Sunday, April 09, 2017

Has Trump's attack on Syria changes the narrative about his ties to Russia?

Courtesy of Politico:

In Russia, they call it kozyrnut’. It means “to play a trump card.” 

Donald Trump’s missile strike this week against the Russian-backed Syrian regime not only damaged its chemical weapons program, it also happened to give the U.S. president a useful political tool. 

Now, whenever anyone accuses Trump of being too cozy with Russia, he can point to the strike against Syria as evidence that he’s willing to defy the Kremlin: Kozyrnut’. 

The missile strike on a Syrian airbase came just days before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to visit Moscow, and the implications could be wide-ranging for Trump's relationship with Russia, which kept its push-back largely rhetorical. 

The political side effect, meanwhile, could burnish Trump’s defense against claims he is too close to Russia amid ongoing federal probes into whether Moscow tried to swing the 2016 election his way. 

“Many people have had concerns that Trump was going to be too soft on Russian President Vladimir Putin, but clearly the actions this week would alleviate some of those concerns, at least in the short term,” said Alex Conant, a Republican strategist who previously worked for Sen. Marco Rubio, a Trump 2016 rival.

This, this right here is what we have to guard against. 

Now I am not going to go all Alex Jones here and suggest that the gas attack on the Syrians was a 'false flag attack" orchestrated by Putin and Assad in order to provide cover for Donald Trump.

I don't have enough evidence to really support such a claim. (Though it IS interesting how little damage our missiles did to that airfield, and how bizarre it is that Russia did not try to shoot them down.)

However I will say that whether it was intentional or not currently Trump surrogates are all over the Sunday cable shows pushing the narrative that now we can put that whole Trump/Russian collusion nonsense to rest. 

But no we certainly cannot.

This essentially impotent response from Trump does NOTHING to suggest that he and his team were not working with the Russians to steal this election from the American people.

So it is up to us to remind idiots on our Twitter and Facebook feeds that this investigation is still ongoing and that as of right now there is plenty of evidence to suggest that the Russians absolutely did what they did to get Trump elected, and that some of Trump's operatives played an active part in that.

I will state publicly that no Syrian has to die to convince all of us that Trump was NOT working with Vladimir Putin. All he has to do is release his taxes going back about ten or twenty years.

You know, like every REAL president has done since Richard Nixon.


  1. Anonymous8:43 AM

    Trump is playing war and is not qualified to play war. A 12 yr old sent to military school for bad behavior and brainwashed to be pimp in chief of mentally deranged misfits is not qualified to be commander in chief of the usa. A rigged election does not make him great or but only the engineer of the giant ass train to hell. choo choo all boarding the trump train over the cliff is here.

    1. Anonymous10:06 AM

      Hang on, Sarah grabbing her ass! Lol.

  2. Anonymous8:44 AM

    He contacted the Russians before the Tomahawks were fired. ???????? Dumpster is still up to his ears in alligaters. Impeach him!!!!

    1. Anonymous9:28 AM

      Take this in: Trump told Russia about plans to bomb Syria before he told U.S. Congress

  3. DrLager8:47 AM

    I got the poor wack jobs over at the pee pond so twisted about donny drumpf, they don't know what to do...or think anymore
    they sure do love me....hahahaaaaa

    1. Anonymous10:28 AM

      Level: EXPERT

  4. Seriously? We did not bomb the airbase airstrip as a concession to Russia. I hear the only planes destroyed were too badly damaged to begin with to move. Syria had hours to prepare for the attack as we apparently alerted Russian forces so there would be no collateral damage to piss Putin off. And Syria was able to use their airstrip to bomb the gassed city the day after the missile attacks. What a joke of a message to send our enemies.

    1. Anonymous10:10 AM

      It was probably an inactive site with expensive paper weights (fighter jets) so to make it look official ;) Now we crank up the war machine. Their in the $$$$

    2. Anonymous10:38 AM

      10:10 -- please "They're" not "their" -- we are better than the pee pond, right?

    3. Anonymous12:10 PM

      Where is spell check when you need it,right? Take a laxative 10:38!

  5. Anonymous9:10 AM

    "I think our strategy in Syria, as you know, our priority is first the defeat of ISIS""The Trump administration is working with Assad on combating ISIS."The Syria missile strike was an empty gimmick carried out by a puppet president who believes that the American people are too stupid or distracted to see through his fiction."

    1. Anonymous9:40 AM

      “Syria is fighting ISIS, and you have to get rid of ISIS,” Trump said. As for the rebels that the U.S. has backed fitfully for the past three years, he said: “We have no idea who these people are.”

  6. Anonymous9:13 AM

    "Except it was a facade; it was all fake news."

  7. Anonymous9:16 AM

    First, anyone who thinks that trump was emotionally touched by seeing children gassed in Syria is an idiot. trump is a sociopath and has zero concerns about other people.

    Second, anyone who believes anything coming out of the trump administration, without independent proof, is an idiot. The amount of lies they tell is well known.

    Third, anyone who believes anything that comes out of Putin's administration is an idiot. Putin is worse than trump.

    1. Anonymous10:01 AM

  8. Anonymous9:18 AM

    Since I think the Syrian bombing was done with the approval of Putin, it hasn't changed my mind at all about the GOP/Trump campaign and administration ties to the Russians. In fact, I think the bombing, so clearly a diversionary attempt, only reinforces my opinion. I'm afraid, though, that the mainstream media, which simply loves war, does not see things the way I do.

  9. Anonymous9:42 AM

    What can we say? Trump is a moron playing in a dangerous game. At our expense.
    He is a con man .,A poor one at that!
    I blame him and every single one of his retarded inbred supporters.They are ignorant and hateful!!

  10. Anonymous9:43 AM

    Hackers Warn Trump to Get Back in Line on Syria
    The mysterious hacker group the Shadow Brokers resurfaced this weekend to threaten President Trump over his actions in Syria—likely proving they were puppets of Putin.

    In the waning months of the Obama administration, just as the White House began confronting Russia over its election interference, a mysterious hacker group called the Shadow Brokers appeared, and started causing big problems for U.S. intelligence agencies. The hackers had gotten ahold of secret NSA hacking tools, and they were periodically releasing portions of the cache for the world to see.
    Eight days before Donald Trump’s swearing-in, the hackers announced their retirement, bolstering suspicions that the Shadow Brokers were part of the Kremlin’s sophisticated hacking apparatus. They haven’t been heard from since. Until now.

    On Saturday, the Shadow Brokers blazed back to life to release another tranche of NSA files. This time they’ve abandoned their former pretext of being mercenary hackers looking to make a buck. In a lengthy open letter to Donald Trump, the Shadow Brokers explain that they’ve returned to protest the US missile strike against a Syrian airbase Thursday – an action that marked Trump’s first significant move directly opposing the will of Russian president Vladimir Putin. And they warn the president that he will face consequences if he doesn’t revert back to his former policy of leaving Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, a Putin ally, alone.

    “Respectfully, what the fuck are you doing?,” the hackers cautioned Trump. "Is appearing you are abandoning ‘your base’, ‘the movement’, and the peoples who getting you elected.”

    To security experts watching the group, the Shadow Brokers’ resurgence now leaves little doubt that Putin is pulling their strings. “It’s almost certainly the Russian government,” says Jake Williams, founder of Rendition Infosec. “Whether they’re directly Russian government or controlled by the Russians, all evidence points there.”


    1. Anonymous2:45 PM

      Uh hu. Sounds like they are not happy campers. Sucks to be on the Trumpet Train...

    2. Anonymous4:14 AM

      2 words:
      red herring

  11. Anonymous9:44 AM

    Trump Secretary Of State Admits Syria Missile Strike Was A Bogus Charade

    ...Tillerson was asked about removing Assad, and he gave an answer that could have been written by Putin. The Trump administration is working with Assad on combating ISIS. They never had any intention of taking action that would damage Assad. The missile strike was a charade. It was intended to make Trump look strong while accomplishing nothing.

    The idea that a brutal dictator like Assad will ever voluntarily step aside and allow free and fair elections is a fantasy, and the Trump administration knows that it is never going to happen.

    The American people were duped a president who has no Middle Eastern policy and seems more than happy to bow down to Putin.

    The Syria missile strike was an empty gimmick carried out by a puppet president who believes that the American people are too stupid or distracted to see through his fiction.

  12. Anonymous9:46 AM

    During an interview on Meet The Press, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) turned the tables on Trump and warned Republicans that they should be helping the middle class and rebuilding America instead of spending more money on the war in the Middle East.

    ...Sen. Sanders said, “All that I’m saying here is that we’ve got to be clear about what our goals are and not do it unilaterally, and understand. Also, may I say that when we have a collapsing middle class and 28 million people without health insurance, and an infrastructure that needs a trillion dollars of repair, that maybe we don’t want to throw trillions of dollars more into perpetual, unending warfare in the Middle East.”

    Bernie Sanders showed America the difference between a real deal public servant who cares about the middle class and a pretender.

    1. Anonymous10:41 AM

      A lot of Canadians think Bernie is the best President American never had.

    2. Anonymous11:09 AM

      10:41am, so what?

    3. Anonymous4:27 AM

      You miss your old elementary skoo playground don't you?

  13. Anonymous9:47 AM

    Don Beyer (D-VA) took to the floor after air strikes were launched against Syria to make clear he would still be demanding an independent investigation into Donald Trump's relationship with Russia because his constituents demand answers. And he is not alone.

    TV journalists love a good war story, and they will prop up and praise a leader like Donald Trump while ignoring the issues surrounding acts of war. It is time to be vigilant and hold the press accountable, because it is already happening.

    1. Anonymous10:59 AM

      Send emails off to MSNBC and CNN specifically - they love the war action. Absolutely asinine!

      Tell them the 'investigations' into Trump and his connections to Russia and Putin are what needs their investigation and coverage.

      Trump is an absolute horror to and for the United States of America. Remember, he does not represent the majority of Americans!

      He needs to be impeached and there are already multiple reasons to begin the legal action against him!

  14. Anonymous9:48 AM

    Donald Trump's unilateral and ineffectual attack on a Syrian airbase has distracted the media from a blockbuster scandal: the recusal of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) , who now faces an ethics investigation, from the Trump/Russia investigation.

  15. Anonymous9:56 AM

  16. Anonymous10:00 AM

    " You mess up and millions can die on Korean Peninsula.”“If objective of US strike was to stop #Assad from launching attacks from the base that was struck, then US failed,” Lieu tweeted."

  17. Anonymous10:43 AM

    Well Gryphen it sounds like the majority reads him like a 25c comic book. And you know, the majority rules!

  18. Anonymous10:48 AM

    I call bullshit on the idea bombing a lone Syrian airbase that was made operational 12 hours later proof Trump isn't in bed with Putin. He gave Russia advanced notice which cleared its soldiers out of harms way. Also, it wasn't a front line base. Looking at photos of aircraft shows low budget jets more apt for training than actual war. Wag the dog ol Donnie, you abysmal Loser.

  19. Anonymous11:30 AM

    Totally OT: Gryph, this came up last night on a site that I was on. Thought of you!

  20. What.What? I thought ISIS dissolved the second Drumpf called them Muslim terrorists because Obama wouldn't. Now you are saying that yooge missile strike didn't end Syria's civil war? Someone's gotta answer for this.

  21. Chenagrrl12:19 PM

    For anyone who wants to understand Syria, the players and how Trump stuck his thumb in it, watch this:

  22. Anonymous12:34 PM

    Trump claimed that seeing the pictures of the dead Syrian children made him decide to act. Would a President risk a friendly relationship with another country's leader by impulsively ordering a missle strike? Trump would.

    1. But not enough to allow Syrian refugees into the U.S.

      What would a Dick do? Just look to Trump.

  23. Anonymous1:03 PM

    I will go all Alex Jones on you -- I think it was. I also think the attack in Sweden was. I put nothing by these people to as you point out try to change the narrative. And the fact that the talking head/surrogates were out in force the past few days reinforcing that spin deepens my suspicion.

    1. Anonymous3:18 PM

      I will go World History on you - - some tactics never change. Same shit. Different day - agenda - bank account. In that order.

  24. Anonymous3:11 PM

    There is a big difference between Brighton Beach and Syria/Russia.

  25. Anonymous7:46 PM

  26. Depends on who you listen to.

    ALL of the late night shows are calling Trump on his fake strike. How both the Russians (and the Syrians) knew before it happened so the airbase could be evacuated and that the air base was being used 24 hours after the strike. Yeah, that's how effectual it was. How he told the Russians but didn't bother to tell Congress OR to get approval. The hypocrisy of Obama having to ask permission and being denied and how Trump disapproved of Obama's plans for retaliation against Syria for the EXACT same thing.

    On and On and On.

    They're not putting anything over anyone except the Dicks that were gullible enough to swallow the Republican propaganda in the first place. Nothing is going to grow brains in those sterile skulls.


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