April 09, 2018

Trump must punish Assad and Iran

John CardilloRebel Host | Off The Cuff

The fuse is burning on the powder keg that is Syria.

President Trump called Syria's President Bashar al-Assad an “animal”, after a chemical weapons attack, and Israel defended itself with a missile launch against strategic Syrian assets.

We’ll discuss what the U.S. should do, and who is really behind all of this.

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commented 2018-04-11 14:18:42 -0400
The Quran tells muslims to poison their enemies. The various factions of muslims in Syria all see the other factions as their enemies, as Kafir, as Infidel. When they use poison gas on other muslims, they are just doing what their religion tells them to do. How they practice their religion in their countries is there business. The Syrians started their own Civil War; their suffering is of their own making. I say, get all foreign military out of muslim countries.
commented 2018-04-10 15:31:40 -0400
Jonesy Ynot said, "It is the push by resident Sunni Extremists that started the current warfare and they were joined by Jihadis from all over the world. They wasted no time in taking over the cities with brutal force, killing the non compliant and announcing that they would be using the rest of the citizenry as “human shields.” "
commented 2018-04-10 15:28:28 -0400
Syria ‘is a very strategic place’ I agree with that.

I suppose taking out Assad will teach Russia a lesson and keep Iran from attacking Israel from there, if that is their intention. There is the oil transport/monopoly issue, which is no small thing for either Russia and Iran. Heck why don’t the Americans concentrate on freeing the Iranian people from the Mohammedans.? Israel’s Iran problem solved.

If they take out Assad, Turkey’s (Sunni) growing fundamentalist encouragement from the north of Syria and the ‘bad’ rebels/Al Qaeda/ISIS, (Sunni), will march in and turn Syria into a Shariah hell hole. Assad, an Alawite who is married to a British born Syrian is trying to avoid that Islamization . No he isn’t perfect and in such a multi religious/cultural country there are bound to be problems, as many western ‘multicultural’ countries are finding out first hand. It is hard to want to support the Islamization of any country and taking Assad out would be the end of a secular Syria. It would be Sunni sharia rule with ‘bad’ guys in charge. I don’t like the stand the west is taking on Syria. I can’t.

Assad knows that if he or his allies had anything to do with the chemical attacks, that he would be attacked by the west. So it makes no sense to me. If he has groups aligned with him who have gone rogue and are responsible, it would seem to me he would find a way to get that under control as it is far from helpful to him. We are not dealing with stupid leaders here.

As far as playing fair—when did any nation ever play fair? You play for your interests , but if you are smart you don’t highlight that aspect of it by stories which are unproven and as they stand, don’t hold water. I am surprised the U.S. aren’t being more convincing. A ‘conspiracy theory’ should be easily disproven, with hard cold proof verified from more than one side.
commented 2018-04-10 13:33:25 -0400
Jonesy Ynot, your evaluation is how many look at it and it makes a lot of sense to me. Its a very complicated situation with so many players that it takes study your average person does not have time to indulge in, to grasp.
The simple answer does not satisfy in this case. I wish America and Israel would find another way to get what they want and have their needs met. I don’t think that many are behind this or buying it.
commented 2018-04-10 12:45:56 -0400
It’s unusual to see this level of obfuscation on this website. It’s hard to decide if it’s just stupidity or a poorly conceived attempt at providing an acceptable scenario for our humble conception to digest. Syria is the only country left in that region of the world that still has an elected, secular gov. People of all philosophical persuasions have been accommodated and indeed allowed to flourish in Syria.
It is the push by resident Sunni Extremists that started the current warfare and they were joined by Jihadis from all over the world. They wasted no time in taking over the cities with brutal force, killing the non compliant and announcing that they would be using the rest of the citizenry as “human shields.”
The other “good Rebels” that the author is talking about don’t exist. The moderate residents of Syria were quite happy with their situation before the current strife but now they are killed and made to leave en masse. This is a power grab by the Sunni elite to add Syria to those beholden to their leadership and
and decisions.
Now on the other side of things is Iran, a Shiite Muslim country who would also like to expand their influence in the Middle East. This would be a reasonable approach on their part as they can see the ever expanding influence of their ideological enemy Sunni Saudi Arabia. The difference being that Iran has maintained a “live and let live” posture in it’s dealings with Syria. What they want is for Syria to remain as it was and if by helping they can harvest an ally all the better. They have accepted Assad as the legit gov of Syria as have the Russians.
The American presence in Syria is a confusing mess created by a prior Potus whose intentions for The Western World were dubious and intentionally confusing. i.e.:
U. S. vs. Isis & Syrian gov
Isis vs. U.S. & Syrian gov
Syrian gov vs. U.S. & Isis

The fact is that the Syrian gov had no gain in perpetrating a chemical attack on it’s citizens being held by the Jihadis but the Jihadis whose military efforts are being countered have a lot to gain. I think by now it isn’t surprising to hear that the MSM is being directed by who knows who and the news we hear has been sifted through, processed and then delivered to the blindly trusting. Only we aren’t so blindly trusting anymore!

The U.S. should get out of the Middle East and allow these brutal people to arrive at their own conclusion. This is quite unlikely because of the huge amount of capital that flows into the Military-Industrial complex in the U.S. and the financial incentives of being the Saudis strong arm in the region.

Prez Trump: Please stop perpetuating the huge mistakes of the prior administration!
commented 2018-04-10 01:53:45 -0400
Stephanus Spartan Israel is striking Iran by the way , Iran has pledged Israels destruction, they are not obliged to be destroyed to make you feel better.
commented 2018-04-10 01:52:29 -0400
Stephanus Spartan quit crapping on Israel like a bigot.
commented 2018-04-10 01:13:34 -0400
Why would Assad do this when Isis is almost decimated? Makes no sense. The man is ruthless but he’s not crazy.
commented 2018-04-09 21:45:44 -0400
Alternative strategy: Trump should align with Assad to prevent Iran/Russia from basically taking over Syria. Sure, Assad is brutal, but the alternative could be worse if Iran is on the Israel border.
commented 2018-04-09 17:40:04 -0400
Just before the last time Trump bombed Syria last year, he announced that Assad didn’t have to worry, regime change wasn’t the plan anymore now that he was president, that they could find a way to work with each other. Then …bam! Trump is going to have to shake it up a bit. The pattern that has emerged between what he says and what he does is becoming apparent.

I can’t believe anyone on this. Right now I am weighing motives(what a heavy basket that is) but with no concrete proof……..
commented 2018-04-09 17:05:18 -0400
Israel has attacked Syria over 100 times ( including yesterday)and Syria can’t fight back, the US admitted previously there is no evidence the Syrian government has used chemical weapons( especially since they are winning and dont need to prove they are insane by using them)Stop defending Israel ( and ISIS) instead of the truth.
commented 2018-04-09 16:49:23 -0400
Assad has done nothing.The White Helmets either do it or give false reports. It bodes badly that NYPD shld think thus, we r in deep trouble if that is so. Blaming Assad is utterly ridiculous (& u shld certainly be aware of that)!!! If not, there is no hope for America, we r g oing down the tubes (& the deep state will have its way-which is the end of America, and all its troops, even all its people, if that can be done, too)..I mean coming out of NY, just the filth of warmongers is your food? I am shocked at yr stance, there is no reporting here, just vain repetition of the party line. Trump might even see through the lies if he had a little sense in the press for support….perhaps he even does know perfectly well that Assad has no such weapons, that Russia is not attacking anybody with such weapons, that only Isis stands to win here (they r so close to extinction in Syria, just a few more days needed…uh, u think they might have a reason to attack?)
commented 2018-04-09 16:43:20 -0400
Why did President Trump announce his intention of pulling out of Syria last week? He never telegraphs his moves. There’s way more to this game of chess than we know.
commented 2018-04-09 16:39:02 -0400
Fair play in war? Conspiracy theorists? Good rebels?

So if the U.S. succeed in getting a democratically elected leader out of a secular Syria, who will take his place? What are the chances of it falling back into ISIS hands and what chance in hell of remaining secular will it have? Considering how well regime change has gone for the American’s in the past, I have doubts about what ‘the next step’ might be.

Some say ,those rebels, are ISIS mutts from around the world, with some local fundamentalist radicals and families thrown in, (because of the pay cheque?) Some how are expected to separate good ones from bad ones?

It sure would be nice to see some hard proof. Its not like ISIS or the rebels haven’t used chemical weapons before. How do the U.S know for certain it was Assad? It is really getting hard to trust the motives of any of these big players. Nothing whatsoever is crystal clear.
commented 2018-04-09 15:30:00 -0400
Paul, I agree.
More information is needed.
commented 2018-04-09 14:48:52 -0400
For Assad to use a chemical weapons attack now doesn’t make a lot of sense. We definitely need more intelligence gathering there. There are a lot of different interests there.