Obama's Case for War on Syria
Obama's rationale for war is simple: Assad gassed his
people. But the chemical weapons attack in Damascus on August
2013 was most likely carried out by U.S. supported al-Qaeda rebels, not
| But just like there was no evidence that Saddam
had WMD, there is no evidence that Assad gassed his own people.
Obama is betting everything that
will believe his premise. And most media outlets in the U.S.
continued to widely report Obama's assertions not as unsubstantiated
claims, but rather as facts, just as they did with Bush's claims during
the lead up to the Iraq war.
one denies that a chemical weapons attack took place on August 21 in
Syria, but the evidence points to the attackers being al-Qaeda rebels
and not the Assad government:
administration needs to address the hypocrisy of being on the same side
as al-Qaeda in Syria while concurrently saying that they are an enemy
in Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia and other Muslim countries. It has been
widely reported that rebels in Syria include al-Qaeda fighters:
- Why would Assad order a chemical
days after UN inspectors arrived at his request
? Assad asked
the UN to carry out investigations into alleged
rebel usage of chemical weapons
in Aleppo in the Spring 2013. Just days after the UN inspectors'
arrival in Damascus, the chemical attack of August 21 took place.
Syrian rebels DO have chemical weapons capability
The Washington Post noted in December 2012 that fighters from a group
that the Obama administration has branded a terrorist organization were among
rebels who seized a military base where research on chemical weapons
had been conducted.
(D-FL) stated: "The administration is asking us to go to war on the
basis of a four-page document and a 12-page document and none of the
- Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) stated:
"Yes, I saw the classified documents yesterday (September 2). They
were pretty thin
. The case that can be made that actually
Assad was the one who pulled the trigger is suspect."
"The group that is most likely to benefit from (a chemical attack) is
Al-Qaeda. They ignite some gas, some people die and blame it on Assad."
"I would not understand or comprehend that Bashar al-Assad, no matter
how bad a man he may be, would be so stupid as to order a chemical
weapons attack on civilians in his own country when the immediate
consequence...might be that he would be at war with the United States.
So this reeks of a false flag operation."
- Russian President Vladimir Putin:
"[T]here is every reason to believe [sarin gas] was
used not by the Syrian army
but by opposition forces to provoke intervention by their powerful
foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists."
- U.N. commission member Carla Del
Ponte stated that there were "strong, concrete suspicions but not
incontrovertible proof" that
rebels used the nerve gas agent sarin
in the Spring of 2013.
- Enrique Baron, head of Madrid's
Police counter-terrorist intelligence stated that Al Qaeda may have
chemical weapons, "The Al Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb has acquired and
used very powerful conventional arms and probably also has
non-conventional arms, basically
, as a result of the loss of control of arsenals."
- Syrian rebel groups sought sarin gas material
Turkish prosecutors say.
- Who would gain from use of chemical
weapons? In the months prior to the August 21 chemical attack,
fractured Syrian opposition offered
little resistance to Assad's forces
. Using nerve gas would
have been strategically unnecessary for Assad.
sarin? By Seymour Hersh
Bush and Iraqi WMD, Obama cherry-picked intelligence on the Aug. 21
chemical attack as a way to justify war on Syria. One
intelligence officer called Obama's assurances of Assad's supposed
chemical weapons attack a 'ruse'
and that the attack was not the result of Assad.
failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community:
that the Syrian army was not the only entity with access to sarin.
Even though it knew the al-Nusra Front, al al-Qaeda
fighting against the Syrian government, had mastered the mechanics of
creating the nerve gas in quantity. But Obama cherry-picked
intelligence to justify a strike against Assad, in part, as a way to
not lose political points for the Democratic party since he had set a
"red line" on chemical weapons use.
former senior intelligence official told Hersh that the Obama
administration had altered the available information â in
of its timing and sequence â to enable the president and his
advisers to make intelligence retrieved days after the attack look as
if it had been picked up and analyzed in real time, as the attack was
happening. The distortion, he said, reminded him of the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident
when the Johnson administration reversed the sequence of National
Security Agency intercepts to justify one of the early bombings of
North Vietnam. The same official said there was immense frustration
inside the military and intelligence bureaucracy: âThe guys
throwing their hands in the air and saying, âHow can we help
guyâ â Obama â âwhen he and his cronies in the White
House make up the intelligence as they go along
In trying to justify an attack on Syria, the White House claimed it
knew about the sarin attack 3 days before it killed an estimated 1400
people. If this were true, why did it not give any warning to
Syrian people? After this question was raised, the
retracted its statement saying that it did not know beforehand. (read)
Gambling on the same strategy that Bush did with Iraq, the Obama
administration is counting on media complicity to accept and report his
unproven, illogical assertions as evidence-based fact.
- Dennis Kucinich: Bombing
Syria would make US pilots 'Al-Qaeda's air force.'
- The Associated Press reported on
April 10, 2013 that militant
rebels in Syria have merged with al-Qaeda
- In February 2012, the
leader of al-Qaeda
Ayman al-Zawahri, called on Muslims from other countries to support
rebels in Syria seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad.
- In February 2012, then Secretary of
said that arming Syrian rebels could help al Qaeda.
- Cables released by WikiLeaks show
that the U.S.
State Department secretly financed Syrian opposition groups
- In August 2012, CNN reported that
the Obama administration authorized
covert support for Syrian rebels
- On September 5, 2013, the
New York Times published a video
showing members of the Free Syrian Army carrying out an execution of
seven unarmed members of the Syrian government's military.
- On May 14, 2013, CNN released a
video showing a Syrian
rebel cutting out a government soldier's heart and then eating it
History proved Bush's WMD claims to be wrong and the Iraq war to be a
mistake. If Obama eventually carries out a war on Syria based on the
"he gassed his own people" pretext, history will leave Obama and all of
those in the media who acted as his stenographers in the dust.