Former DIA Colonel: “US strikes on Syria based on a lie,” from Intel Today

Interesting assertions and analysis about the Syrian situation from former Defense Intelligence Agency official Colonel Patrick Lang at gosint.wordpress.com:

“In the coming days the American people will learn that the [US]Intelligence Community knew that Syria did not drop a military chemical weapon on innocent civilians in Idlib.”

Former DIA Colonel Patrick Lang

Patrick Lang — a former DIA Colonel — does not mince words about the US attacks on Syria. Lang claims that Donald Trump’s decision to launch cruise missile strikes on a Syrian Air Force Base was based on a lie.

Patrick Lang is truly a top expert on the Middle-East. The former DIA Colonel is highly respected for his deep knowledge and absolute honesty.

[NOTE: Many years ago, Lang helped me to understand a very ‘murky’ dossier regarding Libya. I trust his analysis 100%. Last week — knowing full well that ‘the shit was going to hit the fan’ — I asked him permission to reproduce his posts on my blog. Colonel Lang kindly agreed.]

ANALYSIS by retired Col. Patrick LANG

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. Here is what happened.

1. The Russians briefed the United States on the proposed target. This is a process that started more than two months ago. There is a dedicated phone line that is being used to coordinate and deconflict (i.e., prevent US and Russian air assets from shooting at each other) the upcoming operation.

2. The United States was fully briefed on the fact that there was a target in Idlib that the Russians believes was a weapons/explosives depot for Islamic rebels.

3. The Syrian Air Force hit the target with conventional weapons. All involved expected to see a massive secondary explosion. That did not happen. Instead, smoke, chemical smoke, began billowing from the site. It turns out that the Islamic rebels used that site to store chemicals, not sarin, that were deadly. The chemicals included organic phosphates and chlorine and they followed the wind and killed civilians.

To continue reading: Former DIA Colonel: “US strikes on Syria based on a lie”

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One response to “Former DIA Colonel: “US strikes on Syria based on a lie,” from Intel Today

  1. Here’s the problem with a guy like this. Great contacts and probably accurate information, but wrong on the reasons Trump pulled trigger. Doubly wrong on his desire to see Trump run out of office. Question is what to do with someone potentially very valuable like this? Ostracize, marginalize or use him to gain insight into covert activity by the Deep State and Trump State. Is he dangerous? Only if he can bring valuable members of Trump’s team down.

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