Sunday, April 9, 2017

Former CIA Officer: "The Intelligence Confirms The Russian Account On Syria"

Via Frank

Former CIA officer Philip Giradi. (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Giraldi told Scott Horton’s Webcast: “I’m hearing from sources on the ground in the Middle East, people who are intimately familiar with the intelligence that is available who are saying that the essential narrative that we’re all hearing about the Syrian government or the Russians using chemical weapons on innocent civilians is a sham.”

Giraldi said his sources were more in line with an analysis postulating an accidental release of the poison gas after an Al Qaeda arms depot was hit by a Russian airstrike.

“The intelligence confirms pretty much the account that the Russians have been giving … which is that they hit a warehouse where the rebels – now these are rebels that are, of course, connected with Al Qaeda – where the rebels were storing chemicals of their own and it basically caused an explosion that resulted in the casualties. Apparently the intelligence on this is very clear.”

Giraldi said the anger within the intelligence community over the distortion of intelligence to justify Trump’s military retaliation was so great that some covert officers were considering going public.

President Trump earned neocon applause for his hasty decision to attack Syria and kill about a dozen Syrians, but his rash act has all the earmarks of a “wag the dog” moment.

Just two days after news broke of an alleged poison-gas attack in northern Syria, President Trump brushed aside advice from some U.S. intelligence analysts doubting the Syrian regime’s guilt and launched a lethal retaliatory missile strike against a Syrian airfield.

Trump immediately won plaudits from Official Washington, especially from neoconservatives who have been trying to wrestle control of his foreign policy away from his nationalist and personal advisers since the days after his surprise victory on Nov. 8.

There is also an internal dispute over the intelligence. On Thursday night, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. intelligence community assessed with a “high degree of confidence” that the Syrian government had dropped a poison gas bomb on civilians in Idlib province.

But a number of intelligence sources have made contradictory assessments, saying the preponderance of evidence suggests that Al Qaeda-affiliated rebels were at fault, either by orchestrating an intentional release of a chemical agent as a provocation or by possessing containers of poison gas that ruptured during a conventional bombing raid.

One intelligence source told me that the most likely scenario was a staged event by the rebels intended to force Trump to reverse a policy, announced only days earlier, that the U.S. government would no longer seek “regime change” in Syria and would focus on attacking the common enemy, Islamic terror groups that represent the core of the rebel forces.


  1. Multiple negatives from the attack. One negative is once again the right-wing (anti-globalism) is seen as aggressive and dangerous. We need Chesterton's "Patriotic Idea" as the ideal.

    I dislike the destruction of Syria, but I'm just pointing out a facet that is missed by some people: George W. Bush turned Europe leftwards. And of course Europe isn't the world; I just don't know what happens elsewhere.

    A lot of important Trump supporters, people with tens of thousands of followers, are against this war or have at least been critical. (Others with fewer supporters have at least been on tv, for example Alan Tonelson who is great but boring, hence few followers).

    It is not solely the Alt Right who wants noninterventionism. Others listened, for the first time, to how beautiful America First would be. And they came to believe.

    That said, Richard Spencer, VDARE, etc. have done extremely well with their recent activism.

    Trumpism basically converted many people to my way of thinking in a number of ways. I'm so disappointed by this turn of events. My way of thinking is I generally want to preserve things, to keep things very short. War has a tendency to destroy...

    1. I'm so disappointed by this turn of events.

      You and me both. Thanks.