THE WISDOM FUND: News & Views
March 8, 2017
Ron Paul Institute for
Peace and Prosperity

Trump Invades Syria

Without Congressional authorization, without UN authorization, and without the authorization of the government of Syria.

by Daniel McAdams

Although the Syrian army, with its ally Russia, has made significant gains against ISIS over the past week or so, the Washington Post is reporting tonight that President Trump has for the first time sent regular US military personnel into that country in combat positions. This is an unprecedented escalation of US involvement in the Syrian war and it comes without Congressional authorization, without UN authorization, and without the authorization of the government of Syria. In short it is three ways illegal.

According to the Post, US Marines have departed their ships in the Mediterranean and have established an outpost on Syrian soil from where they will fire artillery toward the ISIS "headquarters" of Raqqa. . . .

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Daniel McAdams is director of the The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

News from Syrian Republic, News from Syrian Girl

The Judgment of the international Military Tribunal: "To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole." (September 30, 1946)

General Smedley Butler, "'War Is A Racket'," The Wisdom Fund, September 11, 2001

NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe

["About 10 days after 9/11, I went through the Pentagon, and I saw Secretary Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz. I went downstairs just to say hello to some of the people on the Joint Staff who used to work for me, and one of the generals called me in. . . . He says, "We've made the decision we're going to war with Iraq." This was on or about the 20th of September. . . .

So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, "Are we still going to war with Iraq?" And he said, "Oh, it's worse than that." . . . "This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran."--Gen. Wesley Clark, "'Seven Countries in Five Years'," democracynow.org, March 2, 2007]

John Pilger, "The Crime of the Century," New Statesman, December 10, 2009

"American Patriots Question 9/11," The Wisdom Fund, September 11, 2011

"Syria and Sarin Gas: US Claims Have a Very Familiar Ring," The Wisdom Fund, April 28, 2013

Robert Parry, "More NYT 'Spin' on the Syria-Sarin Case," consortiumnews.com, April 28, 2013

[The notion that killing with gas is more reprehensible than killing with bullets or shrapnel came out of World War I, in which chemical weapons, introduced by the Germans in 1915, were used extensively. The British emphasized the weapons' inhumane aspects as part of their ongoing program to entice the United States into taking their side in the war.--John Mueller, "Erase the Red Line: Why We Shouldn't Care About Syria's Chemical Weapons," The Wisdom Fund, April 30, 2013]

[Assad refused to sign a proposed agreement with Qatar that would run a pipeline from the latter's North field, contiguous with Iran's South Pars field, through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and on to Turkey, with a view to supply European markets - albeit crucially bypassing Russia--Nafeez Ahmed, "Syria intervention plan fueled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concern," theguardian.com, August 30, 2013]

"A Short History Of The War On Syria, 2006-2014," moonofalabama.org, September 14, 2013

Anthony Deutsch, "Syria hands over remaining chemical weapons for destruction," reuters.com, June 23, 2014

"ISIS Created by Qatar, Saudis, U.S.," The Wisdom Fund, September 24, 2014

Robert Parry, "Getting Fooled on Iraq, Libya, Now Russia," Consortiumnews.com, September 14, 2016

Journalist Who Went To Syria Schools Colleague On Syrian Realities

Robert Parry, "The Kagans Are Back; Wars to Follow," Consortiumnews.com, March 15, 2017

Andrew Rettman, "Israel-EU gas pipeline to compete with Russia," euobserver.com, April 4, 2017

[Experts suggest it could have been jihadi rebels. It wouldn't be the first time.--"Is Assad to blame for the chemical weapons attack in Syria?," dw.com, April 4, 2017]

AGENT ORANGE was a powerful mixture of chemical defoliants used by U.S. military forces during the Vietnam War . . .
In addition to the massive environmental impact of the U.S. defoliation program in Vietnam, that nation has reported that some 400,000 people were killed or maimed as a result of exposure to herbicides like Agent Orange. In addition, Vietnam claims half a million children have been born with serious birth defects, while as many 2 million people are suffering from cancer or other illness caused by Agent Orange.

BEST ANALYSIS TO DATE Ray McGovern, RT International, April 7, 2017 -- Ray McGovern chaired National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the President's Daily Brief

Steven Nelson, "Lawmakers Say Proof Lacking Before Trump Bombed Syria," usnews.com, April 7, 2017

"Former British Ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, refutes BBC propaganda," yournewswire.com, April 7, 2017

[Rather pointed out that no matter what someone's opinion on whether the airstrike was the correct course of action, the media's job is to ask difficult questions, not drool over the spectacle of war--Hilary Hanson, "Dan Rather Slams Journalists Who Hailed Donald Trump's Bombs As 'Presidential'," huffingtonpost.com, April 8, 2017

"Trump's National Security Advisor Planning 'Full-Scale War' in Syria," russia-insider.com, April 9, 2017

[there are three options: a classical US-executed false flag; a Syrian strike on a location which happened to be storing some kind of gas; the US fed bad intelligence to the Syrians and got them to bomb a location where the US knew that toxic gas was stored. . . . This is most likely a false flag attack.--The Saker, "A multi-level analysis of the US cruise missile attack on Syria and its consequences," thesaker.is, April 11, 2017]

sarin pipe [the report contains absolutely no evidence that this attack was the result of a munition being dropped from an aircraft. In fact, the report contains absolutely no evidence that would indicate who was the perpetrator of this atrocity.--Theodore A Postol, "Assessment of the White House Intelligence Report Issued on April 11, 2017," unz.com, April 12, 2017]

"BRICS Issues Joint Statement: Illegal Military Intervention in Syria Is Unacceptable," russia-insider.com, April 14, 2017

Robert Fisk, "Mother of All Hypocrisies: Trump Cares for Some Syrian Babies Not Others," counterpunch.org, April 18, 2017

Jason Ditz, "Chemical Weapons Watchdog Spurns Russian Call for New Syria Probe," antiwar.com, April 20, 2017

Jacky Murphy, "Declassified CIA Documents Reveal US Goal Was To Destroy Syria All Along ," neonnettle.com, April 23, 2017

Alex Emmons, "Members of Congress Demand Trump Provide Legal Justification for Syria Attack," theintercept.com, April 25, 2017

"Syrian government made Sarin used in Khan Sheikhoun, France says," bbc.com, April 26, 2017

Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Angus McDowall, "Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms depot near Damascus airport," trust.org, April 27, 2017

"Mattis' Politicized Intelligence on Syrian Chemical Claim," Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, April 29, 2017

Philip Giraldi, "Who Is Destroying Syria?," theamericanconservative.com, May 3, 2017

[Sarin is odourless and invisible. Videos of the attack also show responders without protective clothing, handling victims, which would be highly dangerous in dealing with victims of sarin.--Peter Hitchen's, "My Questions to the Foreign office about Syria and Chemical Weapons," mailonsunday.co.uk, May 3, 2017]

[Where is the evidence? The fact that all the stories first appeared in August 2016 is interesting. As it turns out, they're all based on a single report published by Amnesty International.--Ted Faison, "Syrian Prison Executions -- Anatomy of a Smear Campaign?," antiwar.com, May 20, 2017]

[Syria still accounts for the biggest numbers, with 12 million people (65 per cent of the population) displaced internally or living outside the country as refugees.--Adrian Edwards, "Forced displacement worldwide at its highest in decades," unhcr.org, June 19, 2017]

Jim Kavanagh, "Resist This: the United States is at War With Syria," counterpunch.org, June 21, 2017

[by helping its Sunni allies provide weapons to al Nusra Front and its allies and by funneling into the war zone sophisticated weapons that were bound to fall into al Nusra hands or strengthen their overall military position, U.S. policy has been largely responsible for having extended al Qaeda's power across a significant part of Syrian territory. The CIA and the Pentagon appear to be ready to tolerate such a betrayal of America's stated counter-terrorism mission. Unless either Congress or the White House confronts that betrayal explicitly, as Tulsi Gabbard's legislation would force them to do, U.S. policy will continue to be complicit in the consolidation of power by al Qaeda in Syria, even if the Islamic State is defeated there.--Gareth Porter, "How America Armed Terrorists in Syria: Another Middle East debacle," theamericanconservative.com, June 22, 2017]

[On April 6, United States President Donald Trump authorized an early morning Tomahawk missile strike on Shayrat Air Base in central Syria in retaliation for what he said was a deadly nerve agent attack carried out by the Syrian government two days earlier in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. Trump issued the order despite having been warned by the U.S. intelligence community that it had found no evidence that the Syrians had used a chemical weapon.--Seymour M. Hersh, "Trump's Red Line," welt.de, June 25, 2017]

Ray McGovern, "Intel Behind Trump's Syria Attack Questioned," consortiumnews.com, June 25, 2017

[The danger with Trump's "retaliatory" strike, based on zero evidence of a chemical weapons attack, is that it could have killed Russian soldiers and dragged Putin into a highly dangerous confrontation with the US. Also, the intelligence community fears that the media have promoted a false narrative that suggests not only that a sarin attack took place, but paints Russia as a co-conspirator and implies that a UN team did not in fact oversee the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile back in 2013-14. That would allow Assad's opponents to claim in the future, at a convenient time, yet another unsubstantiated sarin gas attack by the Syrian government.--Jonathon Cook, "Hersh's new Syria revelations buried from view," jonathan-cook.net, June 26, 2017]

Harriet Agerholm, "Donald Trump threatens Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over 'planned new chemical attack'," independent.co.uk, June 27, 2017 -- another attack based on false intelligence?

Philip Giraldi, "Make No Mistake, We Are Already at War in Syria," theamericanconservative.com, June 30, 2017

[So that's McCain's War. Eleven million refugees, a destroyed country, 400,000 civilians dead and a decimated army of a nation that poses a zero threat to the American homeland. And all for the purpose of hazing the rulers of Tehran who never did have a program to get a nuke, according to Washington's own 17-agency NIEs (national intelligence estimates); and gave it up anyway with ironclad mechanisms for international enforcement.--David Stockman, "The Tweet That Is Shaking the War Party," antiwar.com, July 31, 2017]

Rania Khalek, "How a Free Syrian Army Unit Uncovered the Rebels' Israeli Connection and Switched Sides," alternet.org, August 8, 2017

[up to 400,000 people have died--John Wight, "The End of the CIA's Dirty War in Syria," counterpunch.org, August 10, 2017]

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