UPDATED - Jared & Ivanka persuaded Trump to attack Syria; Trump
preparing to invade Syria & NKorea
Newsletter published on April 11, 2017
(1) Trump to ignite wars in
Korea & Syria - Peter Myers, April 11, 2017
(2) Trump preparing
‘full-scale INVASION of Syria’: Shock claim from
National Security Advisor McMaster planning 'Full-Scale War' in
150,000 US troops
(4) Ivanka Trump’s distress had ‘significant influence’ on
strikes in Syria, diplomat suggests
(5) Alex Jones brands Jared
and Ivanka ‘enemies of the republic’ after
Trump ally blames them for Syria
(6) How does US military power stack up against North Korea, China and
(7) Trump deploys SEALs to attack North Korea, secure nukes and
(8) Blackwater founder Erik Prince admits ‘incidental’
meeting with Russian during Trump transition
(1) Trump to
ignite wars in Korea & Syria - Peter Myers, April 11, 2017
on Syria was made during Trump's dinner with Xi, showing the
between the Syria and Korea fronts.
North Korea's tests have been
foolish, because they energise the hawks
in Japan to demand their own
offensive capability - they now want the
ability to launch strikes,
independently of US forces. But North Korea's
nukes are only defensive,
designed to stave off a US attack by promising
to hit Soeul, thus making the
price too high (see item 6). Too high for
anyone but Trump, that
Trump's case in Syria is based on acceptance of Fake News, and
suppression of reports showing that the 2013 Gas attack was a False
Flag. Since Putin is not going to buy that, and Trump is likely to
invade, we will see a clash of the superpowers. Russia, with its back
against the wall, will not accept defeat there. Thus nuclear war
Alex Jones has come out a champion. It seems that Jared Kushner
(2) Trump preparing ‘full-scale INVASION of
Syria’: Shock claim from
Trump is paving the way for a full-scale invasion of Syria in a
destroy Bashar al-Assad, a military expert has claimed
By Henry Holloway
/ Published 10th April 2017
US cruise missiles blitzed a Syrian airbase
last week in a shocking move
which positioned President Trump against Russia
Trump’s assault on Syrian counterpart Assad has been backed by
and the West but has him on a collision course with Russian
Military experts from Turkey fear the worst
is yet to come and are
drawing comparisons with the preparations for the
Iraq War in 2003.
The Syrian Chemical attack that pitted Trump against
Putin: could this
be Cold War Two?Friday, 7th April 2017
The use of
chemical weapons against civilians in Syria has sparked a
incident, as Trump's airstrikes has him squaring up to the
Assad regime. Could this be the start of a new Cold War?
"The US is
nurturing a plan of a full-scale intervention of Syria,"
Gurbuz, from the Ankara-based Bilkent University.
He suggested the US’s
goal in the war-torn nation is to install a
government more supportive of
Washington in an "Iraqi scenario" to oust
Assad like now-executed dictator
But Mr Gurbuz claimed further action to depose Assad
could work in
favour of "terrorist groups" in the Middle East.
took action after the world condemned an alleged chemical weapons
civilians in Syria.
Assad is believed to have been behind the horrifying
killed 80 people in Idlib.
Syrian Army chiefs have
repeatedly denied the attack – but Trump said
there "can be no dispute" the
dictator used "banned chemical weapons".
Mr Gurbuz accused Washington of
"violating international law" with the
direct strike on Syria when speaking
to Sputnik Turkey.
Russia has also blasted the US over the strike as it
Putin and Iran have both threatened
military retaliation if the US takes
anymore action in
Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson said Syria could be hit
by the US, despite the war talk from Russia and the
Mr Johnson cancelled a trip to Moscow amid the tensions with
Russia in a
move blasted by the Kremlin.
Meanwhile, tensions are
raging in with North Korea over Kim Jong-un’s
nukes as the USS Carl Vinson
strike group moves into the Korean Peninsula.
(3) National Security
Advisor McMaster planning 'Full-Scale War' in
Syria, 150,000 US
National Security Advisor Planning 'Full-Scale War' in Syria
wants 150,000 boots on the ground in Syria, reports Mike Cernovich
According to independent journalist Mike Cernovich, National
Advisor H. R. McMaster is trying to get Trump to sign off on a plan
would put 150,000 US troops on the ground in Syria.
Current National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond H. R.
manipulating intelligence reports given to President Donald
Cernovich Media can now report. McMaster is plotting how to sell a
massive ground war in Syria to President Trump with the help of
disgraced former CIA director and convicted criminal David Petraeus, who
mishandled classified information by sharing documents with his
As NSA, McMaste's job is to synthesize intellience reports from
other agencies. President Trump is being given an inaccurate picture of
the situation in Syria, as McMaster is seeking to involve the U.S. in a
full scale war in Syria.
The McMaster-Petraeus plan calls for 150,000
American ground troops in
It looks like "safe zones"
(occupation for "humanitarian" reasons) are
off the table.
isn't even trying to disguise his real intentions, apparently.
or sooner, boots on the ground." - Multiple sources today, on
â?" Mike Cernovich ?Ÿ‡º?Ÿ‡¸ (@Cernovich)April 9,
(4) Ivanka Trump’s distress had ‘significant influence’ on US air
strikes in Syria, diplomat suggests
IVANKA Trump’s distress at seeing images of Syrian
to breath following the chemical attack at Khan Sheikoun
played a strong
role in her father’s decision to launch US air strikes, a
UK ambassador to Washington Sir Kim Darroch
told the UK Government the
President was "genuinely shaken" by images of
children broadcast after
the deadly attack that killed up to 80 people in
the Syrian town.
A diplomatic telegram to London following the decision
to launch air
strikes pointed to a tweet from Ivanka saying she was
outraged by the images coming out of Syria", The Sunday
The cable said her worry was a "significant influence in
Office" and led to the "stronger than expected" reaction from
Heartbroken and outraged by the images coming out of
following the atrocious chemical attack yesterday.
Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 5, 2017
The times we are living in call
for difficult decisions - Proud of
my father for refusing to accept these
horrendous crimes against
Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 7, 2017
On April 6, Mr Trump said "beautiful
babies were cruelly murdered in
this very barbaric attack" in his speech
announcing the strikes.
"No child of God should ever suffer such horror,"
The decision marked a rapid policy shift for the Trump
and reversed the President’s previous decision on entering
he said would be "very bad" for the US following an earlier
weapons attack in 2013.
It also followed an interview given
by Ivanka on April 5 in which she
told CBS’ This Morning she would continue
her advocacy work but will
"weigh in with my father on the issues I feel
Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner have become two of
closest and most trusted advisers following his
Both have met foreign leaders and advised him on a huge
domestic and international issues.
Their children, Arabella
and Joseph, even entertained the Chinese
President Xi Jinping and First Lady
Peng Liyuan while they were staying
Very proud of
Arabella and Joseph for their performance in honor of
President Xi Jinping
and Madame Peng Liyuan's official visit to the US!
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 7,
Thank you President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan for your visit
the United States
Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 9, 2017
Meanwhile a photo of President Trump’s
National Security Team from the
moment the strikes were ordered shows
Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner on
the President’s right-hand side looking
directly at him.
His closeness to the President has brought him into
direct conflict with
joint chief of staff Steve Bannon, who has recently
been dumped from Mr
Trump’s National Security Council and is shown towards
the back of the
room in the picture of the critical moment.
photo (ed for security): @potus receives briefing on #syria
fr Nat Security team, inc @vp , SECDEF, CJCS via secure
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) April 7,
On Thursday, the US ordered 59 Tomahawk missiles to strike the
airfield where government planes carrying chemical weapons are
to have taken off from.
(5) Alex Jones brands Jared and
Ivanka ‘enemies of the republic’ after
Trump ally blames them for Syria
07 APR 2017 AT 14:56 ET
Alex Jones and Roger Stone blamed
"President" Jared Kushner for the
Syrian airstrike ordered by his
father-in-law, Donald Trump.
The InfoWars founder hosted the political
dirty trickster — who’s under
investigation for possible ties to Russian
intelligence — on his program
Friday to discuss the military
The conversation followed a conspiratorial trail that led from
through the West Wing to the Upper West Side, and all the way to
Valley, and fell apart when Jones blamed Kushner and his wife,
Trump, for every bad decision made so far by the
"It’s them, it’s them — it’s his daughter and son-in-law who
literally enemies of the Republic!" Jones shouted.
At the start
of the discussion, Stone suggested the chemical weapons
attack, which Trump
used to justify the military action, might have been
staged as part of a
conspiracy to draw the president into war in the
interesting to me is this push by the generals, which I believe
is aided by
the president’s son-in-law (Kushner), to essentially shed
non-interventionist position that he stuck to very closely in the
and become George W. Bush," Stone said. "The people, if they
neocon, they would have elected Jeb (Bush)."
Jones blamed "President
Kushner" for the torrent of media leaks from the
White House, which he
described as a "jihad" to go after "hardcore
conservatives and patriots"
like Steve Bannon for opposing the airstrike.
"I can absolutely certify
that Steve Bannon was opposed to this
intervention in Syria, and he
obviously lost an internal argument,"
He said the
White House blamed the chief strategist for the failures of
the travel ban
and the health care bill, which Stone claims was written
by former House
Speaker John Boehner and foisted on Bannon by Kushner.
fighter, and I do think he will survive, but what we have to
figure out is
whether his role is diminished," Stone said. "One obvious
problem is that he
really hasn’t spent any capital to bring other
nationalists who supported
Trump into the White House."
Bannon, in fact, has brought several of his
employees at Breitbart News
— including an apparent member of a European
Nazi group — to work for
him at the White House, although none of them is
married to the
president’s eldest daughter.
Bannon has not gone to bat for other nationalists,
and therefore he finds
himself on the White House staff largely without
allies," Stone said. "My
greatest concern, in all honesty, is watching
the Silicon Valley barons wine
and dine Jared and Ivanka — the Google
people, the Facebook people — those
who are seeking to choke InfoWars
and Stone Cold Truth and Breitbart News
and Daily Caller."
Jones agreed Kushner and his wife appeared to be part
of a broad
Democratic conspiracy to shut down right-wing sites — which he
as guardians of the republic, and which the FBI is investigating
possible ties to Russian agents.
"If there’s anyone on the planet
who would understand this, it’s Steve
Bannon," Stone said. "I don’t think
Jared understands that if these
censorship initiatives go forward, the
chances of the president’s
re-election are zero."
Jones used a series
of code words to warn his listeners that Kushner,
who is Jewish, was trying
to undermine his father-in-law, the president.
"He is surrounded by weak,
foppish, left-wing New York socialites,"
Jones said, and Stone picked up the
"Meanwhile, we see Jared dining with the head of Google with one
toniest restaurants in Manhattan," Stone said. "This is more
to me than anything else because the future of the Trump
and his efforts to make America great again completely pivot
to the ‘net and the ability to rally the same people who elected
"I don’t think his motives are bad, I just think his political
is not sound," Stones added.
(6) How does US military power
stack up against North Korea, China and
THE diversion of US warships to North Korea is a show of
military power but how does the nation’s weapons capability stack
against others and can it continue to maintain its
While America is undoubtedly the "top dog" when it comes to
military, experts say North Korea could still land a massive blow
against the US.
"Most pundits think that whatever happens in Korea,
if somebody hits the
button, the fighting would be very intense but brief
and would lead to
massive devastation," Professor John Blaxland
Prof Blaxland is the acting head of the Strategic and Defence
Centre at the Australian National University and says while the US
superior weaponry, other countries such as North Korea, China and Russia
have massive stockpiles of weapons and trained military to counteract
According to the Global Firepower website, which collates publicly
available information about the military capability of different
countries, America is ranked number one in terms of its war-making
ability across land, sea and air.
"It has the most powerful military
in the world without question," Prof
The US annual
defence budget of $581 billion dwarfs China, which spends
Russia on $45 billion and North Korea on $7.5 billion.
But if you look at
how many soldiers America has access to, it’s a
US has an active military personnel of 1.4 million, and a reserve
When it comes to soldiers based on the North Korean border,
the US only
has about 20,000 troops permanently stationed in South Korea, as
about 8000 air force personnel and other special forces. There were
about 50,000 military personnel based in Japan.
Compare this to
North Korea, which has 700,000 active soldiers, but a
whopping 4.5 million
Prof Blaxland said North Korea had also massed about 20,000
missiles on the border with South Korea, and when you are
numbers game, technology doesn’t always win.
saying ‘quantity has a quality all of its own’," he said.
has massed artillery and missile capability adjacent to the
zone, close to Seoul, which puts it in range of a
population about the size
of Australia — it’s pretty scary."
Prof Blaxland said US troops stationed
in South Korea could probably
shoot down a large number of missiles but
chances were, some would still
"It doesn’t matter how
good your technology is, if they get a few rounds
off the ground, there will
be mass casualties."
"The problem is the quantity, just the sheer mass,"
"(Especially) if you aren’t that concerned about how many people
the process, which Kim Jong-un isn’t."
It has been estimated
that in this scenario North Korea could
potentially kill about 100,000
So while North Korea may not ultimately win a war against
could certainly ensure many people also go down with
This could also be a problem with any matchup between the US and
All three countries have nuclear weapons but would
not be motivated to
use them as any retaliation would likely annihilate them
Prof Blaxland said the Russians had massive firepower capability
including ships, submarines and armed forces. Recently the Russians had
demonstrated in Ukraine that they had the ability to bombard a 1km
square area of land and "basically clean it out".
"That is a
frightening prospect," he said.
He said China had put a lot of emphasis
on its cyber technology, as well
as copying western technology. It had long
range munitions that could
sink an aircraft carrier or knock down satellite
systems the US relies
While there was no question the US
had the most powerful and
technologically advanced military in the world,
Prof Blaxland said no
matter how good an aircraft was, if it was overwhelmed
by dozens of
enemy craft then "you’ll run out of ammo before they
Another issue is that the US’s forces are dispersed across the
with troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, as well as Europe, Latvia,
Australia, Korea, Japan, Guam and Hawaii.
"The US is incredibly
powerful militarily but if it takes on more than
one big fight at a time,
it’s probably biting off more than it can
chew," he said.
past, Prof Blaxland said America’s military was designed with the
to fight two and a half "major theatre wars" at the same, but
these days it
is in a position where it could barely do one or maybe one
"Bearing in mind that they are already tied down in Afghanistan,
and Syria, they are considerably constrained (to fight a major war),"
(7) Trump deploys SEALs to attack North Korea, secure nukes
Korea-US duel elevates Asia tension to new heights
cancels plans and heads to Korean Peninsula
KEN MORIYASU, Nikkei deputy
Nikkei Asia Review
April 10, 2017 3:30 pm JST
-- Amid rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, a U.S.
carrier-led strike group has altered plans and headed toward
The USS Carl Vinson had just been in Busan, South Korea, in
participate in Foal Eagle, an annual U.S.-South Korea exercise.
Afterward, the 6,000-crew warship moved to Singapore and was scheduled
to make a port visit to Australia.
Instead, Adm. Harry Harris, the
commander of the U.S. Pacific Command --
which oversees all U.S. forces in
the Pacific -- instructed the Carl
Vinson Strike Group on April 8 to sail
north once again.
It is the latest measure taken by the Donald Trump
show the world, especially China, that the U.S. strategy
Korea has changed. North Korea has recently repeatedly tested
missiles, threatening to test a intercontinental ballistic missile
could reach the U.S. Trump is signaling that his administration is not
shy to use force to prevent such development.
A mobile naval base,
capable of carrying 90 aircraft to the enemy, the
aircraft carrier is the
Navy's most visible display of power.
Accompanying the Carl Vinson are the
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile
destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer and USS
Michael Murphy, as well as the
Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS
The move follows the first meeting
between President Trump and his
Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, on April 6
and 7, during which they
failed to craft a concrete plan to address the
North Korean nuclear and
missile threats. Trump told Xi that if China would
not help it deal with
Pyongyang, the U.S. may act alone.
Vinson had been in the region in March, when U.S. and South
conducted their annual exercise, Foal Eagle. That exercise
was also rich in
symbolism, due to the presence of an unusual participant.
leader Kim Jong Un must have known exactly what it meant
when he learned
that the U.S. Navy's SEAL Team 6 arrived in South Korea
to join Foal Eagle
in early March.
The Navy's Special Warfare Development Group, as it is
called, is the counterterrorism unit that killed Al Qaeda leader
bin Laden in May 2011. Six years after that stunning and successful
operation, the Trump administration arranged for the SEAL team to take
part in the exercise for the first time, alongside the Army's Rangers,
Green Berets and Delta Force.
In the exercises, which ran to April,
the SEALs trained to infiltrate
North Korea, sabotage key military
facilities, secure nuclear weapons
and eliminate Kim. The key objectives of
this year's event signal that
the U.S. policy toward North Korea has entered
a new stage.
The new strategy is thought to have been influenced by
defector Thae Yong Ho, who predicted that Kim Jong Un will use
weapons against the U.S. unless he is "eliminated"
Thae, Pyongyang's former deputy ambassador to the U.K. and who
to South Korea in 2016, provided insights into Kim's thinking when
described the North's development of intercontinental ballistic missiles
in a recent interview with NBC News. "Once he sees that there is any
kind of sign of a tank or an imminent threat from America, then he will
use his nuclear weapons with ICBMs," he said.
Kim responded with
another ballistic missile launch on April 5.
games between the U.S. and North Korea have elevated tensions in
Asia-Pacific region to new heights. It was against this backdrop
hosted Xi at his private resort in Florida.
While the two leaders were
enjoying dinner on the first night, the U.S.
conducted military strikes in
Syria, informing Xi of the operation only
toward the end of the
Just hours before the Trump-Xi meeting, a top U.S. Navy official
reporters in Tokyo that the strategy to deter North Korea's nuclear
program was not working, hinting that a new approach was in the
Adm. Scott Swift, the four-star commander of the U.S. Pacific
said: "Up to this point I think it is fair to say that economic and
diplomatic efforts have not supported the progress people have been
anticipating and looking forward to."
He went on to say that "200
ships, over 1,200 aircraft and 140,000
sailors" under his command, belonging
to the 7th and 3rd Fleets, would
be combined and ready for the president's
discretion as a contingency
After initially remaining silent
on the matter, Pyongyang responded with
a Foreign Ministry statement on the
evening of April 8. It called the
U.S. attack on the Syrian air force base
"absolutely unpardonable" and
"an undisguised act of aggression against a
It also said: "Some forces are loudmouthed that the
recent U.S. military
attack on Syria is an action of warning us, but we are
not frightened by
The escalation is
making other nations in the region nervous.
The Indonesian government
expressed its displeasure over the "unilateral
actions" by the U.S. in
launching a missile strike into Syria. "Military
actions, undertaken without
prior authorization of the U.N. Security
Council, are not in line with
international legal principles in the
peaceful settlement of disputes as
stipulated in the U.N. Charter,"
Foreign Ministry spokesman Arramanatha
Nasir told reporters on April 7.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
fresh from a stay at Trump's Florida
resort, said, "The government of Japan
supports the determination of the
U.S. government that it will never allow
the spread and use of chemical
weapons." But the statement fell short of
expressing approval. "We
understand that the U.S. took the action to prevent
of the situation," it said.
Rodrigo Duterte, who has been under fire
domestically for cozying up to
China and is under pressure to strengthen
ties with Washington, is finding
it hard to come up with a response. "As
chair of ASEAN, Duterte will find it
increasingly difficult to
coordinate with the U.S. and China," said Junya
Ishii, senior analyst at
think tank Sumitomo Corp. Global
(8) Blackwater founder Erik Prince admits ‘incidental’
meeting with Russian during Trump transition
10 APR 2017 AT 11:07 ET
Erik Prince, the founder of the
mercenary company Blackwater, admitted
that he met with an ally of Russian
President Vladimir Putin during
then-President-elect Donald Trump’s
The Washington Post reported last week that Prince held a
with a Putin confidant in the Seychelles islands "as part of
effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between
and President-elect Donald Trump."
"U.S. officials said the
FBI has been scrutinizing the Seychelles
meeting as part of a broader probe
of Russian interference in the 2016
U.S. election and alleged contacts
between associates of Putin and
Trump," the Post noted.
interview with the Financial Times that was published on Monday,
acknowledge that the meeting had occurred but insisted that it
Prince admitted an "incidental" meeting but denied anything
consequence was discussed, blaming "permanent seditious bureaucrats" in
the US intelligence community for leaking the information.
also said that the business his current company, Frontier
was doing with China did not include mercenary services.
But Peter Singer
of the New America Foundation told the Financial Times
would be amused, but not surprised" at Prince’s
collaboration with the
"It is fascinating to see someone, who was so quick
to wrap himself in
the flag whenever there was a controversy in the past,
now go to work
for a US adversary." Singer said.