Update: Apologies, I initially launched with incomplete information and the author subsequently corrected me. I suggested the word “invitation” was an inflation of the correct verbiage.
The US picked up intelligence that Syria was about to launch another chemical attack on its civilians. The US said “no, no, no, don’t do that.”
The author, Joel Gehrke, sent me this link from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
- Comment by the Information and Press Department on White House Press Secretary’s statement about Syrian authorities’ alleged preparations for a chemical attack
Which contains the following:
We perceive all these new insinuations regarding weapons of mass destruction – made in the worst traditions of the 2003 NATO intervention in Iraq – as nothing but an “invitation” for terrorists, extremists and armed opposition units active in Syria to fabricate another large-scale provocation with the use of chemical weapons. Washington expects to follow up with inevitable punishment for Bashar al-Assad after this provocation.
It takes an especially dirty, despicable mind to do that. Some folks never cease to amaze.
RT did not jump on this but said:
From a Syrian news source, today. The source is definitely anti-US but not despicably so.
Let us remind you, that on Monday White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made a statement that the U.S. was aware of Assad’s plan to carry out another chemical attack. According to Spicer, the suspicious activity was noticed at the Al-Shayrat airbase, which may indicate the preparations of the Syrian government for the new chemical attack. However the White House hasn’t adduced any other evidence, referring to the secret documents that couldn’t be represented to the public.
Ratcheting it down a notch:
Others are saying it’s just a pretense for a new attack on Syria.
I, therefore, apologize to Mr. Gehrke for jumping too quickly and suggesting he and the Washington Examiner had published a “fabrication”.
I’ve also since found this:
Which contained this:
“We consider these new insinuations on the issue of weapons of mass destruction — in the worst traditions of 2003 NATO intervention in Iraq — to be nothing less than an invitation for terrorists, extremists and armed opposition in Syria to fabricate another mass provocation using chemical weapons,” the statement, published on the Ministry’s website, said. “After [the provocation], the ‘inevitable punishment’ for Bashar Assad should follow, as envisioned by Washington.”
By the way, RT is ratcheting up the case for a US ‘intervention’ in Syria.
Consequently, if the US does respond to a Syrian chemical weapons attack against Syrian civilians, the stage has been set to blame the US and the SDF coalition for any and all actions as preplanned and unilaterally executed.
Russia: US sent ‘invitation’ for terrorists to stage gas attack in Syria
Russian officials accused President Trump’s team of issuing an “invitation” for terrorists in Syria to stage a chemical weapons attack that would be blamed on embattled President Bashar Assad.
“Washington expects to follow up with inevitable punishment for Bashar al-Assad after this provocation,” the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.
“We perceive all these new insinuations regarding weapons of mass destruction — made in the worst traditions of the 2003 NATO intervention in Iraq – as nothing but an ‘invitation’ for terrorists, extremists and armed opposition units active in Syria to fabricate another large-scale provocation with the use of chemical weapons,” the Russian government said.
Russian denials of Assad’s responsibility have drawn mockery from western leaders.