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In a peculiar move, the White House announced Monday evening a chemical weapons attack in Syria will be carried out soon by the regime of Bashar al-Assad against civilians — the second government-launched attack on his own people in the past few months — and that the U.S. would pulverize Syrian forces as retribution.

If, that is, gargantuan holes in logic suit your fancy — because nearly every facet of the above ‘facts’ touted by the corporate press and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer depart so far from the truth as to be farcically unrecognizable.

Spicer tweeted,

“The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children. The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.

“As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.”

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Prognostication this specific must only have graced only Spicer, as Assad’s nefarious plot utterly baffled top-level military officials — whom, one would surmise, should be made cognizant of the need to retaliate — as the New York Times reports,

“An official with the United States Central Command, which oversees combat operations in the Middle East, said Monday night that he had ‘no idea’ what the White House statement was referring to.”

Further, the as-yet unproven narrative Assad carried out a deadly chemical attack against his own people — for reasons never made apparent — crumbled nearly beyond repair on Sunday, with an article from journalist Seymour Hersh citing communications between an active duty U.S. soldier and a security adviser indicating Washington and the Pentagon knew all along the April gassing was not only not Assad’s doing, it wasn’t an attack, at all.

Addressing the numerous conundrums and logical Gordian knots emanating from Washington and its mouthpiece mainstream press, foreign policy expert Daniel McAdams discussed the embarrassing truth of the matter with government critic and former presidential candidate, Dr. Ron Paul, for the Liberty Report. He writes,

“So President Trump is fighting against CNN’s ‘fake news’ while he is putting out fake news that the Syrian government is about to attack its citizens with gas? Trump has more in common with CNN than he would like us to believe.”

“Last night the White House released a shock statement that the Syrian government was about to use chemical weapons ‘again’ on its citizens and that the United States would launch a massive response. At the time, the AP reported that neither the State Department nor the Pentagon or intelligence agencies seemed to know anything about it. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned that any attack on citizens of Syria would be automatically blamed on Assad (as well as Russia and Iran). It seems Trump is ready for a massive attack on the Syrian government — coincidentally just a day after a major piece by Seymour Hersh showed that the US intelligence community knew that the April ‘chemical attack’ was no such thing but that Trump launched 59 Tomahawk missiles anyway.”

Without an impetus clear in purpose, the U.S. must enjoin support for its desired intervention in Syria through other channels, since aggressive military acts against a sovereign nation could be considered an act of war or war crime. Thus, to accomplish a goal of ousting Assad, an unpleasant narrative — such as his inexplicably gassing innocent civilians — must be proffered, no matter its veracity.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley pumped up the propagandic rhetoric Monday, as well, tweeting,

“Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.”

Perhaps Haley made the statement unaware anyone with integrity would question why a ruler would choose to slay innocent civilians, knowing the U.S. military — which would swiftly respond — dwarfs all others on the planet by orders of magnitude in size and funding.

Of course, questioning that Assad would attack the people under his rulership — though verboten by a corporate press in bed with whatever agenda Washington throws its way — must be done, considering previous similar claims from other putative chemical attacks have collectively either been proven incorrect or inconclusive.

And as McAdams points out, the timing of this odd announcement Assad will be held responsible for any attacks against Syrians follows ridiculously close to Hersh’s earth-shattering report that the U.S. knew at the time the administration lobbed bombs into Syria, government forces did not, in fact, carry out any chemical attack, whatsoever.

Dr. Paul summoned the specter of former President George W. Bush’s elusive WMDs as a comparison, stating,

“Well, you remember the story about the Weapons of Mass Destruction that were about to ‘hit us’ back in the early part of this century, and the reason why we had to ‘protect’ the American people. We had to protect our freedoms and we had to protect our Constitution by going and killing a couple hundred thousand people […]

“This is really strong language … But, I’ll tell you one thing: There’s no evidence the people in Commerce or in the administration will sit down and think about it a little bit. You know, ‘What are the ramifications?’”

Dr. Paul notes not even the realists have paused to consider repercussions of pegging Assad responsible and then initiating retaliation.

In April, the U.S. blocked independent and U.N. investigations into the supposed chemical weapons use by Assad — a clear indicator truth did not comprise the central motivation for the claim. To believe that account of events, the public must compromise rationale, instead opting to surmise Assad acted in stupidity against innocents with no possible benefit to his regime.

Indeed, no logic exists in the idea Assad would pause conventional warfare pushing terrorists of various stripes out of Syria to kill his own people with chemical munitions, thereby alienating Syrian ally, Russia, and provoking the U.S. in the process, McAdams remarked.

While it’s still unclear how far the U.S. will go in pushing its pro-war agenda in Syria, Russia — Assad’s primary power ally — might not tolerate belligerent, obdurate posturing much longer. We could, as Dr. Paul opined, be heading into a far messier — if not detrimental — involvement than the empire can tenably sustain.

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Claire Bernish began writing as an independent, investigative journalist in 2015, with works published and republished around the world. Not one to hold back, Claire’s particular areas of interest include U.S. foreign policy, analysis of international affairs, and everything pertaining to transparency and thwarting censorship. To keep up with the latest uncensored news, follow her on Facebook or Twitter: @Subversive_Pen.
  • LowellST13

    This is the issue I have with President Trump and all previous presidents since Coolidge. The Military industrial Complex is now led by those who ocriminal put in place after firing a lot of Military leaders. WE the USA need not be involved in these unconstitutional wars of attrition. We are not trying to win them, we are just using military as cannon fodder which disgusts me greatly. I value our Service Personnel, but they are being wasted fighting in locations for globalists, muslims, and corporations that are greedy. WE NEED to bring our Troops home and have them protect our borders after kicking out the non refugees that ocriminal illegally let in the country. WE should not have military bases in over 130+ countries. We Need to actually combat Terrorism, not nation build to prop up globalist corporations by the blood of our service men and women. We need to work on Fair Trade with all nations, not entangling alliances with those we currently have.

    • Dan Quixoté

      Only since Coolidge, eh? I’m pretty convinced the warmongering oligarchs took over the Presidency starting with the installation of Taft.

      • Heretic Jones

        Starting with the Virginia Company..?

        • Dan Quixoté

          Later North American joint-stock colony companies, maybe, but I couldn’t say it started with the Virginia Company. What with all their starving and getting massacred by the natives and finally folding up shop in 1624.

          • Heretic Jones

            Ah yes, good point.

      • LowellST13

        Coolidge was the last president that didn’t exercise more than his oath of office. He was very controlled and didn’t violate the constitution and exercised restraint instead of starting wars. Read about Coolidge, Personally I think he did an admiral job and actually decided not to run for his full second term. I think he had enough. What he Did

        Coolidge’s policies in office continued to be guided by his strong
        belief in private enterprise and small government. He cut taxes, limited
        government spending and stacked regulatory commissions with people
        sympathetic to business. Coolidge once said, “The chief business of the
        American people is business.” He also rejected U.S. membership in the
        League of Nations and set high tariffs on imported goods to protect
        American industry. Hallelujah and amen to protecting American Business instead of the democommunists and republisocialists destroying american industry and orchestrating trade treaties which based on GATT, NAFTA, CAFTA, WTO are illegal and unconstitutional. These have destroyed Industry and sent jobs overseas, down south, into asia, and harmed American Citizens. I would fully support Coolidge if he were alive today.. BUT if the Elite would quit trying to sabotage President Trump, he might be decent. But HE NEEDS to quit the POLICY of forever war throughout the world. How about Peacefully negotiate trade with all nations instead of orchestrating the failed policy of the last 30 years of democracy at gun point. WE the THE USA are not a DEMOCRACY and nobody in their right mind would want that. WE Are supposed to be a Representative Republic. We are no longer that either due the Criminal Unconstitutional Element in all branches of our government. WHY do most Americans continue to support treasonous or treacherous actions by the elected people. Fire em then Hang em after conviction..

        • Dan Quixoté

          Yeah, Coolidge was great. His administration employed chemists to poison the bootleg alcohol supply during Prohibition, and it killed hundreds.

          http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2010/02/the_chemists_war.html

          The KKK was permitted to put on huge parades down Pennsylvania Avenue each August during his presidency.

          Coolidge appointed our favorite fascist tyrant J. Edgar Hoover head of the FBI basically for life, setting the pattern of criminalizing all citizens.

          But most importantly he continued the Banana Wars in Central and South America, to protect and further the business interests of influential predatory US corporations in those countries, using the Marine Corps as a corporate private army. That garbage didn’t stop until the early 30’s under FDR.

    • PRINCE PURPLE RAIN DELUXE O(->

      Wars are very profitable….

  • Dan Quixoté

    Way to call it, Ron.

  • Heretic Jones

    These statements by Trump, Spicer, Haley… Stranger than fiction. Comical in a very insidious way. Sometimes you just have to bow to the absurd…

  • PRINCE PURPLE RAIN DELUXE O(->

    What this means is that they’ll stage a False-Flag Operational Event in Syria for justification to attack & invade and go to war with them and maybe even Russia & Iran kicking off WWIII.

  • Zaphod Braden

    Trump, you are an IDIOT. The People are tired of your GAMES. The president/government is supposed to govern, which means make things run smoothly and evenly. All you do is create hysteria based on BULL SH-T.
    I am having a problem with Trump — he screams “fake news! fake news!” but then he bases his decisions on FAKE MSM NEWS.
    Take Syria and the discredited gas attacks ….
    It is the FAKE news claiming the Syrian government made an attack — everyone else said bull shit. Trump wasted $140+MILLION blowing up shit.
    It is ILLEGAL for us to be inside Syria’s borders in any way shape or form.
    While the White House claims that Damascus is preparing for a “new chemical attack,” referring to the Idlib incident of April 4, American investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh insists that the US military on the ground in Syria were aware that the alleged gas strike never took place.
    NONE of those “Syrian Gas attacks” actually took place. They have been disproven.
    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2017/06/u-s…ligence-chiefs.html
    —————
    P.S. I don’t see your sons or Kuschner “suiting up” for the Front Lines.

  • Zaphod Braden

    “Hatchet Face”.Halley is nuts. She is a “christianzionist” RINOneocon fruitcake.
    The “rapture” Prophets for PROFIT are ANTI-Christ DEATH CULTISTS. God/Jesus put you in this LIFE to learn “soul lessons”, to increase your consciousness to the point of Redemption. Hagee and his Ilk REJECT the LIFE God gave you, and dangle a “shortcut” in front of people, just as SATAN dangled Temptation in front of Jesus. Do not follow the ANTI-Christ lies of FALSE prophets. There will be ONE Judgement Day, and NO ONE is going to “bypass” it by being “raptured”, that is a lie from Satan and his television IMPS. Their “shortcut” of cheating God’s lessons does NOT lead to Heaven, any more than cheating on school work teaches you the subject. Hagee, Robertson, the whole group, do NOT believe in anything except the MONEY they collect for leading their Flocks astray. From the Hagee church on down to Pat Robertson, it’s all ANTI-Christ. I don’t believe their savior would’ve approved of fat bank accounts & massive multi million dollar buildings. Christian institutions today represent the most perverse translation of Christianity
    http://www.jeff-goodall.com/?p=8955

    The problem, is the belief system of Christian Zionists. They believe that what Israel wants is what God wants. Therefore, it is perfectly acceptable to give the green light to whatever it is Israel wants and then conceal this from the American people. Anything, including lies, theft, even murder, is justified as long as Israel wants it. Then why did JESUS suffer on the cross!?