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The Syrian ‘Rebels’ and Chemical Weapons: Remembering Your Al-Qaeda History

September 3rd, 2013 - 11:40 am

Myopic focus on alleged chemical weapons use by the Assad regime in Syria is wrongheaded, as it has been all along. The salient issue is whether the United States should intervene militarily on behalf of enemies of the United States — the “rebel” factions, in which ties to al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood run deep. If chemical weapons use, rather than American national security, is to be our obsession, however, it is worth remembering al Qaeda’s history in that regard.

In 1998, the Clinton Justice Department filed its initial indictment against Osama bin Laden for conspiring to carry out mass-damage attacks against American national defense facilities. Included was the allegation that:

At various times from at least as early as 1993 USAMA BIN LADEN and others known and unknown, made efforts to produce chemical weapons …

Th filing also claimed that al-Qaeda had reached “an understanding” with the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein that included cooperation “on weapons development.”

Following the August 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the Justice Department broadly expanded the indictment, adding numerous other al-Qaeda defendants and new charges. The new indictment charged that “[a]t various times from at least as early as 1993, the defendant USAMA BIN LADEN, and others known and unknown, made efforts to obtain the components of chemical weapons.” It further explained that a key bin Laden aide, Wadi el-Hage, had engaged in:

… international travels [that] concerned efforts to procure chemical weapons and their components on behalf of Usama Bin Laden and Mamdouh Mahmud Salim [another of al Qaeda’s founding members].

Because al-Qaeda was so committed to acquiring chemical weapons for the purpose of using them offensively against the United States and the West, chemical weapons became a central focus of Clinton administration counterterrorism — a focus that has been maintained in subsequent administrations. The 9/11 Commission Report details these efforts and the rationale behind them.

Thus, following the 1998 embassy bombings, the Commission recounted that President Clinton decided to authorize cruise missile strikes against the al Shifa facility in Sudan — ostensibly, a pharmaceutical plant — in order to “lessen the chance of Bin Laden’s having nerve gas for a later attack.” The Commission elaborated:

The CIA reported that a soil sample from the vicinity of the al Shifa plant had tested positive for EMPTA, a precursor chemical for VX, a nerve gas whose lone use was for mass killing. Two days before the embassy bombings, [Clinton White House counterterrorism adviser Richard] Clarke’s staff wrote that Bin Ladin “has invested in and almost certainly has access to VX produced at a plant in Sudan.” … [Clinton national security adviser Sandy] Berger has told us that he thought about what might happen if the decision went against hitting al Shifa, and nerve gas was used in a New York subway two weeks later. [Footnotes omitted.]

After the bombing, the Islamic supremacist government of Sudan — a notorious al-Qaeda enabler — steadfastly denied that anything nefarious had been going on at al Shifa. Nevertheless, the Commission reported: “President Clinton, Vice President Gore, Berger, [CIA director George] Tenet, and Clarke insisted to us that their judgment was right, pointing to the soil sample evidence.” The Commission added that Clinton seriously considered additional military action in 1999 because the government received “a flurry of ominous reports about chemical weapons training or development at the Derunta camp [al-Qaeda maintained in Afghanistan] and possible attempts to amass nuclear material at Herat [another al-Qaeda hub in Afghanistan].”

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It's hard to take Kerry and Hagel seriously....every time I look at them I think of Herman and Eddie Munster.
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The Syrian war is a religious war. Hold their coats during the war and then understand the the winner is our enemy.
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"Democratic political opportunism transformed the existence of Iraqi WMDs, once a universally accepted fact brutally testified to by the Halabja massacre of thousands of Kurds, into an absurd lie. Now as Halabja is being recreated in Syria, suddenly a unilateral war for WMDs has become the liberal platform.

In 2002, a minor Chicago politician with a funny name achieved an undeserved level of prominence with a speech declaring we should not attack Iraq because “Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States”, “the Iraqi economy is in shambles” and “the Iraqi military (is) a fraction of its former strength” and advised that instead Saddam “be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.”

When that minor politician came to power, suddenly the dustbin of history that was good enough for Saddam, wasn’t good enough for Gaddafi or for Assad.

As Obama prepares to add a second unilateral regime change war to his Nobel Peace Prize trophy shelf, joining him for their very first war together as cabinet members will be two other prominent doves.



John Kerry’s senate career began with a bang when he traveled to Nicaragua to obstruct President Reagan’s policy of arming the anti-Communist Contra rebels. Now Secretary of State John Kerry is taking part in arming the Free Syrian Army rebel allies of Al Qaeda and pawns of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In his Sandinista days, Senator Kerry had said that America should not subvert its values “by funding terrorism to overthrow governments of other countries”. Since then John Kerry has changed his mind. It turns out that he was only against funding terrorists to overthrow the governments of other countries before he was for it.

Sitting in as Secretary of Defense is Chuck Hagel, who got his job because of his opposition to the Iraq War and attacks on Bush over WMDs, who will now be overseeing a new war over Syrian WMDs.

Three anti-war doves will be leading a war that represents everything that they claimed to stand against."



http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/liberal-wmd-hypocrisy-in-iraq-and-syria/
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Not only would our enemies be beneficiaries, but we would end up with Sarin in the subways for sure.
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Pentagon may be involved in Chemical Attack in Syria: US Intelligence Colonel Hacked Emails By Global Research News, September 04, 2013

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Ever since the ascendance of the anti-war left in the 60s, the idea that putting American men and women in harm's way rises above politics, i.e. that "politics stops at the water's edge," has been relegated to the ash heap of history. Thus, potential action in Syria isn't about how it serves our national interests, but how it serves the political interests of the ruling class.
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Mr. McCarthy, do you have an opinion on the attempts to silence two of your fellow Team B II members?

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Rush Limbaugh said today that he has heard from several of his sources that the sarin gas attack in Syria was staged by the rebels on their own people so as to draw in the US. That the dead numbered in the 100's and not nearly 2k.

Curiously, the secretary of state testified before the senate this afternoon that the Russians are telling the US the same thing. That the sarin gas attack was staged by the syrian rebels to draw in the USA.

The situation is clear as mud.

Further the person who asked Kerry the question as the veracity of the report about the gas attack in syria was Barbara boxer and not a republican. After Kerry answered that the Russians had said it was a set up, Kerry hastened to add that the Russians have been very helpful in a whole set other areas--then Kerry rattled them off.

Boxer wanted to know if Kerry had heard any dissenting voices within the intelligence community. Kerry gave the distinct impression that he was hearing only voice--that of DNI James Clapper-- which for some reason tends to impeach the story.

Has anyone heard what Israeli intelligence is saying about the matter. Their sources should at least as good as the Russians--and certainly better than the DNI on this matter.
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It stinks to no end. The master manipulators at their best.
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The concept of declaring that chemical weapons are forbidden, but that it is okay to kill people with bombs, bullets, napalm, or machetes is insane. What about non-lethal gas? Would that be considered worse than explosives?

And why would Assad use chemical weapons against targets of no military importance, knowing that this would set off a storm in the West? Does he want to provoke an action, possibly to justify retaliations on US/European soil? Was this a false flag operation?

Something here is very rotten. Remember the hysteria about "genocide" in Kosovo, which turned out to be 2000 casualties in a low-level guerrilla war, turned into a war crime by KLA propaganda.

As Richard Fernandez noted recently, "The interesting thing is that these policy dilemmas have not arisen from an internal debate within the institutions of the Republic but as a consequence of a crisis caused by the conflicting agendas of foreign interest groups. It’s a war among the lobbies, and Washington knows not how to caper to which tune."
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It's hard to take Kerry and Hagel seriously....every time I look at them I think of Herman and Eddie Munster.
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The Syrian war is a religious war. Hold their coats during the war and then understand the the winner is our enemy.
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I've held the same opinion for some time.

I hope this reality gains traction.
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This thing is not about Chemical weapons. It is about mission creep. What's the mission? Supporting those Juan McCain states are Moderate Muslims? Or, is it something larger? A Caliphate?

What is stopping Iran, and Syria attacking elementary schools inside America? Will sleeper agents of the god Sin be activated. Have you folks seen the moon god worshiping terror training videos on YouTube?

Secure your perimeter. The globalists like Kerry could care less about Americans, it is about pushing the CFR/NATO agenda. That is why we have millions of illegal aliens, and Muslim Marxists flooding this county.
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