U.S. Admits It Has No Idea WHO Carried Out Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

One Rogue, Low-Level Officer Could Have Carried Out Attack

Even though the U.S. government claims that the Syrian government is the perpetrator of the chemical weapons attack, it admits that it has no idea who in the government ordered the attack. It could have been a rogue, low-level military officer.

Foreign Policy reports:

With the United States barreling toward a strike on Syria, U.S. officials say they are completely certain that Bashar al-Assad’s government is responsible for last week’s chemical weapons attack. They just don’t know who in the Syrian government is to blame.

On Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf admitted as much. “The commander-in-chief of any military is ultimately responsible for decisions made under their leadership, even if … he’s not the one that pushes the button or said, ‘Go,’ on this,” Harf said. “I don’t know what the facts are here ….”

On Tuesday, The Cable reported that U.S. officials are basing their assessment that the Assad regime bears responsibility for the strike largely on an intercepted phone call between a panicked Ministry of Defense official and a commander of a Syrian chemical weapons unit. But that intelligence does not resolve the question of who in the government ordered the strike ….

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Because of that lack of clarity, Harf took a beating on Wednesday. In a testy exchange during her daily briefing, Harf very nearly admitted that it makes no difference who in the Syrian government ordered the attack, a reflection of the lack of certainty that still shrouds U.S. understanding of the chemical attack that may have left as many as 1,000 people dead.

In effect, Harf was left arguing that because no one else could have carried out the attack, it must have been the Syrian government. “The world doesn’t need a classified U.S. intelligence assessment to see the photos and the videos of these people and to know that the only possible entity in Syria that could do this to their own people is the regime,” she said.

Given that U.N. inspectors with a mandate to investigate chemical weapons use were on the ground when the attack happened, the decision to deploy what appears to have been a nerve agent in a suburb east of Damascus has puzzled many observers. Why would Syria do such a thing when it is fully aware that the mass use of chemical weapons is the one thing that might require the United States to take military action against it? That’s a question U.S. intelligence analysts are puzzling over as well. “We don’t know exactly why it happened,” the intelligence official said. “We just know it was pretty fucking stupid.”

Pressed on whether the United States would still consider itself justified in launching a punitive strike if the chemical weapons were deployed by a “rogue officer,” Harf said, “yes,” before quickly adding a caveat: “But that’s also a wildly conjecturous question.”

Given that American, British and other Western soldiers have pleaded guilty to massacring civilians and committing war crimes, should we condemn the entire Syrian regime if it turns out to be a crime carried out by one rogue officer?

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  • Roo

    stay out of other Country’s business !!!

  • amerikagulag

    But the UN has already concluded the US, UK and France supplied the chemical weapons to the ‘rebels’ (READ: foreign paid mercenaries employed by the west)
    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/28/320942/west-helped-militants-use-cw/
    So the US ‘admitting’ something is quite moot here. Besides, everything they say is a lie.

    • Mark

      David Cameron has just admitted in parliament that they are not 100% sure that Assad used chemical weapons and the UK parliament also voted against military action.

      • amerikagulag

        Cameron serves the same master the US does. They’re backpedaling because they’ve been caught red handed.

  • Allain Jules

    Don’t touch Assad. Dont touch Syria !

    Thank you Obama, money its for homeless not for war

    http://allainjules.com

  • Mia

    It’s not entirely correct to suggest that the U.S. admits it doesn’t know who loosened these weapons simply because one enormous Department doesn’t agree with or know what another enormous Department believes.

  • http://people.ign.com/cosmic_samurai Cosmic_Samurai

    You know what that means right?

  • m4orgot

    US Contractors Cited for Syrian Chem Attacks. US Chemical Weapons Disposal Program Supplies WMDs for Syrian Rebels. Video: Syrian Gas Attack – weapons from Georgia are being deployed by US backed Al Qaeda terrorists. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM_FElma6Cw

 

 

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