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Photo presented by Trump White House which they claim shows impact site of Chemical Missile launched by Syrian military.


WASHINGTON (April 14, 2017) — A world-renowned rocket scientist and foreign policy expert has issued a second scathing report that casts serious doubts on evidence being cited by the Trump administration as justification for its launching of unilateral military strikes in Syria last week.

Specifically: pictures being relied upon and presented by the White House in support of its claim that “we believe the chemical munition landed … in the middle of a street in the northern section of Khan Shaykhun.” (WHR pg.2)

On Tuesday, the same day the Trump administration released its 4-page declassified report, one of the Nation’s top weapons and national security experts, MIT Professor of Science, Technology and National Security, Theodore Postol, issued a blistering assessment, saying “The [White House report] contains absolutely no evidence that this attack was the result of a munition being dropped from an aircraft.”

After further analysis, Postol issued a follow-up assessment yesterday that contended, “the assumption in the [White House report] that there was no tampering with the alleged site of the sarin release is not correct.”


“This is a serious matter and should not be allowed to continue.”
—Theodore Postol, MIT


“The data provided in these photographs make it clear that the WHR made no serious attempt to collect data that would support its “confident assessment” … that the Syrian government executed a sarin attack as indicated by the location and characteristics of the crater.”

“No competent intelligence analyst would have agreed that this assumption was valid.”

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Figure 2 shows the location of the crater on a Google Earth map of the Northeast part of Khan Sheikun.


“This finding is disturbing [and] indicates that the WHR was probably a report purely aimed at justifying actions that were not supported by any legitimate intelligence.”

“This is a serious matter and should not be allowed to continue,” he warned.

Much of the press and most members of Congress have blindly applauded Trump’s missile strikes, asking few or no questions about the evidence presented. Not all have been silent, however, and some leaders are questioning the pragmatism of relying on unreliable evidence to rush our nation into another Middle East war on the pretense of stopping WMDs.

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and GOP State Senator Dick Black, both decorated combat veterans who have been on the ground in Syria, are leading a small-but-growing chorus of dissent against the Trump administration.

Last week, the Virginia Republican tweeted, “Two American Vets of War Went to Syria, and both say that the US is arming, training, funding and supporting ISIS, al Qaeda, and other terrorists there. And both are being called “traitors” – WAKE UP AMERICA.”

Gabbard, whose skepticism prompted attacks from establishment Democratic has-beens, fired back at critics who have never stepped within 100-miles of a battlefield by educating them about the true costs of war.

“Some of my friends never came home from [the] Iraq War,” the Army Major said. “We have the duty not to allow lies/speculation to drag us into regime change war again.”

Gabbard is right. Instead of ooh-ing and aww-ing over the propagandized “Mother Of All Bombs” or the “beauty of our weapons,” Americans need to stand up and demand answers and vigorous debate before the current administration draws us further down the Middle Eastern rabbit hole.

…And the question remains: why are Democrats still silent on this issue?


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

5 Comments

  1. It seems the war machine wants to marginalize truth seekers, truth finders and truth tellers. Why? Greed, there’s lots of profits to be made from blood money.

  2. Jeanne Baldwin says:

    It is sad, very sad and disturbing to find that many Americans are happy about dropping bombs on innocent people.

    Tulsi and Bernie, and MIT … keep up your work for peace.
    Please, can’t we get rid of Trump an his Admin ??? They have strangled our Constitution. Why, How are they still in office ?

    Thank you for all you do.

  3. Ross Fischer says:

    What about the dozens dead and injured from symptoms that look, act, respond, and kill the same way as organophosphonate agents?

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