Trump Weighs Military "Saturation Strike" In Syria, Resulting In Russian Deaths

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The Pentagon has briefed President Trump on various military options the US can conduct in response to the poison gas attack in Syria that killed scores of civilians, and which Washington has blamed on the Syrian government, a U.S. official told Reuters.

Options include things like implementing a "no fly zone" or grounding aircraft used by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces, an official quoted by Reuters said.

Another option also includes the use of Tomahawk cruise missiles to overwhelm Russian air defense systems used by the Syrian military. The official did not comment on how likely military action might be which, if any, options might be recommended by the Pentagon. According to the Intercept, this would be a “saturation strike” using dozens of cruise missiles designed to hit Syrian military targets —including military air fields — in an effort to limit future Syrian Air Force attacks on rebel positions, according to the two U.S. military officials.

Among the valid military targets in Syria would be Syrian military airfields, air defenses and other types of Syrian military installations. The official played down the idea that Russian military infrastructure might be a target.

What is most troubling, however, is that according to the quoted U.S. military officials, "the current proposal would likely result in Russian military deaths and mark a drastic escalation of U.S. force in Syria."

One U.S. military official said the decision to allow the strikes, which would kill Russians, signals a significant change in policy by the Trump administration. A decision by Trump to go forward with the plan would be a reversal from the Obama administration, which denied multiple air strike proposals  that would likely cause Russian personnel casualties in Syria.

It remains unclear if Trump does launch a military campaign that ends up killing Russians, whether the narrative about Russia hacking the US elections to get Trump elected, will finally die.

Sarcasm aside, Reuters also said that Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster have been discussing the matter: Mattis is due to meet with Trump later in the day at the president’s Mar-a-Lago retreat, where a summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping is underway. Speaking with reporters aboard Air Force One, Trump said that “something should happen” with Assad after the chemical attack, calling what happened in Syria “a disgrace to humanity.”

There is no doubt in our minds, and the information we have supports, that the Syrian regime under the leadership of Bashar al-Assad are responsible for this attack,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters in Florida on Thursday, adding that “there is no role for Assad” in Syria after this.

In case of an accelerated military escalation, the US Navy currently has two warships on alert in the East Medditerranean to strike in Syria if necessary, officials say cited by Fox News' Lucas Tomlinson, who adds that USS Ross and USS Porter are the 2 Navy warships in close proximity and ready to strike Syria, if necessary.

Trump's accusations against Assad put him directly at odds with Moscow, the Syrian president's principal backer. Trump's contemplated action also goes directly against Trump's tweets in 2013, when he urged against a military escalation in Syria.

Earlier in the day, CNN reported that Trump has spoken to some members of Congress about military action in Syria. The president himself denied that report, however, according to Fox News correspondent Chad Pergram.

Reuters notes that any U.S. action against Syria's government would open a new front in Syria's fighting, with consequences that are difficult to foresee. Entering into such a confrontation might complicate the fight against Islamic State - a group seen to directly threaten the West - and very likely draw in Russia, which nearly entered into an armed conflict in 2013 when John Kerry backed off an airborne campaign targeting Assad in the last moment.  The difference between now and 2013, however, is that Russia is already present in Syria, and is conducting regular military missions.

While Syrian chemical weapons storage facilities would also be valid military targets, it was not immediately clear how much intelligence the United States had collected on where Assad might be storing the kinds of nerve agent it believes was used in the most recent attack, assuming of course, that Assad did in fact conduct the poison gas attack.

The U.S. military, which has deployed around 1,000 troops in Syria, who are there without the invitation or consent of Syria's government, has long said its singular focus in Syria has been on the war against Islamic State, although many have said that the real motive from the beginning of US involvement in the conflict was the eliminate the Assad regime. In any case, the conflict is reaching a critical point as U.S.-backed forces isolate the city of Raqqa - the militants' de facto capital - ahead of an eventual assault.

Earlier on Thursday, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) announced he would oppose any military action without a vote in Congress.

“The President, if he decides to do something in Syria, he would come to Congress and ask for a declaration of war. Short of Congress voting on it, I'm opposed to illegal and unconstitutional wars," Paul told Fox News radio show ‘Kilmeade and Friends’.

Paul was promptly opposed by senators John McCain (R-Arizona) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), both of whom called for Trump to attack Syria.

"The United States should lead an international coalition to ground Assad's air force," they said in a joint statement Thursday. "This capability provides Assad a strategic advantage in his brutal slaughter of innocent civilians, both through the use of chemical weapons as well as barrel bombs, which kill far more men, women and children on a daily basis."

Earlier on Friday, Damascus denied using chemical weapons, saying that its jets targeted an arms depot where chemical weapons stockpiles were stored by Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front militants. Later in the day, the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that account of events.

The strike, which was launched midday Tuesday, targeted a major rebel ammunition depot east of the town of Khan Sheikhoun, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement. According to Konashenkov, the warehouse was used to both produce and store shells containing toxic gas. The shells were delivered to Iraq and repeatedly used there, said the spokesman, pointing out that both Iraq and international organizations have confirmed the use of such weapons by militants.

Finally, the biggest wildcard of all is what and how will Putin respond to an aggression by the US that directly threatens an ally - and national interest - of not only the Kremlin, but also China.

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Squid Viscous's picture

ALL of it NOW... and send Lynnsey and demented Mcstain to the front lines!

Winston Churchill's picture

Im sure us fellow ZHers can get together enough money for your one way ticket to Syria.

Man up or fuck off.

Looney's picture


If our destroyers launch a bunch of missiles into Syria and all of them get shut down, THAT will be a huge kick into our collective balls, but…

This is not the worst-case scenario. The most effective measure against cruise-missiles is destroying the ship the first missile was launched from. If Trump decides to attack Syria, I hope he cleans up his schedule to go visit the families of all dead sailors (281 souls per ship).

FUCK!!! This warmongering shit must stop! Enough already!


WTFRLY's picture


Truther's picture

Kushner detemines the options. He's a fucking BiBi pimp.

The Juggernaut's picture



Ron Paul 2020!!!

froze25's picture

No more War, Trump do not listen to the war mongers.

BaBaBouy's picture

Is Donaldo READY To Fall for this false Flagg and start WW3 with Russia, all in an Attempt at Proving to the DEMOCRATS that he's not a Russian Patsy ???????????

Pinto Currency's picture


Apr 3 2017 Nord Stream 2 Project Gets Green Light From EU

U-turn time for Qatar natgas pipeline to Europe through Syria to block Russia - Germany pipeline.

07564111's picture

March 17
Israeli jet reportedly shot down over Syria

March 22 [or there abouts]
Putin warns the Israeli Ambassador over Syrian incursions

March 25 [or there abouts]
Tillerson meets Netanyahu, potential agreement to recognise the Golan and allow the start of drilling.

Mango327's picture
TIME TO BITCH SLAP DONALD TRUMP? - #StayOutOfSyriaMotherfucker

knukles's picture

Well, tht didn't take long, did it.

Looks like a large chunk of the fan base might be wilting.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Starting WW3 based on fake news, Mr. President? Sad, shameful, weak.

Jim in MN's picture


We have achieved Western Hemisphere oil independence.

There are NO vital American interests left in Eurasia.


If we just stop tankers crossing from the Americas to Eurasia we'll have all the oil we can drink, and cheap.









tmosley's picture

I love how they speculate on the things Trump might do and then report it as news.

Any word from the mainstream media that is anti-Trump is accepted at face value here now? Get your shit together, guys. Tillerson said the plan is to first eliminate ISIS, then stabilize Syria, and only then will they move to remove Assad (and implied it wouldn't be a military action, but a diplomatic one). Assad will be dead of old age by the time Syria is stabilized. It's a nothingburger that Trump is selling to the neocons. You guys would do well not to bite into it, because it's actually filled with crow.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

I wish I shared your confidence.

Nothing would please me more than to be wrong. Nothing.

I will gladly eat crow if I am wrong, but this has that same sickening pattern from Libya, Ukraine, and every other place on earth that the US has ruined for no good reason.

eforce's picture

I'd expect those ships to get sunk pretty quickly.

Jim in MN's picture

I am cool with that, but the McCain/Clinton neocon/neolib evildoers have a way of moving the ball on you.

TeamDepends's picture

Indeed. It appears the Luciferians want to turn Damascus into a pile of ashes and will not take no for an answer.

TheLastTrump's picture

The Luciferians want to fulfill Biblical prophecy? Who knew.

AVmaster's picture

We are so fucked.


The deep/black/whatever fuckin state got to him...


Or was he a warmonger all along???


Go back and watch trumps 2016 CPAC and you could see the goos rubbing their hands in glee... 

However, it was the same for hillary too(about syria)...


Fucked all along....



N0TME's picture

Remember when the Russian planes were buzzing our ships.  Trump said we should "shoot at them" or something to that effect .......

TheReplacement's picture

Earth to Captain Carrot, we couldn't shoot at them cuz all our 'lectronics was jammed an' shit. 

TheLastTrump's picture

Right. And the fact that you're talking to someone who named themselves Mango didn't set off any alarm bells?


Looks like a large chunk of your brain matter went missing somewhere between you sitting & you shitting.

RevIdahoSpud3's picture

Watching US politics is like taking drugs. When Trump won I experienced a wonderous high. Now I'm coming off and it's a little fucked. My contention prior to the election was one, thank god if Trump wins and the crazy bitch hillary is sent to the home for the demented and two, if Trump only does 1/4 of what he says he'll do it would be a win win, such as repeal Obama care, build the wall, recind obama executive orders and yada so forth and such.

I wasn't expecting Trump to grab all the GS persons to fill his cabinet. I wasn't expecting Trump to replace Obamacare with obamacare. And in particular Trump spoke of peace with Russia and needless wars. Of all the items Peace with Russia and endless wars ranked high on my what is practical list.

At an AIPAC conference prior to the election Trump was waving the jew flag and it bothered me but...if you don't suck jew dick a little there was no chance of winning so I accepted that. What I didn't vote for was Jared Kushner and Trumps little pumpkin Ivanka. Kushner family is a stauch democrat outfit and Ivanka converted to judaism. So much for the Don's judgment and Ivanka's.

When Trump asked to increase the MIC budget by 54 Billion I thought two things. One, some of the money may be used for Veterans/ enlistees and family's and two, the fuckers (MIC) just want to steal money so this is like 'insurance'. We can  have peace with Russia and the MIC fuckers get their money. My bad. Did not equate to my fantasy. The MIC DOES want to 'just' steal money but they fight wars because they like to. It's like Viagra to these fuckers. It makes their limp dicks hard.

So now I'm seeing an ego manipulated by the wrong people supposedly in my behalf. My comfort level is getting down to where I was with the Kenyan. At least Trump isn't sucking dicks and we don't have an ugly transgender gorilla as first lady but that is scratching the bottom of the barrel for positives.


Jim in MN's picture

Time for the elites to feel a lot less safe?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Time for the elites to feel a lot less safe?

I would not be surprised to see lots of sabotage of various systems on which the government depends. Sure, the FBI has been able to catch "terrorist" dupes by entrapping them. How will they manage with hundreds of lone wolves with no connections to each other acting independently?

chubbar's picture

Surely Trump has SOMEONE around him telling him this was a false flag? Putin should call for a meeting before Trump commits himself to this insanity.

1stepcloser's picture

Alex Jones, for a sanity check, on line 1 Mr. President.... yeah let that sink in for a second...

Oldwood's picture

They just launched against one base.

The Ram's picture

Well, we may get confirmation that Trump was a patsy afterall.  It could get ugly if Russians personnel are killed and their bases destroyed.  Even during the decades of the cold war we did not destroy Soviet military bases.  Is this idiot really going to role the dice??

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

I pray this won't be the dying gasp of the human race. It will be the dying gasp of the US empire.

The world will cheer as the Global Force for Evil is crippled, and the US will cease to be a going concern. Gas will be $15 per gallon, when available, food will be in short supply, and unemployment will hit 75%.

Time to break out the FAG hats: Fucked America Good.

Mr. Universe's picture

Checking on supplies right now. All good for about a year. The garden is planted and chickens are happy. Still , long term, no good.

Carl Spackler's picture


What is becoming clear is that the suppositions around the Internet of Zero Hedge being a "tool" based out of Bulgaria (with a server in Switzerland) look more and more true by the majority of the reactions to various stories in the past couple weeks. The constant contributors are "tipping their hands."

Americans are not sensitive to Russia or Russia's interests. They never have been. Yet, anything about Russia's interests is immediately commented on here and with emphasis. That's the false flag.

That does not add upf for ordinary, freedom-loving Americans. They want peace, but the Russia thing is a distraction, whether pushed by Obama radicals or Russian interests. They DO NOT CARE about anything Russia. This is part of the reason why Obama's smear strategy of the Trump Administration is failing.

Russians and Americans don't get each other. Never have... watch Patton for a simple primer.

The behavior of McCain and Graham don't add up either. They're wackos.

Watch China this weekend. Americans have more passion about China than the economic weakling that is Russia.... especially with current oil prices.

China is viewed as as an economic rival taking jobs from Americans.

Russia is not even on the economic radar.

TheLastTrump's picture

To be clear, I am somewhat sympathetic with & understanding of Russia & the Syrian question. I'm American & not being paid for that opinion.


I had the anti Semite crowd pegged as a CIA op. But they were around when I was 10 years ago. Infowars too.


But those tools are all mixed up with the Russian/Syrian/Iranian love fest as well, now. So I don't know what to think.


The way these Syrian threads are going crazy is the tell. Look at all those fuckers. Paid shills + 5 accounts each = a clusterfuck.




fucking ROFLMAO  >>>

"What is becoming clear is that the suppositions around the Internet of Zero Hedge being a "tool" based out of Bulgaria (with a server in Switzerland) look more and more true by the majority of the reactions to various stories in the past couple weeks. The constant contributors are "tipping their hands."

Jim in MN's picture

You've always been a tool.  A simple, ordinary tool.

My family has been here since 1630.  I am an ordained Presbyterian who can give you last rites if you need it.

It's not serving Russia that is the interest here, tool.

It's saving lives, building a normal, free market and liberty oriented society, and wiping out global elite corruption by any means necessary.

Eurasia is simply not our concern.  If that suits the regional and great powers over there, so fucking what?

Call me when the Americas have all our problems ironed out.  Then maybe we can serve as an example for Eurasia.

I can wait.

Carl Spackler's picture

Have I met you somewhere before?
You don't look familiar.

BTW... why are you getting your underwear in a bundle?Trump has done nothing to Syria. You react to the mainstream media like an Obama cultist.

Jim in MN's picture

My undies are only in a bunch because you're smearing this site.  I don't have any problem with your or anyone's view of the strategic situation.

I mean, a groundskeeper should be good at this, especially compared to say a general.

meditate_vigorously's picture

My family has been here since around 1740. Exact records do not exist. On one side we have a Declaration signatory. The other side was always farmers.

It's kind of sad that it's exceptional to be able to say that you come from founding stock.

IntTheLight's picture

Most of the people who comment are white and they like (admire) a man who is not a cuckold. Plus we understand that the attacks on Russia are because it is a white Christian country. We understand that the goal is to kill off whites.

Cold harsh statement but true. China is safe. Filled with Chinese. We can only wish the homes of our ancestors were not being destroyed by African, Arab and other third world losers.

So we appreciate Putin. We will need a safe space for our children to go as even America no longer safe for whites, especially white children.

Is-Be's picture

The Russians are very simple people.

Don't fuck with them.

It interferes with the Vodka. 

Mr. Universe's picture

Watch Patton as a simple primer? Put down the crack pipe dude. Watch the Russians are Coming instead. Every fucking moron can't wait till WW3. Commenting on Russia is easy, they appear to be the only adults present in the room.

bobbbny's picture

DJT has always been able to see through the bullshit & call a spade a spade.

Why is he falling for this fake shit now?

Stop for a minute Donald & take a deep breath.