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With Error Fixed, Evidence Against ‘Sarin Attack’ Remains Convincing


New results show even more strongly that a U.S. report on the incident in Syria was wrong. They also suggest that Donald Trump lacked information that justified a missile strike.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 READ MORE
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The Nerve Gas Attack Described in White House Report Did Not Occur, Expert Says of Syria Incident


Some kind of poisoning event may have produced mass casualties on April 4, but the White House Intelligence Report did not accurately describe that event, a weapons specialist from MIT writes.

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 READ MORE

A Critique of ‘False and Misleading’ White House Claims About Syria’s Use of Lethal Gas


The Trump administration’s official narrative—produced by the National Security Council under the oversight of national security adviser H.R. McMaster—was produced without input from the professional intelligence community, a weapons expert from MIT writes.

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The Washington Establishment Has a History of Making False Intelligence Claims in the Name of War


National security expert Theodore Postol debunked the White House report of a recent Syria chemical attack, as he did in 2013, but a comprehensive investigation into the latest propaganda is unlikely.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Syria Attack Tramples Many Laws


President Trump’s assault on Syria was illegal under both U.S. and international law, and the American mainstream media’s celebration of his rush to judgment sent him a frightening message: Bombing makes you popular.

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 READ MORE

Dereliction of Duty, Redux


All the evidence in Syria leads to an inescapable conclusion: The American military strike was a violation of international law.

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Washington’s Trend of Demonizing Foes Lands Sean Spicer in Hot Water


The White House spokesman’s belligerent malapropisms soared to new heights Tuesday with his comments about Hitler not gassing his own people.

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Intelligence Experts to Trump: Rethink Syria Escalation


Two dozen former U.S. intelligence officials urge the president to reconsider his claims blaming the Syrian government for chemical deaths last week and de-escalate tensions with Russia.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE

U.S. Made Syrians’ Airstrike Another ‘Tonkin Gulf,’ Expert on Foreign Policy Says (Video)

Retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, believes the Syrian government may not be responsible for last week’s chemical attack and that the U.S. response violated international law.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Pandora’s Box of War


Amid the U.S. outrage over Syrian civilian deaths from banned weapons, we should not forget America’s role in creating and perpetuating the seemingly endless conflict.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE

Almost a Quarter of a Million People Have Died in the Syrian Conflict


An activist group says 71,781 civilian deaths have been recorded in Syria’s devastating conflict, which began in March 2011, and 11,964 of those killed were children.

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Chemical Weapons Watchdog Says Team in Syria ‘Safe’


The world’s chemical watchdog Tuesday denied a report by the Syrian government that investigators and their drivers on a fact-finding mission were kidnapped, saying the group was “safe” and returning to base after an attack.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE

Syrian Chemical Weapons Deadline to Be Missed


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The deadly toxins scheduled to be removed from Syria by Dec. 31 in an effort to destroy the country’s chemical arsenal have not yet been delivered to the port of Latakia to be put on ships, a Russian diplomat said Friday.

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Private Companies to Profit From Destroying Syria’s Chemical Weapons


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The companies asked to help get rid of roughly 800 tons of Bashar Assad’s chemical arsenal, a “major part of the Syrian stockpile,” stand to make $47 million to $54 million, according to the organization directing the task.

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 READ MORE

Syrian Chemical Weapons Facilities Destroyed on Time


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Obama won’t close Guantanamo Bay prison six years after he said he would. But Syrian President Bashar Assad destroyed his country’s declared chemical weapons production facilities a day ahead of schedule.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE

Most of Syria’s Toxins May Be Easily Destroyed


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After the announcement that the U.N. Security Council agreed to a resolution to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, The Washington Post reported that U.S. and Russian officials believe that the majority of the country’s stockpile exists in an “unweaponized” form that can be destroyed quickly.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE

Syria Submits Chemical Weapons Program Outline


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Bashar Assad’s government sent an inventory of the scope and sites of its chemical weapons program Friday to the agency tasked with overseeing the arms’ dismantling as part of a recently agreed upon U.S.-Russia plan.

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 READ MORE

U.S. Must Accept Russian-Delivered Syria


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The Washington debates about the Syrian chemical weapons, and whether there is an Obama “Plan B” by which the United States may yet bomb Syria, seem deaf to what really happened last week.

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 READ MORE

Kerry: U.S. and Russia Make Chemical Weapons Deal


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The U.S. and Russia have agreed that Syrian chemical weapons will be put under international control and destroyed beginning one week from now, The Guardian reported Saturday.

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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign


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This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 READ MORE

Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Obama Tramples Laws He Demands Others Uphold


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For seven decades, successive U.S. governments have used an exclusive and dated U.N. veto power to “pursue their own corrupt interests at the expense of peace and justice,” George Monbiot writes in The Guardian. Obama’s response to the mess in Syria is no exception.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 READ MORE

Assad: We’ll Give Up Chemical Weapons


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The Syrian president said in a yet-to-be-televised interview that Russian diplomatic efforts persuaded him to cede control of his country’s chemical weapons stockpile to the international community.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 READ MORE

What If Congress Says No on Syria?


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The past 12 years have not been good ones. Our leaders consistently let the missiles and bombs fly, resorting to military force and legal abominations in what passed for a foreign policy, and then acted surprised as they looked up at the sky from an ever-deeper hole.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 READ MORE

While Russia Offers Peace, U.S. Grasps at Credibility


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President Obama’s speech on Syria on Tuesday evening was a curious affair, a call to go to war that ended by saying: yes, but not now.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE

Syria Agrees to Chemical Weapons Deal, but There’s a Catch or Two


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“We want to join the convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons,” and with those words, attributed to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, an American entry into Syria’s civil war may be averted—but there remain serious obstacles to peace.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 READ MORE

Obama Remembers He’s Not George W. Bush


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It may come to naught—calls for peace so rarely still the drums of war—but there was a moment Monday when the odds for sanity seemed to finally stand a chance of prevailing.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE

Syria Offers to Turn Over Chemical Weapons for Destruction


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Syria has publicly consented to a Russian plan that would see the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile and avoid an attack by the United States.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE

The Hill to the Rescue on Syria?


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John F. Kennedy once remarked that defeat is an orphan. Here was a war bereft of parents even before it had begun.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: The Syrian Debate Crescendo and More NSA

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Obama’s failure to win broad support for military action against Syria during the G-20 Summit in Russia. The lack of enthusiasm is not helping him win over Congress.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Rep. Alan Grayson to Congress: Reject ‘Warmongering’ and Focus on Problems at Home

In the wake of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s voting 10 to 7 to authorize strikes on Syria, Florida Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson told “Democracy Now!” on Thursday: “I am very disturbed by this general idea that every time we see something bad in the world, we should bomb it. … The president has criticized that mindset, and now he has adopted it. It’s simply not our responsibility to act alone and punish this.”

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Making the World Safe for Banksters: Syria in the Cross Hairs


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Iraq and Libya have been taken out, and Iran has been heavily boycotted. Syria is now in the cross-hairs. Why? Here is one overlooked scenario.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE

Rebel Atrocities Documented as Obama Pushes for Strikes Against Assad


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Neither side seems to embrace modern codes of combat in the Syrian civil war. A freshly smuggled video shows a rebel commander reading a “poem of revenge,” then leading his squad in executing seven captured and kneeling Syrian soldiers.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE

Polls Show Americans Are Dead Set Against Syrian Airstrikes, Aid to Rebels


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If Obama sounds like a salesman, it’s because the public strongly opposes getting involved in Syria.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 READ MORE

On Syria: The U.S. Is No Lone Ranger and Should Put That Six Shooter Away


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The odd discourse in Washington around Syria assumes a moral superiority on the part of the United States and its allies on this issue that can only astonish anyone who knows the history.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE

Clowns of the Middle East


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“[N]o one in the Middle East takes America seriously anymore,” Independent contributor Robert Fisk writes. “And you only had to watch Obama on Saturday [announcing he would seek support from Congress for a strike on Syria] to see why.”

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE

Arab League Calls for ‘Deterrent Measures’ Against Syrian Regime


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Patience is turning out to be a virtue for President Obama, who appears determined to launch a military attack on Syria but would prefer to have broader international support.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Skeptics of Obama’s Syrian Weapons Claims


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This week we honor those who retain their commitment to truth in the face of easy answers, incomplete reporting and official misinformation, such as former Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on Responding to Genocide in Syria

The Truthdig columnist went on The Real News Network to criticize Obama’s reliance on a gas attack on Syrian civilians last month as he attempts to start a unilateral war, an act which Hedges says “illustrates the rise of our imperial presidency.”

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Putin Scoffs at Chemical Attack Claims


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The Russian president and backer of Syria’s leadership is among those rejecting U.S. intelligence claims that Bashar al-Assad’s government used chemical weapons against civilians, saying it would be “utter nonsense” for the government to deploy them in a war it was already winning.

Posted on Aug 31, 2013 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Syria and the Hour of Decision

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether President Obama should start a war after Secretary of State John Kerry said there is clear evidence Syria used poison gas against rebels and civilians. Should Obama wait for more evidence from U.N. inspectors? What is the proper role of the U.S., and should the issue be taken to Congress?

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Inhumane War in the Name of Humanity


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Today we are poised to engage in war against Syria with such a flimsy case being made to attempt to justify an attack, it could only be the product of cynicism and willful misrepresentation in the cause of war and a callous disregard for our true national interest.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE

Middle East Expert: ‘This Is Not Libya’

With five Tomahawk cruise missile-equipped U.S. Navy destroyers waiting in the Mediterranean Sea for a possible strike on Syria, Jadaliyya ezine co-founder and director of Middle East Studies at George Mason University Bassam Haddad says a U.S. attack on Bashar al-Assad’s government could escalate into multinational war.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Kerry Presents Case for Attack on Syria


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After the British Parliament’s refusal to join a U.S. attack on Syria, the secretary of state declared Friday there was “clear” and “compelling” evidence that the government of President Bashar al-Assad used poison gas against its citizens. Meanwhile, the Obama administration released an unclassified intelligence report intended to back up the claim.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE

Obama May Be Walking Into an Impeachment Trap


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The solo-cowboy approach would make the phony Bush “coalition of the willing” that joined in the mistaken attack on Iraq look like brilliant diplomacy.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE

Obama Stands Alone After British Lawmakers Vote Against Syrian Strike


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Barack Obama’s plans to bomb Syria hit a snag Thursday when the British parliament unexpectedly voted against a motion that would have paved the way for authorizing the U.K.’s participation in a military attack.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE

Raytheon Says Let’s Go to War!


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The weapon manufacturer’s stock surged roughly 10 percent while American war drums for Syria crescendoed over the past two months. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., recognizes the jump as an unambiguous reminder that profit is a cause for the war President Obama seems prepared to make. “Nobody wants this except the military-industrial complex,” he said on a radio show Thursday.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE

Tariq Ali on Syrian Chemical Weapons: ‘The Fact Is, We Don’t Know’

The British-Pakistani historian, activist and editor of the New Left Review says that without publicly available evidence, Barack Obama’s claim that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against civilians and rebels is “totally unconvincing.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Assad Must Be Punished


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History says don’t do it. Most Americans say don’t do it. But President Obama has to punish Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s homicidal regime with a military strike—and hope that history and the people are wrong.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE

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