Memo to OSD Mattis — When was the last time you picked up your phone and had a real conversation with members of the Russian General Staff? You might want to try it, it's called truth versus fiction.
The Russian General Staff personnel understand well the meaning of war, their nation suffered the most in the last BIG ONE the one history books called World War 2.
Memo to "Retd. General" Mattis — Do you understand how many humans died on the Russian side in the last war called World War 2? Just under 9 Million Soldiers, these figures don't include the civilian death toll of the Russian populace, we're talking Soldiers (aka Uniformed Personnel). Our U.S. lost roughly a 1/2 Million Soldiers (aka Uniformed Personnel). General Mattis can you please wrap yourself around those figures, PLEASE! How many human beings need to be sacrificed in the fast approaching UNNECESSARY BIG ONE called WW3? Can cooler heads prevail, can we step back from the slippery precipice we (U.S. and Russia) are headed to?
The newspapers and TV networks who promote and propagandize, the politicians who create WAR out of thin air, the bankers who finance, the corporations who make war weaponry don't think of WAR in human terms, in human loss, they think of WAR in ratings, in political, and in financial terms ONLY.
First Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff's Main Operations Department Lieutenant General Viktor Poznikhir told reporters on Wednesday, that the chemical attack on April 7th upon civilians in the town of Douma , were staged and filmed by members of the White Helmet Organization. A workshop where militants had been loading ammo with poisonous chemicals were found in underground tunnels he said. Previously, on March 3rd, a militant's workshop composed of makeshift ammo charged with poisonous agents was found in an underground tunnel in Hazrama. On April 9th Russian Military chemical personnel visited the site of the alleged chemical attack in Douma, including the health facility shown in the White Helmet's recorded footage, and found no cases of CW exposure nor traces of toxic agents.
In the East Ghouta mop-up called Operation Damascus Steel, Syrian government troops were handed by Daesh militants (who were forced to give up their weapons under the evacuation agreement), Israeli-made sniper rifles, Belgian-made rockets and machine guns.
In the course of Operation Damascus Steel, Syrian Government troops found large caches of small arms, artillery shells, anti-tank missiles, and other supplies MADE IN Israel,, U.S., and other NATO countries.
April 13th the Syrian envoy to the U.N. Bashar Ja'afari named the nations responsible for bringing toxic agents used in the Syria conflict were brought in from Libya with the assistance of the U.K., and from the nations of Saudi Arabia, U.S., Turkey, and France.
Summation: Roughly we have a 10 day window before WW3 begins, where OSD Mattis, the JCS, can convince President Trump to overrule his war cabinet composed of know-nothings John Bolton and crew, before all hell breaks loose.