U.S. Military Officials: There Was NO Chemical Weapons Attack In Syria … Trump Bombed Syria DESPITE Advice From Military

A top U.S. missile and chemical weapons expert has documented for months that the Syrian government did not carry out a chemical weapons attack against civilians, and that contrary claims by the Trump White House, French intelligence services, the New York Times, CNN and other “mainstream” sources are wrong … and worthless propaganda.

Former top military and intelligence officials  – including many who warned against the faulty Iraq intelligence in advance of the Iraq war – have long said that the claims that Assad carried out the chemical weapons attacks was bunkum.

Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh – who broke the stories of the Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Iraq prison torture scandals, which rightfully disgraced the Nixon and Bush administrations’ war-fighting tactics – reported yesterday in the large German publication Weld that U.S. military officials tried to tell Trump that a chemical weapons attack never occurred at all:

On April 6, United States President Donald Trump authorized an early morning Tomahawk missile strike on Shayrat Air Base in central Syria in retaliation for what he said was a deadly nerve agent attack carried out by the Syrian government two days earlier in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. Trump issued the order despite having been warned by the U.S. intelligence community that it had found no evidence that the Syrians had used a chemical weapon.

 

The available intelligence made clear that the Syrians had targeted a jihadist meeting site on April 4 using a Russian-supplied guided bomb equipped with conventional explosives. Details of the attack,  including information on its so-called high-value targets, had been provided by the Russians days in advance to American and allied military officials in Doha, whose mission is to coordinate all U.S., allied, Syrian and Russian Air Force operations in the region.

 

Some American military and intelligence officials were especially distressed by the president’s determination to ignore the evidence. “None of this makes any sense,” one officer told colleagues upon learning of the decision to bomb. “We KNOW that there was no chemical attack … the Russians are furious. Claiming we have the real intel and know the truth … I guess it didn’t matter whether we elected Clinton or Trump.“

 

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In a series of interviews, I learned of the total disconnect between the president and many of his military advisers and intelligence officials, as well as officers on the ground in the region who had an entirely different understanding of the nature of Syria’s attack on Khan Sheikhoun. I was provided with evidence of that disconnect, in the form of transcripts of real-time communications, immediately following the Syrian attack on April 4 [Here's one of the transcripts]. In an important pre-strike process known as deconfliction, U.S. and Russian officers routinely supply one another with advance details of planned flight paths and target coordinates, to ensure that there is no risk of collision or accidental encounter (the Russians speak on behalf of the Syrian military). This information is supplied daily to the American AWACS surveillance planes that monitor the flights once airborne. Deconfliction’s success and importance can be measured by the fact that there has yet to be one collision, or even a near miss, among the high-powered supersonic American, Allied, Russian and Syrian fighter bombers.

Russian and Syrian Air Force officers gave details of the carefully planned flight path to and from Khan Shiekhoun on April 4 directly, in English, to the deconfliction monitors aboard the AWACS plane, which was on patrol near the Turkish border, 60 miles or more to the north.

 

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A high-level meeting of jihadist leaders was to take place in the building …. Russian intelligence depicted the cinder-block building as a command and control center ….

 

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A senior adviser to the American intelligence community, who has served in senior positions in the Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency, told me [that] the basement was used as storage for rockets, weapons and ammunition, as well as … chlorine-based decontaminants for cleansing the bodies of the dead before burial. The meeting place – a regional headquarters – was on the floor above.

 

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One reason for the Russian message to Washington about the intended target was to ensure that any CIA asset or informant who had managed to work his way into the jihadist leadership was forewarned not to attend the meeting. I was told that the Russians passed the warning directly to the CIA. “They were playing the game right,” the senior adviser said. The Russian guidance noted that the jihadist meeting was coming at a time of acute pressure for the insurgents: Presumably Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham were desperately seeking a path forward in the new political climate.

 

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Russian and Syrian intelligence officials, who coordinate operations closely with the American command posts, made it clear that the planned strike on Khan Sheikhoun was special because of the high-value target. “It was a red-hot change. The mission was out of the ordinary – scrub the sked,” the senior adviser told me. “Every operations officer in the region” – in the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, CIA and NSA – “had to know there was something going on. The Russians gave the Syrian Air Force a guided bomb and that was a rarity. They’re skimpy with their guided bombs and rarely share them with the Syrian Air Force. And the Syrians assigned their best pilot to the mission, with the best wingman.” The advance intelligence on the target, as supplied by the Russians, was given the highest possible score inside the American community.

 

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“This was not a chemical weapons strike,” the adviser said. “That’s a fairy tale. If so, everyone involved in transferring, loading and arming the weapon – you’ve got to make it appear like a regular 500-pound conventional bomb – would be wearing Hazmat protective clothing in case of a leak. There would be very little chance of survival without such gear. Military grade sarin includes additives designed to increase toxicity and lethality. Every batch that comes out is maximized for death. That is why it is made. It is odorless and invisible and death can come within a minute. No cloud. Why produce a weapon that people can run away from?”

 

The target was struck at 6:55 a.m. on April 4, just before midnight in Washington. A Bomb Damage Assessment (BDA) by the U.S. military later determined that the heat and force of the 500-pound Syrian bomb triggered  a series of secondary explosions that could have generated a huge toxic cloud that began to spread over the town, formed by the release of the fertilizers, disinfectants and other goods stored in the basement, its effect magnified by the dense morning air, which trapped the fumes close to the ground. According to intelligence estimates, the senior adviser said, the strike itself killed up to four jihadist leaders, and an unknown number of drivers and security aides. There is no confirmed count of the number of civilians killed by the poisonous gases that were released by the secondary explosions, although opposition activists reported that there were more than 80 dead, and outlets such as CNN have put the figure as high as 92. A team from Médecins Sans Frontières, treating victims from Khan Sheikhoun at a clinic 60 miles to the north, reported that “eight patients showed symptoms – including constricted pupils, muscle spasms and involuntary defecation – which are consistent with exposure to a neurotoxic agent such as sarin gas or similar compounds.” MSF also visited other hospitals that had received victims and found that patients there “smelled of bleach, suggesting that they had been exposed to chlorine.” In other words, evidence suggested that there was more than one chemical responsible for the symptoms observed, which would not have been the case if the Syrian Air Force – as opposition activists insisted – had dropped a sarin bomb, which has no percussive or ignition power to trigger secondary explosions. The range of symptoms is, however, consistent with the release of a mixture of chemicals, including chlorine and the organophosphates used in many fertilizers, which can cause neurotoxic effects similar to those of sarin.

 

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The adviser said … “Did the Syrians plan the attack on Khan Sheikhoun? Absolutely. Do we have intercepts to prove it? Absolutely. Did they plan to use sarin? No. But the president did not say: ‘We have a problem and let’s look into it.’ He wanted to bomb the shit out of Syria.”

 

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“What doesn’t occur to most Americans” the adviser said, “is if there had been a Syrian nerve gas attack authorized by Bashar, the Russians would be 10 times as upset as anyone in the West. Russia’s strategy against ISIS, which involves getting American cooperation, would have been destroyed and Bashar would be responsible for pissing off Russia, with unknown consequences for him. Bashar would do that? When he’s on the verge of winning the war? Are you kidding me?”

 

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Within hours of viewing the photos, the adviser said, Trump instructed the national defense apparatus to plan for retaliation against Syria. “He did this before he talked to anybody about it. The planners then asked the CIA and DIA if there was any evidence that Syria had sarin stored at a nearby airport or somewhere in the area. Their military had to have it somewhere in the area in order to bomb with it.” “The answer was, ‘We have no evidence that Syria had sarin or used it,’” the adviser said. “The CIA also told them that there was no residual delivery for sarin at Sheyrat [the airfield from which the Syrian SU-24 bombers had taken off on April 4] and Assad had no motive to commit political suicide.” Everyone involved, except perhaps the president, also understood that a highly skilled United Nations team had spent more than a year in the aftermath of an alleged sarin attack in 2013 by Syria, removing what was said to be all chemical weapons from a dozen Syrian chemical weapons depots.

 

At this point, the adviser said, the president’s national security planners were more than a little rattled: “No one knew the provenance of the photographs. We didn’t know who the children were or how they got hurt. Sarin actually is very easy to detect because it penetrates paint, and all one would have to do is get a paint sample. We knew there was a cloud and we knew it hurt people. But you cannot jump from there to certainty that Assad had hidden sarin from the UN because he wanted to use it in Khan Sheikhoun.” The intelligence made clear that a Syrian Air Force SU-24 fighter bomber had used a conventional weapon to hit its target: There had been no chemical warhead.

Hersh than notes that Trump was determined to bomb Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack that never occurred.  America’s top military and intelligence officials steered into him a less destructive bombing run.

Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi confirms that American intelligence community insiders are furious that the Trump administration has twisted the intelligence so as to claim that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack. And see this.

Unfortunately, none of this is new …

The 2013 sarin attack in Syria, was also blamed by the U.S. on the Syrian government.

However, the United Nations’ report on the attack did NOT blame the government, and the U.N.’s human rights investigator accused the rebels – rather than the Syrian government – of carrying out the attack.

Moreover, high-level American and Turkish officials say that Turkey supplied Sarin gas to Syrian rebels in 2013 in order to frame the Syrian government … to provide an excuse for regime change.

And Seymour Hersh reported that high-level American sources tell him that the Turkish government carried out the chemical weapons attacks blamed on the Syrian government.

As Hersh noted:

‘We knew there were some in the Turkish government,’ a former senior US intelligence official, who has access to current intelligence, told me, ‘who believed they could get Assad’s nuts in a vice by dabbling with a sarin attack inside Syria – and forcing Obama to make good on his red line threat.’

Indeed, it’s long been known that sarin was coming through Turkey.

And a tape recording of top Turkish officials planning a false flag attack to be blamed on Syria as a justification for war was leaked … and confirmed by Turkey as being authentic.

Comments

TeethVillage88s Mon, 06/26/2017 - 16:20 Permalink

comes to mind, treaty signed by all of Western powers, not to use war as policy:

As Secretary of State (1925-29), Frank B. Kellogg negotiated the Kellogg-Briand Pact (1928), for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize (Nobel Peace Prize to US Secretary of State), and shifted foreign policy away from interventionism.

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1929/kellogg-bio…
https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1929/kellogg-fa…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kellogg%E2%80%93Briand_Pact
https://history.state.gov/milestones/1921-1936/kellogg
https://www.britannica.com/event/Kellogg-Briand-Pact
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/kbpact.asp
https://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/pdf/law-war-handbook-2005.pdf
https://edsitement.neh.gov/curriculum-unit/neutrality-war-united-states…
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/10644101 (Archive of Treaties)

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Pact+of+Paris (also known as Pact of Paris)

https://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/pdf/law-war-handbook-2005.pdf
B. The "law of war" is the "customary and treaty law applicable to the conduct of .... Romans: formalized laws and procedures that made the use of force an act of ...... for the Renunciation of War as an Instrument of National Policy (Kellogg-.

Manthong TeethVillage88s Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:06 Permalink

  Yeah, but Ivanka was moved by the virtuous White Helmet’s propaganda video of that “BEAUTIFUL LITTLE BABY”.
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Trump really disappointed a lot of us with that stupid move. 

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Give Me Some Truth beekeeper Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:34 Permalink

Me too. I think this was when he lost me completely ... or I could say with confidence that this guy - our president - was as awful as any of his predecessors. Probably worse. This event, Trump's actions here, shows a shocking lack of judgment. As he might tweet, "Bad. Very bad." Or I might tweet:"Troubling. Very troubling.""Ominous. Very ominous."Or: "JFC"or:"Good God." 

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CryptBrain SMG Tue, 06/27/2017 - 00:41 Permalink

Of course there's a much bigger game going on here.  Anyone that says "Trump lost my vote," just 7 months into his first term- and on this singular action does not understand the complexities of governing, or basic game theory for that matter.  The only thing that a rational Trump voter can do, is observe and take notes. Were the 49 missiles disappointing? yes. Were they a big deal with big impact on the ground in S.? No. So why did he basically bark, bark, bark, with such little bite? I don't know. Now, was I PO that yet again another FF was perpetrated by our gov?  Yes, and No.Because it wasn't really a FF event.  (Also, just don't do it in the US- that's were I draw the line.  No more of that sh*t) The truth is, we have no clue why Assad/Russians blew up that location.  I know what the article said, and what's been reported. But who knows for sure.Lastly, the reaction by Ivanka and Trump with the "beautiful babies" comments, were amateur at best.  Sadly our ppl are so brained washed that they buy into that.  The only thing we know for sure is that NO SARIN GAS was present.  That much we know for sure.  Unfortunately, this narrative has now been written in US stone- so deal with being lied to.  I know, I know it's insulting.  But keep in mind that 70% of the country is completely asleep.  They have to be treated with kid gloves.  Let's see where T takes this move.   One more thing:  Never forget you "he lost my vote" type, If not for this man, HRC would be your president.     Let that sink in next time you feel like trowing in the towel.    Moving forward, let's watch and see... 

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Squid-puppets … Give Me Some Truth Mon, 06/26/2017 - 20:23 Permalink

Phuk me, all you 'Trump lost me on that one's The MIC gonna do what the MIC gonna do. And when they do it, the 'President' has 2 choices 1) pretend they were in on the decision,  2) look like the totally feeble inept puppets they areObama didnt want to go into Libya. Hillary ws happy to do the MIC's dirty work to trigger the situation and put Obama in the position of having to pretend he ordered interventionTrump's here doing his best to find common interest with Russia, does anyone reeeeeaaaallly think he ordered the strikes in Syria? Or is it more likely rogue MIC did it to show Trump he's a pipsqueak upstart if he thinks he's gunna drain swamps ?What would he possibly stand to gain doing so? appear a tough guy? He has 100 theatres to do that in that dont contradict his aspirations

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Nona Yobiznes pine_marten Tue, 06/27/2017 - 00:53 Permalink

Don't get me wrong, I think the Pentagon budget should be slashed in half, but Trump didn't lie about military spending. He campaigned on rebuilding the depleted military. Where he did lie is about not involving us in more  regime change quagmires. He was very adamant about destroying ISIS (I say, just pull their funding), but seeing him attack Syria was a huge kick in the gut. We shouldn't even fucking be there. If we want to credibly help in the area, we need to work out a deal with the Syrian and Russian governments. Anything less is totally illegal.

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Manthong Give Me Some Truth Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:28 Permalink

 
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Clinton felt the need to go to Haiti and Yugoslavia, GW Bush felt the need to go to Afghanistan and Iraq, Hellery felt the need to go to Libya… Maybe the same type of narcissistic despotic arrogance motivated Trump. I would rather be able to put it off to naiveté, political inexperience and Ivanka or some Rasputin there in the hopes that this is not going to be S.O.P. going forward.

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Justapleb Give Me Some Truth Mon, 06/26/2017 - 20:30 Permalink

He didn't wait because he needed to commandeer the narrative from Trump=Russia.  If it turned out to be false, as was apparent at the time - he could not justify an attack. He knows the media won't question it because war gives them orgasms.  It was the first major red flag for us with Trump, and his subsequent Syrian recklessness has left us disgusted.    

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dot_bust Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:10 Permalink

There is one solution to the deceptive, destructive actions of the U.S. military-industrial complex:The Treaty to Uphold Sovereignty and PeaceI. No nation shall openly advocate or take covert action to bring about regime change in any other nation.II. No nation shall maintain military bases or any other occupying military or police force in any other nation.III. No nation shall sell or provide weapons of war to any other nation’s government or to groups in any other nation.IV. No nation shall sell or provide radioactive materials, including plutonium and uranium, to any other nation’s government or to groups in any other nation.V. No nation shall attack or in any way undermine the currency of any other nation.

Ubernostrum Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:22 Permalink

What's the difference between a chemical attack and attacking a target you know has secondary explosives and deadly chemicals?  Just sounds like a sufferisticated double-game to me.  Real Coke and bagel stuff. And trumps pry playing a cloak my dagger game too - pretending to bomb in retaliation for 1 thing when he actually did it for another thing, or something. ..

swmnguy Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:37 Permalink

The one thing President Trump has done that got the full support of the MSM and the Democrats in addition to his own party, and it turns out to be a cynical fraud.Not that this wasn't all laid out at the time, of course.  Except, the Russians were the ones who said it, so, you know.

MaxThrust Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:37 Permalink

Trump may have decided he needed a distratction from Russiagate. Let's face it, He did tell the Russians what he was going to do and the missles did fuck all to  Syrian military capabilities. I'd say this was all smoke and mirrors but from Tump this time and not the Deepstate

Smedley's Butler Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:43 Permalink

Damn it! Fuckin prick!Hersch seems to be one of the last real journalists so it is hard for me to leave any doubt this might be bad intel. I guess I wanted to believe it was McMaster sealing Trump off from military advisers and pushing for retaliation, but it looks like Trump had other motivations (probably, Israel). What a disappointment.Turning on this administration has been a challenge because of all the positives they have accomplished here at home: kicking out MS-13; vetting and limiting refugees; breaking up the opium trade; destoying the biased media; investigating voter fraud; etc. Over the last 16 years our country has taken a dangerous turn and wars have been waged on the American people by a criminal government. Am I ready to give all that up to stand up to one false flag? I don't know. I have learned to think more strategically than ideologically in this corrupt climate.This encourages me to believe that Mattis may have some honor. I wish I knew more about how each top adviser made their case. No more of this shit. Kick the shit out of IsIs and bring the troops home!

slightlyskeptical Smedley's Butler Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:46 Permalink

"Citing Salvadorian government statistics, the Post reports that nearly 400 gang members have been deported to El Salvador in the first five months of Trump’s administration, compared to just 534 last year under former President Barack Obama." Its not like Obama wasn't sending them home either. Obama probably had most of these guys in jail already. Getting rid of M-13 is not a bad thing, but it is not something new under Trump and is not a partisan issue. He has let in boatloads of refugees and thus far has done little more, if any vs. the opium trade than what woud have been done with the agencies just going about their business pre-Trump.  I think the government is broken, but I don't think Trump is doing anything but to make it worse. 

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mary mary Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:04 Permalink

Didn't every single MSM spokesmodel tell us there was a big chemical weapon attack?  CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, NYT, WaPo?  Rachel?What?  100% of "our" MSM is WARMONGERING LIARS?  I'm shocked!  Shocked!The other thing I remember is that President Trump's angry response to the chemical weapon attack was to launch a bunch of cruise missiles into an abandoned Syrian base, with, and I may not remember this part correctly, zero Syrian casualties.  So Trump may have been playing, "If MSM feed me garbage in, I will give them garbage out."  If so, I give Trump another point.  :-)  :-)  :-)

Robert of Ottawa mary mary Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:18 Permalink

I cannot read anything these days without asking what is the purpose of this text, who does it aid, who does it denigrate.As for this incident, the gas attack was clearly a lie, but why would the MSM support DT? Also, the airport was empty which was "fortunate" to use a diplomacyand DT got to shock the world and put everyone on notice that he would do it.

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Give Me Some Truth mary mary Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:19 Permalink

I like your first two paragraphs - EVERY member of the MSM - and every politico - endorsed these same bogus findings and actions one minute after the our missiles were fired, which was just two days after this alleged "Sarnin attack" occurred. How does everyone sign off on such BS so quickly? The target Trump picked wasn't him playing 3D chess. People died and were injured who were innocent and should be alive and unharmed. I think the attack also cost about $50 million not that anyone keeps up with the tab on our various undeclared wars.

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Robert of Ottawa mary mary Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:21 Permalink

I cannot read anything these days without asking what is the purpose of this text, who does it aid, who does it denigrate.As for this incident, the gas attack was clearly a lie, but why would the MSM support DT? Also, the airport was empty which was "fortunate" to use a diplomacyand DT got to shock the world and put everyone on notice that he would do it.

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mary mary Give Me Some Truth Mon, 06/26/2017 - 20:21 Permalink

Right.  The MSM was warmongering, not supporting Donald Trump.  I think that what Donald Trump did was throw them a bone, as small a bone as he could find, which, as we saw, happened to be launching a bunch of cruise missiles.  Sure it cost $50 million, but for MIC, that's not even a weekend in Vegas.  So, again, I give Trump a point for finessing the MSM warmongerers (or is it warmongers?).

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WTFUD Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:00 Permalink

My take from this is that the'proper' professional military wing of the USSofA is pissed off big-time with the rank amateurism/cynicism of meet the new boss same clusterfuck as the old boss.

If you like your War Crimes you can keep . . .

Give Me Some Truth tripletail Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:25 Permalink

I don't know about the "old news." I myself have been waiting for a real investigative reporter to, like, investigate what really happened here. Are there any formal investigations on-going from neutral and credible sources/organizations? I'd also like to see what they say too. Of course, CNN, NYT, NBC etc. KNEW the real story immidiately (somehow. It's not like they have any correspondents on the ground anywhere near where the event happened). Like Trump and our government, they have their story and they are sticking to it.

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