Former Marine Corps intelligence officer: Trump lies about Sarin gas attack

The White Helmets and the Trump administration are working for the Israeli regime in Syria. As Haaretz has recently pointed out: “U.S. Amassing Spy Planes Off Syria, Aircraft Carrier to Arrive in Israel.”

…by Jonas E. Alexis

 

The Trump administration might as well give up on the sarin gas claim right now because no person with an ounce of brain cells knocking together believes those people. But in other to seduce the masses, the Trump administration has to repeat the lie over and over as if repetition is a substitute for facts and evidence.

Scott Ritter—a former Marine Corps intelligence officer who served in the former Soviet Union implementing arms control treaties, in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, and in Iraq overseeing the disarmament of WMD—has recently examined the vacuous claim that Assad used chemical weapons on his own people and found it to be a categorical lie.[1] After debunking the sarin gas myth, Ritter moved on to deconstruct claims by covert organizations such as the White Helmets:

“The White Helmets came into existence in the aftermath of the unrest that erupted in Syria after the Arab Spring in 2012. They say they are neutral, but they have used their now global-platform as a humanitarian rescue unit to promote anti-regime themes and to encourage outside intervention to remove the regime of Bashar al-Assad. By its own admission it is well-resourced, trained and funded by western NGOs and governments, including USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development), which funded the group $23 million as of 2016.

“A UK-based company with strong links to the British Foreign Office, May Day Rescue, has largely managed the actual rescue aspects of the White Helmet’s work. Drawing on a budget of tens of millions of dollars donated by foreign governments, including the U.S. and UK, May Day Rescue oversees a comprehensive training program designed to bring graduates to the lowest standard — Light, or Level One — for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR).

“Personnel and units trained to the ‘light’ standard are able to conduct surface search and rescue operations — they are neither trained nor equipped to rescue entrapped victims. Teams trained to this standard are not qualified to perform operations in a hazardous environment (such as would exist in the presence of a nerve agent like Sarin.)

“The White Helmets have made their reputation through the dissemination of self-made videos ostensibly showing them in action inside Syria, rescuing civilians from bombed out structures, and providing life-saving emergency medical care (it should be noted that the eponymously named Oscar-nominated documentary showing the White Helmets in action was filmed entirely by the White Helmets themselves, which raises a genuine question of journalistic ethics.) To the untrained eye, these videos are a dramatic representation of heroism in action. To the trained professional (I can offer my own experience as a Hazardous Materials Specialist with New York Task Force 2 USAR team), these videos represent de facto evidence of dangerous incompetence or, worse, fraud.”[2]

The White Helmets, argues Ritter, are not equipped

“to conduct rescues of entrapped victims. And yet the White helmet videos depict their rescue workers using excavation equipment and tools, such as pneumatic drills, to gain access to victims supposedly pinned under the weight of a collapsed building.

“The techniques used by the White Helmets are not only technically wrong, but dangerous to anyone who might actually be trapped — the introduction of excavators to move debris, or the haphazard drilling and hammering into concrete in the immediate vicinity of a trapped victim, would invariably lead to a shifting if the rubble pile, crushing the trapped victim to death. In my opinion, the videos are pure theater, either staged to impress an unwitting audience, or actually conducted with total disregard for the wellbeing of any real victims.”[3]

The White Helmets have been caught red-handed before.[4] In short, the White Helmets and the Trump administration are working for the Israeli regime in Syria. As Haaretz has recently pointed out: “U.S. Amassing Spy Planes Off Syria, Aircraft Carrier to Arrive in Israel.” What we are seeing again and again is that Trump took the people who voted for him and deliver them to the Israeli regime. This is why the war in Syria is still going on. And this is why Russia had to step in.


[1] Scott Ritter, “Ex-Weapons Inspector: Trump’s Sarin Claims Built on ‘Lie,’” American Conservative, June 29, 2017.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4] “White Helmets member caught on camera disposing of Syrian soldiers’ mutilated bodies,” Russia Today, June 23, 2017.

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5 Responses to "Former Marine Corps intelligence officer: Trump lies about Sarin gas attack"

  1. wjabbe  June 29, 2017 at 10:21 am

    “ 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. And yet it was impossible for the experts to persuade the president of this once he had made up his mind. “The president saw the photographs of poisoned little girls and said it was an Assad atrocity,” the senior adviser said. “It’s typical of human nature. You jump to the conclusion you want. Intelligence analysts do not argue with a president. They’re not going to tell the president, ‘if you interpret the data this way, I quit.’”
    The national security advisers understood their dilemma: Trump wanted to respond to the affront to humanity committed by Syria and he did not want to be dissuaded. They were dealing with a man they considered to be not unkind and not stupid, but his limitations when it came to national security decisions were severe. “Everyone close to him knows his proclivity for acting precipitously when he does not know the facts,” the adviser said. “He doesn’t read anything and has no real historical knowledge. He wants verbal briefings and photographs. He’s a risk-taker.”

  2. wjabbe  June 29, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Here are a few quotes showing how Trump disregards evidence and facts
    when making bombing decisions:
    https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article165905578/Trump-s-Red-Line.html
    Trump‘s Red Line
    Von Seymour M. Hersh | Stand: 25.06.2017 | Lesedauer: 24 Minuten

    Quotes:

    “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”

    • wjabbe  June 29, 2017 at 10:24 am

      “ 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. And yet it was impossible for the experts to persuade the president of this once he had made up his mind. “The president saw the photographs of poisoned little girls and said it was an Assad atrocity,” the senior adviser said. “It’s typical of human nature. You jump to the conclusion you want. Intelligence analysts do not argue with a president. They’re not going to tell the president, ‘if you interpret the data this way, I quit.’”
      The national security advisers understood their dilemma: Trump wanted to respond to the affront to humanity committed by Syria and he did not want to be dissuaded. They were dealing with a man they considered to be not unkind and not stupid, but his limitations when it came to national security decisions were severe. “Everyone close to him knows his proclivity for acting precipitously when he does not know the facts,” the adviser said. “He doesn’t read anything and has no real historical knowledge. He wants verbal briefings and photographs. He’s a risk-taker.

    • wjabbe  June 29, 2017 at 10:28 am

      “The national security advisers understood their dilemma: Trump wanted to respond to the affront to humanity committed by Syria and he did not want to be dissuaded. They were dealing with a man they considered to be not unkind and not stupid, but his limitations when it came to national security decisions were severe. “Everyone close to him knows his proclivity for acting precipitously when he does not know the facts,” the adviser said. “He doesn’t read anything and has no real historical knowledge. He wants verbal briefings and photographs. He’s a risk-taker. He can accept the consequences of a bad decision in the business world; he will just lose money. But in our world, lives will be lost and there will be long-term damage to our national security if he guesses wrong. He was told we did not have evidence of Syrian involvement and yet Trump says: ‘Do it.”’”

    • wjabbe  June 29, 2017 at 10:33 am

      After reading this detailed article by Seymour Hersh, one can see how the low mental capacities of Adolf Trump could easily start nuclear WWIII and likely plans to bomb Damascus based on totally false information and lies as directed by his friends and cronies in Israel. The U.S. has been hi jacked while the whores in Congress did nothing to stop it.

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