Friday, April 13, 2018

Asia Times Trump, dissatisfied with options presented, wants ‘large strike’ on Syria: Report

President said to be at odds with his defense secretary
Donald Trump is now channeling John Bolton, going against everything he had said in the past, in particular the campaign in which many voted for Trump rather than "warmonger" Clinton.

What he is proposing done is illegal aggression. Congress needs remove the president from office. "Trump must go." May and Macron too. They must all face the International Court of Justice at The Hague, along with all officials involved in the US, Britain and France.

But Trump's impreachment would just put in Pence, who is probably worse.

Tidbit: [Russian Federation Foreign Minister Lavrov] also said that the alleged chemical attack was “staged” by a malicious country, which the Russian military later identified as Britain.

Asia Times
Trump, dissatisfied with options presented, wants ‘large strike’ on Syria: Report


Syria 'chemical attack' staged to provoke US airstrike, London pushed perpetrators – Russian MoD


I had surmised this. Neither side wants this to escalate out of control given the stakes. Nuclear winter is guaranteed lose-lose.
As per Suchkov’s report above, which I find very believable, the two are actually haggling over the details of the US giving target locations to the Russians in advance (probably over how much time in advance and for how many / which targets). That is quite unlike any war the US has recently fought — except for the 2017 strikes on Syria when the American side likewise told the Russians (who told the Syrians) that a strike was coming a couple of hours later and where it would hit.
Both sides have drawn their lines and neither is enthusiastic about losing face. Trump has vowed missiles are coming and Russia’s chief general Gerasimov vowed he’ll fire at any ship or aircraft that puts his men at risk. In such circumstances negotiating the details of the coming strike in advance is as wise as it is cynical. Unless Trump manages yet another flip-flop, or Lavrov can pull another rabbit out of the bag, it may be the only and best way to avoid this blowing up into something even far nastier.
That is something we should all be thankful for. Ironically the US-Russian military communication channel that is making this possible isn’t an outgrowth of past good relations, but of their rivalry....
We may just get out of this one alive. Thanks to the fact the two militaries have been forced to talk to each other for nearly three years now.
Russia Insider
US and Russia Are Talking Around the Clock to Choreograph Trump’s Coming Syria Strike


Sic Semper Tyrannis
"Remember the Maine!"Col. W. Patrick Lang, US Army (ret.)
At the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lang was the Defense Intelligence Officer (DIO) for the Middle East, South Asia and counter-terrorism, and later, the first Director of the Defense Humint Service. At the DIA, he was a member of the Defense Senior Executive Service. He participated in the drafting of National Intelligence Estimates. From 1992 to 1994, all the U.S. military attachés worldwide reported to him. During that period, he also briefed President George H. W. Bush at the White House, as he had during Operation Desert Storm.
He was also the head of intelligence analysis for the Middle East for seven or eight years at that institution. He was the head of all the Middle East and South Asia analysis in DIA for counter-terrorism for seven years. For his service in the DIA, Lang received the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive. — Wikipedia
Also of interest

She gave the interview in fluent English.

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