One America News Network Says ‘No Evidence’ of Syrian Chemical Attack After Getting Regime-Led Tour

One America News Network, an upstart conservative cable news network with a penchant for rampant conspiracy disguised as genuine news (Jack Posobiec, of Pizzagate fame, is a correspondent) dispatched a reporter to Syria this week. OANN’s Pearson Sharp was taken on a tour of Douma, the suburb where Bashar al-Assad’s regime allegedly launched a chemical weapons attack that left dozens dead and hundreds injured. The U.S. concluded Assad’s regime was behind the attack, and that chemical weapons were used — and President Donald Trump used the attack as a justification for last week’s airstrike in Syria. But Sharp was in Syria to investigate: taken on a tour of Douma by Syrian officials, the reporter spoke with a number of Syrians who reassured Continue reading "One America News Network Says ‘No Evidence’ of Syrian Chemical Attack After Getting Regime-Led Tour"

John Oliver on Trump’s ‘Mission Accomplished’: Why Repeat ‘One of the Most Notorious Political Blunders’?!

Between the James Comey interview, US airstrikes in Syria, and Paul Ryan’s decision to not seek reelection, John Oliver had a lot of material to work in last week’s packed news cycle, but the Last Week Tonight host was particularly stuned by President Trump‘s use of a very infamous phrase. Trump tweeted “mission accomplished” on Saturday after a joint strike carried out by the UK, France, and the US hit the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, which was a response to the government’s alleged use of chemical weapons against a rebel-controlled town. However, George W. Bush famously printed the same phrase on a banner he draped over an aircraft carrier in 2003 after initial attacks on Iraq, despite the war actually continuing for another eight years — a gaffe that Oliver quickly pointed out. “Look, there are those who would argue that something had to be done in response to Continue reading "John Oliver on Trump’s ‘Mission Accomplished’: Why Repeat ‘One of the Most Notorious Political Blunders’?!"

Scarborough Mocks Trump’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Tweet: Should’ve Also Said ‘I Am Not A Crook’

Joe Scarborough mocked President Donald Trump for tweeting the phrase “mission accomplished” after the US strikes in Syria, as George W. Bush infamously printed the same words on a banner he used while giving a speech in 2003 on the for from accomplished Iraq War. “Could not have had a better result,” tweeted Trump on Saturday. “Mission Accomplished!” While Scarborough passionately supported the Iraq War himself — which ultimately lasted until 2011, eight years after Bush’s “mission accomplished” moment — he still tore into the president for using the war terminology of his Republican predecessor. “Why didn’t he channel Nixon and say I am not a crook?” joked the Morning Joe host — referencing Richard Nixon’s famous defense he used before the Watergate scandal broke open. “There are phrases you just don’t use. Mission accomplished would be one. Especially on the most complicated theater on the planet. We have such Continue reading "Scarborough Mocks Trump’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Tweet: Should’ve Also Said ‘I Am Not A Crook’"

Chris Wallace Grills Nikki Haley on US Rejecting Syrian Refugees: ‘How Do You Justify That?’

Fox News host Chris Wallace pointed out the Trump administration’s hypocrisy on human rights in Syria while interviewing UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, as he displayed a graphic showing the drastic decrease in America’s acceptance of Syrian refugees under President Donald Trump. While Trump used the death of innocent people under the Bashar al-Assad regime to justify his massive strike on Syria last week, Wallace questioned if that was an acceptable excuse given the administration’s policies on refugees. “I want you to look at some State Department numbers on how many refugees have come into this country over the last three years,” said Wallace to Haley today. “In 2016, more than 15,000 Syrian refugees came into this country. Last year, 3,000. So far, this year, 11.” “On humanitarian grounds, how do you justify that?” Questioned the Fox News veteran. Haley responded by deflecting to the aid that the Continue reading "Chris Wallace Grills Nikki Haley on US Rejecting Syrian Refugees: ‘How Do You Justify That?’"

French President Macron Says He’s Convinced Trump to ‘Stay in Syria Long-Term’

French President Emmanuel Macron said he had persuaded President Donald Trump to keep U.S. troops in Syria for the long haul, according to AFP reporter Jérôme Cartillier. The news comes just over a week after Trump said he planned to bring all U.S. troops home from Syria, and militarily disengage from the area. Now, Macron says France “convinced him it was necessary to stay,” and “to stay for the long-term.” Trump Continue reading "French President Macron Says He’s Convinced Trump to ‘Stay in Syria Long-Term’"

Sarah Sanders Called Out For Tweeting Misleading Photo Celebrating Syria Strike

On Saturday evening, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out a photo of the Situation Room, stating that the president had put “our adversaries on notice” the previous night. The implication of the photo was that Trump and his staff were reacting to Friday night’s military strike on Syria. Only one problem with the tweet — Vice President Mike Pence wasn’t in Washington on Friday evening. The photo shows Pence at the table thus highlighting that it was taken earlier in the week as the vice president was in Peru on Friday. This was not lost on a number of sharp-eyed folks:

MSNBC’s Malcolm Nance Dismisses Trump’s Syria Strike as ‘Sanitary’: ‘We Killed No One’

MSNBC analyst Malcolm Nance dismissed the strike on Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons facilities in Syria as “very limited” and “sanitary,” pointing out that “we killed no one” in the attack. Appearing on AM Joy, Nance argued that the Friday night bombing, carried out by the U.S., France and Britain, “was a very, very limited strike.” “And it shows the influence of [Defense Secretary] General Mattis, he didn’t really want to do it but he had to hit something,” Nance said. “He hit storage facilities, he hit research and scientific facilities, even though many of the equipment inside those facilities may have been destroyed.” Nance went on to compare the strike to Bill Clinton’s 1998 attack on Osama bin Laden’s “chemical weapons factory” in Sudan that turned out to be an medicine factory. “We only hit their headquarters at night,” Nance said, “and he was roundly Continue reading "MSNBC’s Malcolm Nance Dismisses Trump’s Syria Strike as ‘Sanitary’: ‘We Killed No One’"