Via, In a memo to President Trump, a group of former US intelligence officers, including NSA specialists, warn that the potential for a US-Russia confrontation has never been greater at a moment the White House has confirmed it's in the planning stages of a strike on Syria, claiming “new intelligence” that Assad has already “ordered” a chemical weapons attack, according to the WSJ.  MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria Mr President: We are concerned that you may not have been adequately briefed on the upsurge of hostilities in northwestern Syria, where Syrian armed forces with Russian support have launched a full-out campaign to take back the al-Nusra/al-Qaeda/ISIS-infested province of Idlib.  The Syrians will almost certainly succeed, as they did in late 2016 in Aleppo.  As in Aleppo, it will mean unspeakable carnage, unless someone finally tells the insurgents theirs is a lost cause.

Big Difference This Time  Russian missile-armed naval and air units are now deployed in unprecedented numbers to engage those tempted to interfere with Syrian and Russian forces trying to clean out the terrorists from Idlib.

In our view, it is a safe bet that the Kremlin is uncertain whether Bolton faithfully speaks in your stead, or speaks INSTEAD of you.

Kearns, Captain, US Air Force, Intelligence Officer, and former Master SERE Instructor (retired) John Kiriakou, Former CIA Counterterrorism Officer and Former Senior Investigator, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Matthew Hoh, former Capt., USMC Iraq; Foreign Service Officer, Afghanistan (associate VIPS) Edward Loomis, NSA Cryptologic Computer Scientist (ret.) Linda Lewis, WMD preparedness policy analyst, USDA (ret) (Associate VIPS) David MacMichael, Senior Estimates Officer, National Intelligence Council (ret.) Ray McGovern, Army/Infantry Intelligence Officer and CIA Presidential Briefer (retired) Elizabeth Murray, Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East, National Intelligence Council (retired) Todd E.

Sept 26, 2016:  We can assume that what Lavrov has told his boss in private is close to his uncharacteristically blunt words on Russian NTV on Sept.

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