Trump Accused W of Lying Us into Iraq; Is He Trying to Lie Us into Syria?
Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff, Retired Colonel Lawrence Wilkinson, was on Chris Hayes last night. His denunciation of the Trump WH’s incompetence made headlines.
“He has since become a critic of the Iraq War as well as former Vice President Dick Cheney. But on Tuesday, Wilkerson compared the Trump administration unfavorably to Cheney.”
“At least Mr. Cheney was competent, experienced and an extremely good bureaucrat,” Wilkerson said. “This is amateurism and amateurism looks to the world just like what it is: amateurism.”
But that is burying the lead IMO. The news was Wilkerson says he doesn’t dismiss out of hand Russia’s assertion that the attack last week was a ‘fake attack’ that it wasn’t a chemical weapons attack by Assad.
Yes, we’re back at Wag the Dog:
“Retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who was chief of staff to Colin Powell when Powell was national security adviser, does not believe the official U.S. government narrative on Syria. During an interview on The Real News Network (TRNN) with network CEO and senior editor Paul Jay on Friday, Wilkerson said that the Syrian government may not be responsible for last week’s chemical attack and thinks that Donald Trump’s response was a violation of international law.”
In the GOP primary, Trump had savaged Jeb over his brother and Cheney ‘Lying us into Iraq.’ But is Trump now trying to lie us into Syria?
For Wag the Dog reasons? Trump is already a failed domestic President. All he has left is the Rally Around the Flag effects.
“Though Bannon and Kushner are often presented as rivals, the source said, they shared the belief that Trump should tell the truth about Syria, revealing the Obama administration’s CIA analysis that a fatal sarin gas attack in 2013 was a “false-flag” operation intended to sucker President Obama into fully joining the Syrian war on the side of the rebels — and the intelligence analysts’ similar beliefs about Tuesday’s incident.”
“Instead, Trump went along with the idea of embracing the initial rush to judgment blaming Assad for the Idlib poison-gas event. The source added that Trump saw Thursday night’s missile assault as a way to change the conversation in Washington, where his administration has been under fierce attack from Democrats claiming that his election resulted from a Russian covert operation.”
So for domestic, political reasons, Trump who pointed out that the intelligence on WMDs was wrong suddenly is 100% certain about the reports that claim it was a sarin attack by Assad.
“Donald Trump’s decision to launch cruise missile strikes on a Syrian Air Force Base was based on a lie. In the coming days the American people will learn that the Intelligence Community knew that Syria did not drop a military chemical weapon on innocent civilians in Idlib.”
“There are members of the U.S. military who were aware this strike would occur and it was recorded. There is a film record. At least the Defense Intelligence Agency knows that this was not a chemical weapon attack. In fact, Syrian military chemical weapons were destroyed with the help of Russia.”
“This is Gulf of Tonkin 2. How ironic. Donald Trump correctly castigated George W. Bush for launching an unprovoked, unjustified attack on Iraq in 2003. Now we have President Donald Trump doing the same damn thing. Worse in fact. Because the intelligence community had information showing that there was no chemical weapon launched by the Syrian Air Force.”
Now Trump is trying to lie us into Syria to Wag the Dog.
“This attack was violation of international law. Donald Trump authorized an unjustified attack on a sovereign country. What is even more disturbing is that people like Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and NSA Director General McMaster went along with this charade. Front line troops know the truth. These facts will eventually come out. Donald Trump will most likely not finish his term as President. He will be impeached, I believe, once Congress is presented with irrefutable proof that he ignored and rejected intelligence that did not support the myth that Syria attacked with chemical weapons.”
“It should also alarm American taxpayers that we launched $100 million dollars of missiles to blow up sand and camel shit. The Russians were aware that a strike was coming. I’m hoping that they and the Syrians withdrew their forces and aircraft from the base. Whatever hope I had that Donald Trump would be a new kind of President, that hope is extinguished. He is a child and a moron. He committed an act of war without justification. But the fault is not his alone. Those who sit atop the NSC, the DOD, the CIA, the Department of State should have resigned in protest. They did not. They are complicit in a war crime.”
How could he possibly have believed Trump would be a different kind of President-at least in a good way? That mistake came from taking him at his word. You never take him at his word on anything.
Yeah, I thought it was funny in South Carolina when he said to Jeb’s face that his brother lied us into Iraq. But I never took this to mean you could trust Trump himself. It was always obvious he’ll say whatever is convenient at the moment.
Yes, I agree, Russian interference is the big issue. But keep an eye on Syria to see if Trump doesn’t try to use what may have been a false flag attack as a pretense for war in Syria-to rescue not the rebels but his own poll numbers.
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