Maybe the Russians Did It, by Robert Gore

Con artists are the most easily conned.

If ever a military incident seemed to scream “false flag,” it’s the alleged chemical weapons attack on Douma. The Chief of Russia’s General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, predicted a staged chemical attack almost a month prior. If Syria launched such an attack, it did so a week after President Trump spoke of bringing American troops home, when Syria was clearly winning its war against myriad rebel groups, and knowing the attack would bring global condemnation and possible military action by the US and its allies.

The losing rebel groups have chemical weapons (chlorine gas can be produced by mixing ammonia and bleach). If Syria’s government was blamed, any retaliation by the US and its allies would aid the rebel cause and further the interests of Saudi Arabia and Israel, America’s putative allies who would dearly love to see Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad deposed.

Moreover, a rush to judgment, blaming someone before an investigation commences, much less concludes, has become almost an admission that the assignment of culpability lacks credibility. The establishment and its media don’t have the power to persuade they did back in the “lone gunman” days of the 1960s. There are too many people asking too many questions on the internet. The official story line dissolved in the Skripal poisoning, and it was starting to in Syria as well. When governments and their media organs proclaim with certainty conclusions before any investigation has been conducted and any rational conclusions can be reached, what conclusion is possible other than that the narrative has been concocted?

But here’s an interesting possibility: what if the Syrian attack was a “false false flag?” Osama bin Laden knew the only way Islam could triumph over the West, led by the US, was to get the West entangled in the Middle East, thus the 9/11 provocation (if that wasn’t a US government false flag), an engraved invitation for the US to intervene. Seventeen years later, bin Laden’s insight has been confirmed in spades.

The US is still hopelessly bogged down in Afghanistan. Iraq, a stalwart enemy of Iran under Saddam Hussein (aided by the US, he attacked Iran), is now virtually an Iranian satrapy. The two Shiite-majority nations made common cause against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, where they came to the aid of Shiite Assad.

US involvement in Syria has been a series of maladroit disasters. Hundreds of thousands have been killed, and millions displaced, helping fuel a refugee flow to Europe that threatens to tear the European Union apart. The US national debt doubled from $5 to $10 trillion under George W. Bush, and doubled again to $20 trillion under Barack Obama. Take the over at $40 trillion on the debt if Trump gets eight years in office. That’s not all due to military spending, but the standard trade-off in Washington for more military spending has been more domestic spending (for example, Bush’s costly prescription drug program).

Oh, and al Qaeda, once a few hundred men in Afghanistan’s caves, is now a decentralized network wreaking havoc from Indonesia to Morocco, having recruited tens of thousands to its banner of Islamic extremism and hatred of the West.

It’s become mandatory for internet sages to ask cui bono, or who benefits, after each new suspicious incident and alleged false flag. Stepping back, SLL will ask that question about America’s involvement in the Middle East. Clearly Iran has been a big winner, consolidating a Shiite arc from Iran through Iraq and Syria to its Shiite ally Hezbollah in Lebanon, and perhaps Shiite rebels in Yemen. That arc supposedly terrifies Sunni Saudi Arabia and Jewish Israel, the only nuclear-armed power in the Middle East. It’s cited in their every tiresome entreaty for the US to come fight Iran for them and make the Middle East safe for their brand of dominance.

However, the two biggest beneficiaries of US intervention in the Middle East have been Russia and China. Aside from Russia’s involvement with Syria, they have, for the most part, stayed on the sidelines. If your enemy is going backwards, you win by standing still, and Russia and China aren’t standing still.

While the US slips ever backward, Russia and China proceed with their One Belt One Road initiative. This series of projects will build out transport, shipping, and computer and communications infrastructure from Southeast Asia through Central Asia and the Middle East to Europe. They will be financed on concessionary terms mostly by China, if it can avoid its own potential debt black hole. Only Deep State lackeys are surprised that this approach wins more friends and influence than the US’s well thought out bomb first, ask questions later strategy.

Friday, Trump again executed that strategy in Syria, replaying last year’s kabuki missile lob, but with more missiles. Targets were carefully chosen so as not to provoke Russian retaliation, which has not been forthcoming so far. Perhaps the Russians actually welcome the US exercise. Like last year, it comes shortly after indications the US might reduce its involvement in Syria. Then, it was the US essentially swearing off Syrian regime change. Now, it’s Trump saying he wants “to bring our troops back home,” and that the US would be leaving Syria “very soon.”

Given the nonstop drain on the US—in blood, treasure, and moral standing—why would Russia want to see the US presence in Syria (or anywhere else in the Middle East) reduced? Maybe Russia was behind the chemical attack it predicted, knowing that Trump and the interventionists would take the bait and respond with one-shot theatre that did no real harm to Russian or Syrian assets. Most importantly to the Russians, it keeps the US involved in Syria. There will be no talk of withdrawal now. This though the Syria-Russia-Iran-Hezbollah alliance has secured most of the country. It’s one thing to have your enemy waste resources on a losing war. It’s a stroke of genius to have the enemy continue to do so on a war they’ve already lost.

Since 9/11, the US brain trust has rejected out of hand the idea that “they”—Islam, Russia, China, and other groups and nations that don’t like us—want us in the Middle East and Northern Africa and will do everything they can to keep us there. Looking at the staggering costs intervention has imposed on the US, why is that possibility rejected? If it is indeed the case, then the US has been played for at least seventeen years, and Trump and those cheering his “decisive action” are being played once again. To say it’s not possible is to implicitly overestimate the intelligence and integrity of the Washington crowd. Con artists are the most easily conned.

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35 responses to “Maybe the Russians Did It, by Robert Gore

  1. Yes interesting but why is NK on the verge of stability if China and Russia we’re not helping make that a real possibility. Designs within designs within designs. I get it Robert but in the here and now I believe Trump is mastering the art of Power and Politics and Iran is next stop on the Trump MidEast Peace Plan Train.


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  5. Charles J Gervai

    Did you write $20 million when you clearly meant $20 trillion?


    • It looks like I did. Thanks for pointing it out. I’ll correct it.


      • Millions instead of trillions? That wasn’t a typo. That was wishful thinking!

        If you have trouble telling the difference between millions, billions and trillions, you could represent us in Congress! Every day, I pray nobody tells them what comes after a trillion. This thing has gotta crash soon. If not, in 2032 we’ll be told that a 15 quadrillion dollar national debt doesn’t really matter because it’s mostly money that we owe to ourselves. 😮


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  7. Given that the Soviet Union expended a lot of resources they didn’t have in the time leading up to the fall of the Soviet Union occupying Afghanistan in the 1980s as the CIA trained and funded bin Laden and his al Qaeda followers, it probably seems only fair to the Russians to return the favor and keep the US tied up and bleeding money in the Middle East during The Fall of the American Empire.


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  9. After trillion comes quadrillion…


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  11. I don’t care how much money it is, it cannot be paid back. What would really interest me is the US with some leadership, and getting the fuck out of all these places we’re propping up, and funding anything Islamic. We got no business spending all the treasure there, and the blood just keeps flowing. Every time they ramp this shit up, more moslems head west to settle and conquer, and insanity about that and every thing connected prevails. Your insight and candor are phenomenal, Robert, and I am very glad there are still some grown-ups on the internet.


  12. I do not believe that Putin would be so foolish, so short sighted.
    The probable result of such a false/false flag move is that eventually Russia becomes embroiled in another foreign war – one which would involve The Country Which Must Not Be Named. There is no upside for Russia in that.
    No, it is far more likely that this ALLEGED gassing incident (evidence, please) would have been carried out by deep state actors or their proxies. The usual suspects.
    There are several facets to the conflict – the desire of Saudi to be the masters of the muslim world by removing their rivals the shiites, the desire of the US/globalists to further destabilize the mideast, the desire of a Certain Country to run a gas pipeline to Europe (thereby cutting out the need for the existing Russian pipeline supplying Europe) thus ensuring European compliance with globalist intentions; the creation of
    “refugees” (aka hostile invaders) intended to swarm into a paralytic Europe – thus eventually creating a continent of mongrelized, moronic, nationless, untermenschen population; endless conflict for endless distraction.
    No, it appears more of the same – Libya, Egypt, the previous escapades of the US in 1950’s Iran and so on.


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  25. Interesting thought experiment, but it makes no sense.

    First, Russia itself would love to get out of Syria asap.

    Second, the US never intended to get out of Syria. Trump merely wants the Arab monarchies to fund the US troups there, too, and not only the terrorists from ISIS to al-qaeda and al nusra.

    Third: There seems to have been much more than meets the eye. here is one heck of an interesting story what really happened before the air strikes. In short, it looks like the US, UK and their terror-group proxies were about to conquer damascus with ground troups, but the effort was spoiled in the last minute by Syrian and Russian countermeasures.

    strongly recommended read:…

    Fourth: The war is far from won for Assad and Syria and Iran. tens of thousands (if not more than hundredthousand) islamist fighters are currently ammassing and rearming in the deescalation zone in North syria and in Jordan, Iraq and the US-occupied eastern parts of Syria. Their only headache is the syrian and Russian airforce (The russians alone have too few planes there, so the Syrian air force is vital for Assad). Which is why…

    …fifth, it would be one heck of a dangerous gamle from russia to “invite” the airstrikes. It is clear that the pentagon lied shamelessley (100 missiles on three targets, 76 of them on ONE non-fortifuíed building! Sure, yeah). The real target were airfields and hangars of the syrian airforce. While Syrian (and I am sure also Russian) air defense intercepted anywhere between 65 and 71 of the missiles, they certainly could not bank on that. By the way, the syrian opposition (who would surely not lie in favor of assad) basically confirmed the number of interceptions. see here, for instance:


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  30. This makes zero sense. The most fantastically feeble conspiracy I’ve ever heard.


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