Syria: Trump‘s Red Line | HERSH

“It was a totally Trump show from beginning to end,” the senior adviser said. “A few of the president’s senior national security advisers viewed the mission as a minimized bad presidential decision, and one that they had an obligation to carry out. But I don’t think our national security people are going to allow themselves to be hustled into a bad decision again. If Trump had gone for option three, there might have been some immediate resignations.”

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MIT expert demonstrates chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged | Yahoo

Theodore Postol, a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), issued a series of three reports in response to the White House’s finding that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad perpetrated the attack on 4 April.

He concluded that the US government’s report does not provide any “concrete” evidence that Assad was responsible, adding it was more likely that the attack was perpetrated by players on the ground.

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Chemical attack in Syria and the failure of journalism | Colonel Cassad

Journalistic reports about the chemical attack in Idlib province, which happened on Tuesday began a fresh example of the collapse of journalism. As soon as it comes to Syria, or more precisely, as soon as it comes to a war, in which Western countries have decided to put one of the parties bloodthirsty tyrant who should be removed, the entire investigative journalism and critical thinking all vanish like smoke.

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U.S. Preps for Infowar on Russia | DailyBS

a bipartisan initiative led by Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy has authorized $160 million over two years to fight propaganda state actors through a little-known interagency office housed at the State Department called the Global Engagement Center (GEC).

Bipartisan Russian sanctions legislation, proposed last month by Sens. Ben Cardin and John McCain, would expand it even further, dedicating an additional $100 million for the GEC and others to support objective Russian-language journalism, counter “fake news,” and support research on the effects of information warfare.

The GEC will track foreign propaganda campaigns, analyze the tactics, and counter them through a series of grants to overseas journalists, civil-society organizations, and private companies.

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