You'll remember John McCain called for Montenegro to join NATO last month because of "Muh Putin aggression" and called Rand Paul a Putin agent on the floor of the Senate for disagreeing with him.From RT:President Donald Trump has signed the US approval for Montenegro to join NATO, following the majority vote in the Senate to ratify the small Balkan state’s accession to the trans-Atlantic alliance in March.
NATO is “central to ensuring peace and security on the European continent,” the White House said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that Montenegro’s membership will signal to other aspirants that the “door to membership in the Euro-Atlantic community of nations remains open.”
Countries in the Western Balkans are “free to choose their own future and select their own partners without outside interference or intimidation,” the statement added, using Obama-era language to refer to what used to be Yugoslavia and sidestepping the fact that Montenegro’s neighbors Croatia and Albania are already NATO members, and that the alliance bombed the country back 1999 during the campaign to occupy Kosovo.“President Trump congratulates the Montenegrin people for their resilience and their demonstrated commitment to NATO’s democratic values,” the White House said.
More than half of Montenegro’s 620,000 inhabitants are opposed to NATO membership, according to recent polls. The ruling Democratic Party of Socialists has recently cracked down on the opposition and accused it of plotting a coup with Russian assistance.
DPS leader Milo Djukanovic, a former Communist official who reinvented himself as a pro-Western liberal democrat, has governed the former Yugoslav republic since 1997, and organized the controversial independence referendum in 2006.
Unfortunately, all the videos and satellite imagery cited in the report do not appear to have been released, so there's no way to judge almost any of it. We're basically still stuck with that picture above from last week showing a flight pattern. Of course, the media couldn't care less about any of this and is just acting like it's case closed.From The New York Times:WASHINGTON — The White House accused the Russian government on Tuesday of engaging in a cover-up of the chemical weapons attack last week by Syrian forces that prompted American missile strikes, saying that United States intelligence and numerous contemporaneous reports confirmed that the Syrians used sarin gas on their own people.
In a declassified four-page report that details United States intelligence on the chemical weapons attack and contains a point-by-point rebuttal of Moscow’s claims, the White House asserted that the Syrian and Russian governments had sought to confuse the world community about the assault through disinformation and “false narratives.”
The strongly worded document calls for international condemnation of Syria’s use of chemical weapons and harshly criticizes Russia for “shielding” an ally that has used weapons of mass destruction.
...Much of the report was devoted to rebutting Russia’s claim that the chemical attack last week was actually the result of a Syrian airstrike against a terrorist ammunition depot in Khan Sheikhoun that contained chemical weapons. The report also cited a video and commercial satellite imagery that showed that the chemical weapon had landed in the middle of a road, not at a weapons facility.
White House officials said United States intelligence agencies do not believe that the Islamic State or other terrorist groups have sarin gas.