Pusned into exile at the London Review of Books (rather than the front page of the NY Times or Washington Post).
‘The [US intelligence] 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?”’
Hersch dissects the evolving farce that is Obama’s “intelligence” on sarin in Syria.
“Already by late May, the senior intelligence consultant told me, the CIA had briefed the Obama administration on al-Nusra and its work with sarin, and had sent alarming reports that another Sunni fundamentalist group active in Syria, al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI), also understood the science of producing sarin. At the time, al-Nusra was operating in areas close to Damascus, including Eastern Ghouta. An intelligence document issued in mid-summer dealt extensively with Ziyaad Tariq Ahmed, a chemical weapons expert formerly of the Iraqi military, who was said to have moved into Syria and to be operating in Eastern Ghouta. The consultant told me that Tariq had been identified ‘as an al-Nusra guy with a track record of making mustard gas in Iraq and someone who is implicated in making and using sarin’. He is regarded as a high-profile target by the American military.”
“…it did confirm previous reports that al-Nusra had the ability to acquire and use sarin. A sample of the sarin that had been used was also recovered – with the help of an Israeli agent – but, according to the consultant, no further reporting about the sample showed up in cable traffic.”
“…They concluded that the [Syrian Jihadi] rebel forces were capable of attacking an American force with sarin because they were able to produce the lethal gas. The examination relied on signals and human intelligence, as well as the expressed intention and technical capability of the rebels.’
“…The CIA declined to comment for this article.”
Seymour Hersch relies almost exclusively on American sources to battle it out over this Syrian conflict. Still, he is persona non grata today in American corporate/imperial media circles. The story is disappeared and sent over to London. Hersch makes the case that Obama is a liar, that the intelligence is being cooked. The obvious implication is that we probably should impeach the bastards post haste, and you can’t say stuff like that on American airwaves.
I have also written on the Syrian rebels’ possession and use of nerve gas and the glaring falsehoods put out by the US regime…