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)
— EHSANI2 (@EHSANI22) April 12, 2017
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.”
“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.”
“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.
Those who've declared Trump a habitual liar now vilify those refusing to blindly follow him into another regime change war. Hypocrisy.
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) April 10, 2017
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 Iraq war; we have the duty not to allow lies/speculation to drag us into regime change war again.
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) April 11, 2017
“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?
The true costs of war, in both lives and national treasure, are far too high to wade into conflict without clear and convincing reasons to.
— Tyson Manker (@tysonmanker) March 20, 2017