US Preparing Sanctions Against Syria

Tyler Durden's picture

Just hours after unleashing a missile strike on Syria, Steven Mnuchin announced that the US will announce sanctions “in the near future” against the Assad regime. 

Joined by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a briefing at Mar-a-Lago estate, the Treasury Secretary said the U.S. would impose sanctions on Syria “to stop this type of activity," according to a pool report and multiple media reports. It wasn't clear what sanctions are under consideration: last time we checked the local Four Seasons had seen better days, as for the war-ravaged economy we very much doubt it relies on trade with the US, or has substantial cash deposits in US banks, although those regions of Syria still under ISIS control are surely regular beneficiaries of having their banks hooked up to SWIFT.

Mnuchin’s announcement was the latest sign that the Trump administration continues to escalate efforts against the Syrian President one week after Rex Tillerson said Assad's fate would be in the hands of Syria's people.

Ironically, Trump is taking yet another page out of Obama's playbook: this January, as one of Obama's last decisions, the US imposed sanctions on Syria in response to, you guessed it, chemical weapons use in 2014 and 2015. A report last year by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons accused the Syrian regime of using chlorine gas as a weapon on at least three different occasions in its six-year-old civil war.

As a reminder, Syria's use of chemical weapons was the original "red line" that Obama warned in 2012 would draw the United States into military action against Assad. But when the Syrian dictator used sarin gas against civilians in 2013, Obama backed out, citing a lack of support from either Congress or the U.N. Security Council.

Syria then gave up its chemical weapons in a deal brokered by Russia and agreed to join the international Chemical Weapons Convention. In 2014, John Kerry hailed the achievement as a success.

Back in January, the US targeted a Syrian company, the Organization for Technological Industries, which the Treasury Department said was part of the Syrian government and responsible for deploying surface-to-surface missile and rocket programs and working toward a ballistic missile program. The department also moved to block the assets of 18 people associated with the company, and with related research, intelligence and military organizations.

It would appear that - if indeed Assad has continued to use chemical weapons despite knowing his every move is scrutinized by the US - those particular sanctions failed to work.

Then again, maybe the former UK ambassador to Syria is right:

"There is no proof that the cause of the explosion was what they said it was. But think about the consequences because this is not likely to be the end of it. It doesn't make sense that Assad would do it.  Lets not leave our brains outside the door when we examine evidence.  It would be totally self-defeating as shown by the results...Assad is not mad."

Indeed, although the one thing that matters is for a majority of the population to be dumb enough to assume he is.

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NugginFuts's picture



Seriously, though, how many other ways can we find to provoke a real shooting war? Seems like we're missing something still.....

Jim Sampson's picture

Not being on the same radio as the Russians will do it.  Someone is going to hit someone and then all shit is going down.

Billy the Poet's picture

"You're either with us or you're against the terrorists."  -- President Trump

beemasters's picture

Assad is not mad. Trump is. After practically establishing MSM were fake news media, he chose to believe the unverified photos on MSM TV.

Never One Roach's picture

The Susan Rice wiretapping issue must have gotten to hot to handle thus this absurd distraction.

Oh yeah, then there's the terror attacks in sweden no MSM is covering.

bruno_the's picture

Yeah like the ones in London, Paris, Nice, Berlin... Syria. Give me a break.

Here is a clue

Chupacabra-322's picture



His Base Supporters.


prepare to Unleash Hell on this ZioNeoConFascist Lawless War Criminal Pure Evil Psychopath Scum Fuck.

paizan's picture

The Zios are in control of the White House: Kushner, Mnuchin, Cohen, etc.

cheka's picture

cut off the kids' medicine, just like iraq.  nothing more noble than killing kids because israel

e_goldstein's picture

Sweet Baby Cheezits.

We are so fucked.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Employ your sanctions whilst you can US pols. When this alternative banking system is in place the US wont have jackshit to say to anybody.

BobEore's picture

Ah yes! "Department of Treasury."

Where the buck stops _ temporarily, on it's way to headquarters in the s e Med!

Clearly somebody is sensing that there's still some loot left to grab, via the endless shakedown of the defenseless racket so beloved of the moneypower.

And just when I wondered if the trail might have run cold on the missing billions from the GOLD FOR OIL scammeroo. Cue:clue... LOOKs like this ain't over by a long shot!

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"The Susan Rice wiretapping issue must have gotten to hot to handle thus this absurd distraction."

Not to mention the recent successes in Repeal and Replace, the border tax, and the tax overhaul. Oh, I forgot, then there is that little fact that the US has less cash than Google at present. 

walküre's picture

That was before Trump realized he couldn't make any progress during his presidency w/o giving a little to MIC and Deep State.

He's been under the gun from day one and is facing the lamest of lame duck legacy ever.

When is the next vote on health care reform? That's how Vichy DC always worked.

HowdyDoody's picture

So there is now 0% chance that western companies will get rebuilding contracts when Syria is liberated from the US menace. But that's no big deal. It's not as if they need to do real work these days.

Lea's picture

You are right. China, Russia and Iran will get all the mega-deals. China is excellent for buildings, roads and railroads, Russia for agriculture and nuclear power plants, and Iran is particularly skilled at rebuilding or restoring old palatial buildings and architectural treasures. They have great craftsmen.

And they'll make good stuff. They'll set their hearts to it. It wouldn't surprise me if the EU bastards tried to squeeze in a contract or two, either.

But there'll be nothing, zilch, nada for the USA.

"Maga" (make America garbage anon).


beemasters's picture

Quit being a Trump apologist. He has not kept his words so far....not even when it comes to Hillary when the evidence is all there to convict her.

If he is honest (but I'm pretty sure he is just another liar-in-chief) he could have at least come clean. Tell the people EXACTLY who these people pointing the gun at him. Let the people know and possibly take care of them. That's How to Drain the Swamp 101. If he can't do that fearing for his family's well-beings then quit, let someone else do the job. I would have fired him if he was my apprentice.

walküre's picture

Let's wait and see how this plays out.. if they give us the benefit of time to wait

Who knows what tomorrow brings? Does war start tonight?

Trump apologist, no. But I'm still clinging on to the idea that he is not as evil as Hitlery. Maybe desperately.

What if he is worse and goes straight to war?

It would have been the biggest con job the Zionists ever played on us.

Lea's picture

"What if he is worse and goes straight to war?

It would have been the biggest con job the Zionists ever played on us."

It is NOT the Zionists, even though it includes them. It is the whole of the US system. Sorry about reposting this, but everyone needs to read this to understand how the US economy works - Hence, what happened with Trump.
He is not mad. The system is.
How they get Trump to obey the system is anyone's guess. They prolly have tabs on him, like they do on everyone else. And under a microscope, nobody comes out looking good. So they hold him by the... you know.

not dead yet's picture

You claim the evidence is there but is it? Even if it is one has to build a really solid case to case to make sure of winning and this all takes time unless it's a wino on a tesspassing charge. Only idiots think the process is a fast one. Even then there have been cases where the people have been caught red handed and a huge pile of evidence against them and the jury let them off. Casey Anthony killed her kid and got off because her low life lawyer made the unproven claim that her father molested her when she was younger so the juy felt sorry for her. The richer and or more connected the law breaker the longer it takes to build a solid case, especially against highly placed people with major league clout and friends, that the defense cannot pick apart. Especially in the case of Hillary and the Clinton Foundation.

Itinerant's picture

Without lying, how would one become president?

The American people are no fans of reality.

neutrino3's picture

To close ears and to lalalalalalalala?? How much will that holdeM breath last?

RTP's picture

Those organisations or countrys who investigate the videos produced by the white helmets haved immediately a terror attack. (Swedish Doctors For Human Rights Its obvious that the deep state has a backdoor to the software of Trucks, Airplanes etc. They use those poor moslem fighters as Patsies.

Manthong's picture

Oh, sanctions will work real good against Syria…

There’s nothing they need that they can’t get from either Russia or Iran.

They need the west like they need dual assholes.

BlindMonkey's picture

I just pushed all my savings into rubles and out of the states before SWIFT x-fers get shutdown to Russia.


It seemed the proper way.

44magnum's picture

They have dual assholes ,israeli and the US

OpTwoMistic's picture

President Trump.  It is none of your business or mine.

Dont you have enough problems?

cheka's picture

exec branch has NO say in military or security.  zog has that wrapped up tight

Never One Roach's picture

The neocons like McShame are frothing at the mouth to provoke Russia. You can bet Xi has been on his private line to Putin several time sin the past day and most likely has put China on the Alert with this Mad Man DJT running loose.

Trump is probably wiating for Woof Shitzer and/or Cheney to give the word to launch WWIII.

BeerMe's picture

Xi was in the U.S.  Probably more likely he knew about it before it happened.  No honor among thieves and all that.

nope-1004's picture

Banker sanctions will sure fix them.  Ya.... that's how we stop "terrorist" regimes.  We cut them off from using SWIFT.

lmao.... what a fucking JOKE.


curbjob's picture

Finally ! (though 16 years late)

17 Syrians hijacked planes and flew them into American flesh and FINALLY we are going to stop buying their oil.


Laddie's picture

We are up against a Tribe that has been waging war on us for over 3,000 years.

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Start at about 9:00

Soros backed Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in real estate venture with $259 MILLION:
George Soros was the man who provided Cadre with a $259 million line of credit. “Soros has had a long and productive relationship with the Kushner family.”

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Bashar al-Assad is a very spiritual man. As an Alawite he celebrates both Christmas and Easter. It may be the only true version of Islam extant. He is a WHITE MAN, with a beautiful wife and lovely children. He is an ophthalmologist!

Globalists and Neocons: Two potent forces opposing the Assad government in Syria Dr. Kevin MacDonald July 21, 2012

This is the man the Jews hate so much. I wonder why?

Bashar al-Assad places wreath on Holodomor monument. The REAL Holocaust!


Holodomor, which was done totally by Jews. That isn’t really even debated.

"The Jews tried to kill the principles of all religions with the same mentality in which they betrayed Jesus Christ and the same way they tried to betray and kill the Prophet Muhammad."
Bashar al-Assad
"The disappearance of the Jews", The Economist (May 10, 2001)

Assad Hosts Massive Christmas Celebration in Liberated Aleppo

‘Putin and Assad saved my life’
February 10, 2017
Flemish Father Daniël Maes (78) has been a witness to the “civil war” in Syria, but he says Western reports on the conflict in Syria are completely misleading: “The Americans and their allies want to completely ruin the country.”

May God defend us from the Christ-killers.

cheka's picture

thank you.  google holodomor....cheka holocaust

litemine's picture

Trump, you disapoint me. Anyone got a 2X4 to loan him so he can shove it up his ass to get a Backbone.

Drain the swamp, don't swim in it.

Audit than End the FED. 

When in History did those counting the Bosses money did they start to earn MOAR than the boss? 

FreeShitter's picture

The auditing of the fed comes from the people rising up when they have had enough and finally doing something other than wasiting their time voting. No administartion is going to audit or end the shitshow. It has always been us vs them.

Blankone's picture

Trump has a backbone and doing just what he and the fellow zionists intended. He has such a backbone he does not care what you or those who voted for him think. He does not care if he gets reelected.

End the Fed. Come ON!!! The Treasury is now headed by a bloodline Rothchild. His family tree intermingled a couple times it appears and once for sure. One of Trumps picks actually ran Rothchilds Inc.. Trump's two older sons and his older daughter all married jews. Trump's younger daughter is hook up with a jew.

And they just called Putin's bluff, thus making him look like their bitch on the world stage.

Dwell on that.

Oh, this is from the AP:
The United States is looking into whether Russia participated in the Syrian chemical weapons attack that provoked President Donald Trump’s airstrikes against the Assad government, a revelation that could have dramatic implications for relations between Washington and Moscow.

THIS is what Putin gets for being too scared to declare a no-fly zone (and should have also entered Syria two years ago.)

Winston Churchill's picture

You are about to get your wish and be turned into a pile of ash.

You've been goading for so long its what you truly deserve.

Putin has been trying to avoid war , but even his patience must be through.

Blankone's picture

If Putin had done what I and others said long before - establish a no-fly zone - all would be good right now.

It is a very real possibility that Putin always wanted Syria to fall in order to negotiate a settlement where he gets most of the west coast. Or just for plunder.

sinbad2's picture

No fly zone is Americanese for bombing a country back to the stone age, the world does not need another psycho killer, the US is more than enough.

Blankone's picture

You seem to have missed the point. The idea is that Putin should have installed a no-fly zone to keep the US out.
With the idea that Putin would not have then bombed the civilians like the US has done.

not dead yet's picture

If Putin had instituted a no fly zone the US would have intentionally flown into Syria with everything they have. Nobody tells the US what it can or can't do. Idiots like you who color your ignorant thoughts with Putin hatred would know that. Every time a nation would declare a border or extend the sea limit the US was right there to violate it and claim it was illegal. Witness the current behavior of the US in the South China Sea as it violates Chinese airspace and sea limits that it claims are illegal. A backwater that no wanted or cared about until the Chinese moved in.

Other than the US getting the UN to claim Assad has used gas on multiple occasions there has never been any proof offered. The ignorant author of this piece claims Assad used sarin in 2013, in violation of obombers red line, but has been proven by outside reliable sources, like MIT in the US and individual UN officials, that Assad did not do it.

Gnostech's picture

Same shit, different boss.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Steven Mnuchin and Jared Kushner


cheka's picture

trump likes pizza.  michael's wife likes hot dogs

Neochrome's picture

Russia should sell to Syria some 100-200 Kalibr missiles, like yesterday.