A roundup of the critiiques being made:
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Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971. He said today: “What’s urgently needed right now — today, Friday, Saturday and Sunday — is people contacting their Representatives in their home districts and in D.C. demanding, first, that Speaker John Boehner call an emergency session of Congress immediately, and second, that there must be no presidential military attack on Syria without a Congressional resolution authorizing it.” See: “192 Reps., Including 73 Democrats, Call for Debate & Vote Before War With Syria.”
Ellsberg added: “Without Congress back in session by Monday or Tuesday, it may be too late to stop a disastrous intervention by President Obama. A mere letter — no matter now many signers — or individual expressions of dissent by Representatives not in session will not do it: debate, hearings, evidence under oath and a Congressional vote are essential.”
Boyle is a professor at the University of Illinois College of Law and author of Tackling America’s Toughest Questions. He said today: “The test the Dossier [PDF] uses is ‘high confidence’ — but the appropriate standard by the International Court of Justice (in the Corfu Channel case) is ‘beyond a reasonable doubt.’ The Dossier notes that it does not ‘confirm’ the allegations against Syria. So the U.S. intelligence community refuses to ‘confirm’ that the Syrian government did it.
“Kerry claimed in his remarks: ‘We assess that the opposition has not used chemical weapons.’ But Carla del Ponte of the UN commission said they did. See: BBC: ‘UN’s Del Ponte says evidence Syria rebels “used sarin”‘ Similarly, Kerry claimed ‘We intercepted communications involving a senior official…’ But the Wall Street Journal already reported that came from Israeli intelligence.”
Parry is founder of ConsortiumNews.com and just wrote “A Dodgy Dossier on Syrian War,” which states: “President George W. Bush misled the world on Iraq’s WMD, but Bush’s bogus case for war at least had details that could be checked, unlike what the Obama administration released Friday on Syria’s alleged chemical attacks — no direct quotes, no photographic evidence, no named sources, nothing but ‘trust us.'” Parry’s books include America’s Stolen Narrative.
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Institute for Public Accuracy 2
Administration Claims on Syria Questioned
The Washington Post reports this morning: “The Obama administration appeared Wednesday to be forging ahead with preparations to attack Syria. It dismissed a Syrian request to extend chemical weapons inspections there as a delaying tactic and said it saw little point in further discussion of the issue at the United Nations.”
“We have concluded that the Syrian government in fact carried these out,” President Barack Obama said in an interview on the PBS “NewsHour” broadcast on Wednesday evening. “And if that’s so, then there need to be international consequences.”
However, AP reported this morning: “The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed at least 100 people is no ‘slam dunk,’ with questions remaining about who actually controls some of Syria’s chemical weapons stores and doubts about whether Assad himself ordered the strike, U.S. intelligence officials say.”
Cockburn recently wrote the piece: “Only a Peace Conference Can Stop Further Bloodshed,” which states: “What armed intervention by foreign powers in Syria will not do is bring an end to the present bloody stalemate in the two-and-a-half-year-old civil war. But governments in Washington, London and Paris should realize that in one respect the slaughter by chemical weapons of hundreds of people in Damascus on August 21 is an opportunity as well as a crime. It is an opportunity because the chemical weapons atrocity and the crisis it has provoked show that the Syrian civil war cannot be left to fester.” Other pieces by Cockburn can be found at: independent.co.uk
MERYL NASS, M.D.
Nass runs the Anthrax Vaccine blog and just wrote the piece “CBW attacks in Syria and Elsewhere: Proving Who Did It Is the Hardest Part.”
Gharbi is a research fellow with the Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflicts based at the University of Arizona. He just wrote the piece “Red Lines Drawn with Syrian Blood,” which states: “As the Obama administration has made abundantly clear, the impending Western strikes in Syria will not be aimed at deposing Assad. The goal is not to resolve, but to perpetuate the conflict.”
Gharbi also recently wrote “Toxic Discourse on Chemical Weapons,” which states: “Al-Qaeda has a long and well-documented history of obtaining, developing, and deploying chemical weapons—even in the Syrian theater. In May, Turkish authorities disrupted a Jahbat al-Nusra cell and discovered sarin gas in the possession of the militants; it is worth noting that this is the precise chemical agent supposedly used in the small-scale attacks in April, which the Obama administration attributed to the Assad regime. Following closely after this event in Turkey, the Iraqi government claimed to have disrupted another major al-Qaeda plot involving chemical weapons, these to be deployed on a massive scale. It is clear that al-Qaeda and its affiliates within and around Syria have access to chemical weapons, as well as the intent to deploy them.” See BBC report: “Iraq Uncovers al-Qaeda ‘Chemical Weapons Plot.’”
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REAL NEWS NETWORK
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