US Intelligence Already Knows Assad Did Not Drop Chemical Weapons

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Note: There are many who criticized the conclusion that President Assad bombed people with chemical weapons. The article below is by (ret) Colonel W. Patrick Land. Here is a brief biography, which shows why he should be taken seriously:

Colonel W. Patrick Lang is a retired senior officer of U.S. Military Intelligence and U.S. Army Special Forces (The Green Berets). He served in the Department of Defense both as a serving officer and then as a member of the Defense Senior Executive Service for many years. He is a highly decorated veteran of several of America’s overseas conflicts including the war in Vietnam. He was trained and educated as a specialist in the Middle East by the U.S. Army and served in that region for many years. He was the first Professor of the Arabic Language at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. In the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) he was the “Defense Intelligence Officer for the Middle East, South Asia and Terrorism,” and later the first Director of the Defense Humint Service.” For his service in DIA, he was awarded the “Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive.” This is the equivalent of a British knighthood. He is an analyst consultant for many television and radio broadcasts.

Donald Trump Is An International Law Breaker

Donald Trump’s decision to launch cruise missile strikes on a Syrian Air Force Base was based on a lie.  In the coming days the American people will learn that the Intelligence Community knew that Syria did not drop a military chemical weapon on innocent civilians in Idlib. Here is what happened:

  1. The Russians briefed the United States on the proposed target. This is a process that started more than two months ago. There is a dedicated phone line that is being used to coordinate and deconflict (i.e., prevent US and Russian air assets from shooting at each other) the upcoming operation.
  2. The United States was fully briefed on the fact that there was a target in Idlib that the Russians believes was a weapons/explosives depot for Islamic rebels.
  3. The Syrian Air Force hit the target with conventional weapons. All involved expected to see a massive secondary explosion. That did not happen. Instead, smoke, chemical smoke, began billowing from the site. It turns out that the Islamic rebels used that site to store chemicals, not sarin, that were deadly. The chemicals included organic phosphates and chlorine and they followed the wind and killed civilians.
  4. There was a strong wind blowing that day and the cloud was driven to a nearby village and caused casualties.
  5. We know it was not sarin. How? Very simple. The so-called “first responders” handled the victims without gloves. If this had been sarin they would have died. Sarin on the skin will kill you. How do I know? I went through “Live Agent” training at Fort McClellan in Alabama.

There are members of the U.S. military who were aware this strike would occur and it was recorded. There is a film record. At least the Defense Intelligence Agency knows that this was not a chemical weapon attack. In fact, Syrian military chemical weapons were destroyed with the help of Russia.

This is Gulf of Tonkin 2. How ironic. Donald Trump correctly castigated George W. Bush for launching an unprovoked, unjustified attack on Iraq in 2003. Now we have President Donald Trump doing the same damn thing. Worse in fact. Because the intelligence community had information showing that there was no chemical weapon launched by the Syrian Air Force.

Here’s the good news. The Russians and Syrians were informed, or at least were aware, that the attack was coming. They were able to remove a large number of their assets. The base the United States hit was something of a backwater. Donald Trump gets to pretend that he is a tough guy. He is not. He is a fool.

This attack was violation of international law. Donald Trump authorized an unjustified attack on a sovereign country. What is even more disturbing is that people like Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and NSA Director General McMaster went along with this charade. Front line troops know the truth. These facts will eventually come out. Donald Trump will most likely not finish his term as President. He will be impeached, I believe, once Congress is presented with irrefutable proof that he ignored and rejected intelligence that did not support the myth that Syria attacked with chemical weapons.

It should also alarm American taxpayers that we launched $100 million dollars of missiles to blow up sand and camel shit. The Russians were aware that a strike was coming. I’m hoping that they and the Syrians withdrew their forces and aircraft from the base. Whatever hope I had that Donald Trump would be a new kind of President, that hope is extinguished. He is a child and a moron. He committed an act of war without justification. But the fault is not his alone. Those who sit atop the NSC, the DOD, the CIA, the Department of State should have resigned in protest. They did not. They are complicit in a war crime.

 

 

 

  • carenharkins

    Oh please, I think you have it bass ackwards. If anything, they were giving them Trump Bad Intel. Obama & Clinton should be in prison for worse.

  • 69vulture

    You aren’t very bright. In fact you’re an idiot. Keep believing in this nitwit.

  • kevinzeese

    I think the author might agree that Trump was being given bad intelligence information about Syria.

  • carenharkins

    So you insult someone because they disagree with you?

  • carenharkins

    He did. But he said that Trump knew. I do know that the Dems were the ones spreading the rumor that He wasn’t getting the correct intel because they couldn’t trust him. It’s on Them for lying to the President and trying to undermine him. If this turns out to be the case.

  • Tokopol

    Shayrat actually is an important base, and has been for decades (it’s one the Israelis would like to see gone). The catch isn’t that $100 million worth of missiles were fired at a backwater–it’s that most of the missiles were foiled by ECM. Only 23 of the 59 struck the base.

  • Something rather Deja Vu about this

    Some time ago and also due to intelligence sharing, a Russian jet was downed because they had alerted the US of their activities.

  • David Schultz

    Many of us are suspicious that the gas attack was probably a fake construction by ISIS to draw us into war. We should also consider that Trump’s missile attack response was equally fake. It is difficult to take any of this seriously accept for the actual victims necessary to provide the bodies for this sham.

  • Aquifer

    After the “Iraq has WMDs” bit – don’t you think anyone with a bit of common sense would question this latest “intel” – if he can be manipulated this easily, to respond at the drop of a hat , we have a big problem …

  • DHFabian

    I think we can expect to hear a wide range of theories about “what really happened,” and in the end, people will pick and choose whichever theory suits them. The issue will slip into the background, like Saddam’s “stockpiles of WMD.” Based on US voting trends, public opinion, etc., I think it’s far more likely that Trump will be re-elected, not impeached, much less removed from office.

  • Michael Valentine

    I suspect Israel of this outrage. False flags work for them don’t they?

  • Wacanta

    I suspect that rainbow-colored unicorns did it, but that doesn’t mean that’s what happened. And if you had read the post before commenting on it, you’d have a much better idea of what probably/actually happened. But I’m sure there are people who read this post and will make the same assumption as you, but I’ll listen to a Colonel who actually has a lot of experience in these matters.

  • Wacanta

    And bush the dumber, who you didn’t mention, is completely off the hook because…FREEDUMB!!!

  • Michael Valentine

    Oh ya, the guy who’s boss shook a vial and we went to war 16 years ago, that guy.

  • Wacanta

    WTF are you rambling about? And it’s “whose’, not “who’s”; my unicorn seems smarter than you.

  • Michael Valentine

    Oh an English teacher. Got any other advice?

  • carenharkins

    I don’t think he’s being manipulated at all. I think the The Deep State gave him an ultimatum. Have no idea what it was but it must have been pretty Fucking bad. Trump wouldn’t go down easily or willingly. Now you see the neocons praising him. Makes me Sick. Wouldn’t surprise me if there were Nukes placed throughout the US to force presidents to do their bidding. We’ve been lied to since 1947 and the majority of the country either doesn’t know or doesn’t give a shit. At this point I really don’t care anymore. Half of my life is over. . I’m so glad I didn’t have children to witness this trainwreck.

  • Colin Gray

    All this from an retired Amy Guy. So where is he getting g his intel?

  • YragTrebor

    You lost me the moment you didn’t fix your typos.

  • Josh

    What are your sources?

  • kevinzeese

    Did you read his biography? This is not just some retired Army guy.

  • kevinzeese

    An ultimatum, i.e. some kind of threat, — isn’t that manipulation?

  • patrick fry

    I definitely agree the US has been manipulated since the end of WWII, but I am not sure how a puppet for an oligarchy, in Trump, is somehow not part of it. If you believe the government manipulates it’s people, perhaps Trump is a way to get Tea Party conservatives to suckle back onto the government teet? Because from my perspective, Trump is as plugged in as Obama or Bush. Half his administration is made up of executives and billionaires. His admin is literally the swamp but has convinced people they are outsiders. These are the people who were buying politicians, they just cut out the middle man. And they are manipulating marginalized lower class white americans into accepting anti-democratic fascist in the same way Obama convinced progressive to embrace a pro-war corporatist government.

  • Jamerican

    Is it difficult to go through life in such a delusional state?

  • Jamerican

    Yes, start to think rationally.

  • Michael Valentine

    In a country controlled by them little turds in Israel delusional is believing anything the government says. Like you.

  • Michael Valentine

    Keep fronting for Israel. Must pay well that you’ve started a new account.

  • carenharkins

    The difference is knowing. You know if you’re threatened. Most people don’t know when they’re being manipulated. Pretty sure Trump has seen it all.

  • carenharkins

    US Can’t admit to False Flags.
    Everything will unravel. Just ignore pedogate, Wikileaks & any False Flags. Ignore it & it doesn’t exist.

  • Wacanta

    Your reply has absolutely nothing to do with my comment. If I ignore you will you cease to exist, please?