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Close your eyes, click your heels three times, and tell me if you actually know what the fuck is happening in Syria. There’s an awful lot about the poison gas attack that doesn’t add up for the casual observer. It was only a week ago that the US enunciated a new policy that we would be content for Bashar al Assad to remain in power presiding over the Syrian government — after years of grousing and threats against him. Apparently Trump Central had concluded that Assad was a better alternative than another failed state in the Middle East with no government at all.

That policy change was a yuge benefit for Assad since it removed any pretext for US subterfuge or “black box” mischief against him. He was rather busy fighting a civil war, after all. Against whom? A mash-up of Jihadi forces ranging from Isis (so-called), to al Qaeda and Jabhat al Nusra, its spinoff gang dedicated specifically against Assad personally. Assad’s relations with Isis were ambiguous and complex. Isis had used Syria as a staging area for its operations next door in Iraq. It was rumored that Assad purchased oil from Isis. Yet Isis had participated in actions against Assad. In any case, all of the Jihadis were Sunni, in opposition to Assad’s Iran-leaning regime. Assad himself belongs to the Alawite sect of Islam, a twig on the Shia branch. Syria as a whole is a majority Sunni population, so Assad and his father Hafez before him (President 1971 – 2000) have represented a minority (12 percent) in an era of inflamed Sunni-Shia passions.

Trusting that your are not additionally confused by all this, why would Assad choose this moment — only days after the US granted him a pass on remaining in power — to do the one thing guaranteed to bring the wrath of the US down him, namely, kill a lot of civilians, including women and children, with poison gas? Either Assad is inconceivably stupid or possibly the gas attack is not exactly what happened.

Russia has claimed that Assad’s air force attempted to bomb a “rebel” (al Qaeda? Al Nusra? Isis?) ammunition depot that apparently contained supplies of Sarin nerve gas. Neither the US government or the American media has presented any arguments to counter that hypothesis. The New York Times banged the war drum as loudly as possible in the days after the incident. And now, of course, Trump Central has fired $60 million worth of cruise missiles at Assad’s main air force base. Assad’s spokesmen denied responsibility for the attack and the Russians are still asking for conclusive evidence via the UN Security Council.

The current incident appears to be — or was engineered to be — a replay of the August 2013 gas incident that left President Barack Obama looking weak and indecisive for not carrying out retaliation against Assad “crossing a line in the sand” against human decency. And so you have Mr. Trump, who may feel now that he cannot afford to appear weak and indecisive — above all other considerations, including the truth about what really happened at Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib province of Syria. So he bombed an airport, after warning the Russians to remove their personnel from the vicinity. In the event that the world ever does learn what actually occurred at Khan Sheikhoun, and the truth turns out differently than the current narrative, Mr. Trump can say, “We only bombed some Syrian air force infrastructure… no biggie… no women and children harmed.”

The outstanding question remains: what might have possibly motivated Bashar al Assad to turn upside down a situation of great advantage to himself mere days after he achieved it? It will be interesting to see if a credible response emerges from the hall of mirrors that US policy has become.


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James Howard Kunstler has worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, and finally as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, he dropped out to write books on a full-time basis. His nonfiction book, "The Long Emergency," describes the changes that American society faces in the 21st century. Discerning an imminent future of protracted socioeconomic crisis, Kunstler foresees the progressive dilapidation of subdivisions and strip malls, the depopulation of the American Southwest, and, amid a world at war over oil, military invasions of the West Coast; when the convulsion subsides, Americans will live in smaller places and eat locally grown food.
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There's been a DRAMATIC change in Trump, James. He was opposed to selling out America to Corporate Special Interests; yet Trump allowed his chosen Attorney General to sell out Taxpayer Owned Prisons ~ allowed his chosen FCC Chairman to sell out our Taxpayer Owned Internet ~ and is in the process of allowing his chosen Secretary of Education to sell out our Taxpayer Owned Schools: all these to Corporate Special Interests.

Trump was opposed to expanding the wars in the Middle East ~ yet you see his Brand New Syrian Campaign. Do us a favor James: rather than point out Trump's shortcomings, tell us what happened or Who Owns Trump ! !
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You're making the huge assumption that Trump is actually in charge of the bombs, of when and where they're dropped. IMO that's a huge assumption that I at the moment do not believe. He stated that he "authorized" the military to essentially "do their thing." Sounds more to me as though he's saying as much as he can about the fact that our govt is not run by elected officials in just about any way, shape, or form.

But then the fact that a Deep State, a Shadow Govt, controls this country, and has for decades, is not a new revelation. And, btw, this is not some attempt to paint Trump as some would-be savior being held back or influenced by these bad guys. As far as I can tell, he was the choice of the/a part of the Deep State that opposes that part that dropped that bomb.

Again, what goes on in this country, what decisions are made and what policies are prosecuted, by all appearances and evidence have nothing to do with either our elected officials (other than being rubber stamped by them) or with the will of WeTheSheeple, who for the most part remain willingly ignorant of what actually goes on in the real world...outside of their blue-pill matrix.
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James tribe owns trump.
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