Trump’s Idlib Story: Another “What’s Aleppo?”-Or What?

by Jerry Alatalo

hile running for U.S. president on the Libertarian Party ticket in 2016, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson suffered wide public embarrassment and criticism for answering a question on national television about Aleppo, Syria with: “What’s Aleppo?”

Aleppo is Syria’s 2nd largest city, and at the moment of Governor Johnson’s political blunder its citizenry was heavily involved in fighting for survival against a variety of ruthless-killer terrorists.

Did Donald Trump display a “Gary Johnson moment” a week ago during his press conference at the United Nations in New York City? If he did, or did not … it seems Reuters was one of the few world media organizations to even report on Trump’s very puzzling, questions-raising Idlib statements.

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-trump-syria/trump-says-learned-about-syrias-idlib-from-supporter-at-recent-rally-idUSKCN1M638H

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday he had never heard of the rebel-held Syrian region of Idlib under threat from Syrian government and Russian forces until a supporter brought it up at a recent rally about a month ago.

….Speaking at a news conference in New York, Trump took credit for convincing Russia, Iran and Syria to hold off on the attack after he warned them in a Sept. 4 Twitter post that they would be making a “grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy.”

“Syria’s a mess and I was responsible (for stopping the offensive) and I hope it stays that way,” he said. “When I put out on social media a few weeks ago about Idlib province, I said, ‘Don’t do it’.”

Trump went on to explain that he had just learned about the situation in Idlib after a woman in the crowd at a rally brought it up.

“I was at a meeting with lots of supporters and a woman stood up and she said there is a province in Syria with 3 million people right now. The Iranians, Russians and Syrians are surrounding that province and they are going to kill my sister and kill millions of people in order to get rid of 25,000 or 30,000 terrorists.

“I said that’s not going to happen. I didn’t hear of Idlib province. I came back and picked up the Failing New York Times and opened it up … not the front page, but there was a very big story and I said wow that’s the same story the woman told me and I found hard to believe and I said how, why would anyone do that?”

Trump said the story had indicated the offensive could start the next day and so he wrote his Twitter post and gave orders to his team, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House national security adviser John Bolton, to “not let it happen.”

“That doesn’t mean they can’t be selective, but don’t kill millions of people, and it stopped. Nobody is going to give me credit but that’s OK because the people know, but I’ve had more Syrians thank me for that. … This was about four weeks ago I put that out,” Trump said.

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It is uncertain whether Trump’s statements as reported by Reuters indicate he had never heard of Idlib … or he was unaware that Syrian military forces, with help from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, were about to take the city back from terrorists.

If this was the 1st time Trump became aware of Idlib, then he distressingly repeats the embarrassing experience of Gary Johnson in 2016 when Johnson asked “What’s Aleppo?”. That seems an absolute impossibility for the man who’s been president of the United States for some 20 months.

On the other hand, and nearly equally as concerning if the case, Trump might know about Idlib, but have been actually unaware that Syrians and their allies were intending to retake the city of Idlib with its population of approximately 3 million from terrorists.

For the President of the United States to have become informed of a major anti-terrorist military situation in Syria from a supporter at one of his rallies, which then was confirmed by Trump by reading the New York Times, has one asking the obvious: “What kind of National Security, State Department and Defense Department advice is the leader of the free world receiving?”

This seems as impossible as the theory he’s repeating the embarrassment of Gary Johnson and Aleppo.

Is there another explanation, such as Trump’s sharing a story about Idlib which is completely fictional … and if so, why? Could Trump be telling what really happened, and his advisers are keeping him completely out of the loop? Is Trump trying to give the public the impression his advisers are intentionally keeping him in the dark, as part of some covert psychological operation?

Given the propensity of Trump to go on Twitter and convey oft-controversial messages about hugely consequential matters concerning international relations, – especially situations of war and peace … literal life and death, this event is enormously disturbing in light of its potential negative outcomes if left unresolved.

Whatever the explanation for his “Idlib moment”, from any perspective there is a clear, unbelievably important, profoundly dangerous problem of communications inside the administration of Donald Trump.

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“Grand Deception” Book Review

“Krainer makes it clear that the Browder operation was not masterminded by Browder and Safra, writing that while Safra was a ‘key middle man’ in bringing in U.S. dollars to buy up Russia’s wealth, ‘the masterminds of the operation were individuals in the very top echelons of power at the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury Department.’”

The immensity of the William Browder-Magnitsky Act scandal ranks it, arguably, – given today’s unprecedented, precarious, rapidly-evolving state of international relations – the most important story of the 21st century.

The Naked Hedgie

Positive reviews are one of the most gratifying rewards in publishing a book, but reviews that are as thoughtful and generous as the one I’ve recently received from Harley Schlanger is a rare thing. More rare still is a review that actually adds depth and perspective to the subject matter and is a worthwhile read in itself. Here goes:

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John Bolton Military Threat Endangers World Peace.

by Jerry Alatalo

“Locked and loaded.”

any serious world affairs analysts around the Earth share the following interpretation. United States President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton’s threat of military action against the elected Syrian government of Bashar al Assad signals an imminent “false flag” chemical weapons event inside the last remaining terrorist stronghold in Syria – Idlib.

The last (most recent) Syrian false flag (filmed by the White Helmets) occurred in mid-April on the outskirts of Damascus in Douma. It was subsequently shown to actually have been the theatrical filming of Douma residents being washed down with hoses, where no chemical weapons whatsoever were present. After a White Helmets member acted as one who’d yell “Fire!” where there was none in a crowded theater, creating uncalled for panic … he yelled “Chemical attack!”, – whereupon his White Helmets co-conspirator started filming.

The White Helmets video of the non-chemical event quickly became front page news around the Earth, Western leaders Donald Trump of the United States, the United Kingdom’s Theresa May and France’s Emmanuel Macron used the “evidence” to break international law in firing 103 missiles onto Syria … and all despite the fact those in the Douma hospital room where the non-event occurred clarified the truth in short order.

Hassan became famous the world over … That is, everywhere on Earth except the West.

Eleven-year old Hassan Diab of Douma was “center stage” in the fictional video, and soon became known by people the world over. Journalists interviewed him and his father, allowing the father and son to offer the truthful narrative. Others in the hospital room that day, including doctors and nurses, equally achieved their “15 minutes of fame” after sharing the truth of what happened.

Young Hassan, his father, the mentioned attendant doctors, nurses and others traveled to the Hague and gave their full testimonies, including a 2-hours long press conference/question-and-answer session.

After it became clear the alleged Douma event involved people being treated for smoke/dust inhalation from conventional weapons explosions, over four months have passed and neither Donald Trump, Theresa May nor Emmanuel Macron have publicly acknowledged Hassan Diab and the other witnesses. The leaders have ignored the staged event nature of that globally publicized video, and offered no comment, much less offered an extensive explanation or sincere apology for the destruction their missiles wrought.

Outside of the cable news group One America Network, veteran respected British journalist Robert Fisk, and hundreds of independent/internet journalists and media groups, Western corporate news organizations have been just as strangely silent as Trump, May and Macron. In the over four months since Douma, Western “pressitute” journalists have offered no explanation or acknowledgement of the Douma witnesses or their easily available Hague public event.

In March, shortly before the April non-event in Douma, it is instructive to recall that Yulia and Sergei Skripal became the widely reported victims of some type of alleged nerve agent, which Theresa May and her Tory government quickly blamed on Russia. Some have speculated (including this writer) the Skripal incident was part of a coordinated false flag, covert intelligence operation designed to paint Russia and Syria in the minds of the public as “ruthless chemical weapons murderers”, and molding public opinion into acceptance of the eventual Trump, May, Macron illegal attack on Syria.

For five months, despite repeated attempts, Russian government authorities have experienced a total stonewalling and lack of cooperation by the May Tory government on the Skripal affair, with British authorities ignoring clear rules set forth on these types of incidents by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Yulia and Sergei Skripal have made full recoveries from what most experts describe as, – if military-grade nerve agent the United Kingdom alleges was deployed … “multiple times the lethal killing power of sarin” – contact resulting in “certain death”.

Besides a very brief, short-on-depth/detail, no-questions appearance by Yulia Skripal recorded by Reuters, neither her or her father Sergei Skripal have engaged/talked with independent journalists, or even corporate media. The two could be said to have essentially disappeared from the face of the Earth.

In an inverse related manner, the Skripal story shares significant aspects with the Douma story, particularly Western media, Trump, May, Macron … others’ total silence on Yulia and Sergei Skripal.

Shortly before John Bolton’s dangerous and provocative threat of military force against Syria, both the United States and United Kingdom pushed forth extreme, increased sanctions against the Russian Federation – for the alleged responsibility of Russia regarding the March attack on the Skripals. People might want to think about the timing of the harsher sanctions against Russia and Bolton’s threats against Syria, including consideration of another coordinated, covert intelligence false flag operation.

The intention is provision of a pretext for escalated war.

These are unbelievably dangerous developments.

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(Thank you to RT America at YouTube)

 

Browder-Magnitsky Scandal: Global Awareness Is Rising.

By Jerry Alatalo

Andrei Nekrasov directed possibly the most important documentary film of the 21st century.

fter Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned Bill Browder by name during his joint press conference in Helsinki, Finland with United States President Donald Trump, interest and awareness related to the controversy surrounding Mr. Browder and Magnitsky Act legislation has grown enormously around the Earth.

One might describe what has been up until now a seemingly impenetrable wall separating the Browder-Magnitsky narrative and Russian government’s narrative – the irresolution of fact and fiction, unresolved for years since passage of U.S. Magnitsky Act laws – starting to crumble and erode, to the point of imminent collapse and overdue identification of the truth.

It is now very difficult to imagine the massive, history-making scandal enduring for much longer, or for any significant length of time. Due to rising awareness and the accompanying concern, shock and outright outrage of those who’ve learned the facts and truth about the Browder-Magnitsky fraud, one might have to travel beyond the boundaries of imagination to come up with a scenario where the deception can possibly become sustained.

The magnitude of the truth behind the Browder-Magnitsky scandal will – once the scandal becomes exposed and the “big boys” calling the shots become identified – shock the human race to a greater extent than if just hearing about your normal, run-of-the-mill, scheming, tax evading billionaire.

This is ultimately the jaw-dropping, universally-relevant story of powerful behind-the-scenes people whose intention was taking control over the assets, resources, economy and monetary systems of the largest landmass nation on Earth: – Russia.

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Men and women interested in watching the hugely important documentary film “The Magnitsky Act: Behind the Scenes” can rent it now on Vimeo.com, through the following link:

Co-hosts Garland Nixon and Lee Stranahan of “Fault Lines Radio” are part of a (growing) handful of media organizations and individuals who have been reporting on the Browder-Magnitsky scandal. They talk to director Andrei Nekrasov in the following video, where Mr. Nekrasov strongly emphasizes – “..not because I made the film” – the extremely important nature of the astounding information conveyed.

(Thank you to Fault Lines Radio at YouTube)