJT will do it, His Way.

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  14. spren says:

    Sundance has provided many different angles to consider. But one issue not addressed, or at least I didn’t discern it to have been, is why would we want Assad out of power. Sundance says Trump isn’t that interested in seeing Assad gone, but Tillerson clearly indicates that Assad and his family are running out of time. Who would replace Assad and why would we entertain hopes that would turn out any better than in Iraq or Libya?

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  15. jeans2nd says:

    Mattis claims Syria heeded U.S. warnings over chemical strike: ‘They didn’t do it’
    “Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis claimed Wednesday that the Syrian government backed down after the White House said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces were preparing for another possible chemical attack.”
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/06/28/mattis-claims-syria-heeds-u-s-warnings-over-chemical-strike-they-didnt-do-it/

    we win they lose

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  16. Lord Jim says:

    US tells Assad not to use chemical weapons, while using chemical weapons:

    “June 14, 2017 12:01AM EDT

    (Washington, DC) – The use of artillery-delivered white phosphorus by the United States-led coalition fighting Islamic State (also known as ISIS) forces in Syria and Iraq raises serious questions about the protection of civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. “

    https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/06/14/iraq/syria-danger-us-white-phosphorus

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    • Maquis says:

      Dude. Just Wiki White Phosphorous Munitions and get a clue. It’s neither banned nor used as a toxic poison -like killer of living beings through disrupting normal biological functions.

      It IS banned for use against civilian populations, what isn’t?

      It’s a legitimate agent used in multiple roles in non-proscribed munitions. Very often used for creating smoke screens or illumination.

      Every munition more sophisticated that a rock is a combination of dangerous chemicals that together go boom, any one of which is likely to give you a stomachache if you eat too much of it.

      Contact your local Poison Control Center or Sanitarium if you suspect you have consumed unwise amounts of munition intended substances.

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      • rashamon says:

        “On contact, white phosphorus can also burn people, thermally and chemically, down to the bone as it is highly soluble in fat, and therefore in human flesh. White phosphorus fragments can exacerbate wounds even after treatment and can enter the bloodstream and cause multiple organ failure. Already dressed wounds can reignite when dressings are removed and they are re-exposed to oxygen. Even relatively minor burns are often fatal.

        Attacks using air-delivered incendiary weapons in civilian areas are prohibited under Protocol III of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW). While the protocol contains weaker restrictions for ground-launched incendiary weapons, all types of incendiary weapons produce horrific injuries. Protocol III applies only to weapons that are “primarily designed” to set fires or cause burns, and thus some countries believe it excludes certain multipurpose munitions with incendiary effects, notably those containing white phosphorus.

        Lebanon became the 114th country to ratify CCW Protocol III on April 5, 2017. Iraq, Russia, and the US are parties to the protocol, while Syria has not ratified it.”

        https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/06/14/iraq/syria-danger-us-white-phosphorus

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  17. Aguila2011 says:

    Sundance, you are using your Jedi powers to mind read the best minds of the Trump Admin. Thanks for the novel insights. Man, I don’t know how you do it but if I didn’t know better I would think you were in T-Rex’s coat pocket during all the discussions. Makes so much sense and shows how smart Trump and his team really are. Nice to see some real pro’s at work instead of the “JV” team we had for the last eight years.

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  18. Maquis says:

    Brilliant! President Trump, and Sundance, brilliant!

    We are so blessed to.have such an intelligent, wise and cunning President in these perilous times filled with opportunity. Having Sundance provide us with the Performance Programme to enhance our viewing pleasure is an utter delight. I could use a pair of Opera Glasses…

    MTWB.
    (Make The World Behave) Needs vowels maybe, doesn’t exactly roll off one’s tongue, but it’s a huge part of MAGA. Keep us out of so many bad wars, see John McCain go to his post-warmongering reward, make the World tend to their own affairs as they ought, without US playing Whack-A-Mple endlessly.

    Would very much like to see a viral “unauthorized” picture of a munitions facility Bigly stocked with our newest MOAB iteration. Presenting a perplexing sight, as all of them are clearly far too large for a C-130, possibly even for a C-17. I’m thinking C-5 delivered non-nuclear multi-Hiroshima bombs. Earth-Friendly Large City Destroyers.

    MAGA

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