I am going to keep flogging this dog. Why? Because Barack Obama tried to take us to war in Syria on a lie. Watching the mainstream media stay mute in the aftermath of the publication of Sy’s piece is instructive and disturbing. Their mass refusal to simply deal with the facts presented by Sy stands in stark contrast to the reaction in Europe and Turkey. The Turkish Government is furious. They are calling Sy a liar and a senile has been. Yet, Sy did not create nor post on You Tube the recording of Turkish officials talking about staging an attack to make it appear that it was carried out by the Syrian Government. The Turks themselves provided the evidence that corroborates Sy’s reporting.
Let’s review the evidence:
First, the June 20th talking points prepared for the Deputy Director of DIA states:
that al-Nusra maintained a sarin production cell: its programme, . . . was ‘the most advanced sarin plot since al-Qaida’s pre-9/11 effort’. (According to a Defense Department consultant, US intelligence has long known that al-Qaida experimented with chemical weapons, and has a video of one of its gas experiments with dogs.) The DIA paper went on: ‘Previous IC [intelligence community] focus had been almost entirely on Syrian CW [chemical weapons] stockpiles; now we see ANF attempting to make its own CW … Al-Nusrah Front’s relative freedom of operation within Syria leads us to assess the group’s CW aspirations will be difficult to disrupt in the future.’
Second, per one of Sy’s sources, the US intel community was reporting in late July/early August 2013 that Turkey’s leaders, distraught over the failing fortunes of the Islamist rebels in Turkey, were planning an event that would compel the United States to intervene in Syria.
White House reaction? They initially claimed that the talking points paper did not exist. Now that Sy obviously has a hard copy in hand, the White House only looks foolish in making such a denial. Sy’s evidence fully exposes the White House covert action designed to isolate Syria’s Bashir Assad and justify a US military attack on Syria targets.
As we look back to the attacks on 21 August, the US intelligence community and the White House were oddly silent. Why oddly? The preparations the Syrian military would have had to undertake in order to launch a chemical weapon barrage should have been quickly and easily identified by both the United States and Israel. The reason for this is simple–Syrian chemical weapons do represent a strategic threat to Israel. Israel cannot afford to wait until an attack starts to learn that Syria is launching chemical weapons. Deafening silence.
Sy reported last December, in his piece, “Whose Sarin?” that:
For two days – 20 and 21 August – there was no mention of Syria. On 22 August the lead item in the Morning Report dealt with Egypt; a subsequent item discussed an internal change in the command structure of one of the rebel groups in Syria. Nothing was noted about the use of nerve gas in Damascus that day. It was not until 23 August that the use of sarin became a dominant issue, although hundreds of photographs and videos of the massacre had gone viral within hours on YouTube, Facebook and other social media sites.
Fortuitously or coincidentally, UN weapons inspectors were on the ground in Syria when the so-called Sarin attacks took place. The deniers of Sy’s investigative report, such as this idiot who calls himself Brown Moses (I suppose he’s brown because his head is up his ass most of the time), tried to use YouTube video to build their fantasy forensic case. Many initially seized on the UN report as buttressing the case against the Syrian Government. But those were only people who did not take time to actually read the report–the UN only recovered two rockets from two separate sites and only found chemical traces consistent with Sarin at one site–a site that was under rebel control.
While the New York Times initially tried to push the lie that the Syrian Government had fired the rockets, work by Ted Postol of Massachusetts Institute of Technology demolished that nonsense. Hell, the NY Times even had to reverse themselves and concede that their initial report was dead ass wrong.
A careful reading of Sy’s latest work will enable you to understand why the United States is meddling in this way. Ignoring our responsibility for turning Iraq into a Shia controlled state under the influence of Iran, we have not cast our lots with the Saudis and the Turks in an effort to try to weaken Iran by taking out their client state, Syria. Yet, despite our tough talk about Iran, we meekly looked away as Turkey itself violated UN sponsored economic sanctions and bought oil from Iran. But Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton also put us on the side of the very same Islamic radicals who attacked us on September 11, 2001.
Rather than help expose this disgraceful hypocrisy and feckless policy, the print and electronic media say nothing about Sy’s piece and continue to cheerlead Barack Obama as he steers this nation towards disaster. Thank God for a journalist like Sy Hersh.