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Trump’s tweets are simultaneously offering a carrot and a stick. His target audience is one man.  The media does not matter. Beyond that, it’s all about bravado, bluster, and braggadocio, which is for show.

Everybody knows the US wants to send in cruise missiles to punish Assad.  A simple phone call, Trump to Putin, could sound something like this, “Vladimir, I am going to send a cruise missile to these ten targets and you are not going to do a thing. You are not going to start a war because of Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons on his own people, he must be punished. Just like the previous strike, you will do nothing. The world will brand Bashar Hafez al-Assad as a mass murderer, and you will not protect him.” 

If not, this whole thing will be a show of force and both sides can claim they stood up to the other. 

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Russian threats to attack US  “launch sites” sound rather like an earlier threat to attack US “launch platforms”. POTUS tweeted in reply:

Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018

Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War. There is no reason for this. Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together. Stop the arms race?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018

Needless to say this has produced a media frenzy in its own right.

The Russians have been playing aggressively in the Eastern Med, with the French FREMM AAW frigate Aquitaine buzzed by an armed Russian combat aircraft over the weekend. Like earlier Baltic and Black Sea incidents, a game not to be played other than in peacetime.

Russians create yet another “theory” to absolve the Kremlin of the Salisbury attack, while claiming Yulia Skripal was effectively abducted, and sending a TV crew into Salisbury hospital to produce more propaganda. UK media report Ms Skripal is secure at a military base assisting intelligence personnel, and has declined a consular visit.

A deluge of Syria related media traffic. The perfect drama for the Russian propaganda machine.

Russia’s secret UK-hating ‘Deep State’ movement now blamed for poisoning of Skripals | World | News |

VLADIMIR Putin would not have been involved in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia because it caused great embarrassment for the Russian premier ahead of his World Cup, a former adviser to Moscow has claimed. My guess, educated or uneducated, is probably it was the deep state. From which side, I don’t know.” The chief adviser told politics news site, that the deep state is made up of former military and intelligence officers, ex-diplomats and members of the population, most of whom exalt Stalin and the USSR, and fiercely support “white orthodoxy”. Mr Yurgens also issued a chilling warning, saying the world could be entering into a new Cold War again as tensions boil over between Russia and the West in the wake of a horrifying chemical attack on innocent civilians in Syria last week. Russia has vowed to retaliate if US President Donald Trump orders an American airstrike on Syria over the “atrocious” poison gas attack that killed at least 60 civilians in the besieged rebel enclave of Douma, near Damascus.

Nerve agent attack: Russian TV crew kicked out of Salisbury hospital after ‘appalling’ stunt [Video]

A Russian TV crew has been condemned for an “appalling” report filmed within the hospital treating poisoned spy Sergei Skripal. A reporter for REN TV – one of Russia’s largest privately owned networks – mocked the nerve agent attack and questioned nurses after entering Salisbury District Hospital early on Wednesday morning. The crew were later kicked out of the hospital after being approached by security staff, who called police. A spokesperson for Salisbury District Hospital described the stunt as “appalling”, adding that the crew “approached staff in the middle of the night with no warning and without asking for any permission”. “Our staff, who have been rightly lauded for their recent efforts, working tirelessly to give all of our patients high quality care, deserved better,” they told Sky News. “We would like to reiterate that any attempt to harass, intimidate or cause distress to any of our staff or patients is absolutely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.” In scenes Sky News has chosen not to show, the Russian reporter can be seen roving the corridors of the hospital. Talking to the camera, he highlights the lack of security and people receiving treatment at the hospital – details he suggests cast doubt on news Mr Skripal is being treated there. In an incongruously dramatic depiction of an NHS hospital, the correspondent narrates lingering shots of coffee machines and deserted waiting rooms.

Tell us where she is! Kremlin fury as Yulia taken to safe house | Metro Newspaper UK

RUSSIA has accused Britain of ‘abducting’ Yulia Skripal and demanded to know her whereabouts after she was discharged from hospital and went into hiding. Ms Skripal yesterday left Salisbury District Hospital where she and her father Sergei, 66, have been treated since they were poisoned with a nerve agent. The 33-year-old was taken to a… <a class=”view-article” href=“”>View Article</a>

Russian spy couple´s resettlement akin to abduction,… | Daily Mail Online

Yulia Skripal´s release from Salisbury District Hospital was confirmed on Tuesday.

Russia: Skripal resettlement akin to ‘abduction’

Yulia Skripal leaves hospital more than five weeks after she and her father Sergei were poisoned in Salisbury.

Russia’s embassy warns any secret resettlement of poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal will be considered ABDUCTION – Mirror Online

Ms Skripal, 33, has been released from hospital in Salisbury and her father, 66, is said to be making “good progress”

Russia says any secret resettlement of Skripals is ‘abduction’ – Breaking News – Jerusalem Post

LONDON – The Russian Embassy in London said it would consider any secret resettlement of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the former Russian double agent and his daughter who were poisoned last month, as an abduction of its citizens.

Russia facing 100 years of isolation, says Putin aide | News | The Times

A key figure behind Vladimir Putin’s two-decade rule over Russia has declared that the country is entering “100 years of solitude” after a final break with the West. Vladislav Surkov, one of Mr Putin’s longest-serving and most influential advisers, said that the consequences of the annexation of Crimea in 2014 were only now becoming apparent. “The event is the conclusion of Russia’s epic journey towards the West, the ending of numerous fruitless attempts to become part of western civilisation, to inter-marry with the ‘good family’ of European nations,” he wrote in a sweeping essay.

Russia Faces ‘100 Years Of Solitude’ (Or More), Putin Aide Says – To Inform is to Influence

Surkov is an advisor and does not speak for Putin or the Russian government. This article, however, probably reflects his personal state of mind.  It is unknown at this time what President Putin thinks, on a personal level. The same goes for Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia.  The article by Surkov does not say…

Yulia Skripal reportedly turns down help from the Russians despite claim she was ‘abducted’

Yulia Skripal has reportedly refused assistance from the Russians since waking up in hospital, as her home country claims Britain has &quot;abducted&quot; her.

Daughter of poisoned spy Sergei Skripal being guarded by spooks on military base

YULIA Skripal, daughter of poisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal, is being protected from assassination attempts under armed guard. The news came as Russia insisted attempts by Britain to secretly resettle the Skripals will be treated as ‘abduction’.

Poisoned spy Sergei Skripal’s daughter Yulia ‘REFUSES Russia consular help as she’s questioned under armed guard on military base’ – Mirror Online

Russia accused Britain of ‘abducting’ Yulia and her father Sergei – after recovering from being poisoned by a nerve agent – but she is said to have rejected an offer of consular assistance from the embassy

Yulia Skripal taken to military base from hospital

The project is oriented towards the revelation of corrupted officials, organized crime representatives, who are tied to the law enforcement and ruling establishments.


Poisoned spy’s daughter Yulia Skripal is being quizzed by officials | Daily Mail Online

Yulia Skripal, 33, was discharged from Salisbury District Hospital yesterday – five weeks after she and her father, 66, were targeted by a nerve agent attack in the city.

Yulia Skripal poisoning: Best friend says her brother’s death was odd – 9Honey

Reveals what family life was like for the former Russian spy’s daughter

Ex-spy’s daughter poisoned in nerve agent attack released from British hospital | PBS NewsHour

Yulia Skripal, who was targeted along with her father in a nerve agent attack in England, has been discharged from the hospital, a British health official said Tuesday. Sergei Skripal, the apparent target of the attack, is recovering more slowly than his daughter but continues to improve.

Will Yulia Skripal Seek U.S. Asylum? Russia Spy Daughter Leaves Hospital After Novichok Attack

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter could make a fresh start in America, report says.

Yulia Skripal discharged from hospital | Salisbury Journal

YULIA Skripal, who was poisoned along with her former double agent father Sergei in Salisbury last month, has been discharged from hospital.

British Spies Have Evidence That Russia Poisoned Sergei Skripal | Observer

When the histories of Cold War 2.0 are written, the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal on March 4 of this year will appear as a turning point. With that act of madcap aggression, unleashing a military-grade nerve agent in a provincial English city, the Kremlin made its lawlessness plain to see. No longer was President Vladimir Putin making any effort to hide his regime’s gangster nature. With the failed hit on Skripal and his daughter, both of whom nearly died, Moscow signaled to the world that it could do whatever it liked. There is a happy ending of sorts. Today, after five weeks in the hospital, much of it in intensive care, 33-year-old Yulia Skripal was released to continue her recovery at an undisclosed location. Better yet, reports indicate that her father, who was not expected to recover, in fact is doing so at a faster rate than anticipated. Word in intelligence circles is that the Skripals will be sent to the United States under assumed identities to live out the rest of their lives where the Kremlin can’t find them. One hopes they are luckier than Mikhail Lesin. It remains mysterious why the Kremlin decided to murder a 66-year-old former Russian military intelligence officer (and mole for British intelligence) who had been traded to Britain in 2010, giving no appearance of having much to do with espionage anymore. Skripal eschewed the lights of London for the quieter—and, he thought, safer—English countryside. Rumors that Skripal became a target by getting involved in an investigation of Cambridge Analytica, the seedy big-data firm that has gotten itself in hot water over our 2016 election, remain tantalizingly unconfirmed.

The UK’s condemnation of Russia is hypocritical – we’re in the assassination business ourselves | The Independent

The attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, resulting additionally in serious injury to both his daughter Yulia and Salisbury Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, is a despicable act.

Scientist Finds No Toxins In Remains Of Russian Tycoon Who Died In Britain

A scientist has said she found no plant toxins in the stomach of a Russian mafia whistle-blower who died suddenly in Britain in 2012, challenging earlier evidence that he may have been poisoned by …

Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”


Syria war: Trump says missiles ‘will be coming’ – BBC News

He tells Russia to prepare for action against its ally Syria over the suspected chemical attack.

Syria Prepares for U.S. Missile Strike – WSJ

Syria has put its air defense systems on high alert in anticipation of a possible retaliatory strike by the U.S. and its allies over a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of people.

Trump Has Told Syria And Russia To “Get Ready” For A Missile Strike

The president also called Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad a “Gas Killing Animal”, in reference to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma on Saturday which injured 500 people.

Trump On Syria: ‘Get Ready Russia’ Because Missiles ‘Will Be Coming’

U.S. President Donald Trump has suggested a missile strike on Syria may be imminent, warning Russia that it should “get ready” because missiles “will be coming.”

Donald Trump warns Putin his missiles are coming ‘fast and smart’ after Russia vowed to bomb US sites if it strikes Assad

RUSSIA has vowed to shoot down any US missiles fired in revenge to the alleged chemical attack in Syria.

Oil just had a crazy spike after Trump threatens to fire missiles at Syria | Financial Post

Crude shoots to a three-year high

Trump weighs a massive strike on Syria, could spark war with Russia – Business Insider

Russia and the US, the world’s two most powerful militaries and biggest nuclear powers, appear set to clash over a chemical weapons attack in Syria. President Donald Trump is reportedly weighing a much bigger strike on Syria than the one on April 7, 2017, which did little long-term damage. Russia has threatened to shoot down incoming US missiles, and also target the platforms used to launch them, which could mean downing US Navy ships.

Airlines Warned To Exercise Caution Ahead Of Possible Strikes In Syria | HuffPost

Air traffic control agency Eurocontrol issued the warning in the eastern Mediterranean for the next 72 hours.

Russia will target U.S. military if strikes hit Syria, envoy says

The U.S. has heaped condemnation on Syria and its main backer Russia since a suspected poison gas attack that allegedly killed dozens in Douma on Saturday.

Russia Will Bomb U.S. Missile Launch Sites If Trump Attacks Syria, Ambassador Warns

Alexander Zasypkin said any U.S. missiles fired at Syria would be downed by Russian defenses.

Russian envoy to Lebanon warns: Any U.S. missiles fired at Syria will be shot down – Syria –

Threat comes as Israel on high alert and prepared for possible Iranian retaliation over strike on Syrian base

Russia Threatens To Shoot Down U.S. Missiles, Target Launch Sites In Any Syria Strike : The Two-Way : NPR

In a television interview, Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, warned that U.S. missiles would be shot down as well as “their sources.”

Russia boasts of practising shooting down missiles as US considers air strike on Syria

Russia has boasted it is practising shooting down missiles as the country’s parliamentary hardliners demanded a military response to any US air strike on Syria.

Russian lawmaker says possible US strike against Syria would be viewed as ‘war crime’ – News – Stripes

The comments came as European airspace authorities warned aircraft to be careful over the next days when flying close to Syria because of possible military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.

Russia urges US: Refrain from Syria plans you are developing | The Daily Star

Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia appeals to the United States to “refrain” from any action it might be planning against Syria over a suspected deadly chemical weapons attack.

Russian Envoy Pleads With U.S. Not To Strike Syria, Amid Deadlock At UN

Russia’s UN ambassador pleaded with the United States not to stage a military strike against Syria after the UN Security Council deadlocked over proposals responding to a suspected chemical weapons…

Syria ‘chemical attack’: Russia warns US against military action – BBC News

Moscow urges Washington to avoid “military adventure” in response to suspected chemical weapons use.


Russia Vetoes U.S. Resolution On Syria In U.N. Security Council : The Two-Way : NPR

Meanwhile, President Trump is weighing a possible military response. On Monday, he said “nothing is off the table” and has vowed to respond “forcefully.”

The Latest: UN nixes Russian text on Syria gas attack probe – NY Daily News

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the developments in Syria (all times local): 10:45 a.m.

Russian jet makes aggressive move over French frigate in Eastern Mediterranean | UNIAN

The French frigate Aquitaine, deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean as part of Operation Chammal, this weekend saw a low-altitude overflow by at least one Russian jet displaying an “aggressive” posture, according to the term the newspaper heard, characterized by two elements.  The warplane was fully armed, the report says.

Amid Syria tensions, Russian jet flies low over French warship

A Russian warplane this weekend flew over a French warship at low altitude in the eastern Mediterranean, a deliberate breach of international regulations, a French naval source said on Tuesday.


Russia expresses concern over Israel’s ‘hasty conclusion’ on ‘fake chemical attack’ in Syria – Israel News –

Embassy statement claims there is ‘no evidence of any chemical attack in Douma’ after Israel accused Bashar Assad’s government of ‘crimes against humanity’

The Latest: Gorbachev fears US-Russian confrontation – The Washington Post

The Latest on the developments in Syria (all times local):

Russian Ministry of Defence confirms troops alerted – Defence Blog

The Russian Ministry of Defence has confirmed information about that Russian military command suddenly puts troops on full combat alert but noted that is only in Transbaikal Military District. A number of compounds of the combined military association of the Eastern Military District (VVO), stationed in the Transbaikal region, were put on alert in the framework of the second stage of the control check for the winter period of training, said in announced by Russian Ministry of Defence. The events involve servicemen of air defence, artillery, missile forces and communications. More: Russia is placing 77,000 troops close to the border with Ukraine The tested compounds include operational-tactical missile systems Iskander, self-propelled howitzer Msta, multiple rocket launchers Uragan and anti-aircraft missile systems Buk. Meanwhile, as reported earlier, activities of Russian troops were spotted in the Western part of Russia, near the borders with Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus, as well as in the Transbaikal region and the Far East. On April 8-9 active movements of a large number of military vehicles and tanks, also were seen moving of the Iskander missile systems with Air Defence support.

Russian forces are reportedly jamming US drones over Syria – MIT Technology Review

It’s said to be “seriously affecting” some American operations in the region.

Russian military jamming in Syria is seriously affecting US drones | Business Insider

Russia has reportedly deployed electronic warfare equipment that is successfully jamming small US military surveillance drones. Department of Defence officials speaking to NBC News did not confirm if they lost any of the drones to crashes. One official did say that the jamming is having an operational impact on military operations in Syria. Russian electronic warfare tactics have been observed in past war zones like Ukraine and have recently shown signs of getting more advanced.

US marks 22 targets for strikes in response to chemical attack in Syria, says specialist

Washington has detailed a map of 22 Syrian targets in response to the Syrian regime’s most recent use of chemical weapons. Molahafci claimed that the U.S. will also target regions where the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terror group experiences issues with Assad’s forces and Iranian militias, adding that Washington did not care for the war crimes committed by Assad and his backers. “The eradication of the regime’s air defense systems would shift the balances,” said Molahafci, adding that such an operation would deal a great blow to Assad’s forces. Noting that Russia increased its alert level at the Hmeymim base as well as other bases in case of such an operation, Molahafci said: “Trump’s new cadre was designed with the plan of executing this scenario.”

Donald Trump Decision on Syria Coming Soon | Time

As President Donald Trump weighs a military response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in western Syria, allies are ready to join.

Syria ‘chemical attack’: Trump cancels Latin America trip – BBC News

His first Latin America visit is off as the US looks to respond to suspected chemical weapons use.

Trump cancels South America trip to ‘oversee the American response to Syria’

Vice President Mike Pence will make the trip in Trump’s stead, Sanders said.

Trump considering more aggressive strike in Syria: report | TheHill

President Trump is considering a more forceful strike on Syria than a missile attack he authorized last year,

Haley says Russia chose to protect a monster over Syrian people – CNNPolitics

Russia vetoed a US draft resolution at the UN Security Council Tuesday that would have established an independent investigation into the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Trump Weighs More Robust Military Strike Against Syria – The New York Times

The president is looking at options that would go beyond last year’s missile barrage, which did not curb Syria’s war effort in the long run.

As Trump Weighs Syria Strike, Macron Is His Go-to Guy in Europe – Bloomberg

After footage of a purported chemical attack on the Damascus suburb of Douma hit screens worldwide April 7, U.S. President Donald Trump knew whom to call in Europe.

US prepares the ground for possible military action in Syria – The National

<p>Trump’s&nbsp;decision will not be affected by regime offer to&nbsp;chemical weapons watchdog, official says</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

UK’s Johnson: Russia holding Syrian people to ransom with UN veto

British Foreign Secretary BorisJohnson said on Tuesday Russia was holding the Syrian people toransom by failing to back a U.N. resolution that would havecreated a new inquiry to ascertain blame for alleged chemicalweapons attacks in the country.

Theresa May resists calls to join US military airstrikes against Syria | News | The Times

Theresa May told President Trump yesterday that Britain would need more evidence of a suspected chemical attack by the Assad regime before joining a military strike against Syria. The prime minister rejected a swift retaliation as inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) prepared to visit the Damascus suburb where at least 40 people were reported to have been killed by chlorine gas on Saturday. Mr Trump had promised on Monday that he would decide the US response within 48 hours. As that deadline approached, it appeared that he too was drawing back from an imminent strike. The US president cancelled weekend travel plans amid reports that Russian and Iranian involvement in Syria had complicated White House calculations about the response to a US-led attack. President Macron of France is committed to punitive action if it is confirmed that President Assad has crossed a “red line” on chemical weapons. He also appeared to limit the response, however, saying that any French strikes would focus only on chemical facilities. Last night Russia vetoed a UN security council resolution ordering a full investigation into the Douma attack. Britain’s ambassador said that Moscow had “crossed a line in the international order”. Only Bolivia supported Russia, while China abstained.

May is in dangerous territory. This must be about Syrian lives, not Britain’s status | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian

The judgment is no easier now than when parliament voted not to intervene in 2013, when it felt like nobody won, writes Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff

May resists calls to join US military action against Syria | News | The Times

Theresa May told President Trump yesterday that Britain would need more evidence of a suspected chemical attack by the Assad regime before joining a military strike against Syria.The prime minister rejected a swift retaliation as inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapo

Syria ‘chemical attack’: 500 people affected, says WHO – CNN

The World Health Organization says around 500 people are believed to have been affected by a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma last week.

At least 85 die in chemical attack in Syria, – U.S. Department of State –

Death toll in the recent chemical attack in Douma, Syria at the rate of at least 85 people, – Heather Nauert, the spokeswoman of the U.S. Department of State. Washington estimates the death toll in the recent chemical attack in Douma, Syria at the rate of at least 85 people. Heather Nauert, the spokeswoman of the U.S. Department of State said that at a briefing as quoted by Sputnik. “We do know that some sort of a substance was used. A chemical was used, we’re just not sure at this point today exactly what was used,” she said. According to Nauert, only separate parties to the conflict have access to chemical weapons, but only a few of them enjoy the access to systems designed for their use.

Syria ‘chemical attack’: UK, US and France agree action – BBC News

The PM says the international community “needed to respond” to a suspected chemical attack in Syria.

Here’s How Trump Could Strike Syria | The National Interest

Recent moves indicate that Trump is preparing to take military action against Assad.

Watchdog Agency to Investigate Syria Chemical Strike Site – WSJ

An international watchdog agency said Tuesday that it was planning to send a fact-finding team to Douma, Syria, where Syrian forces are accused of carrying out a chemical weapons attack.

PICTURES: Damage to Syria’s T-4 air base after deadly missile strike – Al Arabiya English

Pictures have emerged of the damage to a Syrian air base after an air strike on Sunday.Seven Iranian military personnel were killed in the air strike,

‘Nice, new and smart’: Five ways the Syrian strike could unfold – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

It is not clear what the Trump plan is in Syria.

What could the US target in Syria and how is Russia likely to react? | World news | The Guardian

The response to a 2017 chemical attack was largely symbolic; this time it could be more comprehensive

For Trump and Putin, Syria Is a Battle of Competing Realities | The New Yorker

Masha Gessen writes on Putin’s and Trump’s responses to the chemical attack in Douma, in which Russia deployed words against facts—a familiar White House tactic.

Syria crisis: “Window is closing” for response that makes difference, military analyst says – CBS News

CBS News Radio military analyst Mike Lyons said Mr. Trump has &quot;got to be careful not to get goaded into doing something that's not in the best interest of the United States&quot;

Syria strike may be a blow to Trump’s right-wing base | Middle East Eye

Conservative commentators and far-right activists are turning on Trump for considering military response in Syria

5 hard choices in Syria

If the United States does strike Syria, as the president is clearly signaling, it should be part of a broader strategy rather than just a pinprick that will make us feel good about standing up to a murderous dictator but do nothing to change the situation on the ground.

If Trump Won’t Lead in Syria, Someone Else Will – Defense One

Unless the president can articulate and lead a plan, Syria’s future will be determined by Russia, Iran, and Turkey.

US must tell Russia: We won’t leave Syria until Iran does | TheHill

Without a solid military stronghold in Syria, America’s ability to counter the sinister ambitions of Russia, Turkey and Iran would be put at severe risk.

Russia’s 12 UN vetoes on Syria | Arab News

United Nations: Russia used its veto power for the 12th time Tuesday at the UN Security Council to block action directed at its Syrian ally. The latest veto prevented the adoption of US-drafted resolution to investigate chemical weapons use in Syria aimed at identifying the perpetrators. Here’s a look at Russia’s 12 vetoes on Syria:

The US has nothing left to gain in Syria — but much to lose | TheHill

Critics who oppose a departure of U.S. troops from Syria are relying on several arguments, all of which are specious and underpinned by poor assumptions and false premises.

Piece From ‘The Atlantic’ Tries To Explain Logic For Assad’s Brutality In Syria : NPR

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Thanassis Cambanis about his article in The Atlantic, “The Logic of Assad’s Brutality” which he says explains why Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad would order a chemical attack after President Trump announces his intention to pull American troops out of Syria.

Assad Defies Another American President – Defense One

The Syrian strongman saw the red line on sarin as a green light to do everything else.

Trump’s Syria threats won’t scare Bashar al-Assad. He’s in this war for the long haul and we are not.

Trump’s Syria threats don’t scare Bashar al-Assad. He’s in this war for the long haul and we are not.