Trump Bombs Nobody Again

From Zero Hedge:

According to the Russian Defense Ministry,  most of the missiles launched by the US, UK and France had been intercepted by Syria’s air defenses. Employing Soviet-made S-125 and S-200 air defense systems as well as Buk and Kvadrat units, Syria reportedly shot down 71 of the 103 cruise missiles. These included 12 cruise missiles which had been headed toward the Dumeir military airfield – which was completely spared, thanks to the Syrian counterstrike.

Meanwhile, Nikki Haley lies, not only about the reason for, but also the result of the Syrian missile strike.

From TASS:

There are no casualties among civilians and Syrian military servicemen after the US missiles strikes, according to preliminary data, Head of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operations Directorate Sergei Rudskoi told reporters at a press briefing in the Russian Defense Ministry on Saturday.

From Zero Hedge:

Trump’s mission in Syria may be “accomplished”, but Israel’s is just getting be getting started (as we speculated).

According to a reports by SkyNews Arabia and Al Arabiya, a huge explosion was heard at the Iranian base Jabal Azzan located in Syria’s Aleppo after it was struck by “unidentified warplanes.”

From Moon of Alabama:

Last night some 107 missiles and cruise missiles were fired against two research sites and eight military airports in Syria by U.S., French and British forces. The Russian and Syrian forces were warned. People and equipment had been moved. The Russian forces did not directly respond as their areas in Syria were not targeted…

Israel has often used Lebanese airspace to attack targets in Syria.  It will soon lose that luxury.

From the comments:

The US inflicted a great defeat on itself on Friday night…

It would seem Mattis managed to talk some sense into the Orange Genius, probably on the strength that he was the only one in the room that didn’t draft dodge. Chickenhawks like Bolton and Trumpty (bone spurs) would hate being reminded what cowards they were when called to “defend” the banksters’ wars…

So Trumpty wasted at least $100 million to find out even decades-old Russian S-150/200 anti-missile tech is more than adequate against the US’ crap Tomahawk systems.

From Paveway IV in the comments:

Russia certainly would have defended against attacks directed at their bases. That’s where you have kind of a WW III problem, though. Tomahawk and Storm Shadow cruise missiles would never use a direct path – they program in complex mid-course paths and the missiles are programmed to approach the target from whatever direction is best. It may look like it’s zig-zagging towards one base, then turn abruptly mid-course and target another, then another. You can’t tell where their target is on radar until they actually hit something. Any of the Tomahawks fired from the Red Sea ship(s) or a B-1 over at Tanf may be targeting Damascus, or they may continue on and take out Tartous – you just don’t know.

See the problem with that for Russia? They would normally just assume any modern cruise missile traveling any direction within several hundred km of their base is a direct threat, and the aircraft/ship that fired it are also direct threats. The US would do the same. Nobody is going to wait until it’s obvious they are the target.

Russia had two choices last night:

1) Depend ENTIRELY on assurances from the US/UK/France that Russian sites/personnel would not be targeted and no missiles would turn at them the last minute. That’s insanely risky by ANY nations’ standards, especially if the neighborhood bully is making such a promise to you.

2) React like any normal military and assume any approaching cruise missile or launching aircraft/ship is targeting you. You make the problems go away – that’s your job. Then WW III starts, with ZATO shrieking about an unprovoked attack on our aircraft/ships.

I have to wonder what Mattis and Dunford are thinking today. They, more than anyone in the nuthouse, have to understand the effect this cheap-assed, dishonorable, humiliating trick has on Russian commanders and Putin…

Syrians understand that Russia, by remaining meticulously disciplined within its stated red lines and protocols, saved enormous loss of Syrian lives.

Russia’s inaction lends credence to the belief that they were told the targets beforehand and trusted the intel.  It looks like they held up their end of a deal for the West to leave Syria.

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