Events of the week prior to and days after the chemical weapons event in Syria’s Idlib province, show a British war coup in progress against the entire previous policy of the Donald Trump presidency.
March 30: Both Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, in interviews, announced the President Obama’s regime-change in Syria policy had been changed, and that forcing Bashar al-Assad out of power was not an American priority under President Trump.
March 31: Secretary of Defense Mattis held a press conference in London with British Defense Minister Michael Fallon. General Mattis praised Britain’s global role and accused Russia of threatening Europe and interfering in the U.S. election; Fallon called for new sanctions against Russia.
March 31: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who had in December called for a UK-U.S. military attack on Syrian government forces, acknowledged that the UK’s investigation of “Russian election interference” in Europe had found none.
April 3 evening: The first media reports appear of bombing attacks on Idlib province which result in chemical poisoning.
April 4: President Trump was briefed via the President’s Daily Brief on a chemical weapons bombing attack by Syria’s government. The evidence was photographs and video of persons, including children, ill and dying from apparent chemical poisoning. The source of the evidence was the White Helmets “civil defense organization” which operates in areas of Syria controlled by armed rebel groups including al-Qaeda affiliates. It is funded by the British Defense Ministry, U.S. AID, and Dutch government — and was started by a “former” British MI6 agent. The U.S. intelligence community clearly could not have analyzed evidence in the 14 hours since the event.
April 4 and 5: National Security Countil meetings took place. It was later reported that CIA Director Pompeo did not participate in these.
April 5: Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis twice stated publicly that the United States had to analyze all evidence and determine what had happened in Idlib, declining immediate attribution of the attack to al-Assad.
April 5: Trump told journalists, “I’ve been watching it and seeing it [the White Helmets “evidence”], and it doesn’t get any worse than that. And I have that flexibility, and its very, very possible — and I will tell you, its already happened — that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.”
April 4: House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) recused himself from his committee’s investigation of leaked classified intercepts about Trump’s and his team’s alleged “links to Russia.” This was a major blow to prospects of exposing the crimes involved in leaking NSA surveillance of the President; to exposing the British “Trump dossier” of MI6 agent Christopher Steele; and to Trump. Recall Trump was furious at AG Jeff Sessions for recusing himself on the Senate side. Nunes’ recusal was caused by a complaint against him to the House Ethics Committee by CREW (Committee for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington), whose funding sources are British including George Soros.
April 5: Steven Bannon’s removal from the NSC Principals Committee was announced. Bannon is reported by all associates to have been opposing a U.S. military attack on Syria.
April 5: Senators Marco Rubio and John McCain both publicly held Tillerson responsible for the alleged chemical bombing attack by Syria.
April 5: Hillary Clinton said the United States “should take out his [Assad’s] airfields and prevent him from being able to bomb innocent people.”
April 6: CNN promoted a story of a feud between Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Steven Bannon, and Trump’s anger at it.
April 6: The decision was made, during Trump’s summit with China’s President Xi, to launch an attack on the Sharyat airbase in Syria. Late that night EDT the tomahawk missiles are launched.
April 7: Michael Fallan bragged about constant communication with General Mattis, briefings and discussions both before and after the strikes.
April 8: National Security Advisor General McMaster removed K.T. McFarland from the NSC. McFarland had been involved in North Korea/Asia policy decisions and had been on the Principals Committee.
April 9: Tillerson presented a “3-point plan” on Syria in an interview on ABC-TV News; he opposed regime change in general, citing the Libya disaster, and in specific on Syria.
April 9: Boris Johnson cancelled a trip to Moscow, saying that after G7 Foreign Ministers meetings in Rome April 10-11, Tillerson would go to Moscow and represent the British position. Johnson said Britain demands new “Syria sanctions” on Russia, until Russia removes all its military forces from Syria and abandons support for al-Assad.
April 9: UN Ambassador Haley, also in a TV interview, claimed American policy was now regime-change in Syria.