Sunday, April 15, 2018

Pat Lang — An interim post on Syria ... (Editorial) by PL

An expert assessment of the recent missile attack on Syria and what's next.

Sic Semper Tyrannis
An interim post on Syria ... (Editorial) by PLCol. 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

Pentagon Is Concerned About Results Of Syria Strike, Prepares To Launch Internal Probe – Sources

SouthFront links to an article in Russian. Here is an English translation from Chrome.
The Pentagon earlier said that 105 missiles were launched across Syria. In Damascus, they said that they successfully repulsed more than 70 of them.

Syria successfully repulsed the missile attack of the United States, France and Britain. The Pentagon said that 105 missiles were fired from the Syrian territories. In the US Defense Ministry even released a video of the launch of the cruise missile Tomahawk from a submarine in the Mediterranean. The US military, as well as US President Donald Trump, said that the operation in the SAR was successful.
However, according to the dry statistics, 71 coalition missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defense. As Syrian President Bashar Assad said, the attack was repulsed with the help of missiles of the Soviet period.
At the same time, the question remains unanswered, where the unsettled American missiles were. The former chief of the Main Directorate of Armaments of the Russian Army, Colonel-General Anatoly Sitnov, put forward a version that the missiles could be redirected from the ground along a different route.
He noted that the Russian army has many breakthrough technologies, including secret ones, one of which is missile redirection.
In particular, Sitnov recalled that such a situation was in Serbia. Then the Russian peacekeepers tried Kevlar networks measuring 2.5 meters per meter, in which the American Tomahawks, aimed at strategically important facilities, were simply stuck.
The military does not rule out that Russia demonstrated its military-technical capabilities in Syria as well.
"Everyone realized that if this is possible only by such methods, it is better not to fight," says Colonel-General Anatoly Sitnov in an interview on YouTube.
Tsargrad TV
The Russian general put forward a version where disembodied American missiles disappeared in Syria


Lots of good stuff. Anatoly is now based in Russia.

The Unz Review
Post-Bombing Assessment
Anatoly Karlin


The Saker picks up the strategic analysis from here.

The Vineyard of the Saker
Alas, this is far from over!
The Saker

The media reaction to the US-French-British strikes on Syria early in the morning of 14 April has been quite distinct in the USA versus Europe, and then still more differentiated from the reaction of Russian media. In this brief article, I will direct attention to the general contours marking each of these three areas of reporting, and also will share some of the particularly interesting observations that were presented on Russian television, which, as is self-evident, was the most interested party in making sense of the weekend to the general public, given that Russia was the central power in play over the weekend even if the geography said “Syria.”...
The Times of London ... leads with an article predicting that to punish the United Kingdom for its role in the Skripal case and in Syria, Moscow will unleash a barrage of hacked damaging confidential materials relating to government ministers, members of Parliament and other elite British personalities. In response, May’s cabinet is said to be considering a cyber-attack against Russia.
What the British elite is really concerned with — being outed by kompromat.

Une parole franche
Fact and Fiction: what the US did and did not achieve by its attack on Syria, 14 April 2018
Gilbert Doctorow | European Coordinator of The American Committee for East West Accord Ltd.


Global Research
Trump is Playing a “Dirty Game”? — Report from Damascus at 4am at the Height of the Bombings
Mark Taliano | Global Research

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