Pat Buchanan Asks "Did Putin Order The Salisbury Hit?"

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,

Britain has yet to identify the assassin who tried to murder the double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England.

But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson knows who ordered the hit.

“We think it overwhelmingly likely that it was (Russian President Vladimir Putin’s) decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the U.K.”

“Unforgivable,” says Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov of the charge, which also defies “common sense.” On Sunday, Putin echoed Peskov: “It is just sheer nonsense, complete rubbish, to think that anyone in Russia could do anything like that in the run-up to the presidential election and the World Cup. … It’s simply unthinkable.”

Putin repeated Russia’s offer to assist in the investigation.

But Johnson is not backing down; he is doubling down.

“We gave the Russians every opportunity to come up with an alternative hypothesis … and they haven’t,” said Johnson. “We actually have evidence … that Russia has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the purposes of assassination but has also been creating and stockpiling Novichok,” the poison used in Salisbury.

Why Russia is the prime suspect is understandable. Novichok was created by Russia’s military decades ago, and Skripal, a former Russian intel officer, betrayed Russian spies to MI6.

But what is missing here is the Kremlin’s motive for the crime.

Skripal was convicted of betraying Russian spies in 2006. He spent four years in prison and was exchanged in 2010 for Russian spies in the U.S. If Putin wanted Skripal dead as an example to all potential traitors, why didn’t he execute him while he was in Kremlin custody?

Why wait until eight years after Skripal had been sent to England? And how would this murder on British soil advance any Russian interest?

Putin is no fool. A veteran intelligence agent, he knows that no rival intel agency such as the CIA or MI6 would trade spies with Russia if the Kremlin were to go about killing them after they have been traded.

“Cui bono?” runs the always relevant Ciceronian question. “Who benefits” from this criminal atrocity?

Certainly, in this case, not Russia, not the Kremlin, not Putin.

All have taken a ceaseless beating in world opinion and Western media since the Skripals were found comatose, near death, on that bench outside a mall in Salisbury.

Predictably, Britain’s reaction has been rage, revulsion and retaliation. Twenty-three Russian diplomats, intelligence agents in their London embassy, have been expelled. The Brits have been treating Putin as a pariah and depicting Russia as outside the circle of civilized nations.

Russia is “ripping up the international rulebook,” roared Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson. Asked how Moscow might respond to the expulsions, Williamson retorted: Russia should “go away and shut up.”

Putin sympathizers, including Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, have been silenced or savaged as appeasers for resisting the rush to judgment.

The Americans naturally came down on the side of their oldest ally, with President Donald Trump imposing new sanctions.

We are daily admonished that Putin tried to tip the 2016 election to Trump. But if so, why would Putin order a public assassination that would almost compel Trump to postpone his efforts at a rapprochement?

Who, then, are the beneficiaries of this atrocity?

Is it not the coalition — principally in our own capital city — that bears an endemic hostility to Russia and envisions America’s future role as a continuance of its Cold War role of containing and corralling Russia until we can achieve regime change in Moscow?

What should Trump’s posture be? Stand by our British ally but insist privately on a full investigation and convincing proof before taking any irreversible action.

Was this act really ordered by Putin and the Kremlin, who have not only denied it but condemned it?

Or was it the work of rogue agents who desired the consequences that they knew the murder of Skripal would produce — a deeper and more permanent split between Russia and the West?

Only a moron could not have known what the political ramifications of such an atrocity as this would be on U.S.-British-Russian relations.

And before we act on Boris Johnson’s verdict — that Putin ordered it — let us recall:

The Spanish, we learned, did not actually blow up the battleship Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898, which ignited the Spanish-American War.

The story of North Vietnamese gunboats attacking U.S. destroyers, which led to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and 58,000 dead Americans in Vietnam, proved not to be entirely accurate.

We went to war in Iraq in 2003 to disarm it of weapons of mass destruction we later discovered Saddam Hussein did not really have.

Some 4,500 U.S. dead and tens of thousands of wounded paid for that rush to judgment. And some of those clamoring for war then are visible in the vanguard of those clamoring for confronting Russia.

Before we set off on Cold War II with Russia — leading perhaps to the shooting war we avoided in Cold War I — let’s try to get this one right.

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???ö? carbonmutant Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:49 Permalink

The chemist who decades ago disclosed the Soviet development of Novichok now lives in the USA.

A lot of people could make Novichok.

The so-called WMDs in Iran were provided to Saddam by the USA.  

The chemical agents being used in Syria were also CIA sourced.

You could confirm that with Cheney Jr., the Mayor of Tammany Hall himself, John Brennan.

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Dindu Nuffins ???ö? Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:52 Permalink

Sure, and all those gratuitous gas attacks just when Assad was about to wrap up the civil war and re-establish stability in Syria were clearly Assad getting a little too bored of his victory.

These elites think we're stupid morons drooling to the latest narrative streaming off the electric Jew. And they're mostly right.

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EuroPox Dindu Nuffins Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:55 Permalink

The question we should be asking is "Why now?" - there is no motive we yet know of, but whoever did do it, chose this time for a reason.

Is it linked to Sessions FISA investigation?  In any case whoever did do it, made a complete mess of it and so far has failed to kill anyone.  This was not a 'professional' job.

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DaiRR Adolph.H. Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:44 Permalink

A long game player like Russia does not shy away from revenge 8 years after the act complained of.  HOWEVER, Putin has bigger fish to fry and it is EXTREMELY UNLIKELY Putin would have directed this assassination attempt personally.  BUT, within the Russian security apparatus there are many people with a big axe to grind with this Russian / MI6 double agent.  It is within those ranks you will find the attempted murderer(s) in this case.  Bet on it.  Boris was an idiot fingering Putin directly.  The rest of you clowns who say anyone but the Russians did it are equal idiots.

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BennyBoy BennyBoy Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:25 Permalink

 

Why no update on the 2 victims and the cop in the hospital?

Why did the emergency doc who worked on the 2 victims for over a half hour not get poisoned?

WTF happened to the 38 other victims and where the hell are they?

 

I bet they only had food poisoning from the restaurant they ate at.

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FBaggins HopefulCynical Tue, 03/20/2018 - 19:11 Permalink

As for actual finger prints, which ever group did this clearly wanted the focus to be on the weapon and not on the victim, which is exactly what occurred. In this respect we can conclude that the “sloppiness” was deliberate. But if the sloppiness was deliberate then it was clearly not Russian hit. Therefore, we should ask what wet-work agencies are known for such sloppiness and in being so arrogant and cavalier in thinking they can commit any atrocity, and create any narrative out of anything through their tightly controlled media – no doubt thinking that the stupid, brainwashed public will just swallow it whole? What agencies do we know who do not care if some liberated and thinking members their own public put two and two together? Why of course, the same agencies which gave us 9/11, WMD’s, Al Qaeda & ISIS terrorism, sarin gas attacks in Syria, Russian collusion, the Vegas massacre, etc., etc.

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RedBaron616 DaiRR Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:10 Permalink

The Russians are not stupid enough to use a nerve agent that everyone believes that only they have. Why not merely stab him to death after breaking into his house? Russia is not going to risk an international incident to get back at some has-been spy.

Has it ever occurred to you that the investigation should have been completed before naming names? Britain has already expelled Russians. Now they have ensured the results of their "investigation" which will be nothing but propaganda. They don't even have names of the attackers, nor their nationalities. Note that Britain has refused to share a sample with Russia as required by international rules. Screw Britain. Time the US left Europe and NATO to hang themselves by sheer stupidity.

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HowdyDoody Adolph.H. Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:50 Permalink

Let's do it the old fashioned way - Means, Motive, Opportunity. Plus modus operandi.

One of the striking thinks about the Skirpal incident was its theatricality, almost as if it was made for TV. By one of those amazing coinkydinks, the exact plot line was played out in several episodes of a TV spy series aired well before the incident. That sounds familiar - excessive theatricality, based on TV series, presenting superficially 'real' events. Who specialiszes in that? Our old friends the White Helmets with their staged theatrical 'rescue' videos (using the same cast at different times and in different places). Also some of the ISIS 'execution' videos were excesssively theatrical, almost as if Hollywood had made them. At least one of those was based on a TV spy drama series run in Turkey well before the event.

Based on modus operandi, it looks like the people behind the ISIS 'execution' videos and the White Helmet 'rescue' videos may also have been behind the Skirpal incident - or gone to the same training sessions.

 

 

 

 

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StychoKiller Justin Case Wed, 03/21/2018 - 02:05 Permalink

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I'm the guy in the sky
Flying high, flashing eyes
No surprise I told lies
I'm the punk in the gutter
I'm the new president
But I grew and I bent
Don't you know, don't it show?
I'm the punk with the stutter
My my my my my mmmm my my my
GGGGG-g-g-g-g generation

I have to be careful not to preach
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AGuy two hoots Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:13 Permalink

Hypothetically: If we presume its not Russia (Certainly) and not Western Intel (MI6, CIA, etc), who else would have motive & the means?

1. Ukraine -- High Probability: Has Access to Nerve Agents, Has proxy war with Russia & wants more Aid from the west, Likely has Agents in UK
2. Israel -- High Probability: Has Access to Nerve Agents, Has proxy war with Russia in Syria, Does has Agents in UK
3. KSA -- Medium Probability: May have access to Nerve Agents, has Proxy wars in Syria & Iran,
Likely has Agents in UK
4. Turkey -- Medium Probability: Has access to Nerve Agent, Has desire to conquer land in Syria & Iraq, Likely has Agents in UK

Can't say I have any evidence, but this is alternative motive for the attack.Better to throw all options on the table that make incorrect assumptions.

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any_mouse Joe Davola Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:18 Permalink

Skripal is not dead.

The attack was not precise. Multiple casualties beyond the target.

Does that sound like a KGB assassination?

Does that sound like a ZIONATO False Flag?

Who drones weddings and funerals to take out an individual HVT?

Who demolished three occupied buildings and damaged a fourth, to start a forever war and destroy evidence of government corruption?

Who invaded Iraq without cause?

Who is in Syria illegally?

Who would you trust least, NATO or Putin?
 

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nicinackynoonoo any_mouse Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:56 Permalink

"NO Patient has experienced symptoms of Nerve Agent poisoning in Salisbury" - Stephen Davis - Consultant in Emergency Medicine Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.

Three people were admitted for poisoning recently but not attributed to nerve gas.

Firemen and hospital staff with no protection, standing next to fully covered agents with breathing apparatus.

No residents of Salisbury saw any emergencies fr nerve agents at hospital in Salisbury.

It seems to be a hoax....no surprise there!

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mog nicinackynoonoo Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:49 Permalink

Here is the letter to the Times in full.

The Times, 16 Mar 2018
Sir, Further to your report (“Poison exposure leaves almost 40 needing treatment”, Mar 14), may I clarify that no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only ever been three patients with significant poisoning. Several people have attended the emergency department concerned that they may have been exposed. None has had symptoms of poisoning and none has needed treatment. Any blood tests performed have shown no abnormality. No member of the public has been contaminated by the agent involved.
Stephen Davies
Consultant in emergency medicine, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
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Interestingly, the Times also did a piece reporting on that letter, and they turned it into this:

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In a letter to The Times Dr Davies writes that no patients experienced symptoms other than the three with “significant poisoning”. “Several people have attended the emergency department concerned that they may have been exposed,” he adds. “None has had symptoms of poisoning and none has needed treatment. Any blood tests performed have shown no abnormality. No member of the public has been contaminated by the agent involved.”
***********************

The totally “forget” that he wrote “no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury“.

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DownWithYogaPants skbull44 Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:56 Permalink

Methinks you would have to pay more for this sort of hit than if they just used a gun.

Our intelligence community is luckily have taken on the demeanor of a woman who fakes rape or domestic abuse to the point that they are immediately obvious.  It's obvious from the victims of NSA gang stalking to the framing of the Russians they use the same psychological approach.

  • NSA gang stalked woman was called "crazy" as they bullied her right before her polygraph
  • Clapper says Trump is "crazy".
  • Putin used nerve gas.  Putin is crazy.

I think I see a pattern here.  It appears the intelligence community / NSA has degenerated to a one trick pony that simply says "Me too".

 

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GeezerGeek Dindu Nuffins Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:02 Permalink

For those of us who remember the anti-Communist Buchanan, seeing him defend Putin causes cognitive dissonance. Not that I disagree with him about Putin.

I agree that the latest narrative is aimed at morons who are unable to reason for themselves. Perhaps they are all trying to pin this on the wrong Russian. This guy Boris Johnson certainly sounds like he might be Russian, and he should be considered a prime suspect merely for his name sounding Russian and his being in the UK to begin with.

Boris Did It!!! Let the clarion call go out!

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