Processing Distortion: “Cruise Missile Liberals with Weapons of Mass Distortion”

Peter B. Collins Presents Gareth Porter

Dr. Gareth Porter carefully breaks down the unclassified summary of the Obama administration's "evidence" that the Syrian military is responsible for the reported chemical weapons attack on August 21 in the Damascus suburb of Adra. We start with the shifting US positions on UN weapons inspectors, and the lack of evidence for any of the strong assertions that Kerry offered with a string of introductory "We know" clauses, followed by innuendo and circumstantial evidence. We also talk about the purported interception of Syrian communications and the listening post on Cyprus at Mt. Troodos. Our discussions included the wide range of estimated fatalities, the grisly videos that do not show victims vomiting (a clear sign of sarin), the reports of chemical weapons in the hands of opposition cells near the town of Ghouta and more!

Dr. Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy who has been independent since a brief period of university teaching in the 1980s. He is the author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam. He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005. Dr. Porter was both a Vietnam specialist and an anti-war activist during the Vietnam War and was Co-Director of Indochina Resource Center in Washington.

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  1. Fine interview, Peter! One thing is very clear with what Gareth has explained. No one should move to bomb anyone without the facts. In fact, Syria is NOT a National Security issue. Congress is moving in the direction of “cruise control politics” not because they are concerned for Syrians, but out of partisan loyalty and deal making.

    “The White House asserted Sunday that a “common-sense test” rather than “irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence” makes the Syrian government responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a U.S. military response.” … “The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which collects information from a network of anti-regime activists, says it has so far only been ABLE TO CONFIRM 502 dead.”

    Bloomsberg Businessweek would like us to believe other sources “confirms” Kerry’s “1429” number, not that other sources contradict the number (“1429” is a lie where “29” is added to make the figure more “factual”)

    What is factual is that Bloomsberg Businessweek promote the war agenda (and they are no exception)

    What “interest” has Bloomberg Businessweek in promoting war? None – if Bloomsberg Businessweek was what it pretends to be.

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