Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara
points out action in Gulf of Tonkin
during a briefing at the Pentagon.
(AP Photo/Bob Schutz)
So it should not be a surprise that it’s possible that an actor, who would benefit from it, would falsely accuse President Bashar al-Assad of the recent chemical attack in Syria.
Former Texas congressman Ron Paul:
“Before this episode of possible gas exposure and who did what, things were going along reasonably well for the conditions. Trump said let the Syrians decide who should run their country, and peace talks were making out, and Al Qaeda and ISIS were on the run.
“It looks like, maybe, somebody didn’t like that so there had to be an episode, and the blame now is we can’t let that happen because it looks like it might benefit Assad.
“It’s not so easy though is it? What happened four years ago in 2013, you know, this whole thing about crossing the red line? Ever since then, the neocons have been yelling and screaming, a part of the administration has been yelling and screaming about Assad using poison gas.”
Ron Paul agrees that it was never proven in fact. At the time, U.N. official Carla Del Ponte said it was most likely done by the rebels.
“It makes no sense, even if you were totally separate from this and take no sides of this and you were just an analyst, it doesn’t make sense for Assad under these conditions to all of the sudden use poison gasses. I think it’s zero chance that he would have done this deliberately.”
Former Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich:
"There has been a rush to judgment over the origin of the chemical weapon attack in Idlib, Syria. Conclusions were drawn with no investigation, no gathering of evidence, no forensics, no independent international inquiry, only charges followed by military action. It is extraordinary that when anyone so much as asks for an investigation they are attacked politically. When a verdict is arrived at without facts how can we be sure?
"Consider what happened in Ghouta, Syria in 2013. A chemical weapon attack killed nearly 1,000 people. The finger was pointed immediately at the Assad government. But an on-the-ground, at- the-site investigation revealed something quite different.
"Reese Ehrlich, in his 2014 work, 'Inside Syria,' writes: '. . . if UN inspector Sellstrom, as well as professors from MIT and Tesla Labs, are correct on the rocket trajectory, the rockets were fired from areas very near to or under rebel control.'
"Since the world may be moving close to a wider war precipitated by the gas attack at Idlib, it would behoove world leaders to investigate the source of the attack. That is if facts even matter in the current environment."