Friday, April 7, 2017

“America First”? Really? US Takes Israeli Cue including Pretext for Attack

America First?- So Donald Trump said.
America first was not apparent in the strike on Syria.
Globalist, Bankers, Israel first looked more to be the reality.
Yes, Israel, that’s what struck me about this US attack. This move echoed the usual Israeli airstrikes that benefit the terrorists in Syria. Was the US acting to benefit Israel? To take the heat off of Israel’s constant support of terrorists? Advancing the balkanization agenda?
Working towards that no fly zone? I’d say it was all of the aforementioned. As stated the so called ‘chemical attack’ was a total pretext created so US could intervene. A more  likely scenario was provided in the post relinked below:

 No Fly/Safe Zone Pretext for Syria? Cause Trump was Absolutely Going To Do Safe Zones!

 Let's entertain these thoughts, with a ht to hubby. The "rebels" or perhaps US/Israeli/UK Special OPS, (we know they are on the ground in Syria and had intelligence and the logistic capabilities to undertake such an op ) had mortar shells loaded with a chemical munition, knowing airstrikes were inevitable, they launched their mortars either in advance of and/or during airstrikes and then immediately cried wolf.  The airstrikes providing the ultimate distraction. These actors provided the US/Israel with the desired pretext.
Thanks Don!

hattip Nora!
I'm sure you guys have already found this, sharing anyway. Cheers Penny!

Immediately preceding the attack the terrorists made advances. And there are reports of civilian deaths. RT
“Undoubtedly, the American attack on the Shayrat air force base was aimed at supporting terrorist groups and weakening the fighting capacity of the army of the Syrian Army, which is fighting the terrorists,” Barazi told RT. “According to recent reports, the attack resulted in the deaths of five soldiers and nine civilians and the wounding of thirteen women and children who were in the nearby Shayrat village.”
There is a discrepancy between the Tomahawks launched- 59 claimed, and corresponding hits on the airbase. TASS
MOSCOW, April 7. /TASS/. Only 23 out of 59 cruise missiles fired from US warships at a Syrian air base hit the target, according to Russia’s data recording equipment, Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said on Friday.
"The combat effectiveness of the US massive missile strike on Syria’s airbase was thus very low," the ministry's spokesman stressed.
"According to the data recording equipment, only 23 missiles reached the Syrian air base. The place where the other missiles fell remains unknown," the spokesman said.
 Tomahawks really aren't "all that" (Superior. Admired)

In Search of a (FEW) Lost Cruise Missile - From 2003
“A Tomahawk cruise missile is not easy to lose. The very reason the U.S. military is willing to spend $750,000 a piece on the precision-guided munitions is precisely that they go exactly where they?re told. But in the past week, three U.S. Tomahawks have gone missing in the rocky plains of southeastern Turkey en route to Iraq, several hundred miles from the war zone. Five more went astray in Saudi Arabia, and a handful of others have broken up in Iran and, reportedly, Syria”

Including in the US- 2016 Tomahawk Missile Very Nearly Misses Florida Fisherman

There was scary situation Tuesday near Eglin Air Force base, where a Tomahawk missile crashed in Okaloosa County.
It happened during a Navy test run, and the missile was not armed with explosives or radioactive material.
While no one was injured, it was a close call for a fisherman who witnessed the missile crash from his boat.
Making it very likely the missiles went astray and killed civilians.

U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley warns U.S. "prepared to do more" after Syria strike

This woman is vile. She should make the pussyhat feminists proud. She's the quintessential ugly American.

What about Turkey? It's reported that Russia and Turkey are still in touch! 
And talkin' Syria  Russia's foreign minister discussed Syria with his Turkish counterpart

Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the U.S. missile strike on Syria with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu by phone.
"The importance of an objective, impartial investigation into all circumstances of the tragedy in Khan Sheikhoun along with cases of chemical weapons use by terrorist groups in the past were underlined," it said in a statement, referring to Tuesday's gas attack in that town.
If I had to guess at why Turkey is 'going along to get along' with the US move, I'd say one word
"Referendum"  Just 9 days away...
" As I told you Erdogan is being blackmailed by the US, instead of resigning he would rather sell Turkey down the river" 
Not sure how we can know that. There is the Halkbank Deputy CEO arrest, immediately preceding the Tillerson visit- Is that the blackmail situation Rescue references? I don't know. What I do know is Turkey did circumvent the US imposed sanctions to trade with Iran- the deed is done and the ire of the US is already raisedUS arrests Turkish banker
A senior executive at one of Turkey’s largest state-owned banks was arrested in the U.S. on charges of conspiring to evade trade sanctions on Iran, escalating a case that has prompted diplomatic tensions and political maneuvering between the two countries.
Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a deputy chief executive officer at Turkiye Halk Bankasi AS, is accused of conspiring with Reza Zarrab, (the US has held him for quite some time) an Iranian-Turkish gold trader, to launder hundreds of millions of dollars through the U.S. financial system on behalf of Iran and its companies.
Covered the arrest of Reza Zarrab in 2013:Turkey: Halkbank - Role in Iran Gold Transactions Legal

UPDATE: Turkish Banker is Indicted by US in Iran Sanctions Circumvention Case 

7:30 est: The indictment against Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a deputy chief executive at Turkiye Halk Bankasi AS, one of Turkey’s largest banks, is largely a legal formality that adds him as a defendant to the case against Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian businessman.
 The case against Zarrab has become a high-profile controversy in the U.S. and has roiled diplomatic relations with Turkey. Zarrab has hired former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and ex-U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey to seek a resolution to his case, and the two have met with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and sought high-level U.S. talks on his behalf. Earlier this week, a U.S. judge ordered a hearing into Giuliani and Mukasey’s activities and said he wanted to know who was paying Zarrab’s legal bills.

Strikes on Syria: Game Changer Between US and Turkey?
"There will be, however, some difficult points ahead for U.S.-Turkey relations, even if the missile strikes open space for improved cooperation. If Turkey is serious about helping, it could step forward now to provide the ground troops for safe zones to protect refugees, thereby re-establishing a solid link with the American military, which has been skeptical for some time about Turkish intentions and capabilities. Those zones must not provide a basis for military action against the Syrian Kurdish militia, the Y.P.G., or be a shelter for al-Qaeda linked groups embedded in the Turkish-backed rebel forces. Ankara already understands that Washington intends to still rely on its local forces of Kurds, Arabs, and others to complete the capture of Mosul and Raqqa, and that understanding should not be broken.
Ankara did not treat Secretary of State Rex Tillerson courteously in his recent visit, seemingly ignoring the fact that he was the third and highest ranking U.S. visitor to Turkey in the last two months. Publicly lecturing the most consistent friend Turkey has had in the last 75 years is hardly productive, yet Turkey chooses to indulge in these emotional outbursts for short-term domestic gains. There is a great deal of good to be done when Turkey and the United States see eye-to-eye. These strikes provide yet another opportunity for these two countries to realize that potential"
Time will tell

Do not believe there is any truth whatsoever to US claims of avoiding sarin stores at Syrian Airbase- Just utter rubbish 
 “There were measures put in place to avoid hitting what we believe is a storage of sarin gas, so that that would not be ignited and cause a hazard to civilians or anyone else,” he said.
As mentioned above the US cannot control the missiles and many,  many missiles have gone astray- so there is not a way in hell that can be considered credible!

Might this explain the 60 percent failure rate ?

An electronic warfare advantage? If anyone can expand on these capabilities that would be great!

Several systems at Russia’s disposal
“To win a contemporary war, it is not enough to dominate in the air. It is necessary to secure an information advantage,” says Vladimir Balybin, Head of the research centre for radio-electronic battle and concealment efficiency. Apart from Khibiny, the Russian defence industry manufactures various types of equipment that could surprise active enemy units as well as criminals and terrorists. 
Airborne forces are being re-equipped with Infauna complexes. These are installed on armoured vehicles or other military vehicles and can locate and jam enemy’s radio connection in short wave and ultra-short wave frequencies, and “put out” remotely-controlled land-bombs. They will explode but only after the Russian troops have passed by and are far enough to be safe.
Infauna has another function: the optic sensors installed on both sides of the vehicle spot flashes of discharges and command laying smokes-screen to protect convoys from fire.
The Lesochek device fulfils the same functions as Infauna but is portable and can fit into a backpack or a suitcase.  It can be useful at important talks for protection against most advanced security services interception systems.
The Borisoglebsk-2 is the core of the radio-electronic warfare of the tactical units of the Russian army. It comprises an automated command point and four types of jamming stations – they use a single algorithm to identify and jam the sources of hostile activity on the air.
The Zhitel device locates and blocks satellite and mobile phones, subscription complexes of GPS-navigation. It proved efficient during the conflict in South Ossetia by misleading Georgian drone aircraft.

From earlier today:
  1. James Corbett: The Unauthorized Biography of David Rockefeller

  2. Turkey Referendum: CIA-NATO Operation to Tip the Balance of Power

  3. Where is my Anthropogenic Global Warming- Snow!

The previous day:

  1. US Launches Airstrikes Against Syria- Military Intervention Begins

  2. No Fly/Safe Zone Pretext for Syria? Cause Trump was Absolutely Going To Do Safe Zones!


  1. I've just updated with breaking news that the US has indicted the Turkish banker, in the Iran sanctions case!
    I'll highlight the news

  2. and one more item of interest which I'll add to the post tomorrow..

    "Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich stated that bilateral restrictions on trade with Turkey are harmful to all parties, stressing that it is best to step forward and lift restrictions mutually to prevent losses. Speaking to reporters in the Russian capital Moscow, Dvorkovich noted that the restrictions imposed between Russia and Turkey are harmful to all parties, pointing out that constructive steps should be taken on bilateral trade"

    So the US indicts the Halbank dep CEO and Russia wants to discuss bilateral trade- ???

  3. Probably Americans were again trying to test the Russian electronics. Apparently the missiles' GPS got wobbly approaching targets. Even the ones who did not disappear were off target (the runway).

    1. Hi WizOz- yah the runways were intact so planes have been coming and going--- if that's what you mean?

      certainly the tomahawk is an overrated missile

  4. Yes, the arrest of Mehmet Atilla is entirely tied to the blackmail of Turkey. The US has held this case hovering over Erdogans head for three years now.
    Tillerson went to Turkey, told them about the US false flag plans, and forced them to take part. If not, the US would put RTE infront of an international court, his main fear, and the referendum couldn't go forward.
    Under these circumstances, Turkey decided to do what they did. This is what happened, I'm absolutely sure.

    1. Rescue: RTE? not sure what this is?

      This isn't over for Syria or Turkey- not by a long shot-

    2. RTE = Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

  5. I love how the MSM and think tanks continuously 'doubts' Turkeys military capabilities. The reason that the US doesn't want the Turkish military in Syria, is that they now Turkey does not want to partition Syria -- they do. It's the purpose of them being there.

    Everybody here should read this article, where anonymous sources in the Pentagon, grotesquely degrade Turkeys military capabilities, and practically mocks the death of Turkish soldiers.

    1. "The reason that the US doesn't want the Turkish military in Syria, is that they now Turkey does not want to partition Syria -- they do. It's the purpose of them being there"

      I would agree with that. The US wants to partition and occupy Syria- the Kurds want the same

      Turkey doesn't want this-IMO
      And for what it's worth- I've said this before and I will say it again- the casualties taken by the Turks in Euphrates Shield were due to the fact the American/Brits/Israelis were embedded amongst the Kurds/ISIS and they killed many fighters...

      The usual when the kurds come is that ISIS leaves- ISIS in this case is as always Kurds and special ops and mercenaries- hence the casualty count

  6. Thanks Penny for the name of the Russian jamming system. I post this over at Ziad.

    1. your welcome jo :)
      of course can't be certain, but, can't discount it given the high amount of missiles that didn't make it

  7. The egregious media relief is telling, the whole 'thank god for that' pose that has been struck - it's as if the relief that goes with not starting a conflict has been reversed.
    The protests against banning muslims from US and then cheering the bombing of others seems to fall under a type of schizophrenia - a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion and behaviour, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality into fantasy and delusion.... which I guess is also the definition of a newsroom.

    It also appears simialr to relief from constipation, when rotting material corrupts the body's cognitive processes by exuding dark and fetid humours.


    1. aferrismoon:

      spot on! I'm bolding and repeating that statement from you-

      "The protests against banning muslims from US and then cheering the bombing of others seems to fall under a type of schizophrenia - a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion and behaviour, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality into fantasy and delusion...."

  8. I robbed most of it from the dictionary, of course.


  9. There is a very interesting explanation of the attack on the Syrian airfield a couple of hours before the US – China State Dinner, destroying a handful of very old RU airplanes already being repaired, not on the runways, but on side tarmac areas, with only the Chinese and publics UNinformed, being "to China about NK" by Steve Pieczenik. See his "The Kabuki of War"

  10. Erdogan has shown again his villain face. Suspicion grows that the chemical attack in Idlib was in reality planned with the knowledge of Turkish intelligence. The suicide bomber involved in the recent subway terrorist attack in St Petersburg had travelled to Turkey and Syria.

    "Turkey’s territorial ambitions over Syria (to reclaim Ottoman territories which it lost in the 1922 settlement) took a leap forward this past week.
    An international investigation will help uncover Turkey’s role in the chemical attacks in Idlib. However, alas, the CIA is unlikely to let that happen because what happened in Idlib also happens to be a back-to-back enterprise with Turkish intelligence. Erdogan and the folks in Langley are swimming in the very same river of blood. So long as such cynical games continue, the prospects of Syrian settlement will remain bleak.
    Turkish policies threaten regional security in the Middle East as well as Europe.
    By Erdogan’s reckoning, Europe is inhabited by Nazis, and Middle East’s future lies with political Islam. Sadly enough, Turkey has once again become the “sick man of Europe”.(M.H.Bhadrakumar)".

    1. Hi wizoz:

      So Bhadrakumar is ok with the annexation of Syrian territory for Israel 2.0 but takes issue with Turkey?

      It's not right for either of them to take territory.

      " Erdogan has brought about a discord between US and Russia"

      The discord between the two would be there whether or not Erdogan was present- Erdogan was not present during the entire cold war.

      "An international investigation will help uncover Turkey’s role in the chemical attacks in Idlib"

      And this is advantageous to Turkey, how?
      I would think this could lead to retaliation against Turkey? Whether or not this is true or created to frame Turkey?

      "Erdogan has everything to lose if this truth comes out"

      Yes, he does. So why would he have done it?

      If I apply the cui bono idea to this incident and think of the opportunity presented to destroy Turkey by attaching them to the incident- where is the benefit to Erdogan or Turkey?

    2. As for Ghouta.. I for one believed that was Israel- said it then and haven't changed my mind at all

      It was Israeli intelligence that provided, conveniently, all the evidence for the blame Assad show...

    3. I predicted this would happen to someone on twitter. That Erdogan could have been blackmailed to take part, only to be framed as the perpetrator, alone. His behaviour since the US attack could further be used as incriminating evidence. On German TV an ex-intelligence officer claimed the same, that Erdogan and Al-Nusra was behind the attack. This was on the cover of German left-wing newspapers.
      In all the recent terror attacks, the MSM has made sure to mention that the terrorist traveled to Turkey. There seems to be an agenda here.

    4. Yes, I saw the news of the bomber having gone to Turkey and to Syria..

      except the bomber resided in Russia and planted bombs in Russia and we can verify he was ever in Turkey or Syria...

  11. It might be my propensity to find analogies in the past for present situations (I had to deal with history in a previous life) that makes me diffident of any Turkish acts. I did evoke in a previous post the treaty of Unkiar-Iskelessi. In 1831 the Turks attacked by Mehmed Ali of Egypt appealed in despair to Russia (with which just concluded one of their numerous wars) to come to their rescue. An alliance was formed for the first time between the former enemies with the aim to keep England out of the Black Sea. Cooperation functioned for a while, the Turks supporting the Russian claims at the Holy Sepulcher against the French. The next year they were declaring war on Russia at the behest of the British and French (the Crimean War)!
    I might also be too sentimental and biased. I could not recognize on recent visits the Istanbul I knew. One cannot have a drink anymore. Hagia Sophia was transformed into a mosque again. Head-scarfs everywhere. Unfriendly looks. Sickening (and quite insulting for a 'Balkanic') apologies of the Ottoman grandeur.

    1. hey wizoz:

      "It might be my propensity to find analogies in the past for present situations'

      I can understand that and appreciate it too
      Yes I recall the mention of the treaty.
      Each nation state has it's own unique history that is for sure!

      When I look at the geography of Turkey I can see why it is a country always sort of stuck in the middle of the great powers- Though it once was one. However, the location and history cannot make it an easy place to exist?

      A deal is made
      another offer is made- a better one?
      why not take that?
      I can see how this could lead to a sort of divided loyalties plus a tendency to take advantage of opportunities as presented- Which of course can lead to extremes of good and bad- Just a general observation of sorts-

      You know many people derided the Italians- they were all criminals etc. My dad came from Italy it's an unfair judgement of an entire people- it's something I grew up with, didn't like and generally don't engage in-

      That said, being from the Balkans I can understand why you feel as you do, though I don't share those same feelings :)

    2. Well, Penny,

      The real concern is the relapse of Turkey into the 'political Islam' and 'anti-European' ideology which was the staple food of the Ottoman Empire cum Caliphate (and makes it an objective ally of ISIS), after a period of apparent alignment with Europe (including Russia) after the deserved and long awaited demise of the Empire/Caliphate. Present Turkey is an artificial nation born in the bloodbath of its Christian population genocide and artificially kept alive by the West as a bulwark against Russia (again).
      Unkiar -Iskelessi was not the first 'alliance' with Russia whom the Turks 'stabbed in the back' (with the full backing of the 'West') because of the 'pretensions' of Russia to be the protector of the persecuted Orthodox populations of the Ottoman Empire. I think that you are aware that the Turks were intruders in the area, placing themselves between existing great powers (even the Kurds were there long before the Turks arrived). The predicament they are in is of their own making.

    3. Hi WizOz:

      There are lots of concerns wrt Turkey, I agree.

      And yes the predicament they are in is of their own making.