After the Helsinki Summit, Trump Threatens Iran in ALL CAPS tweet

After the Helsinki Summit, Trump Threatens Iran in ALL CAPS tweet

A week has passed since the Trump-Putin summit, and a RogueMoney reader asked me for my thoughts on the outcome. Rather than give the stock answer of ‘it’s too soon to say’, I thought I’d do what analysts do and emphasize the knowns, then contrast those with the greater part that remain ‘known unknowns’ in the ongoing negotiations to defuse Cold War II (or more accurately, to revive the USA’s geoeconomic fortunes because Kissingerian realists in Washington realized by 2016 fighting Russia, China and Iran all at once while dominating the EU, Japan and the Koreas was no longer feasible). The problem with this traditional analytical framework including labels like ‘realism’ vs. neo-conservativism, is that Trump defies easy characterization.

On the one hand, Trump appears to sincerely want to improve U.S.-Russia relations because he has taken more heat for this than any other aspect of his platform, culminating in this week’s insane allegations that he has committed ‘treason’ by questioning the ‘intelligence community’ finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections in support of his candidacy. On the other hand, on Sunday night Trump escalated his anti-Iran rhetoric, hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) delivered a speech in southern California calling for a 1980s Reaganesque policy of rollback against the Islamic Republic.

Screen shot from: Russia’s Vesti News/First Channel

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Syraq SITREP 50: Russia Displays Missiles Downed Over Syria, U.S. General Complains About Russia's Electronic Warfare Jamming American Surveillance Planes in Syrian Skies, Israelis S300 Bluster

Syraq SITREP 50: Russia Displays Missiles Downed Over Syria, U.S. General Complains About Russia's Electronic Warfare Jamming American Surveillance Planes in Syrian Skies, Israelis S300 Bluster

On Wednesday April 25 the Russian Defense Ministry gave a press conference in Moscow intended to expose the falsehoods of their American ‘partners’ in the Pentagon and the false report President Trump repeated during a speech in Florida, boasting of 100% success in the missile strikes he ordered against Syria. Whether the President was lying or, as the Russian Analyst and London Paul suspect, Trump has been badly misinformed by his advisers remains to be seen. However, the evidence presented by the Russians that at least two missiles, one a Tomahawk and the other a Storm Shadow/SCALP of the type fired by the British and/or French, appears solid. The Russians conclusion that only 22 of the 105 missiles fired actually hit any targets is also consistent with the recorded damage to the three targets all sides agree were hit, which would’ve been blasted to dust by dozens of additional, successful hits.

This dismal showing for US/UK airpower is likely why the Anglo-American media, usually eager to swarm any Russian Defense Ministry claim with an army of trolls and Bellingcat couch potato bloggers insisting upon a fake, were curiously quiet regarding the RuMoD press conference nearly 24 hours later. Alternatively, the propaganda network retired Army Col. DIA analyst Pat Lang has linked to the British Army’s Security Assistance Group (SAG / 77th Brigade) and the various UK ministries promoting the ‘White Helmets’, have been so fixated on salvaging their masters Douma ‘chemical attack’ operation, that they could not spare any resources for an immediate rebuttal to Wednesday’s presentation. A Pentagon spokesman did dismiss the RuMoD as ‘Russian disinformation’, but MSM coverage of the Russians claims remained low key.

The pro-Russian online aggregator and strategic analyses site Southfront has a collection of photos taken by RIA Novosti and Sputnik, as well as its own short video you can watch below. Perhaps mindful that the Pentagon would try to dismiss their missile parts display as faked, the Russians took care to label in English and Cyrillic various identifiable portions of the downed Tomahawk and Storm Shadow ALCM. Indirectly, via a complaint spoken to a room full of intelligence analysts, servicemen and contractors thousands of miles away, no less an authority than the head of U.S. Special Operations Command confirmed the Russians capability to ‘off switch’ American electronic warfare aircraft. If Gen. Raymond Thomas, speaking to the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s 2018 GEOINT Symposium in Tampa, could confirm the Russians were badly messing with JSOC’s EC130 planes’ onboard systems, what could that mean for the vulnerability of inertial guidance on the Tomahawk and StormShadow missiles? Did Gen. Thomas hint at the painful truth for the Pentagon, that the Americans have badly fallen behind the Russians in non-kinetic electronic warfare?

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Trump Gets Neoconned -- Now What?

On Thursday night over fifty Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from U.S. Navy ships in the Mediterranean against a Syrian base allegedly used by the Damascus government jets that bombed the town of Khan Sheikhoun, held by Al-Qaeda and allied jihadist groups, where some sort of poisonous agent is said to have killed scores of civilians earlier this week.

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