Russian MoD: Only 23 of 59 Tomahawks Launched At Syria’s Al-Shayrat Air Base Hit Targets

On Friday April 7, hours after U.S. Tomahawk missiles struck Syria’s Al-Shayrat air base on President Donald J. Trump’s orders, the Russian Defense Ministry gave a presentation pointing out the ‘low combat efficiency’ of the American strikes. Coming as it did on the heels of the U.S. ‘sending a message to Assad’ over Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons Assad hasn’t had (according to U.S. and Russian jointly certified UN inspectors) since they were destroyed in 2014-15, the Russians’ message was intended as a blow to American pride. But was the relatively light damage strike compared to the hype that accompanied it intentional, as many ‘Trump is in cahoots with Putin!’ conspiracy theorists insist? Or was it a 4D chess move to fake out the warmongering legacy media and neocons, while ‘sending China and North Korea a message’ as true believers still on the Trump train contend? And then there’s a third possibility: was the ineffectiveness of the Tomahawk strike the result of Russian electro-magnetic (ECM/EW) warfare of the same type both rumored by the new media and obliquely discussed by American military commanders (mostly in the context of the Ukraine war) since the USS Donald Cook incident three years ago?

The only way to evaluate these claims from the outside looking in is to look at results on the ground, just as the only way to assess Trump now is through evaluating his actions, not words.

According to Major General Igor Konashenkov, only 23 out of 59 Tomahawk TLAMs fired by two US Navy warships in the Mediterranean reached their intended target. For those keeping ‘score’, this is a rate of success abysmally lower than the much newer Russian Kalibr cruise missiles launched from the Caspian Sea at terrorist targets inside Syria (from which four allegedly crashed in Iran). The question remains: is the Ru MoD telling the truth? Because if they are, then the White House spokesman Sean Spicer is either misinformed or lying when he denies the Russian claims about the Tomahawks going astray. But if less than 50% of the Tomahawks made it to al-Shayrat, what happened to the rest of the Raytheon-manufactured missiles and why? If so many of the Tomahawks didn’t hit the target, where did they go and why is there no evidence of any Russian attempt to intercept them via the S300/400 batteries around Kheimmim and Tartus (particularly at the latter location, where the Russians have established a repair pier for their Black Sea fleet)?

The drone footage the Russian Ministry of Defense shows in their presentation uploaded to YouTube and subtitled in English below appears to have been shot after the strike. The lack of cratered runways and taxiways is consistent with footage released by Russian and Syrian journalists who made it to the base after daybreak on Friday and filmed blast damaged hangars and bomb casings — but no large craters of the concrete tarmac that would put the base out of commission for long.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a one man NGO run out of an apartment in Coventry, England says that Syrian forces have resumed military flights from the facility, and pro-Syrian government forces Twitter accounts confirmed SU-22 and MiG-23 tactical bombers taking off from the base this weekend. While it’s possible the Syrians recycled pre-strike footage of pilots and planes taking off from the facility in order to put up a good front, high ranking Syrian generals visiting the base after the attack claimed it had failed to achieve any lasting result.

These assessments of the relatively light damage, including an inability to confirm the number of aircraft the Pentagon claimed to have destroyed on the ground (many of which were likely not operational or under repair) leaves us with two explanations:

1) that the attack was carried out largely as a show of force with no real lasting consequences intended (since cratering the runway also would’ve justifiably opened Trump up to the charge that the U.S. had become ISIS and Al-Qaeda’s air force, facilitating their advance in the area) 

2) That Russian electronic warfare, with properties similar to or the same as ‘off switch’ reportedly activated against the USS Donald Cook, may have taken down several of the Tomahawk missiles. 

While these two explanations seem contradictory, they aren’t in fact mutually exclusive. While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denies any consultation with the Kremlin or Russian Defense Ministry ahead of the strike, the DoD spokesman did say the Russians were informed via the deconfliction hotline for Syria. Translated, that means the Russians had several minutes to tell the Syrians to evacuate Al-Shayrat — a fact which clearly upset the most fanatical Cold Warriors and Trump-RUSSIANS! crowd on Twitter, who would clearly prefer the Russians have launched Iskander missiles on the assumption they were under attack at a start of WWIII. Another key aspect of warning the Russians that the Tomahawks (whose launch their own radars along the coast if not satellites in orbit would’ve detected) were coming is this: knowing that the missiles were not headed near Kheimmim or over Lebanese air space would allow the Russians to roughly guesstimate the Tomahawks trajectory and where they’d make landfall– even if the missiles were flying just off the deck, too low to be easily engaged by their S300/400 batteries.

In the Russia Analyst’s ‘high octane speculation’, what happened next can be guessed: the Russian air defense commanders immediately phoned their superiors who awakened Putin around 3 in the morning Moscow time (if the Russian president slept at all that night). While the Russian commanders are authorized to defend themselves and their bases, they were awaiting orders on hit to kill intercept release, only to receive the command to turn on the Krasukha-4 electronic jammers parked near Latakia as well as the Russian naval facility at Tartus. Despite the order likely coming back to stand down and not launch SAMs, the Krasukhas did their work of blocking GPS signals to at least the trailing echelon of the Tomahawks passing within range of the Tonka-truck style emitters on or near the Syrian coast. While Tomahawks can operate on inertial guidance after losing GPS signals, powerful jamming may be capable of disrupting their circuitry.

What happened next between 3 and 4 a.m. Moscow time Friday would explain why so little wreckage of Tomahawks has been recovered: at least a few splashed into the Med just offshore, though at least one missile apparently came down without exploding near Tartus. The fact that Tomahawk launches are conducted in salvos with slightly varying warhead packages and pre-programmed routes, and Russian hesitation in turning on their jammers (which U.S. ELINT ships, aircraft and satellites all eagerly track), may account for the half of the missiles that got through the belated electronic wall of jamming after it was switched on. The next time however, with the Russian Navy’s newer Admiral Grigorovich frigate parked at Tartus, armed with a naval version of the modernized BUK M1 SAM system, the results may be different.

One such vessel cannot provide air defense for the entire Syrian coast. However, the Grigorovich carries eight Kalibr cruise missiles of its own, capable of striking the ‘moderate’ jihadists or ISIS with deadly GLONAS aided accuracy minutes. If Putin wants to send the signal that he can strike Washington and Langley’s beloved moderate rebels whenever he likes and any U.S.-declared no fly zone can’t protect Idlib’s jihadis from Russian low flying cruise missiles, then he will do so.

Back at the southern Mar a Lago White House, fresh off his meeting with Chinese president Xi Jingpeng punctuated by the missile strikes and determined to address claims that they were all for show, President Trump took to Twitter on Saturday, stating: “the reason you don’t hit runways is that they’re easy and inexpensive to quickly fix (fill in and top)!” The defensiveness of the Trump tweet, as his haters continued to insist that the warning given to the Russians (and thus the Syrians) made the whole strike a big show (albeit one that is costing The Donald dearly among his ‘alt-right’ or conserva-tarian supporters, to the mainstream media and #NeverTrump ers undisguised glee), was somewhat revealing.

Meanwhile, the Bellingcat fan boys crowd of social media ‘open source’ hacks were twisting themselves into knots trying to explain why the White Helmets responding to the alleged nerve agent attack that justified the strike wore no protective gear besides dust masks. Photos of old Soviet model cluster munition casings at al-Shayrat were seized upon by lying neocon hacks such as Jeffrey Lewis of the Arms Control Wonk blog, only to face ridicule from Syrians and non-Syrians alike as to why Assad’s forces would leave chemical arms out in the open at the base in rusty casings. After being challenged by what he calls the ‘Russian trolls’, Lewis backtracked from his claim that the Syrians were idiotic (or suicidal) enough to leave nerve agent containing bomb casings rusting in plain sight for Russian and Syrian journalists to photograph when filming damage to the base. In short, Lewis confirmed once again that he’s an idiot, as anyone who knows anything about Eliot Higgins and Bellingcat’s methodology that Lewis endorsed when it came to MH17 already knew:

The related claim by U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster that the Tomahawk strikes were precise (and hence perhaps less damaging than advertised) in order ‘to avoid a storage unit that was stockpiling the nerve agent in order to protect civilians’ living near the base also appears false on both counts. There’s zero evidence any chemical arms were stored at the facility — if McMaster were telling the truth, that would imply either the weapons were moved to Al-Shayrat recently from another location, or the UN-mandated Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OCPW) inspectors missed the storage bunkers despite the U.S. providing them with satellite, signals or human intelligence of the weapons presence during the closing months of the Obama presidency. And at least a handful of Syrian civilians (including children) were reported by Syria’s SANA news agency as killed by Tomahawks.

As for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s remarks that the Russians were either dishonest about reigning in Assad’s chemical weapons use or incompetent in doing so, we imagine Rex will get an earful in response — including possible Russian intelligence concerning the ‘moderate’ jihadists own manufacture of deadly chlorine gas if not nerve agent toxins — when he meets Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Monday. Lavrov can also repeat, not only the fact that the White Helmets who were at the scene of the chemical attack are known to use the same ‘crisis actors’ over and over, but that they collaborate with Al-Qaeda:

The problem  remains — multi-million dollar Tomahawks fireworks ‘show’ or not, at least six Syrian military men and a small number of civilians are dead. Trump can no longer deflect blame to his advisers or plead ignorance about intelligence that the anti-Assad jihadists have manufactured and used chemical arms. Trump’s tweets from 2013 opposing military action against Assad and campaign remarks casting doubt on the honesty and non-radicalism of the anti-Assad rebels will continue to haunt him. For whether he likes it or not, Trump has already destroyed a great deal of what was his greatest asset with ‘deplorable’ Americans: the sense that he was his own man, and not another blackmailed or bribed globalist puppet.

The Al-Shayrat strike did of course, change the mainstream media’s relentless ‘Trump and the RUSSIANS!’ Narrative on a dime (well, with a few exceptions like P-MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell), revealinig how dishonest it was in the first place. But it came at the cost of alienating large portions of Trump’s base who are now impatiently waiting to see if his UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s threats of further unilateral action will be carried out. The ancient term for such ‘victories’ is Pyrrhic, in that they proved ruinous to the victors.

UPDATE Palm Sunday 04/09/2017 6 a.m. EST: Late Saturday night Gateway Pundit picked up an important story from Mike Cernovich, the independent journalist who accurately reported on former Obama Administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s unmasking and political targeting of Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn for removal as her successor.  Cernovich reports that the man who replaced Flynn as National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, is calling for a large force of up to 150,000 men to not only march on the capital of the Islamic State’s so-called Caliphate, but to occupy a large chunk of Syria (and possibly threatening what had been unthinkable since Russia’s direct intervention in late 2015, a march on Damascus).

While it will no doubt be dismissed as more conspiracy theorizing and outlandish, Cernovich’s reporting is consistent with the large concentrations of armor and equipment in desert camo observed moving through Europe to the Mideast ports of U.S. allies like Aqaba in Jordan. Amounts of equipment that seem excessive merely for the task of securing Raqqa and the surrounding Euphrates Valley while providing fire support to the Kurdish led Syrian SDF forces backed by the Pentagon. All it would take it seems, to justify Trump betraying all of his promises to stay out of the Mideast quagmire with a regime change operation in the minds of the neocons (who will never give up their objective of removing Assad and paving the way for a Qatari gas pipeline through the Levant) is a false flag chemical attack by Damascus on not just Syrian civilians, but American soldiers…

21 comments

  1. “Cernovich reports that the man who replaced Flynn as National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, is calling for a large force of up to 150,000 men to not only march on the capital of the Islamic State’s so-called Caliphate, but to occupy a large chunk of Syria (and possibly threatening what had been unthinkable since Russia’s direct intervention in late 2015, a march on Damascus).”

    If the above quote is true then McMaster is clearly overdue for the rubber gun squad. Where on earth do they dig up these total nutjobs?

  2. Hi James,
    I first want to tackle the illogic of Bix Weir’s hypothesis. Let’s assume that Trump played a fast one on the deep state and he along with Putin and Assad planned this bombing. Don’t you think that the deep state also knows this and they will demand that Trump take further action. They will be out for more blood. The only test of this hypothesis of Weir is if Trump says that he was lied to and that he apologizes to Syria, Russia and the American people for this bombing. He then would have to fire McMaster, Pompeo and Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, for lying to him. Short of this Weir’s hypothesis goes into the trash can. Do you really think it’s in Trump’s character to admit such a horrendous mistake. I don’t think so. In fact the opposite is going to happen. The press and the deep state are going to say that Trump messed up the bombing and didn’t accomplish really anything and is going to dare Trump to man up and prove that he can’t be a laughing stock. What do you think Trump is then going to do? That’s right, double down. This is a message to all the commentators who praised Trump as being a “real man”, a man of decisive action who won’t be pushed around. Hey V and Alex Jones you wanted a macho man as president. You’re going to get it now! “What you call me, Donald Trump, a wimp, for not doing enough damage April 6. I’ll show you. I just gave orders to saturate bomb Palmyra and Damascus. Oh Russia you dare take out three of our planes with your S300. You’ll see what we’re going to do to you now. You don’t mess with Donald Trump”. And on and on it goes.

    So in the 99% likely scenario that Bix Weir is full of shit, we are going to war with Russia, Iran, China and North Korea. That in my book is World War 3. If Russia doesn’t draw a line in the sand in Syria and leaves Syria with its tail between its legs then Russia is in serious trouble as a sovereign and independent country because the US and Nato will not stop at Syria. After destroying and conquering Syria they will then go on to crush Iran, then onto the Caucasus at the same time bringing what’s left of Ukraine into Nato and for the finale attacking North Korea and weakening China. The US deep state will not, I repeat, will not accept anything less than Russia, Iran and China being vassal states. I know Russia wants peace and is sick of war but unfortunately they have no choice in the matter. Since John McInsane is now the new normal in Washington and there is no meaningful opposition in this country, we are going to war with Russia. This is baked into the cake.

    So we now come to a world war scenario. It doesn’t mean that Russia necessarily has to match the 150,000 US troops into Syria with 150,000 troops of its own. Russia, if they mean to defend Syria to the death, will need to enact asymmetric measures which will need to cripple the west financially and economically. Forget appealing to public opinion in the west. Those times are over. Iran will have to send enormous boots on the ground to fight to protect Syria against the US and Saudi Arabia. By defending Syria they’re also defending their own country. Russia has gone the extra mile to appeal to the west and Putin even directly talked to western reporters imploring them to see the danger. He said “How can I get through to you?” Apparently Putin’s appeal has gone on deaf ears. So Russia is faced with no choice but to defend themselves and their allies. Russia will have to make it plain that any nation that supports the US sending in 150,000 troops into Syria will suffer the consequences and this stern warning could be sent through back channels to western Europe and their stooges in the middle east. Because this will be a fight to the finish pitting Russia, China and Iran against US/Nato/Israel/Saudi Arabia/Jordan all of these countries are fair game. The gloves will be off. Russia could then send long range missiles to Hezballah in Lebanon and give them the green light to devastate Israel at the time of their choosing, enormous weapons to Iran to then be transported to the Houthi fighters in Yemen which would include long range missiles to attack the oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, and/or supplying the shiite population in eastern Saudi Arabia with weapons to destabilize the oil region. The goal of destroying the oil infrastructure of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, etc. will be to cripple Nato’s European front and in addition Russia could stop supplying natural gas to western Europe as a cherry on top of the sundae. I know this sounds hysterical but these steps would be necessary to split Europe from the US and could be done short of nuclear exchanges. In fact a financial and economic warfare against western Europe would be absolutely necessary to prevent the confrontation going hot and possibly nuclear.

    I could go on and on what steps Russia and its allies could take but you get the message. Anyhow the above comments hopefully will stimulate conversation on your site and start thinking about what World War 3 will mean. The bombing of Syria, which to the day was 100 years since the US entered World War 1, has created a new paradigm and I believe we all have to start changing our mode of thinking in both our personal lives and amongst our family and friends. World War 3 also will entail a drastic curtailment of civil rights and the much higher level of the police state here at home.

    1. I would tend to agree that Bix’s thesis has now proven overly optimistic. Still Trump has left himself some leeway between what his SecState Rex Tillerson (whose meeting with Lavrov in Moscow was cancelled) and UN Ambassador Nikki ‘neocon’ Haley are saying.

      As for the rest of your discussion, I am far from those ‘hooray patriots’ as they’re known at the Saker blog who see escalation as always the best Russian response or who are quick to imagine Russian soldiers committed to a march on Kiev or occupying portions of Ukraine beyond the friendly population of the Donbass as solutions. As for stopping the flow of gas to western Europe, Russia is not going to do that unless the pipelines get blown by the Ukrainians and/or war is actually declared — Stalin didn’t stop the oil trains running west right up until the day of Barbarossa in 1941. In terms of what the Russians actually will do, I believe Putin is looking at tougher overt deterrence against U.S. aggression including perhaps putting Syrian flags on Russian manned S300+ and Pantsir platforms networked with the S400s in Latakia and possibly deploying S400s to Homs and Aleppo, greatly complicating the picture for any U.S. efforts to impose a de facto no fly zone. Covert methods of inflicting costs on the ‘WahhabiZioCon’ axis would likely involve more arms shipped to the Houthis and longer range missile attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure.

      Keep in mind that the terrorist war against Russia inside the country appears to be ramping up and Moscow regards Riyadh and behind it Langley as the head of that snake, so at the very least there are some FSB and GRU chiefs who wouldn’t mind seeing the Saudis bleed more in Yemen and their infrastructure targeted to the point of causing some actual pain, like the Houthis putting several missiles into their new refinery on the Red Sea.

  3. Exceptional article! I have been following Cernovich and Israeli News Live and Mike’s assertion matches the video evidence of armaments being shipped to Lebanon and Jordan from Europe

    1. once again, I heavily qualified my citation of Cernovich’s story, but he got the Susan Rice unmasking story right so Cerno has legit sources (personally he is not my fav person but I cannot deny his social media acumen in building a large following). The quantities of equipment the U.S. has been shipping into the Mideast speak for themselves, though one ro-ro docking at Aqaba does not a large invasion force make. Still Jordanians have spotted increased activity both of aircraft and armor on their side of the border and jets flying in Syrian airspace on the other side. A brigade sized advance from Jordan toward Deir Ez Zor — which remains a Syrian government held enclave surrounded by ISIS — seems likely at this point. My question and that of the Russians would be what the U.S. intends to do when the SAA refuses to leave the city having defended it from ISIS with little help other than Russian airlift and aviation for years. Will U.S. troops hang back and let their ‘moderate’ Syrian rebel allies attack Deir Ez Zor after ISIS is destroyed, or more accurately melts away with many Daeshbags re-joining the groups like Ahrar al Sham from whence they came?

  4. I doubt Trump will escalate to WW3. He cherishes his daughter and grandchildren too much to turn them into ashes.
    If those who suggest that he fell under the influence of the likes of McCain are correct, we will soon see a dizzying 360 from current 180. Once he realizes where his current actions lead that is. No sooner that he steps off this suicidal path, then he would have to face those under whose influence he supposedly fell.
    On the other hand, if those who hold the view of a collaborative international “conspiracy” to fool and eventually finish off the swamp are correct, we should expect an imminent retaliatory action by the swamp in the near future. Can’t fool them for too long. Either scenario seems to lead to a fight with the swamp. In the case of the second scenario Trump must deliver a deadly blow quickly. Simply trying to buy some time does not make any sense. In the case of the first scenario he is at square one and in worse circumstances.

    1. There is some logical consistency as well to Cernovich’s reporting that I felt gave it credibility, aside from his Susan Rice scoop. And that is current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford’s testimony before the U.S. Senate last year (which we highlighted a few times in our posts) telling Senators that any lasting no fly zone grounding Assad’s air force would entail conflict with Russia, because there would be no way to shut down all Syrian runways without killing Russian personnel and/or confronting Russian air defense systems.

      Rep. Thomas Massie (R-TN) Sen. Paul’s good friend in the House of Representatives made the same point the other night on CNN and in the Black Pigeon Speaks video above, only for the CNN hack presenter to start referring to Bana as the voice of all Syrian children effected by the conflict (poor little Bana speaks almost no English and is a sock puppet for her jihadist/Muslim Brotherhood/Turkish government connected parents).

      Dunford we recall also participated in the meetings at the resort of Antalya, Turkey with his Russian counterpart Valeriy Gerasimov several weeks ago. These meetings delineated some Russian-American cooperation in terms of the Kurds and what the Turks would and wouldn’t accept, it seemed. However, I am not surprised after meeting with the Russians or telling Congress the truth about what escalation in Syria would entail H.R. McMaster and behind him the neocons are trying to marginalize Dunford’s influence on the National Security Council, as Cernovich’s reporting implies:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grmybJSutgk

  5. Hi James,

    What I outlined before in my comments were just some quick tidbits of thoughts that I had. What I wanted to show was that Russia/Iran/Syria/China have a lot of tools in their tool chest that they can use short of hot war confrontation with the west. They’re not using these tools like they should. Personally I think Russia has been playing too nice with the west/Saudi Arabia/Israel because Russia believes in international law and not interfering in the internal affairs of other nations and they want to show how they are nice to the world. However Russia has been playing a gentlemen’s game,playing by the rules, while the west has been cheating and using gangster tactics. I truly believe that Russian gloves have to come off and need to use reciprocity in their relations with the sons of bitches and psychopaths in the west. I absolutely agree with you that Russia does not need to send an invasion army to Kiev. But let me be brunt now. Some force in the west has been murdering Russian diplomats such as Churkin and Karlov, killed the driver of Putin along with the killing of the Russian Army and Chorus band over the Black Sea which The Saker naively denies as no proof. C’mon now! This is just too coincidental for me. Along with this great patriots of the Donbass have been murdered. Don’t you think it’s about time for some force in Russia to implement reciprocal actions. Russian intelligence is very efficient and able and I’m sure they know who is doing this. I don’t need to go into details but you know what I’m getting at. Also I’m happy that you agree that destroying the oil infrastructure of the gulf sheikdoms would do two things; destroy the most despicable, backward and downright sociopathic force in the world (wahabbis) and also ruin the economies of western Europe. I repeat, if Nato/US send 150,000 troops into Syria then this is equal to plan Barbarrosa of Nazi infamy and Russia at that point should declare Nato in an act of war which would necessitate a cut off of natural gas to it. There will come a point in time when Russia will need to call a spade a spade. This time is not yet but it may.

    I really sincerely hope that this does not come to it but everything points to eventual conflict of this sort.

    Thanks for all you do.

    1. “Don’t you think it’s about time for some force in Russia to implement reciprocal actions.” Certain reciprocal actions have already happened, it’s just not Moscow’s style to announce them publically. Did you see that huge Ukrainian ammo dump getting blown up near Kharkov (though some say it was an inside job, I think the FSB is capable of taking advantage of corrupt Ukrainian army officers who had sold off a lot of equipment intended for the so-called ‘ATO’ and needed to burn down a lot of evidence) several weeks ago? The Ukrainian general who died of a ‘heart attack’ in his office? The Russians have heart attack guns too, if the CIA has had them for forty years (as revealed during the Church Committee hearings).

      An SBU commander known for torturing suspected ‘separatists’ was blown up with his car in Mariupol just days ago. I wouldn’t say they are officially avenging Motorola and Givi, but the message is being sent and if the Azov Nazi LARPers keep pushing their luck and/or the Ukrainians send more SRG assassination teams into the Donbass, the next hits may involve the NATO Foreign Legionnaires in Azov getting taken out. So no, the Russians have not just been sitting back and taking it all but they are acting very, very cautiously. Putin does not want to take steps that are irrevocable but since Crimea ain’t never going back to Ukraine and Donetsk and Lugansk won’t either he’s already halfway there. The globalists will not rest until either they’re defeated or Putin’s dead and/or Russia is humiliated, re-colonized or destroyed.

  6. Hi James,
    By the way I forgot to mention that this time reminds me more of the eve of World War 2 than World War 1. The Soviet Union made many efforts to form a collective security response to Nazi aggression at the League of Nations but it fell on deaf ears. Similarly today Russia is appealing to the west for collective action against Wahabbi terrorism but not only is it falling on deaf ears but the US/Nato/Israel/Saudi Arabia are working hand in hand with the same Wahabbi terrorists to destroy Russia and its allies. I’m sorry to say but we’re heading to World War 3.

    1. Abel,

      I have often been in our telephone conversations skeptical of our esteemed Intelligence Insider analyses that the globalists are putting the final pieces in place for a WW3 they have planned soon. But this weekend I texted him to say (and I suspect V did as well though I haven’t spoken with the Guerrilla since the Syria strike) that it’s all apparently going like clockwork according to what W set out. The only shoe yet to drop is either a Hezbollah attack on northern Israel or more likely, a false flag to get that stirring. But not all of the U.S. troops are in place yet and if Cernovich’s source is correct at least Bannon and a few others still in the Administration recognize Trump’s entire domestic agenda could end up sunk by an unpopular war abroad both Democrats opposed to him and Republicans/independents who did not want Hillary lite will despise him for…surely The Donald remembers the fate of George W. Bush and his ‘new conservative [cuckservative in hindsight] majority’?

      I think what Russia is looking for and not getting is a tougher line from China. This is probably because as Vox Day reported the Trump Admin is baiting the Chinese with some sort of mutually advantageous solution to the Kim Jong Un problem. But it seems unlikely to me that even if Kim could be taken out the North Korean military would all just stand down under orders from a Chinese backed junta, given all the effort the Kims have put into inculcating their personality cult and Juche ideology into the population. I could be wrong about that though I’m no Koreas expert.

      Back to the Mideast: it seems to me the Sauds have dangled lots of deals before the Russians if they’d moderate their position and the neocons are similarly trying to play the Chinese though with Xi and the OBOR long game I don’t see Beijing falling for it. But they are nonetheless buying time and preventing the emergence of a unified, tough Russo-Chinese axis that can basically still put the foot down and send an unmistakeable message by putting People’s Liberation Army troops overtly on the ground in Syria. The Chinese just don’t seem inclined to do that it’s not their style, they prefer covert action and above all financial pressure. So perhaps what we will see is some sort of blow to the dollar in the next few weeks as both Moscow and Beijing realize there is no need to do Trump any favors when it comes to dollar dumping but they need to accelerate it instead.

    2. Both Hitler and radical islamism come from the same Petrie dish which belongs to so called western or global elites. Both received all the necessary assistance at every level to tackle tasks they were designed accomplish. Until they get out of control that is and become a threat to everyone. No wonder no one in the West at the time of the Hitler had no intention to deal with him. On the contrary, he was an examplary western leader and was allowed to hold 2 Olympic Games, winter and summer, in the same year. An unprecedented sign of recognition. Only when he wanted to become an equal among equals and presented his agenda to his perceived brethren, did he encounter the disdain and then wrath of the “civilized” world. Similar story today. Putin’s “do you realize what you have done?” addressed to the West during latest UN conference fell on deaf ears again.

  7. Just listened to a yet different take on the situation.
    The reason there was so little destruction at the Syrian airbase is that the missiles used by the navy were armed with anti personal warheads. The strike was not intended to produce a devastating effect, which could still have been achieved with 23 missiles. Tomahawk missiles can be loaded with 450 kilo TNT warhead, which would bust through the hangars and demolish all the planes and runway.
    The reason behind the strike was reign in the swamp. With his seemingly inpulsive outlandish action in Syria, and coming insane provocation in the Korean Peninsula, Trump managed to instill fear into the very neo liberals and neocons who have yearned for war. At this point those who praised Trump for his resolve have come to realize that this guy is crazy and will kill them all in a nuclear holocaust. Many chicken hawks have already lost full control of their bodily functions and find themselves at Trumps mercy. As a result Trump naturally takes political initiative regains control in domestic politics. Not sure how this affects him in terms of foreign policy. It is conceivable that such action was coordinated with Russia and China. Lack of any kind of destruction at the airfield can be construed as a hint. All may become clearer after Tillerson’s visit to Moscow.

    1. Vadim,

      What the US does after Tillerson meets with Lavrov, and presumably behind closed doors gets dressed down for the fraudulent and obviously staged by the ‘moderate’ jihadists nature of the chemical attack in Syria will reveal much. With the situation heating up in North Korea and along its border with China, can the U.S. really bluff that its ready to fight wars on two fronts? I don’t think so. The Pentagon in its quadraennial reviews back in the early 2000s after Afghanistan and then Iraq taxed its resources admitted as much.

      1. Hi James,

        I agree with you regarding appearance of some clarity following the meeting between Tillerson and Lavrov. Also, I agree with the fact that the war on two fronts is impossible for the US. Even intervention to Syria alone will have significant repercussions detrimental for the economic and political implosion.
        Why then such a blatant false flag? Why so much strong warmongering rhetoric if the state of affairs in the military is so dire? Miscalculation? Incompetence? Not sure what to think.

        By the way Putin just called Syrian gass even a false flag, during a press conference with an Italian prime minister. Joked about it. Actually called it a joke in a diplomatic way.

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