Has Trump been sucked in to Syrian attack?

Who was responsible for the attack in Syria using chemical weapons? And why were chemical weapons introduced?

The President Trump and the United States have blamed the Syrian government, and launched a missile attack on a Syrian airfield and have warned the US is “prepared to do more.”

The Telegraph: US strikes on Syria: Nikki Haley tells UN: ‘We are prepared to do more. But we hope that will not be necessary’

US missile strikes on a Syrian air base have reportedly killed nine civilians – including four children – as Donald Trump launched the first direct American attack on Bashar Assad’s regime.

Four children are reported to be among nine civilians killed in the “targeted assault” on the air base, from where Mr Trump said a devastating nerve agent strike was launched earlier this week. Six servicemen are believed to have also been killed.

Mr Trump was reacting to the attack on Tuesday that killed at least 72 people, including 20 children, which he said was launched by Syrian president Assad.

Why would Assad use a nerve gas, knowing that it would be internationally condemned, and would risk an unpredictable reaction from President Trump. It was certain to complicate an already very messy multi-country situation in Syria.

Trump ordered a missile strike, and it seems to have provoked the Russians

Russia called the attack an “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law”, with President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman saying he believed the US had carried out the strikes under a “far-fetched pretext”.

Vladimir Safronkov, the deputy Russian ambassador to the UN, accused Britain of “colonial hypocrisy” in supporting the US air strikes, and said the rational was based on “lies”.

He warned Britain: “don’t get into fights in the Arab world”, and accused the US of “facilitating terrorism”.

Russia has diverted a warship to protect the Syrian coast and vowed to bolster Bashar al-Assad’s missile defences against more US strikes, risking a confrontation between the former Cold World foes.

The Kremlin also announced it was immediately suspending its air safety agreement with the US in response to missile strikes on a Syrian air base.

The memorandum, signed in October 2015, is designed to avoid clashes in the crowded airspace over Syria, with each side giving the other warning over planned strikes.

So that raises risks of escalation.

Mr Assad’s office denounced US strikes as a “rash”  action, describing the attack as “reckless, irresponsible behaviour” and that Washington was “naively dragged in by a false propaganda campaign”.

Has Trump been sucked in to the Syrian attack? If so by whom?

There are three certainties in war, death, destruction and propaganda. And a fourth – mistakes.

There are reports emerging suggestion at least some Russian responsibility for the chemical attack, and possibly complicity.

NY Post: Pentagon probes whether Russia had part in Syrian gas attack

Senior US military officials say the Pentagon is looking into whether Russia participated in the Syrian chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town, according to the Associated Press.

A drone belonging either to Russia or Syria was seen hovering over the site of the chemical weapons attack Tuesday after it happened, the officials told The AP.

The unmanned aerial vehicle returned later in the day as people sought treatment at a local hospital, which was bombed a short time later.

The officials say they believe the hospital strike may have been an effort to cover up evidence of the chemical weapons attack.

A Syrian Air Force Su-22 warplane was monitored dropping a chemical weapons bomb that landed in Khan Sheikhun, where 86 people were killed, including 28 children, The Washington Examiner reported.

Two officials who briefed reporters at the Pentagon Friday said the US had no evidence of Russian complicity, but that any leads would be followed up.

“Any implication or lead that would indicate Russian involvement, we’ll investigate that lead,” one official said, the paper reported.

The officials said Russia has failed to control the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons.

Russia may or may not have been directly involved, but the fact that it is being reported that the Pentagon is investigating will increase tensions between the US and Russia even more.

Whoever used the gas in an attack in Syria will have known there was likely to be serious consequences and most likely an escalation of an already very messy and high tension situation.

International brinkmanship and war often has unintended consequences, and high-ego leaders often start down paths that they won’t reconsider, at least not until serious damage has been done.

A few Syrian kids getting gassed may be a relatively minor consequence of this escalation.

During last year’s presidential campaign Donald Trump was asked if he could “look children aged five, eight, ten, in the face and tell them they can’t go to school here”.

He responded: “I can look in their faces and say ‘You can’t come’. I’ll look them in the face.”

He looked into dead children’s faces a few days ago and used that horror as a reason to actively involve the US in the Syrian war.

He won’t get to look most of the children that die as a result of this. Neither will Assad. Nor Putin.

It seems certain that someone, whether it was Assad or Putin or one of their opponents, used the gas attack to deliberately provoke Trump, and it got a result. But that was just one short battle in what has already been a lengthy war. And it could get worse. Possibly a lot worse.

It was fairly obvious that Trump would be easily provoked. He has already proven to be an unpredictable reactionary irrational egomaniac.

Does it matter now who sucked trump into Syria? The fact is it has happened. Now the Middle east and possibly the world has to live with the consequences.

But not everyone – how many children won’t get to live to see how bad it gets?

46 Comments


  1. Abdul-Hamid Alyousef holds the bodies of his twin babies, killed in the chemical weapons attack on Idlib province CREDIT: ALAA ALYOUSEF/SYRIA THE SURVIVORS

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 8, 2017

    Assad was using the gas as a terror weapon against his opponents. No need fo further conspiracy theories when the simple explanation will do. He probably counted on the US’s loony Left mixed with isolationism and hostility to his mad Muslim enemies continuing to appease him. Mistake. Trump struck a blow for humanity. Left is dismayed.

    • Corky

       /  April 8, 2017

      The Greens are whining already.

    • David

       /  April 8, 2017

      Agree and it was a pretty measured response, its good to know that gassing civilians will be met with some decisive action.
      At the end of the day the Russians, Syrians, Iraqi,s coalition etc.are all pretty much fighting the same enemy.

    • Gezza

       /  April 8, 2017

      @ Al. No need fo[r] further conspiracy theories when the simple explanation will do.

      Were any of these US military & / or intelligence wallahs who ‘believe’ the chemical weapon attacks were launched from this air base involved in the producing the solid intel on Saddam’s secret hidden weapons of mass distraction, close ties to Al Qaeda who hated him & vice versa, & was an imminent threat to America & the West? Do you know?

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  April 8, 2017

        Neither know nor care, G. My guess would be no. Haven’t heard any significant challenges to this case though. Or do you believe poor Assad accidentally hit a rebel stockpile of launch ready Sarin gas? Have you bought a London bridge lately?

        • Gezza

           /  April 8, 2017

          It’s difficult to say at this stage Al. I don’t like to rush to judgement & instantly agree with anything Trumpy has to say like *some* people. I thought you were very suspicious of the US intelligence community? Nope, no bridge purchases here. I already have a bridge – I’ll post a photo of it later today in Open Forum. Have you just been sold the Brooklyn Bridge?

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  April 8, 2017

            Wouldn’t even know where it was, G. I think this was a military operation rather than an intelligence one. Reportedly they published tracking info of the Syrian bomber runs. However the main point seems to have been to make a significant military blow with minimal collateral damage in response to a gross violation of humanity by Assad.

  3. unitedtribes2

     /  April 8, 2017

    “He has already proven to be an unpredictable reactionary irrational egomaniac.”
    So when was this then. I would say it applies more to however used the gas.

  4. Bill Brown

     /  April 8, 2017

    So what’s all this going to achieve?

    Probably nothing – but I’m sure TrumptyDo felt good hitting the button

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 8, 2017

      Not much militarily but quite a lot psychologically.

      • Gezza

         /  April 8, 2017

        Yes – Trump certainly seems to have perked up.

      • Bill Brown

         /  April 8, 2017

        I just find the whole US carry on over the Middle East and the war in Iraq etc like a half ass effort that’s got no end. The atomic bomb finished off the Japanese but we seem these days to be afraid of cleaning this up once and for all

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 8, 2017

          I wonder how it is that Trump hasn’t seen the photos that the rest of us have of dead children in Syria before and minded this.

          The gassing is vile and heartless. But Trump’s reaction is pure sentimentalism. The ones who have died before are just as dead and probably died in as much agony unless they were fortunate (?) enough to be killed instantly,

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  April 8, 2017

            Do you think Assad will drop chemical bombs again, Kitty?

            • Bill Brown

               /  April 8, 2017

              I suspect he will sadly. The image of the kids is utterly disturbing

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  April 8, 2017

              Maybe, but I doubt it. He will remember what happened to Gadaffi and that was before the US had drones.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 8, 2017

              I have no idea, I am not in his confidence. But I do believe that Trump is indulging in sentimantalism, and as he cannot, surely, be the only person whose tiny fingers are the ones to push the buttons (God help us all if one person has that power, and that person Trump) so are others. Or exploiting it.

              How is the US involved, anyway ? I have lost track of the events in Syria. My old man will be looking down in disgust.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 8, 2017

              It’s all right to kill children by other means, I suppose-Trump has said that he won’t allow them to come to the US, so they can just take their chance. He was not worried about killing them with bombs, himself, of course.That’s ‘collateral damage’ or whatever the expression is.

  5. Oliver

     /  April 8, 2017

    The chemical attack was obviously [deleted, no it wasn’t – PG] Now the US can export there greatest product, war to the middle east for another 10 years. Plenty of jobs and business opportunities created for the next ten years. That’s how an empire sustains it’s self. Trump making America great again.

  6. Nelly Smickers

     /  April 8, 2017

    As Wayne was just saying….no wonder two of *Trumpy’s Senior Advisers* have spent tens of millions buying *bolt-holes* here in Aotearoa

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 8, 2017

      Chris Liddell is a New Zealander and Peter Thiel was here long before Trump was elected.

      • Nelly Smickers

         /  April 8, 2017

        I hope you never got up early just to tell me that Catkin ❓

        XD

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 8, 2017

          Hardly. I could not have known that ‘Wayne’ was going to treat us to another brilliant insight into old news.

  7. Brown

     /  April 8, 2017

    ”He has already proven to be an unpredictable reactionary irrational egomaniac.”

    You thinking something does not make it proof. Little has found this out but I suspect will have learned nothing because he’s reactionary and arguably irrational. I think he’s predictable if you predict he will do stupid stuff.

  8. There is inadequate supporting evidence as to who did it at this point in time. So I have two scenarios in action. Scenario 1 it was Al Qaeda’s bomb factory being bombed by Syrian AirForce that released the sarin. Scenario 2 it was Syrian Airforce Russian made aircraft monitored dropping a chemical weapon on a road in the area. Possible Russian support being investigated by Pentagon.
    The claims and counter claims continue. I would be reluctant to get involved in any further action until the doubts are removed.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 8, 2017

      3. it was done by the US to give them a chance to play with their big new toys and be the cavalry riding in..

  9. Here is the Examiner’s take on Scenario 2:Published Friday in US.

    “The Pentagon is looking into whether Russia may have played a part in the planning or execution of a April 4 chemical weapons attack, two senior military officials said on Friday.

    During the chemical attack, a single Syrian Air Force Su-22 warplane was monitored dropping a poison gas bomb that landed in a roadway in the Syrian town of Kham Shaykhun, as well as a follow-up attack on a nearby hospital a couple of hours later that may have been intended to cover up evidence of the chemical attack.

    The two officials who briefed reporters at the Pentagon Friday said the U.S. has no evidence of Russian complicity, but that any leads will be followed up.”

  10. Trump has no doubt that it was a Syrian airstrike using a chemical weapon. His speech to the World said this, amongst other things,:

    “There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons violated its obligation under the chemical weapons convention and ignored the urging of the United Nations Security Council.”

    That statement has a degree of absolute certainty to it. One wonders what corroborating evidence he has been provided with?

    • Gezza

       /  April 8, 2017

      “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.”
      – Dick Cheney, Vice President
      Speech to VFW National Convention
      8/26/2002

      “There is already a mountain of evidence that Saddam Hussein is gathering weapons for the purpose of using them. And adding additional information is like adding a foot to Mount Everest.”
      – Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary
      Response to Question From the Press
      9/6/2002

      “We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”
      – Condoleezza Rice, US National Security Adviser
      CNN Late Edition
      9/8/2002

      “Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      Speech to the UN General Assembly
      9/12/2002

      “Iraq has stockpiled biological and chemical weapons, and is rebuilding the facilities used to make more of those weapons. We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons – the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      Radio Address
      10/5/2002

      “The Iraqi regime … possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons. We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      Cincinnati, Ohio, Speech
      10/7/2002

      “And surveillance photos reveal that the regime is rebuilding facilities that it had used to produce chemical and biological weapons.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      Cincinnati, Ohio, Speech
      10/7/2002

      “After 11 years during which we have tried containment, sanctions, inspections, even selected military action, the end result is that Saddam Hussein still has chemical and biological weapons and is increasing his capabilities to make more. And he is moving ever closer to developing a nuclear weapon.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      Cincinnati, Ohio, Speech
      10/7/2002

      “We’ve also discovered through intelligence that Iraq has a growing fleet of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to disperse chemical or biological weapons across broad areas.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      Cincinnati, Ohio, Speech
      10/7/2002

      “Iraq, despite UN sanctions, maintains an aggressive program to rebuild the infrastructure for its nuclear, chemical, biological, and missile programs. In each instance, Iraq’s procurement agents are actively working to obtain both weapons-specific and dual-use materials and technologies critical to their rebuilding and expansion efforts, using front companies and whatever illicit means are at hand.”
      – John Bolton, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control
      Speech to the Hudson Institute
      11/1/2002

      “Iraq could decide on any given day to provide biological or chemical weapons to a terrorist group or to individual terrorists … The war on terror will not be won until Iraq is completely and verifiably deprived of weapons of mass destruction.”
      – Dick Cheney, Vice President
      Denver, Address to the Air National Guard
      12/1/2002

      “If he declares he has none, then we will know that Saddam Hussein is once again misleading the world.”
      – Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary
      Press Briefing
      12/2/2002

      “The president of the United States and the secretary of defense would not assert as plainly and bluntly as they have that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction if it was not true, and if they did not have a solid basis for saying it.”
      – Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary
      Response to Question From the Press
      12/4/2002

      “We know for a fact that there are weapons there.”
      – Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary
      Press Briefing
      1/9/2003

      “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Our intelligence sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      State of the Union Address
      1/28/2003

      “Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      State of the Union Address
      1/28/2003

      “We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more.”
      – Colin Powell, Secretary of State
      Remarks to the UN Security Council
      2/5/2003

      “There can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more. And he has the ability to dispense these lethal poisons and diseases in ways that can cause massive death and destruction. If biological weapons seem too terrible to contemplate, chemical weapons are equally chilling.”
      – Colin Powell, Secretary of State
      Address to the UN Security Council
      2/5/2003

      “In Iraq, a dictator is building and hiding weapons that could enable him to dominate the Middle East and intimidate the civilized world – and we will not allow it.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      Speech to the American Enterprise Institute
      2/26/2003

      “So has the strategic decision been made to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction by the leadership in Baghdad? I think our judgment has to be clearly not.”
      – Colin Powell, Secretary of State
      Remarks to the UN Security Council
      3/7/2003

      “Let’s talk about the nuclear proposition for a minute. We know that, based on intelligence, that has been very, very good at hiding these kinds of efforts. He’s had years to get good at it and we know he has been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.”
      – Dick Cheney, Vice President
      “Meet the Press”
      3/16/2003

      “Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      Address to the Nation
      3/17/2003

      “Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly … all this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes.”
      – Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary
      Press Briefing
      3/21/2003

      “One of our top objectives is to find and destroy the WMD. There are a number of sites.”
      – Victoria Clark, Pentagon Spokeswoman
      Press Briefing
      3/22/2003

      “I have no doubt we’re going to find big stores of weapons of mass destruction.”
      – Kenneth Adelman, Defense Policy Board Member
      Washington Post, p. A27
      3/23/2003

      “We know where they are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.”
      – Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
      ABC Interview
      3/30/2003

      “We still need to find and secure Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction facilities and secure Iraq’s borders so we can prevent the flow of weapons of mass destruction materials and senior regime officials out of the country.”
      – Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
      Press Conference
      4/9/2003

      “You bet we’re concerned about it. And one of the reasons it’s important is because the nexus between terrorist states with weapons of mass destruction … and terrorist groups – networks – is a critical link. And the thought that … some of those materials could leave the country and in the hands of terrorist networks would be a very unhappy prospect. So it is important to us to see that that doesn’t happen.”
      – Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
      Press Conference
      4/9/2003

      “But make no mistake – as I said earlier – we have high confidence that they have weapons of mass destruction. That is what this war was about and it is about. And we have high confidence it will be found.”
      – Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary
      Press Briefing
      4/10/2003

      “Were not going to find anything until we find people who tell us where the things are. And we have that very high on our priority list, to find the people who know. And when we do, then well learn precisely where things were and what was done.”
      – Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
      “Meet the Press”
      4/13/2003

      “We are learning more as we interrogate or have discussions with Iraqi scientists and people within the Iraqi structure, that perhaps he destroyed some, perhaps he dispersed some. And so we will find them.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      NBC Interview
      4/24/2003

      “We’ll find them. It’ll be a matter of time to do so.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      Remarks to Reporters
      5/3/2003

      “I’m absolutely sure that there are weapons of mass destruction there and the evidence will be forthcoming. We’re just getting it just now.”
      – Colin Powell, Secretary of State
      Remarks to Reporters
      5/4/2003

      “We never believed that we’d just tumble over weapons of mass destruction in that country.”
      – Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
      Fox News Interview
      5/4/2003

      “I’m not surprised if we begin to uncover the weapons program of Saddam Hussein – because he had a weapons program.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      Remarks to Reporters
      5/6/2003

      “U.S. officials never expected that ‘we were going to open garages and find’ weapons of mass destruction.”
      – Condoleezza Rice, US National Security Adviser
      Reuters Interview
      5/12/2003

      “We said all along that we will never get to the bottom of the Iraqi WMD program simply by going and searching specific sites, that you’d have to be able to get people who know about the programs to talk to you.”
      – Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense
      Interview with Australian Broadcasting
      5/13/2003

      “It’s going to take time to find them, but we know he had them. And whether he destroyed them, moved them or hid them, we’re going to find out the truth. One thing is for certain: Saddam Hussein no longer threatens America with weapons of mass destruction.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      Speech at a Weapons Factory in Ohio
      5/25/2003

      “They may have had time to destroy them, and I don’t know the answer.”
      – Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
      Remarks to the Council on Foreign Relations
      5/27/2003

      “For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction (as justification for invading Iraq) because it was the one reason everyone could agree on.”
      – Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense
      Vanity Fair Interview
      5/28/2003

      “The President is indeed satisfied with the intelligence that he received. And I think that’s borne out by the fact that, just as Secretary Powell described at the United Nations, we have found the bio trucks that can be used only for the purpose of producing biological weapons. That’s proof-perfect that the intelligence in that regard was right on target.”
      – Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary
      Press Briefing
      5/29/2003

      “We have teams of people that are out looking. They’ve investigated a number of sites. And within the last week or two, they have in fact captured and have in custody two of the mobile trailers that Secretary Powell talked about at the United Nations as being biological weapons laboratories.”
      – Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
      Infinity Radio Interview
      5/30/2003

      “But for those who say we haven’t found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they’re wrong, we found them.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      Interview With TVP Poland
      5/30/2003

      “You remember when Colin Powell stood up in front of the world, and he said Iraq has got laboratories, mobile labs to build biological weapons … They’re illegal. They’re against the United Nations resolutions, and we’ve so far discovered two … And we’ll find more weapons as time goes on.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      Press Briefing
      5/30/2003

      “This wasn’t material I was making up, it came from the intelligence community.”
      – Colin Powell, Secretary of State
      Press Briefing
      6/2/2003

      “We recently found two mobile biological weapons facilities which were capable of producing biological agents. This is the man who spent decades hiding tools of mass murder. He knew the inspectors were looking for them. You know better than me he’s got a big country in which to hide them. We’re on the look. We’ll reveal the truth.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      Camp Sayliya, Qatar
      6/5/2003

      “I would put before you Exhibit A, the mobile biological labs that we have found. People are saying, ‘Well, are they truly mobile biological labs?’ Yes, they are. And the DCI, George Tenet, Director of Central Intelligence, stands behind that assessment.”
      – Colin Powell, Secretary of State
      Fox News Interview
      6/8/2003

      “No one ever said that we knew precisely where all of these agents were, where they were stored.”
      – Condoleezza Rice, US National Security Adviser
      “Meet the Press”
      6/8/2003

      “What the president has said is because it’s been the long-standing view of numerous people, not only in this country, not only in this administration, but around the world, including at the United Nations, who came to those conclusions … And the president is not going to engage in the rewriting of history that others may be trying to engage in.”
      – Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary
      Response to Question From the Press

      “Iraq had a weapons program … Intelligence throughout the decade showed they had a weapons program. I am absolutely convinced with time we’ll find out they did have a weapons program.”
      – George W. Bush, President
      Comment to Reporters
      6/9/2003

      “The biological weapons labs that we believe strongly are biological weapons labs, we didn’t find any biological weapons with those labs. But should that give us any comfort? Not at all. Those were labs that could produce biological weapons whenever Saddam Hussein might have wanted to have a biological weapons inventory.”
      – Colin Powell, Secretary of State
      Associated Press Interview
      6/12/2003

      “My personal view is that their intelligence has been, I’m sure, imperfect, but good. In other words, I think the intelligence was correct in general, and that you always will find out precisely what it was once you get on the ground and have a chance to talk to people and explore it, and I think that will happen.”
      – Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
      Press Briefing
      6/18/2003

      “I have reason, every reason, to believe that the intelligence that we were operating off was correct and that we will, in fact, find weapons or evidence of weapons, programs, that are conclusive. But that’s just a matter of time … It’s now less than eight weeks since the end of major combat in Iraq and I believe that patience will prove to be a virtue.”
      – Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
      Pentagon Media Briefing
      6/24/2003

      “I think the burden is on those people who think he didn’t have weapons of mass destruction to tell the world where they are.”
      – Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary
      Press Briefing
      7/9/2003

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 8, 2017

        Why is it ‘acceptable’ for some countries to have these weapons but not others ?

        • Blazer

           /  April 8, 2017

          the same way its acceptable for ‘some’ to have nukes and not ..others…’some’ are irresponsible.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  April 8, 2017

            And the ones who have them decide that THEY can have them because THEY are responsible, but the others aren’t and can’t ?

            I was including nukes, of course. Weapons of mass destruction-they are the ultimate in that class.

  11. Gezza, that was a waste of space, feeding knowns to the ducks. They got it wrong, a number of times, and that is a good reason for Trump and his supporters to call the Intelligence Agencies to account.

    • Gezza

       /  April 8, 2017

      Just saying. At least it was paragraphed. You could give me a couple of points for that surely?