Syraq SITREP 48: Russian MoD Says Syria Shot Down More Than 2/3rds of Anglo-American-French Missiles, Pentagon Insists Not a Single Missile Downed by Damascus Defenders

Syraq SITREP 48: Russian MoD Says Syria Shot Down More Than 2/3rds of Anglo-American-French Missiles, Pentagon Insists Not a Single Missile Downed by Damascus Defenders

Nearly two days have passed, multiple satellite photographs of destroyed buildings have been released to the world since Saturday morning's U.S.-British-French missile strikes in Syria...and the Pentagon has a serious problem. An issue much larger than just 'PR' or the 'Russian disinformation' that Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned about, which is said to have included trolling activity increasing by 2,000% (from what baseline and over which period of time this percentage increase was recorded, the DoD spokesmen and women wouldn't say).

Perhaps in part because the blow was telegraphed last week by President Trump's tweet taunting Russians that the shiny new 'smart missiles' were coming, or due to the limited scope of targeting (just three sites allegedly related to a covert Syrian chemical weapons program), or just plain hubris and smug underestimation of Syria's defenders and their Russian big brothers watching the skies -- the attack was a dud. Such that even those who rushed to praise President Trump for striking Assad the alleged chemical bomber of children were left disappointed, pining for more multi-100 million dollar fireworks to show Vladimir Putin who's the global superpower boss.

While the Russian Analyst does not know if Moscow's tally of 71 out of 103 missiles fired from US-UK-French warships and aircraft intercepted is accurate...we can confidently assess that the U.S. Department of Offense spokesman's claims -- that every missile fired hit its intended target and that there were no launch failures or weapons falling short -- is false. We also know the Pentagon, likely due to the current hysteria over all things Russian in Washington, denied giving Moscow any strike warning on Friday beyond the usual deconfliction channels -- whereas the French immediately contradicted that point. What remains to be seen is how much wreckage from downed Tomahawk and StormShadow (French and British deployed) missiles the Russian generals will present in Damascus as proof their American counterparts are lying.

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As 'RussiaGate' Implodes, Brits Push 25th Amendment To Remove Trump

As 'RussiaGate' Implodes, Brits Push 25th Amendment To Remove Trump

Robert Mueller the former FBI director turned 'independent counsel' plans to indict and arrest someone in President Trump's circles on Monday. That is, if you believe the breathless reporting first of [the] C[linton]N[ews]N[etwork], then 'confirmed' by The Wall Street Journal and NBC. The fact that unsealing a grand jury indictment in advance would be illegal for members of Mueller's team hasn't deterred #TheResistance and Democratic Twitter from frothing into a collective frenzy over this pre-Halloween weekend.

Much of Washington seems to think that telegraphing an indictment is a sign of Mueller's confidence -- but it actually smacks of desperation. Urged on by Fox News, the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee have both been closing in on the question of whether a trashy piece of partisan [British intelligence derived] opposition research was used by the likes of DNI James Clapper, DCI John Brennan and Mueller's since fired pal FBI director James Comey to justify FISA court warrants of surveillance against Trump and his campaign associates. The abuse of intelligence community assets for partisan political purposes being one of the articles of impeachment drawn up against Richard Milhous Nixon before he resigned in 1974, and the allegation a small army of CIA/NSA/FBI shills have most vigorously denied regarding Obama Administration ordered spying on the Trump campaign.

As the astute Conservative Treehouse site notes, if Mueller did not turn in an indictment ASAP he would have no chance of holding off growing Republican calls for him to resign from the special counsel investigation over blatant conflicts of interest, ranging from his friendship with Comey (whose firing is laughably cited as a potential obstruction of justice by the President) to Mueller's own entanglement and shielding of the Clintons and their money laundering Foundation in the bribery-boosted Uranium One transaction. Since politicized prosecutors can indict a ham sandwich in this country, Mueller is reverting to his reckless and often illegal tactics of persecution previously used against various targets from Lyndon LaRouche to Boston civil rights attorney Harvey Silverglate. -- JWS 

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Mr. Kalensky Goes to Washington: Will Team Trump Ask Brussels Why EU Taxpayers Are Funding Trump/Breitbart Bashing Neocon Fanatics?

The European Union is waging a cold war not only against Russia's alleged 'firehose of falsehood' propaganda machine, but also against President Donald Trump and the populist conservative media platform his counselor Steve Bannon formerly led, Breitbart. Sure there are disclaimers on the Twitter feed of the EU Stratcom East Task Force, established in November 2015, disavowing that @EUvsDisinfo represents any official position of the European Union, the European Parliament or the various EUro-bureaucracies. You can find a similar disavowal of any official position on the Twitter feed of Jakub Kalensky, the young and fanatically anti-Trump Czech ex-journalist who leads up the now expanding EU Stratcom East team.

The question is, as EU taxpayer funds are used to smear Breitbart.com an American media outlet that has nothing to do with the Kremlin or Russian government funding, and in fact has been highly critical of Vladimir Putin, what is Breitbart's just and proper recourse? When Kalensky tweet-trolls the leader of the free world all day as basically a Russian agent, promoting ludicrous Moscow hookers dossier conspiracy theories even the ex-MI6 author of the 'dossier' won't defend, while claiming to sit in judgement on all counter-Establishment claims allegedly spread by Kremlin trolls, how will the Trump White House respond? Will the newly sworn in political appointees at the U.S. State Department under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tell the EU Ambassador to the United States David O'Sullivan to have EU Stratcom East knock off the French/German taxpayer funded anti-Trump agitprop, and stop meddling in U.S. domestic affairs?

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Seven Days in January: This Time CIA Soft Coup Plotters and #NeverTrump ers Have Gone Too Far

"Desperate people do desperate, stupid things". - V the Guerrilla Economist

The Russia Analyst had been putting together his assessment of the shoddy, quite revealing (in an unintended and unflattering way for its authors) #RussianHacking assessment put together by the U.S. intelligence community, when the 'news' broke via CNN and the CIA's other favorite stenographers at NBC News Tuesday evening, that President elect Donald Trump had been briefed on a Russian kompromat (dirt) file on him last Friday. Ok, we thought, big deal, rumors about the Russians blackmailing Trump dating back to The Donald and Ivana Trump's first visits to perestroika era Moscow in the late 1980s had been circulated by The Donald's adversaries since he got into the race.

Then we read that Buzzfeed, a clickbait site for hipsters with a neolibcon foreign policy slant, had published a dossier built by a former MI6 operative who had been hired to do opposition research by #NeverTrump Republicans and then Democrats. Said oppo file containing all manner of libelous BS -- what #NeverTrump political operative and pervert @TheRickWilson referred to routinely in tweets as far back as March as 'the thing' that journalists should find ways to avoid 'legal' consequences for publishing. The 'dodgy dossier' as The Atlantic tried to cover their rear ends in 'reporting' contained not only clumsy errors about various locations in Moscow and tales of Trump aides jetting off to Prague for secret meetings with the Russians that never happened. The main allegations are that the FSB has video of Trump cavorting with hookers on a bed Barack Obama slept in at the Moscow Ritz Carlton -- with scatological details thrown in for good measure to make #GoldenShowers trend on Twitter. Ugh...

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Alt-Media Sites 'Listed' as Kremlin Agitprop by Faceless Ukro-Trolls of @PropOrNot Threaten to Sue for Libel

U.S. News and World Report says several news outlets and aggregators smeared as conduits for 'Russian propaganda' to reach at least 15 million Americans are preparing legal action against the people behind @PropOrNot. It isn't clear from the US News article if these individuals are also weighing a libel lawsuit against the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), the neoconservative-dominated, Cold War 2.0 promoting think tank based in Philadelphia and Washington that pushed @PropOrNot's 'methodology' to Washington Post reporter Craig Timberg. Turning the tables when it comes to the use of anonymity, a private citizen who wishes to remain anonymous is offering a $10,000 reward, payable in bitcoin, for verified exposure of the identities behind @PropOrNot...

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