Top Ten Reasons To Doubt Official Story On Assad Poison-Gas Attack

By Jon Rappoport

The sarin-gas attack story prompted the US missile strike on a Syrian runway. Here are the top ten reasons for doubting that story, and instead calling it a convenient pretext:

ONE: Photos show rescue workers treating/decontaminating people injured or killed in the gas attack. The workers aren’t wearing gloves or protective gear. Only the clueless or crazy would expose themselves to sarin residue, which can be fatal.

TWO: MIT professor Thomas Postol told RT, “I believe it can be shown, without doubt, that the [US intelligence] document does not provide any evidence whatsoever that the US government has concrete knowledge that the government of Syria was the source of the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun…Any competent analyst would have had questions about whether the debris in the crater was staged or real. No competent analyst would miss the fact that the alleged sarin canister was forcefully crushed from above, rather than exploded by a munition within it.” How would a canister purportedly dropped from an Assad-ordered plane incur “crushing from above?”

THREE: Why would President Assad, supported by Russia, scoring victory after victory against ISIS, moving closer to peace negotiations, suddenly risk all his gains by dropping sarin gas on his own people?

FOUR: In an interview with Scott Horton, ex-CIA officer Philip Giraldi states that his intelligence and military sources indicate Assad didn’t attack his own people with poison gas.

FIVE: Ex-CIA officer Ray McGovern states that his military sources report an Assad air strike did hit a chemical plant, and the fallout killed people, but the attack was not planned for that purpose. There was no knowledge the chemicals were lethal.

SIX: At consortiumnews.com, journalist Robert Parry writes, “There is a dark mystery behind the White House-released photo showing President Trump and more than a dozen advisers meeting at his estate in Mar-a-Lago after his decision to strike Syria with Tomahawk missiles: Where are CIA Director Mike Pompeo and other top intelligence officials?”

“Before the photo was released on Friday, a source told me that Pompeo had personally briefed Trump on April 6 about the CIA’s belief that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was likely not responsible for the lethal poison-gas incident in northern Syria two days earlier — and thus Pompeo was excluded from the larger meeting as Trump reached a contrary decision.”

“After the attack, Secretary of State Tillerson, who is not an institutional intelligence official and has little experience with the subtleties of intelligence, was the one to claim that the U.S. intelligence community assessed with a ‘high degree of confidence’ that the Syrian government had dropped a poison gas bomb on civilians in Idlib province.”

“While Tillerson’s comment meshed with Official Washington’s hastily formed groupthink of Assad’s guilt, it is hard to believe that CIA analysts would have settled on such a firm conclusion so quickly, especially given the remote location of the incident and the fact that the initial information was coming from pro-rebel (or Al Qaeda) sources.”

“Thus, a serious question arises whether President Trump did receive that ‘high degree of confidence’ assessment from the intelligence community or whether he shunted Pompeo aside to eliminate an obstacle to his desire to launch the April 6 rocket attack.”

SEVEN: As soon as the Assad gas attack was reported, the stage was set for a US missile strike. No comprehensive investigation of the purported gas attack was undertaken.

EIGHT: There are, of course, precedents for US wars based on false evidence—the missing WMDs in Iraq, the claims of babies being pushed out of incubators in Kuwait, to name just two.

NINE: Who benefits from the sarin gas story? Assad? Or US neocons; the US military-industrial complex; Pentagon generals who want a huge increase in their military budget; Trump and his team, who are suddenly praised in the press, after a year of being pilloried at every turn; and ISIS?

TEN: For those who doubt that ISIS has ever used poison gas, see the NY Times (11/21/2016). While claiming that Assad has deployed chemical attacks, the article also states that ISIS has deployed chemical weapons 52 times since 2014.

I’m not claiming these ten reasons definitely and absolutely rule out the possibility of an Assad-ordered chemical attack. But they do add up to a far more believable conclusion than the quickly assembled “Assad-did-it” story.

These ten reasons starkly point to the lack of a rational and complete investigation of the “gas attack.”

And this lack throws a monkey wrench into Trump’s claim that he was ordering the missile strike based on “a high degree of confidence.”

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  • Toxik

    Too bad we won’t see this analysis in the NY Times, Washington Post, etc.

  • Joe Blow

    11. The government told us it happened.
    12. We haven’t had a false flag in a while.

    • blue579

      Sandy Hook and Boston were theater of the absurd. It wasn’t that long ago that we saw what looked like a staged assassination of the Russian ambassador in Turkey. Then there was the Santa Claus shooting also in Turkey that seemed odd. Turkey being the location of Gladio B operations makes it all the more suspect this is some kind of intelligence “playbook”.

      Remember the SITE released “studio production” ISIS beheading? Last month SITE again releasing a super slick video, this time it was Chinese Uighurs in Syria training to be ultra lethal kick a$$ ISIS jihadis. Chinese officials pointed to the SITE videos as proof China has to rev up its ISIS war on terror engine, Chinese troops are already in Afghanistan with Pentagon approval, and in Syria, now talking about following Uighurs into Iraq.

      Seems we’ve entered a phase where nothing is real and all acts of aggression are contrived to spread cross border militarism and deepen the iron fist approach.

      • Joe Blow

        “Seems we’ve entered a phase where nothing is real and all acts of aggression are contrived to spread cross border militarism and deepen the iron fist approach.”

        Correct. As I have been blabing about the past two weeks, they have people on the run in attempting to keep up with so many issues it is challenging to remember last week’s with clarity. If you think about it ever since the inauguration it’s been petal to the metal issue time. The look here, no here, obfuscation of reality got them Trump’s stupid behavior in Syria and the potential NK fiasco.

  • Tracy Coltellino

    My biggest question: Where are all the WOMEN? No dead women….no screaming, grieving women. No twitching, poisoned women. Only grown men and dead kids…..

    • L4S

      The women must be operating the cameras and running the production crews!

  • L4S

    I’ve known for about 15 years now that you can’t believe anything coming from the MSM, but lately, I can’t even bear to watch one full minute of their lies without becoming enraged at their unmitigated gall! It’s one never ending deluge of BS that I now find completely intolerable.

    Even worse is finding myself alone in a sea of brain dead idiots who swallow these lies like pablum. Even my own family is infected. Grinning idiots on a ship of fools sailing into the hurricane of self destruction and war. Cognitive dissonance doesn’t even begin to describe it any more. The world has gone stark raving mad.

    • idiots

      Yes.
      And still most Americans dont’ even mention the real culprits behind the problems, all problems.
      You didn’t even mention it. So no wonder the US is going downhill at breakneck speed.
      You have a DEBT based currency owed to International Bankers.
      Idiots.

      • L4S

        I’m sorry I didn’t address your personal hobby horse…but I didn’t come here to write a book. I was staying on topic by addressing the focus of the article…a lying Government and the MSM carrying their water like good little goose stepping propagandists.

      • Ken

        Yep, debt slaves, but that pretty much sums up the entire planet.

    • drbhelthi
    • Paschn

      Sigh, I too have some of those “snowflakes” in my family. I can sympathize with you.

    • Brent Arrowitz

      My thoughts exactly mon frere…

  • hammerstamp

    Looks like a false flag intended to benefit John McCain’s Syrian Rebels, aka Al-Qaeda, aka ISIS.

  • Semper Fortis

    what type of guy gets elected by people against globalism then surrounds with Goldman Sachs and turns away from people that got him there?

    • Evilbughead

      The President of the United States my friend that’s who.

  • LowellST13

    This is getting to be more than theater. The PTB appear to have made inroads on President Trump and are making him play their game. We as Christian Patriots need to PRAY for him to not go down this road. Uphold Honor and Integrity liken to Jefferson, Washington in regards to leading the nation, and don’t continue the Entangling alliances. INDEPENDENT Governance is so much better. Pray for Trump and his administration or this nation will further erode…. God Bless to y’all through Christ

  • Paschn

    There need only be 2;

    Sewer Nation

    Israel

    • zyklzy

      Mossad’s official motto: “By way of deception thou shalt do war”.

      After all, it’s worked for them in them past (King David Hotel, USS Liberty, 9/11 and numerous other incidents since then).

      • Paschn

        What a disgusting shame. We can’t expect justice/decency for ourselves let alone those poor Christians/Muslims being murdered by the Judas Class for those synagogue animals. I hope The Creator is near bringing those dogs to heel.

  • kibitzer3

    Indeed. There is more going on here than meets the eye. At least as seen through the lens of the MSM.

  • sallyM

    The U.S. sure bought a boatload of crappy missiles. 30 fails…wow…not good.
    1 and 3 nail it purdy good.
    Great points one and all.

  • Ken

    This is all a chess game, only difference is both players make money, the winner makes more or more correctly, both continue to gain the longer the game continues. Russia wins by backing Assad who buys Russian military equipment, the US wins by more military industrial production (more power for the government and extortion of the tax payer) ISIS is the US player, Assad regime the Russian player, the chess board is the Nation of Syria. Qui Bono, any questions?

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