Energy Companies Hit By Cyber Attack From Russia-Linked Group
June 30, 2014
The industrial control systems of hundreds of European and US energy companies have been infected by a sophisticated cyber weapon operated by a state-backed group with apparent ties to Russia, according to a leading US online security group.
The powerful piece of malware known as “Energetic Bear” allows its operators to monitor energy consumption in real time, or to cripple physical systems such as wind turbines, gas pipelines and power plants at will.
The well-resourced organisation behind the cyber attack is believed to have compromised the computer systems of more than 1,000 organisations in 84 countries in a campaign spanning 18 months. The malware is similar to the Stuxnet computer programme created by the US and Israel that succeeded in infecting and sabotaging Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities two years ago.
The latest attacks are a new deployment of malware that was first monitored by IT security companies at the beginning of the year.
Early infections by Energetic Bear appeared to be based solely around espionage.
Symantec, a US cyber security company, said on Monday, however, that it had identified a virulent new “attack vector” designed to give the malware control over physical systems themselves.
Symantec said the group behind Energetic Bear, who they have dubbed Dragonfly, succeeded last year in infecting three leading specialist manufacturers of industrial control systems. Dragonfly then inserted the malware covertly into the legitimate software updates those companies sent to clients.
As clients downloaded the updates, their industrial control systems become infected. Contaminated software from one of the companies was downloaded to more than 250 industrial systems.
The malware is said to have indiscriminately infected hundreds of organisations, but by filtering infections to see where it is in regular contact with its command and control servers, Symantec said it had a clear picture of where Dragonfly’s interests lie.
According to Symantec, which produces the Norton range of antivirus software, Energetic Bear is most actively in use in Spain and the US, followed by France, Italy and Germany.
(All NATO countries!)
Symantec said it believed that Dragonfly was “based in eastern Europe and has all the markings of being state-sponsored”.
Stuart Poole-Robb, a former MI6 and military intelligence officer and founder of KCS Group, a security consultancy, said: “To target a whole sector like this at the level they are doing just for strategic data and control speaks of some form of government sanction.
“These are people working with Fapsi [Russia’s electronic spying agency]; working to support mother Russia.”
Timestamps and Cyrillic text and names within the code for Energetic Bear indicate the malware’s origins are in Russia, although attributing cyber attacks is far from an exact science.
For example, Chinese hackers, who have also been involved in energy-related espionage in the past, have been known to route their attacks through Russia to provide cover for their activities.
Published on May 15, 2014
Check out the magnified image at the end of the video @5:59. I have slowed the speed 3x. An unidentified object approaches the right side of the rocket and appears to fly into it.
US and Europe Strike Russian Military Satellite. Star Wars
Proton-M rocket carrying Russia’s most advanced satellite crashes
A Russian Proton-M rocket with an advanced satellite on board crashed outside of Kazakhstan’s territory on Friday, about nine minutes after lift-off. The Express-AM4R would have been Russia’s most advanced and powerful satellite.
There are so far no reports of damage or casualties resulting from the Proton-M’s failure to deliver the satellite into orbit.
The rocket could have crashed over the Altai Mountains or the Pacific Ocean, a source told RIA Novosti.
All other launches of Proton-type rockets will be halted at Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan until the reason for the crash is determined, a source told RIA Novosti.
There was an emergency engines shutdown on the 540th second following the launch, the Russian Federal Space Agency said, as quoted by Itar-Tass.
The third stage had another 40 seconds to go before the planned separation from the satellite when the engines failed, RIA Novosti quoted a source as saying.
All of the fuel left over from the launch was likely burnt up in the atmosphere, including the toxic heptyl components used to power the Proton rocket, Interfax reported, citing a source.
Both the rocket and the satellite on board also burnt up in thick layers of the atmosphere during the fall, but debris from the objects could have fallen on the ground, Itar-Tass reported, citing Roscosmos.”Individual small fragments of the rocket could have fallen…the impacted area is being specified,” a source from Roscosmos said.
A special commission from the Russian Federal Space Agency will be in charge of investigating the reasons behind the crash.
Space expert Stephen Clark told RT that it is extremely unlikely that there are casualties.
“None have been reported up until this point. It is a vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean or the Russian Far East where this debris has likely fallen. And that area is very sparsely populated, so it is highly unlikely that someone was hurt or killed by this,” he said.
The Proton-M rocket, carrying an advanced Express-AM4R satellite, was launched on schedule from Baikonur on Friday. The Express-AM4R would have been Russia’s most advanced and powerful satellite.
The spacecraft weighed 5.8 metric tons and had 63 transponders providing X-band, C-band, S-band, L-band, Ku-band, and Ka-band capacity along with 10 antennas installed.
The satellite was to provide internet access in Russia’s remote regions at affordable prices. This was Russia’s third launch of Express series satellites this year. In March, Express-AT1 and Express-AT satellites were put into orbit.
In 2013, Russia carried out 32 of the 82 space launches completed worldwide, only one of which failed, Interfax reported.
U.S. Space Restrictions on Russia May Strike Back
Published on May 15, 2014
ON THE VERGE OF WW3. Russia to ban US from using Space Station over Ukraine sanctions.
Russia is to deny the US future use of the International Space Station beyond 2020 and will also bar its rocket engines from launching US military satellites as it hits back at American sanctions imposed over Ukraine crisis.
Russia’s deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced a series of punitive measures on Tuesday against the US in response to sanctions imposed after Russia annexed Crimea.
The two countries have long cooperated closely on space exploration despite their clashes in foreign policy.
The Space Station is manned by both American and Russian crew, but the only way to reach it is by using Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft.
The US is keen to keep the $100 billion (£600) ISS flying until at least 2024, four years beyond its original target.
What other World Powers Could or have the Technology to do this?
Get lost, Russian deputy tells GPS
Russia is about to shut down American GPS stations on Russian soil – not as a reaction to the Crimean crisis, but instead in response to Washington’s failure to agree to host ground stations for the Russian GLONASS system.
Russian deputy foreign minister Dmitry Rogozin said the suspension would take place beginning June 1, and will involve the stations of the American GPS satellite navigation system on the territory of Russia.
Rogozin took to twitter to assure Russians that this action will not affect the quality of the received signal by Russian users of the navigation system. “We hope that these negotiations will find solutions that will restore proportional cooperation; if not, from September 1, the operation of these stations will be stopped completely,” he explained.
The Russian Federal Space Agency – aka Roscosmos – appealed to the US authorities for permission to build several measuring stations for the GLONASS system in May 2012, but the parties have failed to reach an agreement.
The New York Times blames the CIA and Pentagon for not allowing GLONASS stations in America, saying that they fear the installations could be used to spy on American interests. There may also be commercial reasons for the US to promote its domestic system over the Russian one.
The American Global Positioning System – more simply known as GPS – initially had military and civilian modes that reduced the accuracy for non-authorized users. However, during 1991’s Operation Desert Storm, when some military equipment only had civil GPS systems, the higher level of accuracy was opened up for everyone and this has remained the case.
According to Rogozin, Russia and the US agreed to build the 11 GPS stations in Russia, with agreements signed in 1992 and 2011. In 2013, GLONASS monitoring stations opened in Brazil, and there are plans to extend the infrastructure to Indonesia, Australia, and Spain.
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May 11, 2014 7:30 pm
The U.S. Strategic Command, which is in charge of waging nuclear war, will hold large-scale bomber exercises this week—days after Russia held what Moscow called “massive” war games simulating a U.S. and NATO nuclear attack.
Ten U.S. B-52 bombers and up to six B-2 strategic bombers will take part in the war games called “Global Lightning 14” from Monday through May 16, the command said in a statement late Sunday.
The purpose is to “demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness in training scenarios throughout the continental U.S.,” the command said in a statement from its Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska headquarters.
“This exercise provides unique training opportunities to incorporate the most current technology and techniques in support of our mission,” said Adm. Cecil Haney, Strategic Command commander. “Continued focus and investment in our strategic capabilities allow US Stratcom to deter, dissuade, and defeat current and future threats to the U.S. and our allies.”
Global Lightning, planned for more than a year, will began days after Russian President Vladimir Putin last week oversaw what Russian defense officials called a “massive” nuclear war drill that simulated U.S. and NATO nuclear attacks.
Stratcom said in its statement, in an apparent reference to the Russian war games, that “the timing of the exercise is unrelated to real-world events.”
Tensions remain high between the United States and Russia over Moscow’s military annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and ongoing pro-Russian unrest in eastern Ukraine.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday declined to categorize Russia as an enemy, despite its aggression in Ukraine.
“We’re not at war with Russia, so do define an enemy as being at war or not at war?” Hagel said on ABC’s This Week.
Russia is “an adversary in Ukraine, sure,” he said.
“But I think that’s a little simplistic to get into either enemy, friend, partner, so on,” Hagel said. “Russia continues to isolate itself for a short-term gain. The Russians may feel that somehow they’re winning, but the war was not about just short term.”
U.S. officials have said some 40,000 to 80,000 Russian troops are deployed within a short distance of Ukraine’s eastern border.
Russia is seeking to create a federated state in Ukraine as part of Putin’s announced plan to restore elements of the Soviet Union. The Russian leader regards many of the former Soviet republics surrounding Russia, including Ukraine, as the “near abroad” that Moscow wants to control.
The Russian war games included the test launch of a SS-25 Topol intercontinental missile and two SS-N-23 submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Additional missile firings included six Russian air-launched nuclear-capable cruise missiles.
It could not be learned if Global Lightning will include U.S. missile launches.
A Stratcom spokeswoman declined to provide further details of the exercise.
“Global Lightning 14 is designed to provide training opportunities and to test and validate command and control procedures for U.S. Strategic Command and its subordinate units,” said Army Lt. Col. Stephanie Bounds, the spokeswoman.
“Just as technology changes, so do the threats. This exercise provides the opportunity to incorporate the most current technology and techniques in support of our mission.”
The command “is constantly honing its capabilities to deter, dissuade, and defeat current and future threats to the U.S. and our allies,” she said.
Bounds declined to provide details of the exercise but said: “All activities are designed to test and validate command and control procedures for U.S. Strategic Command and its subordinate units.”
A U.S. official said the U.S. Cyber Command, part of Strategic Command, will take part in the exercises that are said to include simulated cyber attacks against Strategic Command communications and command systems.
Mark Schneider, a former Pentagon nuclear strategy official, said the Russian exercises appeared intended as a political message to the West.
Schneider said Russia usually holds its nuclear drills in the fall and the timing of last week’s war games “suggests to me that the intent was nuclear intimidation against NATO over the Ukraine.”
Moscow on April 14 also conducted a test launch of a new ICBM called the SS-27 by NATO that carried multiple simulated warheads that analysts say potentially violated the 2010 New START arms treaty.
Moscow and Washington also have been battling over Russia’s plan to upgrade aircraft used in conducting permitted spy flights over the United States that intelligence officials say could undermine U.S. security. The flights are carried out under the Open Skies Treaty.
Russia temporarily blocked a U.S. overflight of Russia and a spokesman mentioned the dispute over the new Russian aircraft in criticizing U.S. officials.
The Obama administration also recently turned down a proposal from Russia aimed at resolving differences over U.S. and NATO missile defenses in Europe. Moscow is opposing the deployment of interceptors and radar in the region and has charged the United States with seeking to counter Russian strategic offensive missiles.
The administration insists the missile defenses are aimed at countering Iranian long-range missile threats.
May 6th, 2014
With the situation in the Ukraine escalating and the US continuing to call for sanctions against Russia’s financial and political elite, Vladimir Putin is now not only mobilizing tens of thousands of troops on his Western front, but sending intercontinental strategic bombers across the Pacific Ocean. According to the US military, it’s the first time since the cold war that Russia’s incursions have come this close to America.
What’s even more alarming is that Russia is making it clear that any attack on the Motherland would likely lead to widespread bombardment of western interests. Nuclear capable Russian bombers have been spotted all over the world as of late including in Guam, Japan, South Korea and Europe.
There was no comment about whether the aircraft were nuclear capable, but it has not been since the Cold War ended in the early 1990s that Russian patrols have skirted the West Coast and California.
Other than fleets of Russian bombers making passes in close proximity to U.S. interests, the military hasn’t reported anything else out of the ordinary.
But last week something weird happened in Los Angeles and it likely involved a high altitude fly over.
Air traffic controllers at Los Angeles LAX airport reported that their computer systems were overwhelmed and crashed, leading to hundreds of flight delays and cancellations across the country. According to an NBC News investigation the outage was caused by the flyover of a U-2 spy plane. Apparently the 1950′s class spy plane entered LAX airspace at about 60,000 feet and its jamming systems crashed not only the primary air traffic control systems used to monitor and direct commercial airlines, but the back up systems as well.
According to NBC News, the U-2 was flying at 60,000 feet, but air traffic control computers were attempting to keep it from colliding with planes that were actually miles beneath it.
The computers at the L.A. Center are programmed to keep commercial airliners and other aircraft from colliding with each other.
The spy plane’s altitude and route apparently overloaded a computer system called ERAM, which generates display data for air-traffic controllers. Back-up computer systems also failed
But within days of the original report, disseminated across broadcast networks all over America, the Air Force officially denied that it was a U-2 spy plane, claiming they found the glitch but provided no reason for what caused it:
But an Edwards rep said no such planes are assigned to Edwards, and a NASA rep said that none of their U-2 planes were flying on Wednesday.
The U.S. Air Force, on the other hand, confirmed that it had sent out a U-2 plane that day — but denied to that the spy plane caused the airport confusion. The Air Force Times has more:
With the revelation this week that Russia has deployed strategic bomber fleets for fly-by’s along our West Coast to gather intelligence and test their capabilities, is it possible that someone flipped a switch to see what would happen?
The Air Force likely knows what caused the outage but refuses to share details, which suggests that either the United States was engaged in a military exercise and they want to keep it under wraps, or, it was the Russians and going public could further inflame the already heated geo-political climate.
Both the United States and Russia have advanced stealth and jamming systems, either of which may have been responsible for the LAX outage. But one particular technology stands out, especially considering that Airforce technicians had to step in to resolve the issue.
The United States, Russia and China have been testing non-nuclear capable electro-magnetic pulse technology that can be deployed either via a missile or a attached to an airplane while it travels in proximity to a particular target. Unlike the nuclear-trigger Super EMP Weapons capable of taking down the electrical infrastructure of an entire country if detonated about 200 miles above the earth’s surface, non-nuclear EMP technology is a line-of-sight weapon that can be directed at a specific city, building or computer system.
In the United States a similar weapon is called CHAMP (High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project ) and is manufactured by Boeing.
We took out everything.
Ukraine crisis: Russia accused of wanting to start WW3
25 April 2014 Last updated at 14:20 BST
The war of words over the crisis in Ukraine has deepened after the the country’s interim prime minister accused Russia of wanting to start World War Three.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Russia was in danger of creating a conflict that would spread to the rest of Europe.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the West of wanting to “seize” Ukraine for its own ends.
Nick Childs reports.
Ukraine isn’t getting calmer.
Reports are coming out, Ukrainian soldiers are killing Russian sympathizers and militants.
This will, I promise, give Putin all the impetus he needs to go stomp the hell out of what’s left of the politicians and government in the Ukraine.
I don’t think this Russian crap is over by any stretch of the imagination. Looks like the internal civil war is starting now – thanks to Russia.
April 15, 2014
Ukrainian armed forces on Tuesday launched a “special operation” against militiamen in the country’s Russian speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro-Moscow separatists.
Heavy gunfire could be heard from the airfield at the town of Kramatorsk after a fighter jet swooped low over the area.
Ukrainian troops were seen disembarking from helicopters. A Reuters correspondent in Kramatorsk saw four military helicopters over the airport. Two of these landed and when troops stepped out and walked across the field, locals manning a barricade shouted “Shame! Go back home!”
Ukraine’s acting President Oleksander Turchynov had earlier announced that a military operation was under way to flush pro-Russian separatists out of the government buildings and facilities they have seized in about 10 towns and cities in the east over the last few days.
Turchynov issued a statement saying Ukraine had retaken the airfield in Kramatorsk from pro-Russian militants, while the state security service said an “anti-terrorist” operation was in progress against separatists in the nearby town of Slaviansk.
The operations appeared to mark an escalation of the deepest East-West crisis since the Cold War. The standoff has raised fears in the West and in Kiev that Russia might intervene militarily on behalf of Russian speakers in eastern Ukraine, following its annexation of the Crimean region last month in response to the overthrow of Ukraine’s pro-Moscow president, Viktor Yanukovych, after weeks of protests.
Russia, US reaction
Earlier, pro-Russian militants who had been holed up in the Kramatorsk police headquarters since Saturday left the building – but a state security official in Kiev said separatists had then taken over the agency’s offices in the town.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday that the United Nations and the international community should condemn the use of force by the Ukrainian authorities in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin said. In a telephone conversation with Ban, Putin “underscored that the Russian side expects a clear condemnation from the United Nations and the international community of these anti-constitutional actions,” a Kremlin statement said.
The White House said on Tuesday Ukraine’s actions against pro-Russian militiamen in the country’s eastern region are called for because of the threat to law and order in the country.
“The Ukrainian government has the responsibility to provide law and order and these provocations in eastern Ukraine are creating a situation in which the government has to respond,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said at a briefing. The United States is “seriously considering” new sanctions against Russia, but is not considering providing lethal aid to Ukraine, he said.
The reports of military action in eastern Ukraine caused Russian shares to fall sharply, with the main Moscow indices down about three percent. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gave a gloomy assessment, apparently referring to the deaths of at least two people on Sunday when Kyiv unsuccessfully tried to regain control in Slaviansk, about 150 kilometers [90 miles] from the Russian border.
“Blood has once again been spilt in Ukraine. The country is on the brink of civil war,” he said on his Facebook page. Turchynov said an offensive he first announced on Sunday was now in progress after days in which it failed to materialize. “The anti-terrorist operation began during the night in the north of Donetsk region. But it will take place in stages, responsibly, in a considered way. I once again stress: the aim of these operations is to defend the citizens of Ukraine,” he told parliament.
At least 15 armored personnel carriers displaying Ukrainian flags were parked by the side of a road around 50 kilometers [30 miles] north of Slaviansk, witnesses said. Ukrainian troops wearing camouflage gear and armed with automatic weapons and grenade launchers were stationed nearby, with a helicopter and several buses containing interior ministry personnel near the road.
In Slaviansk itself, separatists have seized the local headquarters of the police and state security service.
Outside the police station about a dozen civilians manned barricades of tires and wooden crates. A dozen or so armed Cossacks – paramilitary fighters who claim descent from Saris-era patrolmen – stood guard at the mayor’s offices.
Shops were functioning as usual and bread supplies were normal. In Kyiv, a radical pro-Russian candidate running for Ukrainian presidential elections due next month was beaten up by an angry crowd. Moscow accuses Kiev of provoking the crisis by ignoring the rights of citizens who use Russian as their first language, and has promised to protect them from attack. Russia also stresses the presence of far-right nationalists among Kiev’s new rulers.
However, a United Nations report on Tuesday cast doubt on whether Russian-speakers were seriously threatened, including those in Crimea who voted to join Russia after Moscow forces had already seized control of the Black Sea peninsula. “Although there were some attacks against the ethnic Russian community, these were neither systematic nor widespread,” said the report by the U.N. human rights office.
Russia called the report one-sided, politicized and apparently fabricated.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen accused Moscow of involvement in the rebellions. “It is very clear that Russia’s hand is deeply engaged in this,” he told reporters.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied that Moscow was stirring up the separatists in the east and southeast as a possible prelude to repeating its annexation of Crimea. “Ukraine is spreading lies that Russia is behind the actions in the southeast,” Lavrov said on a visit to China.
Moscow has demanded constitutional change in Ukraine to give more powers to Russian-speaking areas, where most of the country’s heavy industry lies, while the rebels have demanded Crimean-style referendums on secession in their regions. Kyiv opposes anything that might lead to the dismemberment of the country. But in an attempt to undercut the rebels’ demands, Turchynov has held out the prospect of a nationwide referendum on the future shape of the Ukrainian state.
The crisis has also prompted fears that Moscow might turn off gas supplies to Kyiv, disrupting flows to the European Union. Russian exporter Gazprom promised it would remain a reliable supplier to the EU, but German energy company RWE began deliveries to Ukraine on Tuesday – reversing the usual east-west flow in one central European pipeline. Central Europe’s pipeline network is designed to carry Russian gas westwards. But Polish operator Gaz-System said it had reversed the flow to send back 4 million cubic meters per day, the equivalent of 1.5 billion annually – a modest volume compared with Ukraine’s need for more than 50 billion.
Moscow has nearly doubled the price it charges Kyiv this year, and President Vladimir Putin has threatened to halt supplies if Kyiv does not repay more than $2 billion it owes to Gazprom. Putin also has warned EU leaders that this could disrupt their supplies that flow across Ukraine. Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz said it was ready to pay in full for imported gas from Russia at $268.5 per 1,000 cubic meters, rather than the $485 Moscow has demanded, which is more than it charges rich Western countries for its gas.
Klitschko urges action
Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko, who helped lead the protests that drove pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych from office, urged Turchynov to send Ukrainian armed forces to the region to drive out the separatists.
“Infiltrators and hired people are not the people of Ukraine. Our dialogue with them must be short,” he insisted. “That’s what people in Donbas, Lugansk, Kharkiv, who ask about protection, are expecting from us. People, who came to the parliament today and are standing there right now, demand mobilization to protect their state.”
Moscow denies involvement
Moscow denies claims of Russian agents’ involvement in the protests as “speculations based on unreliable information.” Putin said the protests vented public anger about the Ukrainian government’s reluctance to recognize the interests of Russian speakers in the east.
Moscow accuses Kyiv of provoking the crisis by ignoring the rights of citizens who use Russian as their first language, and has promised to protect them from attack. It also has highlighted the presence of far-right nationalists among Kyiv’s new rulers.
Lavrov had said Moscow will withdraw from an emergency international summit scheduled for Thursday in Geneva if Kyiv uses force in eastern Ukraine.
“Ukraine is spreading lies that Russia is behind the actions in the southeast. This is a total lie that supposes that those residents there are completely incapable of protesting of their own will,” Lavrov said on a visit to China.
Lavrov called on Kyiv to hold back before a meeting between Russia, the European Union, the United States, and Ukraine planned for Geneva on Thursday. “You can’t send in tanks and at the same time hold talks,” he said. “The use of force would sabotage the opportunity offered by the four-party negotiations in Geneva.”
Moscow says it wants constitutional change in Ukraine to give more powers to Russian-speaking areas, where most of the country’s heavy industry lies, while the secessionists have demanded Crimean-style referendums in their regions.
Kyiv opposes anything that might lead to the dismemberment of the country. But in an attempt to undercut the rebels’ demands, Turchynov has held out the prospect of a nationwide referendum on the future shape of the Ukrainian state.
Lavrov said Kyiv’s apparent willingness to “resolve through negotiations all the problems relating to the legal demands of the inhabitants of the south-east regions of Ukraine, is certainly a step in the right direction, albeit very belated”.
NATO chief, Britain’s Hague accuse Russia
Russia is deeply involved in the crisis in eastern Ukraine where pro-Moscow separatists have seized control of a number of government buildings, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Tuesday.
The frank remarks from the head of the western military alliance underline rising tensions with Moscow, which says it is not involved in the armed pro-Russian protests in eastern Ukraine. Asked if he had seen evidence of Russian involvement in events in eastern Ukraine, Rasmussen told reporters: “We never… comment on intelligence, but I think from what is visible, it is very clear that Russia’s hand is deeply engaged in this.” Relations between NATO and Russia have turned icy since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region last month.
NATO, accusing Russia of massing forces on Ukraine’s border, also has suspended cooperation with Moscow. Rasmussen, in Luxembourg for talks with European Union defense ministers, called on Russia to “de-escalate the crisis,to pull back its troops from Ukraine’s borders, to stop destabilizing the situation in Ukraine and make clear that it doesn’t support the violent actions of pro-Russian separatists. Russia should stop being part of the problem and start being part of the solution.”
Rasmussen said NATO was not discussing any military involvement in non-NATO member Ukraine and was focusing on strengthening the defenses of eastern European allies nervous about Russia’s intentions. NATO ambassadors are expected on Wednesday to discuss options put forward by military planners for reinforcing the defenses of eastern allies through exercises and temporary deployments of planes and ships sent by other allies. In his talks with EU defense ministers, Rasmussen said he would call for stronger cooperation between NATO and the EU, proposing that the military rapid reaction forces that both organizations maintain should train and exercise together more often.
Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary William Hague will say on Tuesday in a speech in London that Russia has deliberately pushed Ukraine “to the brink” in recent days and increased the risk of violent confrontation there.
Hague’s comments were released in advance by his office: “In recent days Russia has deliberately pushed Ukraine to the brink, and created a still greater risk of violent confrontation.”
UN Human Rights report
However, a United Nations report on Tuesday cast doubt on whether Russian-speakers were seriously threatened, including those in Crimea who voted to join Russia after Moscow forces had already seized control of the Black Sea peninsula.
“Although there were some attacks against the ethnic Russian community, these were neither systematic nor widespread,” a report by the U.N. human rights office said.
The report, issued after two visits to Ukraine last month by Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic, cited “misinformed reports” and “greatly exaggerated stories of harassment of ethnic Russians by Ukrainian nationalist extremists”.
These, it said, “had been systematically used to create a climate of fear and insecurity that reflected on support to integration of Crimea into the Russian Federation.”
Obama, Putin phone call
U.S. President Barack Obama warned Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call Monday that Moscow will face further costs if its actions in Ukraine persist. He also urged the Russian leader to use his influence to persuade the demonstrators to leave the buildings they have seized.
“The president emphasized that all irregular forces in the country need to lay down their arms, and he urged President Putin to use his influence with these armed, pro-Russian groups to convince them to depart the buildings they have seized,” the White House said in a statement.
Emergency talks planned
Top diplomats from Russia, the United States, Ukraine and the European Union are to hold emergency talks on the crisis April 17 in Geneva. White House officials say U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Kyiv April 22.
Meanwhile, U.S. officials signed a $1 billion loan guarantee to Ukraine. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said the agreement demonstrates the United States’ unwavering commitment to a stable Ukraine. Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Shlapak said his country is wrapping up talks with the IMF on a comprehensive economic reform program.
Yep, they’re certainly up to something big.
Today it’s being reported that the Chinese are capable of blowing up half the US with subs/missiles. Russia has completed it’s own ‘exercise’ to move strategic bombers.
Russian Tu-160 strategic sombers complete Venezuela-Nicaragua flight
1 November 2013, 01:29
Photo: RIA Novosti
Under the framework of the Long-Range Aviation and Operational Training programs of the Russian Air Force, two supersonic Tu-160 strategic bombers completed a flight from the Maiquetia Airfield in Venezuela to the Managua airfield in Nicaragua.
An official spokesperson of the Russian Defence Ministry said the two aircraft; “flew over the neutral waters of the Caribbean Sea, after which they entered the air space of the Republic of Nicaragua and made a routine landing”.
During the transit mission, the aircraft covered a distance of more than 2,500 kilometers with a flight time of approximately three hours.
All flights by the Russian Air Force are made strictly in line with international rules governing the use of air space, the official said.
The missile-carrying Tu-160 aircraft began their mission from the Engels airbase in the Saratov Region and flew over the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, then along the south-western coast of North America and made their first landing at Maiquetia airfield in Nicaragua with the 13-hour nonstop flight from Russia, covering a distance of 10,000 km.
When flying over the territory of Norway, the aircraft were escorted by two Norwegian F-16 fighter jets out of the Norwegian Bodo air-force base.
At Maiquetia airfied, the crews of the aircraft were greeted on behalf of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro by the Republic’s Defense Minister Carmen Melendez.
Voice of Russia, TASS
is Russia… as I’ve been saying for years.
Expert: ‘Biggest Nuclear Threat To The American People Might Well Be’ Russia
By Candice Leigh Helfand
October 4, 2013 11:22 AM
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – President Barack Obama recently welcomed the new Iranian government’s pursuit of a “more moderate course,” saying it should offer the basis for a breakthrough on Iran’s nuclear impasse with the United Nations and the U.S. He signaled a willingness to directly engage Iran’s leaders, tasking Secretary of State John Kerry with pursuing that diplomacy with Tehran.
“The roadblocks may prove to be too great, but I firmly believe the diplomatic path must be tested,” Obama said last week during an address to the U.N. General Assembly.
Last Friday, Obama made good on his promise of direct engagement when he spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a telephone call that marked the first contact between leaders of the two nations since 1979, and expressed optimism regarding both Iranian-American relations in and of themselves as well as the continuation of discussions surrounding Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
In America, the concept of nuclear warfare was, for several decades, a frequent topic of media coverage and a prominent issue leveraged for American propaganda during the Cold War, which spanned 1945 to 1990. In the years following World War II – when the U.S. used two nuclear weapons to strike the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in what are still, to date, the only uses of nuclear weapons during war by any nation against another nation – the U.S. began development of its own nuclear weapons program at a significantly elevated rate.
Article from 2012 – just a WHOLE year ago. For you Russia lovers, remember that a time may come if you continue to “Believe in Putin” that you might become radioactive atoms floating in the stratosphere for some centuries. The Russians ARE NOT OUR FRIENDS. What Putin is really thinking about is planning and directing the Russian military is to be able to carry out is a first strike scenario. You know, for his memoirs. A.P.
Dmitry Medvedev on nuclear weapons: “They may still come in handy”
Almost as if the strategic leaders and the media have no idea what’s happening on Russian soil, Dmitry Medvedev seems to be shouting it from the rooftops. As we have learned in the past, when Russia makes promises, they lie; when Russia makes threats, they are telling the downright truth. In just the past week, they have made one threat after another concerning their resistance to NATO’s missile shield, and things just got worse.
Exacerbating the tensions between NATO allies and Russia, Medvedev decides to flex Russian muscles on their nuclear capabilities. Charles Clover and Geoff Dyer of FT.com report:
Then, taking the podium in a glittering Kremlin ballroom, Mr. Medvedev declared that Russia’s younger generation needed positive role models to inspire them towards “success in literature, art, education, and” – he paused wistfully – “nuclear weapons”.
Medvedev continues to talk about Russia’s itchy trigger finger and their nuclear arms capabilities.
“They may still come in handy,” he said, apropos, seemingly, of nothing. “We’re not going to use them, but let’s still keep them around, because we have a big country, a complex country. We must value it and protect it.”
This heightened rhetoric is suspected to be coming from what was discussed at the most recent NATO summit in Chicago. The NATO European missile defense shield has been the subject of debate over the past few weeks, but it seems as if Russia is bringing the aggravation to a head. They claim that the defensive measures of the shield would provoke war. But, I thought that war was over? Apparently, not.
In fact, the article goes on to state:
If that were to happen, said General Nikolai Makarov, chief of Russia’s general staff, it could lead to an “illusion of security”, which could lead to war. Countries allowing the missile defence shield on their soil, Gen Makarov said, risked a Russian nuclear first strike. “A decision on pre-emptive use of the attack weapons available will be made when the situation worsens,” he breezily told a news conference this month.”
Yes, the good general actually said the words, “nuclear first strike”. This is extremely unnerving, especially given their recent activities, as reported earlier last week. Steve Gutterman of Reuters reports:
The Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) was successfully launched from the Plesetsk facility in northwestern Russia and its dummy warhead landed on target on the Kamchatka peninsula on the Pacific coast, the Defense Ministry said.”
The new ICBM has capabilities, which suggest that the Russians had anticipated NATO’s construction of the shield.
The new missile is expected to improve Russia’s offensive arsenal, “including by increasing the capability to overcome missile defense systems that are being created”, the ministry said in a statement.
The General Makarov’s comments of a first strike are especially scary, concerning NORAD’s current level of preparedness. The Clinton administration implemented PDD 60, which states that the US will absorb a first strike before retaliating. In an interview with Robert Bell of the National Security Council, he stated that the US will no longer “launch on warning”. He further says,
“Our policy is to confirm that we are under nuclear attack with actual detonations before retaliating,”
In short, if Russia does decide to launch a first strike in response to NATO’s deployment of the European missile shield, they shall certainly succeed (and their newly tested ICBM has proven it can get through). This makes the US and NATO allies strategically sitting ducks.
- Russia Could Send Syria a Missile Shield to Deflect American Tomahawks! (libertynews.com)
- US missile shield safeguards not enough for compromise (historychannelfromthewar.com)
- The new East-West military confrontation, by Manlio Dinucci (voltairenet.org)
- Is Russia toying with US? Russian Missile sale to Iran raises question (noliesradio.org)
- Doom Back On: Russia Threatans Usa With Nuclear Attack. (lunaticoutpost.com)
The Iranian Navy reported on Wednesday that its 27th fleet of warships comprising Khark helicopter carrier and Sabalan destroyer berthed in Sudan’s city of Port after a one-month sailing of 2,600 miles in order to send Tehran’s message of peace and friendship to the regional states and strengthen ties with Khartoum.
On its path to Sudan, the flotilla of warships intercepted over 43 military units and escorted more than 14 cargo ships and oil tankers.
The Iranian Navy in August dispatched its 27th flotilla of warships to the high seas to protect the country’s cargo ships and oil tankers against pirates.
Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the 27th fleet was dispatched after the return of the 26th fleet of the Iranian Navy, comprised of the Bandar Abbas warship and the Alvand destroyer returned home.
Sayyari also said that the mission of the warships is to provide security for Iranian oil tankers and commercial ships sailing on the open seas.
He added that the 26th Fleet had operated in the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, and the Northern Indian Ocean during its mission on the open seas and visited a number of ports in Oman and Djibouti.
The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.
According to UN Security Council resolutions, different countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.
The Gulf of Aden – which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea – is an important energy corridor, particularly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West via the Suez Canal.
Where have all the chemical weapons gone, long time passing?
Where have all the chemical weapons gone, long time ago?
Where have all the chemical weapons gone?
Unit 450 picked them everyone.
Oh, when will Obama ever learn?
Oh, when will Obama ever learn?
I got more information about what I posted earlier here.
Apparently everyone is concerned about the actual CW in Syria. The Russians provided this stuff according to our own intelligence groups.
The Russians want CONTROL of the situation to prevent US from seeing they provided it.
The US wants to collect it, remove it, and turn it over to an “International Group”.
The Russians want to collect it, remove it and HIDE the crap.
This is why so many ships are showing up, why Russia has so many landing ships. This is why we’re ready to BOMB the crap, we want it gone – the Russians want it hidden from sight. The Syrians want to use it. The Russians want the Arabs to USE it on the Israelis.
This is a lot deeper and darker than most of us in the US knew or thought.
If we go in there, we need to do the job RIGHT and Obama isn’t the guy to do it, neither is Kerry the guy to diplomatically clean this up. Hillary would have been better (I just threw up a little in my mouth….).
Either way this shit isn’t going to get cleaned up EASILY.
Brace yourselves – this will continue to escalate until the United States gets their hands on, or destroys the chemical weapons stocks, or the Russians remove it, hide it and convince the US it’s gone or didn’t exist.
I don’t care what some of you are saying about Russia having the “high moral ground”, “Putin is a Christian” or “Putin is a real leader”… The RUSSIANS ARE NOT TO BE TRUSTED, PERIOD.
Check your bags, weapons and supplies.
- Russian Warships Go On Offensive In Syria, Await Slightest American Provocation (pakalertpress.com)
- Obama’s Syria Pause Only Delaying the Inevitable – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- UPDATED: Putin smells blood in the water. On Syria crisis, Russian leader uses moment to seize global leadership from Obama. (flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com)
Obama says is shifting to domestic priorities from Syria focus
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he is shifting his focus to domestic priorities from a tense period during which he sought congressional approval to use military force against Syria for its suspected use of chemical weapons.
“Even as we have been spending a lot of time on the Syria issue and making sure that international attention is focused on the horrible tragedy that occurred there, it is still important to recognize that we’ve got a lot more stuff to do here in this government,” the president said before a meeting with his Cabinet at the White House.
The president said he hopes meetings between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will result in action to eliminate Syria’s ability to use chemical weapons again.
Obama has asked Congress to authorize military strikes against Syria in response to what the United States says was a chemical weapons attack by the government that killed more than 1,400 people on August 21. The issue is on hold pending diplomatic efforts to disarm Syria of chemical weapons.
“I am hopeful that the discussions that Secretary Kerry had with Foreign Minister Lavrov as well as some of the other players in this can yield a concrete result,” Obama said.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were to hold talks on Syria in Geneva.
The president cited the budget, immigration, and implementation of his signature healthcare legislation as concerns he is turning to.
- Kerry set to test Russia on Syria weapons (cnsnews.com)
- Russia says there is still a chance for peace in Syria – Reuters (reuters.com)
- RT: ‘Chance for Syria peace can’t be missed’ – Lavrov on Kerry talks (jhaines6.wordpress.com)
- Obama says is shifting to domestic priorities from Syria focus (dailystar.com.lb)
- Russia gives Syria chemical plan to US (bigpondnews.com)
There have been “reports” (mostly rumors) that US and Russian ships are paying a kind of “Chicken” game today and yesterday.
Fox News allegedly announced (I did NOT hear this personally and am trying to get confirmation now) that the US is attempting to see what the Russians are doing with their “landing ships” but it appears the US is trying to see if the Russians are pulling Chemical Weapons off the coast being brought to them by the Syrians.
If that is the case, there’s a REASON now that the US wanted to WHACK those sites. They gave too much warning, vacillated too much, and gave Putin an edge.
YOU CAN NOT TRUST THE RUSSIANS!
Good morning folks. In the past few weeks we’ve watch a very classic Cold War Escalation Scenario. I don’t think I have to cover it all, but a very basic summary here:
Someone in Syria uses Chemical Weapons on civilians. About 1200 confirmed dead.
Videos come out showing some victims twitching, drooling, and with other symptoms of either Sarin or VX gas (Nerve agents).
The US has “intelligence” it is Assad.
Assad blames the Rebels.
We know the rebels are in large part groups of Al Qaeda, and other terrorist groups.
Russia is allied with Assad
The Russians can’t be trusted to do the right thing – regardless of those of you taken with him.
Obama can’t be trusted to do the right thing – regardless of those of you taken with him.
Military Warships from Britain, France, United States, China, Russia and other countries converge on the Mediterranean.
We threaten. Syria threatens. Russia Threatens. China sides with Russia. France sides with us. Venezuela threatens (didn’t see that coming did you?).
MORE warships filter into the area. Rumors of US troops being prepared for deployment are hitting the airwaves.
Russia threatens some MORE today.
Folks, if this doesn’t settle down soon there will be a tipping point that none of us in the United States want to see happen. The MAJORITY of Americans don’t want to even bother with Syria while we have Congress and the President “debating” the politics, we’re all sitting back aghast at what is dumb and dumber working diplomatic channels (That would be Obama and Kerry).
If that tipping point happens we will see at least a conventional war or some kind of military intervention from Russia. Now, I think we all KNOW American and stomp them into the ground, but we don’t really want to have to do that. Putin is now button pushing (as is Obama for that matter) – and either way it happens we’re all (Americans and Russians) are about to get caught up in the middle of a world war we don’t want.
The issue at hand is this could be THE War to End ALL Wars. Nuclear weapons could be used and this is my greatest fear.
There are plenty of reasons to think this won’t happen. There are as many reasons to think it can.
What I am writing this post for is simply to implore each of you to consider your personal options for survival. We all want to live. But if nuclear weapons become involved we’re all going to be in deep, deep trouble without us doing ANYTHING to deserve it.
So – read, collect information, get your affairs in order quickly. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
If you come over to my site, look at the right hand column under survival pages. There is some VERY basic information there which might or might not be helpful to you.
My advice is to read it, print it, make a book out of it. Go to the links I provide and from there collect other data and links. Build a “Survival Manual”. Hard copy (and sure put it all on a thumb drive).
If nuclear weapons start flying EMP will destroy most computer systems. The Internet will be disconnected in places, if not altogether. Cities will be hit. People will die. Commerce will cease. The world will slow to a crawl. Planes won’t be flying. Bombs will fall. Invasions will occur. You will either starve, dehydrate, die in an attack, be killed by roving bands of gangs and scavengers or you can buckle down and practice your self defense, shooting, and collect some food and water and be prepared for anything.
Am I predicting this? No. Do I think it will happen? Probably not. But there is still a chance that given the state of the world right now, the actual, on-going escalation that a mistake or even a very, very dumb move on someone’s part will trigger just such an event.
Those of you who are “preppers” already are ready. Those of us who’ve have contacts with local militias are probably ready. Those who have been preparing for the worst in the USA are prepared.
I’m talking to you skeptics, and those who believe in all their hearts “It can’t happen here” – I don’t want you people surprised. My job, my life has been spent teaching people to take care of themselves, to train themselves, to THINK for themselves. If you don’t believe me, believe what you are reading in the news.
If you think 9-11 changed America (and not for the better) imagine what even a couple of nuclear devices could do to this country.
Wake up and PAY ATTENTION!
Putin notified that launches were detected after U.S.-Israel exercise
Published: 16 hours ago
WASHINGTON – Just as the Syrian crisis was getting under way, a joint U.S.-Israeli test of an anti-missile system prompted the Russian General Staff to go on “high alert” and notify President Vladimir Putin that missiles may be incoming on Syria.
The reason: Neither the United States nor Israel bothered to notify Russia that the Sept. 2 test was going on in the Mediterranean near Syria.
Moscow’s response was immediate.
The Russian General Staff thought Israel had launched a preemptive attack on Syria in the eastern Mediterranean which some Russian officials said could have led to World War III.
The U.S. and Israel were conducting a joint test of Israel’s Arrow-3 anti-missile system when it launched two Israeli Ankor, or Sparrow, missiles as targets from the central Mediterranean toward the eastern Mediterranean coast.
The Arrow is Israel’s most advanced anti-missile system and the U.S. has spent billions of dollars in its development.
According to various sources, the Russian ballistic missile early warning radar at Armavir on the Black Sea detected the launch of the two Ankor target missiles, heading toward Syria.
Armavir provides early warning of incoming missile attacks on Russia from Europe and the Middle East.
Putin was immediately notified of the launches.
When the truth came out about the unannounced anti-missile test, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov criticized Israel for undertaking such a launch during a crisis occurring in the neighboring country of Syria.
Referring to the Mediterranean region as a “powder keg,” Antonov warned that anything such as an unannounced missile test could explode into war.
UN has cancelled meeting in the face of Obama’s vacillation.
Putin: Syria chem arms handover will work only if US calls off strike
Published time: September 10, 2013 17:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Syria’s chemical arms handover will only work if the US and its allies renounce the use of force against Damascus.
“Certainly, this is all reasonable, it will function and will work out, only if the US and those who support it on this issue pledge to renounce the use of force, because it is difficult to make any country – Syria or any other country in the world – to unilaterally disarm if there is military action against it under consideration,” President Putin said on Tuesday.
Putin said the disarmament of Syria’s chemical weapons had been extensively discussed by experts and politicians.
The Russian president said that he and President Barack Obama had “indeed discussed” such a possibility on the sidelines of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg last week.
It was agreed, Putin said, “to instruct Secretary of State [John Kerry] and Foreign Minister [Sergey Lavrov] to get in touch” and “try to move this idea forward.”
President Putin’s comments came shortly after the Syrian government said it would agree to place its chemical weapons arsenal under international control.
Despite voicing “some serious skepticism,” Western countries supported the move, stressing the importance of Assad fulfilling the agreement and surrendering the weapons stockpiles.
Britain said it would like Russia and Syria to show that the proposal to President Bashar Assad is “serious and genuine.”
In Washington, the White House echoed the UK statement, saying it wanted to verify that Syria was serious in its intentions.
Wishful thinking on USA Today’s part?
WASHINGTON — President Obama will address the nation Tuesday night on chemical weapons in Syria, as he and aides pursue a diplomatic proposal at the United Nations that has put military and congressional action on hold.
Obama spoke Tuesday with the leaders of France and the United Kingdom, and agreed to explore whether a Russian proposal to put Syria’s weapons under international weapons is workable, senior White House officials said.
The U.S. and allies discussed the proposal Tuesday at the United Nations, said officials who requested anonymity because negotiations are ongoing.
Russia — ally of Syria and opponent of U.S. military strikes — said Monday it would ask Bashar Assad’s government to put chemical weapons under international control and have them dismantled; Syria announced Tuesday it would accept Russia’s offer.
- He warns against stalling tactic (cnn.com)
- Pres. Obama readies Syria address amid shifting sands (fox6now.com)
- Obama readies Syria address (ksat.com)
- Susan Rice: Inaction in Syria will embolden North Korea, Iran (washingtontimes.com)
- President Obama to Address Nation on Syria Tonight (whnt.com)
Top Obama officials must convince skeptical members, public
Top Obama administration officials heading to Capitol Hill Tuesday are likely to make the case for a military strike in Syria by playing up the importance of U.S. credibility, now that President Barack Obama has called for action.
Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are tasked with making the case for the unpopular mission following a chemical weapons attack against citizens by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. They are scheduled to meet with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday afternoon and the House counterpart Wednesday.
Obama himself continued to press for support in remarks Tuesday morning before meeting with House and Senate leaders at the White House.
“I’ve made a decision that America should take action, but I also believe that we will be much more effective, we will be stronger, if we take action together as one nation,” Obama said.
The president emphasized, as he did all last week, that he does not want to send troops into Syria, but rather pursue a more targeted approach.
“The key point that I want to emphasize to the American people [is] the military plan that has been developed by the joint chiefs – and that I believe is appropriate – is proportional; it is limited; it does not involve boots on the ground,” Obama said. “This is not Iraq, and this is not Afghanistan.”
Doug Bandow, a senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute, says Obama’s best hope for winning congressional approval is to continue to emphasize he intends a limited approach.
“I would assume that there would be some division of duties there. That the larger foreign policy context, that’s what you expect from secretary of state and the more practical, what sorts of things do we want to hit and the potential implications, I would expect that more from Hagel,” he says.
Bandow adds that the administration also needs to lean on Congress to support the president so as not to show weakness in the international community.
“The only pitch that works well is American credibility,” he says
Obama scored nominal support for action from House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Tuesday, as well as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
“I believe that my colleagues should support this call for action,” Boehner said after leaving the briefing with Obama at the White House.
While the Russians and Libyans discuss the problems is Syria, Hagel and Kerry are going in front of Congress to ask for “limited strikes” on Syria. Interestingly, it appears that they are pushing this a lot harder than the American public wants them too, even at the risk of dragging Russia into this with the use of nukes.
I know some of you keep saying “Russia won’t nuke us” and so forth – and I hope to God you’re right, but they are playing this game of chess better than Obama, Obama is an incompetent clown and Russia CAN NOT BE TRUSTED FOLKS!
The Truth hurts, but America is no longer the most powerful country on the planet, thanks again to Obama. This is all part of some bigger plan I suppose. You know who is going to suffer? Innocent Syrians, Americans and Russians – and others, when it is all said and done. This will escalate quicker than you can imagine to levels you never thought or believed possible. Brace yourselves, and prepare for the worst. Even if you DON’T BELIEVE ME, believe your EYES and EARS.
Originally posted on newsworldrussia:
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has underscored the importance of today’s meeting with his Libyan counterpart, Mohamed Abdulaziz, saying these consultations were instrumental in Russia’s decision-making on the region.
Mr. Lavrov welcomed Libya’s new foreign chief to Moscow, saying the agenda was abundant with urgent issues that must be solved as soon as possible. He also stressed that some of the problems of mutual interest must be followed through at the highest level.
Mohamed Abdulaziz congratulated Russia on successful G20 summit, adding it proved Russia’s key role in the modern world.
It is looking like the Russians are going to come out on top of this conflict.
They are making a deal with Syria to give up their WMD.
America looks like a country full of idiots, run by a clown.
Russia looks strong, morally superior and Putin looks like a true leader now.
A possible nuclear war may has been averted.
Tonight Obama will go on television and “claim victory”.
Only in America.
- Russia urges Syria to give up chemical weapons (huffingtonpost.com)
- Syria welcomes international control over chemical weapons (warsclerotic.wordpress.com)
- Assad thanks Putin for support during G20 Summit (jpost.com)
- Russia wants to cooperate with Iran over Syria to avert catastrophic situation in region (indrus.in)
- Russia urges Syria to place surrender chemical weapons (haaretz.com)
- Putin warns West over Syria action (bbc.co.uk)
- From Russia With Love- A Letter From Putin to All Americans (conservativebyte.com)
- Russia to push Syria to surrender chemical weapons (miamiherald.com)
US State Department on Syria: We believe a military response is appropriate, and we’ll continue working with Congress, international partners toward that – @HannahAllam
National security adviser Rice says US intends to renew push for UN-sponsored Geneva peace process in Syria following any limited military strikes - @Reuters
State Department: US to take ‘hard look’ at Russian proposal for Syria to turn over chemical weapons – @AP
29 secs ago by editor
National security adviser Susan Rice says any US military action against Syria ‘would not be another war’ – @AP
2 mins ago from bigstory.ap.org by editor
jim sciutto @jimsciuttoCNN 35s
US official says “no one in admin taking Syria proposal seriously.”
Agence France-Presse @AFP 1m
BREAKING: US to ‘follow up’ with Russia on Syria weapons plan: senior official
And finally, here is the admission after all. As expected, the whole point of this entire frace was to topple Assad and replace him with a pro-Syria, pro-Qatar, anti-Russia regime:
Yes, yes we should.
Some believe he means “Russia”. Others believe “asymmetrical attacks on America”.
I think we should expect anything, up to and including direct attacks in America by terror cells that are obviously here (they crossed a porous border), and perhaps the unknown like a nuclear bomb in a harbor someplace, a direct attack by Russians on our military in the region or naval vessels in the Med.
We don’t know with any surety that Assad used weapons on the Syrians, or whether the Muslim Brotherhood did it. We don’t know who provided the weapons (we believe it was Saddam). We don’t know why the President suddenly wants to do this thing without the approval of the American people and Congress.
There is no strategic plan, there is no politic plan to fuse the military action with fixing the problem and there is no real threat to America – at the moment. If we attack them and Iran, Hezbollah, Russia and God-Knows-Who-Else jumps in and piles on – well, all bets are off.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Statement on Additional Countries in Support of September 6 Joint Statement on Syria
On September 6, the United States and 10 other countries issued a joint statement on Syria, condemning in the strongest terms the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons on August 21 in the suburbs of Damascus and calling for a strong international response. The statement explicitly supports the efforts undertaken by the United States and other countries to reinforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.
Since the issuance of that statement, additional countries (marked by an asterisk) have signed on to the statement and publicly support its content. The countries now formally supporting this statement are:
Republic of Korea
United Arab Emirates*
We welcome additional countries expressing their support for this statement and our continued efforts to hold the Assad regime accountable and enforce the international norm against the use of chemical weapons. The statement will continue to be updated and can be found at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/syria.
Text of Joint Statement on Syria:
The international norm against the use of chemical weapons is longstanding and universal. The use of chemical weapons anywhere diminishes the security of people everywhere. Left unchallenged, it increases the risk of further use and proliferation of these weapons.
We condemn in the strongest terms the horrific chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21st that claimed the lives of so many men, women, and children. The evidence clearly points to the Syrian government being responsible for the attack, which is part of a pattern of chemical weapons use by the regime.
We call for a strong international response to this grave violation of the world’s rules and conscience that will send a clear message that this kind of atrocity can never be repeated. Those who perpetrated these crimes must be held accountable.
Signatories have consistently supported a strong UN Security Council Resolution, given the Security Council’s responsibilities to lead the international response, but recognize that the Council remains paralyzed as it has been for two and a half years. The world cannot wait for endless failed processes that can only lead to increased suffering in Syria and regional instability. We support efforts undertaken by the United States and other countries to reinforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.
We commit to supporting longer term international efforts, including through the United Nations, to address the enduring security challenge posed by Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles. Signatories have also called for the UN fact finding mission to present its results as soon as possible, and for the Security Council to act accordingly.
We condemn in the strongest terms all human rights violations in Syria on all sides. More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict, more than 2 million people have become refugees, and approximately 5 million are internally displaced. Recognizing that Syria’s conflict has no military solution, we reaffirm our commitment to seek a peaceful political settlement through full implementation of the 2012 Geneva Communique. We are committed to a political solution which will result in a united, inclusive and democratic Syria.
We have contributed generously to the latest United Nations (UN) and ICRC appeals for humanitarian assistance and will continue to provide support to address the growing humanitarian needs in Syria and their impact on regional countries. We welcome the contributions announced at the meeting of donor countries on the margins of the G20. We call upon all parties to allow humanitarian actors safe and unhindered access to those in need.
European signatories will continue to engage in promoting a common European position.
- Checkmate Against Obama? Syria ‘welcomes’ proposal to put chem weapons under international control (voiceoftruthusa.wordpress.com)
- URGENT – Syria-Kerry-Goof (wyff4.com)
- Breaking News! Us Attack on Syria May Be Averted! (tacdnews.com)
Report: Senior administration official says Russia’s push for Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control is ‘another delay tactic’ – @PeterAlexander
2 mins ago from twitter.com/PeterAlexander by editor
RT @BreakingNews: Syrian Foreign Minister: Syria welcomes Russia’s proposal for Damascus to put its chemical weapons under international control – @Reuters
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says should UN report confirm the use of chemical weapons, the Security Council could unite around it – @AJELive
1 min ago from twitter.com/AJELive by editor
UK Prime Minister David Cameron says chemical weapons handover idea for Syria must not be used as a ‘distraction tactic’ – @Reuters
38 secs ago by editor
launches strike on Syria
Syrian President Bashar Assad, during an interview that aired Monday morning, threatened “repercussions” from any American attack on Syria.
The Syrian leader, speaking with CBS News, said the U.S. can expect “every action” if America strikes. He suggested retaliation could come from the opposition, as well as his own government and its allies.
“You should expect everything,” Assad said. Asked to elaborate, he added: “You should expect everything. Not necessarily from the government. … You have different parties, you have different factions, you have different ideology.”
Asked specifically if the attack could trigger more chemical warfare, Assad suggested the rebels would be the ones who would use them. He said that outcome depends on whether “terrorist” rebels possess those weapons, adding: “It could happen.”
Assad used the interview to challenge the Obama administration’s claims that his regime used chemical weapons in an attack that killed hundreds on Aug. 21. He said his soldiers were “in another area” at the time of the attack.
It comes as President Obama prepares to deliver a national address on Tuesday making his case for a military strike on Syria. The matter is currently before Congress, which will begin a set of votes this week on a resolution authorizing the use of force.
Obama on Monday also planned to make his case, in a string of interviews, for punishing Assad.
Top administration officials are heading to Capitol Hill for more classified briefings. And White House national security adviser Susan Rice is scheduled for a speech at a Washington think tank timed to the public relations blitz aimed at ensuring people the administration isn’t contemplating another commitment like Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Assad warns of retaliation for US strike on Syria (seattletimes.com)
- Assad warns of retaliation for US strike on Syria (kvue.com)
- Assad warns of retaliation for US strike on Syria (ktvb.com)
- Assad warns of retaliation for US strike on Syria (thenewstribune.com)
- Assad: No evidence of chemical attack (iol.co.za)
- Assad Warns of Retaliation for US Strike on Syria (abcnews.go.com)
- Assad warns of retaliation for US strike on Syria (stripes.com)
- Assad warns of retaliation for US strike on Syria (mysanantonio.com)
For the past week I’ve been seeing articles that keep going back to Infowars.com about this. Today Lindsey Graham is now saying it.
I don’t usually listen to, or believe ANYTHING that comes out of Alex Jones’ mouth, and less the Infowars “reporters” most of the time.
But, I’m posting this article, intact just because it’s important. Go to the link to read the original copy.
Lindsey Graham: Attack Syria Or Iran Will Nuke Charleston
There’s a reason U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.) refuses to show up for public meetings unless they are attended by his hand-picked supporters: He knows only a pre-selected group of ”sheeple” will sit in silence and swallow his increasingly shameless fear-mongering.
At an invitation-only breakfast for establishment Republican types in Mount Pleasant, S.C. this week, Graham said that if America doesn’t take military action against the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Iran will acquire a nuclear weapon by the end of 2014.
“I believe that if we get Syria wrong, within six months – and you can quote me on this – there will be a war between Iran and Israel over their nuclear program,” Graham said, according to U.S. News and World Report.
But the fear-mongering didn’t stop there. Graham says this conflict will come home to – of all places – Charleston, S.C.
“It won’t come to America on top of a missile, it’ll come in the belly of a ship in the Charleston or New York harbor,” he said.
Wait … what?
We’ve heard some over-the-top excuses in support of American military intervention in the Syrian civil war, but this one takes the cake.
As we’ve stated repeatedly, our government had no business getting involved in Syria in the first place and has no business escalating that involvement through direct military intervention. The American people don’t want this war. Our allies don’t want this war. Our generals don’t want this war.
More to the point, there is no compelling national interest served by getting involved.
“The national defense is a core function of government outlined in our constitution,” we wrote recently. “But in no universe is intervening in this conflict – on the side of terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda, no less – acting in defense of those interests. Intervening would, however, encroach on the sovereignty of another nation, incite anti-American fervor in the Middle East and fundamentally make our people less safe.”
- Lindsey Graham – we must attack Syria or Charleston will be nuked (fireandreamitchell.com)
- Why Sen. Lindsey Graham Thinks the U.S. Will Be Nuked (mediaite.com)
- Lindsay Graham: If We Don’t Attack Syria, We’ll Be Nuked (undergroundpoliticsdotorg.wordpress.com)
- Why doesn’t Sen. Lindsey Graham call for war with Iran? (theattackmachine.wordpress.com)
- Lindsay Graham: If We Don’t Attack Syria, We’ll Be Nuked (patdollard.com)
- Lindsey Graham: Either we kill some camels in Syria or Charleston, SC could get nuked by Iran! (directorblue.blogspot.com)
- Graham: Nukes In Hands Of Terrorists Could Result In Bomb Coming To Charleston Harbor (charlotte.cbslocal.com)
- Lindsey Graham Says Charleston Harbor Could Be Attacked: Missing US Nukes in Texas on Way to SC? (grumpyelder.com)
- Lindsey Graham Warns of False Flag Nuke Strike in South Carolina after Missing Nuclear Bomb Report (dailypaul.com)
- Lindsey Graham says not bombing Syria will cause Iran-Israel war ‘within six months’ (dailykos.com)
Jeffrey T. Kuhner
Friday, September 6th, 2013
President Obama is on the verge of plunging America into another war.
Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, however, bombing Syria would trigger a regional conflagration — one that potentially could lead to a global war. World War I began in Sarajevo. World War III may start in Syria.
Hyperbole? In 1914, Europe became engulfed in a bloodbath. The spark was a conflict in a far-off corner of the Balkans. Britain, France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy, Turkey, Russia and eventually, America — all were propelled into a larger war, resulting in the deaths of millions. By issuing reckless ultimatums, arrogant leaders were sleepwalking their nations into disaster.
Syria is a modern-day powder keg. For over two years, it has been torn apart by a vicious, sectarian civil war. Over 100,000 Syrians have died. Nearly one-third of the population has fled into exile. Iran, Hizbullah and Russia support Syria’s strongman Bashar Assad. The Islamist rebels have the backing of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Al Qaida. Foreign jihadists have poured in to bolster the ranks of the anti-Assad opposition.
The conflict pits Shi’ite Alawites against Sunni Wahhabites, Muslims against Christians, and Islamic fundamentalists versus Arab secularists. In short, U.S. military intervention risks dragging in almost every major regional power — including Israel — because Assad’s allies have a vested interest in his survival. Hizbullah has vowed to attack Israeli and U.S. targets in the wake of American military action. Iran has also threatened to rain missiles upon Tel Aviv. Moscow has vowed to increase weapon shipments to Damascus. Bombing Syria will light the fuse that could set-off the Mideast tinderbox.
Obama is pushing the United States toward a disastrous war for one reason: to salvage his ego. In August 2012, he publicly drew a “red line” in Syria over the use of poison gas.
The administration claims that Assad’s forces recently launched a chemical weapons attack upon civilians in rebel-held territory, murdering hundreds. To redeem his ultimatum, the president is asking Congress to authorize military force. The House and Senate should vote no.
Obama risks becoming the 21st century equivalent of Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef — a bungling buffoon, whose reckless military aggression triggers calamitous consequences.
The only justification to go to war is to protect America’s vital national security interests. Assad’s regime is brutal and ruthless.
But it has not attacked or threatened us. Hence, Obama seeks to wage an illegitimate war. There is no moral or strategic basis to bomb Syria. It is bellicose imperialism masquerading as humanitarian interventionism. The Syrian civil war is none of our business.
In fact, Obama wants the United States to do the unthinkable: side with Al Qaida — the very group responsible for the mass murder of 3,000 Americans and the worst terrorist atrocity on U.S. soil. Contrary to the claims of Secretary of State John Kerry, the Syrian rebels are not dominated by “moderates”; rather, their ranks are filled with Muslim extremists, who have committed numerous atrocities.
- America is in Danger of Going Rogue Under Obama (tomohalloran.com)
- Obama starting World War III, just to salvage his pride? (redflagnews.com)
- Obama, Assad duel for US support on Syria (sbs.com.au)
- America is in danger of going rogue under Obama (historychannelfromthewar.com)
- America is in danger of going rogue under Obama (worldtribune.com)
Below is some information collected by some good people on our web site. Tweets, and various pieces of information will appear here.
More: Russia’s foreign minister urges US not to take military action, says President Obama is backing terrorists – @Reuters
59 mins ago by editor
John Kerry says Assad could prevent attack by turning over all chemical weapons to the international community within next week - @Reuters
6 mins ago by editor
More: Kerry says evidence is compelling that Assad launched chemical weapons attack – @AP
11 mins ago by editor
John Kerry says rebels do not have scientific capacity to carry out chemical attack, despite regime claims – live video
18 mins ago by editor
John Kerry says he had productive and informative talks with Palestinian President Abbas on Sunday – @Reuters
29 mins ago by editor
US Secretary of State Kerry says relationship with Britain is special despite the vote in UK parliament on Syria intervention – @Reuters
33 mins ago by editor
Britain’s foreign minister says we must defer further chemical attacks during conference with Secretary of State Kerry – @BBCNews
40 mins ago by editor
Russia’s foreign minister says Russia, Syria urge United States to focus on convening peace talks, not military action – @Reuters
1 hour ago by editor
Russian FM Lavrov says the investigation into Syrian chemical weapons must be professional, results must be submitted to UN Security Council - @AlArabiya_Eng
1 hour ago by editor
Update: Control of chemical weapons in Syria restricted to President Assad, his brother Maher and an unnamed general, Kerry says – @Reuters
14 mins ago by editor
When asked if there will be attacks on American interests in the region, Assad says ‘you should expect everything’ - @CBSThisMorning
2 mins ago by editor
President Assad calls on Obama to ‘present what you have as evidence to the public, be transparent’ on chemical attack - @CBSThisMorning
4 mins ago by editor
Syria’s Assad denies his forces were responsible for chemical attack, says his own forces came under chemical attack – @CBSThisMorning
5 mins ago by editor
‘He presented his confidence, he presented his convictions… he didn’t present any evidence, nothing so far, not a shred of evidence’ Assad says when asked about evidence John Kerry says he has – @CBSThisMorning
7 mins ago by editor
‘Our soldiers in another area, were attacked chemically’ President Assad of Syria says in interview - @CBSThisMorning
9 mins ago by editor
Updated Just now:
Some points from a statement from Lavrov, Russia’s FM
Russian Foreign Min Lavrov: Russia will urge Syria to put chemical weapons under international control if it helps avoid military strikes
Lavrov has just urged Syria to hand over its chemical weapons. Hopes for a positive response from Syria @lrozen
AFP: Russia calls on Syria to hand over and then destroy chemical weapons: Lavrov
did I get that right Lavrov said ‘we do not know’ if Syria will accept what Kerry said? but propose to find out? @tggrove
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Says Moscow Does Not Know Whether Syria Will Accept Proposal
Surprise: #Russia ready to help convince #Syria to hand over Chemical Weapons to IC: Lavrov
Lavrov says he likes John Kerry’s offer of handing over Syrian chemical weapons to avoid strike on Syria.
Russian FM Sergei Lavrov calls for Syrian govt to hand over chemical weapons
Per @AnyaArda Lavrov has just urged Syria to hand over its chemical weapons.
#Russia wants to bargain on #Syria’s strategic defense and national security. No way Mr. GasPutin and Mr. Lavrov.. Play another game.
- John Kerry on Syria: Assad has one week to hand over chemical weapons arsenal and avoid attack (independent.co.uk)
- Kerry reasserts Syria charge despite Assad denial (cnsnews.com)
- Kerry: Handover of chemical arms could prevent attack (worldbulletin.net)
- US gives Syria one week to surrender chemical weapons or face attack (theguardian.com)
- Kerry: Military Solution in Syria Is ‘Mission Impossible’ (novinite.com)
- Kerry Reasserts Syria Charge Despite Assad Denial (abcnews.go.com)
- Kerry: Syrian handover of all chemical arms could prevent attack – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Kerry says Syrian handover of arms could prevent US action (foxnews.com)
- Kerry reasserts Syria charge despite Assad denial (news.yahoo.com)
- Kerry fires back at Assad’s comments with ultimatum (huffingtonpost.com)
The US President is emphasising that he only plans limited strikes on Syria to deter future chemical weapons attacks.
President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday to back him in launching an attack on Syria, as diplomatic pressure grew on the United States to wait for a U.N. report expected in a week’s time before beginning military action.
Fresh from a European trip in which he failed to forge a consensus among global leaders, Obama plunged into a campaign on radio and television to try to convince a skeptical U.S. public and Congress of the need for a military strike on Syria.
In Europe, pressure increased for delay. European Union foreign ministers meeting in Lithuania on Saturday blamed the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria on President Bashar al-Assad’s government. But they did not endorse military action and made clear the bloc wanted the United Nations to have a role in agreeing on an international response.
Pope Francis, who two days ago branded a military solution in Syria “a futile pursuit,” led the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in a global day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria, the Middle East and the world.
Obama, clearly still the reluctant warrior who rose to political prominence on his opposition to the Iraq war, emphasised he favored limited strikes on Syria to deter future chemical weapons attacks – not another costly and protracted conflict.
“This would not be another Iraq or Afghanistan,” Obama declared in his weekly radio address, previewing arguments he will make in a nationally televised address on Tuesday.
“I know that the American people are weary after a decade of war, even as the war in Iraq has ended, and the war in Afghanistan is winding down. That’s why we’re not putting our troops in the middle of somebody else’s war,” Obama said.
Obama will give interviews on Monday to the three network news anchors, as well as PBS, CNN and Fox News, more evidence of a “full-court press” strategy before pivotal congressional votes on military strikes in Syria.
The interviews will air during each network’s Monday evening news broadcast, the White House said.
Lawmakers returning to Washington after a summer break say many of their constituents have told them they do not think the United States should respond militarily to the August chemical weapons attack that Washington blames on Assad’s government.
The Obama administration says over 1,400 people were killed by the poison gas, hundreds of them children. A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll said 56 per cent of Americans believed the United States should not intervene in Syria; 19 per cent backed action.
Obama is seeking congressional approval for a strike, but early vote-count estimates do not look encouraging for the president, with scores of lawmakers still undecided. The Senate is expected to take action next week. The House of Representatives will vote later, but the time is not set.
As the White House cranked up its campaign, CNN showed excerpts on Saturday from the gruesome aftermath of the attack taken from a DVD shown to lawmakers and compiled from publicly available videos on YouTube and other internet sites.
PRESSURE RISES FOR DELAY IN EUROPE
Many EU governments have expressed reservations about using military force to punish Assad, now fighting a 2-1/2-year battle against rebels in which more than 100,000 people have died.
In a carefully worded message, the foreign ministers of 28 EU governments stopped short of endorsing possible U.S. and French military action against Syria ahead of the U.N. report.
French President Francois Hollande said the report could be made public at the end of next week and he suggested that France might then wish to take the matter to the U.N. Security Council, a step that could further delay any action.
“When the (U.S.) Congress will have voted on Thursday or Friday and when we will have the inspectors’ report, likely at the end of the week, a decision will have to be made, including after possibly referring the matter to the United Nations (Security Council),” Hollande said, speaking from the southeastern city of Nice after a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart.
An iFop poll published in Le Figaro on Saturday found that 64 percent of the French opposed any kind of international military intervention in Syria, up 19 percentage points in just one week, with even more – 68 percent – opposing a French intervention in the war-torn country.
A senior Obama administration official suggested on Friday that the White House could wait for a U.N. inspectors’ report on chemical arms use in Syria before ordering U.S. naval forces gathered in the Mediterranean to hit Syria.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who was also in Lithuania, said later that Obama had made no decisions about waiting for the U.N. inspectors and was keeping options open.
Apart from anything else, delay in attacking Syria might help the White House gather more support in Congress and among public opinion.
The senior official told reporters that during Obama’s discussions with other G20 leaders in Russia on Friday on the timing of any military response to the Syrian crisis, it was apparent that “a number of countries feel it’s important that the U.N. inspectors have time to report back their findings first.
“That’s entirely consistent with our timetable,” the official said. Final votes in Congress could come after the U.N. report is announced.
SCRAMBLING FOR VOTES
Supporters of military action scrambled for votes in Congress. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Saturday sent her fifth letter to Democratic lawmakers urging them to back Obama, noting that Congress had voted overwhelmingly to condemn Syria’s acquisition of weapons of mass destruction a decade ago.
The influential pro-Israel group AIPAC said it planned a major lobbying effort next week to try to round up support for military action, with about 250 activists in Washington to meet senators and representatives.
But it was unclear whether the effort was working.
- Obama appeals for backing to hit Syria, Europeans urge delay – Reuters Canada (ca.reuters.com)
- Obama appeals for backing to hit Syria, Europeans urge delay – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Doc’s Talk: Revealed: Britain sold nerve gas chemicals to Syria 10 months after ‘civil unrest’ began (docstalk.blogspot.com)
- MoveOn.org Urges Opposition To Syria Military Strike (huffingtonpost.com)
- Syria chemical weapons attack not ordered by Assad, says German press (theguardian.com)
Looks like the “No Boots on the Ground” was bullshit from the get-go… Below is some stuff we collected. Read through it all and think carefully about what you’ve done today to prepare for nuclear war, or major terrorism in the United States, because frankly, it’s leading to an all out war with Islam, possibly Russia, China and who knows who else…
B’Claw Unfettered @2009superglide 25s
Over 1500 US Troops have died in Afghanistan since Obama took office. He wants us dragged into Syria @RealJamesWoods @KenWahl1 #Syria
Wil Herman @wilherman 1m
Footage of Chemical Attack in #Syria is a Fraud, says Mother Agnes, a catholic nun working in Syria http://www.filmsforaction.org/news/f…IbwxEw.twitter …
Art Vandelay @therealArtV 39s
@DanaPerino what do you make of the Gazprom/pipeline theory? And why is no one asking why #qatar and #saud want to fund a US strike? #syria
De’Vohn Roman @DeVohnR 1m
Don’t let #Syria distract you from government surveillance! #NSA
AFP: #Germany signs statement urging ‘strong response’ on #Syria
EU calls for “clear and strong” response to use of CW in #syria, but wants to wait for UN inspectors’ report before military action
BREAKING: Germany to join US-drawn #G20 declaration on #Syria – FM
11:20 GMT: President Obama said that a small military force may be needed in Syria after all, to deter future chemical weapons attacks – according to Reuters. Although he said on his weekly radio and internet address that a protracted conflict like “Iraq or Afghanistan” is not something he wants. http://rt.com/news/syria-crisis-live-updates-047/beforeitsnews @beforeitsnews 1m
100000 Iranian Volunteers Now In Syria To Fight US If Obama Strikes http://b4in.org/sEU
Breitbart News @BreitbartNews 35sJim Watts @wattsjim 2m
Kerry: Obama Can Bomb Syria With or Without Congressional Go Ahead: Even as he lobbies former Congressional co… http://bit.ly/1fJH11R
MSM in full Obama Mode, repeatedly showing #Syria Casualty Videos and Obama lapdogs pounding war drums #StayOutOfSyria
Padraig Cæl @Peetweefish 4m
Emotions, people. Not reason. MT @WhiteHouse: “We cannot turn a blind eye to images like the ones we’ve seen out of #Syria” —President Obama
#BreakingNews Massive explosion in Bab al-Hawa in #Syria #Turkey borders!
Rami al-Lolah@RamiAlLolah20mJenan Moussa@jenanmoussa1m
#BreakingNews The explosion occurred near #Syria #Turkey borders was caused by a car loaded with huge mass of explosives!
Important to remember that FSA Ahfad AlRasul (where car bomb exploded) are big enemies of AlQaeda linked ISIS. @akhbar #Syria
#Breaking: Head of Ahfad Al Rasul (moderate FSA) Major Mohammad Al Ali seriously injured in car bomb at #Syria Turkey border.
Car bomb exploded close to Supreme Military Council (SMC) HQ. Significant especially now cz SMC supports Western strikes against #Assad.
Bab El Hawa where car bomb exploded is at #Turkey #Syria border, 6 kms from where I was short time ago. No info yet about the damage. #pt
Source tells me: car bomb went off next 2 FSA Ahfad AlRasul HQ in Bab ElHawa, 500m from HQ of Western backed Supreme Military Council #Syria
Blogs of War@BlogsofWar2h
Al Furqan Brigades claim 2 attacks on ships in Suez Canal, threaten more http://ow.ly/2zIw9h
Blogs of War@BlogsofWar2h
Pryor deals blow to Obama, opposes military action in Syria http://ow.ly/2zIw9i
Petraeus just issued publIc statement in support of POTUS on Syria
Retweeted by Nathan J Hunt
JUST IN: PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL ADDRESS THE NATION FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ON TUESDAY AT 9:00 PM EST ON THE SYRIAN CRISIS. CBS. #911BUFF
URGENT! TURKEY IS SENDING ADDITIONAL TANKS, ARMORED VEHICLES COAST GUARD BOATS AND HAVE SCRAMBLED F-16’S TO THE SYRIAN BORDER. SUNDAYSZAMAN.
- VIDEO: Kerry in London for Syria talks (bbc.co.uk)
- US Strike on Syria May Have Unintended Consequences (voanews.com)
- Senate Bill Authorizes Tens of Thousands of Combat Troops In Syria (huffingtonpost.com)
- John McCain vows Obama impeachment if boots hit the ground in Syria (al.com)
- Obama faces high-stakes week on Syria (huffingtonpost.com)
- Kerry admits possibility of “boots on the ground” in Syria (sakuramicheletakehashi.wordpress.com)
- Syria: Short & Sweet (ladylibertee.wordpress.com)
SEPTEMBER 6, 2013
UN draws up emergency plan for Syria strike
UN agencies have drawn up emergency plans for a military strike on Syria but are determined to keep delivering aid in the stricken country, a top UN official said Friday. “We continue to update and look at our contingency planning” in case the numbers of refugees fleeing Syria rises, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said after a trip to Damascus. The United Nations has concerns about the safety of its 4,500 staff in Syria, she added. But Amos said: “We have a commitment to continue our humanitarian operations.” Amos said the mainly Syrian staff “want to continue to work for the good of Syrians” but “at the same time they are mindful of the impact that any possible military action might have on themselves and their families.” UN agencies and private aid groups already have problems reaching many areas in Syria because of fallout from the 29-month-old conflict which the UN says has left more than 100,000 dead. Eleven UN workers have been killed in the war. Amos, speaking by video conference from Beirut, said she had discussed lifting obstacles to getting approval for aid deliveries, convoys and visas for aid workers with officials in President Bashar al-Assad’s government. More than 4.25 million people have fled their homes in Syria and two million are registered as refugees in countries around Syria, according to UN figures. Amos highlighted the case of Lebanon. The UN humanitarian coordinator in Lebanon, Robert Watkins, said there are now 726,000 Syrians registered with UN agencies and the figure is expected to rise above one million by the end of year. The UN said this week that it would have to cut aid to more than a quarter of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon because of funding shortages. The world body has launched its biggest ever annual appeal, $4.4 billion, for Syria. Less than half has been raised so far.
This is what we know so far…. Naval Forces in the region, as well as some daily intelligence to digest here. We have not provided specific links but all of this information is gleaned from unclassified, open source information. Please remember we will not put exact locations, troop numbers, troop movements or any other information about America and Allied forces out. This is a one time list just to show that we are building up for something much greater than a “limited in scope and duration” attack on Syrian WMD. We will be contending with China, Russia, Iran and perhaps other Communist, Islamic forces, including but not limited to terror cells deployed within the United States proper.
Kaliningrad (landing ship)
Shabalin (landing ship)
Saratov (landing ship)
Avoz (landing ship)
Smetlivy (submarine destroyer)
Admiral Chabanenko (anti-submarine destroyer)
Moskva (guided missile cruiser)
Priazovye (intelligence and reconnaissance ship)
Novocherkassk (landing ship)
Minsk (landing ship)
Nikolai Filchenkov (large landing ship, en route to Syria)
RFS Admiral Panteleyev (may be present)
RFS Peresvet (may be present)
RFS Admiral Nevelskoi (may be present)
William P. Lawrence (destroyer)
USS Florida (sub)
USS Georgia (sub)
USS San Antonio (amphibious landing ship)
Illustrious (helicopter carrier)
Bulwark (landing ship)
Chevalier Paul (anti-aircraft frigate)
Jinggangshan (confirmed to be present)
Internet communications being monitored by several news outlets tell of China sending ships through the Red Sea into the Bosphorus to “observe” Russian and US naval and military activities there. China reportedly already has several ships laying off the Syria coast, but their names and types are currently unknown.
A multitude of missiles, both US and Russia, French and British are present in the region. Chinese radar systems are deployed at this time in Syria. Russian radar and anti-missile systems are deployed within Syria at this time, along with an unknown Russian presence. The Syrians are believed to have S-300 long range anti-aircraft missile systems deployed in the region as well.
Iran may or may not have a submarine in the area, and they have reportedly (rumors) deployed Republican Guard troops to the region. The Iranians have also “ordered” their “militias” to retaliate against America if Syria is attacked. The Iranians may also have a ship in the region at this time, but there are no firm details as of yet.
Today the US removed diplomats from Lebanon, Turkey Amid Threats to embassies and Russia cancelled it’s “lobbying” mission to DC to try to convince Congress to back off.
US Navy destroyers in the Mediterranean are “fully ready” to launch cruise missiles into Syria as part of a US military campaign that would not involve “extraordinary” monetary costs, a top admiral said Thursday.
Syria is moving the chemical weapons assets at this time and obviously they will place them in schools, hospitals and civilian population centers.
Another ten ships join in the escalating naval military build up in the Med.
Syria: US-Russia military escalation in eastern Med
Another 10 warships joining those already deployed near Syria
(ANSAmed) – NICOSIA, SEPTEMBER 6 – As diplomatic tensions over the Syrian crisis rise between the US and Russia, the escalation between the two superpowers is also playing out in terms of their respective warships in the waters off the embattled Arab nation ahead of a possible strike against the Damascus regime.
While there were 19 warships in the eastern Mediterranean just a few days ago – eight American, five Russian, five British and one French – that sector is about to get much more crowded in the next few hours with the arrival of four US ships, including an aircraft carrier, and six Russian ones.
THE US’ nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz is in the Red Sea along with four ships from its strike group: the Princeton cruiser plus the William P. Lawrence, Stockdale and Shoup destroyers. They are awaiting orders to enter the Mediterranean in case of a strike. The USS Nimitz has 3,200 seamen, 2,480 pilots and 90 aircraft, both warplanes and helicopters.
The USS Princeton carries 390 troops and is armed with Tomahawk and Harpoon missiles, while the other three ships have 380 crew and marines on board and are packing Tomahawk missiles.
This group has joined five missile-equipped destroyers already in the area: the USS Stout, Mahan, Ramage, Barry and Graveley, each with 280 troops on board. They can intercept ballistic missiles and launch Tomahawk missiles, and will team up with two nuclear-propelled guided-missile submarines, the USS Florida and Georgia, each with a crew of 140. These are ported at the Souda Bay naval base on the Greek island of Crete, along with the USS San Antonio, an amphibious landing ship carrying 700 seamen and 360 Marines.
RUSSIA has deployed four large but aging landing ships: the Kaliningrad, the Shabalin, the Saratov and the Avoz. Each with a crew of 90-100, they can transport up to 200 tanks and 350 soldiers, and are equipped with surface-to-air missiles. Also in the area is the Smetlivy submarine destroyer, which hails from 1967 and has a crew of 300. It is armed with Uran anti-ship missiles and is transporting an anti-submarine Kamov Ka-25 helicopter. They will be backed up within days by an anti-submarine destroyer (probably the Admiral Chabanenko) and the Moskva guided missile cruiser. The Admiral Chabanenko (manned by 300) is armed with SS-N-14 Silex anti-submarine missiles and SA-N-9 Gauntlet surface-to-air missiles.
- USS Nimitz Aircraft Carrier Group Rerouted To Help US Strike On Syria, If Needed – Report (albanytribune.com)
- US, Russia, and China Increase Naval Presence Off Syria (everything-pr.com)
- Russia sends warship with ‘special cargo’ towards Syria (en.trend.az)
The article at the bottom of my comments is a couple of days old, it’s from Debka – so it’s not the best source but is probably accurate. Basically we’re looking at the following states being involved in this as things heat up:
Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, Russia, China
Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America
France is “waiting” for more information from the UN.
UK is really “just waiting”.
Russia has moved about 8 ships total toward the Med. The US has moved a few subs, some destroyers into the Med and the Nimitz Carrier group to the Gulf.
Obama is preparing the country for an attack, “limited in scope and duration”, promising “no boots on the ground”. Anyone who has been in the military KNOWS this isn’t true, isn’t going to be true and can’t possibly work. Anyone with even a limited sense of tactics understands you don’t telegraph your moves to the “enemy”. Anyone with even a rudimentary grasp of strategy knows you don’t put all your eggs in one basket when planning any sort of an attack. And anyone with a clue about life understands you don’t go to war for no good reason and you certainly don’t do it if you can’t PROVE you have a good reason. Obama has not proved anything.
The Senate committee just delivered the Resolution to go into Syria to the full Senate. Congress, both houses will debate and vote likely next week on this.
We’re standing on the verge of World War III – without a “draft”, without American support, without support of the majority of Congress – and we’re less than a week away from September 11. Rumors are rampant on the Internet that there’s more than meets the eye here, and the country is “confused” according to our so-called “leader” Obama.
First he sets a “Red Line” then when the bad guys cross it a month ago, it takes time to verify this, and now he’s ready to go into a limited in scope and duration “war” against the Assad regime, to apparently punish the regime, but to give a leg up to verified enemies of America – Hezbollah, Muslim Brotherhood and other Muslim lunatics. Iran is saying how they will “bring it” to the US. Russia is backing Syria. Syria is claiming their own allies now. The Chinese are going to back the Russians. Obama has castrated our military in recent months through the shut down of units, bases, equipment, and firing of men smarter than himself.
The United States is being set up for failure big time by this man. Americans, whom for the most part are opposed to this “action” in Syria are caught in the middle of all of the forces massing on the horizon.
America is, from intelligence, full of leaderless Islamic cells – from Iranian Revolutionary Guard to Hezbollah, to Al Qaeda. Americans are being disarmed in some states including my own, in an attemp(?) to make us more vulnerable to outside forces.
It is time to stand up and be heard. It’s time to remove this asshat from the White House. It’s time for his Impeachment to begin. Get on the phone and start making the case with your members of Congress. We have to stop this guy from bringing the nukes down on our heads for his own ego.
Syria’s Muqdad threatens World War III for US strike
DEBKAfile September 4, 2013, 5:22 PM (GMT+02:00)
Syria’s deputy foreign minister Faisal Muqdad said Wednesday his regime would not give in to threats of a US-led military strike, even if a third world war erupts. In an interview with AFP, Faisal Muqdad said his government had taken “every measure” to counter a potential intervention aimed at punishing the regime of Bashar al-Assad over a suspected deadly poison gas strike, was mobilizing its allies and would take every measure “to retaliate against… aggression.”
DEBKAfile: This is the first time a regime official has intimated that Damascus has invoked the mutual defense pacts existing between Syria, Iran and Hizballah.
- Syria says will not give in even if there is WWIII (capitalfm.co.ke)
- Military intervention in Syria: conflict takes on new scope (en.trend.az)
- Iran: Rafsanjani signals wavering in long-standing support for Syria (theguardian.com)
- Barack Obama given green light to attack Syria by US Senate panel (metro.co.uk)
- Obama and Putin hold unproductive face-to-face. US pulls non-essential staff from Beirut, SE Turkey (warsclerotic.wordpress.com)
- Obama urges support for Syria strike (bigpondnews.com)
Yet another confirmed ship heading for the Mediterranean Sea next week…
A guided missile cruiser. What would you use on of THOSE for? (Probably shooting other guided missile cruisers?)
MOSCOW, September 6 (RIA Novosti) – Russia will send another warship to the Mediterranean Sea next week, a high-ranking Russian Navy official told RIA Novosti Friday.
The Kashin-class guided missile destroyer Smetlivy from the Black Sea Fleet is due to leave the port of Sevastopol on September 12-14, the official said, adding that it is to join the Mediterranean task force “on a rotational basis.”
A group of warships, including the large amphibious landing ships Novocherkassk and Minsk, as well as the electronic intelligence ship Priazovye joined the Mediterranean fleet earlier on Friday, he said.
He also said the Slava class guided missile cruiser Moskva will reach the Mediterranean Sea, where it will take over from the Admiral Panteleyev destroyer, on September 17, and on September 29 the missile boat Ivanovets and the guided missile ship Sthil will reach an area off the Syrian coast.
- Russian destroyer enters east Mediterranean to head task force – report (rt.com)
- Russian destroyer enters east Mediterranean to head task force (usahitman.com)
- Russian Destroyer Enters East Mediterranean To Head Task Force – Report (thecontroversialfiles.net)
- Russia to send missile cruiser to Mediterranean (famagusta-gazette.com)
- Russia Sends Missile Cruiser “Moskva”, Destroyer And Frigate To Syria (zerohedge.com)
- Russia sends warship with ‘special cargo’ towards Syria (en.trend.az)
Up until today I’ve considered this whole Syria thing total folly.
But my American Military Mind started really thinking this through.
Today several Travel Warnings were issued by State. It occurs to me that the US Government isn’t telling the Public everything. So, I’m going to lay this out as if I were standing there listening in to the briefings we can’t usually hear.
Pretend for a moment you’re standing in a Congressional Classified Briefing and they bring up the number of “rebel groups” (There are about 1200 different groups). They bring up that the most powerful among those Rebels are Hezbollah related. Hearing more information about this and the fact that there are actually chemical weapons available in that country you realize suddenly that if the Rebels WIN this civil war, they get their hands on those WMD.
Now, who do you think will not OWN those items?
To use that stuff on Americans. On US Embassies. On Israelis. On Christians. On innocents. On cities. On subways, trains, airports, malls….
After considering this, perhaps the whole reason the President wants to go in there (other than regime change which I think is his real reason for this) is to stop the terrorists. Nope. Obomber doesn’t want to do that, those are his people. He wants to clear out Assad and allow the Muslim Brotherhood to take over.
The Pentagon, the US military, Congress and most of the American people are smarter than the President gives us credit for being. The MILITARY will go in there and secure or destroy the WMD to prevent it from falling into the hands of terrorists.
Remember them calling Bush a liar about Iraqi WMD? Remember most of us saying “It was moved to Syria”? Remember that Obama doesn’t want Bush to get any credit and is blaming him for everything?
No folks what this is truly about is allowing Obama to appear like a winner, Bush like a loser, hiding the fact that the WMD in Syria belonged to Saddam (and this will vindicate Bush if we can get a-hold of that stuff and prove it) and it will put Obama OUT of Office.
Honestly, this is a lot more complex than just letting Muslims to kill Muslims, or bombing some random camels and tents like Clinton did. No, no, no, my fellow Patriots.
This is Obama trying to get us nuked.
This is Obama trying to hide the fact the WMD belonged to Saddam.
This is Obama trying to look good.
This is the Pentagon trying to stop terrorists from getting their hands on these weapons.
My final thinking on this is… we probably should go in there. But do it right. Everything we’ve got. Take down BOTH sides of this conflict, destroy the chemical weapons and vindicate Bush, and if we get the chance, kick Russia in the nuts and take them down as well.
America has been made out to be a pansy-assed country by our OWN President. It’s time to remove this guy from office and do the right thing. But we have to DO IT RIGHT!
- Saddam’s WMDs, Found at Last … in Syria! (counterpunch.org)
- Fox News guest’s memory of the media and the Iraq war is ‘like night and day’ (dailykos.com)
- Former Bush official: Syria resolution could authorize attack on Iran and Lebanon (mondoweiss.net)
- Numbers in Congress Show Obama Far From Approval on Syria (bloomberg.com)
- US Soon to Go to War With Syria Over Previously Nonexistent WMDs (moonbattery.com)
- John Kerry After 10 Years Of Searching ~ Finds George’s Iraq WMDs In Syria! (politicalvelcraft.org)
- McCain Confronted on Syria at Angry Town Hall Meeting (rinf.com)
- Intercepted Secret Order Reveals Iran’s Plot for Revenge If U.s. Attacks Syria (kielarowski.wordpress.com)
- Eye Opener: Iran plotting revenge for U.S. Syria strike? (cbsnews.com)
Russian Warships Cross Bosphorus
Three additional Russian warships – SSV-201 intelligence ship Priazovye and two landing ships Minsk and Novocherkassk crossed Bosphorus strait, France Press agency reported from Istanbul.
Russian warships are on their way to the Syrian coast, says the Agency.
Russia is strongly opposing any military intervention against the Syrian regime of Bashar Al-Assad; blamed for the use of chemical weapon on the outskirts of Damascus, which allegedly killed more than 1000 people. Russia is the biggest supporter of the regime and its biggest arm supplier.
- Three Russian Military Vessels To Enter Mediterranean Tomorrow (rickrozoff.wordpress.com)
- Russian destroyer enters east Mediterranean to head task force – report (rt.com)
- Russia Sends Missile Cruiser to the Mediterranean (syria360.wordpress.com)
- Russia Sends Two Marine-Carrying Ships To The Mediterranean (blacklistednews.com)
- Iranian naval commander raises possibility of deployment in the Mediterranean (terminalx.org)
- More Russian naval presence near Syria (thehindu.com)
- Russia sends military reconnaissance ship to Syrian coast (theguardian.com)
- Russian Destroyer Enters East Mediterranean To Head Task Force – Report (thecontroversialfiles.net)
China is backing Russia on Syria now…. predicted this one.
- China backs Russia over Syria at G20 summit – Reuters UK (uk.reuters.com)
- Russia Sends Missile Cruiser “Moskva”, Destroyer And Frigate To Syria (zerohedge.com)
- ‘Russia and China can save Syria via economic means’ – Koenig (voiceofrussia.com)
- UPDATE 1-China backs Russia over Syria at G20 summit – Reuters (reuters.com)
President Obama listens to statements during a roundtable meeting at the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg on Sept. 5. (Sergei Karpukhin/Associated Press)
ST. PETERSBURG – Even as he makes his case on Syria to world leaders gathered at an international summit here, President Obama plans to call lawmakers back in Washington to urge them to vote to authorize a military strike in Syria.
Obama will be doing outreach to key lawmakers on Capitol Hill during his two-day visit to Russia for the Group of 20 summit, deputy national security adviser Benjamin J. Rhodes told reporters here Thursday.On Wednesday, during his visit to Sweden, Obama made five calls to a bipartisan group of senators as part of the administration-wide effort to lobby lawmakers on Syria, Rhodes said.
- China backs Russia over Syria at G20 summit – Reuters UK (uk.reuters.com)
PUTIN GREETS OBAMA WITH SYRIA THREAT – President Obama arrived in Russia today to find the already failing relations with his host in even worse condition. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threat to provide his Syrian allies with a missile shield in the event of U.S. airstrikes further complicates Obama’s flagging effort to win international support for an attack on Damascus. As the Guardian reports, Putin’s warning that an attack without UN backing would provoke military aid from Russia may drive away the handful of international partners for Obama’s proposed attack.
The threat of a US Strike is growing. Ten Thousand are trying to cross the border at the moment… right now. They want out of there.
Congress is set to vote on the resolution shortly, probably within the hour.
Obama didn’t “put the line there” – someone else did that.
Chemical weapons were used by SOMEONE… but who?
Obomber and the Left in America wants this… why?
What about reports of Marines “landed” from a few days ago? (http://timeglassimpulse.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/breaking-news-on-cnn-300-us-marines-arrive-for-syria/)
This is a proxy war – we think, but it’s Russia and America facing off with Naval ships in the Med and Gulf…. this is a Cold War escalation as we’ve not seen in two decades. Nuclear war becomes a grim possibility, if you’re thinking, you can see this. Obviously the Russians are seeing it, and they are threatening the US.
American citizens by and large don’t want us going in as a police force. And yet our idiots in Congress aren’t listening to the people. For that matter, CNN’s own Op-Ed pages are telling the President to IGNORE THE POLLS!
- What an Attack on Syria Will Mean (amomlookingup.wordpress.com)
- A Look at Syria Developments Around the World (abcnews.go.com)
- Congressional Response to Syria (wnyc.org)
- Hagel: Failure to Act in Syria Hurts Our Credibility on Iran (israelnationalnews.com)
- ‘The international community cannot be silent’ (cnn.com)
US is involved in ‘Hot War’ with Russia, fought by proxies
Edward Snowden is a ‘red herring’ and the ‘childish’ cancelation by Obama of a meeting with Putin in September is of little significance as the US president has little to offer Russia, William Engdahl a geopolitical analyst, told RT.
The real issues of missile defense, Syria and Iran will remain unresolved because of a policy pursued by Washington of full spectrum dominance, where the sole super power the US seeks to dictate military, economic and financial terms to the entire world, Engdahl added.
RT: The Russian deputy foreign minister didn’t have a particularly productive discussion with the US Secretary of State in Brussels. Are there any indications that the same talks that are happening today will be any different?
William Enghdal: I doubt it rather seriously. The decision by President Obama to cancel the meeting with Putin before the G20 meeting is really an indication of a lack of strategy on the part of Obama rather than the putting down of Russia. The background to that is the fact that there are not only fundamental differences between the two sides, the United States government in Washington has been trying since the end of the Cold War to dismantle Russia, quite simply, with missile defense, with the plundering of their economy through using the IMF and shock therapy in the ’90s.
Now that Obama is back in the presidency they are finding a far more difficult negotiating partner over questions like Syria, over issues like the missile defense and others. Snowden, I think is a red herring, simply an excuse that is very convenient to use at this point.
RT: You are saying that if a consensus is reached on some of the issues that will be discussed that might off set the brewing tension over Edward Snowden?
‘We have our plans': Vladimir Putin warns US against Syria military action
Russian president says it is too early to say what Russia will do but does not exclude supporting a UN resolution
The Russian president’s comments came as Barack Obama for the first time portrayed his plans for US military action as part of a broader strategy to topple Bashar al-Assad, as the White House’s campaign to win over sceptics in Congress gained momentum.
In an interview with Associated Press and Russia’s state Channel 1 television, Putin said it was too early to talk about what Russia would do if the US attacked Syria but added: “We have our ideas about what we will do and how we will do it in case the situation develops toward the use of force or otherwise. We have our plans.”
At the same time he said Russia did not exclude supporting a UN resolution on punitive military strikes if it were proved that Damascus used poison gas on its own people. But he described the idea that Syrian government forces would use chemical weapons at a time when he said they were in the ascendancy and knowing the potential repercussions as absurd. Given his comments, and the fact that Russia has protected Syria from punitive action at the UN security council before, his suggestion that Russia might support a resolution on strikes is unlikely to be given much credence in the US.
Chuck Hagel listens as John Kerry speaks to the Senate foreign relations committee. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Russia later dispatched a missile cruiser to the eastern Mediterranean, which will arrive in about 10 days. The ship, Moskva, will take over operations from a naval unit in the region that Moscow says is needed to protect national interests. It will be joined by a destroyer from Russia’s Baltic Fleet and a frigate from the Black Sea Fleet.
In the US, senators will begin a series of votes on Wednesday to authorise a 90-day window for US military action against Syria.
A new draft resolution was agreed by leaders of the Senate foreign relations committee after the secretary of state, John Kerry, pressed a forceful case for striking against the Assad regime. Earlier, Obama secured the backing of the Republican leadership at a key White House meeting.
- Putin warns West over Syria action (bbc.co.uk)
- AP Interview: Putin warns West on Syria action (noliesradio.org)
- Putin warns Obama not to attack Syria without UN approval (haaretz.com)
- In Europe, Obama Will Seek Support For Syria Strike (wnyc.org)
- Vladimir Putin warns the west against military action in Syria (metro.co.uk)
- Putin warns US over Syria action (thedailystar.net)
- Russia | Vladimir Putin issues warning to the west (thejournalist.ie)
- Russia does not rule out backing military force in Syria – Putin (indrus.in)
In regards to this Syria crisis, one of the Senators on the Foreign Relations committee (I didn’t catch who) mentioned Russia, asking specific and pointed questions of Kerry, after pointing out that the Russians had been providing money, aid, military defense equipment.
Kerry sputtered about an answer, and then stepped around the answer to basically ignore the Russian question.
Essentially, they (Kerry) doesn’t want the American Public to be confused or concerned about the Russians. Only chemical weapons.
We’re doomed to go to war.
- The Picture That John Kerry Really Doesn’t Want You To See – A Nice Cosy Dinner With ‘Very Generous’ Assad (streetdemocracy.wordpress.com)
- Watch live as Senate committee presses Kerry on Syria (troyrecord.com)
- Kerry’s rationale to attack Syria could have also justified attack on Israel over Gaza (mondoweiss.net)
- A Response to John Kerry’s Syria ‘Evidence’ Speech (usapartisan.com)
- Kerry the Hypocrite: Rand Slams Kerry: ‘How Can You Ask a Man to Be the First One to Die for a Mistake?’ (capoliticalnews.com)
- John Kerry Using Pictures From Iraq (2003) to Sell Military Action Against Syria (thelastgreatstand.com)
- Angry anti-war protesters besiege John Kerry’s home, banging on doors, windows (giftoftruth.wordpress.com)
- Invoking Israel, Kerry Says Congress will Vote ‘Aye’ (israelnationalnews.com)
- SOS John Kerry and Syria’s Assad What a Difference Four Years Make Photo’s/Video (americanfreedombybarbara.com)
- Flashback – Assad in 2010: ‘I Trust Senator Kerry…I Met Him Five Times’ (undergroundpoliticsdotorg.wordpress.com)
No U.S. president has ever been turned down by Congress when asking to use military force. Ever…. this is why Obama took the time to ASK for a vote. His chances are good he will get a “yes” from Congress thereby preventing himself from being held personally responsible.
- Republican House speaker backs Obama’s call for military action in Syria (haaretz.com)
- Syria: President Obama votes “Present” by engaging Congress (onecitizenspeaking.com)
- House Responds to Syria (elephantnewsgop.com)
- 93 in Congress urge Obama to consult on Syria military strike (upi.com)
- Obama urges military action against Syria but will seek Congress’ OK (cnn.com)
- Ron Paul: Will Congress Endorse Obama’s War Plans? Does It Matter? – OpEd (eurasiareview.com)
- Kerry: Obama Can Attack Syria Regardless of Congress Vote (news.antiwar.com)
- On Syria, Obama To Seek Congressional Support (dancingczars.wordpress.com)
- Obama Goes To Congress (grumpyelder.com)
- President Asshat To Congress: I Don’t Need Your Authorization For War, But Give It To Me Anyway (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)