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Thanks from me too for reopening the comments. I know its a bit of work to sweep out the trolls once a while but it is worth the effort. I do not recommend to change the platform. I for one dislike Disqus and never comment on blogs there. Wordpress, with the all ad-ons, is a hassle to get running. Typepad has now been stable for a long time and I for one will keep my blog on it unless they really screw up. You should get a real URL for the blog and map it to this typepad blog. It is quite easy to do. It would also help with the blog later on as the URL would not change when a move occurs.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2018 on By popular demand ----- at Sic Semper Tyrannis
As for Trump's tweets please note that he is unlikely to have written them himself: https://twitter.com/joanneleon/status/983044602243502081 Joanne Leon @joanneleon According to my search, Trump has never used any of these words/phrases in a tweet before today (Bolton's first weekend as nat sec advisor): "chemical attack" "atrocity" "inaccessible" "lockdown" "encircled" "Syrian army"
Shellfish toxin? if so I am really surprised that they are alive. pl That theory was analyzed at my site and it is compelling. The Skripals ate a risotto pesce with mussels. They fell ill some 30-40 minutes later with exactly the symptoms that are expected for a paralytic reaction from shellfish poisoning (PSP). Shellfish poison is a natural "nerve agent", Saxitoxin, that works with a similar biological mechanism as real nerve agents. (Saxitoxin had been weaponized in the U.S. in the 1960s and used as an assassination weapon by the CIA.) PSP is survivable with mechanical respirator, oxygen and heart rate stabilization applied. This was done for the Skripals pretty immediately after they fell ill. There are additional indications that Saxitioxin was involved including the public statement from the hospital emergency doctor who said "no nerve agent, only poisoned" hit the Skripals.
@TTG - there are quite heavy rumors about a new "rebel" attack in Daraa planned by the U.S. and the usual suspects. (There is also a build up of sorts in Tanf.) The Saudis just bought another 6,600 TOW. These are for their defense against the 1st and 2nd Yemeni armored corps which threaten to invade their country (not). When the Saudis bought their last batch of 13,000 TOWs the CIA distributed them to its "moderate" Takfiris in Syria. Washington does not like that it "lost" in Syria. It will try again and again.
@Pat I agree. The White Helmets propaganda campaign is run by the British MI6 with heavy U.S. support. The photographers and directors of the clips are well trained (and paid). They know exactly what and how to shoot their pictures. I once put up a collection of 40+ White Helmets photos all showing "man with kid on arm (smoke in the background) runs towards photographer". http://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/06/gallery-dramatic-rescue-man-with-kid-runs-towards-camera-43-staged-pictures.html Such would be a once-in-a-lifetime lucky shot for any professional war photographer. The WH have created whole series of these.
The pictures linked by Southfront and on that Facebook page are from the production of a movie sponsored by the Syrian Ministry of Culture and the Syrian National Film Organization. A trailer is attached to the tweet below. Walid, the source below is deemed reliable: https://twitter.com/walid970721/status/968596974512599047 /quote/ Walid @walid970721 A new movie "Revolution Man" directed by Syrian director Najdat Aznour. Deals with rebel propaganda ,#WhiteHelmets fakery, child soldiers & the role of western media in demonizing the government . See photos on facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Revolution-Man-Movie-%D9%81%D9%8A%D9%84%D9%85-%D8%B1%D8%AC%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AB%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%A9-993146510832449 …) Opened in #Syria on Feb. 22. 9:21 PM - 27 Feb 2018 /endquote/ The full link from the tweet above https://www.facebook.com/Revolution-Man-Movie-%D9%81%D9%8A%D9%84%D9%85-%D8%B1%D8%AC%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AB%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%A9-993146510832449 A hint that these pictures were not of the real White Helmets is the girl with the clapper board in one of the pictures. It is highly dubious that the White Helmets would allow a girl in her cloth on their sets.
@Pat - Congrats. Good to see this site growing. And I totally understand that you sometimes "dread the comment feature". I know that feeling. (BTW- MoA stats as of now: 26763002 Lifetime Pageviews, it currently gets around 20,000 PV per day)
I wonder why no one here pointed out that the whole scheme was a commercial enterprise. Create sock-puppets, let them gain followers, sell advertisement presented to those followers. Point 95 of the indictment makes that clear:Defendants and their co-conspirators also used the accounts to receive money from real U.S. persons in exchange for posting promotions and advertisements on the ORGANIZATION-controlled social media pages. Defendants and their co-conspirators typically charged certain U.S. merchants and U.S. social media sites between 25 and 50 U.S. dollars per post for promotional content on their popular false U.S. persona accounts, including Being Patriotic, Defend the 2nd, and Blacktivist. Like the Macedonian fake-news websites the "Russian trolls" on Facebook did not care who would win the election. They cared to get large crowds of followers to then sell advertisement. A normal business in today's world. The NYT, and Facebook itself, run on the same model.
MIT is practically running the "moderate rebels" as well as al-Qaeda in Syria. This - related - is quite revealing: http://www.merip.org/mero/mero020418#3 The Story Behind the Rise of Turkey’s Ulema /quote/ Having learned of the planned coup during a dinner with intelligence chief Hakan Fidan and Moaz al Khatib (a leading member of the Syrian opposition and ulema), then Diyanet chief Mehmet Görmez (2010–July 2017) [3] rallied the body’s 112,725—strong religious corps, including the imams of some 82,381 mosques controlled by the body. ... The Diyanet has been active in Syria, revealed by the former chief’s meeting on the evening of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt with Sheikh Moaz al-Khatib—the same individual who caused controversy in 2012 by calling on the United States to reconsider its decision to list Syria’s Jabhat al-Nusra as a terrorist organisation. [20] Al-Khatib is also the former president of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, former imam of the Umayyad mosque in Damascus, and a member of the League of the Ulema of Sham (Rabitat Ulama al-Sham, established in 2012 by opposition ulema from Damascus and Homs, and member of the umbrella group, the Syrian Islamic Council, Al-Majlis al-Islami al-Suri), which is ideologically close to the Muslim Brotherhood. [21] /endquote/ I wonder how long Russia is willing to play with Turkey which is cheating on any deal at every corner. What is Putin trying to achieve?
Love this tweet by Elijah Magnier: -- Elijah J. Magnier @ejmalrai Syria, a battlefield for two superpower countries: #Russia is offering an "Olive Branch" to the #USA is #Syria. What would be the next step? -- "Olive Branch" is the name of the Turkish operation in Afrin. The U.S. rejected to help the Kurds in Afrin. The Kurds in the east will note that. The CentCom/Tillerson strategy announced last week is dead in the water.
Pat writes: "If Crooke is right about this cabal of dunces, the notion circulating that people like Mattis, McMaster, Tillerson, Pence are effective minders for Trump preventing the worst of his potential rogue elephant behavior is just completely wrong. " Trump just went rogue on them again and offered Erdogan peace. They can't keep him under control. Their attempts to get Kushner fired (or exiled to New York again) has so far failed. The military junta is already trying to circumvent what Trump promised to Erdogan (no longer arming YPG - see at my site). - "Their (Israels) ambition in this cabal was likely to find others to do their fighting for them while they made threatening noises." Everyone in that cabal tried that and all failed. The Israelis wanted to get the Saudis and the U.S. to do the fighting. The Saudis wanted the U.S. and Israel to bleed and Kushner thought that Israel and the Saudis would unite and do the dirty business. Good material for a slapstick skit.
The U.S. moved ISIS fighters from Raqqa to Abu Kamal. No wonder there is such trouble there. The BBC now covers a story (with more details) I had posted on my site on October 14. BBC: Raqqa’s dirty secret http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/raqqas_dirty_secret MoA: Free Passage Deal For ISIS In Raqqa - U.S. Denies Involvement - Video Proves It Lies http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/10/free-passage-deal-for-isis-in-raqqa-us-denies-involvement-video-proves-it-lies.html
ISIS had left Abu Kamal but some commandos slipped back after the main Syrian force moved away from the town they had been perceived as captured and cleared. It will take a few more days to root ISIS out but the inevitable result will be their defeat. There are also rumors that Baghdadi is in the area. Lots of R6+1 special forces seem to engaged there in some kind of search operation.
The YPG/SDF is moving forces from Manbij towards Deir Ezzor province. The Syrian army is expected to cross the Euphrates and to finally go for the oil fields.
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2017 on Look to the East - TTG at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Also of note: The Obama-FBI used the content of the DNC/Clinton paid fake dossier to get FISA warrants to then spy on officials of the opposition party. The FBI never got (asked for?) access to the DNC servers of which the Fusion GPS hired Crowdstrike asserted that they were hacked by Russia.
- The transcripts are AFAIK classified (don't remember where but a classifier was named in one MSM report) - Surely such foreign call transcripts get copied to the State Department? - The people recently fired from the NSC are Trump allies, the leaks are anti-Trump. - The people recently fired see WaPo as an enemy of their ideological strain. They leak to Breitbart or Daily Caller, not WaPo. For the above reason I believe that these transcripts were not leaked by the people fired from the NSC but by anti-Trump remnants likely in the NSC or in State. I saw several anti-Trump foreign policy people criticizing the leaks on Twitter. It is finally dawning with them that such leaks hurt U.S. foreign policy in general way more than they hurt Trump.
Not to drift in economic determinism and draw Pat's wrath on me but the involvement of certain figures here might be important. The Israeli/U.S. energy company Genie has been drilling in the occupied Golan and found significant amounts of oil and gas. There is likely more on the now Jihadi occupied side. Genie's "strategic advisory committee" includes: Dick Cheney, Michael Steinhardt, Jacob Rothschild, Rupert Murdoch, R. James Woolsey, Jr., Lawrence Summers and Bill Richardson. That is a lot of U.S. lobbying power involved here that could influence any decision.
I agree with your take. I am astonished that the anti-Trump campaign now tries to build something from such dreck. Some lobbyist offered dirt on Clinton in exchange for a meeting. Lobbyist ad no dirt but took the chance to peddle the cause she was paid for (nice trick). The cause had something to do with businesses related to some private Russian persons. Meanwhile Clinton associates hired a (former) MI6 agent to actively bribe (former) Russian intelligence people and "Kremlin sources" to invent dirt stories about Trump. The Clinton campaign then actively peddled these fairy tales all over Washington DC. Which of those cases stinks of collusion with shady Russians?
Unofficial news says that U.S. is moving its proxy forces out of the al-Tanf area into north-east Syria. Al-Tanf will obviously be given up. It no longer serves any U.S. purpose. The plans to occupy south-east Syria are for now buried. Commercial traffic between Damascus and Baghdad can resume.
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2017 on Syrian Update - TTG at Sic Semper Tyrannis
A technical(?) hiccup between Typepad and Facebook. Current Typepad login message: /quote/ We are aware that posts are no longer being shared to Facebook. We are working to resolve this issue. In the meantime, you may copy the URL of your published post and manually share it on your Facebook profile or page. /endquote/
Typepad allows to open/close commenting individually for each post. Turn comments off for in your posts and those of guests who do not want any. Turn email verification for comments off - that way you will no longer get bothered with them at all. If a guest poster wants comments on for his post he can switch them on for just that post and police them himself. Requires about quarter to half an hour twice a day. Comments would be closed automatically after a defined time 3 days? 1 week?). (In Typepad -> blogs setting -> Auto-Close Comments -> time set) The above should work quite well. Your guest posters are smart enough to handle it. I once had an agreement with a guest author at my site that worked that way and it did not make any problems. (You could add a remark of such on the readme/about page to let people know who is responsible for comment moderation. Just in case some stupid lawyer cries about liabilities.)
Scott Ritter has used a very fine comb to go through the Intercept documents. The claims made in the article are simply made up. They are not backed by what is provided in the documents. --- http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/leaked_nsa_report_short_on_facts_proves_little_in_russiagate_case_20170607 Leaked NSA Report Short on Facts, Proves Little in ‘Russiagate’ Case Posted on Jun 7, 2017 By Scott Ritter --- The Intercept journos in Question had an agenda here. The blew the cover of the leaker - maybe intentional. One of those journos had been involved in blowing the cover of Kirakou who blew the whistle on CIA torture and is still the only one put into jail in relation to Brennan's and Ayatollah Mike's torture campaign. -- As for the "Russian hacking" claims. There is ZERO evidence for that. It does not make sense in the first place. It was first introduced by Clinton as an "excuse" for her and the DNC's malfeasance and loss of the election. Note that Andrea Chalupa played a big part at the DNC and in the campaign. The Crowdstrike company that is the only one the DNC let "investigate" the "hacking" is led by one Abromovich (also at Atlantic Council) Chalupa and Abromovich are both part of the (fascist) Ukraine mafia. The Atlantic Council received large sums from an anti-Russian Ukrainian billionaire. It was Clinton who drove the putsch in Kiev. --- I have seen ZERO evidence that would back up the claim of "Russian hacking". All that was ever presented are just rumors and hints of some spearfishing by whoever. Spearfishing is not a "Russian method" as some journos claim. It is the most simple way of getting into an account and has been done for decades by every run-of-the-mill criminal on the Internets.
Trump is used to such artificial backdrops and insincere flattery. He uses those props himself to convince others to sign deals with him. I doubt that he falls for them.
It is now confirmed that Russian soldiers are putting up shop near Afrin to deter Turkey from attacking the north-western Kurdish enclave. Military police and some special forces - in total maybe platoon size traveling light. Just a show of presence like the U.S. Ranger platoon did further east.
I was told 75th Ranger is in the area. The few Strykers there do a show of presence. No more for now. I was asked what the NATO procedure are when the U.S. and Turkey both invoke Article 5 against the other. Anyone knows?