Israel destroys Russian weapons shipment in Syria

Taking Care of Business

BEIRUT  — Israeli warplanes attacked a shipment of Russian missiles inside a Syrian government stronghold, officials said Thursday, a development that threatened to add another explosive layer to regional tensions from the Syrian civil war.

An Obama administration official confirmed the Israeli airstrike overnight, but provided no details. Another security official said the attack occurred late Wednesday in the Syrian port city of Latakia and that the target was Russian-made SA-125 missiles.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the attack. There was no immediate confirmation from Syria.

The revelation came as the government of President Bashar Assad met a key deadline in an ambitious plan to eliminate Syria’s entire chemical weapons stockpile by mid-2014 and avoid international military action.

The announcement by a global chemical weapons watchdog that the country has completed the destruction of equipment used to produce the deadly agents highlights Assad’s willingness to cooperate, and puts more pressure on the divided and outgunned rebels to attend a planned peace conference.

Since the civil war in Syria began in March 2011, Israel has carefully avoided taking sides, but has struck shipments of missiles inside Syria at least twice this year.

 

Shocking News! White House Chief of Staff outrageously outraged over Ted Cruz remarks

Via Zion’s Trumpet

Via Politico:

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough says he’s outraged by comments from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that members of the U.S. military would be essentially helping Al Qaeda in Syria.

“I am outraged for somebody to suggest that our people would be serving as allies to Al Qaeda,” McDonough said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

“Targeted, consequential, limited attack against Assad forces and Assad capabilities so that he is deterred from carrying out these actions again. Here is what it is not. It is not boots on the ground. It is not an extended air campaign. It is not Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya. This is a very concerned, concentrated, limited effort that we can carry out and that can underscore and secure our interests,” McDonough said.

Cruz said last week that the United States had no national security interest in intervening in the Syrian civil war – where elements of Al Qaeda and other Islamist groups are fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

From WZ: http://weaselzippers.us/

As a side note, when did Obama hire Lurch anyway?

Lurch Lurch 2

 

 

So, let me see if I have this right…………..

…………….. Our President declared that there was a red line that Syria would cross if it used chemical weapons. Now the president and his administration tell us Syria defied his red line, except that it is not “his” red line he says. No, it is now the international communities red line against the use of chemical weapons. Of course after President Obama disavowed ownership of said red line, his Secretary of State, and long faces, John Kerry said that red line WAS Obama’s.  In either case a “red line” that belongs to uh, someone, has been crossed. 

The use of those chemical weapons was committed by Bashar Assad, or it was committed by the Al Qaida-linked rebels fighting against Assad depending on whose intel you believe. And we cannot decide how much of the rebel army fighting against Assad is Al Qaida. Secretary Kerry claims it is 15 % or so, Senator McCain, who apparently has some type of man crush on the Syrian rebels, says they are bunch of great guys. Other sources say that Al Qaida makes up 50% or more of the rebel forces. Again, in either case, we really do not know who used the weapons, we do not know how much of the forces fighting against Assad are Al-Qaida. As an added bonus, some are reporting that the Obama administration “mischaracterized” the intel they are touting as proof that Assad is at fault.

The country is decidedly against the idea of striking at Syria, yes, majorities of both Democrats and Republicans seem dead set against it. President Obama boldly said he did not need Congressional approval to strike Syria, but has asked for that approval anyway. Now as it looks like he might not get that approval, he refuses to say if he will go ahead and strike without Congress approving that action. And what WILL that action be?

Limited? Cruise missiles, or air strikes too? And on what targets? Surely any chemical weapons have been moved by now, likely to Iran. No boots on the ground, and apparently only France is on board with us, which is kind of like going into a fight with Pee Wee Herman at your side. I thought Obama was going to bring us all together, and make the world love us. And if we do strike Russia has hinted it might come to Assad’s aid, Iran and Syria have vowed to strike at Israel if we attack Syria, which of course will lead to Israel powdering both of those nations asses. But what would happen then? Oh and did I mention that Turkey is flexing its muscle along their border with Syria? Oh, and China is sending forces to the region too. YIKES!

Maybe worst of all, we are relying on the same crew that gave us Benghazi to make the right call. DOUBLE YIKES!

 

Rep Alan Grayson: Team Obama fudged intel in Syria?

This is a Left-Wing nut blowing the whistle folks. But if anyone has less credibility than Grayson, it would be Obama

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., who is aggressively lobbying against a military strike on Syria, says the Obama administration has manipulated intelligence to push its case for U.S. involvement in the country’s two-year civil war.

Grayson made the accusation in an interview published Wednesday by The Atlantic and offered more detail in a Thursday discussion with U.S. News. He says members of Congress are being given intelligence briefings without any evidence to support administration claims that Syrian leader Bashar Assad ordered the use of chemical weapons.

Grayson said he cannot discuss the classified briefings, but noted details in the administration’s public, non-classified report are being contested.

The White House released its four-page public report Aug. 30, arguing that Assad’s government killed 1,429 people on Aug. 21 with a planned chemical weapon attack. Evidence cited in that report included “intercepted communications involving a senior official intimately familiar with the offensive who confirmed that chemical weapons were used.”

Grayson, however, says “the claim has been made that that information was completely mischaracterized.”

He points to an article published by The Daily Caller that alleges the communications actually showed Syrian officers were surprised by the alleged chemical weapon attack. The communications, according to unnamed sources paraphrased in article, were intercepted by Israeli intelligence and “doctored so that it leads a reader to just the opposite conclusion.”

This could prove very big, IF the media gets after the truth for once

 

Some things to think about Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?

1389 has a stunning post up you have to read.

What if Bashar didn’t do it?

Sit tight, ’cause I’ve got a story by a man whose credibility is intact and beyond repute. His name is Yossef Bodansky. He “is an Israeli-American political scientist who served as Director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare of the US House of Representatives from 1988 to 2004. He is also Director of Research of the International Strategic Studies Association and has been a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

“In the 1980s, he served as a senior consultant for the Department of Defense and the Department of State. He is also a senior editor for the Defense and Foreign Affairs group of publications and a contributor to the International Military and Defense Encyclopedia and is on the Advisory Council of The Intelligence Summit,” and he has a piece today in Defense and Foreign Affairs. “There is a growing volume of new evidence” that the White House knew and possibly helped plan a Syrian chemical weapon attack by the opposition.

This is the first scholarly piece on it that I’ve seen.

So I want to throw this out to you, after the break here, as just a possibility, ’cause I’ve heard from a couple people who have lived in the Middle East (some of them claim to know Bashar) who say, “Basher just wouldn’t do it. He just wouldn’t gas his own people. There’s nothing in it for him. What’s in it for him to do this, other than get what’s happening now? What’s in it for him? Who benefits here by nerve gas being used, and how do you make the case that Bashar benefits?”

Anyway, that’s just speculation.

That’s not part of the scholarship in the piece.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: My friends, do you remember when the Syrian rebels overran and controlled a government base that had chemical weapons last summer? Even Leon Panetta admitted that chemical weapons may have fallen into their hands. This was last summer. I doubt that you remembered this. I doubt that anybody remembers it. Even people who keep up with the news every day, I doubt that anybody remembers that, so I want to remind you.

Syrian rebels — the same rebels that we’re talking about today — overran and controlled a government base, a Bashar Assad base, admittedly, that had chemical weapons last summer. And even Leon Panetta admitted that chemical weapons may have fallen into the hands of the opposition last summer. Now meanwhile, John Kerry and the regime and the media have used as their main argument the rebels have never had access to these chemical weapons.

I heard Rush talking about this today

There is a growing volume of new evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East — mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its sponsors and supporters — which makes a very strong case, based on solid circumstantial evidence, that the August 21, 2013, chemical strike in the Damascus suburbs was indeed a pre-meditated provocation by the Syrian opposition. 

The extent of US foreknowledge of this provocation needs further investigation because available data puts the “horror” of the Barack Obama White House in a different and disturbing light.

On August 13-14, 2013, Western-sponsored opposition forces in Turkey started advance preparations for a major and irregular military surge. Initial meetings between senior opposition military commanders and representatives of Qatari, Turkish, and US Intelligence [“Mukhabarat Amriki”] took place at the converted Turkish military garrison in Antakya, Hatay Province, used as the command center and headquarters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their foreign sponsors. Very senior opposition commanders who had arrived from Istanbul briefed the regional commanders of an imminent escalation in the fighting due to “a war-changing development” which would, in turn, lead to a US-led bombing of Syria.

Go read the rest. It is very compelling and thought provoking. Is it accurate? I have no idea, but I will say that from the beginning I have thought that the chemical attack benefited the “rebels”. I know John McCain swears by his “friends” but, frankly, that does not comfort me to any degree. 

The larger point is this. We do NOT know which side used these weapons, so getting involved would be the height of foolishness. And yes that does mean I do not trust John Kerry, or the president.

 

Obama the Bull Shit Artist

The Other McCain sums up Obama quite well

Could he possibly look more ineffective if he tried? A year ago, after the Syrian civil war had already been going on for about 14 months, Obama declared that the Assad regime would cross a “red line” if it used chemical weapons against the opposition. By the end of April this year, there was already pretty clear evidence that chemical weapons had been used; in June, U.S. officials said chemical weapons had been used, and by early August, the Syrian opposition supplied video that appeared to confirm a chemical weapons attack.

And . . . nothing.

Nothing but a lot of noise and indecisive hand-wringing.

McCain, like me is against intervention in Syria because no matter which side wins that war, evil will rule Syria. But, McCain predicts that Obama will, instead of being damaged politically for his bumbling incompetence over Syria, BS his way out of it, while blaming Republicans of course!

Never threaten war if you’re not ready to fight, and once the British Parliament voted against attacking Syria, Obama was stuck with his pair of 7′s. OK, so he reverted to campaign mode: Says he’s going to wait for congressional authorization — which he knows damned well he won’t get — after which he will then blame Republicans as “obstructionists,” even though Democrats don’t want this war, either.

He’s a great bullshit artist, but he has never been anything more.

BIngo! Sadly, many Americans fall for the BS though.

 

Wow, Obama keeps finding presidential powers he said presidents did not have

Another Liberal malady on display. Consistent Inconsistentitis

No consistency at all, NONE!

The trouble with striking Syria is this. If we strike Assad, and make no mistake, he is an evil bastard, then we help those seeking his overthrow. Do we really want to help those people, namely Al Qaeda? Do we really want to open the can of worms that this will open up? 

Syria Regime ‘Mixing Chemicals To Make Sarin Gas': Report

Syria Regime ‘Mixing Chemicals To Make Sarin Gas': Report – London Telegraph

The White House issued a stark warning that it feared President Bashar al-Assad might be turning to his arsenal of chemical weapons as a report emerged claiming the regime has already begun mixing the chemicals to make deadly sarin gas.

On a day of turmoil in which a high-ranking Assad spokesman defected, and the United Nations announced it was withdrawing all non-essential personnel in Syria, American defence officials confirmed that activity had been reported at the regime’s known chemical sites, including movements of weapons components.

Although previous activity has been reported, it was seen then as the regime seeking to secure stocks against possible rebel attack.

This time, the White House spokesman, Jay Carney, went further. “We are concerned that an increasingly beleaguered regime may be considering the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people,” he said.

This evening, AFP news agency quoted an unnamed US official who claimed the regime has already begun mixing the chemicals that can be used to make deadly sarin gas.

“We’ve picked up several indications which lead us to believe that they’re combining chemical precursors,” AFP quoted the official as saying, adding that the operation was apparently aimed at making sarin.

Sarin, used in two terrorist attacks in Japan in the 1990s, is a man-made nerve agent which can cause convulsions, respiratory failure and death.

The Syrian regime has never overtly admitted having chemical weapons, though it is believed by western analysts to have the biggest stocks in the Middle East. It has also denied it would ever use chemical weapons against its own people, a denial it reiterated yesterday.

“Syria confirms repeatedly it will never, under any circumstances, use chemical weapons against its own people, if such weapons exist,” an official said.

But Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, responded to growing alarm, including from Syria’s neighbour Turkey, over the chemical weapons reports by saying that this would change America’s policy towards the war.

“We have made our views very clear: this is a red line for the United States,” she said. “I’m not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people, but suffice it to say, we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur.”

In a further sign of impending chaos, the United Nations announced that non-essential foreign staff were being withdrawn from the country and trips outside Damascus halted. “The security situation has become extremely difficult, including in Damascus,” Radhouane Nouicer, the regional humanitarian coordinator, said.

The European Union also announced that its delegation in Damascus was reducing activities to a minimum level due to security concerns.

The United States and its western allies have refused to back the rebels militarily or answer requests to impose a no-fly zone. But they are getting closer to allow arms supplies, with the European Union due to review its arms embargo in three months.

Nato is also today likely to approve stationing Patriot missile interceptors on the Turkish border with Syria, a response to Turkish conerns that the Assad regime might turn to ballistic missiles, perhaps tipped with chemical weapons, to deploy against the rebels. It wants to be able to shoot down any missiles that cross its own borders, deliberately or accidentally.

There are signs of desperation inside the regime as it fails to dislodge rebels from the southern suburbs of its own capital, Damascus.

Syria’s air force has been bombing rebel-held districts, but it has been unable to fully secure the airport and airport road. Although the airport reopened at the weekend, an Egyptair plane from Cairo was turned back on Monday afternoon after being informed security was not assured.

The secretary-general of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi, said in an interview with AFP news agency yesterday that he thought the Assad regime could collapse “at any time”.

“Facts on the ground indicate very clearly now that the Syrian opposition is gaining, politically and militarily,” he said. “Every day they are gaining something.”

In a sign of internal weaknes, Jihad Makdessi, the chief foreign ministry spokesman, was reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights to have defected and boarded a plane for London from Beirut airport.

He was earlier said by a Lebanese television station close to Hizbollah to have been sacked for deviating in his statements from government policy. Mr Makdessi was previously the press secretary at Syria’s London embassy, and has been one of the main defenders of the regime not only on television but on social media such as Twitter.

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Israel to world’s largest weasel: If you attack us, then it will be your arse~!

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria

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Via Weasel Zippers

(JPost) — Israel sent a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad in recent days, warning him that if he started a war with the Jewish state in order to divert attention from domestic problems, Israel will target him personally, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, the personal warning was sent through Turkey following intelligence reports of unusual Syrian troop movements, including the moving of long-range ballistic missiles that could be used to target Israel.

The report added that the IDF has increased its preparedness on the northern border out of fear that Hezbollah may attempt to stage another kidnapping of soldiers or civilians along the Lebanese border.

Assad better take heed, and Israel should not hesitate to exterminate this rodent. Israel will be vilified by their enemies no matter what they do, so………….

Hey, I think I have a perfect guy for the Seals to drop in on next

Khaled Meshaal in a meeting with spanish journ...

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I cannot help thinking that erasing this Jihadist might make the world as better place

(Reuters) — Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said on Monday the United States had no right to kill Osama bin Laden but said this did not mean the Palestinian Islamist group supported al Qaeda’s attacks on civilians.

Speaking on France 24 television, the Damascus-based Meshaal also said there should be more freedom in Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad has deployed his armed forces to crush a seven-week-old revolt against his authoritarian rule.

“Concerning bin Laden everyone knows Hamas has differences from al Qaeda . . . especially (its) operations targeting civilians, but all this doesn’t give the U.S. the right to kill as they please without any regard for the law and to assassinate Arabs and Muslims, blaming everything on them and accusing them of terrorism,” Meshaal said in the France 24 interview.

During the height of a Palestinian uprising between 2000 and 2005, Hamas carried out dozens of suicide bombings in Israeli towns and it is classified by the United States and the European Union as a terrorist group.

Hamas is just a terror group, and should be eradicated frankly

Syrian Protesters Call For End Of Regime At Mass Funerals

Syrian Protesters Call For End Of Regime At Mass Funerals – The Guardian

Thousands of people chanting for the toppling of the Syrian regime took to the streets of the country’s third largest city for mass funerals, as activists denied any US role in the uprising.

Rights groups say security forces killed at least 25 in Homs on Sunday night as protests erupted despite president Bashar al-Assad’s offers of reforms in a bid to quell unrest.

A further five people were killed on Sunday night in the nearby town of Talbisseh, and there were also unconfirmed reports of four dead in Latakia, rights activists said.

Residents of Homs and Talbisseh told news agencies that the cities were tense following funerals for at least 8 of the victims. The injured were refusing to seek medical treatment for fear of being arrested, they said, while reports suggested a sit-in was being staged.

Despite a reduced level of violence during Friday’s protests and a pledge to lift emergency laws within the week, protesters turned out on Sunday for Syria’s independence day which commemorates the departure of the last French soldier in 1946.

Protests also took place in Daraa, Duma and Latakia on Sunday, and Daraa again on Monday]. Amateur footage suggests a rapidly growing number of demonstrators are calling for the toppling of the regime rather than freedom.

Amid the funerals, internal activists stressed the grassroots nature of Syria’s uprising after the publication of a US embassy cable leaked to Wikileaks on Monday saying that the US had channelled funds to Syrian pro-democracy groups.

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The cableclaimed that, since 2006, $6m (£3.6m) had been channelled to groups including the Movement for Justice and Development, a moderate Islamist party based in London, and Barada TV.

The Syrian government – who said one policeman had been killed and 11 injured in Talbisseh at the hands of an armed gang – has repeatedly blamed the past month of protests on armed gangs linked to outsiders, from Lebanese enemies to exiled opposition.

“Even if the US gave money to these groups, it has no bearing on the protests,” said one independent activist in Damascus. “It is clear that this movement was started by normal people, not the opposition – which barely exists anyway – and not even us activists.”

Ausama Monajed, an activist helping to publicise the protests, is a member of the party, but said his work was run by volunteers only.

Few people in Syria watch Barada TV, preferring the Dubai-based Orient TV or al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya, while Syria’s weak, and mostly exiled, opposition has little influence inside the country.

While on Sunday some in the capital expressed positive views over Assad’s speech, which was seen as targeting the silent majority who have yet to come out in the centres of Damascus and Aleppo, the renewed use of violence may have caused a resurgence of discomfort.

Since the violence of 8 April, a growing number of women have staged protests. On Saturday an unknown number of Syrian students posted a statement on Facebook condemning the violence used against protesters and calling for a three-day boycott of lectures starting on Tuesday]. Some students have been referred to the punishment committee of Damascus University after a small protest last week.

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Is Syria next Mr. President?

The Real Revo poses the obvious question about the vaunted Obama Doctrine!

Attacking Arab dictators who kill their own people is the Obama Doctrine, right?

Witnesses say Syrian troops have opened fire on anti-government protesters in Daraa Friday as thousands take to the streets demanding reforms and mourning dozens of protesters who were killed during a violent, weeklong crackdown.

Well Mr. President?