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The unthinkable has happened in Syria.

The world now teeters on the brink of all out war in Syria as a Russian Il-20 was downed by Syrian missile after Israeli F-16s used it as cover during attack, according to statements made by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

President Vladimir Putin, answering a reporter’s question during a press conference with Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, said the downing of the Russian Il-20 plane looks like “a chain of tragic circumstances.” 

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the tripwire triggered that has the potential to tip the fragile balance in Syria towards conflict between Russia, Iran and Israel.

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The Russian military says an Israeli raid on Syria triggered a chain of events that led to its Il-20 plane being shot down by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile. Moscow reserves the right to respond accordingly.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said…

“Israel did not warn the command of the Russian troops in Syria about the planned operation. We received a notification via a hotline less than a minute before the strike, which did not allow the Russian aircraft to be directed to a safe zone.”

The statement by the Russian Defense Ministry said that four Israeli F-16 fighter jets attacked targets in Syria’s Latakia after approaching from the Mediterranean.

The Israeli warplanes approached at a low altitude and “created a dangerous situation for other aircraft and vessels in the region.”

The statement further said that 15 Russian military service members have died as a result…

“The Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air defense forces. As a consequence, the Il-20, which has radar cross-section much larger than the F-16, was shot down by an S-200 system missile.”

According to reports from RT, the Russian military said that the French Navy’s frigate ‘Auvergne,’ as well as a Russian Il-20 plane were in the area during the Israeli operation.

Map of the incident on September 17 in Syria provided by the Russian defense ministry.

The Russian ministry said the Israelis must have known that the Russian plane was present in the area, but this did not stop them from executing “the provocation.” Israel also failed to warn Russia about the planned operation in advance. The warning came just a minute before the attack started, which “did not leave time to move the Russian plane to a safe area,”the statement said.

The statement gives a larger death toll than earlier reports by the Russian military, which said there were 14 crew members on board the missing Il-20. It said a search and rescue operation for the shot-down plane is underway.

A later update said debris from the downed plane was found some 27km off the Latakia coast. The search party collected some body parts, personal possessions of the crew, and fragments of the plane.

Meanwhile Israel has come out to blame the Syrian government for the downing of the military plane, according to an IDF statement.

Israel said that it “expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members” of the Russian plane. However, it stated that the government of Bashar Assad “whose military shot down the Russian plane,” is “fully responsible” for the incident.

Israel further blamed Iran and Hezbollah for the incident.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) explained that its jets were targeting a Syrian facility “from which systems to manufacture accurate and lethal weapons were about to be transferred on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

Israel claimed that the weapons were “meant to attack Israel.”

Via RT

The IDF assumed that the Syrian anti-air batteries “fired indiscriminately” and didn’t “bother to ensure that no Russian planes were in the air.” The Israelis said that when the Syrian military launched the missiles which hit the Russian plane, its own jets were already within Israeli airspace. “During the strike against the target in Latakia, the Russian plane that was then hit was not within the area of the operation.”

According to the Israeli military, both IDF and Russia have “a deconfliction system,” which was agreed upon by the leadership of both states, and “has proven itself many times over recent years.” The system was in use when the incident happened, the IDF stated. The IDF promised to share “all the relevant information” with Russia “to review the incident and to confirm the facts in this inquiry.”

The military presented a four-point initial inquiry into events in Latakia. It insisted that “extensive and inaccurate” Syrian anti-aircraft fire caused the Russian jet “to be hit and downed.”

The Russian Il-20 aircraft, with 15 crew on board, went off radar during an attack by four Israeli jets on Syria’s Latakia province late Monday. Later on Tuesday the Russian Defense Ministry said that an Israeli raid on Syria triggered a chain of events that led to its plane being shot down by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile.

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Putin may “forgive” Israel, but the Russian people will not. And no sane person believes that Netanyahu is “sorry” for what his murderous military does.

Hes
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Hes

This plane was quite important for Russian operations in Syria. They did it intentionally.

Brad Isherwood
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Brad Isherwood

The Russian Military was way to quick to say S 200 before Proper Investigation. That’s a possible cover up which often happens when Israel has done something criminal …using its global media reach to control the story/damage control. Looking at the claimed flight track of the IL 20m…it is flying while missiles slam into Latakia. Syrian Airdefence is lit up…there’s no way the IL 20m is flying around unawares of the threat level occuring. 4 IAF F16i on stand off attack suddenly know a IL 20m is near, Adjusting their speed and altitude to that of the slower IL 20m,… Read more »

TEP
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TEP

Yes, one has to wonder why such irreplaceable EW assets were not escorted, and since the RuAF AD and SAAF AD are integrated one also has to conclude that, based on the current cause conclusion, that Russian AD was also involved. It all seems a little odd to say the least.

Brad Isherwood
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Brad Isherwood

There are posters saying the IL 20m had No IFF transponder. Some 2nd hand mumbo jumbo from Russian DoD …that the IL 20m had no IFF Transponder. What? SR-2M Khrom: IFF transponder (Khrom – Chromium) IL 18/Wiki/Avionics. The IL 20m is Uber ELINT with top of the line Avionics! The Web publish which pushes the official narrative of S 200 shot the Russian plane down by accident is full court press. Numerous Web forums have posters calling them out on it…saying things are not…”Certain” Coments that things don’t add up is evident in growing public pause of official story. This is USS… Read more »

Sally
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Sally

That type of talk only plays into the Democrat playbook, holding grudges, resentment anger without proof or evidence of intent early on is exactly how the Russians were smeared tainted and blamed for hacking without proof, evidence or facts. Sanctions were actually put on by the senate early on without a single bit of evidence to justify such actions. Its truly insane how fast we are willing to jump on the hate bandwagon and risk our own survival and war versus measured responses and leveled out emotions.

Simon
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Simon

Well said! You’re absolutely bang on!

Sally Snyder
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Sally Snyder

As shown in this article, two American politicians have shown the world that they clearly do not believe Washington’s narrative on the war in Syria:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2018/09/american-politicians-and-syria-what-if.html

When we read reports about the situation in the Western mainstream media we have to ask yourself one simple question: “Has the person that wrote this report spent any time on the ground in Syria?”. If not, then their views are likely not to be trusted.

Courtney
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Courtney

In my travels on social media today I have been struck,though not surprised,really,by how many people are commenting on this with things like “Putin is weak,he’s a Netanyahu bitch,he should nuke Israel immediately” etc.Not too many saying he is doing the right thing by waiting for all of the facts. As of now,it appears to be an accident,Bibi has apologized & I am sure that Russia is investigating exactly what happened & why. I am American,but I,for one,believe Putin’s response is absolutely correct.This is what makes him,in my mind, a great leader & earns him the respect of his people… Read more »

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Won’t be any war, Russia will do what it excels at and that is crawl their way out of a confrontation. What makes this so alarming is that the Israelis have had Russian OK to violate Syrian air space and carry out their attacks. This has been going on all along, most likely same agreement with the US and coalition, too bad about International law, Syrian sovereignty and those killed, injured and loss of property let alone possible annexations by the Turks and the US. Seems like Russia has been in collusion with the Turks, US and Israelis all along.… Read more »

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JNDillard

Many intelligent people are of the opinion that Putin’s response to the downing of the Russian surveillance aircraft is a sign of weakness. I am not. Putin was trained in the martial arts; he does not play by the win-lose competitive rules the West inherited from ancient Greece. The West does not understand, much less appreciate his mindset and therefore is constantly caught flat-footed by him. When you meet children at their own level you demean yourself and justify them making your immature behavior the issue instead of their own. The more I observe Putin, the more amazed I am.… Read more »

Elin Ohlsspn
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Elin Ohlsspn

I am tired of all this “putin playing chess & judo” stuff. Its a storyline pushed by weak men never been on the streets, mamas boys.You can NEVER shown the slightest sign of weakness to potential Predators in the Wild, if you do, you are DONE.

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

Don;t “kid” yourself, this “little” bugger has been on the streets, and knows his way around, “TNT” comes in small packages and also bides it’s time (fuse)!!!!

john vieira
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Damn well believe you are right…however EVERYBODY has their limits and methinks the aggressors are pushing his…

7.62x54R
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7.62x54R

Putin now sounds as an Israeli apologist. An Il-20 is an expensive and highly specialized aircraft- of which there are few- and the loss of that crew is significant. Putin is overrated as a nationalist and in ‘martial arts’ diplomacy.

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

I feel as you do and (I agree) and have also respect for yourself !!!

Tom Welsh
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Tom Welsh

Just think for a moment about that headline: “Israel Blames Syria”. It reminds me of the mugger who kills his victim, and then reasons that it was the victim’s fault for resisting. How can Syria be to blame? A Russian aircraft, sent to Syria to protect Syria (and Russians) against enemies which obviously include Israel, was shot down in the act of defending against an Israeli attack. If Israel had not attacked Syria, the Russian plane would not have been shot down. That is obvious. For anyone to blame Syria – the victim – is surreal. The truth is that… Read more »

Michael Green
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What you wrote is sensational, but not true: “The unthinkable has happened in Syria. The world now teeters on the brink of all out war.” What happened is hardly unthinkable–it’s just like the September 16, 2016 “accidental” USA bombing of the Syrian military base coordinated with a jihadist attack in Deir Ezzor, followed by a false-flag attack on a humanitarian caravan. The only differences is that it came from the Zionist end of the Anglo-Zionist empire. Nor is the world teetering on “all out war” because Putin has walked back the threats from the Russian military, calling the incident an… Read more »

Tom
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Tom

American sailors should be well familiar with the hazards of ‘playing’ with Israeli forces.. REMEMBER THE USS LIBERTY .. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Liberty_incident] The Russian generals have voiced their displeasure and assessment and are not going to change anything they have said.. It is by contract and essentially the Russian NO FLY ZONE is up and operational. Furthermore .. Israel should watch their words and statements and offer more than a condolence, more like a retraction of certain statements of claim to certain airspace and what such weapons here to be deployed against certain territories.. making false claims does not further their cause.

Mathew Neville
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Mathew Neville

Tom ,
you say “essentially the Russian NO FLY ZONE is up and operational.”
this is nonsense or the “No fly zone” does NOT apply to Israel.
Israel attacks Syria with their “micky mouse” excuse that they are attacking Hesbolah or Iran & Israel OPENLY admits to attacking Syria using probably US planes & bombs & of course has US support which is ALL totaly illegal under “International Law”.
Distruction of Syria is Israel’s Plan to secure a Kurdistan to control while
the USA will continue to be Israel’s Poodle & obey instructions .
Go to “Blackstone Inteligence Network” . com to educate yourself.

A.F.
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A.F.

Well done, Assad, kiling Russian soldiers is no crime!

Simon
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Simon

Rubbish. Putin brazenly lies by showing no respect for the lost lives of 15 servicemen. The Russian aircraft was downed by Israeli jets. Syria strongly denies any involvement. Moreover, Syrian Air Defence had delivered to Russia, its registrated radar data of 17/9/2018, just a few hours after the incident. These data prove that Syrian Air Defence is not responsible for the fall of the Russian aircraft.

Constantine
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Constantine

Is that so? That seems to be quite serious, as I haven’t seen anywhere Syria’s response on the issue. Could you post a link or a reference?

spike
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spike

who fired the weapon? who id’d the air target?

not israel, but syrian monkeys who shouldn’t be allowed within 1000m of a functioning air defence set-up

and all the non-russian, but pro-russian fools; have a read of andrew koryboko’s article and stfu about what you would do!

Ghifari AL Mukhtar
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Ghifari AL Mukhtar

Hora Hora ! Israel was FORCED to make a rare admission…..We’ve taken the Criminal for all he’s done/Got….Could my President consoled me with such fantastic Bereavement, I’d wiped my tears and bust into Evangelical joy, speaking in Hebrew tongues – Justice alas Justiceeee

Cat Pillar
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Cat Pillar

Come on Alex – why don’t you bring Mark Sleboda on for this one?

David Bowlas
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David Bowlas

So what are you going to do about this Russia? Just sit on your hands again?

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FBI recommended Michael Flynn not have lawyer present during interview, did not warn of false statement consequences

Flynn is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 18.

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Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who arranged the bureau’s interview with then-national security adviser Michael Flynn at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017 — the interview that ultimately led to Flynn’s guilty plea on one count of making false statements — suggested Flynn not have a lawyer present at the session, according to newly-filed court documents. In addition, FBI officials, along with the two agents who interviewed Flynn, decided specifically not to warn him that there would be penalties for making false statements because the agents wanted to ensure that Flynn was “relaxed” during the session.

The new information, drawn from McCabe’s account of events plus the FBI agents’ writeup of the interview — the so-called 302 report — is contained in a sentencing memo filed Tuesday by Flynn’s defense team.

Citing McCabe’s account, the sentencing memo says that shortly after noon on Jan. 24 — the fourth day of the new Trump administration — McCabe called Flynn on a secure phone in Flynn’s West Wing office. The two men discussed business briefly and then McCabe said that he “felt that we needed to have two of our agents sit down” with Flynn to discuss Flynn’s talks with Russian officials during the presidential transition.

McCabe, by his own account, urged Flynn to talk to the agents alone, without a lawyer present. “I explained that I thought the quickest way to get this done was to have a conversation between [Flynn] and the agents only,” McCabe wrote. “I further stated that if LTG Flynn wished to include anyone else in the meeting, like the White House counsel for instance, that I would need to involve the Department of Justice. [Flynn] stated that this would not be necessary and agreed to meet with the agents without any additional participants.”

Within two hours, the agents were in Flynn’s office. According to the 302 report quoted in the Flynn sentencing document, the agents said Flynn was “relaxed and jocular” and offered the agents “a little tour” of his part of the White House.

“The agents did not provide Gen. Flynn with a warning of the penalties for making a false statement under 18 U.S.C. 1001 before, during, or after the interview,” the Flynn memo says. According to the 302, before the interview, McCabe and other FBI officials “decided the agents would not warn Flynn that it was a crime to lie during an FBI interview because they wanted Flynn to be relaxed, and they were concerned that giving the warnings might adversely affect the rapport.”

The agents had, of course, seen transcripts of Flynn’s wiretapped conversations with Russian then-ambassador Sergey Kislyak. “Before the interview, FBI officials had also decided that if ‘Flynn said he did not remember something they knew he said, they would use the exact words Flynn used … to try to refresh his recollection. If Flynn still would not confirm what he said … they would not confront him or talk him through it,'” the Flynn memo says, citing the FBI 302.

“One of the agents reported that Gen. Flynn was ‘unguarded’ during the interview and ‘clearly saw the FBI agents as allies,'” the Flynn memo says, again citing the 302.

Later in the memo, Flynn’s lawyers argue that the FBI treated Flynn differently from two other Trump-Russia figures who have pleaded guilty to and been sentenced for making false statements. One of them, Alexander Van der Zwaan, “was represented by counsel during the interview; he was interviewed at a time when there was a publicly disclosed, full-bore investigation regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election; and he was given a warning that it is a federal crime to lie during the interview,” according to the memo. The other, George Papadopoulos, “was specifically notified of the seriousness of the investigation…was warned that lying to investigators was a ‘federal offense’…had time to reflect on his answers…and met with the FBI the following month for a further set of interviews, accompanied by his counsel, and did not correct his false statements.”

The message of the sentencing memo is clear: Flynn, his lawyers suggest, was surprised, rushed, not warned of the context or seriousness of the questioning, and discouraged from having a lawyer present.

That is all the sentencing document contains about the interview itself. In a footnote, Flynn’s lawyers noted that the government did not object to the quotations from the FBI 302 report.

In one striking detail, footnotes in the Flynn memo say the 302 report cited was dated Aug. 22, 2017 — nearly seven months after the Flynn interview. It is not clear why the report would be written so long after the interview itself.

The brief excerpts from the 302 used in the Flynn defense memo will likely spur more requests from Congress to see the original FBI documents. Both House and Senate investigating committees have demanded that the Justice Department allow them to see the Flynn 302, but have so far been refused.

In the memo, Flynn’s lawyers say that he made a “serious error in judgment” in the interview. Citing Flynn’s distinguished 30-plus year record of service in the U.S. Army, they ask the judge to go along with special counsel Robert Mueller’s recommendation that Flynn be spared any time in prison.

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Macron offers crumbs to protestors in bid to save his globalist agenda (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 36.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a quick look at French President Macron’s pathetic display of leadership as he offers protestors little in the way of concessions while at the same time promising to crack down hard on any and all citizens who resort to violence.

Meanwhile France’s economy is set for a deep recession as French output and production grinds to a halt.

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As if Brussels didn’t have its hands full already with Italy and the UK, the European Union will soon be forced to rationalize why one of its favorite core members is allowed to pursue populist measures to blow out its budget deficit to ease domestic unrest while another is threatened with fines potentially amounting to billions of euros.

When blaming Russia failed to quell the widespread anger elicited by his policies, French President Emmanuel Macron tried to appease the increasingly violent “yellow vests” protesters who have sacked his capital city by offering massive tax cuts that could blow the French budget out beyond the 3% budget threshold outlined in the bloc’s fiscal rules.

Given the concessions recently offered by Italy’s populists, Macron’s couldn’t have picked a worse time to challenge the bloc’s fiscal conventions. As Bloomberg pointed out, these rules will almost certainly set the Continent’s second largest economy on a collision course with Brussels. To be clear, Macron’s offered cuts come with a price tag of about €11 billion according to Les Echos, and will leave the country with a budget gap of 3.5% of GDP in 2019, with one government official said the deficit may be higher than 3.6%.

By comparison, Italy’s initial projections put its deficit target at 2.4%, a number which Europe has repeatedly refused to consider.

Macron’s promises of fiscal stimulus – which come on top of his government’s decision to delay the planned gas-tax hikes that helped inspire the protests – were part of a broader ‘mea culpa’ offered by Macron in a speech Monday night, where he also planned to hike France’s minimum wage.

Of course, when Brussels inevitably objects, perhaps Macron could just show them this video of French police tossing a wheelchair-bound protester to the ground.

Already, the Italians are complaining.  Speaking on Tuesday, Italian cabinet undersecretary Giancarlo Giorgetti said Italy hasn’t breached the EU deficit limit. “I repeat that from the Italian government there is a reasonable approach, if there is one also from the EU a solution will be found.”

“France has several times breached the 3% deficit. Italy hasn’t done it. They are different situations. There are many indicators to assess.”

Still, as one Guardian columnist pointed out in an op-ed published Tuesday morning, the fact that the gilets jaunes (yellow vest) organizers managed to pressure Macron to cave and grant concessions after just 4 weeks of protests will only embolden them to push for even more radical demands: The collapse of the government of the supremely unpopular Macron.

Then again, with Brussels now facing certain accusations of hypocrisy, the fact that Macron was pressured into the exact same populist measures for which Italy has been slammed, the French fiasco raises the odds that Rome can pass any deficit measure it wants with the EU now forced to quietly look away even as it jawbones all the way from the bank (i.e., the German taxpayers).

“Macron’s spending will encourage Salvini and Di Maio,” said Giovanni Orsina, head of the School of Government at Rome’s Luiss-Guido Carli University. “Macron was supposed to be the spearhead of pro-European forces, if he himself is forced to challenge EU rules, Salvini and Di Maio will jump on that to push their contention that those rules are wrong.”

While we look forward to how Brussels will square this circle, markets are less excited.

Exhausted from lurching from one extreme to another following conflicting headlines, traders are already asking if “France is the new Italy.” The reason: the French OAT curve has bear steepened this morning with 10Y yields rising as much as ~6bp, with the Bund/OAT spread reaching the widest since May 2017 and the French presidential election. Though well below the peaks of last year, further widening would push the gap into levels reserved for heightened political risk.

As Bloomberg macro analyst Michael Read notes this morning, it’s hard to see a specific near-term trigger blowing out the Bund/OAT spread but the trend looks likely to slowly drift higher.

While Macron has to fight on both domestic and European fronts, he’ll need to keep peace at home to stay on top. Remember that we saw the 10Y spread widen to ~80bps around the May ’17 elections as concerns of a move toward the political fringe played out in the markets, and the French President’s popularity ratings already look far from rosy.

And just like that France may have solved the Italian crisis.

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Amazing moment in which the President exhibits “transparency in government” and shows the world who the Democrat leaders really are.

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One of the reasons Donald Trump was elected to the Presidency was because of his pugnacious, “in your face” character he presented – and promised TO present – against Democrat policy decisions and “stupid government” in general.

One of the reasons President Donald Trump is reviled is because of his pugnacious, “in your face” character he presented – and promised TO present – in the American political scene.

In other words, there are two reactions to the same characteristic. On Tuesday, the President did something that probably cheered and delighted a great many Americans who witnessed this.

The Democrats have been unanimous in taking any chance to roast the President, or to call for his impeachment, or to incite violence against him. But Tuesday was President Trump’s turn. He invited the two Democrat leaders, presumptive incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and then, he turned the cameras on:

As Tucker Carlson notes, the body language from Schumer was fury. The old (something)-eating grin covered up humiliation, embarrassment and probably no small amount of fear, as this whole incident was filmed and broadcast openly and transparently to the American public. Nancy Pelosi was similarly agitated, and she expressed it later after this humiliation on camera, saying, “It’s like a manhood thing for him… As if manhood could ever be associated with him.”

She didn’t stop there. According to a report from the New York Daily News, the Queen Bee took the rhetoric a step below even her sense of dignity:

Pelosi stressed she made clear to Trump there isn’t enough support in Congress for a wall and speculated the President is refusing to back down because he’s scared to run away with his tail between his legs.

“I was trying to be the mom. I can’t explain it to you. It was so wild,” Pelosi said of the Oval Office meet, which was also attended by Vice President Pence and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). “It goes to show you: you get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you.”

This represented the first salvo in a major spin-job for the ultra-liberal San Francisco Democrat. The rhetoric spun by Mrs. Pelosi and Chuck Schumer was desperate as they tried to deflect their humiliation and place it back on the President:

With reporters still present, Trump boasted during the Oval meeting he would be “proud” to shutdown the government if Congress doesn’t earmark cash for his wall before a Dec. 21 spending deadline.

Pelosi told Democrats that Trump’s boisterousness will be beneficial for them.

“The fact is we did get him to say, to fully own that the shutdown was his,” Pelosi said. “That was an accomplishment.”

The press tried to characterize this as a “Trump Tantrum”, saying things like this lede:

While “discussing” a budgetary agreement for the government, President Donald Trump crossed his arms and declared: “we will shut down the government if there is no wall.”

While the Democrats and the mainstream media in the US are sure to largely buy these interpretations of the event, the fact that this matter was televised live shows that the matter was entirely different, and this will be discomfiting to all but those Democrats and Trump-dislikers that will not look at reality.

There appears to be a twofold accomplishment for the President in this confrontation:

  1. The President revealed to his support base the real nature of the conversation with the Democrat leadership, because anyone watching this broadcast (and later, video clip) saw it unedited with their own eyes. They witnessed the pettiness of both Democrats and they witnessed a President completely comfortable and confident about the situation.
  2. President Trump probably made many of his supporters cheer with the commitment to shut down the government if he doesn’t get his border wall funding. This cheering is for both the strength shown about getting the wall finished and the promise to shut the government down, and further, Mr. Trump’s assertion that he would be “proud” to shut the government down, taking complete ownership willingly, reflects a sentiment that many of his supporters share.

The usual pattern is for the media, Democrats and even some Republicans to create a “scare” narrative about government shutdowns, about how doing this is a sure-fire path to chaos and suffering for the United States.

But the educated understanding of how shutdowns work reveals something completely different. Vital services never close. However, National Parks can close partly or completely, and some non-essential government agencies are shuttered. While this is an inconvenience for the employees furloughed during the shutdown, they eventually are re-compensated for the time lost, and are likely to receive help during the shutdown period if they need it. The impact on the nation is minimal, aside from the fact that the government stops spending money at the same frenetic pace as usual.

President Trump’s expression of willingness to do this action and his singling out of the Dem leadership gives the Democrats a real problem. Now the entire country sees their nature. As President Trump is a populist, this visceral display of Democrat opposition and pettiness will make at least some impact on the population, even that group of people who are not Trump fans.

The media reaction and that of the Democrats here show, amazingly, that after three years-plus of Donald Trump being a thorn in their side, they still do not understand how he works, and they also cannot match it against their expected “norms” of establishment behavior.

This may be a brilliant masterstroke, and it also may be followed up by more. The President relishes head-to-head conflict. The reactions of these congress members showed who they really are.

Let the games begin.

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