A U.S. Army chemical weapons crew takes samples from an M55 rocket. (Photo credit: U.S. Army)
Yesterday, Wired blog Danger Room’s senior reporter Spencer Ackerman put out a piece that reads like pure propaganda that lead up to the invasion of Iraq.
Ackerman even draws the obvious parallels between Saddam Hussein, although he fails to point out that maybe this is exactly like Iraq and Syria doesn’t have any chemical weapons at all.
He claims that the United States is becoming increasingly worried “about his apparent stockpiles of mustard gas and nerve agents.”
What exactly is an “apparent stockpile” anyways? I think Ackerman might have been more accurate in saying “alleged and unsubstantiated accusations of stockpiles” but seeing as he is clearly serving an agenda with his piece, no such qualifying language is included.
The Wall Street Journal has previously reported on the United States and allied nations increasing their surveillance of Syria’s alleged chemical and biological weapons stores, although officials have repeatedly stated that there is no evidence that these stockpiles are in danger of being overrun.
Ackerman attempts to make the reader fearful by writing, “Picture the looting and scattering of Moammar Gadhafi’s rockets or Saddam’s ordnance, only this time with stuff that attacks your lungs and digestive tract.”
That’s really scary and all, Ackerman, but where’s the proof of these weapons of mass destruction (WMDs)? Instead of providing any, he goes on to continue the propagandizing.
He points to a piece by Josh Rogin (who he identifies as a friend) in Foreign Policy which alleged that the U.S. State Department has begun to coordinate with Syria’s neighbors to prepare for the handling of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s “extensive weapons of mass destruction if and when his regime collapses.”
The existence (or lack thereof) of Syria’s chemical weapons program is based solely on belief, which Rogin has to admit himself in writing, “Syria is believed to have a substantial chemical weapons program,” instead of a more concrete statement like, “Syria has a substantial chemical weapons program.”
Rogin also points to Syria’s refusal to open facilities to the IAEA that were supposedly part of their nuclear weapons program, although as recent events have made clear, the IAEA has become a political tool of the West and not an impartial nuclear watchdog.
Hilariously, an anonymous official told Rogin, “It’s an exponentially more dangerous program than Libya. We are talking about legitimate WMDs here — this isn’t Iraq. The administration is really concerned about loose WMDs.
It’s one of the few things you could put on the agenda and do something about without planning the fall of the regime”
Actually, this is exactly like Iraq. In fact, the parallels are so numerous it is almost laughable to try to separate them. In both cases the American government is putting forth unsubstantiated claims of WMDs and then saying we have to do something about it before it’s too late.
Ackerman concludes his article by saying that it is unlikely that the United States will arm the rebels, even though there is evidence that they are already being armed by outside entities as you can see in the news report from last year below:
He also says that “invasion” looks even less likely, although he does not address the potential “intervention” which actually looks more likely by the day, although of course this would be done under the label of a “peacekeeping force.”
However, Ackerman does point to the possibility of “using crack troops to quietly and swiftly snatch chemical weapons before they’re looted, or pursue those who loot them,” pointing to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) as the likely perpetrator of such an operation.
All I can say is I hope people aren’t gullible enough to keep eating up the government’s unsubstantiated claims of weapons of mass destruction, especially given the push to confront Syria that has been so unrelenting for months now.
This should be a clear indicator to the astute observer of world events that something else is afoot here.
This article originally appeared on End the Lie