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MIT Professor Calls Trump’s Syria Report “Obviously False, Misleading, and Amateurish”

Tulsi Gabbard President Donald Trump Syria Missile Strikes Sarin Gas Chemical MIT Theodore Postol Tyson Manker Veterans

Tulsi Gabbard President Donald Trump Syria Missile Strikes Sarin Gas Chemical MIT Theodore Postol Tyson Manker Veterans


“What the country is now being told by the White House cannot be true.” —Theodore Postol, MIT


WASHINGTON (April 12, 2017) — A renowned weapons expert and MIT Professor has issued a scathing 14-page report that pushes back against claims made by the Trump administration that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on civilians.

On Tuesday, the White House released a declassified intelligence brief that accused Syrian President Bashar al Assad of deploying military warplanes to drop sarin gas bombs on the town of Khan Shaykhun on April 4, 2017.

In reaching its conclusion, the Trump administration relied on “a wide body of open-source material” and “social media accounts” from the affected areas.

Professor Theodore Postol

MIT Professor Theodore Postol, who previously worked as a scientific advisor to the Pentagon, reviewed the report and was far from convinced.

The report contains absolutely no evidence that this attack was the result of a munition being dropped from an aircraft,” he wrote.

While there is “very little doubt” that “nerve agent poisoning” did occur, the source of contamination remains unclear.

According to Postol, evidence provided by the White House “is more consistent with the possibility that the munition was placed on the ground rather than dropped from a plane.

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“The most plausible conclusion,” Postol wrote, “is that the sarin was dispensed by an improvised dispersal device made from a 122mm section of rocket tube filled with sarin and capped on both sides.”

In his assessment, the weapons expert compared an artillery rocket, which the White House said delivered chemical strikes, with an improvised device, which he claims was more likely the source.


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Improvised Sarin Dispersal Device (Top, yellow) compared with artillery rocket (Below)


No competent analyst would miss the fact that the alleged sarin canister was forcefully crushed from above, rather than exploded by a munition within it.”

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Importantly, he wrote “I believe it can be shown, without doubt, that the document does not provide any evidence whatsoever that the US government has concrete knowledge that the government of Syria was the source of the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria at roughly 6 to 7 a.m. on April 4, 2017.”

“We again have a situation where the White House has issued an obviously false, misleading and amateurish intelligence report.

Although much of the press and most members of Congress blindly applauded Trump’s missile strikes, others voiced skepticism of the administration’s claims.

Outspoken Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq War Veteran and Major in the Army National Guard, blasted her Democratic colleagues for failing to ask tough questions about the strikes, or consider the consequences of unilateral military action.

“We need to learn from Iraq and Libya,” she tweeted Tuesday.

“Some of my friends never came home from the Iraq War; we have the duty to not allow lies/speculation to drag us into regime change war again.”

GOP State Senator Dick Black (VA), a retired U.S. Marine who served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, also joined the chorus against military action in Syria.

Black even urged his constituents to “Call your Congressmen and Senators … and tell them no war against Syria,” using the hashtag “StopWWIII.”

Given the claims of past administrations regarding WMDs in the Middle East and the need for American military intervention, let’s hope other lawmakers follow the lead of Gabbard and Black to start demanding answers as the Constitution obliges them to do.


Tyson Manker is a former combat marine, attorney, college professor. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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