Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Negotiate Or Else

Bargaining Chips,

Military conquest of Syrian oil, gas, farmland and water... for "peace", "freedom" and stuff.
"Northeastern Syria is an important region owing to its rich natural resources, particularly fossil fuels in the form of natural gas and oil. Indeed, this area contains 95 percent of all Syrian oil and gas potential — including al-Omar, the country’s largest oil field. Prior to the war, these resources produced some 387,000 barrels of oil per day and 7.8 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually, and were of great economic importance to the Syrian government. However, more significantly, nearly all the existing Syrian oil reserves – estimated at around 2.5 billion barrels – are located in the area currently occupied by the U.S. government...  In addition, the conflict in Syria – now in its seventh year – was, in part, initiated as a result of clashes over two pipeline proposals that needed to secure passage through Syria. Syria, not long before the foreign-funded proxy war besieged the country, had turned down a U.S.-backed proposal that would take to Europe natural gas from Qatar in favor of a Russia-backed proposal that would take natural gas originating in Iran."

"US opens new military base in former ISIS stronghold", (yeah, the oil place , Dier Ezzor, in northeast Syria, where ISIS failed to keep the oil away from the Syrian government as ordered.)

Vladimir Putin warns that the world is at risk of descending further into chaos if the US attacks Syria again. (It does not seem to be worded as a threat,)

President Trump was given 3 options to attack Syria. (Not attacking was not apparently offered to him as an option.) 
He chose the one that mostly wasted a lot of missiles for domestic propaganda, and cost less than the others. 
"We taught 'animal Assad' a lesson" seems to be the sales pitch..

Secretary of Defense Mattis advocated for seeking Congressional approval before launching recent missile attack on Syria. ("Mad Dog"? Maybe "Monk Mattis", his USMC nickname, was correct all along.) 
"In the end, Mattis prevailed in limiting the Friday night strikes to three targets which would avoid hitting Russian troops stationed at various military facilities throughout Syria. Democratically elected Syrian President Bashar al Assad moved fighter jets to said installations before the US-led strike, which also included the participation of the United Kingdom and France to give it an air of legitimacy." “The strike was really just enough to cover the president politically, but not enough to spark a war with the Russians,” said two-tour Iraq war veteran Jon Soltz, chairman of liberal veterans group VoteVets. “It was clear the military had tight constraints on the operation, and that everybody in the military seemed to know that except the president.”  "The cleanup crew at the destroyed Barzah chemical weapons Research facility didn't need protective clothing to sift through the rubble, the message is loud and clear; the West needs to get it's act together before bombing a sovereign nation based on crappy - or even worse, fabricated intel. "

Pentagon hides failure of attack, as over 70 missiles are shot down, about 1/3 get through to least defended areas. none of these areas was defended by Russia.

A view from France. Thanks Eleni.
The Allies pretend that Syria kept stocks of chemical weapons, despite its membership of the Convention which prohibits them. They claim that they targeted only areas linked to these weapons. And yet, for example, they fired four missiles at the international commercial airport in Damascus, an exclusively civilian target. Happily, the Syrian Arab Army managed to intercept them all. In total, the Syrian Arab Army, which was only in possession of S-125’s, S-200’s, Buk’s, Kvadrat’s and Osa’s, managed, single-handed, to shoot down two thirds of the Western projectiles. Finally, despite themselves, the Allies had just fought the first battle of their history in which they killed not one enemy. France, which tested its new naval Cruise missile for the first time in a combat situation, was unable to boast of a success to its potential clients...  This grand show, then, was no more than a futile gesture. After a quarter of a century of unilateral domination by the West, its three main military powers have just been down-graded. The world has returned to a bipolar situation like that of the Cold War, although the new rules still need to be defined. The Third World War will have to wait. 

"Now that the jihadist-occupied suburb of Douma has been retaken by the Syrian government, western journalists have been allowed in to poke around and start asking questions, and so far it isn’t looking great for the propaganda machine." (No chemical weapon injuries or deaths at all in Douma that day, according to doctors and residents of the area.This is why the attacks had to come before any investigation. US says "Russia ate my homework")

CIA Director, Mike Pompeo met with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un this past weekend. It reportedly went well. Pompeo is nominated for Secretary of State. (Howzat lookin?)
Speaking at his Florida beach resort Tuesday ahead of bilateral meetings with Shinzo Abe, Trump confirmed that the two governments had held direct party-to-party talks for the first time without the South Koreans acting as intermediaries. Trump disclosed that the two countries were hoping to hold the historic meeting in early June, or possibly before.

North and South Korea are reportedly set to announce an official end to the 1950-1953 Korean War that technically finished with a truce — and not a peace treaty, according to South Korea's daily newspaper Munhwa Ilbo. 

The US military is poised to develop smart-enough drones to make the decision of who to kill, completely on their own. (This should reduce PTSD on remote drone operators who dream of the children they've killed at all those family gatherings. Mission Accomplished! "Blowback?" What blowback? Nothin's gonna go wrong! This is completely different from self-driving cars.)

Throwing Dice

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