US Ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley pre-blames Assad, Russia, and Iran for a future chemical weapons attack in SyriaBy Alex Christoforou, The Duran, 6/27/17.
He is a thoroughly decent man by all appearances who recognizes the evil of the proxy war being fought by the U.S. against Syria.
A refreshing contrast to the egregious Gen. Jack Keane without whom FoxNews is incapable of forming an independent thought about Syria or
the Soviet Union Russia. Lou Dobbs, an otherwise outstanding commentator, has co-authored a book about a fictional Russian character who wants to re-establish the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. That character's name happens to be "Putin" so it's not hard to see why Jack ("The Tiger") Keane has a lock on Fox commentary on Russia and its drive for world domination. For that matter, the whole FoxNews foreign policy commentariat is as small as a John Podesta dinner party. I can see why Fox was embarrassed by its "Fair and balanced" mantra.
Keane has the script down pat and the undisputed source of evil in this world is . . . are you ready? Assad supported by Evil Vlad Putin!
Arrogant, fatuous Americans to the rescue. We are here to help. Procrustean solutions made to order so long as they involve regime change, complete social collapse, and absolute control by jihadi scum.
Resemblance to anything as decent as envisioned by Mr. Hörstel is nowhere in sight. Nope. Mendacious, distorted, murderous policy is what's on the menu. The thought that Bashar Assad and his confederates would undertake to make chemical attacks in civilian areas at precisely the moment that it would do the most damage to Syrian interests does not disturb Keane in the least. Nuh unh! Chemicals involved; therefore Assad. And FoxNews laps it up with a spoon.
Hörstel is to be understood in conjunction with George Washington's piece on the insanity of Trump's latest revelations about Mr. Assad's apparent preparations for yet another chemical attack on his own people including, wait for it . . . innocent children.
Washington has an apt observation on neocon tweeter Nikki Haley over at the United Nations. Quote:
So we have the perfect setup for the jihadis to mount another chemical attack a la Ghouta 2013 and possibly Khan Sheikhoun in April of this year. WH to jihadis: "Hey, guys. If you all do something that looks like a chemical attack on Syrian civilians, we'll run with the 'Assad did it' garbage and support you with a massive attack on Syrian troops, equipment, and installations this time. Just sayin'. But it would be just awful if there were another 'Syrian' attack."[Haley tweet:] Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.[Washington:] Notice that Haley does not say:Any further attacks CARRIED OUT BY THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT and done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.
Future Syrian government responsibility already established: "will be blamed on Assad." You can't make this stuff up.
The Ghouta gas incident has been established as not the work of Assad troops and Seymour Hersh reports that military and intelligence types did not see any evidence that the Syrian Air Force attacked Khan Sheikhoun with chemical munitions. In fact, there was meticulous coordination of the Khan Sheikhoun bombing by the Russians with the Americans.
If you take Hersh's report as accurate, it turns out that the initial Russian explanation was accurate: a regular, non-chemical bomb struck something on the ground that caused the injuries and deaths supposedly seen in Khan Sheikhoun. The Trump position, by way of contrast, was a lie. An unadulterated fairy tale. The Sean Spicer announcement in Washington's piece is an anticipatory lie. A future fairy tale waiting to happen:
The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.U.S. pronouncements on world events are intellectually dishonest. We are determined to conduct a proxy war for Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. The whole story about Assad the evil dictator who precipitated a "civil war" is a lie. Witness a pro-Assad demonstration in the year that this "civil war" ignited in 2011:
The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack. [Oh ... you mean the Syria government is planning on bombing Islamic terrorists again?]
If … Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.
Photo: Al Jazeera.
Whatever we are doing in Syria it is underhanded and unclean.
 "After Getting Busted for Bombing Syria Based On a Lie, Trump Doubles Down … Threatens to Bomb Syria Even Harder Based On Same BS." By George Washington, Zero Hedge, 6/27/17.
 I say "possibly" above because Hersh (note 5, below) reports that the Syrian Air Force attack was on a building with chlorine and fertilizer (that could cause medical effects similar to sarin). Thus, it may actually be that the jihadis didn't perpetrate the attack themselves though it's hard to believe that as the White Helmet scum were on the job "rescuing" and "treating" victims of a supposed chemical attack within the hour after the supposed Syrian Air Force attack. Someone was really prepared for that photo op. My operating assumption at present is that the Russian's were correct in their argument that a regular bomb had secondary effects unrelated to mere HE and shrapnel. Furthermore, any evidence of chemical casualties is from prior staged events or even the use of civilians kidnapped from two villages south of Khan Sheikhoun and later killed. There is precedent.
 "Possible Implications of Faulty US Technical Intelligence in the Damascus Nerve Agent Attack of August 21, 2013." By Richard Lloyd and Theodore Postol, Independent research study, 1/14/14.
 "Trump‘s Red Line." By Seymour M. Hersh, Welt, 6/26/17.
 Washington, supra. Bracketed comment by Washington.
H/t for the video: Marko's comment on "VICTORIOUS SYRIA: The New Dawn of Resistance Against Imperialism." By Bruno Guigue, 21Wire, 6/23/17.
The shooting down of the Syrian SU-22 fighter appears to have been intended as a warning to stop the Syrian army from capturing Rusafa, so as to block the Syrian army’s attempt to relieve the pressure on Deir Ezzor.Kurdish state in northern Syria still on the table.
The Russian warning to the US looks in turn to have been intended to make clear to the US that this sort of interference in the Syrian army’s operations to relieve Deir Ezzor is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
The US has heeded the Russian warning. The various statements made by the US and by various US officials today, though full of the usual bluster about the US defending itself and its allies anywhere and everywhere, in fact clearly signal that the US is backing off.
 "BREAKING: No partition of eastern Syria; US 'welcomes Syria destroying ISIS' there." By Alexander Mercouris, The Duran, 6/25/17.
Potatoes, church towers, products labeled "Made in Germany" and Muslims also all belong to life in the country, according to her [Merkel's] ABCs of Germany.
While it’s a bit unfair to personalize the Democratic Party’s problems, Hillary and Bill Clinton have come to represent how the party is viewed by many Americans. Instead of the FDR Democrats, we have the Davos Democrats, the Wall Street Democrats, the Hollywood Democrats, the Silicon Valley Democrats, and now increasingly the Military-Industrial Complex Democrats.And the Snowflake Democrats.
To many Americans struggling to make ends meet, the national Democrats seem committed to the interests of the worldwide elites: global trade, financialization of the economy, robotization of the workplace, and endless war against endless enemies.
Who can turn this around? Tulsi Gabbard.
 "Russia-gate Flops as Democrats’ Golden Ticket." By Robert Parry, Consortiumnews.com, 6/21/17.
By insisting that Hillary Clinton be the Democratic nominee – after leftist populist Bernie Sanders was pushed aside – the party also ignored the fact that many Americans, including many Democrats, viewed Clinton as the perfectly imperfect candidate for an anti-Establishment year with many Americans still fuming over the Wall Street bailouts and amid the growing sense that the system was rigged for the well-connected and against the average guy or gal.Highly recommended.
In the face of those sentiments, the Democrats nominated a candidate who personified how a relatively small number of lucky Americans can play the system and make tons of money while the masses have seen their dreams crushed and their bank accounts drained. And Clinton apparently still hasn’t learned that lesson.
 "Russia-gate Flops as Democrats’ Golden Ticket." By Robert Parry, Consortiumnews.com, 6/21/17.
The U.S. maintained that the attack was a "mistake" but it defies logic. The government troops had been there for some time and minimal radio traffic analysis would have clearly shown that those troops were communicating on SAA tactical frequencies, not to mention multiple opportunities to visually inspect the positions by satellite or photo.
More to my point here, the Russian liaison officer attempted to contact his U.S. counterpart over some sort of hotline to call off the strike on the government troops but the latter officer had mysteriously gone "walkabout" and was unavailable. The Coalition strike lasted for, or continued for, about an hour with multiple SAA deaths and injuries. The American position that an officer standing watch at one end of a hot line could wander off for a coffee break with no one to cover for him in his absence is absurd.
Having established itself as an entity given to lies, the U.S. took the position that its attack on a Syrian air force fighter-bomber was necessary because it was attacking Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) troops, or too close too them, is worthless.
In the case of the attack on the Syrian jet, it isn't that a watch officer was absent from his post but that the U.S. did not make any attempt even to use the available coordination channel to avoid tragic errors.
The [Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation] explained the reasons for suspending the memorandum [for preventing incidents in Syria's skies]. According to the ministry, at the moment the Syrian warplane was hit by the US fighter, Russia’s Aerospace Forces were carrying out missions in Syria’s airspace; [sic]Apparently, no warning was given by the U.S. plane to the Syrian pilot either. He was just blown out of the sky. Other commentary on the web has also made the point that Turkey has attacked SDF troops with no retaliation or defensive response by the U.S.
"However, the coalition command did not use the existing communication line between the air commands of Al Udeid Air Base (Qatar) and Khmeimim Air Base to prevent incidents in Syria’s airspace."
"We consider the actions of the US command as a deliberate default on their obligations under the memorandum on on [sic] preventing incidents and providing for safe flights during operations in Syria signed on October 20, 2015," the Defense Ministry stressed.
As with the attack on Deir ez-Zor, this June 19, 2017 attack on a Syrian war plane smells.
 "Russia cuts deconfliction channel with Washington after US downs Syrian jet." By TASS, 6/19/17 (emphasis added).
". . . Paris [Macron] will no longer insist Assad leaving is a pre-condition for peace talks."Notes
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Between introducing a measure of sanity on Syria in Paris, and attempting a Russia reset it looks like President Macron might turn out to be substantially better than candidate Macron. A kind of reverse Donald Trump if you will.