US launches air strikes on Syria airfield

WASHINGTON (NBC NEWS) — NBC News reports that the US is launching military air strikes on al-Shayrat military airfield near Homs, Syria.

Officials tell NBC News more than 50 missiles were fired in response to a chemical attack.

Do it right, nuke all the Islamic states.

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  • J. C.

    I just hope to God there weren’t any Russians in the area… 🙁

    • mauser 98

      while meeting with China’s Xi in Fl.
      US troops there
      ..knife , car attacks next here

    • Brett_McS

      This is all about the Russians.

    • HalfJudean (Destroyer-Drone)

      Why the special concern for Russians? Are you another of those useful idiots who believe they’re fighting islam?

      • J. C.

        I was concerned about the Russians because I’d rather not see the US and Russia go to war.
        And BTW, fuck you.

        • HalfJudean (Destroyer-Drone)

          A ‘Yes’ would have been enough.

          Oh, and you need a dick for that. Lightbulb.

          • HalfJudean (Destroyer-Drone)

            Hahahahah, one big word was enough to bring out all the scambots out of the woodwork.

            Screw disqus man, I’m outta here.

  • Ho Hum

    Like most on here I was happy when Trump was elected. Tonight I am disgusted with his actions. I can’t believe that he is so STUPID as to believe that Assad would gas his own people. Trump has been taken over by the neocons and the Israel lobby. You can expect more endless wars in the middle east. This could easily escalate to WW3.

    • Oracle9

      Being pro-Israel is a bad thing?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      It’s window dressing, don’t worry.

    • El Martyachi

      If you don’t think that Assaad would gas (and worse) his own people, you’re living in lala land.

      • FactsWillOut

        Sunni militants (and their families) trying to depose his government are not “his own people”.

    • k1962

      They aren’t his own people. He is a Shiite and he is killing Sunnis. His father massacred 10,000 people during an uprising. What is so hard to believe? It’s the Arab way.

    • k1962

      p.s. Israel has bombed Hezbollah in Syria plenty when they were trying to transport rockets and missiles to Lebanon. Israel doesn’t need the U.S. to bomb for them. They fight their own battles.

    • Alain

      The Israel lobby as you call it (not American Jews) would never be in favour of this. They know fake news (pali wood productions) when they see it.

      • H

        The State of Israel approves of the attack, apparently.

        https://twitter.com/amirtibon/status/850184721019670529

        • Alain

          What else would they say after the fact?

          • FactsWillOut

            Assad and Iran are allies.
            Iran is a greater threat to Israel than the Saudis.
            The Saudis are a greater threat to the west than Iran.
            Ergo, Israeli and Western geopolitical aims are not the same.
            Ho Hum is correct.

          • El Martyachi

            He’s wrong about Asaad being a virtuous guy who doesn’t commit atrocities part. The rest is up for debate.

          • FactsWillOut

            Killing millions of Sunnis isn’t an atrocity.

          • El Martyachi

            Read about the prisons sometime. I counted among my friends someone who reported to Assef Shawkat and learned about the country in the few years preceding the war. Asaad is bad. What’s happened since is bad too. It’s all bad really.

          • FactsWillOut

            I don’t care. He can torture every Sunni man, woman and child to death and all you’ll hear from me is muted applause.

          • El Martyachi

            It’s not that discriminate. Not that it should matter.

          • k1962

            All Muslims states are Israel’s enemies whether or not they are Sunni or Shiite and whether or not their governments have “peace agreements” with Israel. The Arab and Muslim street hate Israel regardless of what sect they are. Israel will do what is in her best interests. They are the ones after all that have to live in the worst neighbourhood in the world. Although thanks to leftists everywhere, those neighbourhoods are moving to the West. Lucky us :/

          • FactsWillOut

            That has no bearing on my statement.
            Geopolitically, the Saudis are a threat to the west to a much greater degree than they are to Israel.
            Conversely, Iran is a much greater threat to Israel than it is to the west.
            The west, by attacking Syria, is advancing Israeli geopolitical aims at its own expense.

          • k1962

            He did not do this for Israel. Assad and Israel have not been at war since 73.

            Both Saudi and Iran are crazy, Jew-hating Muslim states. Neither are good for Israel or the world. Do you think the Iranians bombing the JCC in Argentina 25 years ago only affected Jews? The Iranians are a problem for the world, not just Israel.

          • FactsWillOut

            …and Syria is not a problem for anybody, really, except the Sunni/Wahabbi militants that are trying to take over. If Assad gasses them, so what? That’s win/win for us. Using an alleged gas attack as a pretext to bomb Assad is lose/lose for us.

          • k1962

            …so Syria doesn’t want a war with Israel regardless of Iran or Hezbollah.

          • FactsWillOut

            Who cares? If Syria wants a war with Israel, Israel can nuke Syria, that is if they can find the balls to do it, as it is, they can’t even find the balls to clean out the vipers nest of Gaza.

          • k1962

            Yeah, maybe just before Armageddon.

          • FactsWillOut

            Spare me.
            Biblical prophecies have no place in strategic decision-making.

          • k1962

            Yeah, well they wouldn’t use nukes or chemical weapons unless it was the end for Israel. You think anyone would be able to live in Israel if nukes were used on Syria?

          • FactsWillOut

            yes.
            Advanced thermonuclear weapons and airbursts are much, much cleaner than the Hiroshima type bombs, and can be made almost arbitrarily clean.
            Nukes are not the “world enders” that the MSM and the left have made them out to be. All strategic planners know this.

          • El Martyachi

            In case you haven’t noticed, Syria has been “everybody vs everybody”, including western forces and Russia for some time now. This latest airstrike business is just another day.

          • FactsWillOut

            Russia was invited by the Syrian government, Trump is helping Sunni/Wahabbi militants, as Assad and the Sunnis are the only two real sides in that theater.

          • El Martyachi

            It must be nice to both see things so clearly and have all the answers.

          • FactsWillOut

            Its really simple if you think for two seconds and tune out the MSM.
            Of course, we are lead to believe in the “moderate” Sunni rebels, and if you buy into that, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell ya.

          • El Martyachi

            Yup, that’s me… forming strong opinions based on MSM.

          • FactsWillOut

            Well, it does seem that your picture of Syria isn’t too clear.

          • FactsWillOut

            Lord knows they would never speak their mind.

    • Look at it this way: if Assad was responsible, he may have acted because he fears a repeat of the last few years.

      In this region, killing swaths of people is a sanguine matter. Whether Assad, the Russians, ISIS or Iran does the killing, it is no loss to them how many families die.

      • Solo712

        I hold no brief for Assad. He is the son of the most prolific killer in modern history of Syria and his own hands are not exactly clean. For one, he was the last one who threatened the Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri before the latter was assassinated in 2005. The brutality of his secret police was renowned. Hell, even the US was sending suspected terrorists to Assad’s Syria to have them tortured there because in the US you could go only so far. (Remember Maher Arar). So let’s just say Assad would not be Mr. Clean in my books. The initial brutal attempts to intimidate a growing, non-violent protest against his rule in 2011 precipitated the armed rebellion and the infusion of foreign jihadis.
        On the other hand, the number of civilian deaths in the streets of Syria that year was in the low teens (compare to the reported 80+ protesters killed in Saudi Arabia in the same year) not exactly a sign of a homicidal maniac of the ilk of Stalin, Pol Pot, Kim Jong Un, Saddam Hussein or even his own dad, Hafez al Assad (who killed 20,000 people in the rebellion of Hama in 1982.) I despise the constant exaggeration that makes Bashar al Assad brutality equal or worse, to the degenerate butchers of Isis, al-Nusra, and the other jihadi outfits his army fights. It’s a big, fat, obnoxious lie of people who do not have an ounce of decency. There is simply no doubt in my mind that he is the lesser evil of the two sides. Having seen countless proudly publicized atrocities of the jihadis, and their ostentatious disregard for human life, (of the enemy fighters, the civilians, their own) I am struck by the lack of any reliably documented atrocities ( and I mean wanton destruction of life) against civilians by the Syrian Army (and that despite the use of barrel bombs in enemy territory- which I deplore – but which do not outdo the US ordnances routinely used by the Iraqi army in Anbar and Mosul in devastated urban areas.) l have not not seen in the five + years a singl eAssad soldier posing with a severed head of a jihadi, or a trophy video of torture of captured enemy fighters. So, I would say, that until I have clear evidence of large scale atrocities by Assad I will consider him the lesser evil in Syria, and if the choice is between him and the monstrous depravities of the jihadis, then yes he should win the war against them.

        • canminuteman

          Even if he commits large scale atrocities it’s likely against people who are just as bad. If he loses, he and his supporters will likely all be killed. Just the way it is. By attacking Assad we are supporting ISIS. It was a stupid thing to do.

        • People would rather Syria end up as Libya has.

          Assad may be the only thing keeping Syria from imploding but now, the game has changed. Russia is involved with Syria and Iran. Who runs that country now? Perhaps a partnership between Assad and Iran. In that case, they may be hostile towards the West.

          This whole thing is a right old mess.

    • FactsWillOut

      Yep.
      Trump fucked up, big time.

    • HalfJudean (Destroyer-Drone)

      Been lurking on BCF, checking the place for a day or so. Can’t say I’m disappointed by what I’m seeing.

      Your comment describes the decline of Blazingcatfur and fits the board’s brain-addled counter jihad cheerleader mentality to a ‘T’. And I thank you dearly for that,

      Anything that remotely goes against Saint Assad of Damas™ and his Russo-Hizballah cronies is stamped as ‘neocon’, effectively showing how you Putin fanboys’ geopolitical knowledge is as refined as a donkey’s command of theoretical physics (Alain, FactsWillOut, Oracle9, and you being a perfect example of that).

      Better still, now it’s all an evil plot cooked up by the big bad “Israel lobby”. But shhhhhhhh…it’s supposed to be a secret conspiracy eh?

      At this point I’d stop pretending and step out of the closet if I were you: go ahead, tell us how your beloved Mother Russia is preventing Trump’s NWO which is aiming to poison you with chemtrails and incarcerate you all into FEMA camps. And then say you ain’t subverting anything or anyone.

      So yeah, just logging in to tell you I’m immensely glad I left BCF, I knew this place would take this exact ideological downhill turn after seeing its gullible readership singing the praises of al Assad, Le Pen, Putin et al. for years on end.

      Have fun feeding on your endless source of cheap RT propaganda broadcasts while it lasts.

      • El Martyachi

        Hey man it’s just a comment board. One consistent theme here is lack of censorship.. so ya get all sorts of comments.

  • mauser 98
    • El Martyachi

      “Chemical Ali” has to be one of the best middle eastern badguy handles ever.

  • Brett_McS

    Obozo let – virtually invited – the Russians back into the middle east. Now Trump has to say ‘not so fast’.

  • Oracle9

    I wonder how the US knows who is responsible. This is something Obama would have done.

    Very disappointing. ISIS and the rest of the Saudi-funded barbarians are cheering.

  • BillyHW

    The proper response would have been 50 nukes on Mecca.

    • I’d have preferred that.

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    • The better response, yes.

  • SDMatt

    Dumb.

    This is the equivalent of Bill Clinton using a $2 million cruise missile to hit a camel in the butt.

  • mauser 98
  • Evidently Putin stated his support of Assad is not unconditional, a deal was struck here it seems.

    • J. C.

      That’s a bit of a relief, I suppose…

    • Solo712

      This came from Peskov, his spokesman, who is a bit of a ninny at times. He probably meant to leave open the possibility that Assad really did drop sarin on the jihadis in Idlib in which case Russia might write him off. But the way it came out is that Russia would not oppose the US in getting him out unilaterally. That would be stupid given Russia’s deep involvement in Syria in the past year and a half. I seriously hope that Putin would not be hoodwinked into that. He is smarter than that because he knows: a) by making a “dirty deal” with Trump, he would lose all the prestige he had managed to build on the international scene, and b) worse, he would be immediately confronted by US/NATO in Eastern Europe

      • El Martyachi

        But surely there’s a downside.

    • He’s trying to cover his @$$.

    • Alain

      Yes, I also read that.

      • PaulW

        But it will create more refugees and then his administration will have to toe the Soros line and bring them safely to the US.

      • FactsWillOut

        Trump, as CIC, ordered this.
        He is now the globalists tool.
        Its over.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Fat Boy in North Korea is next.

  • Solo712

    Trump is a dickhead. I swear !

    • Alain

      I wouldn’t say that, but he is clearly being taken in by the wrong people. It does not bode well for the future if this continues.

      • Solo712

        He’s being played and he doesn’t know it. He’s a vain dickhead.

        • k2

          Quite possibly. But there’s another possibility: he was at a fancy dinner this evening with the Chinese President. He has now demonstrated to them his willingness to use force, and use it with little warning. This could be a message to the Chinese, to the middle-east and to the world in general, something along the lines of, I am not Obama – don’t mess with me or America.

          • Solo712

            Ok, I’ll bite. Maybe this has been timed to “impress” Xi but he is not one easily impressed. He and Vladimir Vladimirovich are busy dismantling the world finance that keeps the US afloat. Syria would be small change to Xi now that he has Putin welded to him by American anti-Russia policy. Besides hitting Assad and hitting Kim Jong Un are two different things. If you want to get the kimchi bug out of your hair you better wipe him out by nukes or else he will walk all over you. The Chinese know it; they are not stupid. Still if the Chinese were not consulted about the Syria hit in advance, Xi should excuse himself tomorrow morning at Mar-o-lago and fly back to Beijing on urgent business and meet Putin there. That would be a great response. But then again I am not Chinese.

          • Ho Hum

            I wonder what Xi’s reaction was like when he found out over dinner that Trump bombed Syria. I agree Xi should get back on his plane and fly back to China. It’s pointless trying to negotiate with an imbecile.

          • El Martyachi

            For a change we’re in agreement (on your last point).

          • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

            Let’s hope.

            The whole white hats faking stuff for years has been clearly documented. Actors, chicken blood,…everything.

            Hopefully it was only a few useless planes destroyed and nothing else.

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  • Sid Falco

    Fuck Trump. McMasters and that other cunt Mattis sucking up to Islam and whining about the Russians have turned his head. McCain thinks it is a great idea, so it must be insane.

  • k1962

    Now the U.S. needs to leave and let the Arabs/Muslims continue fighting their own battles. He punished Assad for using chemical weapons. Missioned accomplished, now go home.

  • FactsWillOut

    Blaming Assad for using chemical weapons is like blaming Israel for killing children used as human shields. Its just another blood libel.
    As far as I’m concerned, Assad should genocide the entire Sunni population of Syria.

    All the crocodile tears over dead Sunnis is disgusting.

    • k1962

      Um no. He shouldn’t be fighting a war using chemical weapons.

      • FactsWillOut

        Why not?
        If you think for one second that the attack on Syria (or wars in general) is for moral reasons, then you are dangerously naive.
        The alleged chemical weapon attack is what is called a “pretext”, and is not the true reason for the attack.

        • k1962

          Okay. Maybe the Canadian government should use them too.

          • FactsWillOut

            Maybe. The Canadian government should definitely have a nuclear arsenal as well.

          • canminuteman

            Not really, they are not actually that effective against real troops.

      • canminuteman

        If you are going to die in a war, does it matter what causes it?

        • k1962

          Some things are survivable and some are not.

      • Oracle9

        Are you party to the results of any investigations?

        There have been two sides to this story, and Assad attacking his own deliberately makes no sense, since he has no motive.

        What evidence makes you conclude one way or another?

        • k1962

          “They” aren’t his own. He is killing Sunnis. He is a Shiite.

          • Oracle9

            Trump campaigned on attacking ISIS, not one of the groups fighting them. At present ISIS approves. The US is better off not trying to make muddy political points with Tomahawk missiles. Trump’s policy has lost all coherence.

  • FactsWillOut

    I can believe there are so many who want to see Syria go the way of Libya.

  • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

    All I’m seeing online from Trump supporters is shock and pleading with him to stop.

    If Trump believes the white helmets and others on the ground staging bogus videos and pictures are the good guys we are in a lot of trouble.

    • FactsWillOut

      Look at all the commenter’s here who think that its a good thing and ask yourself how much trouble we are really in.

      • El Martyachi

        Hey, I’d like an apocalyptic world war as much as the next guy, but this ain’t gonna be it.

        • FactsWillOut

          The bottom line is attempting or helping to depose Assad is exactly according to Soros type globalists agenda, the same agenda supported by GWB and Obama.

          This will cause irreparable harm to the Trump’s popularity.
          The American alt-right that elected him are pissed, and so am I.

          • Ho Hum

            Based on what I see on social media I would estimate that Trump blew up about 50% of his core support tonight which would mean that his national overall support must be around 25%. I don’t know how Trump could be so stupid. He doesn’t seem to understand his base.

          • FactsWillOut

            It wouldn’t surprise me if he were coerced, still, the damage is done. He is now evidently a tool of the globalists, willing or not.

          • Ho Hum

            He’s taking advice from his daughter and her husband Jared. They brought Goldman Sachs globalists into the administration; Gary Cohn (#2 at Goldmans) and Dina Powell (national security advisor). Trump made a big mistake bringing Ivanka and Jared into the White House. I don’t know how he ever became a billionaire with such poor decision making abilities.

          • FactsWillOut

            That just tells me he wasn’t coerced.
            His little video about “dark globalists” (in which Soros was featured) seems to be a campaign lie.
            The globalists are the biggest threat to individual rights and freedoms ever seen on this planet, and that Trump is in bed with them is very depressing.
            I already live in rural Canada, but too far south. My mission over the next year or so is to get myself a few hundred klicks further north. I’ll listen to the glorious victories of the Party on the radio.

          • El Martyachi

            Some bases can be jettisoned with little consequence.

            4. base, immoral — (not adhering to ethical or moral principles; “base and unpatriotic motives”; “a base, degrading way of life”; “cheating is dishonorable”; “they considered colonialism immoral”; “unethical practices in handling public funds”)
            5. base, mean, meanspirited — (having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; “that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble”- Edmund Burke; “taking a mean advantage”; “chok’d with ambition of the meaner sort”- Shakespeare; “something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics”)
            6. base, baseborn — (illegitimate)
            7. base — (debased; not genuine; “an attempt to eliminate the base coinage”)

          • El Martyachi

            AFAICT so far this is a near perfect example of a precision strike. Aircraft destroyed in hangars all in one shot, few civilian casualties — a solid measured response to chemical weapons being used. Attributing the tall-forehead strategic stuff and long term domestic political effects is .. probably a touch hyperbolic.

          • FactsWillOut

            Bullshit.
            It has NOTHING to do with chemical weapons. That is a pretext only.
            That anyone is so naive to think that military interventions are done for reasons of morality astounds me no end. Its mind-boggling.

          • El Martyachi

            Well, don’t stop boggling on my account.

          • canminuteman

            Yes, but now what? Have we just struck a crippling blow at the enemy of ISIS is Syria? As bad as Assad is he is the enemy of ISIS who is our enemy. We don’t know who the target of the gas attack was but I suspect it was ISIS or supporters of ISIS, so frankly I haven’t got a problem with it. I am in the “Trump fucked up” camp.

          • El Martyachi

            Something tells me things will continue on pretty much business-as-usual, short some dozens of Syrian aircraft. Hey look at the upside, Russia boosters – more arms sales!

            I’m both in the “enemy of your enemy is often still your enemy” and “the middle east has and will continue to be a literal bloody mess” camp. Beyond that.. meh.

  • Ho Hum

    Trump has never received such good press as he is getting tonight. Glowing praise from MSNBC, CNN and all other outlets. No doubt he will be reveling in all the praise being heaped upon him. He is probably too stupid to realize that he blew up his base tonight.

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  • Carlo

    Assad is a child torturer and murdering dictator and I wish one of the bombs landed on his head.