The Red Line and the Rat Line
April 17, 2014 2:11 PM Subscribe
"The post-attack intelligence on Turkey did not make its way to the White House. ‘Nobody wants to talk about all this,’ the former intelligence official told me. ‘There is great reluctance to contradict the president, although no all-source intelligence community analysis supported his leap to convict. There has not been one single piece of additional evidence of Syrian involvement in the sarin attack produced by the White House since the bombing raid was called off. My government can’t say anything because we have acted so irresponsibly. And since we blamed Assad, we can’t go back and blame Erdoğan.’"A report by Seymour Hersh alleges that Turkish PM Erdoğan's National Intelligence Organization is responsible for last August's sarin attack in Syria, in an attempt to force Obama's hand on air strikes.
- The US Consulate in Benghazi existed solely as part of a network supplying Syrian rebels, including Al Qaeda affiliates
- Turkey supplied and trained radical factions in the use of sarin
- Obama allowed Erdoğan to violate trade sanctions with Iran (as reported late last year), even after becoming aware of Turkish involvement with radical elements
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