Defense Secretary Jim Mattis: No evidence Syrian government used poison gas on its people

This is monumental news that, for some reason, isn’t broadcast by the alphabet TV news.

Robert Burns reports for the AP that a week ago, on February 2, 2018, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon the U.S. has no evidence to confirm reports from aid groups and others that the Syrian government had used the deadly chemical sarin on its citizens.

While saying that “We’re looking for evidence of it, since clearly we are dealing with the Assad regime that has used denial and deceit to hide their outlaw actions. We’re even more concerned about the possibility of sarin use,” and that “We have other reports from the battlefield from people who claim it’s been used,” Mattis admitted that “We do not have evidence of it.”

In fact, experienced chemical weapons experts and investigators such as Hans Blix, Scott Ritter, Gareth Porter and Theodore Postol have all cast doubt on “official” U.S. narratives — of both the Obama and Trump administrations — regarding President Assad employing sarin.

In April 2017, claiming the Assad government illegally used chemical weapons against Syrian rebels in Idlib province, the U.S. launched several dozen Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in response. President Donald Trump said the attack was meant to deter further Syrian use of illegal weapons.

Despite Mattis’ admission that the U.S. has no evidence the Syrian government, a day before on Thursday, February 1, the Trump administration accused Assad of producing and using “new kinds of weapons” to deliver deadly chemicals. Administration officials said Trump has not ruled out additional military action to deter chemical attacks or to punish Assad, though they did not suggest any action was imminent. They emphasized that the United States was seeking a new way to hold users of chemical weapons accountable and wanted cooperation from Russia, Assad’s patron, in pressuring him to end the attacks.

The truth is that it is Israel who wants the U.S. to topple the Assad government, under whose rule Syrian Christians have lived peaceably alongside their Muslim neighbors. The United States should stop fighting Israel’s wars by manufacturing excuses to justify attacking the Syrian government.

See Philip Giraldi, “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars,” The Unz Review.

In the words of U.S. Army veteran and international lawyer Ian Wilkie:

“America’s credibility was damaged by Colin Powell at the United Nations in 2003 falsely accusing Saddam Hussein of having mobile anthrax laboratories. Fast forward to 2017 and we encounter Nikki Haley in an uncomfortably similar situation at the U.N. Security Council calling for action against yet another non-Western head-of-state based on weak, unsubstantiated evidence.

Now Secretary Mattis has added fuel to the WMD propaganda doubters’ fire by retroactively calling into question the rationale for an American cruise missile strike.

[. . . I]t is time for America to stop shooting first and asking questions later.”

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~Eowyn

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22 responses to “Defense Secretary Jim Mattis: No evidence Syrian government used poison gas on its people

  1. I fully disagree with Mattis on this one and think Assad is an evil entity.

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    • Assad is evil incarnate? He leaves Christians alone, unlike the so-called Syrian “rebels” who are really jihadists. Don’t you, Christian Zionist, care about Syrian Christians? It would appear the “Zionist” part of your moniker overrules the “Christian” part.

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    • I don’t know about Assad being so evil- our gov demonizes anyone who gets in their way. Look at the history of us backing brutal strong men when they were willing to do US bidding. It is lie on top of lie. Even if Assad a bad character, what shall we do? Shall we bomb and kill him like we did Khadafi and leave the country in utter chaos and under the control of warring Islamic factions? That is the goal of the Yinon Plan you know. I personally don’t believe he used the chemical weapons because this stunt was tried before under Obama and shown to be a false flag designed to give the US an excuse for intervention on behalf of Israhell. War is made by and for the Jews to gain hegemony, and kill off assorted goyim.

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      • The Syrian people elected him. It isn’t up to us to decide whether he stays or not. That would make us Democrats.

        The Jews want to partition Syria. That’s who is behind all this. In my view this administration, while better than others, is WAY too involved with the Zionist Entity.

        I wouldn’t authorize any action against it and I don’t want to pay for it in blood or money.

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  2. We lobbed a bunch of cruise missiles at a virtually empty airbase.
    Perhaps the folks at DoD knew the “gas” claim was bogus, and created a nice handy target to placate the warmongers. Not that I would mention McCain by name…

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  4. — Lana — I totally agree with you. Assad may be the most evil person on earth but as you say if he is dethroned, there goes Syria just like what happened when Khadafi was dethroned. Assad is a stabilizing force and should be left alone. I also agree that Assad has no reason to use chemical weapons. In fact he has every reason not to use them. The chemical attacks came from the supporters of ISIS/ISIL/IS and others of their ilk. Finally, an American Leader is pointing out the facts. Thank you General Mattis.

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  5. I can’t oppine on the rest of the names on the list of “experts,” but Hans Blix wouldn’t know a WMD if he had tripped over one.

    He was nothing but a left-wing UN stooge and as such, his credibility is less than zilch.

    WMD’s and the evidence of their existence were found all over Iraq (I have seen the list), but the fact that SoDamn Insane had nearly a year to destroy them or get them out of the country seems to be ignored by many.

    As for Syria, I don’t know how many WMD’s came into Assad’s possession from outside sources (including the aforementioned Saddam) but there is a reason why Syria’s nuke reactor was blown to smithereens back in 2007 (as well as Iraq’s in 1981), and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t because General Electric was pissed off about the competition.

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  6. Don’t forget Iran’s involvement in Syria. I wouldn’t put it past them trying to frame Assad and his branch of Islam in trying to promote their own, or just to draw in American forces, while also going after their common enemies (e.g., Kurds, ISIS, Israel, etc.)

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  7. Dr. E.said, “The truth is that it is Israel who wants the U.S. to topple the Assad government, under whose rule Syrian Christians have lived peaceably alongside their Muslim neighbors. The United States should stop fighting Israel’s wars by manufacturing excuses to justify attacking the Syrian government.”
    Spot on. Trump has found himself in an invidious position in needing to reverse Obama & Clinton policies in the M.E. without causing a storm. It is credibly alleged that after Hillary destroyed seeming order in Libya, she arranged for Sarin to be routed to Syria via Turkey out of Benghazi [perhaps accounting for her inaction over the attack on the embassy]
    As reported by Macedoniaonline: “In 2014, then President Barack Obama conceded that Assad destroyed all of Syria’s chemical stockpiles under the supervision of UN inspectors and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The Americans even paid for the process of destroying those weapons.”

    Whatever the truth regarding chemical weapons, behind it all is Israel’s fear of Iran and they are determined to keep Shia hardline power out of Syria under any pretext which is why they and Obama assisted ISIS. Israel’s intent suited Obama who showed obvious sympathies towards Iran with his enormous cash gift, lifting embargoes and paving the way for Iran to nuclear weapons. Apart from MB Obama being a muslim supporter, the aims of the military industrial power base and the CFR co-ordinated with Obama’s such that the it was necessary to acquire the pipeline through Iran, rather than to see it constructed to Russia’s advantage.

    After America killed many of Assad’s soldiers [mistake?] back in early 2016, Syria took out an installation in its own country that housed 30 intelligence officers from the US, Israel and the UK who were plotting ISIS path to victory over Syria. The false claim that Assad used chemicals was met by Trump with a huge bombing of nothing much, which shows Trump knows the truth but needed to give a sign to his country and to Assad that he would take no nonsense. Quite brilliant tactics from a non-military man. While Obama fought a war by proxy, on behalf of the hawks and the establishment, Russia has done likewise by using Iranian troops. I don’t know what will eventuate but worry for friends in Lebanon who are caught in the middle of Israeli attacks on Hezbollah in both Lebanon and Damascus.

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    • The Jews want “Eretz Israel”. Unfortunately for them, there are countries in the way. That’s what they want us for, realizing their plan. There is nothing anymore complex than that. All the rest is obfuscation.

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  8. The agenda has always been to take out Assad. I didn’t believe he was stupid enough to use chemical weapons on his own people with inspectors right there in country. What would be his purpose? Qaddafi was good to his people and kept order. Saddam Hussein was a murdering tyrant, but he also kept order. Does anyone think Libya, Iraq or Syria are any better off now that millions have died, terrorist factions are in control, all all infrastructure demolished? Good for Mattis for telling “a” truth .. it should be an everyday event. I still want to know what happened to the missing TRILLIONS from the DoD. Maybe, while he’s on a truth binge, he could tell us that?

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    • The Jews want Syria broken up, just like Iran and Iraq. They want their employees (us) to spend our blood and money on it. We have no right, gas or no gas, to go in there and overturn their election anymore than the Demon-rats here have a right to overturn ours.

      Assad did not “gas his own people”. Even if he had, we would have no right or mandate to interfere. That, allegedly, is what the UN is for (ha, ha), but that’s another story.

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  10. Thank you for publishing this one, Dr. Eowyn. With Secretary Mattis’ statement, we move a little closer to an understanding of the Syrian situation.

    I was sad when President Trump launched a cruise missile attack on Syria, citing chemical weapons use, and got no comfort listening to the pundits bragging about how strong a message it sent to the world.

    The message it sent me was that John McCain, Barack Obama, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton are still getting away with running guns, supplies and support to ISIS. And that can’t sound good to anyone who has been in the path of America’s jihadists.

    President Trump, I do not doubt your sincere support for Christians all over the world. So it is my hope that you have a strategy for dealing with the people in our government who have secretly propped up the jihadists.

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  11. Obongo and the Clintonistas founded and funded the “jihadis”. It’s just an auxiliary IDF. We either have to lower our flag and switch to blue and white or get out of the Knesset.

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