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Israeli intelligence chief said Israel does not want ISIS to be defeated

Have you wondered, as I have, why Israel and the U.S. are hellbent on aiding and abetting jihadist rebels against the Assad government of Syria — a government that, unlike the rebels, does not abuse its Christian citizens? See:

Here’s the answer.

The Herzliya Conference, as described by its host, the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Lauder School of Government of IDC Herzliya, “is Israel’s foremost global policy annual gathering, drawing together the most senior Israeli and international participants from government, business and academia to address pressing national, regional and global issues. The center stage for Middle East risk assessment and policy analysis, the Conference agenda covers a broad span of issues, ranging from nuclear proliferation and the Middle East peace process to world finance and energy security.”

Note: IDC Herzliya is the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya — a private research university in Herzliya, Israel. Herzliya is a city in the district of Tel Aviv, Israel.

To give you some idea as to the importance of the Herzliya Conference, the keynote speakers for the 16th Herzliya Conference, held on June 14-16, 2016, included (in chronological order):

  • Israeli President Reuven Rivlin
  • Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee
  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger
  • Author and philosopher Bernard Henri-Lévy, who
  • Former Israeli Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak

On June 15, 2016, the second day of the 16th Herzliya Conference, Chief of the Military Intelligence Directorate of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Major General Herzi Halevi delivered a keynote address on “Israel in the Turbulent Middle East: Strategic Review and Intelligence Assessment”.

Herzliya Conference’s report on Major Gen. Halevi’s speech quoted him as saying:

“The Game board in the Middle East has changed. Instead of few states, there are now many players. The transition from nation states to organizations is very significant. There are no good and bad guys, and players on the field change their identities.”

Halevi described a changed Saudi Arabia, whose interests now accord more with Israel’s:

Part of the strategies of the pragmatic Sunni nations are becoming closer to our own. Saudi Arabia is not the same country we once saw just a year and a half ago, they have a new king and are leading the Sunni camp in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is implementing vast reforms in order to move the country away from their oil dependent economy.”

On Iran, while Halevi applauded the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran, he warned that:

Iran is investing great efforts against Israel. Iran is supporting the three main threats on Israel: Hammas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad – in fact, they support 60% of it. It is a Shiite nation giving money to Sunni organization – they would do that to hurt Israel.”

On Syria, Halevi said:

Syrian industries have resumed the production of weaponry for Hezbollah, and neither the world or Israel should accept it – it could escalate the next conflict.”

Jerusalem Post elaborated more on what Halevi said about Iran:

“In the next wars, the majority of weapons that will attack Israel will be Iranian products. Iran is leading the way in cyber warfare and aiding Hezbollah on that front.”

But the most interesting and significant thing Halevi said was not reported by either Jerusalem Post or the Herzliya Conference. Instead, it was reported by AMN (Al-Masdar News, an online newspaper based in Beirut, Lebanon) on June 20, 2016:

Israeli intelligence Chief, Major General Herzi Halevy, said that the last three months have been the most difficult for ISIS since its inception.

In a speech delivered at “Herzliya” conference yesterday, Halevy explicitly said “Israel does not want the situation in Syria to end with the defeat of ISIS,” the Israeli NRG site reported.

“Withdrawal of the super powers from the region and letting Israel alone in front of Hezbollah and Iran that possess good abilities will make ‘Israel’ in a hard position. Therefore, we’ve to do all we can so as not finding ourselves in such situation,” the Israeli chief intelligence added.

AMN ‘s source is the Hebrew-language Israeli news site NRG.

According to Google Translate, the June 15, 2016 NRG report says that “on the second day of the 16th Herzliya Conference,” addressing “the difficult war in Syria,” head of Military Intelligence Herzi Halevi noted that “it reveals the main symptoms today in the Middle East, where countries are weakened and organizations are strengthened”. But “there are advantages” to “the presence of the great powers” in Syria, “as in the case of the destruction of Syria’s [the Assad government’s] chemical weapons.”

Then Halevi said:

האחרונים היו הקשים ביותר מבחינת דאעש מאז הקמתו”, סיפר. “ישראל לא רוצה שבסוריה יסתיים המצב שדאעש הובס, המעצמות עזבו את האיזור ואנחנו נשארנו עם חיזבאללה ואיראן עם יכולות טובות יותר. מצב סיום כזה הוא בעייתי. אנחנו צריכים להשפיע כך שלא נגיע למצב הזה”.

“Israel does not want Syria to end in a situation where Da’ish is defeated, the superpowers leave the region, and we [Israel] are left facing a more powerful Hezbollah and Iran with better capabilities. Such an end result is problematic. We [Israel] need to influence events so that we do not reach this situation.

Da’ish is Arabic for Daesh — the Arabic language acronym for ISIS/ISIL or the Islamic State.

There you have it.

The reason for Israel and the U.S.’s support of the so-called Syrian “rebels” and adamant opposition to the Assad government of Syria — a government that, unlike the jihadist rebels, does not abuse its Christian citizens — is because, in the words of Israeli military intelligence chief Herzi Halevi:

A stable Syria wherein ISIS is defeated would mean the U.S. and allies (“great powers”) would withdraw from the region, leaving Israel alone to deal with Iran and Hezbollah.

It is in Israel’s interest that Syria remains in a civil war, and ISIS continue their demonic destruction and killing of Christians. Why the Obama administration and now the Trump administration as well think all that is in America’s interests — not to mention the interests and wellbeing of Syrian Christians — is another matter entirely.

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~Eowyn

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President Trump: ‘We’re not going into Syria’

After members of his own cabinet — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley — made war noises about taking out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, President Trump denied that the U.S. is “going into Syria” in a phone interview last night with the New York Post (NYP).

Michael Goodwin reports for the New York Post, April 11, 2017:

Amid complaints that his aides are saying different things about Syria and his policy is confusing, President Trump emphatically cleared the air.

“We’re not going into Syria,” he told me yesterday in an exclusive [phone] interview. “Our policy is the same — it hasn’t changed. We’re not going into Syria.

But Trump insisted that Assad had used sarin gas on his own people, calling him a “butcher” and a “barbarian,” but that last week’s successful missile strike — which he calls “an act of humanity” — was not the start of a campaign to oust the dictator:

“Our big mission is getting rid of ISIS. That’s where it’s always been. But when you see kids choking to death, you watch their lungs burning out, we had to hit him and hit him hard.”

[Note: Trump continues to ignore reasoning and evidence to the contrary. There are also rumors that Trump’s National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster (who replaced ousted retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn) and others have been feeding Trump false intelligence:

  1. Assad had/has no reason to gas his people because the campaign against jihadist “rebels” is going well;
  2. The U.S. military knew the “chemical attack” was the result of Assad’s conventional air strike against a jihadist weapons depot in Idlib which contained chemical weapons of chlorine gas and organic phosphates — not sarin gas — which were released into the air from the strike.

See “Former US intelligence officials: Trump lied about Assad’s chemical attack on Idlib province” and “3 reasons why the latest Syrian chemical attack attributed to Assad is a false flag”]

The New York Post report continues that on Russia, Trump said he hoped for Putin’s cooperation, but that “I don’t know”:

“We’re not exactly on the same wavelength with Russia, to put it mildly. Putin must see what a barbarian this guy [Assad] is, and it’s a very bad symbol for Russia with this guy gassing children and using barrel bombs.”

About Iran and Obama’s nuclear deal with the regime, Trump said:

“I don’t need more pause about Iran. It was the single worst deal ever. It’s a disgrace that a deal like that was even signed. It made Iran a power from a country that was ready to fall apart. Iran won’t honor its deal. Instead of saying, ‘Thank you very much for saving our country,’ they’ve been emboldened.”

About North Korea making war noises, Trump said, “I knew I was left a mess, but it’s worse than I thought.”

Trump also said he has not had any recent contact with Obama and that “I’m very disappointed that I was surveilled and so was my campaign. That’s not supposed to be happening, but I’ve been proven right.”

Please tell President Trump that you do not want a U.S. war in Syria:

  • To send a tweet to Pres. Trump @realDonaldTrump, click here.
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  • To email Trump, click here.

~Eowyn

Trump on verge of war in Syria

2 days after Trump had 59 cruise missiles fired at Syria’s Shayrat Air Base, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power is a priority. On Sunday, April 9, Haley said Trump “will not stop” with the missile strike and that “If he needs to do more, he will.” Haley’s pronouncement is a complete U-turn: Just days ago, she had said toppling Assad was not a priority. (CNN)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said today (Wall St. Journal):

“It is clear to all of us that the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end.

Today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer didn’t just compare Syrian President Assad to Hitler, he said Assad is worse than Hitler for using chemical weapons. (Chicago Sun-Times)

See “Former US intelligence officials: Trump lied about Assad’s chemical attack on Idlib province” and “3 reasons why the latest Syrian chemical attack attributed to Assad is a false flag

During a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella today, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the US is planning a false flag operation, faking chemical weapons airstrikes on Syrian capital Damascus. The attack will be blamed on the Assad government and used as the pretext to take him out. (The Mirror)

Paul Joseph Watson writes that “The Trump administration is currently locked in a heated debate over whether to launch a full ground invasion of Syria, with hundreds of thousands of soldiers now massing . . . . Troop numbers are now being massively escalated in western Iraq . . . including the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, to back up and cover the flank for U.S. Army ground forces in case of possible attack by Assad.”

Watson says that “According to White House sources who spoke to Infowars, Trump is reticent to see U.S. troops embroiled in yet another Middle East quagmire, but is under pressure from top neo-cons in his administration to prevent Russia from dominating the region as the fall of ISIS nears.” (InfoWars)

Pat Buchanan asks:

A Syrian war would consume Trump’s presidency.

Are we ready for that? How would we win such a war without raising a large army and sending it back into the Middle East? . . . .

We have no vital national interest in Syria’s civil war. . . . If, after Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, we do not want America in yet another Mideast war, the time to stop it is before the War Party has us already in it. That time is now.

Question to Deplorables:

Did you vote for Trump so that the U.S. will get into yet another war in the Middle East? And how does a war in Syria make America great again?

Meanwhile, it looks like the US-Mexico border wall is going up in smoke.

Breitbart just reported that federal funding for wall construction may be excluded from the House GOP’s budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018. House Democrats, along with a few House Republicans, are working around-the-clock to make sure funding for the estimated $12 billion border wall is not factored into the GOP budget, according to a report by The Hill.

H/t Will Shanley

~Eowyn

What Trump said about U.S. military attack on Syria in 2013

Quod Mutatum?

What changed from 2013, Mr. Trump?

~Eowyn

Former US intelligence officials: Trump lied about Assad’s chemical attack on Idlib province

“President Trump should make his case in front of the American people and allow their elected representatives to debate the benefits and risks of further Middle East intervention to our national security interests.” Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)

What we know to be FACTS:

  1. On 4 April 2017, the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria’s Idlib province, was struck by a heavy airstrike followed by massive civilian chemical (sarin nerve gas) poisoning, including children.
  2. At the time of the attack the town was under the control of Tahrir al-Sham, formerly known as the al-Nusra Front — a Sunni Islamist terrorist organization fighting against Syrian Government forces in the Syrian Civil War, with the aim of establishing an Islamist state in the country.
  3. President Donald Trump, the U.S. Pentagon, and the UK (in the person of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson) blamed the attack on the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Russian and Syrian governments said it was caused by the Syrian Air Force’s destruction of a nearby rebel-operated chemical weapons warehouse.
  4. In the early morning hours of April 7, 2017, the Trump administration fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from a U.S. destroyer in the Mediterranean Sea, at Shayrat Air Base in Syria,said to be the location from where the Assad government allegedly had launched the April 4 chemical attack.

A couple of points to keep in mind:

  • At the time of the alleged chemical attack, things were going well for the Assad government in its efforts to combat the Syrian “rebels,” among whom is the al-Nusra Front. In other words, there was no reason for the Assad government to launch a chemical attack against the “rebels”.
  • From 2013, when Obama and Congress had agitated to attack the Syrian government because of the latter’s alleged deployment of chemical weapons, Assad knows well the U.S. would go berserk if he were to launch a chemical attack.

Two former U.S. intelligence officials are speaking out about what they know and believe about the April 4 “chemical attack” on the town in Idlib. They are:

  1. Walter Patrick “Pat” Lang, Jr., 76, a former U.S. Army officer who left the army with the rank of Colonel, then worked as a high-level civilian intelligence analyst in the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at the equivalent rank of a lieutenant general, specializing in the Middle East and South Asia. Lang is now a commentator on the Middle East, private intelligence analyst, and author.
  2. Ray McGovern, a retired CIA analyst from the administration of John Kennedy to that of George H.W. Bush, and prepared the President’s Daily Brief for Nixon, Ford, and Reagan. He is a member of the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

Both Lang and McGovern maintain that:

  • On April 4, the Assad government undertook a conventional (not chemical) air strike at a rebel-held weapons/explosives depot in Idlib.
  • The Assad government had notified the Trump administration of its intended strike.
  • Unbeknown to the Assad government, the weapons depot contained deadly chemicals — of organic phosphates and chlorine (not sarin).
  • The explosion of the depot released the chemicals into the air, which was carried by a strong wind to a nearby town, Khan Shaykhun, and killed civilians.

Below are the respective analyses of Lang and McGovern, originally published on Intel Today, a website that is less than a year old, founded last July. My guess is Intel Today is a forum of retired and/or active “white hats” U.S. intelligence officials.

Analysis by former DIA Intelligence Analyst Col. Patrick Lang

Donald Trump’s decision to launch cruise missile strikes on a Syrian Air Force Base was based on a lie. In the coming days the American people will learn that the Intelligence Community knew that Syria did not drop a military chemical weapon on innocent civilians in Idlib. Here is what happened.

  1. The Russians briefed the United States on the proposed target. This is a process that started more than two months ago. There is a dedicated phone line that is being used to coordinate and deconflict (i.e., prevent US and Russian air assets from shooting at each other) the upcoming operation.
  2. The United States was fully briefed on the fact that there was a target in Idlib that the Russians believed was a weapons/explosives depot for Islamic rebels.
  3. The Syrian Air Force hit the target with conventional weapons. All involved expected to see a massive secondary explosion. That did not happen. Instead, smoke, chemical smoke, began billowing from the site. It turns out that the Islamic rebels used that site to store chemicals, not sarin, that were deadly. The chemicals included organic phosphates and chlorine and they followed the wind and killed civilians.
  4. There was a strong wind blowing that day and the cloud was driven to a nearby village and caused casualties.
  5. We know it was not sarin. How? Very simple. The so-called “first responders” handled the victims without gloves. If this had been sarin they would have died. Sarin on the skin will kill you. How do I know? I went through “Live Agent” training at Fort McClellan in Alabama.

There are members of the U.S. military who were aware this strike would occur and it was recorded. There is a film record. At least the Defense Intelligence Agency knows that this was not a chemical weapon attack. In fact, Syrian military chemical weapons were destroyed with the help of Russia.

This is Gulf of Tonkin 2. How ironic. Donald Trump correctly castigated George W. Bush for launching an unprovoked, unjustified attack on Iraq in 2003. Now we have President Donald Trump doing the same damn thing. Worse in fact. Because the intelligence community had information showing that there was no chemical weapon launched by the Syrian Air Force.

Here’s the good news. The Russians and Syrians were informed, or at least were aware, that the attack was coming. They were able to remove a large number of their assets. The base the United States hit was something of a backwater. Donald Trump gets to pretend that he is a tough guy. He is not. He is a fool.

This attack was violation of international law. Donald Trump authorized an unjustified attack on a sovereign country. What is even more disturbing is that people like Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and NSA Director General McMaster went along with this charade. Front line troops know the truth. These facts will eventually come out. Donald Trump will most likely not finish his term as President. He will be impeached, I believe, once Congress is presented with irrefutable proof that he ignored and rejected intelligence that did not support the myth that Syria attacked with chemical weapons.

It should also alarm American taxpayers that we launched $100 million dollars [Note: the cost is more likely $114.5 million, based on the per-unit cost of Tomahawk cruise missile] of missiles to blow up sand and camel shit. The Russians were aware that a strike was coming. I’m hoping that they and the Syrians withdrew their forces and aircraft from the base. Whatever hope I had that Donald Trump would be a new kind of President, that hope is extinguished. He is a child and a moron. He committed an act of war without justification. But the fault is not his alone. Those who sit atop the NSC, the DOD, the CIA, the Department of State should have resigned in protest. They did not. They are complicit in a war crime.

Analysis by former CIA agent Ray McGovern

Syrian aircraft ‘knew’ there was a weapons cache in this particular rebel-held area.  That was correct, and the Syrian aircraft bombed it.

What seems not to have been known was the existence nearby of a large storage facility for chemicals.  That too was damaged, releasing a cloud of chemicals that the wind blew south and poisoned those villagers.

Here is what most likely happened:

The Russians briefed the United States on the proposed target. This is a process that started more than two months ago. There is a dedicated phone line that is being used to coordinate and deconflict (i.e., prevent US and Russian air assets from shooting at each other) the upcoming operation.

The United States was fully briefed on the fact that there was a target in Idlib that the Russians believes was a weapons and explosives depot for Islamic rebels.

The Syrian Air Force hit the target with conventional weapons. All involved expected to see a massive secondary explosion. That did not happen. Instead, smoke, chemical smoke, began billowing from the site. It turns out that the Islamic rebels used that site to store chemicals, not sarin, that were deadly. The chemicals included organic phosphates and chlorine and they followed the wind and killed civilians.

There was a strong wind blowing that day and the cloud was driven to a nearby village and caused casualties.

We know it was not sarin. How? Very simple. The so-called “first responders” handled the victims without gloves. If this had been sarin they would have died. Sarin on the skin will kill you.

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~Eowyn

Trump admin. updated Israel ‘in real time’ on Syria missile strike

JTA reports for The New York Jewish Week that Israel’s intelligence minister and a member of the Cabinet’s defense forum Yisrael Katz told Israeli Army Radio that U.S. defense officials “updated Israel in real time” on the Trump administration’s missile attack at Shayrat Air Base in Syria in the early morning hours of April 7.

The attack killed 18 Syrian civilians, including 5 children (AFP) — which is most ironic because Trump had justified the missile strike as a retaliation against Syrian children being killed by an alleged chemical attack allegedly by the Assad government.

Both Yisrael Katz and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu heaped praises on Trump for the missile attack. Katz enthused:

“There are things that only the No. 1 superpower in the world can do. In contrast to the failed policy of leading from behind, which led to Iran’s entrenchment, the United States has restored America’s regional leadership in a big way in the Middle East.”

Netanyahu praised Trump in a statement that Trump, “in both word and action,” had “sent a strong and clear message today that the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated. Israel fully supports President Trump’s decision.” Israel “hopes that this message of resolve in the face of the Assad regime’s horrific actions will resonate not only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere.”

From Wikipedia:

In 1993, the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment WMD proliferation assessment recorded Israel as a country generally reported as having undeclared offensive chemical warfare capabilities.[2] Former US deputy assistant secretary of defense responsible for chemical and biological defense Dr. Bill Richardson said in 1998 “I have no doubt that Israel has worked on both chemical and biological offensive things for a long time… There’s no doubt they’ve had stuff for years.”[24]

Israel is believed to have developed an offensive biological warfare capability.[2] The US Congress Office of Technology Assessment records Israel as a country possessing a long-term, undeclared biological warfare program.[2] Israel is not a signatory to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).[25]

Even the U.S. Congress wasn’t “updated in real time” about the U.S. missile attack.

CBS/AP reports, April 7, 2017:

The U.S. missile strikes Thursday on a Syrian air base were conducted without formal congressional approval….

Trump did let Congress know of his plans to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles Thursday evening…. A White House official said more than two dozen members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, were briefed Thursday by White House and Cabinet officials. House Speaker Paul Ryan, the No. 3 U.S. official, said he was among those informed.

So what is it about Israel that warrants its government having the unique privilege of being “updated in real time” on a U.S. missile attack against a third country?

Inquiring minds really want to know.

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~Eowyn

Look who support Trump’s missile strike on Syria

In the early morning hours of April 7, 2017, the Trump administration fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from a U.S. destroyer in the Mediterranean Sea, at Shayrat Air Base in Syria, alleged to be the location from where the Assad government, on April 4, allegedly launched a chemical attack of sarin nerve gas which killed many civilians, including women and children, in the rebel-held town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province.

Trump undertook this act of war against the legitimate government of a sovereign state who has the support of Russia and China:

  • without an official investigation of the alleged chemical attack
  • without the approval of Congress
  • without an act of aggression from the Syrian government against the United States
  • without Syria presenting a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States
  • without a prior consultation with Russia (or China), and in so not doing, risks WW3 with two world powers.

Trump justified the missile strike as being for the Syrian children allegedly killed by the alleged chemical sarin-gas attack. So it’s all the more ironic that his missile strike killed 18 civilians, including 5 children. (AFP)

Here are the prominent Americans who support Trump’s missile attack:

(1) Bill Kristol

He who supported a third-party candidate against presidential candidate Trump, who finds Trump’s “America First” nationalism vulgar and embarrassing, who openly advocates a deep-state coup against President Trump — now approves of Trump risking WW3 by firing 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria, without even an investigation as to who’d actually deployed the sarin gas attack.

(2) Brian Williams

The pathological liar and disgraced former NBC anchorman calls Trump’s missile strikes that killed 18 civilians, including 5 children, a “beautiful” sight:

(3) Pelosi & Schumer

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) said, “Tonight’s strike in Syria appears to be a proportional response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D–NY) said, “Making sure Assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do.” (Wikipedia)

(4) A Pack of RINOs

Senators John McCain (R–AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R–SC) said, “Unlike the previous administration, President Trump confronted a pivotal moment in Syria and took action. For that, he deserves the support of the American people.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R–WI) said the strike was “appropriate and just.”

Also Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Orin Hatch (R-UT), David Perdue (R-GA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and Thom Tillis (R-NC).  (Wikipedia)

(5) Hillary Clinton

Yesterday, April 7, speaking to a crowd of supporters in Houston, Texas, Clinton applauds Trump’s missile strikes and urges him to undertake even more U.S. military action to take out Assad — and open America’s doors to Syrian refugees:

“The action taken last night needs to be followed by a broader strategy to end Syria’s civil war . . . . So I hope this administration will move forward [and] . . . recognize that they cannot in one breath speak of protecting Syrian babies and in the next close America’s doors to them.”

(6) The Military-Industrial Complex

CNN Money reports, April 7, 2017, that Raytheon, the company that makes the Tomahawk missiles used in Trump’s air strikes on Syria, rose in early stock trading Friday. Investors are betting that Trump’s air strike means the Pentagon will need more Tomahawks.

The Department of Defense asked for $2 billion over five years to buy 4,000 Tomahawks for the U.S. Navy in its fiscal 2017 budget last February.

Raytheon(RTN) wasn’t the only defense stock rising Friday either. Lockheed Martin (LMT), which partners with Raytheon on the Javelin missile launcher system and also makes Hellfire missiles, gained nearly 1%.

And so, Donald Trump finally achieves bipartisan support . . . . Sarc/

I have a question for all the conservatives out there who support Trump’s missile strike against the Assad government:

Weren’t you adamantly AGAINST Obama wanting to attack Assad in 2013?

Then, as now, the conditions are the same. Then, as now, the excuse for U.S. military action is Assad’s alleged chemical attacks and those poor little children.

So what has changed to account for your enthusiastic support to attack Syria now?

And how does launching 59 cruise missiles at Syria — only 23 (or 40%) of which actually hit the target — at a cost of $114.5 million (each Tomahawk costs $1.94 million), Make America Great Again?

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~Eowyn