NavyJack – Was President Trump Manipulated Into Using Military Force in Syria?

“The term ‘false flag’ has its origins in naval warfare where the use of a flag other than the belligerent’s true battle flag is flown while engaging the enemy to provide a tactical advantage.”

In order for our President to make responsible decisions regarding foreign policy and the use of military force, our intelligence community bears an awesome responsibility to provide him with accurate information. When that information is tampered with or concocted to fit a political narrative, the President’s actions can appear to be quite reasonable, even though in reality he will have been manipulated for ulterior and possibly sinister motives.

On April 4, 2017 a bomb was dropped in Idlib Syria. The position of the United States is that Bashar al-Assad used a sarin gas device against his own people. The position of the Syrian government is that a regular munition was dropped on a suspected Al Nusra Front (Al Qaeda) warehouse containing chemical munitions. In my previous article titled “Has President Trump Been Blackmailed or Deceived by the NEOCONs?” I discussed the various motives (or lack thereof) for either argument.  In this article I will discuss the apparent misleading of both the American public and possibly even the President of the United States by our intelligence community.

The following are the items of evidence presented by the U.S. intelligence community to support the decision for the President’s deadly attack on an airbase in Syria with 59 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles:

Satellite Evidence

Using the following image, senior Pentagon officials disputed a Russian report that an opposition chemical weapons facility was struck by a standard bomb dropped by the Syrian military. The officials insist that these images prove exactly where the chemical weapon impacted:

Official Pentagon Satellite Images “Proving” Assad use of Chemical Munitions

Careful review of these images reveals very quickly that the North/South orientation is reversed and the magnification scale is dramatically different between the two images. When the images are normalized for orientation and scale, it becomes rather obvious that the Pentagon marker positions are inconsistent and that the existence of the impact site indicated as “new” cannot be conclusively ruled out before the bomb event:

Step 1 – Orient transparent “No impact crater” image at correct size over “New impact crater” image.

In Step 1 above, we can clearly see that the “No impact crater” marker has been placed too far north to provide an accurate comparison. By using a fixed distance reference available in both images that is the length of the misplacement (the length of the arms of the U shaped building), we can accurately place the “No impact crater (2)” marker in Step 2 below:

Step 2 – Correctly position the “No impact crater (2)” marker to determine if a crater pre-existed.

As is depicted in the Step 2 image above, the existence of the “New impact crater” cannot be ruled out before the bomb event.

UPDATE: Following the original posting of this article, I received a comment that the feature indicated at the “No impact crater (2)” marker shown in Step 2 above could be a shadow from the wall near the roadway. I cannot rule this out as a possibility. I also cannot rule out the possibility that a shadow may be masking a preexisting impact site. If the feature is primarily a shadow, the length should be commensurate with the height of the wall and the position of the Sun as related and with respect to other shadows cast in the image. The results are inconclusive and even if it is a shadow, I cannot rule out the possibility that the shadow is masking a preexisting impact site. What is certain is that the “No impact crater” marker is positioned too far North, the “New impact crater is positioned at the far South end of the feature being highlighted and the resolution of the “after” image is at too steep of an angle and too poor resolution to make a comparative assessment of shadows. The feature highlighted by the “No impact crater (2)” marker shown in Step 2 above could be an impact site, a shadow, or a shadow that is masking a preexisting impact site.

Whether the feature indicated at the “No impact crater (2)” marker shown in Step 2 above is an impact site, a shadow, or a shadow that is masking a preexisting impact site is not really important. What is important is that our President has accurate information on which to base his decisions, not misplaced markers on Satellite images and statements of certainty where no certainty exists.

In addition to the satellite evidence, the photographs returned from the scene of the attack show that the victims are being pulled from rubble, not lying injured or dead near this road:

Video Evidence

The video evidence presented by both the administration and by the news media shows a number of victims having difficulty breathing immediately following the attack. The “official” U.S. position is that this is the result of a nerve agent known as sarin gas. In addition, there are numerous first responders to the event that handle the victims without protective clothing, or even gloves, which remain totally unaffected by the alleged nerve agent. This would not be possible if the agent was from a military grade sarin device.  Watch the video below:

Now review a video of what exposure to the nerve agent sarin should look like:

I think this analysis conclusively demonstrates that the administration and news media reporting of the substance used is misleading and likely inaccurate. The difference in the effects could also be explained by the quality of the munition. A munition developed in the field by Al Qaeda or Al Nusra fighters might not have the potency or purity of a professionally manufactured weapon subject to stricter controls and proper storage. It is also important to point out that the “doctor” that reported the substance as sarin (and provided samples for further testing by outside agencies) is none other than Dr. Shajul Islam, a British doctor that has previously stood trial on terror offences. Dr. Islam was charged with the ISIS kidnapping of two journalists in 2012. The journalists were British reporter John Cantlie, and Dutch reporter Jeroen Oerlemans.

Russian Chemical Weapons Found at Assad Airbase

The final piece of evidence presented in the news media and initially supported by government officials is the allegation that Russian sarin gas munitions were photographed at the airbase that the Syrian aircraft departed from. These photos were taken immediately following the retaliatory cruise missile attack:

Hundreds of news articles were written and television segments broadcast based on this “smoking gun” evidence of Russian collusion and obvious participation in the attack that used the sarin gas munitions. The only problem with this evidence is that these are not chemical weapons. They are cluster munitions; a fact verified by the source of the photographs but ignored by both the administration and the media.

Click image above for larger version, click here for source.

The 2013 Ghouta Syria Chemical Weapons Incident

Our current President has demonstrated that he is tougher than our previous President by “enforcing a red line” set by the previous administration in 2013 based on the alleged Syrian use of chemical weapons. The red line was crossed when the Syrian government allegedly used sarin gas munitions against CIA-backed Al Nusra Front (Al Qaeda) fighters in Ghouta, Syria. The only problem with this claim is that the “red line” was not crossed by the Syrian government in 2013. Please review the final report titled “Possible Implications of Faulty US Technical Intelligence in the Damascus Nerve Agent Attack of August 21, 2013”.

Summary

Bashar al-Assad is being blamed for a chemical weapons attack against the forces of Al-Nusra Front in Idlib. Maybe he did it, maybe not. A warehouse that had been identified as a munitions storage depot for Al-Nusra Front seems a strange target for use of a sarin gas bomb. That the warehouse was the target does not appear to be in dispute. The only thing in dispute is what type of bomb was used.

Many are saying that the warehouse contained chemical weapons manufactured by the CIA-backed Al Nusra Front fighters. Many are speculating that the CIA has taken advantage of this situation by falsely reporting information to hide their chemical munitions involvement and to encourage President Trump to take military action against Assad.  I must admit that I am skeptical of Assad’s selection of a sarin gas bomb to level an Al-Nusra Front warehouse.

Secretary of State Tillerson had announced less than a week ago that Assad could remain President of Syria as long as he continued to support U.S. coalition forces with the destruction of ISIS. Today we are celebrating an attack on Assad’s forces in Syria by our military.

Is it possible that globalists and NEOCONs in our intelligence community took advantage of these events to stop Assad from decimating the CIA-backed Al Nusra (Al Qaeda) fighters in Idlib? Have globalists and NEOCONS, determined to overthrow yet another country that dared challenge the dominance of a Deep State shadow government run by our intelligence communities, used the might of our military to suppress attacks on their Al Nusra fighters?

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated today that “last week’s chemical weapons attack in the Idlib province of Syria was a false flag – a phony operation staged by enemies of Russia and Syria to discredit them”.

“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,” said Putin

I will let you decide based on the information presented above and your own research whether the Russian Government or neither government is telling you the truth. Clearly the U.S Government version of events is sorely lacking in accuracy.

About Author

Navy Jack

During my service I deployed on various platforms, including submarines, amphibious assault units and special boats. I participated in expeditionary and humanitarian missions to the North Atlantic, Iran, Beirut, Libya, and the Caribbean. I am a Patron Life Member of the NRA. I am an Oath Keeper Life Member.

Comments

  1. Rabid vDog 12 April, 2017, 07:41

    A proper investigation will reveal Chlorine Gas was used and can be manufactured by the “White Helmets” / ISIS with homemade products.

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    • Navy Jack Author 12 April, 2017, 09:00

      Rabid vDog – That was my assessment as well. We may never know for sure because the samples provided for testing from the victims were provided to Turkey and the UN by an ISIS physician. True.

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      • Culper 12 April, 2017, 14:39

        It could have absolutely been chlorine, however, you last statement is untrue, NavyJack. Turkish doctors said that it was sarin, based on examination of patients who were evacuated to a Turkish hospital.

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        • Navy Jack Author 12 April, 2017, 14:54

          Culper – We are discussing two separate reports. Some points to consider regarding the report you are referring to (victims brought to Turkey):
          1. Turkey supports the Mulim Bortherhood and Al Nusra Front. Do you expect them to be honest?
          2. If this large group of “patients” were really exposed to military grade sarin, they would not have survived, all but 3 did.
          3. The gas and the residue the victims transported to Turkey were exposed to was “not quite yellow and not quite white” according to the report. Sarin is colorless.

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      • Culper 12 April, 2017, 14:44

        NavyJack, also look VERY closely at that first photograph. What you’re calling the pre-existing crater is a shadow, amigo

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        • Navy Jack Author 12 April, 2017, 16:43

          Culper – I have updated the article to include your viewpoint. Based on the angle and poor resolution of the “after” photo, I cannot make a comparative assessment of shadows. The feature highlighted by the “No impact crater (2)” marker shown in Step 2 above could be an impact site, a shadow, or a shadow that is masking a preexisting impact site.

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    • KingPong 12 April, 2017, 15:13

      If I were an ISIS commander, I would consider it a tremendous victory if I could pit any or all of the factions aligned against me to instead start battling each other. I have felt this from the start of this gas attack discussion, even when Obama drew his line in the sand with disappearing ink. I believe that we have some major traitors embedded in our intelligence community. Trump, like the rest of us, must be terribly frustrated at the fact that it is impossible to know who to believe. There are those who will be happy to sacrifice countless human lives just to damage his credibility and make him look incompetent or foolish. Frankly, his tweets are enough to do that, and I say that from a guarded position of being part of his support base. I appreciate this article from Navy Jack, because it confirms my feelings and concerns. However, what do we do or can we do to help shine a light on these issues beyond sending, forwarding e-mails and the excellent articles by Navy Jack?

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  2. Chip 12 April, 2017, 08:16

    Amazing work brother…leads me to the only conclusion possible. Who the hell knows??? Watching the John Adams miniseries recently (highly recommend!), I couldn’t help compare the Washington-Jefferson-Hamilton power trinity to the Trump-Bannon-Kushner one. Trump is both getting stuff we elected him to do done…and he is not. Very significant in all this is the NK freighter full of coal for China, turned away by China. On the other hand, why is Sessions going after Arpaio? Is Trump masterful enough to transform the NEOCON/Freedom Caucus into a recipe for truly Making America (ME & YOU) Great Again…or a disastrous catalyst/instrument of the Globalist scheme? Again…Who the hell knows???

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  3. Stewart Rhodes 12 April, 2017, 09:31

    Excellent work Jack, as always.

    I’ll repeat what I said below Jack’s other piece about this:

    There is a reason the Founders, in their wisdom, delegated the power to declare war to CONGRESS in Article I, section 8 of the Constitution. It was so that no one man or small group of men could decide the fate of millions by making war on another sovereign nation and sending our sons and daughters into combat on their say so alone. It was to be the people’s representatives alone who would make such fateful and momentous decisions. This is not a case of immediate self defense against attack on this nation or its armed forces. There was no emergency. Congress has plenty of time to deliberate and decide. But instead the imperial presidency had yet again carried out an act of war against another sovereign nation on its own, outside the bounds of the Constitution on the “advice” of a small cabal of neocons as foolish as the ones who ran the Bush Admin foreign policy.

    Whether or not Assad did it, it still belongs to Congress to decide to go to war. And an air strike against the armed forces of another sovereign nation is an act of war.

    Trump has no authority under the Constitution he swore to defend to make this decision to go to war. It is wrong. And it is especially wrong and foolish when doing so risks war with Russia, a nuclear super-power. And as Jack said, this also goes entirely against his own stated principles which helped him get elected. Whatever happened to America first? How is this putting the welfare, lives and liberty of the American people first? It isn’t.

    Trump is playing brinkmanship and risking war with Russia for what, exactly? And before all the facts are in, and in a rush rather than waiting to take it to Congress. Why?

    I believe it is highly likely that Trump has been blackmailed in some way, and it likely has something to do with his son in law (hence the friction with Brannon). I’d be shocked if that was not the case.

    If so, he is risking nuclear annihilation of millions of Americans to cover his own rear end and to play “let’s make a deal” with the neocons.

    If not, then he is still playing craps and rolling the dice with millions of lives just to not look weak in the eyes of the same neocons who want his head (John McCain and Lindsey Graham, just to name two infamous globalist Neocons who were sworn enemies of Trump until now – now they sing his praises. When John McCain likes what you’re doing, you know you’re screwing up).

    Either way, it is precisely what the Founders meant to prevent from taking place when they gave the power to decide to go to war to Congress.

    We have not had a declared war since WW II and look at how the wars have all turned out since. And look who has been orchestrating them all.

    This is the deep state tail wagging the dog, yet again, and this time it is Trump as the dog.

    Brannon needs to spill the beans and blow the whistle on whatever is going on, no matter how ugly it may be.

    Otherwise the deep state will run this nation just as they did during Bush or Obama, with Trump as a figurehead puppet. The election of Trump will have become a joke and a farce as any kind of reversal of our descent into an imperial dictatorship of the globalist elite, with a mere facade of we the people being in charge of jack.

    Remember your oaths and hold Trump to his, no matter what.

    If he won’t drain the damn swamp, then we will, one way or another.

    Stewart

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    • Stewart Rhodes 12 April, 2017, 09:50

      Addendum to my comment above: Is it possible that Trump is being fooled, rather than blackmailed? Yes, I suppose it is possible, though I hoped he was smarter than that. But even if he is being fooled, that still shows the wisdom of the Founders in not delegating the power to decide to go to war to the President, since it puts that incredible power in the hands of one man, rather than having hundreds in Congress review the intelligence and make the decision.

      Either way, I rest my case. The Founders were wise men, who understood human nature, war and peace, politics, intrigue, and treachery. We ignore their wisdom at our own peril, and in violation of our oaths.

      Stewart

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      • Navy Jack Author 12 April, 2017, 10:17

        I am pretty sure that BOTH coerced and fooled are in play here. You could fool him into the strike against the airbase but that would not explain him packing the National Security Council (NSC) with NeverTrump NEOCONs the day before the strike. Tillerson may be the only person left on the NSC that has not openly criticized Trump’s America first/anti-interventionism foreign policy.

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      • Greg K 12 April, 2017, 10:22

        Stewart, sometimes the smartest folk are the easiest to fool.

        To Stewart and Jack, it’s easy to forget that Saddam was paraded through Umatilla and Hanford with his scientists. Then Reagan enlisted Germany’s Bayer and others to give him precursory chemicals to make his chemical stockpile. Saddam then bought a carbide tooling company from Florida. In Gulf 1, they did not find even 1/10th of what should have been produced. Where did it go? Obviously, W thought that it still existed.

        Is it possible that the CIA found huge stockpiles and moved them for future use? I say yes it is. This has all the earmarks of spook involvement. What should concern us more is the alignment of this President to the perverted notion of Globalism, and how quickly he shifted his cabinet to do so. Something is very wrong here!

        Great analysis Jack!

        Off topic, but what are we going to do for our friends in Bunkerville and Portland? Talk about the deck being stacked…….Makes me sick to my core.

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        • Chip 12 April, 2017, 10:59

          Yeah…that the Bunkerville and Portland travesties are playing out the way they are, in addition to Sessions going after Arpaio give me the very sinking feeling that we’ve been fooled again.

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        • DowntoEarthThinking.com 12 April, 2017, 16:46

          There were several reports of large quantities of nerve agents and or other agents being trucked to the Bakka Valley on Syria back then and now we have seen some of this same type materials show up a decade later or more being used in Syria. Also several reports from what seem to be good intel on the ground that this particular case was an accidental bombing by Syria of small quantities of stored old material that inadvertantly went up in the explosion ? Supposedly these materials were being stored by Al Quaeda related forces in some sort of underground bunkers or caves.

          The problem now is we cannot trust any of our own intel people or spook agencies. Unless somebody comes forward with some form of evidence ? These reports I am referring to are our own guys on the ground and they are saying this was basically an accident, which substantiates the Russian story line. Consider this was a very limited and controlled strike and this may be why ? But we may never know for sure. same exact thing is true her in USA with domestic spying and manipulation of events by the various spook agencies 24/7/365. Nearly impossible to know what is true when there is no trustworthy sources. But the meeting with XI was no coincidence of timing to be sure and now we have the NK connection and China saying they will strike NK if necessary. All of it completely interconnected and that is obvious but remains to be seen if DT was played or coerced ? I think it is very possible he was the player not the playee as some of you seem to think. Makes far more sense given what has transpired since. Could also be a combination of events and circumstances we simply are not privy to ! Time tells all things

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      • Nick 13 April, 2017, 08:39

        Stewart, What ever the circumstances that once again placed us deeper into a foreign entanglement, I am of the firm belief that it is time We the People exercise our sovereign “to execute the Laws of the Union”. If we want a peaceful and lawful resolution to all the issues we face, it is time to recognize that law is a two-way street.
        You ask that Steve Bannon, I believe that’s who you meant, “spill the beans and blow the whistle on whatever is going on”. The question is, with all the “wet work” that has taken place over the years, who can ask someone to risk that without backup?
        But why should Bannon make such a move when right here in this community we will not blow the whistle on those who work to keep the one authority “to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections, and repel Invasions” out of the mainstream?
        How can we ask Bannon and others to blow the whistle, knowing that his life will be in real jeopardy? When we march up to the headquarters of the NRA, and GOA and call them out on their, what appears to be, deliberate misleading of their membership, and the public in general, on the true meaning of the Second Amendment, then can we ask others to come out and blow the whistle. We have the law, the facts, and the history to support that position so let’s blow the whistle.
        I for one, would be willing to make such a march. In the years that I’ve been trying to educate the pretend pro-2nd community on the militia, and the Seconds meaning in law, I’ve learned that there are not a lot of truly committed, or for that matter brave men out there. I was once told I would be thrown off the forum of a local 2nd amendment group if I kept talking about militia, and even here I was told by a local contingent that I cannot be mentioning militia.
        A march up to the headquarters, and a challenge to debate the Second should bring it to the forefront.
        What say you?

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  4. Retired Navy Spook 12 April, 2017, 10:48

    There is so much about this whole affair that doesn’t make sense. I tend to agree that whatever killed the civilians was probably not sarin. The precursors for sarin are stored separately, even in artillary shells. Mixed it has a relatively short shelf life. And, as NJ said, it makes no sense for Assad to use sarin to bomb a rebel warehouse. OTOH, SECDEF Mattis says there’s no doubt that Assad used “chemical weapons” against his own people.

    https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1148560/mattis-no-doubt-syrian-regime-responsible-for-chemical-attacks-on-citizens

    Notice, however, that the article does not mention “sarin” — not once. I think that’s a very telling ommission coming directly from the Defense Dept.

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    • DowntoEarthThinking.com 12 April, 2017, 16:58

      Good point. But the idea that the components of sarin were being stored and not mixed correctly or efficiently with lesser affect, could also explain the Russian story of accidents and the intel I mentioned above ? Not sure we have any absolutes, but soil samples from the site would be definitive and they likely exist , some where ?

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      • Navy Jack Author 12 April, 2017, 17:06

        DowntoEarthThinking.com & Retired Navy Spook – I have updated the article to include your observations. I also added a link that shows that Al Nusra has been creating sarin munitions in the field.

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  5. StormN1 12 April, 2017, 14:22

    I don’t have any military experience. I’ve been an associate member for 3 years. All this is above my paygrade. Bearing this in mind, I was thinking that Trump, no military experience, experienced at managing well-educated professionals and multiple complicated large projects- for years – around the world, knows he must listen to his ‘hired’ advisors and genuinely heed their advise. If he doesn’t, he knows they will betray and abandon him.

    I read somewhere years ago that General Schwartzkopf(?) didn’t trust the CIA and relied on military intelligence. Similar thoughts went around during the Vietnam and Korean(?) wars – don’t trust the CIA (see old POW movie). Surely Gen. Mattis was/is well-informed.

    Otherwise, I’ll bet that Pres. Trump will know what to do, and swiftly, once an advisor fails him (see Gen. Flynn)..

    As for the Fake News that he is relying on his daughter and son-in-law. He may listen to and train them but he hasn’t kept that family together by kowtowing to them. If nothing else I think Trump means to stay master of his house(s).

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  6. Chip 12 April, 2017, 15:24

    Do NOT give up on President Trump…yet!

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    • DowntoEarthThinking.com 12 April, 2017, 17:06

      I agree, but watching cautiously. My concern is that he my be controlled and overpowered by the corporatocracy and MIC/shadow government trying to undermine him

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  7. Roger D 12 April, 2017, 16:09

    Why are we even debating the reasons Trump started another war? Like Stewart says, it was unconstitutional! We have been so taken off point that it make me sick. We pick who is good and who is bad like we are playing Fantasy Football. Who in hell do we think we are?

    I believe Ron Paul was America’s last chance for restoring our Republic. He was scorned. Wake me up when we are ready to declare our independence.

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    • Strong Horse 12 April, 2017, 21:12

      Well said Roger.
      I concur.
      I always try to look past the smoke and mirrors, as well as the political theatre, and concentrate on how it all concerns “We the People”.
      Yep, Stewart nailed it. As usual!

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  8. Bisley 12 April, 2017, 16:28

    Trump is out of his depth. He doesn’t understand enough about history, military matters, or the internal workings of government to have any idea what’s going on here. He’s surrounded himself mostly with leftists and establishment Republicans whose advice is worthless, and the people there that have experience enough to know what’s going on have an agenda of their own to push — and seem to have convinced him to go along with it.

    It seems to me that one of the key questions to all of this is, “what would Assad have to gain by using chemical weapons?” He may be a tyrant, but he’s not a fool, or a madman. Actually, he’s very intelligent and there is no benefit to him in stirring up all this additional hostility to his regime, particularly in using chemical weapons (if he even has any) against targets where they would have no advantage over conventional explosives. It makes no sense that he would do this.

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    • Chip 13 April, 2017, 02:59

      Any mortal is “out of his depth” for this role my friend. But IMHO he is custom engineered for it, and at the perfect moment in history. He is not an ideologue. He “may” be blackmailable…but he is not bribable. He is an extraordinarily gifted strategist, and MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, I believe his heart is in the right place. BUT, he needs us. If he loses US, he’s done for…

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    • Cal 13 April, 2017, 09:17

      “He doesn’t understand enough about history, military matters, or the internal workings of government to have any idea what’s going on here.”

      I disagree. The LAST thing Trump needs is any of that BS. Look at all the unconstitutional actions and “laws/regulations/codes/etc”, unconstitutional agencies; unconstitutional military actions – yeah, they are all unconstitutional until and unless the Congress has called them forth from the militarily trained Militias of the several states and the CONGRESS has declared war; and look at all the corrupt scum SERVING within our governments. The people who serve(d) within the general (federal) government (which was created to be a representative for all the state governments in dealing with mostly foreign affairs) grabbing power and authority it does NOT have to use as a central government and IGNORING what they are to do which IS in writing and is the CONTRACT that they serve under; etc.

      What Trump needs most if he is to stay a US President is to meet and LEARN from Dr. Vieira, Dr. Ron Paul, Stewart and others of those that know the US Constitution’s meaning from what it says, NOT those that are already serving within our government and working against it. He does not need to have more unlawful things which is basically what all of those of which you mentioned except perhaps history (and that depends on is it real history or the lies fed as history) is, unlawful actions of people who serve within our governments AGAINST our legitimate government and AGAINST the American people – and I am including those who serve within high places within the military, and no longer see to it that our service is trained in the US Constitution and their Oath.

      “It seems to me that one of the key questions to all of this is, “what would Assad have to gain by using chemical weapons?””

      No, the key question is why did Trump – who is Oath and contractually bound to Preserve, Protect and Defend the US Constitution, and with his LAWFUL duties in writing to refer to – depart from the authority that was delegated to the Office in which he is now serving. Not one other person who serves within our governments is responsible for what any US President is responsible or held to a much higher personal standard in their own actions while serving. The other US Presidents who were dismal at best in their service, while some were treasonous most likely, are not what Trump was placed into office and had the support of the people for. He knows that.

      Remember that the Preamble to the US Constitution; starts with: “We the People of the United States do ordain and establish this Constitution”, and by those words it is saying that “We the People” are the source of any and all legal status of the state and federal governments.

      When he ran, when he took that Oath and the Office, he no longer was a “private person”, he became the President of the United States of America with the written responsibilities of the Office, and no more then those written responsibilities, and with full accountability to the people of this nation (so too are the other s who serve within the three branches – we are NOT accountable to them).

      Worse, to listen to KNOWN traitors of our nation – or to any foreign nation – makes his actions suspect. What he should have done, should NOW be doing is organizing the Militia, asking those serving within the Congress to call them forth so that he can USE them for the written enforcement purposes found in the US Constitution. The trained and knowledgeable Militia increases his safety from those that serve already in governmental agencies and work against our legitimate government – CIA, FBI, TSA, etc, etc, etc because the Militias’ superior IS the US Constitution and their own state’s Constitution; they take direct orders from the US President himself, NOT from any of his subordinates; and they are constitutionally required for certain listed in writing purposes, to
      Enforce the US Constitution and each state’s Constitution,
      Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
      Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
      “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.
      US Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 15.

      Daniel Webster: “We may be tossed upon an ocean where we can see no land – nor, perhaps, the sun or stars. But there is a chart and a compass for us to study, to consult, and to obey. That chart is the Constitution.”

      During the ratification debates, Archibald Maclaine of North Carolina not only said that we “should disregard” unconstitutional acts, but that we should “PUNISH THEM FOR THE ATTEMPT.” (caps are mine) here is his quote

      Archibald Maclaine: “If Congress should make a law beyond the powers and the spirit of the Constitution, should we not say to Congress, ‘You have no authority to make this law. There are limits beyond which you cannot go. You cannot exceed the power prescribed by the Constitution. You are amenable to us for your conduct. This act is unconstitutional. We will disregard it, and punish you for the attempt.’”

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  9. Curtis 12 April, 2017, 20:46

    Meh. By the way good job. Anyhow…

    Idiots (not here) think this is the first time China has mobilized its troops on the NK border. They think this is the first time China and N. Korea have had military skirmishes. They think this is the first time that China has slapped NK’s wrist. And they actually think Trump’s lame missile strike on a Syrian Air Base caused China’s Xi to crap his pants.

    Xi: Comrades… the Americans are swinging their dicks again. But this one has a penis pump. You know the drill. Troops on the border. Loud noises to North Korea. Turn everything on and let them play in our back-yard, and let’s see how they play swing-the-dick. Considering our expansion in the S. China Sea, we may be able to gather some invaluable intel. And let’s all hope his penis pump doesn’t pop his ego.

    Here is the worst case scenario. NK has 13,000 artillery pieces. Approx. 60-70 percent are just North of the DMZ. According to our own DoD, NK is capable of firing 500,000 shells into SK in one hour. Do the math. It is estimated, by the DoD, that it would take them 5 or more days to eliminate those artillery pieces, which are dug deep in the hillsides and mountains. Do the math. This does not include NK’s conventional missiles and rockets. Do the math. NK also has 200,000 Special Forces troops whose sole purpose is to infiltrate SK and sabotage various critical infrastructure. Do the math.

    NK is not stupid, despite what you are fed. Crazy? Like a Fox. They are not going to just let loose nukes, knowing that it will be the end of them. IF… IF… the above scenario played out, if America invades NK, China IS NOT going to accept America’s use of nukes to put an end to it, in their back-yard. Do the math.

    Meanwhile…

    The good news is, congress only worked 8 days this month. And Trump has betrayed those insiders closest to him. His ratings were the lowest for any president within 2 months of taking office, and have now lifted (you know, or should know, how that goes). ObamaCare repeal, tax plan, and national infrastructure rebuilding are off the table. Debt ceiling fast approaching. Is war the cover-up? Will China and Russia sucker us into North Korea, like State Dept. April Glaspie did to Saddam? Stay tuned to… as America turns… or burns.

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  10. Curtis 12 April, 2017, 20:48

    Also, for those who want to take the time and actually do some READING on Syria:

    All you need to know about Syria #1

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/search?q=Syria&x=10&y=8

    All you need to know about Syria #2

    http://21stcenturywire.com/tag/syria/

    All you need to know about Syria #3

    https://www.google.com/search?q=Syria&sitesearch=BlacklistedNews.com

    All you need to know about Syria #4

    https://www.corbettreport.com/?s=Syria

    All you need to know about Syria #5

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/?s=Syria

    All you need to know about Syria #6

    https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=009175551005644198388%3A9ub1v-agbos&ie=UTF-8&q=Syria&siteurl=original.antiwar.com%2F&ref=&ss=1319j528647j6&siteurl=original.antiwar.com%2F&ref=&ss=1319j528647j6#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=Syr

    All you need to know about Syria #7

    https://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/search?q=Syria

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  11. Green Giant 12 April, 2017, 22:59

    I did not have access to the satellite images. And yet I said JUST FROM THE FACT that Assad had so much to lose and NOTHING to gain that this was false. Assad did not do this. This came from the rebels and ISIS AND the “American intelligence community” that is so determined to HURT Trump.
    Time to clean house. ALL who were involved in this faulty analysis should be dismissed and maybe jailed if it can be proven that they intentionally deceived.

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  12. Cal 13 April, 2017, 09:33

    I am going to link this because it is even too long for me to use as a comment, but please read it as it is VERY informative. This was recommended by Paul Craig Roberts, and I found it informative.

    “A Multi-level Analysis of the US attack on Syria”
    By The Saker

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46845.htm

    April 11, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – “The Saker” – The latest US cruise missile attack on the Syrian airbase is an extremely important event in so many ways that it is important to examine it in some detail. I will try to do this today with the hope to be able to shed some light on a rather bizarre attack which will nevertheless have profound consequences. But first, let’s begin by looking at what actually happened.

    The pretext:

    I don’t think that anybody seriously believes that Assad or anybody else in the Syrian government really ordered a chemical weapons attack on anybody. To believe that it would require you to find the following sequence logical: first, Assad pretty much wins the war against Daesh which is in full retreat. Then, the US declares that overthrowing Assad is not a priority anymore (up to here this is all factual and true). Then, Assad decides to use weapons he does not have. He decides to bomb a location with no military value, but with lots of kids and cameras. Then, when the Russians demand a full investigation, the Americans strike as fast as they can before this idea gets any support. And now the Americans are probing a possible Russian role in this so-called attack. Frankly, if you believe any of that, you should immediately stop reading and go back to watching TV. For the rest of us, there are three options:

    a classical US-executed false flag
    a Syrian strike on a location which happened to be storing some kind of gas, possibly chlorine, but most definitely not sarin. This option requires you to believe in coincidences. I don’t. Unless,
    the US fed bad intelligence to the Syrians and got them to bomb a location where the US knew that toxic gas was stored.

    What is evident is that the Syrians did not drop chemical weapons from their aircraft and that no chemical gas was ever stored at the al-Shayrat airbase. There is no footage showing any munitions or containers which would have delivered the toxic gas. As for US and other radar recordings, all they can show is that an aircraft was in the sky, its heading, altitude and speed. There is no way to distinguish a chemical munition or a chemical attack by means of radar.

    Whatever option you chose, the Syrian government is obviously and self-evidently innocent of the accusation of having used chemical weapons. This is most likely a false flag attack.

    Also, and just for the record, the US had been considering exactly such a false flag attack in the past. You can read everything about this plan here (http://www.globalresearch.ca/deleted-daily-mail-online-article-us-backed-plan-for-chemical-weapon-attack-in-syria-to-be-blamed-on-assad/5339178) and here (http://web.archive.org/web/20130129213824/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270219/U-S-planned-launch-chemical-weapon-attack-Syria-blame-Assad.html).

    The attack:

    American and Russian sources both agree on the following facts: 2 USN ships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Al Shayrat airfield in Syria. The US did not consult with the Russians on a political level, but through military channels the US gave Russia 2 hours advance warning. At this point the accounts begin to differ.

    The Americans say that all missiles hit their targets. The Russians say that only 23 cruise missiles hit the airfield. The others are “unaccounted for”. Here I think that it is indisputable that the Americans are lying and the Russians are saying the truth: the main runway is intact (the Russian reporters provided footage proving this) and only one taxiway was hit. Furthermore, the Syrian Air Force resumed its operations within 24 hours. 36 cruise missiles have not reached their intended target. That is a fact.

    It is also indisputable that there were no chemical munitions at this base as nobody, neither the Syrians nor the Russian reporters, had to wear any protective gear.

    The missiles used in the attack, the Tomahawk, can use any combination of three guidance systems: GPS, inertial navigation and terrain mapping. There is no evidence and even no reports that the Russians shot even a single air-defense missile. In fact, the Russians had signed a memorandum with the USA which specifically comitting Russia NOT to interfere with any US overflights, manned or not, over Syria (and vice versa). While the Tomahawk cruise missile was developed in the 1980s, there is no reason to believe that the missiles used had exceeded their shelf live and there is even evidence that they were built in 2014. The Tomahawk is known to be accurate and reliable. There is absolutely no basis to suspect that over half of the missiles fired simply spontaneously malfunctioned. I therefore see only two possible explanations for what happened to the 36 missing cruise missiles:

    Explanation A: Trump never intended to really hit the Syrians hard and this entire attack was just “for show” and the USN deliberately destroyed these missiles over the Mediterranean. That would make it possible for Trump to appear tough while not inflicting the kind of damage which would truly wreck his plans to collaborate with Russia. I do not believe in this explanation and I will explain why in the political analysis below.

    Explanation B: The Russians could not legally shoot down the US missiles. Furthermore, it is incorrect to assume that these cruise missiles flew a direct course from the Mediterranean to their target (thereby almost overflying the Russian radar positions). Tomahawk were specifically built to be able to fly tangential courses around some radar types and they also have a very low RCS (radar visibility), especially in the frontal sector. Some of these missiles were probably flying low enough not to be seen by Russian radars, unless the Russians had an AWACS in the air (I don’t know if they did). However, since the Russians were warned about the attack they had plenty of time to prepare their electronic warfare stations to “fry” and otherwise disable at least part of the cruise missiles. I do believe that this is the correct explanation. I do not know whether the Russian were technically unable to destroy and confuse the 23 missiles which reached the base or whether a political decision was taken to let less than half of the cruise missiles through in order to disguise the Russian role in the destruction of 36 missiles. What I am sure of is that 36 advanced cruise missile do not “just disappear”. There are two reasons why the Russians would have decided to use their EW systems and not their missiles: first, it provides them “plausible deninability” (at least for the general public, there is no doubt that US signal intelligence units did detect the Russian electronic interference (unless it happened at very low power and very high frequency and far away inland), and because by using EW systems it allowed them to keep their air defense missiles for the protection of their own forces. Can the Russian really do this?

    Take a look at this image, taken from a Russian website (http://liveras.mirtesen.ru/blog/43184737459/Buduschee-voyn:-kompleksyi-radioelektronnoy-borbyi-REB-Krasuha-4), which appears to have been made by the company Kret which produces some of the key Russian electronic warfare systems. Do you notice that on the left hand side, right under the AWACs aircraft you can clearly see a Tomahawk type missile turning around and eventually exploding at sea?

    How this is done is open to conjecture. All that we are told is that the missile is given a “false target” but for our purposes this really does not matter. What matters is that the Russians have basically leaked the information that they are capable of turning cruise missiles around. There are other possibilities such as an directed energy beams which basically fries or, at least, confuses the terrain following and or inertial navigation systems. Some have suggested a “kill switch” which would shut down the entire missile. Maybe. Again, this really doesn’t matter for our purposes. What matters is that the Russian have the means to spoof, redirect or destroy US cruise missiles. It sure appears to be that for the first time these systems were used in anger.

    [Sidebar: for those interested in seeing what such a system looks like here is a short video made by the Russians themselves showing how such a system is deployed and operated:

    In terms of technical details, or we are told that this system can jam any airborne object at a distance of 200km]

    I would note that those who say that the Russian air defense systems did not work don’t know what they are talking about. Not only did Russia sign an agreement with the US not to interfere with US flight operations, the Russian air defenses in Syria are NOT tasked with the protection of the Syrian Air Space. That is a task for the Syrian air defenses. The Russians air defenses in Syria are only here to protect Russian personnel and equipment. This is why the Russians never targeted Israeli warplanes. And this is hardly surprising as the Russian task force in Syria never had the mission to shut down the Syrian air space or, even less so, to start a war with the USA or Israel.

    However, this might be changing. Now the Russians have withdrawn from their agreement with the USA and, even more importantly, have have declared that the Syrians urgently need more advanced air defense capabilities. Currently the Syrians operate very few advanced Russian air defense systems, most of their gear is old.

    Legal aspects of the attack:

    The US attack happened in direct violation of US law, of international law and of the UN charter. First, I would say that there is strong legal evidence that the US attack violated the US Constitution, Presidential War Powers Act and the 2001 Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) resolution. But since I don’t really care about this aspect of Trump’s criminal behavior, I will just refer you to two pretty good analyses of this issue (see here [https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/us/politics/military-force-presidential-power.html]

    and here [http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/4/7/15217832/aumf-trump-syria-congress])

    and just simply summarize the argument of those who say that what Trump did was legal. It boils down to this: “yeah, it’s illegal, but all US Presidents have been doing it for so long that they have thereby created a legal precedent which, uh, makes it legal after all“. I don’t think this kind of “defense” is worthy of a reply or rebuttal. So now let’s turn to international law.

    Most people think that crimes against humanity or genocide must be the ultimate crime under international law. They are wrong. The ultimate crime is aggression. This is the conclusion of the Nuremberg Trial on this topic [http://avalon.law.yale.edu/imt/09-30-46.asp]:

    To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.

    So, following the long and prestigious list of other US Presidents before him, Donald Trump is now a war criminal. In fact, he is a “supreme war criminal”. It only took him 77 days to achieve this status, probably some kind of a record.

    As for the UN Charter, at least for articles (1, 2, 33, 39) ban the kind of aggression the USA took against Syria [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_aggression#The_United_Nations_Charter].

    I think that there is no need to dwell on the total illegality of this attack. I would just underscore the supreme irony of a country basically built by and run by lawyers (just see how many of them there are in Congress) whose general population seems to be totally indifferent to the fact that their elected representatives act in a completely illegal manner. All that most American people care about is whether the illegal action brings victory or not. But if it does, absolutely nobody cares. You disagree? Tell me, how many peace demonstrations were there in the USA about the totally illegal US aggression on Yugoslavia? Exactly. QED.

    Political consequences (internal)”

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  13. Check Six 13 April, 2017, 10:41

    Navy Jack: Excellent work which has provoked some first class comments.

    You may want to look at this morning’s UNZ Review (unz.com) article by Theodore Postal, MIT Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and National Security Policy.
    Best scientific approach I have seen.

    (I am an graduate of an engineering school , F-4 pilot, QC test pilot, weapons officer & top gun from the sixties…and a rather deplorable OathKeeper.)

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    • Navy Jack Author 13 April, 2017, 12:40

      Check Six – The UNZ Review by Theodore Postal is excellent. Had his article been available before I spent the time writing my article, I would have just pointed to his article. At the time I wrote my article the the White House Intelligence Report was not available to the public. I was considering writing another article to address the ridiculous White House Intelligence Report, but now I see that there is no need. Mr. Postal understands the science and the issues. Thank you for bringing this article to my attention. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the actual facts of this case:
      http://www.unz.com/article/the-nerve-agent-attack-in-khan-shaykhun-syria/

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  14. curious cat 13 April, 2017, 20:07

    Thanks Cal for posting the article by The Saker…I tried to do that yesterday, but guess it got lost or did not go through. The Saker is a former US military analyst…his website is: http://www.thesaker.is.com or google, Vineyard of the Saker. Paul Craig Roberts brought attention to his website for us, as the Saker has roots to Russia, and has given us
    very excellent information and videos…he has covered the Ukraine war in depth….just too much to mention…I highly recommend you look at the website…

    I have mentioned this before…but 2 articles that are meaningful re: war….and I recommend that you just google the titles…The first one is by Dr. Edwin Vieira, done Jan. 14,2008 at newswithviews and titled: Shadows of Nuremberg…it is not long but he gives you the legal information on “wars of aggression”. (war crimes). The second article is by Marilyn Barnewall, (her father was military..she has been a who’s who in banking and in the world)..Her article is also at newswithviews.com July 4, 2010, titled:”I Love My Country”.

    She brings to our attention, the movie, “Judgement at Nuremberg”….and puts some quotes from the movie…from the presiding Judge (from America)…Outstanding remarks. You do yourself an injustice if you do not print out these two articles…for review and study. One quote from the Judge says something like” before the world, this is what we (America) stand for: Truth, Justice, and the value of a single life”. (so what has happened????)

    And finally, as the Saker and many others have questioned the sanity of many people in high positions..and the word “sociopath” has been used to describe them, I think Dr. Steven Yates article at newswithviews on “Sociopathocracy”, part 1 and 2, April 28, 2012″..will help you fully understand the term..He gives 7 characteristics….He did the article to bring to the attention of people Doug Casey’s article(s) (2) on this subject. Dr. Yates thinks Casey’s article is a keeper; well, his is too.

    Do you know what the term, Nuclear Winter is? Dr. Steven Starr, lead scientist at Univ of Missouri, did an article for Paul Craig Roberts….on this subject, May 31, 2014. The article is: The Lethality of Nuclear War.and Weapons”. (may be worded a little different…can’t read my note) It is catalogued at http://www.paulcraigroberts.org You should be able to find it…Roberts has where you can go back to all the articles..by year. Just using a small amount of the nuclear weapons either the U.S. or Russia has, and that’s it folks. Dr. Starr says that the sun will be blocked out…total darkness…freezing temperatures…10 years….radiation…Think “saner” minds will prevail? Read Dr. Yates’ and Doug Casey’s articles…”a sociopath has no sense of conscious”…(and lots more characteristics…)

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  15. DC 14 April, 2017, 13:48

    So are you anti-Trump now Navy Jack?

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    • Navy Jack Author 14 April, 2017, 16:30

      DC – Of course not. He is my President. I am seriously concerned about his foreign policy advisors and the National Security Council. We need a Constitutional President. We need him to deliver on the promise of America First and not to intervene in every other country’s business.

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      • DC 14 April, 2017, 20:04

        Yeah but I think this was actually a good. Sending a clear message to Assad, IS, Shabab, Putin, Xi, and Kim Jong Un is better than Trump’s first choice of wait n see, economic-nationalist-isolationist approach. Whether this sarin incident was true or not, and I’ll be honest I think Assad did it, you can’t not just ignore a danger and be totally on defensive. Sometimes being tactfully, direct will do more to protect the US than just focusing on the home front, I think Trump is starting to understand fully what that means policy wise.

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