Trump "Holds Syria And Russia Responsible" But A "Final Decision Has Not Been Made"

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday that Washington has not yet laid out a timetable on possible strikes on Syria, however President Trump is leaving a number of options on Damascus besides a purported missile strike. Moreover, the US president holds Russia and Syria responsible for the suspected chemical attack in Douma and said all options were still on the table for a US response

"The president holds [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad and the Russians responsible for the attack," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters, adding  that the intelligence reports provided to the United States do not support Russia's assertion that the attack was staged by the White Helmets.

However, Trump has not yet made a final decision on how the United States will respond the White House Press Secretary emphasized.  Earlier on Wednesday, Trump tweeted that "missiles will be coming" in response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria and added that Russia should “get ready”. Sadners denied that his Twitter threats had created any problem.

Sanders then said Trump had a number of options, not just military, and that he was assessing how to respond.

"We have a number of options and all of those options are still on the table. Final decisions haven’t been made yet on that front," Sanders said when asked about a potential US response. Sanders said Vice President Mike Pence had chaired a meeting of Trump's national security team on Wednesday afternoon.

Sanders also said that Russia is partially responsible for Syria's alleged recent use of chemical weapons against civilians in Douma because Moscow failed the prevention from carrying out another chemical attack as it had earlier guaranteed. "They guaranteed that the use of chemical weapons by Syria would not happen again. They failed at that," Sanders told reporters on Wednesday.

Which, of course, is strange considering that on July 20, 2014, then Secretary of State John Kerry said that "we got 100 percent of the declared chemical weapons out [of Syria]."

Was Kerry lying, or is someone lying now that Assad has chemical weapons, so critical to stage one false flag attack after another?

Meanwhile, Syria's Foreign Ministry said Washington is using the alleged chemical attack as a pretext to target Syria. "We are not surprised by this reckless escalation from a regime like the one in the United States, which has and continues to sponsor terrorism in Syria," said the statement, carried by state media.

Russia has said claims of a chemical weapons attack were fabricated and threatened to retaliate if its allies in Damascus are threatened. "If there is a US strike ... the missiles will be downed as well as the sources they were fired from," Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said.

Russia’s ambassador to the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov, told Euronews that the suspected chemical attack in Syria was a “staged event” by those working with the White Helmets, a volunteer humanitarian aid NGO. A spokesperson for the White Helmets, formally called Syria Civil Defence, told Newsweek that the group categorically rejects the claims.

The top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader also said that Tehran would support Damascus against any “foreign aggression”, in response to Trump’s comments about a possible military strike in Syria. “We will stand by Syria’s government against any foreign aggression ... Iran backs Syria in its fight against America and the Zionist Regime (Israel),” Ali Akbar Velayati told state TV during a visit to Syria's Eastern Ghouta.

Finally, Russia's Interfax reported that Moscow is in direct contact with the US Joint Chiefs of Staff about the situation in Syria, citing Vladimir Shamanov, head of the lower house of parliament's defence committee. Which is probably useful if the world hopes to avoid World War III.

Comments

BaBaBouy BurningFuld Wed, 04/11/2018 - 18:56 Permalink

Shpeople Should Fucking wake up, This could escalate Fast, In hours, maybe at 3:00 in the morning, and NO prior Notification ...

Nuclear arsenal of Russia

The exact number of nuclear warheads is a state secret and is therefore a matter of guesswork. The Federation of American Scientists estimates that Russia possesses 4,300 nuclear warheads, while the U.S. has 4,000; Russia has 1,950 active strategic nuclear warheads, compared with the U.S. having 1,650.[2] On the other hand, Russia is estimated to have roughly 1,500 tactical nuclear weapons, all of which are declared to be in central storage.[10]

The RS-28 Sarmat[11] (Russian: РС-28 Сармат; NATO reporting name: SATAN 2), is a Russian liquid-fueled, MIRV-equipped, super-heavy thermonuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missile in development by the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau[11] from 2009,[12] intended to replace the previous R-36 missile.

Its large payload would allow for up to 10 heavy warheads or 15 lighter ones or up to 24 hypersonic glide vehicles Yu-71,[13][14] or a combination of warheads and massive amounts of countermeasures designed to defeat anti-missile systems;[15][16] it was heralded by the Russian military as a response to the U.S. Prompt Global Strike.[17]

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia_and_weapons_of_mass_destruction

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BlindMonkey BaBaBouy Wed, 04/11/2018 - 18:59 Permalink

what is the question?

 

if the question is if France is on the short bus, that is unequivocally a Yes.  Hell, they've already bombed themselves in the run up to this thing.  You don't get more "short bus" than that.

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spyware-free fx Wed, 04/11/2018 - 19:22 Permalink

Yeah, but under what conditions? Seems the Russians do have something to say about it.
https://mobile.twitter.com/russia_mideast/status/984178721438552065?p=v

Yury Barmin
@russia_mideast
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Russia's Kommersant paper cites sources as saying that Russian MoD has not produced any statements on Syria strikes due to the fact that it is holding closed negotiations with the US Joint Chiefs of Staff at the moment kommersant.ru/doc/3600193

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spyware-free Whoa Dammit Wed, 04/11/2018 - 19:38 Permalink

Or maybe this will be a redux of last year with a few more tomahawks and a couple of fixed winged sorties. No Russian's will be touched by this action. That is clear now with Mattis walking back Trumps tweets from this morning. This is being overblown for effect. The cost of war with Russia is too high. Someone sane (I think Mattis) told him that during their meeting this afternoon.

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keep the basta… beepbop Wed, 04/11/2018 - 20:17 Permalink

Israel/IDF are unpredictable, glazed with hatred and have got a big high with the killings by bombing in Syria and of the palestinians recently so could independently strike as a proxy. Be hard for them to let this opportunity to slip away.

Psychopaths run sadistic hate constantly and its very difficult for them, if they dont hurt others they self  harm. They need the outlet.

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FBaggins beepbop Wed, 04/11/2018 - 21:10 Permalink

That is a great cartoon, but what is even more hilarious is Trump saying  he .. "Holds Syria And Russia Responsible". Who does he think he is? King of the world?  Who does he and his bosses think they are? Who gave them the authority to police Syria even if the Syrian government used gas or machine guns on little unborn and  born babies (which they didn't)?  They have no legal or moral authority or right even to step one foot into Syria, let alone to station troops, deploy and employ insurgent terrorists, bomb the nation to rubble - all of which crimes they have committed - and now  threaten to rain missiles down on the nation.  Apart from all the death and destruction caused in Syria by the deceitful, evil, and bloodthirsty establishment and leadership in all of our Western nations which are to blame for the war (mainly Israel, the US, the UK, France, Saudi Arabia) Trump and the US will remain the laughing stock of the world, and nothing he and his cabal or any other spokesperson for them can ever again be trusted  or relied upon. 

Mr. Trump and the USA simply because of is military, "Holds Syria and Russia Responsible"?  But responsible for what? The deliberate campaign led by the US to destabilize the Syrian government?  The recruiting, training, arming, deploying and paying Al Qaeda and ISIS terrorist insurgents to start and continue war with the help mainly of US special forces and logistics?  Responsible for exactly what  Mr. Trump? How about responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent Syrians? How about the displacement of millions of innocent Syrian men, women and children?  How about the countless making US and Israeli bombing sorties of Syrian villages and cities? How about the US and all of  its proxies reducing the nation to rubble?  

And oh Mr. Trump,  lets not forget the good work of Mr. Soros for the Zio cause in this  mess. That anti-Zionist pretender, aside from being behind the nefarious work of the White Hats in Syria, is responsible for herding hundreds of  thousands of displaced Iraqi and Syrians through Turkey into  Europe in the guise of the fake globalist "open-border" agenda. It explains  everything, Mr. Trump - i.e., Lebensraum for Israel -  and you sir know all of this which makes you the biggest fake and bastard in the world right now.       

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Deep Snorkeler BlindMonkey Wed, 04/11/2018 - 19:10 Permalink

America, Herculaneum Asleep

1. Trump is the sum of his inadequacies plus hair horror.

2. What the Russians are NOT doing is what I want to know.

3. Is Pence purposefully enigmatic or in a trance?

4. Syria: anarchy and irresolvable factional conflict do not seem like

a good place for military victory by a foreign interventionist.

5. Tubby Trumpy the Tormented Tweeter should play more golf.

6. Nixonian demons piss on him and laugh.

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veritas semper… tmosley Wed, 04/11/2018 - 21:47 Permalink

No.

-Great minds discuss ideas (based on facts not fiction and what they might like to happen ,based on their biased point of view ) . Like we do here . You are not included.

-Average minds discuss events (like you scramble ,unsuccessfully to do )

-Small minds discuss people ( and worship them too ,like you do with the Donald)

 And I will add this :

-Programed minds continue to spill the zionist party line ,no matter how overwhelming is the evidence  against it

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