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CIA Informed Obama That al-Nusra in Syria Could Make Sarin Gas

Updated on December 9, 2013

President Obama once again has acted deceptively to the American public. When the sarin gas attack that killed 1500 near Damascus, Syria, on August 21, 2013, he and others "cherry-picked" the known information to support the planned military strike on Assad. In statements, the US said only the Syrian military had the capability to use and make the deadly gas.

The new report shows that as early as May, 2013, months before the use, the CIA had informed President Obama that the al-Qaeda affiliated rebel group, Al-Nusra, had the ability to create limited amounts and may have already some of it.

After the attack did occur, Obama planned to attack the Syrian airbases with cruise missiles because Syria had used the sarin gas and the redline was crossed. US intelligence has numerous sources inside Syria to act as an "early warning" system about the status of Syria's chemical weapons. The report stated it was odd that none of the "triggers" had warned about Assad's preparation to use sarin gas.

In the UN report, which supported the Obama position that Assad had used the gas, also stated that the inspectors were not allowed in areas controlled by al-Nusra where the gas was at ground zero.

Obama was not easy with the decision to use military force, but the rebel forces were waiting for the missiles to weaken Assad. Obama was not willing to strike missiles at the rebel groups because it would show he was more a foe than friend in the war. Yet, the irony is, had the missile strike occurred on the airfields, it would be like providing air support to al-Nusra which at that time, was trying to capture one of the targeted airfields!

So, President Obama was more than happy to avoid it all when the Russians rescued him in September with what would become a rescue mission for Obama and Assad. President Obama would not have to strike the real responsible party-al-Nusra, a rebel group, nor strike the airfields, which would help them AND President Assad was saved from possible collapse and remains in power.

Obama would rather deal with a known entity, however bad, like Syria's Assad, than a murky unknown with al-Qaeda ties like al-Nusra. or even the Free Syrian Army. But, President Obama was informed months before that what happened in August could come from al-Nusra, according to the CIA. When it did happen, this information was not disclosed because the US supported the rebels, yet, there was no good way out.

The Russians did save Obama and Obama dodged another difficult decision that would help the group that used the sarin gas!


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 4 years ago

      well, Syria is about picking the best of the worst. So, Obama chose Assad and now is talking with hezbollah thru private channels, a group Obama declared as terrorist, which it is.

    • profile image 4 years ago

      What struck me about this is the line being a friend not a foe. Is it easier to create change being a friend or a hardline opposer to someone bad? Sometimes our hopes get dashed and I think we are prone to just abandon the project; other times we know our engagement brings change however incrementally.

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      CJ Kelly 4 years ago from Auburn, WA

      I had a feeling that was the case. This just gets scarier by the day. What a mess. We certainly won't hear any of this on the nightly news. It'll be buried in the NYT somewhere. Voted up.