Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Are Syrian Strikes Imminent? Within 24 Hours or so?

As I type this post a gust of wind blew just outside. It caught my attention. The sound of the wind- The movement of  our mulberry tree branches as they swing back and forth-  What sounds hold the attention of others as we collectively sit on the edge of our chairs? Waiting

Might there be someone, somewhere in Syria today, right now, wishing only to see and hear the movement of branches as the winds blow? Rather then dread the thought of hearing and seeing the sounds and destruction of  more war. 

Clearly Syria and her people are on my mind.

It's difficult to interpret based on a whole slew of news reports I've read today just when the missiles will start flying. As I type this just past 6:30 pm est., it seems apparent, as stated, it's not an if, just a when.

From earlier today:
  • Syria: Not If But When & How Will the US/UK/French and Israeli Attack Begin?

      Prime Minister Theresa May is ready to give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in military action.

     May would not seek prior parliamentary approval,

    Trump will not seek congressional approval. I expect Macron is going to go the same route.  

    The Aquitaine is equipped with 16 cruise missiles and 16 surface-to-air missiles. It is currently operating off Lebanese shores alongside U.S. ships 

Britain moving submarines within missile range of Syria

British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered British submarines to move within missile range of Syria in readiness for strikes against the Syrian military that could begin as early as Thursday night, Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

The British daily quoted government sources as saying Britain was “doing everything necessary” to be able to fire Tomahawk cruise missiles from submarines against military targets in Syria.

A separate report in Sky News said May will convene a special "war cabinet" on Thursday which is expected to be asked to approve a form of British participation in action led by France and the U.S. aimed at Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's chemical weapons infrastructure.

UPDATE: British Warjets On Britian's Sovereign Base on Cyprus are War Ready

UK’s Royal Air Force jets on Cyprus are ready to swoop into action if the cabinet authorizes airstrikes on Syria, sources told The Times newspaper

The previous post touches on what assets the US and France have in the region. Saudi Arabia had suggested they may participate. Long range bombers had been previously moved into Qatar. I feel it won't be long now

From yesterday:


  1. Putin and the capable men he has around him have been planning and equipping for just this sort of situation for more than a decade and probably closer to two decades. They now have the technology, the armed forces, the equipment and the will to deal with it.

    The Russians have a powerful and committed ally in China and a very strategically placed and very committed ally in Iran.

    The British and French Forces have been allowed to deteriorate for decades and their organizational ability and motivation is very limited. They will crumble against anyone who can shoot back, never mind someone who can utterly destroy them.

    "Saudi Arabia had suggested they may participate."

    Fantastic! They are absolutely guaranteed to get in the way of their allies. They will circle around looking for a wedding party until they get shot down or bomb their own terrorists.

    " Long range bombers had been previously moved into Qatar."

    Sheer genius! Moving your long range bombers within a minutes flying time of your enemy's devastating missiles. Well done.

    And positioning the USS Donald Duck off the coast of Syria has to be a joke. This is the very same ship that a Russian fighter jet comprehensively disabled in the Black Sea a few years ago. It was left 'dead in the water' for a couple of hours. Perhaps it should be renamed the USS Sitting Duck.

    What happens if the Russians disable the Donald Duck again and leave it disabled? What happens if the Russians do the same to any NATO vessel that comes to its assistance?

    Embarrassing, no? Trapped by their own stupidity for the world to see.

    This is exactly the sort of hubris that is going to get the US and it's vassals a very image destroying and long overdue bloody nose.

    It looks to me that the Russians are playing this well and allowing the US two options-
    1. Walk back from this situation and suffer some embarrassment from which they might recover or
    2. Sail deeper into a typical Russian 'cauldron' and suffer extreme embarrassment from which they will never recover.

    Q. How can you tell that the US missiles are smarter than the people in charge of them?
    A. The missiles don't use Twitter.

    1. Well said James@wpc. Ibrahim Karag├╝l (Yeni Safak) also has a good column. Turkey is definitely a target as well.

  2. Hi James:

    And never forget Putin's warning...which he has delivered many times. He promised Russians that "Russia will never conduct a war solely on its own territory again." That means that there will be warfare going on in North America with cities attacked and some sources are saying that the Plane crash in Algeria, killing over 250 people was actually the Russian Spetznatz taking down a planeful of French-trained terrorists heading for Syria...that's why the BBC has had it as their headline all day, perchance?

    North Americans who think they're safe?...think again.


    1. Interesting take on the Algerian plane crash, Greencrow.

      Most people suffer from the Dunning-Kruger Effect but the US is an example of how a country's complete leadership suffers badly from it. This is what happens when the very high IQ people in the military and the institutions are shoved aside by the psychopaths.

      Nature and Reality won't be denied forever, though. Ignorance does not stay blissful for long.

  3. I've just updated with the news, as expected, British War jets are ready on Cyprus

    "UK’s Royal Air Force jets on Cyprus are ready to swoop into action if the cabinet authorizes airstrikes on Syria"

    Pretty sure everyone who reads here knows that Britain operates, if I'm correct 2 bases, on Cyprus- Both areas are British Sovereign Territory

    Which means the fight on Cyprus is not just between the Greeks and the Turks- There is a third party there- I've talked about this previously- The British.

    1. Yep, 2 bases, Pen. And given that they are British sovereign territory, if Russia were to attack them, it would not be violating Greek or Turkish sovereignty.
      But it would be attacking Britain (in line with gc's comment) without attacking England Scotland or Wales. Quite a message!