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China and Russia Caught Tailing U.S. Navy Near North Korea as Tensions Mount


waving flagdisclaimerReported By Andrew West |  April 17, 2017

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The intensity of the North Korean situation has once again found a way to reinvent itself now that the USS Carl Vinson is making strategic moves in the area.

The nuclear powered aircraft carrier was first dispatched to the area over a week ago in an effort to keep tabs on North Korean leader and international maniac Kim Jong Un, given his latest threats toward the west and her allies.  Japan was quick to respond with Naval vessels of their own, working in support of the USS Carl Vinson and her accompanying ships.

Now, two more nations have decided to dispatch pieces of their armadas to the area, but these are not necessarily there to keep an eye on North Korea.  Rather, they are poised to gather intelligence about what exactly the USS Carl Vinson is up to.

“China and Russia have dispatched intelligence-gathering vessels from their navies to chase the USS Carl Vinson nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which is heading toward waters near the Korean Peninsula, multiple sources of the Japanese government revealed to The Yomiuri Shimbun.

“It appears that both countries aim to probe the movements of the United States, which is showing a stance of not excluding military action against North Korea. The Self-Defense Forces are strengthening warning and surveillance activities in the waters and airspace around the area, according to the sources.

“The aircraft carrier strike group, composed of the Carl Vinson at its core with guided-missile destroyers and other vessels, is understood to be around the East China Sea and heading north toward waters near the Korean Peninsula.

“China and Russia, which prioritize stability in the Korean Peninsula, showed concern over the tough U.S. stance, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov saying the issue should be resolved peacefully through political and diplomatic efforts.”

These vessels suddenly being dispatched to the vicinity of the Carl Vinson and her fellow ships appears to be a not-so-subtle warning to President Donald Trump, who has yet to completely rule out the use of military force should North Korea ramp up their aggressive behavior.  China has previously attempted to coerce Kim Jong Un and company to discontinue their poking and prodding ways through the use of tough international sanctions on North Korean coal – one of the secretive nation’s only sources of international income.

Russia, meanwhile, has been attempting to keep a tight leash on the United States after an airstrike against Bashar al-Assad in Syria irked the Russian military.  The response from the Kremlin was swift and stern, stating that any further provocation in Syria could lead to military action against the U.S.trump unlocks military

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Andrew West

Andrew West is a Georgia-based political enthusiast and lover of liberty. When not writing, you can find Mr. West home brewing his own craft beer, perfecting his home-made hot sauce recipes, or playing guitar.

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White House: Russia trying to ‘cover up’ gas attack


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White House: Russia trying to 'cover up' gas attack
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The White House on Tuesday released an intelligence assessment saying it is “confident” that Syrian President Bashar Assad used sarin gas in a chemical attack on his people earlier this month. The four-page, declassified report is meant to push back on what it called Russian efforts to spread “disinformation” about the origins of the attack in order to cover up the involvement of Assad, Moscow’s closest ally in the region. 

 
“It’s clear the Russians are trying to cover up what happened there,” a senior White House official said.
 
The White House did not say whether it believes Russia had prior knowledge of the chemical strike, yet questioned how its government could have not known.
 
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“How is it possible that their forces were co-located with the Syrian forces that planned, prepared and carried out this chemical weapons attack at the same installation and did not have foreknowledge?” another senior White House official told reporters. 

 
The April 4 attack in a rebel-held area of Syria killed close to 90 people, including dozens of children, and prompted President Trump to retaliate by launching cruise missies at the base where the attack originated. 
 
The report offered up evidence to rebut claims from Russians and others that deaths were the result of a government strike on an opposition weapons depot containing chemical weapons, that the chemical weapons attack was carried out by a terrorist group, such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or that the attack was faked. 
 
It says “physiological” evidence collected from victims showed “symptoms consistent with sarin exposure,” including frothing at the mouth and twitching. Responders also suffered symptoms from sarin exposure. 
 
The White House says evidence of the chemical attack began to surface on social media a 6:55 a.m., while Moscow said the attack occurred around midday. 
 
“The absolute mass of data we have … it’s just too massive for really any intelligence organization to fabricate in that short of period of time,” another White House official said. “That’s just not a feasible explanation.”
 
White House officials said that the Syrian regime had motivation to attack the rebel-held area with chemical weapons, using them as a force multiplier because of its lack of manpower in the specific region.
 
The incident has sparked a major diplomatic confrontation between the U.S. and Russia. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Moscow Tuesday but will not meet with President Vladimir Putin. Putin, in turn, has suggested the U.S. plans to stage a chemical weapons attack in Syria and blame it on Assad. 
 
“We have information that a similar provocation is being prepared … in other parts of Syria including in the southern Damascus suburbs where they are planning to again plant some substance and accuse the Syria authorities of using [chemical weapons],” Putin said in Moscow. marxist propagandist
Some have also questioned whether Assad was behind the attack, including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).

Official: Russia Knew in Advance of Syrian Chemical Attack


Posted by NEWSMAX.COM | Monday, 10 Apr 2017 07:45 PM

URL of the original posting site: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/syria-russia-chemical-attacks/2017/04/10/id/783607/

Image: Official: Russia Knew in Advance of Syrian Chemical Attack

The United States has concluded Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack last week, a senior U.S. official said Monday. The official said a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. Hours after the drone left, a Russian-made fighter jet bombed the hospital in what American officials believe was an attempt to cover up the usage of chemical weapons.

The senior official said the U.S. has no proof of Russian involvement in the actual chemical attack in northern Syria. But the official said the presence of the surveillance drone over the hospital couldn’t have been a coincidence, and that Russia must have known the chemical weapons attack was coming and that victims were seeking treatment.

The official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on intelligence matters and demanded anonymity, didn’t give precise timing for when the drone was in the area, where more than 80 people were killed. The official also didn’t provide details for the military and intelligence information that form the basis of what the Pentagon now believes.

Another U.S. official cautioned that no final American determination has been made that Russia knew ahead of time that chemical weapons would be used. That official wasn’t authorized to speak about internal administration deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The allegation of Russian foreknowledge is grave, even by the standards of the currently dismal U.S.-Russian relations. Although Russia has steadfastly supported Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government, and they’ve coordinated military attacks together, Washington has never previously accused Moscow of complicity in any attack that involved the gassing of innocent civilians, including children. The former Cold War foes even worked together in 2013 to remove and destroy more than 1,300 tons of Syrian chemical weapons and agents.

Until Monday, U.S. officials had said they weren’t sure whether Russia or Syria operated the drone. The official said the U.S. is now convinced Russia controlled the drone. The official said it still isn’t clear who was flying the jet that bombed the hospital, because the Syrians also fly Russian-made aircraft. 

U.S. officials previously have said Russians routinely work with Syrians at the Shayrat air base where the attack is supposed to have originated. U.S. officials say the chemical weapons were stored there and that those elements add to the conclusion that Russia was complicit in the attack.

Last Thursday 59 Tomahawk missiles were fired on the government-controlled base in the United States’ first direct military action against Assad’s forces. The U.S. has been focusing its military action in Syria on defeating the Islamic State group.

On Monday, Col. John J. Thomas, a U.S. military spokesman, said the U.S. has taken extra defensive precautions in Syria in case of possible retaliation against American forces for the cruise missile attack. Thomas told reporters at the Pentagon that the increased emphasis on defensive measures to protect U.S. troops on the ground in Syria led to a slight and temporary decline in offensive U.S. airstrikes against IS in Syria.

There has been no Syrian retaliation so far for the cruise missile attack, which destroyed or rendered inoperable more than 20 Syria air force planes, he said.

Thomas said the U.S. intends to return to full offensive air operations against IS as soon as possible. 

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White House, GOP Lawmakers Struggle to Define Syrian End Game. Republicans in Congress divided on regime change, administration slow to clarify mission


Reported by Jim Stinson | Updated 10 Apr 2017 at 7:57 AM

URL of the original posting site: http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/white-house-gop-lawmakers-struggle-to-define-syrian-end-game/

Four days after President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on the Syrian air base that reportedly launched a chemical attack on civilians, it remains unclear if the White House is committed to toppling President Bashar al-Assad or is seeking an alternate end game.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), speaking to LifeZette and other reporters just before the bombing began , said he thought Trump was on the right path by condemning the chemical attack at a joint press conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Wednesday. At the time Rubio was speaking, it was not known to the world that Trump had made the decision to attack the air base in Homs province, where it is believed the planes that dropped chemical weapons, near the town of Khan Shaykhun in a rebel-held area in northwest Syria, originated. But Trump’s words alone impressed the Florida senator.

“I think we’ll look back at yesterday as one of the moments where his presidency evolved in what I believe is a stronger direction,” said Rubio, speaking to reporters on his way back to his office on Thursday.

Rubio told reporters in the Capitol that he wanted more than just symbolic action. So far, some could say that is all that has been accomplished. Rubio said at a minimum, he wants Assad’s ability to launch attacks on civilians “degraded.” Rubio also said he wants an international coalition to strip Assad of such abilities.

And while the Tomahawk missiles employed by the U.S. Navy likely caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to the Syrian military, Assad remains in power. Some leaders clearly desire regime change in Syria.

And on Sunday, Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told CNN that the White House has “multiple priorities.”

“Getting Assad out is not the only priority,” Haley told Jake Tapper of CNN. “So what we’re trying to do is obviously defeat ISIS. Secondly, we don’t see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there. Thirdly, get the Iranian influence out. And then finally move towards a political solution, because at the end of the day this is a complicated situation, there are no easy answers, and a political solution is going to have to happen.”

But it is what she said next that put her in conflict with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

“If you look at his actions, if you look at the situation, it’s going to be hard to see a government that’s peaceful and stable with Assad,” Haley said. “Regime change is something that we think is going to happen because all of the parties are going to see that Assad is not the leader that needs to be taking place for Syria.”

That clashed with Tillerson’s finesse on CBS News on Sunday. Tillerson told CBS News that the administration wants to focus on ISIS and then come back to ensuring a more peaceful Syria. He didn’t mention regime change.

Regime change is also opposed by Russia, a close ally of Syria. The Russian embassy in the United Kingdom tweeted out an ominous question about “real war” breaking out in Syria. The embassy also said Russia supports the leadership in Damascus to prevent ISIS from taking control of Syria.

A long-term war with the Syrian government, ending in regime change, is not entirely welcome in Congress, even if an international coalition takes up the fight. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told reporters on Thursday that the bombing by the United States was unconstitutional because the United States was not attacked. Paul wants an official declaration of war before action is taken.

“We’ve had no authorization of war against ISIS or anyone else for 15 years,” said Paul.

Complicating the matters for White House policy is that Syrian Christians prefer the protection of Assad against jihadists, said Paul.

Paul told LifeZette he is horrified by the images he sees after Assad attacks civilians, but he is not sure U.S. attacks are the answer. And Paul said the United States may not like a new regime in Syria.

“Is there an end to the progression of regime change in the Middle East?” Paul asked on Friday before an impromptu news conference in the Capitol.

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The Democrats Lies of Ties Between Russia and Trump Continue to Unravel


Reported By Warner Todd Huston | April 3, 2017

URL of the original posting site: http://constitution.com/democrats-lies-ties-russia-trump-continue-unravel/

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Since before Donald Trump won last year’s presidential election, Democrats have been desperately trying to fool the American people into thinking that Trump somehow worked hand-in-hand with the Russians to steal away the White House from Hillary Clinton. But thus far, after months of pseudo investigations, not a scintilla of proof has been revealed. And this weekend, Democrat Adam Schiff once again showed that Democrats have nothing but lies and innuendo against Trump.

The California Democrat has been at the forefront of attempting to fool America into thinking Trump is all mixed up with Vladimir Putin’s corrupt Russian government. Over last weekend, Schiff appeared on CNN’s State of the Union with host Jake Tapper to continue pushing his false claims against the president. But when Tapper asked Schiff about actual proof, the congressman’s reply was telling for its evasiveness and lack of specificity.

When Tapper asked Schiff to get more specific during the April 2 broadcast, Schiff mumbled that he “can’t say” if the evidence against any ties to Russia are correct. He also softened his previous criticism of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R, CA) for having visited the White House before he made his revelations that the Obama administration had, indeed, been surveilling Trump and his campaign before the election. Schiff dissembled further by backing off his previous claim that evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia was “more than circumstantial.”

It other words, Schiff pretty much proved that all the charges he has been spreading around for the last few weeks are all just political bomb throwing meant to hurt Trump but are based on no proof whatsoever. Rep. Schiff has emerged as the Democrats’ chief attack dog in the House of Representatives — because everyone dismisses Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as a loon — since Nunes made his proclamations about the proof of Obama’s surveillance of Trump.

One of Schiff’s main charges is that Nunes seemed to be coordinating with Trump because Nunes had visited the White House to look at secret intel the same day he announced what he had seen about Obama’s surveillance. Nunes and the Democrats called this visit to the White House “suspicious.”

But as the Democrats tried to make something out of Nunes’ visit to the White House grounds, the facts tell a different story. Nunes himself appeared on Fox News and noted that he often goes to the Executive Branch to view secret material and meet sources for his role as head of the Intel Committee.

“We go to the executive branch at least once or twice a week,” Nunes told Bill O’Reilly last week. “This is not unusual, because there are intelligence products that we don’t have access to in the House of Representatives, although we do have the clearances to see them.

Nunes also noted that he knew of the Obama administration’s surveillance of Trump even before last month’s revelations.

“So, we’ve known about this long before Trump actually sent his famous tweet out about the ‘wiretapping’ at Trump Tower,” Nunes added. “We’ve known that there was additional unmasking of Americans’ names. We’ve had sources that have provided that information. And so, what I had to do was that I needed a place that I could actually go and find this information and review it.”

For his part, Rep. Schiff was asked about this “unmasking” claim and once again he backed off his earlier harsh criticism saying he “can’t say whether anything was masked or unmasked properly.” Schiff said he disagreed with Nunes’ “characterization” of the evidence, but refused to go so far as to say Nunes was flat out wrong… despite he has essentially been saying Nunes is wrong for over a week.

Jake Tapper went on to press Schiff on whether or not there was evidence of “collusion” between Trump and Putin and Schiff backed off his past claims here, too, replying, “I don’t think we can say anything definitively at this point.” Schiff’s complete failure to back up his and his Party’s claims is telling. It seems to add more support to claims by two Obama officials that there is absolutely no evidence of Trump ties to Russia and Trump’s own claims that he and his campaign were the victims of illegal surveillance visited upon him by Obama.

Despite this complete lack of any evidence… and I mean there’s no evidence at all… the left is continuing to push the fiction that Trump is all tied up with Russia. Indeed, after Nunes revealed what he has seen as head of the Intel Committee, Democrats floated a talking point that Nunes should “recuse himself” from the investigation. Once again, this shows that Democrats are acting in a nakedly partisan political manner because there is no such thing as “recusing” oneself in a congressional committee. After this ridiculous call for Nunes’ recusal began making the rounds among Democrats, the California congressman laughed it off askingwhy would I?

“Why would I?” Nunes told the media when they asked him about the Democrats’ demands. “Because someone asks? That sounds like their problem.”

Indeed, Nunes is 100 percent right. It IS “their problem.” Because the House Intel Committee is a political entity, not a legal or court-related one. There is no reason nor any conventions for anyone to “recuse” themselves from a political committee. Only judges, police officers, or lawyers have to recuse themselves from investigations to which they have intimate ties of a personal or political nature. This is because justice needs to be impartial. But politics does not. There is no requirement of recusal in politics. Sure, congressman can recuse themselves if they like. But there is no legal requirement to do so.

But the whole campaign against Trump launched by the Democrats has nothing to do with facts, truth, or what is good for America. It is all just a naked, partisan attempt to undermine Trump.

As Daily Caller recent noted, a former clinical psychologist is pointing out that Democrats are practicing the politics of destruction, not the politics of persuasion and debate. Psychologist Tim Daughtry, told the DC that Democrats are working to destroy the U.S. in a gross attempt to steal power.

The rise of vilification campaigns, as taught by Saul Alinsky, is reducing our civility as Democrats try to destroy, not debate, those who disagree with them, Daughtry explains.

Gaslighting is on display as arguments like the “Russians hacked the election” or “Putin is controlling President Trump” attempt to manipulate public opinion. Reality dislocation techniques can erode Trump’s approval ratings so as to slow the bold Trump mandates.

As always, truth and facts do not matter to Democrats. Only power does.

In the end, I feel quite comfortable predicting that there will never be any proof tying Donald Trump to the Russians. After all, Obama launched an illicit surveillance campaign against Trump way back in October, if not before, and his FBI, NSA, and CIA were sneaking around trying to catch Trump with a gotcha since then — and it continues still today with all the Obama quislings still in our government — and thus far there is no proof. Nothing, zero, zip, nada.

With the entirety of Obama’s police state trying to prove Trump is a Russian operative and with the subsequent complete failure to come up with even any circumstantial proof, one can’t come to any other conclusion than that this whole thing is just a mean spirited whisper campaign aimed at delegitimizing Trump in the eyes of the voters as opposed to a serious investigation looking for truth.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com and BigJournalsim.com along with all Breitbart News sites, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, and many, many others. He has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his news stories and current events and has appeared on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston or email the author at igcolonel@hotmail.com.

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