The smoke had hardly cleared from the wreckage caused by last week’s U.S. barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles aimed at Syria’s Shayrat air base before liberal media personalities broke out in applause. By picking up the baton of “humanitarian” war, Donald Trump had finally restored honor to the U.S. presidency, according to them.
The fourth estate — which had almost seemed frightened that Trump would cut them off, cold-turkey, from an addiction to over 15 years of uninterrupted “Global War on Terror” — now had reason to praise the president they had previously cast as “mentally ill” and a “Moscow mule” beholden to the dictates of the Kremlin.
By launching a war against the “regime” of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Trump administration deserved only the highest praise for its maturity and statesman-like wisdom, the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the Obama-led overthrow of Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi.
The drastic about-face was stunning, coming as it did from talking-heads in the U.S. who for months had rallied to the cause of liberal “resistance” to the orange-faced president that Keith Olbermann famously called “a traitor to everything this country has stood for.”
“President Trump’s air strikes against Syria were of dubious legality,” New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof correctly noted. “But most of all, they were right,” he added, revealing a common disdain for international law that unites imperialist war advocates on both sides of the aisle.
Following the strikes, the Times’ front-page headline read, “On Syria Attack, Trump’s Heart Came First.”
CNN war-hawk Fareed Zakaria breathlessly praised the White House’s newfound internationalism, noting how the cruise missiles — the United States’ favorite mode of delivering democracy — seemed “to reflect a belated recognition from Donald Trump that he cannot simply put America first — that the president of the United States must act on behalf of broader interests and ideals.”
“In the short term the president struck a blow against evil, for which I congratulate him,” Zakaria added.
Brian Williams of MSNBC — a man who many incorrectly assumed had retired in disgrace years ago following his exposure as a serial liar — offered fawning praise for the U.S. Navy, saying, “They are beautiful pictures of fearsome armament,” referring to missiles that reportedly missed their targets, claiming the lives of nine civilians in villages surrounding Shayrat.
If anything, the groveling praise Trump has received from the liberal media establishment shows that to them, whatever the president’s faults may be, launching illegal wars and “regime change” campaigns are not among them.
Syrian people should decide Assad’s fate, Tillerson tells US media
“Our strategy in Syria, our priority is first to defeat ISIS,” the US official said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week” host, George Stephanopoulos, which was aired Sunday.
Saying that once the battle with the terrorist group is concluded, which according to the US official is “going quite well,” Washington plans to turn its attention “to achieving ceasefire agreements between the regime and opposition forces.”
Bringing the parties to the table for political discussions “clearly requires the participation of the regime and the support of their allies,” Tillerson said in another Sunday interview to the American media, speaking to John Dickerson on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Once a ceasefire becomes a reality in Syria, “we will have the conditions to begin a useful political process,” he said.
“It is through that political process that we believe the Syrian people will ultimately be able to decide the fate of Bashar Assad,” he told ABC.
Tillerson reiterated the same on CBS, saying that Washington hoped to work with its coalition members and with the UN, “in particular through the Geneva process,” to be able to “navigate a political outcome in which the Syrian people will in fact determine Bashar Assad’s fate and his legitimacy.”
The US Secretary of State underlined the Russian role in the process, saying that the US hoped it could work together with Russia “and use their influence,” and that Moscow “will choose to play a constructive role in supporting ceasefire through their own Astana talks, but also through Geneva.”
“I’m hopeful we can have Russia be supportive of a process that will lead to a stable Syria. Clearly they are Bashar Assad’s current ally, they should have the greatest influence on Bashar Assad,” he told Stephanopoulos, but he warned that Russia should be “thinking carefully about its continued alliance with Bashar Assad.”
“Every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russia closer into some level of responsibility,” he said in an apparent reference to a recent alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province. Washington blamed the Syrian government for the incident, while Moscow has said there has been no evidence presented to support such claims.
‘Learning Libya lesson’
Speaking of the US missile strike on a Syrian airbase, ordered by President Donald Trump “in response” to the alleged use of chemical weapons, Tillerson told CBS that “clearly the message is that the violation of international norms, the continuing ignoring of UN resolutions and the continuing violation of agreements… will no longer be tolerated.”
The airstrike is only related to the alleged chemical attack, the US official claimed, adding that Washington has learned its lesson of “what it looks like when you undertake a violent regime change,” referring to Libya.
“Obviously the United States’ own founding principle is self-determination, and what the US and our allies want to do is to enable the Syrian people to make that determination… We’ve seen what violent regime change looks like in Libya and the kind of chaos that can be unleashed and indeed the kind of misery that it enacts on its own people,” he said on CBS.
“I think we have to learn the lessons of the past,” he emphasized on ABC, adding, “Any time you go on and have a violent change at the top, it is very difficult to create the conditions for stability [in the] longer term.”
The “message” that any nation can take from the missile strike is that “if you violate international norms, if you violate international agreements, if you fail to live up to commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken,” Tillerson said.
He also disproved reports that Washington has also sent a warning to North Korea with its unilateral attack in Syria, saying that “in terms of North Korea, we’ve been very clear that our objective is a denuclearized Korean peninsula.
“We have no objective to change the regime in North Korea,” he claimed, speaking to the ABC host.
In his CBS interview, the US Secretary of State also suggested that “the military progress both in Syria and in Iraq has been remarkable since president Trump’s inauguration.”
Having called the progress in Mosul “tremendous,” Tillerson said together with its allies the US military “continued to liberate areas” and “are moving to a position to liberate Raqqa and contain ISIS.”
Russia: Hypersonic Cruise & Satellite-Destroying Missiles
Sputnik/Moscow: Last week, UK media reported on Russia’s impressive array of new and prospective weaponry, complaining that some systems, including the Oniks and Zircon supersonic and hypersonic missiles, and the S-500 air defense system, simply have no British equivalent. Military analyst Mikhail Khodarenok told Sputnik why the media is suddenly up in arms.
Last week, virtually the entire spectrum of British print media, including The Daily Mail, The Independent, IBT, The Times, and several military publications wrote about the creation of the “devastating” and “game-changing” new Russian hypersonic missile, the Zircon, which when deployed starting in 2020 will be capable of defeating any British warship’s anti-missile defenses due to its extreme speed.
Journalists warned that Russia’s other new anti-ship missile, the supersonic P-800 Oniks, also poses the serious threat to the Royal Navy. Finally, the papers complained, Russia’s S-300 and S-400 surface-to-air missile systems already have no Western equivalent, with the S-500 Prometey currently in development expected to be even deadlier.
Speaking to Radio Sputnik about the British military’s ‘sudden realization’ about the deadly capabilities of Russian weapons, military observer Mikhail Khodarenok suggested that there were several good reasons for the British military to be concerned.
For one thing, he said, this has to do with the fact that the British Army and Royal Navy are dependent on aging US systems. “For the most part, the countermeasures that the British have at their disposal meant to defend against [the Russian cruise missiles] are US designs, including the Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems and various air defense systems deployed aboard ships.”
However, in practice “it’s very difficult” to stop these weapons, Khodarenok added. “For example, deterring the P-800 Oniks anti-ship missile is very difficult, since the missiles are capable of flying toward an enemy ship at very low altitudes, and at twice the speed of sound; in other words, they remain in the zone of destruction by the ship’s onboard anti-missile systems for a matter of only a few seconds.”
As for the Zircon, deterring against that weapon will be even more difficult, Khodarenok stressed. “The Zircon will be hypersonic, and the means to combat them are not yet available, because no anti-aircraft missile system can yet target cruise missiles which move toward their targets at hypersonic speeds.”
As far as the media’s anxiety about Russia’s S-300 and S-400 series SAM systems is concerned, the military observer noted that “their reputation is already beyond dispute.” Meanwhile, he added, “the release of the S-500 is already approaching, and this system will be able to hit vehicles in space at near-Earth orbits. This is a completely new capability for SAMs.”Ultimately, Khodarenok suggested that the UK media’s newfound interest in the capabilities of Russian weapons will probably be used as an excuse for the country to increase its military budget.
“As a rule, such ‘scare tactics’ are used to try to squeeze out an increase in spending on national defense. But here it’s worth noting that the main developer and supplier of the relevant systems – the kind which could compete on equal terms with Russian arms and equipment, is the United States.” Accordingly, Khodarenok noted, the British will probably be counting on their American allies to come up with the appropriate response.
Whatever the case may be, Moscow might take some comfort in the sensationalized reporting about Russian weapons, reasoning that a recognition of the strength of Russian arms might just calm forces aiming to continue NATO’s confrontational approach toward Russia.
Exclusive/Graphic Video: The Truth Behind Syrian Gas Attacks, will Russia Back Down?
If you wondered why Turkey paid so much cash to General Flynn who is now “ratting out” Russia, the game will be exposed here:
Editor’s note: With the role of George Clooney’s “White Helmets” along with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in exploiting what we believe to be the Turkish Sarin gas attack on Syria yesterday, both VT and Press TV have been under continual cyber attack. Ian’s story yesterday had it right from the beginning and information is flowing in to VT from sources in Turkey, Syria and from Russia as well.
With the role of the White Helmets in exploiting this story, we are ready to conclude the serious possibility that this was a planned terror attack and that some US based group, most likely CIA, had a role. We are increasingly suspicious of Clooney as his wife has ties, according to our sources, with Israeli intelligence. Amal Clooney has represented Yulia Tymoshenko, Julian Assange and Mohamed Fahmy, Qatars press puppet with Al Jazeera in Egypt. Clooney is clearly being groomed.
UN Security Council video commentary begins at 15:13 in the video below:
Trump is directly threatening Russia on Syria despite his confusing tweets and rambling and incoherent accusations.
President Trump has proven himself unsound in his reaction, with no evidence whatsoever, and his mixed messages, blaming President Obama for not attacking Syria the last time Turkey and Saudi Arabia used poison gas against the Syrian people. This was 2013 and we have proof American contracting firms took part in the Ghouta attack, as outlined by Ian Greenhalgh yesterday.
The sense of Deja Vu is overwhelming, this story is a full repeat of the ‘Assad used poison gas on civilians in Ghouta’ fairytale of 2013.
VT has thoroughly debunked that story, we exposed the role of Israel, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the Ukraine , the CIA and the Russian Mafia, all of whom had a hand in the supply of the gas to the Syrian ‘rebels’ who were the ones who used it on innocent Syrian civilians.
The story that blamed it on Assad came from the Syrian Human Rights Observatory, a one man disinfo op in the suburbs of Coventry, England run by Rami Abdul Rehman. Once again, as in 2013, it is the tubby little liar Rehman and his SHRO that is behind the lies, once again the ‘Assad did it’ meme is being used to hide the true guilty party – the ISIS and FSA mercenaries.
VT received statements from Syrian intelligence sources and the Syrian Minister of Information today. The Syrian Information Ministry released this exclusively through VT:
“These accusations are not new and the Syrian gov got used to those allegations and claims after every and each military achievement of the Syrian army or before the convening of the UN Security Council or the meetings in Geneva. The aim of this fabrication is cheap political investment at the expense of the living of innocent civilians who are helpless and living in the terrorists controlled area in Idlib.
Before the UNSC is finished, we expect to hear that Syria has caused the holes in the ozone layer as well.”
Real Reports, Not the Fake News
Over the past two weeks, first Damascus came under attack from forces brought in by the CIA and Saudi Arabia from Jordan. Bushels of cash bribed corrupt 2nd tier Syrian home defense forces to allow the terror teams and snipers into Damascus. When this failed, a huge combined operation was stated against the city of Hama by al Nusra.
Turkish convoys brought in arms including TOW and Stinger missiles and significant advances were made threatening this vital city. However, troops were brought down from the north, perhaps as the ploy intended, and Russian and Syrian planes killed well over 2000 al Nusra or al Sham as they call themselves, terrorists.
Then, three days ago, a convoy of new TOW missiles left Hatay, Turkey for Hama. Funny how they get through Syrian controlled areas, that is something we need to deal with. On the convoy were gas masks for up to 2000 and other protective gear including chemical warfare suits from Saudi stockpiles. It was clear a massive gas attack was planned.
We got his information from both Russian and Syrian sources. The attack was to hit Syrian Arab Army forces in Hama and to overrun them and enter the city of Hama. Russia may have planned, and I have to be careful here, to hit this convoy at some point. The convoy had no chemical weapons on it when it left Turkey.
There was a chemical weapons depot in Idlib that was to load shells onto trucks and join the convoy on the way to Hama.
What happened from here shows a lack of coordination between Russian and Syrian information services. Russia says that Syria bombed the storage facility and this bombing caused the civilian casualties when gas supplies of al Nusra were released. Syria says the facility exploded on its own and it sent planes afterward to do reconnaissance. Russia’s version of events is expressed in this SouthFront video:
Statement of Dr. Bassam Barakat:
The statement below is from Dr. Bassam Barakat, of Veterans Today Damascus. As to his official standing in Syria, we are not at liberty to discuss. This is a machine translation from Arabic:
Every time a major and significant military achievement is achieved, the criminal terrorist gangs commit an operational order of their Saudi and Qatari financiers and their NATO leaders to commit a chemical weapons crime (now in Khan Sheikhan) against the poor of our people on a spot of their land that is free of the forces of evil and aggression.
After Ashous, the Syrian Arab army and its brave remnants, managed to repel the victory of the Nasserite and the Rahman Corps on the capital of our homeland.
These two terrorist forces were financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar and armed by Britain, France and the United States of America. (terrorist classified UN Security Council resolutions), which is now moving under the name Sham Liberation Authority. (Formerly al Nusra though still al Qaeda according to the US)
They are Saudi-funded with its allies from terrorist forces savage Islamic jihadist incitements significant losses represent the number of dead, which exceeded three thousand terrorists and The destruction of most of their booby traps and military equipment during their attack on the towns and villages of Hama. This attack was designed to stop the advance of the Syrian Arab Army and its allies under the command of Brigadier Suhail Hassan in the eastern Aleppo countryside on the axis of Tadef Maskan and prevent him from going to control the airport of the military class and the Euphrates dam and its facilities to be special forces The United States and the United Kingdom to conduct an aerial landing near the Euphrates Dam and occupy and occupy the airport of the military class without coordination with the Syrian state and take its consent (this is a clear breach of international law and the United Nations) without any resistance from their daughter pampered.
After these two victories of the Syrian Arab army and its heroic Assyrians with the help of the heroic eagles of the Russian brothers, the terrorists have the taste of death in the countryside of Hama, where their losses to date exceed three thousand dead and the destruction of dozens of tanks containing the highly explosive C-4, flaring, dozens of tanks, rocket launchers, The cars loaded with Baldo_ka and 23 others and others and all this has been bought from NATO countries sponsoring terrorism funds Saudi Arabia and Qatar and passed through Turkey and its president with the consent of the terrorist and criminal murderer of the Syrian people who cry crocodile tears now. …..
Let’s go back to the story of Khan Shaykhun to ask the following questions: 1 – How to ignore such as Muhammad Alush, who is currently in Turkey, who has a license in Islamic law (ie, lying and dabbling) and is taught by the Wahhabite sheikhs of the Saudi Arabian Beasts to know what gas is used and how to deal with But because of his life and his stupidity he talked about heart failure for five hours and this is impossible in the world of medicine because, by the fourth minute, brain cells begin to die, but it is possible to have a coma because of the inhalation of chlorine gas and other chemicals. Net Fares Karam before the day to know that there is a massacre Eimoi will occur in Khan Sheikhun and asked media coverage.
The Syrian flight is likely to be based on intelligence that has bombed a weapons depot and manufactured shells and gas turbines containing the highly explosive and explosive C-4 to be placed on a Hellfire cannon to be fired at the positions of the Syrian Arab Army. Each time, when a major, by order of the criminal operational financiers and Saudis and their leaders from the two countries of NATO to commit a crime with chemical weapons (now in Khan Shaikhoun) against the poor people on the spot of his land Almstbahp to the forces of evil and aggression.
After Ashous, the Syrian Arab army and its brave remnants, managed to repel the victory of the Nasserite and the Rahman Corps on the capital of our homeland. These two terrorist forces were financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar and armed by Britain, France and the United States of America. (terrorist classified UN Security Council resolutions), which is now moving under the name Sham Liberation Authority and a Saudi-funded with its allies from terrorist forces savage Islamic jihadist incitements significant losses represent the number of dead, which exceeded three thousand terrorists and The destruction of most of their booby traps and military equipment during their attack on the towns and villages of Hama.
This attack was designed to stop the advance of the Syrian Arab Army and its allies under the command of Brigadier Suhail Hassan in the eastern Aleppo countryside on the axis of Tadef Maskan and prevent him from going to control the airport of the military class and the Euphrates dam and its facilities to be special forces The United States and the United Kingdom to conduct an aerial landing near the Euphrates Dam and occupy and occupy the airport of the military class without coordination with the Syrian state and take its consent (this is a clear breach of international law and the United Nations) without any resistance from their daughter pampered.
After these two victories of the Syrian Arab army and its noble Assyrians with the help of the heroic eagles of the Russian brothers, the terrorists have the taste of death in the countryside of Hama, where their losses to date exceed three thousand dead and the destruction of dozens of pumps containing the highly explosive C-4.