Mattis et le Pentagone tentent de calmer Trump et Emmanuel Trumpet 

 

 

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Selon le New york Times Mattis et le Pentagone tentent de calmer Trump et Emmanuel Trumpet  sur la SYRIE : manque de preuves risque de troisième guerre mondiale

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/us/politics/trump-syria-attack.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=photo-spot-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought on Thursday to slow down an imminent strike on Syria, reflecting mounting concerns at the Pentagon that a concerted bombing campaign could escalate into a wider conflict between Russia, Iran and the West.

 

During a closed-door White House meeting, officials said, Mr. Mattis pushed for more evidence of President Bashar al-Assad’s role in a suspected chemical attack last weekend that would assure the world that military action was necessary.

 

Despite the caution, two Defense Department officials predicted it would be difficult to pull back from punishing airstrikes, given President Trump’s threat on Twitter a day earlier of American missiles that “will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart.’”

 

Mr. Mattis publicly raised the warning on Thursday morning, telling the House Armed Services Committee that retaliation must be balanced against the threat of a wider war.

 

“We are trying to stop the murder of innocent people,” Mr. Mattis said. “But on a strategic level, it’s how do we keep this from escalating out of control — if you get my drift on that.”

 

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Hours later, after Mr. Mattis detailed his concerns at the White House, the president’s top national security advisers ended an afternoon meeting without a decision to attack, said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the press secretary.

 

Diplomatic efforts continued deep into the evening, with Mr. Trump agreeing in a phone call with Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain that “it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged,” Downing Street said in a statement. The two leaders committed to “keep working closely together on the international response,” the statement said.

 

Mr. Trump was also expected to speak on Thursday with President Emmanuel Macron of France, the other key ally weighing military action.

 

Defense Department officials said Mr. Mattis urged consideration of a wider strategy. They said he sought to persuade allies to commit to immediate help after striking Mr. Assad’s government in response to Saturday’s suspected chemical weapons attack on a suburb of Damascus, the capital.

 

Nikki R. Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, said that “we definitely have enough proof” of a chemical weapons attack.

 

“But now, we just have to be thoughtful in our action,” Ms. Haley told Andrea Mitchell of NBC News.

Au même moment, l’Allemagne indique qu’elle ne suivra pas Emmanuel Trumpet  dans l’aventure 

Chancellor Angela Merkel says the German government
will not participate in any military strike on Syria, according to @dpa.

13:54 – 12 avr. 2018

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