Humint Events Online: "Wag The Dog — How Al Qaeda Played Donald Trump And The American Media"

Monday, April 10, 2017

"Wag The Dog — How Al Qaeda Played Donald Trump And The American Media"

Excellent, long detailed piece by Scott Ritter

It makes a good case that the gas attack at Khan Sheikhoun was probably, in fact crude chlorine gas made by the local jihadi group linked to ISIS, and was hence, a false-flag attack meant to spur US action.

Many of the fighters affiliated with Tahrir al-Sham are veterans of the battle for Aleppo, and as such are intimately familiar with the tools and trade of the extensive propaganda battle that was waged simultaneously with the actual fighting in an effort to sway western public opinion toward adopting a more aggressive stance in opposition to the Syrian government of Assad. These tools were brought to bear in promoting a counter-narrative about the Khan Sheikhoun chemical incident (ironically, many of the activists in question, including the “White Helmets,” were trained and equipped in social media manipulation tactics using money provided by the United States; that these techniques would end up being used to manipulate an American President into carrying out an act of war most likely never factored into the thinking of the State Department personnel who conceived and implemented the program).
Even slick media training, however, cannot gloss over basic factual inconsistencies. Early on, the anti-Assad opposition media outlets were labeling the Khan Sheikhoun incident as a “Sarin nerve agent” attack; one doctor affiliated with Al Qaeda sent out images and commentary via social media that documented symptoms, such as dilated pupils, that he diagnosed as stemming from exposure to Sarin nerve agent. Sarin, however, is an odorless, colorless material, dispersed as either a liquid or vapor; eyewitnesses speak of a “pungent odor” and “blue-yellow” clouds, more indicative of chlorine gas. And while American media outlets, such as CNN, have spoken of munitions “filled to the brim” with Sarin nerve agent being used at Khan Sheikhoun, there is simply no evidence cited by any source that can sustain such an account.
Heartbreaking images of victims being treated by “White Helmet” rescuers have been cited as proof of Sarin-like symptoms, the medical viability of these images is in question; there are no images taken of victims at the scene of the attack. Instead, the video provided by the “White Helmets” is of decontamination and treatment carried out at a “White Helmet” base after the victims, either dead or injured, were transported there. The lack of viable protective clothing worn by the “White Helmet” personnel while handling victims is another indication that the chemical in question was not military grade Sarin; if it were, the rescuers would themselves have become victims (some accounts speak of just this phenomena, but this occurred at the site of the attack, where the rescuers were overcome by a “pungent smelling” chemical – again, Sarin is odorless.)
More than 20 victims of the Khan Sheikhoun incident were transported to Turkish hospitals for care; three subsequently died. According to the Turkish Justice Minister, autopsies conducted on the bodies confirm that the cause of death was exposure to chemical agents. The World Health Organization has indicated that the symptoms of the Khan Sheikhoun victims are consistent with both Sarin and Chlorine exposure. American media outlets have latched onto the Turkish and WHO statements as “proof” of Syrian government involvement; however, any exposure to the chlorine/white phosphorous blend associated with Al Nusra chemical weapons would produce similar symptoms.
Moreover, if Al Nusra was replicating the type of low-grade Sarin it employed at Ghouta in 2013 at Khan Sheikhoun, it is highly likely that some of the victims in question would exhibit Sarin-like symptoms. Blood samples taken from the victims could provide a more precise readout of the specific chemical exposure involved; such samples have allegedly been collected by Al Nusra-affiliated personnel, and turned over to international investigators (the notion that any serious investigatory body would allow Al Nusra to provide forensic evidence in support of an investigation where it is one of only two potential culprits is mindboggling, but that is precisely what has happened). But the Trump administration chose to act before these samples could be processed, perhaps afraid that their results would not sustain the underlying allegation of the employment of Sarin by the Syrian air force.

Looking at it this way, and in a more conspiratorial light:
1) ISIS-linked jihadi groups are linked to the CIA (not a big leap and the White Helmets have US propaganda, i.e. CIA training):
2) the CIA does not want Trump getting too friendly with the Russians
3) this could be a provocation by the US deep state to get Trump to act to go against Assad and hence, Russia.

And as I posted previously, Trump has his own reasons for wanting to carry out the strike-- it's a wonderful diversion from many issues, even though it doesn't solve anything in the long run. So it's not clear how much Trump is giving into "globalists" or "Zionists", although they were a factor no doubt.

The over-arching problem is Trump's lack of any coherent policy and general lack of thought.
The real culprits here are the Trump administration, and President Trump himself. The president’s record of placing more weight on what he sees on television than the intelligence briefings he may or may not be getting, and his lack of intellectual curiosity and unfamiliarity with the nuances and complexities of both foreign and national security policy, created the conditions where the imagery of the Khan Sheikhoun victims that had been disseminated by pro-Al Nusra (i.e., Al Qaeda) outlets could influence critical life-or-death decisions.
That President Trump could be susceptible to such obvious manipulation is not surprising, given his predilection for counter-punching on Twitter for any perceived slight; that his national security team allowed him to be manipulated thus, and did nothing to sway Trump’s opinion or forestall action pending a thorough review of the facts, is scandalous. History will show that Donald Trump, his advisors and the American media were little more than willing dupes for Al Qaeda and its affiliates, whose manipulation of the Syrian narrative resulted in a major policy shift that furthers their objectives.
The other winner in this sorry story is ISIS, which took advantage of the American strike against Al Shayrat to launch a major offensive against Syrian government forces around the city of Palmyra (Al Shayrat had served as the principal air base for operations in the Palmyra region). The breakdown in relations between Russia and the United States means that, for the foreseeable future at least, the kind of coordination that had been taking place in the fight against ISIS is a thing of the past, a fact that can only bode well for the fighters of ISIS.
For a man who placed so much emphasis on defeating ISIS, President Trump’s actions can only be viewed as a self-inflicted wound, a kind of circular firing squad that marks the actions of a Keystone Cop, and not the Commander in Chief of the most powerful nation in the world.
But the person who might get the last laugh is President Assad himself. While the Pentagon has claimed that it significantly degraded the Al Shayrat air base, with 58 of 59 cruise missile hitting their targets, Russia has stated that only 23 cruise missiles impacted the facility, and these did only limited damage. The runway was undamaged; indeed, in the afternoon of April 7, 2017, a Syrian air force fighter-bomber took off from Al Shayrat, flew to Idlib Province, where it attacked Al Nusra positions near Khan Sheikhoun.

Ultimately there is no easy solution to Syria. It's a huge mess, with no good guys. The only way to stop the fighting would be to cut off arms shipments to Saudi Arabia and Turkey and other Sunni Arab states by the US and the EU.

Finally, this podcast is quite worth a listen, Rania Khalek is a great source for truth in Syria and "the War on Terror".


Blogger the mighty wak said...

well i said as soon a trump does something stupid i would speak out against him.
now he gone and done it: airstrikes against syria. after alleged gas attacks against syrian civilians, blamed on assad govt for which the rest of the world demanded to see the evidence, upon which it appears to be yet another hoax, trump immediately ordered airstrikes against an obscure airfield in syria. whatever the western media claims, russia and syria claim that many of the U.S. missiles missed their target, instead landing the nearby city/town of Homs, killing many civilians including children.

recall trump's presidential campaign when he stated that hillary's plan to attack syria was uncalled for if not downright evil?
way to go trump! it only took you a couple of months to betray the american people.
i guess in order to "save the children of syria" we must kill the children of syria.

3:29 PM  
Blogger the mighty wak said...

TWITTER reminds trump of all the times he said NOT to attack syria:

trump; just another israeli U.S. president - USraeli

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trump: The Great Betrayer. I voted for him and I hope he gets impeached. He's trying very hard to please the 1% as his way of inoculating himself against being removed from office and being remanded to a small room with rubber walls.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree mw. and the Kushners are co-vps. Pence is a live cadaver.

7:09 PM  

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