SEYMOUR HERSH is still exiled to the LONDON Review of Books. This is long:
‘If the American public saw the intelligence we were producing daily, at the most sensitive level, they would go ballistic,’ [DIA Chief] Flynn told me
‘There was no way to stop the arms shipments that had been authorised by the president,’ the JCS adviser said.
The assessment was bleak: there was no viable ‘moderate’ opposition to Assad, and the US was arming extremists.
Later that year, Syrian intelligence foiled an attack by al-Qaida on the headquarters of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, and Assad agreed to provide the CIA with the name of a vital al-Qaida informant.+
The Joint Chiefs and the DIA were constantly telling Washington’s leadership of the jihadist threat in Syria, and of Turkey’s support for it. The message was never listened to. Why not?