Thursday, August 23

Does Trump know John Bolton is overtly abetting terrorists in Idlib?

April 23, 2018 - 03:59

US President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton fired warning shots at Damascus on Wednesday, saying that the US would respond "very strongly" if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons in an offensive to retake the Idlib province.
Speaking at a news conference in Jerusalem, Bolton revealed that US officials have been informed of plans in which the Syrian government was considering to "resume offensive military activities."
"We are obviously concerned about the possibility that Assad may use chemical weapons again," Bolton said. "Just so there's no confusion here: if the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons, we will respond very strongly, and they really ought to think about this a long time."
Rick Sterling, an investigative journalist and member of the Syria Solidarity Movement, told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear on Wednesday that the 69-year-old Baltimore native's statement was "just another violation of international law."
"It's a threat that the US will use force," Sterling told hosts Brian Becker and John Kiriakou. "It's another unauthorized assertion that the US is the judge, jury and executioner of the violations of the chemical weapons treaty."
"The US has no authority to do that," he stressed.
What law? It's international law only if the United States says it's law.          

But with regard to Bolton's statements, it's possible that President Trump instructed him to say what he did -- but say it before an open microphone?  Both Trump and Bolton would have to know that Bolton's public announcement would be read as a clear invitation to terrorists in Idlib to stage a false-flag chemical attack. This is beyond the pale.

I note that no such announcement was made prior to the Syrian army's recent "Southern Offensive." The announcement seems intended to slow or even derail the SAA's advance on terrorists' positions in  Idlib.  The U.S., U.K. and France have longstanding interests there -- and have been overtly aiding al Qaeda in the province.   

But to protect their interests, the Trump regime encourages terrorists to carry out a chemical attack in Idlib? Or does Trump know what his national security advisor is doing?

As to Bolton's insinuation that the Trump regime has just learned about the SAA's planned offensive in Idlib, perhaps it was just the way he worded it. But it's been known for weeks on the internet and all over the Middle East that the assault is imminent. Satellite photographs would have showed the long columns of military convoys headed toward Idlib. 



bdoran said...

Does Trump know?

What makes you think Bolton does?

Ever talk to people from CENTCOM?

"We can't win because we don't know where they are."

No sh-t.

Pundita said...

I can just hear you in a foxhole: We're all gonna die we're all gonna die.

Calm down.


bdoran said...

No, as I said: I'm as happy as a pig in the proverbial when we're in the proverbial.

I was making a sarcastic but accurate assessment that the people at or near the top have so many filters between them and the ground truth they don't know what's going on.

Ground /= CENTCOM /= Pentagon /= SECDEF/NSC /= POTUS.

I'm leaving out most of the filters. Each one of which has their own interests, every staffer of which has their personal interests...

By the time it gets to the top they have no idea what's happening.
In fact the very middle has no idea.