Intelligence and Military Sources Who Warned About WMD Lies Before Iraq War Now Say that Assad Did NOT Use Chemical Weapons

George Washington's picture

Former U.N weapons inspector Scott Ritter warned before the start of the Iraq war that claims that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction were false.

Sunday, Ritter wrote that current claims that the leader of Syria launched a chemical weapons attack was false:

Some sort of chemical event took place in Khan Sheikhoun; what is very much in question is who is responsible for the release of the chemicals that caused the deaths of so many civilians.

No one disputes the fact that a Syrian air force SU-22 fighter-bomber conducted a bombing mission against a target in Khan Sheikhoun on the morning of April 4, 2017. The anti-regime activists in Khan Sheikhoun, however, have painted a narrative that has the Syrian air force dropping chemical bombs on a sleeping civilian population.

A critical piece of information that has largely escaped the reporting in the mainstream media is that Khan Sheikhoun is ground zero for the Islamic jihadists who have been at the center of the anti-Assad movement in Syria since 2011. Up until February 2017, Khan Sheikhoun was occupied by a pro-ISIS group known as Liwa al-Aqsa that was engaged in an oftentimes-violent struggle with its competitor organization, Al Nusra Front (which later morphed into Tahrir al-Sham, but under any name functioning as Al Qaeda’s arm in Syria) for resources and political influence among the local population.

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Al Nusra has a long history of manufacturing and employing crude chemical weapons; the 2013 chemical attack on Ghouta made use of low-grade Sarin nerve agent locally synthesized, while attacks in and around Aleppo in 2016 made use of a chlorine/white phosphorous blend.

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Early on, the anti-Assad opposition media outlets were labeling the Khan Sheikhoun incident as a “Sarin nerve agent” attack; one doctor affiliated with Al Qaeda sent out images and commentary via social media that documented symptoms, such as dilated pupils, that he diagnosed as stemming from exposure to Sarin nerve agent. Sarin, however, is an odorless, colorless material, dispersed as either a liquid or vapor; eyewitnesses speak of a “pungent odor” and “blue-yellow” clouds, more indicative of chlorine gas.

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There are no images taken of victims at the scene of the attack.

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The lack of viable protective clothing worn by the “White Helmet” personnel while handling victims is another indication that the chemical in question was not military grade Sarin; if it were, the rescuers would themselves have become victims (some accounts speak of just this phenomena, but this occurred at the site of the attack, where the rescuers were overcome by a “pungent smelling” chemical – again, Sarin is odorless.)

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The World Health Organization has indicated that the symptoms of the Khan Sheikhoun victims are consistent with both Sarin and Chlorine exposure. American media outlets have latched onto the Turkish and WHO statements as “proof” of Syrian government involvement; however, any exposure to the chlorine/white phosphorous blend associated with Al Nusra chemical weapons would produce similar symptoms.

Similarly, Hans Blix – the former head of the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission –  warned before the Iraq war that the Bush administration was greatly exaggerating the threat from Iraq’s weapons.

Blix says of the chemical incident in Syria:

Merely pictures of victims that were held up, that the whole world can see with horror, such pictures are not necessarily evidence of who did it.

Two dozen senior U.S. intelligence and military officers – who tried to warn George W. Bush before the Iraq war that those pushing war were lying – write:

Our U.S. Army contacts in the area have told us this is not what happened. There was no Syrian “chemical weapons attack.” Instead, a Syrian aircraft bombed an al-Qaeda-in-Syria ammunition depot that turned out to be full of noxious chemicals and a strong wind blew the chemical-laden cloud over a nearby village where many consequently died.

Ex-CIA officer Philip Giraldi insists that the intelligence community and military personnel know that the intel shows that this was not an Assad attack.  Specifically, Giraldi says his sources on the ground in Middle East – active duty U.S. military and intelligence stationed in the Middle East, intimately familiar with facts – say that the chemical weapons claim is a sham.  Giraldi says that his sources are 100% certain the the Syrian air force hit a warehouse of rebels connected with Al Qaeda which were storing chemicals. He says that people in the American military and intelligence are “freaking out” about this, because Trump has completely misrepresented the facts regarding what happened.

Captain Doug Rokke – former Director of the U.S. Army’s Depleted Uranium Project and an expert on chemical weapons – wrote to Washington’s Blog and others:

This was not a sarin attack at all.  Looks like either anhydrous ammonia or chlorine from infrastructure destruction.

 

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Sarin does not work as shown on tv video photos reports. I think … someone blew up anhydrous ammonia plant or supply or  chlorine supply.

 

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Just nonsense if anyone knows how sarin works.”

Robert Parry, the investigative reporter who many of the Iran-Contra stories for  Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s, notes:

One intelligence source told me that the most likely scenario was a staged event by the rebels intended to force Trump to reverse a policy, announced only days earlier, that the U.S. government would no longer seek “regime change” in Syria and would focus on attacking the common enemy, Islamic terror groups that represent the core of the rebel forces.

 

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Trump went along with the idea of embracing the initial rush to judgment blaming Assad for the Idlib poison-gas event. The source added that Trump saw Thursday night’s missile assault as a way to change the conversation in Washington, where his administration has been under fierce attack from Democrats claiming that his election resulted from a Russian covert operation.

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson – chief of staff to Colin Powell – says:

Most of my sources are telling me, including members of the team that monitors global chemical weapons, including people in Syria, including people in the U.S. intelligence community, that what most likely happened … that they hit a warehouse that they had intended to hit. And had told both sides, Russia and the United states, that they were going to hit. This is the Syrian air force, of course. And this warehouse was alleged to have ISIS supplies in it, and, indeed, it probably did, and some of those supplies were precursors for chemicals. Or, possibly an alternative, they were phosphates for the cotton growing, fertilizing the cotton-growing region that’s adjacent to this area. And the bombs hit, conventional bombs, hit the warehouse, and because of a very strong wind, and because of the explosive power of the bombs, they dispersed these ingredients and killed some people.

Colonel W. Patrick Lang alleges:

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.

And the former UK Ambassador to Syria told the BBC there was “no proof” of a chemical weapons attack, and that it would make no sense for Assad to have done so.

Postscript:  The guy who supplied “evidence” on the supposed gas attack is a “committed jihadist” according to the MI6.

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hestroy's picture

Abolutely no mistake there.

nachochan's picture

Its intel folks take it with a grain of salt.  

In fairness to the intel guys and gals they usually take observed facts and try to piece together a future event or past event both are hard to do.  

Caleb Abell's picture

"He says that people in the American military and intelligence are “freaking out” about this, because Trump has completely misrepresented the facts regarding what happened."

Why is everyone blaming poor Donald.  He had no choice in doing what he did and saying what he said.  He is an innocent victim.  He was forced to take those actions.  If he didn't do what his daughter told him to do, she would begin to cry ... again ... with real tears ... because of the Babies!  No man can resist going to war if his widdle girl cries.

Besides, he had a patriotic duty to obey President Kushner, the prominent and experienced middle east expert, dedicated Chabad Lubavitch, and financial contributor to the Isreali Defense Forces.  President Kushner explained to Little Donald, using small words that Donald could understand, that the only road to peace was destroying any middle east country that his friend Netanyahoo thinks is naughty.  Little Donald was confused, but he knew that President Kushner knows best, so he murdered some Syrians for President Kushner.  President Kushner was very happy with the Donald, and even said that he was so proud of his "Little Goyishe Kup" (that's what he calls Little Donald) that he promised to make him a nice potato kugel the next time he was allowed to come for dinner.

After murdering the naughty Syrians, Little Donnie went home to his very nice house in Florida, and sat in his high chair while admiring the big painting of himself in the living room.  Little Donnie thinks that it is the most beautiful painting there ever was.

unirealist's picture

Many thanks for all your dedicated work, GW

Consuelo's picture

 

 

Don't expect Mattis, Graham, Rubio or any of their sycophants to backtrack now.    They're 'all-in'...  

 

So is there a single motive, or multiple motives for this intellectual dishonesty and intransigence over what is clearly not an attack by Assad forces...?    That and Israeli involvement.   Deep involvement.    

honestann's picture

Huh... ammonia and chlorine.

Let's see now... ammonia == windex glass cleaner.

Let's see now... chlorine == chlorine bleach to make clothes white.

Who knows... maybe they accidentally bombed a janitorial supply factory or depot.

Watch out now... there are dozens of terrorists running around the White House cleaning bathrooms!

Hey Trump... better nuke the cleaning staff at the White House.

Reaper's picture

Carefully dispose of your table salt and any salted foods.  Putin knows how to break up table salt, sodium chloride, to release the chlorine.

MadHatt's picture

You can post all the facts or whatnot you want... but, its war time baby.

One of We's picture

Next time one of Buffet's trains rolls over and dumps a bunch of chlorine gas in a neighborhood I think Vlad should test out America's air defenses with a baker's dozen kalibr's......

Reaper's picture

Americans are indoctrinated to pick a team and be blindly loyal to that team.   This team racket is exploited by major league sports, political parties and identity politics.  Trump has been immersed in the MSM from which he falsely believes that all his voters were blindly loyal to his team.

 

Sorry, Donald, some of your voters think, rather than emote.  Today, I heard Buchanan say Trump was forced to act because Ivanka was upset by the dead babies images.  Emoting with lies may fool your MSM audiences.  Your lies insult our intelligence.  Lie to us once, shame on you.

Nobodys Home's picture

Lie to us twice and we'll listen to Maxine!...well maybe not

SummerSausage's picture

No matter.  There are no "good guys" in Syria.

Sarin gas dissipates quickly especially in hot, dry climates like Syria.  Even military grade would pose no harm in less than 30 minutes.  How fast did the "white helmets" get there?

hestroy's picture

Shalom, shalom, my jootard friend.

keep the bastards honest's picture

NOPE. sarin persists on surfaces.  Its effects are hideous death, if even suspected there would be no bare hands risking touching it. The white hats knew  waht was there and surprisingly opportunistic in readiness... like some fully garbed in the white uniforms... theyhad likely been warned by the  US  who had already got the strike prepared... takes days and days for readiness.

Gold Banit's picture

The USA is the most corrupt lying nation on earth....

SoDamnMad's picture

Seymour Hersh wrote that Hillary through Obama approved sending Libya's sarin to Syrian Rebels.

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/04/28/seymour-hersh-hillary-a...

The Guardian wrote that an Iraqi chemical weapons storage faciity was over-run by rebels in June 2014.

Seems like there were enough chemicals to make the Russian claim very, VERY PLAUSIBLE.

The symptoms reported by the victims were not those associated with sarin (strong pungent smell) and the White Helmets (Al Quida) handling of victims without protective gear rules out sarin.  Fraud, fraud, fake news, lies and deceit.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

G.W.

You must be late in getting the news?

Meet the worst-of-the-worst-of-the-worst psychopath(http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-11/live-defense-department-holds-p...) they scraped the bottom-of-the-bottom-of-the-bottom of the barrel to find... That may be responsible for your death along with everyone elses!!!

Hope your blankee is "purple" and you are getting on bended knee like myself every other hour of every day moving forward!

Nobodys Home's picture

Sometimes you're a fvckhead. You know that?
I am too but that's besides the point.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

N H

Please don't alarm me by telling us your a General Mattis fan?...

Call me a "fvckhead" when I'm talking about a General Hugh Shelton, General "Awe Shucks" Tommy Franks, General Martin Dempsey Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson or General "Colon" 'My Lai-ky Iraq' Powell...

BUT NEVER castigate me over as (smart as a bag of rocks) "Mad Dog" Mattis!

P.S.

You're not progeny from one of the hermaphrodite teenage whores he fucked while in Bangkok Summer of 1988 are you???!!!

On second thought... Don't answer that one!

pipes's picture

With this in the works for 2 months...guess what Mcstain arranged on his visit...he arranged for the 'rebels' to load that wharehouse up with a toxic combo of chemicals so that when bombed, this would happen...

N0TME's picture

I wouldn't doubt that one bit, but I would like to know where you are reading this or is this an assumption?  Good assumption, if it is, though.

nunyabidnez's picture

Yep, you're exactly right. That prick

HowdyDoody's picture

It was a civil case under UK's libel laws. There guilt is presumed and the defendent has to prove innocence.

Neochrome's picture

Let's change the narrative by bombing some Arabs.

Because we care.

FoggyWorld's picture

Rest easy.   We will continue bombing Arabs in Yemen day in and day out because we are part of the "Saudi Coalition" that is hell bent on destroying that arab country.   Obama started it and Trump has upped the game and lucky him - Mrs. Kushner has not seen photos of the children of Yemen.

BSHJ's picture

More than likely entirely true but will anyone 'in power' now say they took the wrong course of action?  No way, they will double-down now and take every effort to make their version the 'historical truth'.

rlouis's picture

So, let's just say this is an unexpected opportunity for Trump to clean out the intelligence agencies for intentionally misleading him.  Is he going to do it?  I would more likely bet that he won't... but I could be surprised (lol) - no I doubt it. 

SidSays's picture

WMDs...

You don't say?

And there is always this.

Solio's picture

With lies the soul of the nation dies.

 

Here come close to the lantern light, we look for an honest man.

GunnyG's picture

Ritter is a pervert and Blix was a mental midget. The Deep State is never to be trusted.

konadog's picture

We can't let the WMD moar war neocons start another one. Isn't their game plan obvious by now (Iraq, Vietnam, ...)?   Please - everyone send a letter or email to Trump imploring him to ignore the neocon war mongering maniacs. If that doesn't work, then we better hit the streets in numbers that make the Vietnam protests look like an ice cream social. WW3 ends with everyone dead including the neocon war profiteers, but that's not much consolation.

dizzyfingers's picture
UN’s Agenda 21 --Reduction of world population by 80-90% 
Is-Be's picture

You appeal for peace when Armageddon IS the goal?

And the Return of the Messiah,             (trumpets blaring).

And gardens full of virgins for the true believers of Muhammad the Mad.

Onward Christian soldiers.

Yes. I am mocking Monotheism. An easy task.

Insight separates the sane from the Insane.

aliens is here's picture

War we must have evidence we don't need.

wcvarones's picture

Ritter's a sick puppy too though.  Trust nobody.

VWAndy's picture

 The cats running this shitshow are nutbags. Some truly sick puppies. just thought yall should know.

Buck Johnson's picture

They are going to push us into another war and most if not all off our forces are depleted from the 16 years of war that we have been in.  And continue to be in from 9/11.