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Susan Rice speaking at J Street conference on Monday April 16, 2108. Tamara Cofman Wittes is at right.

Donald Trump launched air strikes on Syria over the weekend, and you may have noticed the reviews from Israel and its friends. The attacks were insufficient, and did nothing to destabilize the Assad regime or to keep Iran out of Syria. One Israeli official calls the Trump attack “mostly talk” that shows “actions are not going to follow.”

Liberal interventionist Democrats agree. At the J Street conference this week — which is the Democratic Party Israel lobby — I heard several hawkish statements about Syria, including saber-rattling from two former White House security aides.

Susan Rice, former Obama national security adviser, criticized Trump for not threatening regime change:

We very clearly telegraphed and very clearly now twice have demonstrated that we are not prepared to use regime threatening force to deal with the chemical weapons challenge, and therefore I think our leverage is even less than it might have been on chemical weapons before.

Rice said she was not for regime change, but she faulted Trump for not going crazy this time.

For all our handwringing and justified concern about President Trump’s temperament and how he may respond in a crisis situation, he could have played those concerns to our advantage. He could have been, had he wanted to be, demonstrably unpredictable and deliberately unpredictable, and used that to try to wrest a diplomatic opening with the Russians.

That criticism was echoed by a former Clinton security aide now running for Congress. Nancy Soderberg said Trump handed Syria to Iran “on a silver platter.” Soderberg is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congress in an open Florida district, and she says Jewish voters are worried:

I went to the Jewish heritage festival for the upcoming 70th anniversary [of Israel] yesterday in Florida. And I think people are nervous about what’s happening in the middle east. They’re nervous about what’s happening in Iran in particular. We just handed Syria over to Iran on a silver platter.

Soderberg also said that the Syria situation is an “opportunity” for Democrats to adopt a more hawkish policy in foreign policy and outflank Republicans:

We need a little bit stronger more honed message about, We’re the party that keeps America safe…. I’m worried about Iran, and Syria is increasingly a major threat to U.S. interests and to Israel’s interests in the region. So I think we need to be much more vocal about, we are the party of security and safety and we’ll stand up for American values, and I think that will resonate with the American people.

Sadly, these hawkish statements represent the mainstream in Democratic Party politics. Senator Bernie Sanders was critical of the strikes, of course, but he is still marginalized by the party leaders. Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland is also antiwar, but he observed that Trump ran to the Democratic Party’s left on foreign policy.

Republican libertarians have been more reliable sources of antiwar sentiment. Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky said that Trump security officials have produced no real evidence that Assad was behind the recent chemical attacks. Senator Rand Paul has written that the Syria war was never our fight.

President Trump is listening far too much to the foreign policy swamp that he fought against. Our hawkish, neoconservative foreign policy and wars of the last 17 years have brought us trillions of dollars in debt and made us less safe.

Meantime, the Democratic mainstream is pushing for a bigger war. Look at the New York Times running Ronen Bergman’s piece last week urging Israeli strikes on Syria because of a Jewish responsibility stemming from the Holocaust (!). Or Dexter Filkins calling in The New Yorker for a major pounding of Assad.

The trouble is, Assad deserves much worse, and he’s not going to get it—not from the United States, nor from the West more generally. American forces could have inflicted much greater damage—Trump could have ordered the killing of Assad and everyone around him if he had wanted to. I’m confident that neither Trump nor any of his senior military advisers have any love for Assad. But, in testimony last week, Defense Secretary James Mattis said he was worried that American military action in Syria, if it went too far, could start a wider war, principally with Assad’s chief patron, Russia.

Israel is threatening to take further action of its own, because of Iran, of course. Reuters reports that Israel is hankering to attack an Iranian “air force” and “garrison” in Syria.

“Israel is headed for escalation,” Yaacov Amidror, former national security adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told Tel Aviv radio station 103 FM. “There could be a very big belligerent incident with Iran and Hezbollah.”

Susan Rice warned at J Street about that famous Iranian landbridge “from Tehran all the way to the Mediterranean.”

While Rolly Gueron, a former Mossad official, said that Israel faces no “existential” threats, but he warned that “Israel might be forced to carry out some more aggressive measures” in Syria against Iran.

One threat is the very extreme radical Iranian ambition to establish a permanent military presence in Syria thus establishing a Shiite crescent from Iran to Lebanon and at the expense of Sunnis in the middle east who are increasingly getting weaker and weaker. Israel cannot really tolerate such a threat for very long time.

Mitchell Plitnick at Lobelog notes that Israel is not pleased with Trump’s policy, but is not willing to call him out either:

Israel has been watching developments in Syria with increasing apprehension. That concern grew considerably when the Trump administration agreed with Russia to permit an Iranian presence, under Russian supervision, in the cease-fire zone in southern Syria last year. The growing Israeli apprehension is reflected in the steadily increasing incidents of Israeli strikes in Syria, strikes which already threaten to escalate into direct conflict with Iran.

Had Barack Obama agreed to an Iranian presence in Syria so close to Israel, the so-called “pro-Israel” crowd would have said he is trying to destroy the Jewish state. Yet, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to embrace Trump, this decision was not to his or any other Israeli leader’s liking. If the U.S. now pulls out of Syria completely, there can be no doubt that Israel will take much more robust steps to counter the Iranian presence.

 

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  1. Tuyzentfloot
    Tuyzentfloot
    April 19, 2018, 3:19 pm

    famous Iranian landbridge

    or as they say in colloquial speech, ‘a road’.

  2. Sibiriak
    Sibiriak
    April 19, 2018, 3:26 pm

    Regime change in Syria–good for Israel; good for the U.S.

    Hillary Clinton Email Archive

    https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/emailid/18328
    —————————————————————————–

    UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05794498 Date: 11/30/2015 RELEASE IN FULL

    The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad.

    Negotiations to limit Iran’s nuclear program will not solve Israel’s security dilemma. Nor will they stop Iran from improving the crucial part of any nuclear weapons program — the capability to enrich uranium. At best, the talks between the world’s major powers and Iran that began in Istanbul this April and will continue in Baghdad in May will enable Israel to postpone by a few months a decision whether to launch an attack on Iran that could provoke a major Mideast war. Iran’s nuclear program and Syria’s civil war may seem unconnected, but they are. For Israeli leaders, the real threat from a nuclear-armed Iran is not the prospect of an insane Iranian leader launching an unprovoked Iranian nuclear attack on Israel that would lead to the annihilation of both countries.

    What Israeli military leaders really worry about — but cannot talk about — is losing their nuclear monopoly. An Iranian nuclear weapons capability would not only end that nuclear monopoly but could also prompt other adversaries, like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, to go nuclear as well. The result would be a precarious nuclear balance in which Israel could not respond to provocations with conventional military strikes on Syria and Lebanon, as it can today. If Iran were to reach the threshold of a nuclear weapons state, Tehran would find it much easier to call on its allies in Syria and Hezbollah to strike Israel, knowing that its nuclear weapons would serve as a deterrent to Israel responding against Iran itself.

    Back to Syria. It is the strategic relationship between Iran and the regime of Bashar Assad in Syria that makes it possible for Iran to undermine Israel’s security — not through a direct attack, which in the thirty years of hostility between Iran and Israel has never occurred, but through its proxies in Lebanon, like Hezbollah, that are sustained, armed and trained by Iran via Syria.

    The end of the Assad regime would end this dangerous alliance. Israel’s leadership understands well why defeating Assad is now in its interests. Speaking on CNN’s Amanpour show last week, Defense Minister Ehud Barak argued that “the toppling down of Assad will be a major blow to the radical axis, major blow to Iran…. It’s the only kind of outpost of the Iranian influence in the Arab world…and it will weaken dramatically both Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza.”

    Bringing down Assad would not only be a massive boon to Israel’s security, it would also ease Israel’s understandable fear of losing its nuclear monopoly. Then, Israel and the United States might be able to develop a common view of when the Iranian program is so dangerous that military action could be warranted.

    Right now, it is the combination of Iran’s strategic alliance with Syria and the steady progress in Iran’s nuclear enrichment program that has led Israeli leaders to contemplate a surprise attack — if necessary over the objections of Washington. With Assad gone, and Iran no longer able to threaten Israel through its, proxies, it is possible that the United States and Israel can agree on red lines for when Iran’s program has crossed an unacceptable threshold. In short, the White House can ease the tension that has developed with Israel over Iran by doing the right thing in Syria.

    The rebellion in Syria has now lasted more than a year. The opposition is not going away, nor is the regime going to accept a diplomatic solution from the outside. With his life and his family at risk, only the threat or use of force will change the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s mind.

    The Obama administration has been understandably wary of engaging in an air operation in Syria like the one conducted in Libya for three main reasons. Unlike the Libyan opposition forces, the Syrian rebels are not unified and do not hold territory. The Arab League has not called for outside military intervention as it did in Libya. And the Russians are opposed.

    Libya was an easier case. But other than the laudable purpose of saving Libyan civilians from likely attacks by Qaddafi’s regime, the Libyan operation had no long-lasting consequences for the region. Syria is harder. But success in Syria would be a transformative event for the Middle East. Not only would another ruthless dictator succumb to mass opposition on the streets, but the region would be changed for the better as Iran would no longer have a foothold in the Middle East from which to threaten Israel and undermine stability in the region.

    Unlike in Libya, a successful intervention in Syria would require substantial diplomatic and military leadership from the United States. Washington should start by expressing its willingness to work with regional allies like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar to organize, train and arm Syrian rebel forces. The announcement of such a decision would, by itself, likely cause substantial defections from the Syrian military. Then, using territory in Turkey and possibly Jordan, U.S. diplomats and Pentagon officials can start strengthening the opposition. It will take time. But the rebellion is going to go on for a long time, with or without U.S. involvement.

    The second step is to develop international support for a coalition air operation. Russia will never support such a mission, so there is no point operating through the UN Security Council. Some argue that U.S. involvement risks a wider war with Russia. But the Kosovo example shows otherwise. In that case, Russia had genuine ethnic and political ties to the Serbs, which don’t exist between Russia and Syria, and even then Russia did little more than complain. Russian officials have already acknowledged they won’t stand in the way if intervention comes.

    Arming the Syrian rebels and using western air power to ground Syrian helicopters and airplanes is a low-cost high payoff approach. As long as Washington’s political leaders stay firm that no U.S. ground troops will be deployed, as they did in both Kosovo and Libya, the costs to the United States will be limited. Victory may not come quickly or easily, but it will come. And the payoff will be substantial. Iran would be strategically isolated, unable to exert its influence in the Middle East. The resulting regime in Syria will see the United States as a friend, not an enemy. Washington would gain substantial recognition as fighting for the people in the Arab world, not the corrupt regimes.

    For Israel, the rationale for a bolt from the blue attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be eased. And a new Syrian regime might well be open to early action on the frozen peace talks with Israel. Hezbollah in Lebanon would be cut off from its Iranian sponsor since Syria would no longer be a transit point for Iranian training, assistance and missiles. All these strategic benefits and the prospect of saving thousands of civilians from murder at the hands of the Assad regime (10,000 have already been killed in this first year of civil war).

    With the veil of fear lifted from the Syrian people, they seem determine to fight for their freedom. America can and should help them — and by doing so help Israel and help reduce the risk of a wider war.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      April 19, 2018, 5:15 pm

      “Hillary Clinton Email Archive”

      Ah! This is an e-mail somebody, for some reason, e-mailed Hillary Clinton. That is very interesting.

    • Keith
      Keith
      April 19, 2018, 6:48 pm

      SIBIRIAK- “Hillary Clinton Email Archive”

      The Clinton administration was the one which completely destroyed the last vestiges of the New Deal as they opted to abandon their voting base to compete with the Republicans for corporate/fat-cat dollars. Part of that process entailed out warmongering the Republicans. This was accomplished by camouflaging their actions behind do-gooder rhetoric. The amazing thing to me is the extent to which self-defined Democrats went along with actions which were diametrically opposed to their professed beliefs and values. Thus demonstrating that Democratic loyalty is primarily a function of social camaraderie devoid of principles which relies upon rhetorical fakery. Yet, the reality remains that the Democrats have intentionally become the primary go-to war party, Hillary the very personification of a warmongering Zionist neocon.

      These are perilous times. One indication of this is the massive, synchronized warmongering of the imperial media. I provide a link to an interesting discussion of our current 99% propaganda media with Chris Hedges and Mark Crispin Miller: https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2018/04/16/chris-hedges-and-mark-crispin-miller-corporate-medias-hurricane-of-propaganda/#more-193723

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      April 19, 2018, 11:19 pm

      The warmongers never understood that Israel has nothing to offer the people of the Levant. It’s interesting to read that email 6 years on. The Russians destroyed US policy in Syria.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        April 20, 2018, 11:21 am

        2018 will prove to be a bad year for the entity known as “Israel” and it’s gonna’ get worse. The chickens are coming home to roost. America cannot continue to let the Zionist lobby dictate its Middle East foreign policy. To do so is self-defeating. The entity known as “Israel” is America’s number one geopolitical liability, a millstone around its neck, and people around the world, including Jews, are increasingly seeing it for the racist, brutal, murderous monster it is.

    • JWalters
      JWalters
      April 20, 2018, 12:49 am

      “The best way to help Israel”

      The US was supposed to hand Syria to ISRAEL “on a silver platter”. There’s the problem. What was Trump thinking? And after all that money from Sheldon!

    • Rob Roy
      Rob Roy
      April 20, 2018, 1:32 pm

      Sibiriak, your entire screed is based on a false premise: that Iran intends to make nuclear weapons. It has no intentions of using nuclear power for anything except energy and medical isotopes. Period. Iran decided in 2003 to never have nuclear weapons (though it should since Israel and the US have them). Iran sent a Swiss diplomat to George W. Bush to tell him Iran will not make nuclear warheads if the US would quit calling Iran part of the Evil Axis, allow trade, and give some consideration to the Palestinians. Bush chastised the diplomat and sent him away. Now we have an agreement with Iran that the US has broken. Iran hasn’t broken any part of it.
      Iran has never attacked anyone. Israel has attack illegally Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank, Egypt, Jordan; it will continue this rampage on neighboring countries until its goal of a “Greater Israel” is achieved.
      Israel, as Gideon Levy has pointed out, has three ideas that rule its concept of itself: 1) It really believes it’s god’s “Chosen People” and therefore is smarter than anyone else and can do what it wants. That’s insane. 2) It is the “eternal victim,” and no other people have ever had a holocaust, even though, as horrible at the Jewish holocaust was, the Armenian was even worse. 3) Arabs are inhuman and can be hated and murdered at will with impunity.
      As for Bashar al Assad being consistently called a “brutal dictator,” he isn’t. He is president of a SECULAR country where all religions practice freely without fear. He has encouraged all religions to live together in peace. He has never, not once, used chemical weapons in Syria. The first accusation was disproved by the UN investigation team, headed by Carla del Ponte. One must always pay attention to timing. Every time Assad has been accused, it make NO sense that he would do what he was accused of doing…such as the time the UN team coming in was nearly. Crazy. That’s why the US, Israel chooses that moment for their unfounded accusations. As for Khan Sheikhoun, Seymour Hersh, the world’s foremost investigative journalist (wrote for the New Yorker for 25 years and the New York Times, exposed the Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam, Abu Graibe in Iraq). The New York Times and Washington Post would print his report; nor would the London Times and The Guardian. Finally Die Welt in Germany printed it. You can find it on line (unless the PTB prevents it. I wouldn’t be surprised.) As for Douma, there was no chemical attack at all. That’s already been proven.
      Consider Putin: go on line an listen to his entire address to the country on May 1, not just the tail end that Americans went crazy about where he said he would never attack the US but Russia would defend itself if attacked. Perfectly reasonable, don’t you think? The first 3/4 of his talk was wonderful and not one you would hear in America, it was so kind to the Russian people, whom Putin actually loves. Our presidents don’t love their citizens, as you may have noticed.
      Israel is an ugly country. So are the US, the UK and France.

      • just
        just
        April 20, 2018, 2:21 pm

        Thank you, Rob Roy.

      • Keith
        Keith
        April 20, 2018, 6:16 pm

        ROB ROY- “Sibiriak, your entire screed….”

        Sibiriak is quoting the Hillary Clinton Email Archive. I assume that the entire screed is hers, and in no way represents Sibiriak’s opinion.

      • genesto
        genesto
        April 20, 2018, 7:39 pm

        Good work, Rob! Problem is getting this out to the people that really need to know.

  3. marc b.
    marc b.
    April 19, 2018, 4:11 pm

    He could have been, had he wanted to be, demonstrably unpredictable and deliberately unpredictable, and used that to try to wrest a diplomatic opening with the Russians.

    unpredictable? in this context that sounds like a euphemism for mass casualties. as for a diplomatic opening with the Russians, we have one, it just wouldn’t lead to the ouster of the democratically elected leader of a sovereign state.

    The trouble is, Assad deserves much worse, and he’s not going to get it—not from the United States, nor from the West more generally. American forces could have inflicted much greater damage—Trump could have ordered the killing of Assad and everyone around him if he had wanted to. I’m confident that neither Trump nor any of his senior military advisers have any love for Assad. But, in testimony last week, Defense Secretary James Mattis said he was worried that American military action in Syria, if it went too far, could start a wider war, principally with Assad’s chief patron, Russia.

    so assad (and everyone around him) getting what he deserves, leading to a war with russia, is to be desired? these chicken hawks really are the worst of the worst. dumb as rocks too.

    One threat is the very extreme radical Iranian ambition to establish a permanent military presence in Syria thus establishing a Shiite crescent from Iran to Lebanon and at the expense of Sunnis in the middle east who are increasingly getting weaker and weaker. Israel cannot really tolerate such a threat for very long time.

    yes, well, that’s what you get when you start a ‘civil war’ next door. when you flood syria with foreign jihadists, you are assured that assistance fighting them will come from outside as well.

  4. Citizen
    Citizen
    April 19, 2018, 6:03 pm

    Damn depressing for those of us who think Israel is not an asset of USA, but a net gross liability.

  5. John Douglas
    John Douglas
    April 19, 2018, 7:58 pm

    The goal here for Israel and its firsters is not regime change, it’s failed states. This leaves Israel to take what it wants. The first thing out of Netanyahu’s mouth when Syria collapsed was the Golan Heights – all those grapes. No one thinks that if the US were to throw out the mullahs, that a stable situation would develop. It’s not the 1950s. What the Israel-firsters want for the middle east is human chaos.

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      April 19, 2018, 11:04 pm

      Iran is looking for order. The problem with Israeli nihilism is that there is nothing in it for local people. I am sure the Torah must deal with this somewhere.
      The Cossacks ran something similar in old Poland and apparently the people in the shtetls didn’t like it either. Gosh.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      April 20, 2018, 8:25 am

      Yes, nobody in mainstream media is pointing out Israel’s stake in a fragmented Syria, which includes, inter alia, securing its 50 year occupation and settlement of the Golan Heights, including that region’s water resources, a substantial part of Israel’s, plus its gas resources, and now its new oil digs.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        April 20, 2018, 10:21 am

        Citizen,

        Keeping the Golan is small potatoes. They got to keep it anyway for 50 years, no reason for losing it when Syria is already in tatters.

        The main goal in this relentless push to general massacre by the Zionists, who started, sold and directed the series of wars of aggression against the countries listed in the Yinon/PNAC plan, is that of creating total chaos and generalized war, because that is the only appropriate environment for performing a full-fledged, accelerated genocide. The Zionists’only hope for an acutely needed final solution is the extermination (and/or massive expulsion) of all Palestinians from all of Palestine (in fact from their Greater Israel.) Other money-making effects of war are just fringe benefits.

        Ask the Turkish Union and Progress generals who had to wait until they joined WWI before being able to exterminate (and/or totally expel from their own country) the Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks. Ask the Nazis who had to wait until WWII was in full swing before they could exterminate the Jews, Gypsies and other Inferior Races.

  6. Edward Q
    Edward Q
    April 19, 2018, 8:00 pm

    Libya and Iraq haven’t caused these great “humanitarians” to reconsider their views about intervention.

  7. inbound39
    inbound39
    April 19, 2018, 8:13 pm

    The American Government, Democrats and Republicans need to learn the public no longer support Israel due to its threat to Middle East Peace and its blatant, continued war crimes against Palestinians. If Israel is so determined to want Syria and Assad out of the way then let them use the American firepower thay have been given on a silver platter, to do the damage themselves. Let Israel lose the troops and Pilots and not Americans or Brits or French. Russia has warned Israel to stay out. Syria now has air defences that can take out Israeli jets operating illegally from Lebanon Air Space. Russia has its own Air Defences to use should Russians come under attack. Syria is no longer a pushover and China has just deployed warships to the area. Let Israel deal with what they created by manipulation and meddling and violations of International Law. The problem is of Israel’s own making.

  8. wondering jew
    wondering jew
    April 19, 2018, 8:34 pm

    Israel does not want Iran to change the status quo in Syria, that is the essential point. those who hate israel take no offense at Iran’s move to make a base for itself in Syria. Those who do not hate Israel accept the logic of taking such offense.

    meanwhile, iran’s currency just tanked, so a little perspective on the “revolutionary” aspects of the land ruled by the ayatollah’s is probably in order.

    i side with those who do not take offense at the obama iran nuke treaty, efraim halevy, a spy chief of some sort, is in favor of the treaty and he usually expresses a point of view that i can cite, “yeah, like he says.”

    is it not sufficient for iran to turn hezbollah into an armed camp on israel’s border, but iran must have its own foothold in syria? (I don’t know what halevy has to say about the current crisis.)

    • eljay
      eljay
      April 19, 2018, 9:20 pm

      || Yonah Fredman: … those who hate israel take no offense at Iran’s move to make a base for itself in Syria. Those who do not hate Israel accept the logic of taking such offense. … ||

      Those who hate Palestine take no offense at the move of Zionists to occupy and colonize it and establish in as much as possible of it a religion-supremacist “Jewish State”. Those who do not hate Palestine accept the logic of taking such offense.

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      April 19, 2018, 10:59 pm

      Israel can’t police the Middle East. Khalaas.
      Israel’s Modus operandi is brutality. Between 1978 and 2000 Israel occupied the Shia area of South Lebanon. Local Shia residents were brutalised .
      The Lebanese civil war featured an amateur Shia militia called Amal. Around the mid 80s Iran got involved and Hezbollah was formed. There would have been no Hezbollah without Israel.
      Across Iraq Syria and Lebanon there are far more Shia than there are Zionists in Israel.
      The old bastard Hafez Al Assad offered Israel peace in return for the return of the Golan. Israel said no.
      Israel thinks it can dictate terms to everyone else forever.. This is unwise.

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      April 20, 2018, 1:31 am

      The USA has bases in many countries (including Syria), and Britain still has a few bases outside Britain. Many of these bases are forward postings close to potential or real enemies. Why can’t Iran do the same thing?

      ” iran to turn hezbollah into an armed camp on israel’s border”

      Hezbollah was always armed, and on Israel’s border. And why shouldn’t it be? Israel is an armed camp on Lebanon’s border.

      “those who hate israel”

      Why is everyone so obsessed with hate now? Can no-one these days conceive of opposition that does not involve hate?

    • Atlantaiconoclast
      Atlantaiconoclast
      April 20, 2018, 12:02 pm

      Israel intentionally helped to destabilize Syria. It WANTS chaos in Syria as long as Sugar Daddy US keeps it safe. Israel prefers constant fighting within Syria first, ISIS or Al Qaeda in control second, and will not accept Assad continuing to stay in power, three. Israel is insane for not choosing option 3.

  9. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    April 19, 2018, 10:38 pm

    RE: “Donald Trump launched air strikes on Syria over the weekend, and you may have noticed the reviews from Israel and its friends. The attacks were insufficient, and did nothing to destabilize the Assad regime or to keep Iran out of Syria.” ~ Weiss

    Robert Fisk’s Douma Report Rips Away Excuses for Air Strike on Syria
    • This report shows that there is a highly credible alternative explanation for what happened in Douma – one that needs to be investigated.
    By Jonathan Cook | Published on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Common Dreams
    Read Full Article » https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/04/17/robert-fisks-douma-report-rips-away-excuses-air-strike-syria

    The Search for Truth in the Rubble of Douma – and one doctor’s doubts over the chemical attack
    • Exclusive: Robert Fisk visits the Syria clinic at the centre of a global crisis.
    By Robert Fisk | The Independent | April 17, 2018
    Read Full Article » https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/syria-chemical-attack-gas-douma-robert-fisk-ghouta-damascus-a8307726.html

    OAN Investigation Finds No Evidence of Chemical Weapon Attack in Syria

    One America News Network
    Published on Apr 16, 2018
    • One America’s Pearson Sharp visited the war-torn town of Douma outside the capital of Damascus, looking for evidence of a chemical attack. However, residents there deny the claims of an attack, and say it was staged to help the rebels escape.

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      April 19, 2018, 10:50 pm

      Tucker Carlson Tells Truth About Syria – Crosses Trump [NSFW]

      The Jimmy Dore Show
      Published on Apr 11, 2018
      • Tucker Carlson is the surprising voice of reason on Syria.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        April 20, 2018, 8:36 am

        Yes he is, and kudos also to one other talking head, Chris Hayes laid out the Palestinian situation clearly on one of his recent shows–wonder how long they will have their own shows? Murdoch and Comcast’s controlling shareholders must be working on how to can them.

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        April 20, 2018, 6:23 pm

        Thanks for that interesting video. It was very surprising to see Tucker Carlson making more sense than the rest of the MSM, and from the Fox News Channel no less.

        This video of Tucker Carlson versus Warmonger Bolton is interesting too.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        April 20, 2018, 7:22 pm

        Thanks for the Mr Potato head video. Fox is the official fake news agency of the Trump regime. The GOP isn’t so much a party as a collection of interest groups watered by greed mixed with a sense of hurt .
        Trump won because he channeled the hurt and rage of dispossessed blue collar Americans. He formed it into something he used to glorify himself. He is an asshole.
        One of the drivers of grievance is neoconservative war. That is why Carlson goes for Bolton. The communities that provide the dead soldiers are sick of it. They are also being ravaged by opioid deaths and deindustrialisation.
        Israel has already become a partisan issue over Gaza but if GOP voters link their misery to the American treasure lavished on the country by a corrupt Belt way establishment while American blue collar soldiers are sent to die in pointless waRs Israel could be in serious trouble.

        The relationship between Israel and the US working class is demonstrated by this video .
        Israel is played by a jewel wasp. The US working class is played by a cockroach.

        https://youtu.be/Kg4-MW009k0

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        April 21, 2018, 2:32 am

        “Fox is the official fake news agency of the Trump regime. ”

        And Fox might be crushing dissent in the ranks.

        https://russia-insider.com/en/tucker-carlson-mia-2-days-after-exposing-syria-gas-hoax-deep-state-revenge/ri23238?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

        It would be a shame to lose Tucker Carlson. I have seen a lot of videos of him, and he seems very good at puncturing nonsense. Far too little of that being done.

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      April 19, 2018, 11:12 pm

      P.S.
      Syrian ‘Chemical Victims’ Suffered from Dust Inhalation, Reports Say
      By Caitlin Johnstone | ConsortiumNews.com | April 16, 2018 | 156 Comments

      • A report by the Independent’s veteran Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk quotes doctors in Douma saying victims suffered from dust inhalation and that a member of the White Helmets caused panic by falsely shouting, “Gas!” in a triage center. The White Helmets were then bused out with other jihadists, as Caitlin Johnstone explains.

      Read Full Article » https://consortiumnews.com/2018/04/16/syrian-chemical-victims-suffered-from-dust-inhalation-reports-say/

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        April 20, 2018, 8:37 am

        White Helmets tried to bribe Roger Waters.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        April 20, 2018, 10:35 am

        https://www.truthdig.com/articles/white-helmets-tried-to-recruit-roger-waters-with-saudi-money-emails-show/

        “Roger Waters Denounces White Helmets as ‘Fake Organization'”

        Truthout, April 20/18

        EXCERPT:
        “During a Barcelona concert on April 13, Roger Waters denounced the Syrian White Helmets as ‘a fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists.’ Warning that the groups’ unverified claims about chemical weapons attacks across insurgent-held territory were aimed at triggering Western military intervention, Waters cautioned his audience, ‘If we were to listen to the propaganda of the White Helmets and others, we would encourage our governments to start dropping bombs on people in Syria. This would be a mistake of monumental proportions for us as human beings.’”

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      April 20, 2018, 2:11 am

      P.P.S.
      THE SYRIA DECEPTION
      Exclusive Emails Show How The White Helmets Tried To Recruit Roger Waters With Saudi Money
      By Max Blumenthal
      Read Full Article » https://grayzoneproject.com/2018/04/19/exclusive-emails-show-how-the-white-helmets-tried-to-recruit-roger-waters-with-saudi-money/

      • JLewisDickerson
        JLewisDickerson
        April 20, 2018, 2:32 am

        P.P.P.S.
        THE SYRIA DECEPTION
        April 13, 2018
        ■ Max Blumenthal on Sky News, challenging the push for US attack on Syria and questioning sources

      • JLewisDickerson
        JLewisDickerson
        April 20, 2018, 2:42 am

        P.P.P.P.S.
        WEB EXCLUSIVE: Strikes In Syria – The Hard Facts (with Max Blumenthal)

  10. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    April 19, 2018, 11:09 pm

    WTF is the Dem party doing getting involved in Israeli nihilism ? Chris Hedges has written extensively about how DP elites abandoned their own working class voters to chase 1% money (including Zionist). Clinton ignored the real suffering of blue collar USA and lost the 2016 election to Trump. Israel is a waste of time.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      April 20, 2018, 8:39 am

      Imagine if Trump told the public he was going to divert the latest $38 billion dollars gifted to Israel and use it to build his wall…..

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        April 20, 2018, 9:02 am

        Imagine if it was spent on the opioid epidemic. Imagine linking Israel to opioid deaths in KY and LA .

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      April 22, 2018, 6:31 am

      My working hypothesis is that most of the Democrats (and many Republicans) now live in permanent fear of “opposition research” being done on them using BIG DATA that the GOP clearly knows how to use to find dirt on virtually anyone. I suspect they see ‘big data’ — in combination with the negative/attack ads that can be run (based on the dirt found using ‘big data’) by billionaires like Adelson, Mercer, the Kochs, etc. — as a permanent, existential threat to their jobs.
      Hence, the tax give aways, 1000% support for Likudnik Israel, total fealty to the NRA, etc.

  11. jsinton
    jsinton
    April 19, 2018, 11:26 pm

    Imagine: Democrats running to the right of Trump on the warmonger race. Trump the “peacenik”. Trump: The only thing standing in the way of military intervention in Syria. What a hoot, eh?

  12. echinococcus
    echinococcus
    April 20, 2018, 10:07 am

    “Liberal interventionist Democrats agree”.
    Openly imperialist Democrats agree.
    All Democrats agree.
    Anyone voting for or approving the Democrats agrees –their subjective explanation for it is irrelevant.
    Republicans generally agree.
    The single exception to all of that is one guy on Fox News.
    One objection on 26.

    Time to repeat:
    When the Zionists order, everyone obeys.

    Is there still anyone here who can defend, with a straight face, that the US is not directly governed by the Zionists?

  13. Atlantaiconoclast
    Atlantaiconoclast
    April 20, 2018, 11:49 am

    Both the neoliberal DNC and the establishment GOP are imbecilic when it comes to Russia and Syria. Russia was invited by Syria to be there. Iran was invited to be there. Syria would not have invited them in had the Obama admin not offered direct and indirect support for so called rebels (head chopping terrorists) in Syria! The media blackout on truth in regards to Syria is one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen in my life.

  14. James Canning
    James Canning
    April 20, 2018, 1:25 pm

    I am no fan of Trump, but his instinct to get the US troops out of Syria is correct. What rubbish, the notion Russia or Iran will control Syria if Assad is not overthrown.

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