Further thoughts on that missile strike...


The Syria Strikes: A Conspiracy Theory is a clever little video courtesy of The Corbett Report that I came to by way of a post at Sic Semper Tyrannis (SST). My first thought was, pretty good satire, while wondering how seriously the video is intended to be taken. Is the focus on humor? Or news? The Corbett Report bills itself as

an independent, listener-supported alternative news source. It operates on the principle of open source intelligence and provides podcasts, interviews, articles and videos about breaking news and important issues from 9/11 Truth and false flag terror to the Big Brother police state, eugenics, geopolitics, the central banking fraud and more.

Okay. It appears that these folks take themselves pretty seriously. But then, so does Julian Assange.

The video pushes the line that the chemical weapons incident at Idlib was a jihadi false flag operation, which is the consensus view of a number of regular contributors at SST. A hasty web search yielded nothing by way of independent analysis or critique of The Corbett Group. Is it more akin to Politico, Breitbart, or The Onion? For the present I take the group's reporting, if that is what it is, with a considerable pillar of salt, subject to reconsideration when I have more to go on.

Nonetheless, the video presents some legitimate questions and interesting points. The tide of battle has been running Bashar al-Assad's way of late, thanks in no small part to Russian aid. Why would he use chemical weapons against a target of no military significance when it would be an open invitation for a military response from the US? Maybe because he could and because the regime has a history of dealing with opposition by inflicting maximum pain. And maybe because Trumpismo rhetoric led him to believe there would be no consequences.

The consequences to date have been a lot of bluster out of Mar-a-Lago, I mean, the White House, and an ineffectual strike on Shayrat airfield. In the US the neocon mob is roused and slavering at the prospect of a new military adventure. Lindsey Graham for one is in hog heaven. "I am like the happiest dude in America right now," says the senator from South Carolina. "We have got a president and a national security team that I’ve been dreaming of for eight years."

Ah, yes. First we take Damascus, then we take Tehran. And the North Korean with the bad haircut and a nuclear arsenal. Easy peasy, or so they seem to think. Col. Lang at SST weighs in with Is Trump bluffing overseas?

And now for a bit of trivia. What do Assad and libertarian senator Rand Paul, M.D., have in common? They are ophthalmologists.

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