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US-Russia clash in Syria following Al-Qaeda assault on Russian military police

Russian Special Forces repel US planned attack in Syria, denounce USA, and issue a stark warning

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This article, republished with the author’s permission, was first published by The Saker

Something rather unprecedented just happened in Syria: US backed “good terrorist” forces attempted a surprise attack against Syrian government forces stationed to the north and northeast of the city of Hama.

What makes this attack unique is that it took place inside a so-called “de-escalation zone” and that it appears that one of the key goals of the attack was to encircle in a pincer-movement and subsequently capture a platoon of Russian military police officers deployed to monitor and enforce the special status of this zone.

The Russian military police forces, composed mainly of soldiers from the Caucasus region, fought against a much larger enemy force and had to call for assistance.  For the first time, at least officially, Russian special operations forces were deployed to rescue and extract their comrades.

At the same time, the Russians sent in a number of close air support aircraft who reportedly killed several hundred “good” terrorists and beat back the attack (Russian sources speak of the destruction of 850 fighters, 11 tanks, three infantry fighting vehicles, 46 armed pickup trucks, five mortars, 20 freighter trucks and 38 ammo supply points; you can see photos of the destroyed personnel and equipment here).

What also makes this event unique is the official reaction of the Russians to this event.

Head of the Main Operations Department at Russia’s General Staff Colonel General Sergei Rudskoi declared that:

Despite agreements signed in Astana on September 15, gunmen of Jabhat al-Nusra and joining them units that don’t want to comply with the cessation of hostilities terms, launched a large-scale offensive against positions of government troops north and northeast of Hama in Idlib de-escalation zone from 8 am on September 19 (…) According to available data, the offensive was initiated by American intelligence services to stop a successful advance of government troops east of Deir ez-Zor“.

(bold italics added)

Today, other Russian officials have added a not-so-veiled threat to this accusation.  The Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov has declared that:

Russia unequivocally told the commanders of US forces in Al Udeid Airbase (Qatar) that it will not tolerate any shelling from the areas where the SDF are stationed (…)  Fire from positions in regions [controlled by the SDF] will be suppressed by all means necessary.

(bold italics added)

This is unprecedented on many levels.

First, the Russians clearly believe that this attempt to kill or capture a platoon of the Russian military police was planned by the United States.  The fact that they are making this accusation officially shows the degree of irritation felt by the Russians about the duplicity of the Americans.

Second, this is the first time, at least to my knowledge, that Russian Spetsnaz forces had to be sent in to rescue a surrounded Russian subunit.  All Spetsnaz operators survived, but three of them were wounded in the operation (the Russians are not saying how badly).  The close air support by very low flying SU-25 aircraft was obviously coordinated by Spetsnaz forward air controllers and probably saved the day.

In other words, this was a close call and things could have ended much more badly (just imagine what the Takfiri crazies would have done, on video, to any captured Russian serviceman!).

Finally, a US-organized attack on what was supposed to be a “de-confliction” zone combined with an attempt to capture Russian soldiers raises the bar for American duplicity to a totally new level.

The big question now is “do the Russians mean it?” or are they just whining with real determination to hit back if needed.

There are a couple of problems here.  First, objectively, the Russian contingent in Syria is a tiny one if compared to the immense power of CENTCOM, NATO and the ever-present Israelis.  Not only that, but in any US-Russian confrontation, Russia as a country is objectively the weaker side by any measure except a full-out nuclear exchange.  So the Russians are not in a position of force.  Furthermore, for historical and cultural reasons, Russians are much more concerned by the initiation of any incident which could lead to all-out war than the Americans who always fight their wars in somebody else’s country. This might seem paradoxical, but the Russians fear war but they are ready for it.  In contrast to the Russians, the Americans don’t fear war, but neither are they ready for it.  In practical terms this means that an American miscalculation could very well lead to a Russian military response which would stun the Americans and force them to enter an escalatory spiral which nobody would control.

Remember how Hillary promised that she would unilaterally impose a so-called “no-fly” zone over Syria?  She promised not only to deploy US aircraft above Russian forces in Syria, but she also promised that she would force the Russian Aerospace forces out of the Syrian skies.  Thank God, this crazy witch was not elected, but it appears that folks with the same arrogant and,frankly, completely irresponsible point of view are now back in power under Trump.

My fear now is that the incompetent, arrogant, not too bright and generally ignorant commanders at the Pentagon and the CIA will simply ignore clear warning signs coming from the Russians, including the public announcement that the Kremlin has given the authority to use force to protect Russian personnel to the local Russian commanders in Syria.  In plain English, this means that if they are attacked the Russians in Syria do not need to consult with Moscow before using force to protect themselves.  By the way, such rules of engagement are pretty common, there is nothing earth shattering here, but the fact that they were made public is, again, a message to the AngloZionist and the “good” terrorist they use to try to conquer Syria.

This time around we (the world) were lucky.  The Syrians fought hard and the “good” terrorists were probably surprised by the ruthless determination of the Russian military police forces (in reality, mostly Chechen special forces) and of the Spetsnaz operators.  It is one thing to fight Syrian conscripts, quite another to deal with these hardened warriors.  But the next time around the outcome could be different.

The bigger picture is also one which gives me a great deal of concern.  The Syrians, with Iranian, Hezbollah and Russian help, have freed Deir ez-Zor and have crossed the Euphrates river and are moving further East.  In plain English this means that the US and Daesh have lost the war and that the last region of Syrian from which the AngloZionists can hope to partition the country (their current “plan B”) and establish a permanent US military presence is now threatened by the Syrian advance.

The distance between the US forces currently deployed in northeastern Syria and Syrian, Iranian, Hezbollah and Russian forces is becoming shorter and shorter each day.  I can just imagine how, say, Iranian or Hezbollah forces which are already “smelling” the nearby presence of US forces are drooling with hunger for the moment they will finally be able to get their hands on their old and most hated foe.  I feel sincerely sorry for the first US unit to make contact with the Iranians or Hezbollah forces.

Right now the Americans are hiding behind the Kurds, but sooner or later the Iranians or Hezbollah will find them.  As for the Kurds, their situation in Syria is precarious, to put it mildly: they are surrounded on all sides by the Turks, the Syrians and the Iranians and their only more or less stable zone of control is in Iraq.  The Americans understand that perfectly, hence their desperate attempts to stop the Syrians.

This is a very dangerous situation: even though CENTCOM and NATO are by far the “biggest guys on the block”, in Syria the Americans are cornered, their corner is shrinking fast and it remains entirely unclear how this process can be stopped.  Hence the attack on the de-confliction zone we just witnessed.

I hope that eventually the Americans will do what they did in al-Taif and simply pack, declare victory and leave.  That would be the only rational thing to do.  But after listening to Trump at the UN I don’t get the feeling that being rational is at the top of the US priority list.  That’s all rather frightening.

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christianblood
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No turning back. Russia, SAA, Iran and Hezbollah should stand their ground and fight the terrorists and their U$ neocon allies even if it is going to lead to WW3.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

A little late, but an excellent analysis.

Tommy Jensen
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Tommy Jensen

We have been under way on a long road.
The day will come where PNAC either will break USA or PNAC will smash the world. Whether its this time or later doesnt matter, everybody should just be prepared.

No normal human can live with this grotesque comedy in Washington whoever pull the strings.

tapatio
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tapatio

It’s far past time that the idiots controlling Washington are STOPPED by whatever means are necessary before they destroy our world.

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

Time to shoot !!!

tapatio
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tapatio

So long as it doesn’t go nuclear.

André De Koning
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André De Koning

Very good report and time indeed that it is made public how duplicitous the USA is and how right it is for the Russians to go ahead and act. Lavrov spoke good words about Trump’s intention not to attack sovereign countries, but obviously Trump is not in charge and does not even know about what is happening on the ground in Syria.

dago dingo
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dago dingo

Well done Russia! The pathetic Americans have simply lost their collective minds. Please just collapse & die in a corner somewhere, the world is sick to death of the wars & misery you bring to our planet.

Pointing&Laughing
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Pointing&Laughing

You misunderstand who controls America. It’s not the citizens; not anymore. It’s the arms merchants and manufacturers, backed by the banks, with the media as propagandists. U.S. citizens go out to vote, and the elite in charge pretend to pay attention, then go on about their imperialistic business. I love my country, and will fight for it; however, I hate my government, and will resist as much as my old bones will allow. Please don’t confuse the U.S. government with America. If anything, pray for us.

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

You sir are a breath of fresh air, thank you !!!

dago dingo
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dago dingo

Unfortunately for the good American people, which I believe are plenty, your country has been hijacked by the Zionist Israeli scum sucking leeches & it gets you to send American soldiers to fight it’s illegal wars. Your congress is a den of Zionist controlled filth that continually inflicts death & starvation to countries which won’t bow to it’s hegemonic rule. America is the point of the new axis of evil and unless the good American people start waking from their television induced coma & marching on Washington, then I truly feel sorry for the gross embarrassment your filthy, disgusting politicians… Read more »

Rex drabble
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Rex drabble

All of which the American people have allowed and enjoyed the spoils of these wars.They deserve the corrupt govt they have.ZERO sympathy for the americans,murderous fuckers they are!

Pointing&Laughing
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Pointing&Laughing

I’m not murderous. I can be, if myself, my family, etc. are attacked, as I would expect from any peace loving human. You seem to have a tiny worldview, when you blame the crowd for the few.

Rex drabble
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Rex drabble

When was American soil attacked.Dont tell me about the fake 911 which your OWN govt did!

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“Please don’t confuse the U.S. government with America.”

The day that CITIZENS of America actually get off their derrieres, stop playing their Xbox and put down their cell phone babble and actually make it known to their elites that they WILL NOT STAND for what their government is doing in their name, I MIGHT be willing to accept your statement. I doubt it though, as polling done there indicates that the majority of Americans are pro-war, even if they cannot find the country their regime is conducting wars in or threatening to, on a world map.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47344.htm
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-17/war-works-trump-favorability-hits-50-highest-2-months
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-08/us-has-been-war-over-220-241-years
https://mondediplo.com/openpage/america-at-war-since-9-11
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/04/15/americans-no-different-than-germans-were-and-are.html

Putin's baby
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Putin's baby

The rest of the world can see their vile duplicity. Well done Syrian and Russian forces, I hope you killed a few yank “advisors”.

lickeyleaks
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lickeyleaks

“Yank advisors”? Makes me laugh to imagine this, who would trust advisors from a country that have not won a war since 1945, and that was with assistance..

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

Which war did they win in 1945?

tiredofthemedialies
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tiredofthemedialies

The one that Henry Ford was decorated for by Adolph Hitler. Keeping the Wehrmach firing on all cylinders.

my2Cents
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my2Cents

The Soviets entirely destroyed the Wehrmacht and the Luftwaffe.
If the “Yanks” had entered Europe at the beginning of WW2 the Germans would have wiped them into the North Sea. And they knew that.
Henry Ford had nothing to do with the Wehrmacht.

lickeyleaks
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lickeyleaks

As i said,with assistance from UK Commomwealth,and they were invited which makes a change!!

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Given that it was US corporate and Elite money that armed and funded the Third Reich, I am not sure how the USA can be said to have won?

my2Cents
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my2Cents

NONE of the allies won the war…..The Soviets (ally in name only) did!!
What happened to the British at Dunkirk in May 1940?…Wat where they doing there? Seems like German intelligence was right…i.e that Britain would invade Germany either via Holland/Belgium/France which is why the Netherlands who was not involved in WW1 was invaded….

lickeyleaks
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lickeyleaks

My dad could tell you about Dunkirk,he was there before going to N Africa and Italy for the duration, he always swore about the yanks in italy,swaning off into cities with chocolate & stockings for girlies when they should be chasing the jerries..
I put what i did because that is the general western verdict that without the yanks,UK would have lost..

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Well the UK/France with indirect encouragement from Washington started this war and, we learn that German intelligence was right in that Britain intended to invade Germany via Holland/Belgium or France.
The Canadians weren’t much better than the Yanks. Churchill singlehandedly lost the empire and destroyed Europe. The RAF flew their bombers nightly over my house, accompanied by sirens, search lights and anti aircraft batteries popping as they flew to Germany and carpet bombed it. The Soviets destroyed the Wehrmacht and the Luftwaffe at the cost of 27 million Russian lives. Nothing what we are made to believe is in fact so.

ruca
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ruca

They didn’t really win in 1945.

my2Cents
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my2Cents

The Yanks did not win WW2….the Soviets did…2.5 years later Normandy landing took place for the mop up action and to make sure the Soviets would not overrun Europe.

gbardizbanian
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gbardizbanian

Russia should launch a vast PR campaign in the US to show the average American what his leaders are up to in Syria.

David Schultz
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David Schultz

They have. It is called RT. It is up against a bigger opposing one called CNN.

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

They are trying, via RT, Sputnik, the Duran etc. !!!

samo war
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samo war

route 666 ??

louis robert
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louis robert

“Finally, a US-organized attack on what was supposed to be a “de-confliction” zone combined with an attempt to capture Russian soldiers raises the bar for American duplicity to a totally new level.” —– Please, Saker. Let’s stop moaning and groaning. Nothing here is frightening. Duplicity I s only business as usual. The Empire and its accomplices need be confronted head on. For the nth time, this is total war in the making by said Empire begging for it. It will NOT simply go away… It cannot be avoided. Russia must stand its ground against the treacherous Empire. Empire WILL back… Read more »

junktex
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junktex

DC is infested with neocons

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

You know it’s time to stop the “bull shit”, no more warnings to US and coalition, time to start shooting down aircraft (Israeli, US and others} no more warnings shoot first !!!!

Stavros Hadjiyiannis
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Stavros Hadjiyiannis

The fact that US & co. have far more military capabilities and firepower in the broader ME region, does not necessarily give them the advantage when it comes to specific theaters such as those in Syria. Whatever the US has parked all over its CENTCOM area of operations, the Russians can negate under extreme scenarios of escalation. Even though I am no military expert, I can reason that any craziness on the part of the Americans can be retaliated against by using Russia’s missile systems in and around Syria. Things like the Kalibr cruise missile or the Iskander ballistic missile… Read more »

Ron Rushburg
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Ron Rushburg

Russia has the Caspian Sea fleet which is insulated, remote, and untouchable; no other navy there, excepting Iran of course. They have already proven the capability of missiles sent from there.
This alone should make the Zionists think twice.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“no other navy there, excepting Iran of course”

China’s navy is also in the Mediterranean.

Ron Rushburg
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Ron Rushburg

gonzo, you missed the gist of my post; I referred to the Caspian Sea, not the Med.

Russia has the Caspian Sea fleet which is insulated, remote, and untouchable; no other navy there, excepting Iran of course.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Understood

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“Iraq and Turkey are another 2 major powers in the region that the US cannot count on and will either stay neutral or even take Russia’s side ”

Iraq has ALREADY taken its side and it is SYRIA and RUSSIA!
http://www.rt.com/news/316592-russia-syria-islamic-state/
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43239.htm
http://russia-insider.com/en/how-fuel-endless-war-us-allies-now-fighting-cia-backed-rebels-syria/ri12832
http://theduran.com/sectarian-iraq-has-helped-save-tolerant-secular-syria/
http://theduran.com/syria-iraq-now-allies-isis-us/

As for Turkey, it seems to most that it has taken the decision to support Syria/Russia in its war and has turned its back on the US….the coming weeks will offer proof one way or another.

Kubrickian
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Kubrickian

Blame Hilary Clinton for her ‘it’s the Russians’ smokescreen to hide the John Podesta Pedogate. That prevented Trump from being able to work with Putin.

Lord Snooty
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Lord Snooty

They killed a Russian Lt.-General yesterday by means of a mortar attack.

Now who done gone and told told them all that Russian Lt.-General was in the vicinity?

BobValdez
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BobValdez

Link?

Lord Snooty
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Lord Snooty
BobValdez
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BobValdez

Thank you.

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US media suffers panic attack after Mueller fails to deliver on much-anticipated Trump indictment

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Important pundits and news networks have served up an impressive display of denials, evasions and on-air strokes after learning that Robert Mueller has ended his probe without issuing a single collusion-related indictment.

The Special Counsel delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr for review on Friday, with the Justice Department confirming that there will be no further indictments related to the probe. The news dealt a devastating blow to the sensational prophesies of journalists, analysts and entire news networks, who for nearly two years reported ad nauseam that President Donald Trump and his inner circle were just days away from being carted off to prison for conspiring with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Showing true integrity, journalists and television anchors took to Twitter and the airwaves on Friday night to acknowledge that the media severely misreported Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, as well as what Mueller’s probe was likely to find. They are, after all, true professionals.

“How could they let Trump off the hook?” an inconsolable Chris Matthews asked NBC reporter Ken Dilanian during a segment on CNN’s ‘Hardball’.

Dilanian tried to comfort the CNN host with some of his signature NBC punditry.

“My only conclusion is that the president transmitted to Mueller that he would take the Fifth. He would never talk to him and therefore, Mueller decided it wasn’t worth the subpoena fight,” he expertly mused.

Actually, there were several Serious Journalists who used their unsurpassed analytical abilities to conjure up a reason why Mueller didn’t throw the book at Trump, even though the president is clearly a Putin puppet.

“It’s certainly possible that Trump may emerge from this better than many anticipated. However! Consensus has been that Mueller would follow DOJ rules and not indict a sitting president. I.e. it’s also possible his report could be very bad for Trump, despite ‘no more indictments,'” concluded Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones, who presumably, and very sadly, was not being facetious.

Revered news organs were quick to artfully modify their expectations regarding Mueller’s findings.

“What is collusion and why is Robert Mueller unlikely to mention it in his report on Trump and Russia?” a Newsweek headline asked following Friday’s tragic announcement.

Three months earlier, Newsweek had meticulously documented all the terrible “collusion” committed by Donald Trump and his inner circle.

But perhaps the most sobering reactions to the no-indictment news came from those who seemed completely unfazed by the fact that Mueller’s investigation, aimed at uncovering a criminal conspiracy between Trump and the Kremlin, ended without digging up a single case of “collusion.”

The denials, evasions and bizarre hot takes are made even more poignant by the fact that just days ago, there was still serious talk about Trump’s entire family being hauled off to prison.

“You can’t blame MSNBC viewers for being confused. They largely kept dissenters from their Trump/Russia spy tale off the air for 2 years. As recently as 2 weeks ago, they had @JohnBrennan strongly suggesting Mueller would indict Trump family members on collusion as his last act,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted.

While the Mueller report has yet to be released to the public, the lack of indictments makes it clear that whatever was found, nothing came close to the vast criminal conspiracy alleged by virtually the entire American media establishment.

“You have been lied to for 2 years by the MSM. No Russian collusion by Trump or anyone else. Who lied? Head of the CIA, NSA,FBI,DOJ, every pundit every anchor. All lies,” wrote conservative activist Chuck Woolery.

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom was more blunt, but said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Canadian Lawmaker Accuses Trudeau Of Being A “Fake Feminist” (Video)

Rempel segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career

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Canada’s feminist-in-chief Justin Trudeau wants to support and empower women…but his support stops at the point where said women start creating problems for his political agenda.

That was the criticism levied against the prime minister on Friday by a conservative lawmaker, who took the PM to task for “muzzling strong, principled women” during a debate in the House of Commons.

“He asked for strong women, and this is what they look like!” said conservative MP Michelle Rempel, referring to the former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who has accused Trudeau and his cronies of pushing her out of the cabinet after she refused to grant a deferred prosecution agreement to a Quebec-based engineering firm.

She then accused Trudeau of being a “fake feminist”.

“That’s not what a feminist looks like…Every day that he refuses to allow the attorney general to testify and tell her story is another day he’s a fake feminist!”

Trudeau was so taken aback by Rempel’s tirade, that he apparently forgot which language he should respond in.

But Rempel wasn’t finished. She then segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career. This from a man who once objected to the continued use of the word “mankind” (suggesting we use “peoplekind” instead).

The conservative opposition then tried to summon Wilson-Raybould to appear before the Commons for another hearing (during her last appearance, she shared her account of how the PM and employees in the PM’s office and privy council barraged her with demands that she quash the government’s pursuit of SNC-Lavalin over charges that the firm bribed Libyan government officials). Wilson-Raybould left the Trudeau cabinet after she was abruptly moved to a different ministerial post – a move that was widely seen as a demotion.

Trudeau has acknowledged that he put in a good word on the firm’s behalf with Wilson-Raybould, but insists that he always maintained the final decision on the case was hers and hers alone.

Fortunately for Canadians who agree with Rempel, it’s very possible that Trudeau – who has so far resisted calls to resign – won’t be in power much longer, as the scandal has cost Trudeau’s liberals the lead in the polls for the October election.

 

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Why Joe May be Courting Stacey

Joe Biden has a history on compulsory integration dating back to the 1970s that Sen. Jesse Helms called “enlightened.”

Patrick J. Buchanan

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Of 895 slots in the freshman class of Stuyvesant High in New York City, seven were offered this year to black students, down from 10 last year and 13 the year before.

In the freshman class of 803 at The Bronx High School of Science, 12 students are black, down from last year’s 25.

Of 303 students admitted to Staten Island Technical High School, one is African-American.

According to The New York Times, similar patterns of admission apply at the other five most elite high schools in the city.

Whites and Asians are 30 percent of middle school students, but 83 percent of the freshman at Bronx High School of Science, 88 percent at Staten Island Technical and 90 percent at Stuyvesant.

What do these numbers tell us?

They reveal the racial composition of the cohort of scientists and technicians who will lead America in the 21st century. And they tell us which races will not be well represented in that vanguard.

They identify a fault line that runs through the Democratic Party, separating leftists who believe in equality of results for all races and ethnic groups, and those who believe in a meritocracy.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has expressed anger and frustration at the under-representation of blacks and Hispanics in the elite schools. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature have ignored his pleas to change the way students are admitted.

Currently, the same test, of English and math, is given to middle school applicants. And admission to the elite eight is offered to those who get the highest scores.

Moreover, Asians, not whites, are predominant.

Though 15 percent of all middle school students, Asians make up two-thirds of the student body at Stuyvesant, with 80 times as many slots as their African-American classmates.

The egalitarian wing of the Democratic Party sees this as inherently unjust. And what gives this issue national import are these factors:

First, the recent scandal where rich parents paid huge bribes to criminal consultants to get their kids into elite colleges, by falsifying records of athletic achievement and cheating on Scholastic Aptitude Tests, has caused a wave of populist resentment.

Second, Harvard is being sued for systemic reverse racism, as black and Hispanic students are admitted with test scores hundreds of points below those that would disqualify Asians and whites.

Third, Joe Biden has a history on compulsory integration dating back to the 1970s that Sen. Jesse Helms called “enlightened.”

Here are Biden’s quotes, unearthed by The Washington Post, that reflect his beliefs about forced busing for racial balance in public schools:

“The new integration plans being offered are really just quota systems to assure a certain number of blacks, Chicanos, or whatever in each school. That, to me, is the most racist concept you can come up with.

“What it says is, ‘In order for your child with curly black hair, brown eyes, and dark skin to be able to learn anything, he needs to sit next to my blond-haired, blue-eyed son.’ That’s racist!

“Who the hell do we think we are, that the only way a black man or woman can learn is if they rub shoulders with my white child?

“I am philosophically opposed to quota systems. They insure mediocrity.”

That was 44 years ago. While those views were the thinking of many Democrats, and perhaps of most Americans, in the mid-’70s, they will be problematic in the 2020 primaries, where African-Americans could be decisive in the contests that follow Iowa and New Hampshire.

Biden knows that just as Bernie Sanders, another white male, fell short in crucial South Carolina because of a lack of support among black voters, he, too, has a problem with that most loyal element in the Democratic coalition.

In 1991, Biden failed to rise to the defense of Anita Hill when she charged future Justice Clarence Thomas with sexual harassment. In the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was a law-and-order champion responsible for tough anti-crime legislation that is now regarded as discriminatory.

And he has a record on busing for racial balance that made him a de facto ally of Louise Day Hicks of the Boston busing case fame.

How, with a record like this, does Biden inoculate himself against attacks by rival candidates, especially candidates of color, in his run for the nomination?

One way would be to signal to his party that he has grown, he has changed, and his 2020 running mate will be a person of color. Perhaps he’ll run with a woman of color such as Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the 2018 governor’s race in Georgia.

An ancillary benefit would be that Abrams on the ticket would help him carry Georgia, a state Donald Trump probably cannot lose and win re-election.

Wrote Axios this morning:

“Close advisers to former Vice President Joe Biden are debating the idea of packaging his presidential campaign announcement with a pledge to choose Stacey Abrams as his vice president.”


Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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