Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity have issued a memorandum to President Obama directly challenging his administration's claims on Syria's use of chemical weapons:
That is the most salient fact, according to CIA officers working on the Syria issue. They tell us that CIA Director John Brennan is perpetrating a pre-Iraq-War-type fraud on members of Congress, the media, the public ~ and perhaps even you.
This is not a fine point. We know how these things are done. Although the “Government Assessment” is being sold to the media as an “intelligence summary,” it is a political, not an intelligence document.The drafters, massagers, and fixers avoided presenting essential detail. Moreover, they conceded upfront that, though they pinned “high confidence” on the assessment, it still fell “short of confirmation.”
The aim is reported to have been to create the kind of incident that would bring the United States into the war.
That the various groups trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have ample incentive to get the U.S. more deeply involved in support of that effort is clear.
“For Jerusalem, the status quo, horrific as it may be from a humanitarian perspective, seems preferable to either a victory by Mr. Assad’s government and his Iranian backers or a strengthening of rebel groups, increasingly dominated by Sunni jihadis.
“‘This is a playoff situation in which you need both teams to lose, but at least you don’t want one to win ~ we’ll settle for a tie. ‘Let them both bleed, haemorrhage to death: that’s the strategic thinking here. As long as this lingers, there’s no real threat from Syria.’”
The longer Sunni and Shia are at each other’s throats in Syria and in the wider region, the safer Israel calculates that it is.
“The Syria crisis is a trap set by Zionist pressure groups for [the United States].”
Thomas Drake, Senior Executive, NSA (former)Philip Giraldi, CIA, Operations Officer (ret.)Matthew Hoh, former Capt., USMC, Iraq & Foreign Service Officer, AfghanistanLarry Johnson, CIA & State Department (ret.)W. Patrick Lang, Senior Executive and Defense Intelligence Officer, DIA (ret.)David MacMichael, National Intelligence Council (ret.)Ray McGovern, former US Army infantry/intelligence officer & CIA analyst (ret.)Elizabeth Murray, Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Middle East (ret.)Todd Pierce, US Army Judge Advocate General (ret.)Sam Provance, former Sgt., US Army, IraqColeen Rowley, Division Council & Special Agent, FBI (ret.)Ann Wright, Col., US Army (ret); Foreign Service Officer (ret.)