Thursday, April 12, 2018

Arranging Armageddon

Examining the Facts,

The former UK Ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, told BBC Radio Scotland regarding the alleged Douma chemical weapons attack: The Syrian government is probably not guilty. The sources claiming there was a chemical weapons attack are pro-Islamist jihadi propaganda outlets. The incident was probably staged, and it is likely that no one actually died.
"There wasn't a single corpse" No corpses at all, in the Douma war zone. The made for TV movie was apparently NOT made in Douma, Syria.
US attack in Syria is "Imminent", though uncertain, due to Trump not being smoothly in line with neocon/Pentagon consensus. John Ward has a few connections left. They say Trump favors a "surgical strike" to assassinate Assad and keep Syria in chaos, while neocons want a full court press, with boot-in-the-sand American (or other infantry?) invasion. (That would take the route for the Saudi-Qatari gas pipeline to Europe, which is critical to imperial strategy going forward. Even if Iran doesn't get a pipeline to Europe, the Russians, Syrians and friends need to prevent the US/Saudi/Israeli/NATO pipeline, and get Syria into a recovery from war, not the Libyan chaos. Europe needs gas from somebody and more gas pretty soon.)
The Saker looks at the strike force being amassed by the US. (It could also strike Iran, couldn't it?)  Considering that the USS Georgia and USS John Warner nuclear submarines are also deployed in the region, the US Navy could have about 406 Tomahawks to use for its attack on the Assad government. On April 11, the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is set to depart Naval Station Norfolk for deployment in the Middle East and Europe. The strike group includes the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy and the guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke, USS Bulkeley, USS Forrest Sherman and USS Farragut. The destroyers USS Jason Dunham and USS The Sullivans will join the strike group later. If the attack on Syria does not take place in the coming days, the USS Harry S. Truman will further strengthen the US offensive capabilities for a possible large-scale invasion against the Assad government and thus Russian and Iranian forces deployed in Syria. 

Trump now walks back the announcement of missile attacks on Syria "coming soon", and says they could be any time. Aircraft carrier USS Truman will be in the region in 2 weeks. (It seems to me that the missile attacks on the Syrian airfield last April were a prelude to invasion, but did not go so well since most missiles were taken out by electronic and anti-missile countermeasures. This looks like a rerun of the spring-invasion plan. Trump apparently does not want to invade, but the most he can probably do is be a big-mouthed galoot and out of step, and awkwardly obstructionist, and not-a-team-player...)

We are in the Last Days Before all Hell Breaks Loose, Paul Craig Roberts (A lot is included here that is not included elsewhere regarding strategic decisions of targets and escalation.)

War Map of Syria is presented here:

Praying for Nothing

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