"Assad Crossed Many, Many Lines": Trump Signals Imminent Change In Syria Policy

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Just one week after Rex Tillerson signaled of a historic U-Turn in US policy regarding Syria, when he said that “the longer term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people” suggesting the US is no longer intent on removing the Syrian president, this afternoon Trump signaled that the White House is about to U-turn once again, likely emerging in the same place where the Obama administration was when it nearly invaded Syria in 2013.

Speaking at a press conference with Jordan's King Abdullah, II, President Trump on Wednesday called the suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria “a terrible affront to humanity” and hinted briefly that a change in U.S. policy on Syria may be coming as a result. Trump said that he was moved by reports of a deadly gas attack in Syria, saying that the Syrian leader - who has denied being behind the attack - had “crossed a lot of lines.”

“It crossed a lot of lines for me,” Trump said at a press conference with Jordanian King Abdullah II at the White House. “When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies with a chemical gas that is so lethal that people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many lines beyond the red line. Many, many lines.”

While painfully reminiscent of a similar chemical attack conducted in 2013, which was subsequently revealed to be a false flag, U.S. officials said they believe the attack was carried out by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Which, again, does not make much sense since just days before the chemical attack, Trump administration officials said the U.S. would no longer prioritize regime change in Syria and that they expect Mr. Assad to remain in power. Perhaps the mere suggestion that someone - i.e., US-backed Syrian rebels or ISIS jihadists in the area of Idlib - could engage in a false flag attack is considered too much "tin foil" conspiracy theory.

And so, just hours after Bannon departed his security council, Trump started to shift toward a neo-con posture, saying that the reports of women and children who had died in the "horrible" attack had a "big impact" and caused him to rethink his strategy on Syria.

“I do change. I am flexible. I am proud of that flexibility,” Trump said. “I will tell you that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me. Big impact. It was a horrible, horrible thing. I've been watching it and seeing it, and it does not get any worse than that. I have that flexibility. And it is very, very possible, and I will tell you it is already happened, that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.”

Trump declined to outline what his new approach to Syria may be.

Meanwhile, as reported earlier today, should Trump pick up where Obama left off, and launch a full-blown escalation in Syria or worse, he will have his first official diplomatic collision with the Kremlin, which not only defended Assad earlier today, but said it would continue its military activity in Syria.

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Bill of Rights's picture

DXY has not moved in an hour and five minutes folks...




False flag



The Juggernaut's picture

USA... the nation that dilvers Peace and Liberty through the barrel of a gun.  "BRING THE TROOPS HOME!"  - Ron Paul


AllTimeWhys's picture

absolutely smells of false flag. And im willing to bet McCain was 150% involved in it.

Pinto Currency's picture

Here we go again.
False flags to start a war.

Report: Soros-Linked Group Behind Chemical Attack in Syria


NidStyles's picture

More like Fake Flag, because shit never happened.

Pinto Currency's picture

Trump getting bad intel from the intel agencies that worked against him.

Surprise, surprise.

BaBaBouy's picture

Donaldo get Real... Your Getting Trumped By Your OWN People ...

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

If Trump gins up a war against Syria and/or North Korea, the unanticipated consequences will spell the end of the American experiment. It will be time to trade in MAGA hats for FAG hats (Fucked America Good).

DeadFred's picture

I entertain hope that Trump, who is good at negotiations and deals, knows this is fake, is playing along for a bit, then 'suddenly' he finds out they've 'been duping him', then the heads roll. He needs a good reason to sack 50% of the IC and this may give him that reason <fingers crossed>

11b40's picture

From where I sit, there seems to be only one political party....the War Party.  I had hopes, based on the rhetoric, but hope is fading fast.

As someone who lost friends, family, and a part of myself over the Gulf of Tonkin false flag, I know in my gut that this another one.

Manthong's picture

Once again…


The Syrians attacked a terrorist munitions facility full of chlorine powder.

There were some civilian casualties.

The terrorists then publicized the results as a Syrian civilian chemical attack.

Trump better goddam well get some honest and better intel and advice or we are all F’d.


..and it wouldn’t surprise me to if the Chlorine powder came from the CIA.

Creative_Destruct's picture

Who has the strong hand in Syria now and absolutely NO interest in creating a reason for US or other intervention? Answer: Syria and Assad.

Who has an interest in a prextext for intervention? Answer: the Washington Neocon "blob" and their "moderate" rebel factions.

This is soooooo transparently either a false flag OR capitalizing on the accidental/intentional strike on a chem weapons storage site....

Trump APPEARS to have swallowed this bait hook,line and sinker.... hope I'm wrong.

Bunghole's picture

Trump didnt win the election. He was selected by TPTB.

Get ready to send your kids off to WWIII, all in the name of MAGA.

pods's picture

Hey Trump, fuck off you prick.

If he cannot put 2 and 2 together to see this was done as payback for their change in policy then he deserves everything he gets.


Chief Wonder Bread's picture

So I get maybe (maybe) 10% of what I voted for?

Things are gonna have to change in this country/nation/empire(?) and there gonna have to change fast.

beemasters's picture

"Make Israel Great Again...and First."
He has indeed changed his mind and is proud of the flexibility...

risk.averse's picture

"Make Israel Great Again...and First."

Choose...can't have both!

Hmmm...MAGA vs keeping King Abdullah happy ...thats a tricky one. Unless you need to prop up Petrodollar, of course.

Trump's *seemingly* unwavering support for Israel is the one major chink in his policy armor. His family connections make it difficult for him to be as hard-nosed with Israel as he is with everything else he does.
Can't unscramble that omelet but for me I'd tell the israelis to stand on their own 2 feet. Get on with your neighbors like everyone else has to.

eforce's picture

"I support the ban on assault weapons"

--Trump  - The American We Deserve (2000)

paizan's picture
paizan (not verified) eforce Apr 5, 2017 10:40 PM

Trump changed his mind on Assad because Israel told him to.


dogsandhoney2's picture

as in pesticide,

that will teach them not to buy gmo seeds
and bug killer.


RopeADope's picture

With the clusterfuck of Ryancare Trump had to tie himself to another political power in D.C.

Apparently he went with the Israel lobby. It is not surprising that Susan Rice was used as an example considering there was personal animosity between her and the nutcase leading Israel.

nightwish's picture

I doubt that. Things would've been easy peazy with Hillary as potus. Trump made it harder, but he is now a neocon bitch and we're now lost with no hope. Either he's a trusting fool with intelligence or they got to him. Must be the latter.

Pay attention to pullback in negative trump press with the msm. If they become more neutral, its a sign donnie's throwing in the towel.

Dude was our last hope


Jim in MN's picture

Seymour Hersch, 'The Red Line and the Rat Line', London Review of Books April 2014

Must read if you want to have anything informed to say about this situation.


In 2011 Barack Obama led an allied military intervention in Libya without consulting the US Congress. Last August [2013], after the sarin attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, he was ready to launch an allied air strike, this time to punish the Syrian government for allegedly crossing the ‘red line’ he had set in 2012 on the use of chemical weapons. Then with less than two days to go before the planned strike, he announced that he would seek congressional approval for the intervention. The strike was postponed as Congress prepared for hearings, and subsequently cancelled when Obama accepted Assad’s offer to relinquish his chemical arsenal in a deal brokered by Russia. Why did Obama delay and then relent on Syria when he was not shy about rushing into Libya? The answer lies in a clash between those in the administration who were committed to enforcing the red line, and military leaders who thought that going to war was both unjustified and potentially disastrous.

Obama’s change of mind had its origins at Porton Down, the defence laboratory in Wiltshire. British intelligence had obtained a sample of the sarin used in the 21 August attack and analysis demonstrated that the gas used didn’t match the batches known to exist in the Syrian army’s chemical weapons arsenal. The message that the case against Syria wouldn’t hold up was quickly relayed to the US joint chiefs of staff. The British report heightened doubts inside the Pentagon; the joint chiefs were already preparing to warn Obama that his plans for a far-reaching bomb and missile attack on Syria’s infrastructure could lead to a wider war in the Middle East. As a consequence the American officers delivered a last-minute caution to the president, which, in their view, eventually led to his cancelling the attack.


Jim in MN's picture

Note that 'sarin' kills you almost at once from a few drops on the skin. 

Whatever this is it's not military-grade nerve gas.

Notveryamused's picture

Pay close attention to Trumps wording. He says the event crossed many lines not Assad. He knows 100% it was a false flag. When he says his attitude to Syria has changed it might not mean what you think it means...

BigJim's picture

Yeah, it might not.

But let's face it; how long do we keep making excuses for POTUS? We all hated Hillary. Neither Johnson nor Stein had a hope in hell. So we ignored Trump's buffoonery, held our noses, and supported him.

When he says he's all for Israel, I think we have to believe him. And we know what Israel wants in MENA, don't we? Assad gone, and next stop Lebanon and then Iran: every currently non-vassal state split into squabbling little statelets to be run by Islamist warlords dependent on outside (read: ZATO) support for their continued existence.

I wonder how far Putin and Xi are willing to push back against this. Israel are playing the long game and MENA is a sectarian powderkeg. I think they're going to get what they want; they've basically hijacked every Western capitol's foreign policy, as far as I can see. Unless the EU implodes or we have another financial meltdown I think it will be full steam ahead for the War Party.

Andre's picture

It is entirely possible they get what they ask for. Whether they get what  they want is still an open question.

Azannoth's picture

China and Russia don't draw lines in the sand they draw them in rock(but don't announce it) and when you hit their lines it's on baby!

AllBentOutOfShape's picture

Nikki Haley was at the UN today threatening unilateral action in Syria if the UN doesn't do anything about Assad and the gas attack.

She also said: "The truth is that Russia, Iran and Assad have no interest in peace."

I think it's pretty clear what they mean.

soyungato's picture

Trump is losing his supporting base fast. I think may be 90+%. 

I for one am tired of making excuses for him. He is totally surrounded and influnenced by the chosen ones, say it isnt so.

BarkingCat's picture

I hope so but that would be very Clintonesque of him and unlike Slick Willie, he is not know to be a linguistic gymnast.


Stinkytofu's picture

maybe.  always gotta parse washington-speak.  had to google the quote from trump,

NOT the media misrepresentations of what he "meant" to really say.

he said nothing, NOTHING, negative about assad.  he said the attack crossed many

lines.  he said it changed his attitude towards syria and assad.....but he dinna clarify.


what can change?  maybe the attitude now is syria truly IS fighting a barbaric, terrorist

enemy, and assad truly represents his people.....and well, we could then actually partner

with syria and russia in order to defeat israe....i mean isis.

wildbad's picture

it is the al quaida invaders. funded and supported by the neocons of the past X american administrations.

trump - wake the fuck up! this is what you were hired for. to do the opposite of Obama, clinton, bush, bush.

you want to bomb someone, start in washington.

ghostofprince's picture

Thank you for this, required reading.  For a full recap of our regime change strategy in Libya and now Syria:



wildbad's picture

there is absolutely no room for Trump to be playing a hidden game here.

As an ardent Trump supporter I say that I am done with him if he hardlines syria now. if his own basic knowledge is not enough to override the obvious mccain neocon brzinski war bullshit that has been driving the last four administrations policy..I am done with him.

the long game common sense i credited him with is burned.

Mr. Universe's picture

It would tend to confirm Zionist control...

Creative_Destruct's picture

Trump: Balls

Deep State ( Neocon blob, IC, MIC, Israel): Vice

Looks like they've got him positioned to apply the squeeze.

Or they've already applied it...

wildbad's picture

hey Mr. U,
maybe. or completely overwhelmed and misled by the neocon (possibly Zionist) warmongers in his cabinet and the deeper rings of war bureaucracy

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

Even if Assad did do it what does it matter to us?

He could gas the entire region and it wouldn't effect anything here in the US even slightly. In fact, if anything it would be a net positive if he kills them all, no survivors means no refugees and eventually the area will be habitable again so we can send the ones who came to the west right back over there. Everyone wins. Well except for those that die but that is their problem not ours.

wildbad's picture

very good point. no foreign entanglements.

back to basic principles

11b40's picture

Actually, it would surprise me if it di NOT come from the CIA.  WE had no problem sending it to Saddam in Iraq to use on the kurds.

researchfix's picture

Problem is, Trump just lost on two internal projects/promises. He might try to shift to international. As always. Every president.

John_Coltrane's picture

Yes, its an obvious false flag but,

Cl2 i.e. Chlorine is a molecular gas at room T, not a "powder". So, I don't know what the hell you're talking about and I doubt you do either.

SoDamnMad's picture

Russian TV showed suited up military chemical corp unit investigating site and one chemical dosimeter indicating mustard gas from shell on the ground.  Lots of old mortar shells broken up and spilled with these same units bottling samples. Pretty thorough examination of site. Of course our reliable White Hats were running around in their ultra-clean clothes moving victims.  How do you keep kelmets and clothes so clean in a war zone if you are cutally doing anything humanitarian.

BullyBearish's picture

THEY know the financial $hitshow is about to begin...so they are are doing whatever they can to have a MAJOR distraction waiting in the wings...you know, a distraction that will bring us all together, like a WAR against another fake boogy man...these POSs are pathetic...

Tiwin's picture

Please share what you are smoking. No one like a bogart.

Which way to the beach's picture

I sure hope you are right DeadFred, or Fred wont be the only one dead. The cacophony coming out of the MSM  on this is nauseating. Who needs evidence when you have artifice, brutality and innocence for your foreign policy.



f.thomas's picture

Man I sure hope you're right Fred.

SilverRhino's picture

This is total bullshit. The nice little video going around Facebook showing all the little spastic people dying?

You DO NOT treat nerve gas victims with bare hands. A fucking GARDEN hose is not a decontamination system.

VX, Sarin, Tabun and similar agents are CONTACT poison and will KILL you if you touch someone dying from them.