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London Review of Books: Obama did not tell whole truth about Syria



by Joseph Earnest  December 9, 2013


Newscast Media LONDON—According to an article written by journalist Seymour Hersh published in the London Review of Books, US President Barack Obama omitted important intelligence, and in other instances he presented assumptions as facts.


According to Hersh, US intelligence agencies produced a series of classified reports to set the stage for a ground invasion, based on the premise that Assad had used nerve gas against his own people. When the attack occurred al-Nusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad.


"One high-level intelligence officer, in an email to a colleague, called the administration’s assurances of Assad’s responsibility a ‘ruse’. The attack ‘was not the result of the current regime’, he wrote. A former senior intelligence official told me that the Obama administration had altered the available information – in terms of its timing and sequence – to enable the president and his advisers to make intelligence retrieved days after the attack look as if it had been picked up and analysed 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," Hersh wrote.

In his article, Hersh revealed that the same official said there was immense frustration inside the military and intelligence bureaucracy: 'The guys are throwing their hands in the air and saying, "How can we help this guy" – Obama – "when he and his cronies in the White House make up the intelligence as they go along?'"

The full article can be read here. (pop-up)

Iran, a strong and loyal friend of Syria, was convinced that an attack on Syria was justification for an immediate attack on Israel. A military source that spoke on condition of anonymity told FARS News Agency, "If Damascus comes under attack, Tel Aviv will be targeted too and a full-scale war against Syria will actually issue a license for attacking Israel.


"We are rest assured that if Syria is attacked, Israel will also be set on fire and such an attack will, in turn, engage Syria's neighbors," , the source said.


Russia's Vladmir Putin played a major role in brokering a deal that averted a possible war in the Middle East.  Add Comments>>

















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