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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 14, 2018

      Not sure why Russia thinks Trump wants them to depend on him. Keeping them nervous can be a good strategy.

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    • unitedtribes2

       /  April 14, 2018

      Im just beginning to wonder Pete. Don’t you like Trump

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    • Gezza

       /  April 14, 2018

      Hmm. Consequences will be interesting. I don’t think it was Assad or the Russians. So they want to start another international war.

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      • Gezza

         /  April 14, 2018

        Not seeing anything that it was UN-authorised.

        Press conference live on Aljaz tv now.

        Mattis is saying he is confident is was Assad but not saying how. He is not clear on what agents were used – says he knows one agent, there may have been more than one agent used.

        Syrian state tv is saying they shot down several tomahawk missiles, Gen Dunford can’t say yet.

        Mattis being asked for legal basis for the strike.

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        • Gezza

           /  April 14, 2018

          Oh – article of the American constitution is the legal basis for attacking Syria – according to Mattis. :/

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          • Gezza

             /  April 14, 2018

            *Article 2.
            So that must be the legal basis for the UK and France as well.
            That must be handy.

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            • Gezza

               /  April 14, 2018

              Is there something happening back home that’s awkward for Trump at the moment?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  April 14, 2018

              His job approval is up a bit. Rosenstein is expecting to be the next fired. Ryan will be replaced as House Speaker.

            • Gezza

               /  April 14, 2018

              Interested to hear UK & France’s legal basis for attack.

            • Gezza

               /  April 14, 2018

              Mattis cited article 2 of USC – threat to America’s interests?

            • Gezza

               /  April 14, 2018

              They just can’t seem to stop attacking other people’s countries, the US.
              Quite a dangerous crew really.

        • David

           /  April 14, 2018

          “Not seeing anything that it was UN-authorised.”

          It can’t be, Russia has a veto, the UN can do even less than it’s usual zero effort.

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          • Gezza

             /  April 14, 2018

            Oh ok. That must be all right then. Like with Saddam’s WMD. Trust us. We know good people who proved he has them. We know what we’re doing. We’ll just attack them ourselves with a few lapdogs & everything will work out all right in the end.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 14, 2018

    Telegraph is reporting Russia hacked the victim’s emails for 5 years and tested Novichok on door handles.

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  4. seer

     /  April 14, 2018

    So, Gezza maybe you’ll get up to speed and realise what has really been going on in Syria.
    I suggest going beyond Al Jizza in finding the truth.

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    • Gezza

       /  April 14, 2018

      Al jazeera is like any tv channel reporting on the middle east. Their reporters are sourced from all countries and most of them are native english speakers who are yanks, poms, and definitely not muslims.

      It tends to just report the facts.You have to make your own judgement as to their credibility. Certainly rate their credibility far higher than Fox News or CNN or even BBC tbh.

      You sound like someone who believed Saddam had weapons of mass destruction & Bin Laden was in Afghanistan because the US military said so?

      Makes no sense for Assad’s forces to use chemical weapons to win Eastern Ghouta, knowing the US military is always itching to fire off tomahawks & Trump’s easily led in that direction.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  April 14, 2018

        Seems clear the UK and France agree Assad is using chemical weapons and all three are bombing sources of those weapons. Not just Trump.

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        • Gezza

           /  April 14, 2018

          And …? Mattis at the press briefing was notably very uncertain about exactly what has been used.

          UK & France agreed Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and was an imminent threat to the West.

          Did he? Was he?

          Too soon to believe this is any different. Assad was winning Eastern Ghouta hands down. No need to invite attack by using chemical weapons.

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            • Gezza

               /  April 14, 2018

              Oh – fair enuf. I forgot about that. Must be because they’ve adopted Article 2 of the US Constitution?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  April 14, 2018

              No, just because use of chemical weapons violates international agreements. Thought that was blindingly obvious?

            • Gezza

               /  April 14, 2018

              Not if the regime hasn’t used them, but someone else has. The intel on this is very wobbly-sounding to me. I said the same about Saddam’s WMD. And if the use of chemical weapons violates international agreements why is this action not UN-authorised? Why are these countries even involved in there. Why can’t other countries attack the US because their police keep killing unarmed black people?

            • Gezza

               /  April 14, 2018

              Ah — Trump’s just appointed a new campaign manager and has already started campaigning in several states for his re-election, apparently. The commentator on Aljaz is saying he is firmly focussed on showing he is different than Obama, and this strike is a political strike, not a military one – because there is no intention to do any more, & the last major rebel enclave of Idlib has already been virtually announced as the next Regime military operation.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  April 14, 2018

              How do you know what the intel on the chem attacks is?

            • Gezza

               /  April 14, 2018

              Mattis.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  April 14, 2018

              You don’t. Even Canada supports the strikes.

            • Gezza

               /  April 14, 2018

              Now you like Justin Trudeau?

            • Gezza

               /  April 14, 2018

              Suddenly he’s not clueless?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  April 14, 2018

              Presumably he has been educated out of his fantasies by his intelligence services. Or you explain the turnaround how?

            • Gezza

               /  April 14, 2018

              I don’t. This is the West deciding what happens in someone else’s country because chemicals said to be used by the regime but not when the same people are getting bombed and shelled the shit out of for years? Very dodgy. Best not to get involved with the US in the middle east. It’s not the country getting flooded with syrian refugees.

        • seer

           /  April 14, 2018

          FUKUS, is a common acronym for the entity those three countries act as.

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          • seer

             /  April 14, 2018

            If Trump is considered to be synonymous with pindostan then that can be changed to FUKT.

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          • seer

             /  April 14, 2018

            If the Rainbow Warrior bombing country is considered trivial then that can become USUK.

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      • Gezza

         /  April 14, 2018

        PS: Aljaz has a bias reporting on Syria. It’s anti-Assad. It tends not to identify what kind of rebel group it’s reporting about or using footage from.

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        • Gezza

           /  April 14, 2018

          Aljaz tv still devoting all its coverage to this attack and analysis. Very good. Seen an excerpt of Theresa pissing in Trump’s pocket (metaphorically speaking). Current commentator sees China – opposed to this action – likely to get closer to Russia.

          Intermediate and long-term ramifications are impossible to calculate, but are likely to increase resolve of Assad & Russia regime to clear out the opposition – which could have implications for US troops on the ground there? 😕

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  April 14, 2018

            At present the US doesn’t want to take Assad out. He needs to be careful not to change that.

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            • Gezza

               /  April 14, 2018

              Actually the US needs to be careful not to take Assad out. Remember what happened when that was the solution with Hussein? The US hasn’t got a fucking clue what it’s doing in that area of the world. Trump will have even less idea than anyone of who even lives there, apart from Israelis and Saudis.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  April 14, 2018

              I think you are wrong in many respects. I think under Trump the US has a lot more clues about what it is doing in the M.E. I also think if Assad attacks US troops they will take him out.

            • Gezza

               /  April 14, 2018

              And I think you are wrong. So … we’ll have to wait and see what happens now and over the next few years.

            • Gezza

               /  April 14, 2018

              For a start, having told the Kurds they’d back them, they let Turkey kick them out of Afrin. They’re all over the fucking under Trump in Syria. He’s got no plan there. It depends on whatever he sees on Fox News and the polls and feels like tweeting at 3 am in the morning. His new National Security Advisor supported all the wars Rumsfeld and Bush started and wants to start more. Dangerous nutjob.

  5. Gezza

     /  April 14, 2018

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