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Mattis Wanted Congressional Approval Before Syria Strike, Was Overruled By Trump

Mattis Wanted Congressional Approval Before Syria Strike, Was Overruled By Trump

Confirming our report from Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis favored a more cautious approach to the Syria situation but was overruled by President Trump as well as other notable neocons interested in an immediate strike – including brand new National Security Advisor John Bolton, administration officials told the New York Times.

Mr. Mattis pushed to get congressional authorization, according to people with knowledge of the internal debate. In several White House meetings last week, he underscored the importance of linking military operations to public support — a view Mr. Mattis has long held.

Mr. Trump, the officials said, wanted to be seen as backing up a series of bellicose tweets with action, but was warned that an overly aggressive response risked sparking a wider war with Russia.

Friday night’s limited strikes on three targets, which lasted under two minutes, were the compromise. –NYT

Bolton and Mattis were said to be duking it out over the Syria strikes on Friday – with Mattis and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (more…)

Iran’s Senior MP to Visit Syria on Tuesday to Discuss US-led Strike

Iran’s Senior MP to Visit Syria on Tuesday to Discuss US-led Strike

Commenting earlier on a massive Western missile attack on Syria, which had been conducted in response to an alleged chemical attack in the city of Douma, Iran slammed the US, UK and France, calling the countries’ heads “criminals.”
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Iranian parliament’s foreign policy and national security commission, will arrive Tuesday in Syria to discuss the recent western attack on the country, a parliamentary source told Sputnik on Sunday.

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Syria Says U.S.-Led Strike Destroyed Pharmaceutical Research Institute Working On Cancer Drugs

Syria Says U.S.-Led Strike Destroyed Pharmaceutical Research Institute Working On Cancer Drugs

Syrian official Saeed Saeed, head of the “Institution for the Development of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries,” told reporters on Saturday that one of the targets destroyed in the US-led coalition air strike was a pharmaceutical research instit…

Source: Syria Says U.S.-Led Strike Destroyed Pharmaceutical Research Institute Working On Cancer Drugs

Opinion: US Combat Aircraft Fail as Washington declares missile strike

Opinion: US Combat Aircraft Fail as Washington declares missile strike

By Firas Samui for Veterans Today Threats and then missile strikes fell on Syria from the US and their allies. All of the threats are once again based on fake statements and staged shootings of “White Helmets” about the alleged use of chemical weapons by Assad. Again, the theatrical performance became the reason for armed […]

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Rep. Thomas Massie: President Has No Authority to Strike Syria

Rep. Thomas Massie: President Has No Authority to Strike Syria

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) argued on Friday night that President Donald Trump has no authority to strike Syria.  
Congressman Massie, in reaction to the news that President Trump ordered strikes on Syrian forces, wrote, “I haven’t read France’s or Britain’s ‘Constitution,’ but I’ve read ours and nowhere in it is Presidential authority to strike Syria.”

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Stocks Stumble After Reports US Plans To Strike 8 Syrian Targets, “Confident” Of Chemical Weapons Use

Stocks Stumble After Reports US Plans To Strike 8 Syrian Targets, “Confident” Of Chemical Weapons Use

After a brief pop on Trump’s conciliatory Mueller tweet, stocks are sinking after CNBC reported that US is planning to strike 8 targets, including two airfields, a research center, and a chemical weapons facility in Syria…  
Stocks dropped and gold and Treasury prices rose modestly…

Source: Stocks Stumble After Reports US Plans To Strike 8 Syrian Targets, “Confident” Of Chemical Weapons Use

Bolton And Mattis Feud Over Syria Strike As Assad Evacuates Weapons

Bolton And Mattis Feud Over Syria Strike As Assad Evacuates Weapons

by Tyler DurdenZeroHedge.com
Thu, 04/12/2018
The Syrian government and Hezbollah have reportedly evacuated weapons from key locations
Assad has moved planes to a Russian-operated base
The UK Cabinet has agreed to back military action against the Syrian government
US National Security Advisor John Bolton and Defense Secretary James Mattis are reportedly feuding over the strategy in Syria, with Mattis favoring a more cautious approach
The U.S., France and Britain are crafting broad strike plans
A readout of a Thursday phone conversation President Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May suggests that military action may be days away, instead of hours  
The latest reports rolling in from Syria suggest that both the Assad regime and Hezbollah have evacuated weapons from likely targets, after CNBC revealed that the U.S. has selected 8 targets to strike, including two airfields, a research center and an alleged chemical weapons facility – after US officials told a reporter they were “fairly confident” the Syrian regime had been behind a gas attack in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus.
Mr. Assad was moving (more…)

Theresa May Ready To Join Syria Strike Without Seeking Parliamentary Approval

Theresa May Ready To Join Syria Strike Without Seeking Parliamentary Approval

While a U.S. Carrier Strike Group makes its way to the Mediterranean, and amid reports of US and French fighter jets buzzing around the skies over Syria, the BBC reports that UK Prime Minister Theresa May is “ready to join military action against the Assad regime in Syria without first seeking Parliamentary consent.”

The prime minister is said by government insiders to see the need for a response as urgent.

She wants to prevent a repeat of the apparent chemical attack near Damascus, which she described as “abhorrent”. -BBC

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Eve of Destruction? Russia prepared to militarily respond to any US strike on Syria – Veterans Today | News – Military Foreign Affairs – VA

Eve of Destruction? Russia prepared to militarily respond to any US strike on Syria – Veterans Today | News – Military Foreign Affairs – VA

[Editor’s note: We have never been closer to WW3 than we are right now as we await Trump’s strike on Syria and the seemingly inevitable Russian and Syrian reaction to it. Russia is more than capable of sending a US carrier group to the bottom of the Mediterranean and it may just do so if, […]Source: Eve of Destruction? Russia prepared to militarily respond to any US strike on Syria – Veterans Today | News – Military Foreign Affairs – VA

Illegal Military Strike on Syria Would Alienate Trump’s Alt-Right Base

Illegal Military Strike on Syria Would Alienate Trump’s Alt-Right Base

Strike on Syria(MEE) — When Donald Trump ran for president, he touted a non-interventionist foreign policy that would keep the United States out of costly wars in faraway lands. He blasted his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton as “trigger-happy,” saying that recent episodes of US interventions have “produced only turmoil and suffering and death”. Syria’s messy civil war, in particular, […]Source: Illegal Military Strike on Syria Would Alienate Trump’s Alt-Right Base