More Proof that Trump’s Attack on Syria Was a War Crime

Eric Zuesse

America’s top expert on analyzing intelligence of the types that were involved in determining the cause of the April 4th gas-attack in Syria is Dr. Theodore Postol of MIT, and he has now thoroughly analyzed all of the ‘evidence’ that the White House alleges in its White Intelligence House Report on that event to have ‘proven’ that Syria’s government perpetrated the gas-attack. He published his third study of the alleged evidence, this time concerning the video evidence on it, on Saturday April 15th at Washington’s Blog, under the headline “Video Evidence of False Claims Made in the White House Intelligence Report of April 11, 2017”.

He says there that “the White House Intelligence Report of April 11, 2017 contains false and misleading claims that could not possibly have been accepted in any professional review by impartial intelligence experts. The White House Intelligence Report was produced by the National Security Council under the oversight of the National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster.” He is here implicitly accusing the U.S. National Security Advisor of fraud, and of a war-crime (lying to ‘justify’ an invasion), and by further implication is alleging in this study, that the U.S. President is either a fool or else is himself complicit in this manufactured ‘justification’ for his U.S. invasion of Syria and thus an international war-criminal by this act.

Dr. Postol’s “Summary and Conclusions” opens by saying: “It is now clear from video evidence that the White House Intelligence Report  was fabricated without input from the professional intelligence community.” In other words: it is fake, and is, moreover, an amateurish fake, an incompetent fake.

Dr. Postol has made every effort he can to get the U.S. major ‘news’media to report his findings, not only this time but earlier of the evidence regarding the 21 August 2013 Ghouta gas-attack that President Obama was calling his “red line”, but thus far only a few small-audience newsmedia such as the present one, have allowed his analyses to reach their respective publics — in other words, the U.S. Government and its ‘news’media prohibit the broad American public from having access to Dr. Postol’s analyses and findings, which show that America’s actions in Syria constitute unprovoked war-crimes, which are, moreover, crimes that might be leading to a global war between Russia and the United States — World War III, nuclear war — on cooked-up charges.

If this is not an impeachable offense, nothing is; but, America’s Congress, and America’s press, are clearly complicit in it; and, furthermore, Trump chose as his Vice President someone, Mike Pence, who was already on public record as being hostile towards Russia, and so too is the third-in-succession, Paul Ryan. The United States Government thus does now appear to be committed to fabricating a cause for war against Russia. Instead of Iraq, this time, or even just Syria this time, it would be Russia and global nuclear annihilation. This does appear to be the course on which the U.S. Government is now heading — continuing further from what Obama was doing. The only question is whether they will follow through on it. That, in turn, raises many other questions. Why are super-rich people now buying nuclear bunkers, such as here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here? Are these people investors in ‘defense’ corporations such as Lockheed Martin? Is the United States a democracy? What kind of scam is actually operating here? How wide is the network of people that are participating in it?

Dr. Postol’s most important of the three reports he has done of the White House Intelligence Report regarding the recent Syrian gas-attack was the first of his three, which I linked to in my April 13th “The Money-Quote from the Postol Report on the Recent Gas Attack in Syria”.

These reports from Dr. Postol are being ignored by the U.S. ‘news’media, as if his findings don’t even deserve to be presented to the American people, and to the International Criminal Court. And the White House, of course, also ignores them. If a nuclear war comes, then the American people (the ones who survive its direct impacts) won’t even honestly know why (except, perhaps, the billionaires and officials in those nuclear-proofed bunkers), and there will be no historians around who will be surviving and investigating to find what had actually caused it. The way Dr. Postol put it in what I labelled his “Money-Quote” was “This is a very serious matter.”


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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  • ICFubar

    Nicely put, “If this is not an impeachable offense, nothing is….” Those who wield power in Washington are showing reckless endangerment for all of human civilization and blinded by their own self important group think they are acting in complete irrationality but think they’re sane. What will it take before they come to their senses, a nuclear weapon detonation over New York city? They have lost in Syria and cannot except that fact. Instead they double down. Now we are hearing rumours that U.S. troops on a divisional plus scale may be headed to fight in Syria, as the American approach to war has always seemed to be to keep piling in men and material and surely something will break for the better. I am aghast at the military escalation and beginning to have that old Cuban Missile Crisis feeling that comes with such serous brinkmanship with life on this planet held in the balance. Lord have mercy….

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  • awb22

    Where’s the body, doesn’t there have to be a body before a crime against humanity can be established?

    The Russians and Syrians were given advance notice of the attack. There were maybe 12 deaths. Who knows? Hardly a war crime.

    • Dr Mindbender

      It was a War Crime and A Crime Against Humanity. Numbers of Deaths is not Relevant. Some Germans were hung for just being associated, they never killed a single person. Actions are illegal and it is illegal to Bomb Sovereign Nations. The Attack on Assad was Unprovoked and Aggressive; Therefore, it was a War Crime.

      • awb22

        There’s no need to get emotional about it. We are fighting a proxy war in Syria. Whether or not you agree we should be fighting a war, we are.

        However, bombing an air base during a war is hardly a crime against humanity, nor is it a war crime, unless you’re using some bizarre definition of each.

        We can debate whether Trump has the authority, but it’s unlikely your arguments would hold up in any court.

        • Dr Mindbender

          No emotion was involved? The US has no Authority to be in Syria, only Russia does, as Syria is a Sovereign Nation. Innocent people were killed. War Crimes are decided based on Actions.

          1. The US government made no formal declaration of war against Assad and Syria.
          2. The US government struck aggressively, which constitutes: “Illegal Aggressive Warfare.”
          3. Crimes Against Humanity, those were civilians, I believe, not military killed around the Airbase.

          Trump deserves the Rope as much as Herman Goring did. A War Crime is a War Crime, and Crimes against Humanity fits both, Obama too! No Hyper-Americanism here, I do not believe in patriotism so I am unbiased. Besides, I will not patronize the BEAST it is against my Religion.

          • awb22

            That’s a stretch by anyone’s imagination, except maybe yours, if you were honest.

            So far, the only thing Trump has done is rhetorical. His hand was forced by the false flag sarin gas attack, and he called their bluff. He hasn’t done anything that wasn’t already in motion. The US was already in Syria, etc, etc, etc. So, you can get off of your high horse.