Former US intelligence officials: Trump lied about Assad’s chemical attack on Idlib province

“President Trump should make his case in front of the American people and allow their elected representatives to debate the benefits and risks of further Middle East intervention to our national security interests.” Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)

What we know to be FACTS:

  1. On 4 April 2017, the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria’s Idlib province, was struck by a heavy airstrike followed by massive civilian chemical (sarin nerve gas) poisoning, including children.
  2. At the time of the attack the town was under the control of Tahrir al-Sham, formerly known as the al-Nusra Front — a Sunni Islamist terrorist organization fighting against Syrian Government forces in the Syrian Civil War, with the aim of establishing an Islamist state in the country.
  3. President Donald Trump, the U.S. Pentagon, and the UK (in the person of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson) blamed the attack on the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Russian and Syrian governments said it was caused by the Syrian Air Force’s destruction of a nearby rebel-operated chemical weapons warehouse.
  4. In the early morning hours of April 7, 2017, the Trump administration fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from a U.S. destroyer in the Mediterranean Sea, at Shayrat Air Base in Syria,said to be the location from where the Assad government allegedly had launched the April 4 chemical attack.

A couple of points to keep in mind:

  • At the time of the alleged chemical attack, things were going well for the Assad government in its efforts to combat the Syrian “rebels,” among whom is the al-Nusra Front. In other words, there was no reason for the Assad government to launch a chemical attack against the “rebels”.
  • From 2013, when Obama and Congress had agitated to attack the Syrian government because of the latter’s alleged deployment of chemical weapons, Assad knows well the U.S. would go berserk if he were to launch a chemical attack.

Two former U.S. intelligence officials are speaking out about what they know and believe about the April 4 “chemical attack” on the town in Idlib. They are:

  1. Walter Patrick “Pat” Lang, Jr., 76, a former U.S. Army officer who left the army with the rank of Colonel, then worked as a high-level civilian intelligence analyst in the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at the equivalent rank of a lieutenant general, specializing in the Middle East and South Asia. Lang is now a commentator on the Middle East, private intelligence analyst, and author.
  2. Ray McGovern, a retired CIA analyst from the administration of John Kennedy to that of George H.W. Bush, and prepared the President’s Daily Brief for Nixon, Ford, and Reagan. He is a member of the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

Both Lang and McGovern maintain that:

  • On April 4, the Assad government undertook a conventional (not chemical) air strike at a rebel-held weapons/explosives depot in Idlib.
  • The Assad government had notified the Trump administration of its intended strike.
  • Unbeknown to the Assad government, the weapons depot contained deadly chemicals — of organic phosphates and chlorine (not sarin).
  • The explosion of the depot released the chemicals into the air, which was carried by a strong wind to a nearby town, Khan Shaykhun, and killed civilians.

Below are the respective analyses of Lang and McGovern, originally published on Intel Today, a website that is less than a year old, founded last July. My guess is Intel Today is a forum of retired and/or active “white hats” U.S. intelligence officials.

Analysis by former DIA Intelligence Analyst Col. Patrick Lang

Donald Trump’s decision to launch cruise missile strikes on a Syrian Air Force Base was based on a lie. In the coming days the American people will learn that the Intelligence Community knew that Syria did not drop a military chemical weapon on innocent civilians in Idlib. 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 believed 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.

There are members of the U.S. military who were aware this strike would occur and it was recorded. There is a film record. At least the Defense Intelligence Agency knows that this was not a chemical weapon attack. In fact, Syrian military chemical weapons were destroyed with the help of Russia.

This is Gulf of Tonkin 2. How ironic. Donald Trump correctly castigated George W. Bush for launching an unprovoked, unjustified attack on Iraq in 2003. Now we have President Donald Trump doing the same damn thing. Worse in fact. Because the intelligence community had information showing that there was no chemical weapon launched by the Syrian Air Force.

Here’s the good news. The Russians and Syrians were informed, or at least were aware, that the attack was coming. They were able to remove a large number of their assets. The base the United States hit was something of a backwater. Donald Trump gets to pretend that he is a tough guy. He is not. He is a fool.

This attack was violation of international law. Donald Trump authorized an unjustified attack on a sovereign country. What is even more disturbing is that people like Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and NSA Director General McMaster went along with this charade. Front line troops know the truth. These facts will eventually come out. Donald Trump will most likely not finish his term as President. He will be impeached, I believe, once Congress is presented with irrefutable proof that he ignored and rejected intelligence that did not support the myth that Syria attacked with chemical weapons.

It should also alarm American taxpayers that we launched $100 million dollars [Note: the cost is more likely $114.5 million, based on the per-unit cost of Tomahawk cruise missile] of missiles to blow up sand and camel shit. The Russians were aware that a strike was coming. I’m hoping that they and the Syrians withdrew their forces and aircraft from the base. Whatever hope I had that Donald Trump would be a new kind of President, that hope is extinguished. He is a child and a moron. He committed an act of war without justification. But the fault is not his alone. Those who sit atop the NSC, the DOD, the CIA, the Department of State should have resigned in protest. They did not. They are complicit in a war crime.

Analysis by former CIA agent Ray McGovern

Syrian aircraft ‘knew’ there was a weapons cache in this particular rebel-held area.  That was correct, and the Syrian aircraft bombed it.

What seems not to have been known was the existence nearby of a large storage facility for chemicals.  That too was damaged, releasing a cloud of chemicals that the wind blew south and poisoned those villagers.

Here is what most likely happened:

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.

The United States was fully briefed on the fact that there was a target in Idlib that the Russians believes was a weapons and explosives depot for Islamic rebels.

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.

There was a strong wind blowing that day and the cloud was driven to a nearby village and caused casualties.

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.

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~Eowyn

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35 responses to “Former US intelligence officials: Trump lied about Assad’s chemical attack on Idlib province

  1. Seems that Muslim Countries are best kept quiet & peaceful under the Heavy hand of a Dictator.. Every Muslim country where America has stuck in it’s Military Nose and deposed the entrenched Dictator has gone into civil war with everybody killing everybody else.. Maybe that’s the real objective = to get them all fighting themselves.. Yet they still have left-over muslim militants to come here and do terrorisms..

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    • Thanks for the detailed coverage. I appreciate the A-B-C-D outline as it helps the ol’ noggin to follow along.

      I’m not familiar with Mike Lee, but McGovern is a good guy going way back (at least he seems so!)

      Re Trump, it’s hard to imagine he worked sooooo hard during the campaign to do a 180 once in office. If he were the NWO’s choice for Prez, he would not have needed to work so hard (numerous campaign stops per day, etc.). He could have kicked back like lazy Hillary & been elected anyway. Or maybe he just loved all the “attention” & would have worked hard on the campaign trail for that reason.

      Or as Makow described once, there are Globalist-Commies & Nationalist-Fascists, pitting against each other, Trump being in the latter group along with Nuttyahoo.

      In any event, whether he decided re Syria himself, or was persuaded by others (from daughter to military chiefs to Hitlery), he/they done wrong, period.

      “Hillary Clinton called for Donald Trump to ‘take out’ Assad airfields hours before air strikes”:
      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-syria-air-strikes-chemcial-attack-airbase-cruise-missiles-tomohawks-a7671861.html

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  2. Trump, I remember that he said, that first the American people, and that he would put an end to foreign military intervention.

    Everything was going well, until 59 missiles have destroyed their base of support. (A phrase that appears in other friends, rightly).

    https://tobefree.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/trump-destroyed-his-support-base-with-59-tomahawk-missiles/

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  3. We are victimized in every way possible as objects of contempt and hatred in the souls of our persecutors. Not satisfied with taking from us all material goods, they seek all of each one of us, our bodies, souls, and spirits, and they guffaw as they see as stupid when we show signs of believing their lies. In addition to contempt for fellow human beings, it also reveals their contempt for truth.

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  4. Considering that al Qaeda and its affiliates, White Helmets, IS, etc are American/UK-Israeli brands, it makes sense to question whether the US (and Israel by implication) knew at the time that they were advised of the impending strike that lethal chemicals were stored at that ammo depot. In fact the US deep state (= Israel’s fifth column) most likely knew beforehand because its White Helmet operatives had to know what was stored there to know immediately it wasn’t sarin.

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  5. This is so very, very sad on so many levels one hardly knows where to begin. I’m sure that everyone here hoped as I did that we finally had someone w/enough integrity & backbone that he could stand for what was best for the US on its own in the world community. Instead we are once more hoist upon our our petard, and the world community despairs of us, for whatever light there had been on the Hill, it has now gone out.

    It will take a miracle for the US to recover from its shameful self-destruction, as its alphabet agencies are shielded from shocks, until of course, the water runs out even for them, and the lights start to flicker off & on, off & on. Few will come to its assistance then, even its citizens, fooled once too damned often….

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  6. A commenter at Unz points out that our military’s lieutenant generals and four star generals require Senate confirmation of their appointment. I haven’t checked it out, but if it’s true that means every such appointment must have been approved by Israel and its fifth column, if not put forward by Israel and its fifth column in the first place on the grounds that only Israeli vetted candidates are allowed confirmation by the Senate.

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  7. Why did we expect a lifelong NYC dem billionaire and his dem billionaire mossad agent soros partner son in law to abide by the constitution, let alone follow their campaign promises? I suspect Trump is showing his real face now, and he won’t be impeached as he is nwo through and through.

    Something one of the mkultra victims mentioned in her book comes to mind here. She said Kissinger told her that they will run reps until the people get tired of the treasonous rep platform and then offer a dem administration. Then after the people are sick of the dem’s treason they will offer reps once again, all the while the same treason just keeps happening. The goal is to get the American people disillusioned in their form of government and accept a totalitarian police state as the answer. I say fat chance.

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  8. Here’s a link to some info on the book I mentioned in the previous post;
    https://www.henrymakow.com/ugly-truth-about-the-celebrities-we-adored.html

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  9. I am not at all comforted by all the flag waving after our attack on Syria, ESPECIALLY thinking about who’s cheering the loudest, Senator Graham.

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  10. Kevin J Lankford

    I had my concerns about Trump’s sincerity from the start, but I certainly did not expect my faith to be tried so soon. Perhaps it was a sign that his promises did not get him eliminated from the beginning.

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  11. I have read Dr. Makow and Ann Barnhardt, and the fact that Jared Kushner and his wife, Trump’s daughter Ivanka, have an undue amount of influence on him and his decision-making.
    I have tried to give Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt, wondering if his action could have been defended as a case of Aquinas’s double effect. This, after I thought I initially over-reacted by calling his words of respect for foreign nations “complete and utter bullshit.”

    This action of Trump’s has sent a signal to China and North Korea, all right. And as the truth comes out, that Mr. Trump took false intelligence reports as true, I believe the Chinese and North Korea will become emboldened. I also believe that Mr. Trump has squandered whatever political capital he had with Vladimir Putin. I have also heard Alex Jones announce on his radio show yesterday that American troops are on the ground in Syria.

    Donald Trump committed an unconstitutional and illegal action; It was an impeachable offense. I don’t believe any impeachment will happen—not soon, at any rate. But make no mistake: We are in an impossible situation now, whether it’s by a “cowboy” or whether it’s a “wag the dog” scenario. And yes, these precedents were set by previous Presidents, George W. Bush among them. But President Trump may not finish his term, due to his loss of trust with the American People. My concern at this point is not for Trump: He’ll take care of himself. My concern is for the Nation: I cannot think of anyone else who can fulfill the mandate his election was supposed to represent: If Mike Pence becomes President, he will be effectively hamstrung—not a good position to be in.

    We must pray for Peace and that cooler heads prevail. This crisis seems to be worse than the Cuban Missile Crisis, or has the potential to become so. Pray to Our Lady of Quito. And May God Almighty Help Us.

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  12. Reblogged this on free31498 and commented:

    President Trump – can you spell P I P E L I N E S? You can’t claim ignorance. You threaten The Republic like no other. We The People, who fought blood, sweat and tears to elect you see right through the dichotomy intended to confuse us. We stand for The Republic and God, over any man – including you. I pray that God brings you wisdom.

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  13. I have cried all weekend, and broke down again while leaving a message on the White House comment line. I reject the dichotomy of messaging emanating from the White House because it is clearly intended to confuse us. The President’s use of “gassed babies” as an excuse to implement the geo-economic interests of Zionist/Salafist/NWO powers sickens me to the core. The man I supported to become President is proving to be the greatest threat this JudeoChristian Republic (and the world) has ever witnessed. God forgive us, and give us strength.

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  14. What if the above article is untrue?

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  15. Right now according to open sources there are US special ops and Marines within grenade distance of Russian and Syrian gov forces. I think the number of US forces on the ground is around 1k but that’s just the open source figure so who knows how many are really there.
    When the nukes start flying, our troops overseas will be abandoned by dc and left to rot in foreign prisons or graves, just like mcstain wants.

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  16. I am uncomfortable throwing our President under the bus right now. What he said a few years ago, means much different than when you are the world leader and you have your own troops on the ground there with a dictator that has his finger repeatedly on the button. We owe them back up and protection.
    We are going on lots of assumptions and most likely a whole lot of different stories and facts.
    Mike Lee, not there with him at all, he is a well known Trump hater and would love to vaporize him.
    The first responders, who are they really? Mulitple facts there also. Was it sarin gas or are they just uneducated on how to handle the situation.
    Did Assad really do this or did The CIA betray us yet again?
    Maybe they should have just gone for Assad instead of the air strip. Did they really destroy the supply? We don’t know. So many different stories coming out.
    A Syrian man is very grateful to Trump for saving his babies though his wife died.
    I think in the coming days, much more will come out.
    Why all the screaming about getting Congress’s support when Trump didn’t declare war, but sent a message and yet, all the silence when Obama went in Libya and took out Kaddafi giving us ISIS?
    Was there time to ask congress and stop more unknown attacks and maybe killing our soldiers.
    Can we trust the Intel? How many giving that Intel are still dems and left leaning?
    How much of this could have been a set up?
    The guy is fighting wars in and out of the White House.
    I cannot make a judgement yet, I have not walked in his shoes.

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    • Pointing out and criticizing his mistakes isn’t “throwing him under the bus”. Thus far, on balance Trump has done much good that a Pres. Hillary would never do.

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  18. Michael Savage said that Israel benefits from this. Tonight, I saw this article: “Looks Like Donald Trump May Well Be Jewish. That Would Explain a Great Deal . . .”

    http://rense.com/general96/trumpjewish.htm

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    • Did Savage elaborate on how Israel benefits from the missile attack?

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      • Savage said that Israel benefits the most if Assad is gone. One of Israel’s #1 enemies has always been Syria and the Syrian air force. Israel wants both of them gone, according to Savage’s best guess. Israel would rather face Hezbollah and ISIS than the Syrian military because the Syrian military is a military. Hezbollah is not a military, as tough as it may be. It has no air force, no navy, and no weaponry that can threaten Israel.

        He went on to say that ISIS is nothing to Israel. They can crush ISIS like mice. He added that it looked like Bannon had been stopping the war mongering. The day Bannon was out, Trump turned 180.

        You can listen or download any of the archive programs Michael Savage has at http://www.conservativestream.com/recorded-shows/savage.php.
        This program was on 4/6/17, and this part was around 38 minutes into the broadcast. Michael has been talking about this topic ever since that date in hopes messages get to President Trump about the importance of peace.

        There is a new article on Zero Hedge on this topic. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-10/1983-cia-document-reveals-plan-destroy-syria-foreshadows-current-crisis/
        I can’t get this link to work, but the article was posted by Tyler Durden on 4/10/17. I saw it on rense.com

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  19. Remember, General Flynn was replaced by General McMaster. McMaster is working for the neo cons and is a warmonger along with “in our face” traitors, McCain, Graham, Ryan, Priebus and Rubio, just to name a few. Flynn knew what he needed to do to start cleaning house and he was a threat and removed. Trump has been “played” to a certain extent allowing the enemy to make some of the staffing choices. From what I’ve read, the sarin attack in 2013 was also a false flag. I believe Trump is getting false intel. He is not listening to the retired military patriots and conservative media. The opposition in the White House and intelligence agencies are purposely keeping him so busy it may be difficult for him to find the time to thoroughly investigate sources he knows he should be listening to. Some think Trump made this one play to appease the neo cons and that he will not be as aggressive as they want him to be moving forward. The fact that a large number of ground troops have been in Syria for several weeks and hasn’t been publicly reported does leave uncertainty as to what Trump’s agenda and the military’s agenda is. Is Trump playing a chess game to outmaneuver the traitors? I’m not going to give up on him yet…….he’s achieved and set in motion so many good things. I don’t think he’s changed. I think he has too many enemies in his inner circles who are sabotaging him with the aim to provide a situation where he could be impeached.

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  22. There was a time when Americans believed in freedom.

    The US is dying from a million cuts. Part of the reason the USA is a nanny police state now is that whenever there is a problem, the kneejerk reaction in the US is to call for a new law.

    Nanny state laws are not the best solution, however. Nanny state laws lead to more laws, higher fines, and tougher sentences. Thirty years ago, DWI laws were enacted that led to DWI checkpoints and lower DWI levels. Seatbelt laws led to backseat seatbelt laws, childseat laws, and pet seatbelt laws. Car liability insurance laws led to health insurance laws and gun liability laws. Smoking laws that banned smoking in buildings led to laws against smoking in parks and then bans against smoking in entire cities. Sex offender registration laws led to sex offender restriction laws and violent offender registration laws.

    Nanny state laws don’t make us safer, either. Nanny state laws lead people to be careless since they don’t need to have personal responsibility anymore. People don’t need to be careful crossing the street now because drunk-driving has been outlawed and driving while using a cellphone is illegal. People don’t investigate companies or carry out due diligence because businesses must have business licenses now.

    The main point of nanny state laws is not safety. The main purposes of more laws are control and revenue generation for the state.

    Another reason laws are enacted is because corporations give donations to lawmakers to stifle competition or increase sales.

    Many laws are contradictory, too. Some laws say watering lawns is required, while other laws say watering lawns is illegal.

    Many nanny state laws that aim to solve a problem can be fixed by using existing laws. If assault is already illegal, why do we need a new law that outlaws hitting umpires?

    Nanny state laws are not even necessary. If everything was legal would you steal, murder, and use crack cocaine? Aren’t there other ways to solve problems besides calling the police? Couldn’t people educate or talk to people who bother them? Couldn’t people be sued for annoying behavior? Couldn’t people just move away? Even if assault was legal, wouldn’t attackers risk being killed or injured, too? Do people have consciences? Having no laws doesn’t mean actions have no consequences.

    If there is no victim, there is no crime.

    We don’t need thousands of laws when we only need 10.

    Freedom is not just a one way street. You can only have freedom for yourself if you allow others to have it.

    Should swimming pools be banned because they are dangerous? Hammers? Bottles? Rocks? Energy drinks? Pillows?

    Control freaks might get angry when a neighbor owns three indoor cats, but what did the neighbor take from them? Why should this be illegal? Is outlawing cats something a free country should do? Doesn’t banning everything sound like the opposite of freedom?

    Instead of getting mad at people who like freedom, why don’t people realize that freedom is a two way street?

    If you allow others to paint their house purple then you can, too.

    If you allow others to own a gun then you can, too.

    If you allow others to swear then you can, too.

    If you allow others to gamble then you can, too.

    Who wants to live in a prison?

    Think. Question everything.

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  23. Nannies tend to be control freaks with a minimal capacity for efficiency and beneficial and productive undertakings useful to humanity. Some would have us all wear the Mao costume of years ago, all the same style and made of blue denim. Or whatever the ninny Nanny style of the day is. Even Mao had to write in his red book that methods of capitalism had to be undertaken until manufacturing was established.

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  24. You may well be right, I am going by memory of decades ago based on what I read in the little red book. Deng could have been implementing what Mao suggested. Also, I may have some memory-destroying traces of the statins I gave up long ago.

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