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Rep. Cantor Steals Condi Rice's Iraq Lines for Syria

Today House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) directly channeled then-President Bush's National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice, spouting the same lying propaganda to get us into Syria that Rice spouted to get us into Iraq.

Leader Cantor today: "No one wants to be asking why we failed to act if the next time Sarin is used it is in the Paris or New York subway."

Condoleeza Rice, Sept 8, 2002: "The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."
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Who Gave Kerry The Syrian 'Smoking Gun'?

Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray wonders why a "crown jewel" in the British government's signals intercept network, the facility on Mount Troodos in Cyprus, did not intercept the alleged "smoking gun" telephone conversation beween the two Syrian government officials about the August 21st gas attack. This alleged conversation is key to the US case that the Syrian government is responsible and Obama's decision to attack is based on it.

It was precisely the type of conversation that the facility was intended to intercept, as it is tasked to monitor "all radio, satellite and microwave traffic across the Middle East, ranging from Egypt and Eastern Libya right through to the Caucasus.  Even almost all landline telephone communication in this region is routed through microwave links at some stage, picked up on Troodos."

It is this UK facility, writes Murray, that makes up the core of the US/UK intelligence cooperation in the region; therefore, he writes, it is strange that John Kerry somehow had access to the intercepts while the British Joint Intelligence Committee did not. The reason the UK did not intercept the conversation, he concludes, is that the intercepts were falsified by Israeli intelligence.
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US to Launch Chemical Attack on Syria in Retaliation for Alleged Chemical Attack?

As RPI pointed out last week, reported US plans to bomb Syria's purported chemical weapons facilities in retaliation for the alleged Syrian governmental use of chemical agents would, ironically, result in the release of massive amounts of nerve gas on the civilian Syrian population and could kill orders of magnitude more innocent civilians than were allegedly killed in the August 21 incident.

So says several experts on chemical and nerve agents interviewed by AP.
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Obama Taps the Clapper to Present Syria Intelligence Dossier

President Obama, stung by the defection of the British government from his very tiny "coalition of the willing" to attack Syria, has decided to push on ahead without allies. To go it alone. Perhaps it is meant to look decisive, but in reality it looks rather foolhardy. Everyone else thinks it's a bad idea, even the rabidly anti-Assad Arab League, but he does not care. Attacking Syria is a matter of the US national interest, he told PBS Wednesday. 

Today he promises to release a declassified version of an intelligence dossier he says will prove to the highly skeptical American people and their -- with few exceptions -- war-eager but politically cautious representatives in Congress, that without a doubt chemical weapons were used in Syria on August 21 and that it was the Syrian government that used them. This should be a neat trick, as the UN investigative team actually on the ground doing the testing will not be able to make a determination until Saturday.
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US Bombing Syrian Chemical Weapons Stockpiles Will Kill Many Thousands

The Obama Adminsitration is reportedly planning a cruise missile attack on what it believes are the Syrian government's chemical weapons stockpiles. This is said to be in retaliation for what it claims is a Syrian government chemical attack in which as few as 300 or less were killed. 

The US bombing of Syrian chemical weapons stores is said to be logistically all but impossible, and, more importantly would risk a mass-disbursement of deadly chemicals that could kill thousands upon thousands of Syrian civilians who happen to live in proximity. Those not killed by the chemicals released by US bombs would probably already be dead by the bombs themselves.
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Kerry's Syria Morality Tale Carries Scent of Hypocrisy and Mendacity

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that it was undeniable that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons earlier this month, killing anywhere from a few dozen to claims of more than a thousand dead. He accused the Syrian government of “indiscriminate slaughter of civilians.” He overtly threatened war.

When the Syrian government shocked the US and agreed to allow UN inspectors to investigate the alleged scene of the crime, the US government panicked, first pressuring UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to call off the UN mission and when that did not work claiming that the inspection was meaningless anyway no matter what it found.
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Obama's Syrian Allies Destroy Another Christian Church

The Antiochian Orthodox church of Sts. Sergius and Bacchus in the archdiocese of Aleppo was built between 1985 and 1994 on land offered by the al-Thawrah's city council. It served not only its own parishioners, but also allowed other Christian denominations to use its facilities.

Shortly after Aleppo was overrun by rebels seeking to overthrow the Syrian government, the metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Aleppo, Boulos al-Yazigi, was kidnapped (and allegedly murdered) along with the Syriac Orthodox metropolitan, Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim.
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President's Spy Review Commission Provides Unintended Comedy

Government commissions are always set up to cover up or hide government incompetence or maliciousness once exposed. They are put together when the government fails spectacularly -- as on 9/11 -- and they are staffed with government insiders who can be trusted to not dig too deeply into government responsibility for its own failures or even its lawlessness. Look on the board of any government commission and you will always see the consummate insiders like Lee Hamilton.
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