Dina Powell, H.R. McMaster and the Neocon/Saudi Lobby Co-opting Team Trump

@Cernovich Breaks Another Huge Story

This story comes after Ms. Powell advised first daughter Ivanka Trump during the campaign and used her fluent Arabic to assist with President Trump’s mid-March hosting of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman -- a figure well known to RogueMoney’s readers thanks to the reporting of our Mideast correspondent The Prince.

Cernovich’s latest report regarding McMaster, who replaced the fired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn as Trump’s National Security Adviser, follows his previous reporting that McMaster has pushed for between 50 and 150,000 American troops to take down both the Islamic State and at the very least, occupy portions of Syria for an indefinite period of time. In the worst case, following additional chemical attacks that Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned are being prepared as false flags to be pinned on Assad, further American assaults on Syrian government forces could escalate into direct U.S. confrontation with the Syrians’ Russian, Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah allies. One pretext for such a clash, would of course, be a chemical attack not on Syrian civilians but American troops that would be blamed on Assad forces. Speaking to journalists this week, the Syrian President Assad declared the Khan Sheikhoun attack to have been a false flag carried out using chemicals the jihadists brought into northern Syria from Turkey.

Who is Dina Habib-Powell? A Protege of 'Globalist Gary' Cohn Who Demanded Goldman Sachs Employees Stay at their Desks to Short Airline Stocks on 9/11

Unlike her friend Hillary Clinton’s body woman Huma Abedin, who is Muslim born to parents prominent in the Muslim Brotherhood, Mrs. Habib-Powell is a Coptic Christian born to Egyptian parents in the United States, with longstanding associations to the Bush family. She joined the George W. Bush Administration after working during the late 1990s for Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson and House Majority Leader Dick Armey, later transitioning from the White House Personnel Office to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s staff during the second GW Bush term. In 2007 she left the White House to join Goldman Sachs philanthropic initiatives on the eve of the global financial meltdown. As Catherine Austin Fitts noted in a recent podcast with Dark Journalist our very own Bankster Slayer partially transcribed, it was Ms. Rice who visited the White House prior to the ill-fated decision to fire Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Al-Shayrat air base on April 6:

The Friday before the Syria bombing, Condoleezza Rice meets with the President. And snap! Suddenly after that meeting, Bannon is ejected out of the national security council and Dina Powell gets into it...

— Minute marker 11:26 —

We don’t have the head of the CIA in the room. But we have Dina Powell in the room. You’ve got Gary Cohn, Steven Mnuchin … all Goldman Sachs.

The Saudi Kingdom is Losing the Wars in Syria and Yemen, Thanks in Part to Russia and Iran

The question of why a major arms deal is being pushed now along with greater American participation in the Saudis’ wars in Syria (fought by proxy) and in Yemen (directly engaging the Kingdom’s forces as well as mercenaries hired from other countries) is not hard to answer. As we’ve reported here at RogueMoney for the last two years, the fiscal situation of the Saudi Kingdom is dire and growing worse with each passing month of low oil prices.

The Saudi gambit to depress global oil prices starting in 2014 to pressure Russia into abandoning Assad and, from Washington’s perspective punish the Kremlin for intervening in Ukraine has caused great pain to the Russian economy -- but failed to break Moscow’s resolve. Not only did the lower oil price fail to break Putin’s popularity with the Russian people, but it also forced Moscow to rely less on energy exports and develop its agricultural, military industrial export and other industries, while de-dollarizing its sanctioned financial sector. As early as 2015, it became apparent that the cheap oil trick the Saudis pulled in the 1980s to help the CIA bankrupt the Soviet Union alongside financial warfare targeting the ruble was not working, and damaging the Kingdom’s industry far more than the ruble-denominated and extremely efficient Russian oil and gas sector.

The Saudis not only face the partial defeat of their proxies in Syria by increasingly confident, Russian-aided Syrian and Hezbollah forces, but also an even more humiliating series of defeats in Yemen, as well as inside their porous southwestern border from raiding Yemeni tribes. Saudi losses in troops already number into the thousands, while hundreds of tanks, armored cars, and infantry fighting vehicles have been destroyed (many of them in graphic, Aloha Snackbar-ing videos posted at the YemenFightsBack YouTube channel) by the fierce, qat-chewing Houthis and their Saleh loyalist Yemeni Army allies. The recent visit of Secretary of Defense and retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis and his vow to end Iran’s supply of ballistic missiles and their components to the Yemeni resistance is a sign that Washington and the Pentagon have woken up to the reality of Yemeni rocket strikes on the Kingdom, and are placing their faith in U.S. missile defense technology if not Gulf War 1-style ‘SCUD hunts’ by the Royal Saudi Air Force to stop the incoming rockets. Mattis visit and anti-Iran speech blaming Tehran for fueling the conflict came weeks after an up-ranged SCUD type missile reportedly damaged a target just outside Riyadh, hundreds of kilometers from the Yemeni-Saudi border.


The Russian-Trained 5th Assault Corps and the Newly Confident Syrian Arab Army

In the Levant, the situation is not much better for the petrodollar supporting Saudi-Qatari axis. Without Uncle Sam or the Turkish military getting more directly involved, it is possible the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) could continue its successful spring counteroffensive across north Hama into summer towards Idlib province, if not the jihadi stronghold and densely populated city of Idlib. Much depends on whether the Turks lay down a red line using artillery and armor, daring the Russians to do something about it or demand that they accept the de facto partition of Syria in the north which the Americans are already engaged in via their irritating (for both Damascus and Ankara) presence in Syrian Kurdistan. Meanwhile, in eastern Syria, ISIS continues to crumble under the onslaught of heavy losses in Iraq and on multiple fronts with the Kurdish SDF and SAA. ISIS no longer has the manpower to successfully counterattack at Palmyra, and the Russian trained and advised 5th Assault Corps is (according to Southfront analyses) planning a late summer/early autumn offensive to break the Daesh siege of Deir Ez Zor. Just as the Russians were determined to claim credit for the final victory in WW2 and secure the strategic capital of Hitler’s Germany in 1944-45, Deir Ez Zor is a less vital but nonetheless strategic objective for the Eurasian axis’ end game to the globalist-instigated Syrian war, a formidable obstacle containing tens of thousands both tribesmen and civilians loyal to Damascus for U.S./Israeli/GCC partition plans.

Death Race to Deir Ez Zor

If the SAA, Hezbollah and the Russians can lift the Daesh siege of Deir Ez Zor before the Americans can, then the chances of a sudden collapse of ISIS there paving the way for U.S.-backed ‘moderate rebels’ to move in and attack the SAA garrison in the city quickly evaporate. With an open, secured by well-compensated tribes highway to friendly Shi’a militias in neighboring Iraq, any plan to establish a sectarian Sunnistan enclave in the Syraq border zone as a potential route for a Qatari gas pipeline to Turkey and thence Europe falls apart. Thus, the urgency behind U.S.-backed forces operating out of Jordan to advance as far along the Syria-Iraq border as possible without attacking Daesh directly yet near Deir Ez Zor. As Mideast journalist Elijah J. Magnier reports, the Saudis and their friends in Washington, Langley and Tel Aviv badly want to block an overland route for friendly Shi’a Iraqi forces to link up with the SAA and Hezbollah -- but achieving this objective will not solve their Deir Ez Zor problem:

The southern Syrian opposition forces moved south from the city of Suweida along the Syrian-Jordanian border towards the ancient city of Palmyra in central east Syria. These forces took control of around forty villages, including al-Tanaf, one of the border crossings between Syria and Iraq. They have managed to occupy part of the Syrian desert (called al-Badiya al-Souriya) and aim to reach alBu Kamal, an important border city under the control of the “Islamic State” group (ISIS) between the al-Qaem and Raqqah-Deirezzour axes.

The United States has provided the necessary weapons for these rebel forces – the intensity of the usage of the anti-tank and anti-personnel TOWs laser guided missile is the best indicator. If these forces reach alBu Kamal (about 700 km from Suwayda), they would stop any possible intervention of Iraqi forces in Syria, under the pretext of hunting down ISIS to prevent their return to Iraq. In fact, this plan is not innocently aiming to disrupt the ISIS connection between Syria and Iraq, but to put an end to the “Shiite crescent”.

This “Shiite crescent” that the Sunni Gulf countries fear – not feared by the United States because it doesn’t represent any threat to the US security – is connecting Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus and Beirut. The idea of the “Shiite Crescent” was first raised by the Jordanian King Abdallah al-Hashemi in 2007, the days when the Americans occupied the country, removed Saddam Hussein and gave the power in Mesopotamia to the majority Iraqi Shia, cutting off the “Sunni Crescent” that was besieging the Islamic Republic of Iran and dominating the Middle East.  If interrupted at albu Kamal, it would certainly please Saudi Arabia and Israel, the two main countries highly concerned about Shia unity in the Middle East.
A Relationship Based on Mutual De-Nile: Saudi Arabia Can’t Buy Me Egyptian Love -- or Blood

These developments are what lie behind the growing desperation of the neocon-Saudi-‘moderate Syrian’ jihadi lobby to get Turkish or American soldiers more directly involved in defending the unholy petrodollar alliance’s failed Mideast strategy. This is also the onus behind the Saudi-Egyptian rapprochement which has Crown Prince Mohammed’s father the elderly and frail King Salman hosting President Sisi this week. The Egyptians have strategic interests in the security of oil tankers and other shipping through the Bab al-Mandeb straits separating Yemen from the Horn of Africa -- but they’re not looking to get further involved in the Saudis’ failing war. Cairo looks to work with its non-Saudi Sunni partners in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to protect the Aden from both piracy and the Houthis firing any anti-ship missiles in the straits, while avoiding a troop commitment further inland. Gen. Sisi is no fool, and has not forgotten that the Egyptian Army suffered significant losses during the failed Yemen campaign of his predecessor, Gen. Gamel Abdel Nasser. As we’ve said, the Saudis are desperate for more manpower to assist their failing Yemen campaign, but are unlikely to get it from Egypt, even with the considerable financial leverage they hold over Cairo.

McMaster as a Protege of General ‘Let’s Work With Al-Qaeda to Topple Assad’ Betray-Us, a Proud Council on Foreign Relations Member and Their Reportedly Daily Phone Calls

Back in Washington, Cernovich writes, disquiet and anger regarding H.R. McMaster’s close relationship with disgraced former CIA Director (who also openly advocated a U.S. alliance with Al-Qaeda in Syria) General ‘Betray Us’ is growing in the Trump Administration. This is leading to leaks, rather unlike the previous flood intended by the Deep State to inundate the new Administration with the Swamp, but rather from disgruntled MAGA-ists who did not work their tails off for Trump these last many months only to see The Donald turn into a Hillary:

Sources suggest that McMaster, Cohn, and Powell seek the Saudi’s good graces as part of their larger plan to involve the U.S. in another ground war in Syria. “These guys want a ground war,” one person with knowledge about the matter said, “whether that’s in Syria or Iraq doesn’t matter. This is Petraeus’ second war.”

Among the big winners in this Saudi arms deal would be former CIA director David Petraeus. Petraeus, who had his security clearance pulled after leaking classified information to his mistress, has nightly calls with McMaster. The nightly calls between Petraeus and McMaster are facilitated by the White House situation room.

Sources close to situation room personnel reported that they are tired of “playing secretary” for McMaster, and that “Petraeus had his clearance pulled. These calls are probably illegal.”

Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, despite fake news reports about a feud, are against the McMaster-Cohn-Powell plan. Stephen Miller and Wilbur Ross also oppose arming the Saudis. Derek Harvey, Joel Rayburn, and other Petraeus proteges support the arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

Cernovich adds in the video version of his report below, that H.R. McMaster is meeting with none other than Sen. John McCain in Sedona, Arizona this week. On their agenda: how to implement an American ground war in Syria against both ISIS and the pro-Assad forces that the neocons have been demanding since the Islamic State’s spectacular rise in 2013.

Will McMaster demand that Bannon be removed to stop the flow of leaks from alleged Bannonistas to Cernovich and other journalists trusted by MAGA nationalists? Will fresh U.S./UK arms delivered to the Kingdom also come with competent advisers in an effort to overcome the Kingdom’s military incompetence? Stay tuned and click the like button on RogueMoney's YouTube channel -- and watch for an appearance soon by The Prince to break down the acute crisis of the House of Saud, now motivating their best friends in the extended ‘Bandar Bush’ crime family to intervene on their behalf, to push the Trump White House deeper into the Washington and Mideast swamps...