White House Issues New “Red Line” Warning To Assad

The White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has come out with yet another bizarre statement about Syria:

 Question: Is the red line for this White House chemical warfare? Is conventional warfare enough to get the president to go further than this White House is going?


SPICER: I think the president has been very clear that there are a number of lines that were crossed last week. He’s not going to sit down — you saw this with the last administration, they drew these red lines, and then the red lines were run over. … The answer is that if you gas a baby, if you put a barrel bomb into innocent people, I think you will see a response from this president. That is unacceptable.

Why are barrel bombs suddenly a cause for concern? We have heard about the horrors of Assad’s use of barrel bombs for years now. Get this, they are improvised bombs that explode and kill people, not unlike conventional bombs that also explode and kill people.

Does the use of nail bombs violate any international rules? Not that I’m aware of. The indiscriminate bombing of civilians certainly is, but laws regarding aerial bombardment are a bit lax.

To be legal, aerial operations must comply with the principles of humanitarian law: military necessity, distinction and proportionality. An attack or action must be intended to help in the military defeat of the enemy; it must be an attack on a military objective, and the harm caused to civilians or civilian property must be proportional and not excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could make the argument that his bombing operation fit all the necessary criteria. But the White House under former President Barack Obama and now President Donald Trump hasn’t been making legal arguments or demanding that the case of Assad’s aerial bombing campaign be taken to international court. They are simply tugging at the heartstrings of the American public. Whether it is the evil dictator gassing little kids or the sinister sounding barrel bombs, the playbook is the same.

They are not looking for proof; they are not trying to build a legal case; this is all just emotional manipulation.

But perhaps we are witnessing the next step in the 4D chess masterplan of Trump. If you unironically assume that the man is literally a God-Emperor then it all makes sense I suppose. Put your feet up and trust Trump — it is easier that way. Everyone is praising him for his humanitarian intervention after all, and the Russian accusations have been put to bed.

Consider this though:

…if Trump’s new policy is indeed to respond by bombing Assad every time there’s a barrel bomb attack that kills civilians, then the US will have no choice but to bomb Assad every single day, in other words engage in all out war, whether it calls it that or not. What is further surprising is that this policy appears at odds with everything else the administration has said: all officials, including Spicer, have suggested the US doesn’t intend to topple Assad by force, and yet by lowering the bar so low, it assures that the US will be engaged in daily combat against Syria, and by implication, Russia which has shown no sign it will reduce its support for Assad.

Zerohedge offers an interesting explanation for this latest twist in the White House’s policy:

One simple explanation for this divergence is that Spicer doesn’t know what a barrel bomb is, and instead meant to say incendiary, or phosphorus, bombs.

On the other hand, if what Spicer said is true, then Trump has been palced in an awkward place, with his own press secretary declaring the use of a barrel bomb as the latest “red line”, the kind of bomb Assad is almost certain to use in forthcoming attacks against rebels.

Suggesting that the explanation is likely the former, according to Reuters, Spicer later said his mention of barrel bombs as a potential trigger for further action by the United States did not reflect a change in position.

Well there you have it, we can breathe again. It’s all ok now. Trump hasn’t changed his mind about Assad, he’s simply surrounded by incompetent team members! And Russia isn’t off the hook either. AP reports that some senior U.S. official believes that the Russians knew the attack was coming and then bombed the hospital where victims were being treated.

The United States has made a preliminary conclusion that Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack last week, but has no proof of Moscow’s involvement, a senior U.S. official says. The official said Monday that that a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. Hours after the drone left, a Russian-made fighter jet bombed the hospital in what American officials believe was an attempt to cover up the usage of chemical weapons. The U.S. official said the presence of the surveillance drone over the hospital couldn’t have been a coincidence, and that Russia must have known the chemical weapons attack was coming and that victims were seeking treatment.

Hold on a moment. Didn’t Russia already bomb the last hospital in Syria?


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  • Spicer is an idiot. I wouldn’t read too much into his blathering.

  • Even if it’s a 4D chess move, it still crosses the red line from America First to globalism. And if it is a 4D chess move, we have to conclude that Trump lied to us about Princess Ivanka’s tears. Of course, that’s not hard to fathom as Ivanka doesn’t cry on Daddy’s shoulder for Palestinian children bathed in white phosphorus.

    I wrote a story about a dog who gets red pilled on immigration by listening to his human family. He then takes action against a “refugee” dog who threatens the civilized standards of the household.

    It takes 6000 words of reading, but if you’re interested, it’s at:

  • The reason behind this nonsense about barrel bombs is clear: They are cheap to produce and represents no profit for the large arms manufacturers. Remember The Fake President is business friendly…

    • Yep!..Syria took out 3 Israeli fighter jets who’d invaded Syrian airspace recently…guess which airbase was involved in the incident?

        • Of course,mustn’t jump to hasty conclusions eh?…that base had a surface to air missile defence system,it was four Israeli jets actually that entered Syrian airspace,one was downed,another was hit & the other 2 had to turn tail fast….MSM? …nope, try

  • Funny movement you guys have here. You hate libertarians more than you do the likes of Al Sharpton, and now your leader, Richard Spencer, endorses Tulsi Gabbard, albeit tongue in cheek.

    Well, here is a true American hero, Ron Paul, giving an incredibly prescient speech several years ago. Maybe Tulsi Gabbard learned a thing or two from him:

    • old school libertarians and the alt-right have a similar perspective on foreign policy, this has always been the case

    • The problem is where they stand on immigration, their support for open borders to let in every non white is the biggest show stopper there is. There are many important things like privacy rights, copyright law changes, property rights I agree with, but immigration will always have to take precedence to those.

  • If phosphorus bombs are a problem, shouldn’t we be sending cruise missiles at Israel? They used white phosphorus in Gaza.

  • The White House has decided that another red line has been crossed, Assad made a funny face. How dare he. We have to think of the children.

  • Then just have Russia drop the barrel bombs and see if The Orange Buffoon wants to take on Russia.

  • When you think about it, ‘military law’ means, “it’s OK to butcher the fit young men of a group with almost any means, but you must minimize the butchering of everyone else.”

    The logical end of this is Killary’s idiotic “Women have always been the primary victims of war. Women lose their husbands, their fathers, their sons in combat.”

    • The lost husbands, fathers, and sons are clearly the property of the women. What’s so hard to understand about that? Are you some kind of misogynist?

  • america has crossed every ‘red line’ known to man. deliberately fire-bombing women and kids in WW2, dropping atomic bombs on civilians, gassing vietnamese, droning weddings, funerals, schools, hospitals, and churches. any straight-faced american who dares draw red lines for others is a shameless hypocrite who deserves a capital punishment for capital crimes.

  • I’ve started assuming that Trump is just kind of an idiot who has some good instincts on immigration and (civc) nationalism. That would explain the complete lack of intellectual consistency and sheer incompetence that has characterized his actions in regards to Syria. To be honest, he has always reminded me of a charismatic, but low IQ dindu rapper with a savant like ability to be entertaining and manipulate the media, but no real there there. This Syria strike seems to be the equivalent of a chimpout: Trump felt like he was being dissed so he decided to show everyone what a big man he was with the added benefit of upstaging Obama. Remember that time Trump bragged about his dick size during one of the GOP debates? This was that in the form of several dozen tomahawk missiles.

    • Trump is a con man, cunning but lacking any real depth. He’s easily manipulated by the Deep State and ZOG.

    • There were plenty of other warning signs. I remember him saying he wanted millions of immigrants to come in…legally of course. The wall is going to have a door apparently. He had no intention of preventing the demographic takeover.

      He was always full of shit.

      • The only way to stop the demographic takeover is, well, to take action.

        The reason for this invasion is simple: most Americans remain silent, don’t vote, and spend a disproportionate amount of time engaged doing nothing, like watching NFL football. Contact your US Rep and 2 Senators; get to the polls to vote against the traitorous demRATS; return fundraising letters saying you will not give until the border is sealed and our unique Anglo heritage saved; prepare your meals and do your own gardening; go to NUMBERSUSA to send faxes to our alleged leaders; and join real immigration reform groups such as FAIR. Our enemies are at war with us, and we have to fight back. If you say or do nothing, you are part of the problem….

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