UK’s David Cameron: No ‘Smoking’ Gun on Assad

By Keith Davies and Ben Barrack

When it came to action on Syria, Barack Obama’s emissary to the British Parliament, which also happens to be Prime Minister David Cameron, was unsuccessful in convincing Parliament that action was necessary against Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad. Lost in the news about this defeat for Cameron was a rather shocking admission by him that took place during the debate.

Cameron: ‘Let’s not pretend there’s one smoking piece of intelligence (on Assad)’

Cameron: ‘Let’s not pretend there’s one smoking piece of intelligence (on Assad)’

It started with a Conservative member of Parliament Julian Lewis asking Cameron if classified intelligence information Cameron claimed to have in his possession that implicated Assad could be shown to select members of Parliament who sit on the intelligence committee. Cameron’s response was incredibly revealing in that it indicated there isn’t any such intelligence.

Cameron’s initial reaction was typical politik-speak. He assured Lewis that he would be happy to take the request under advisement (this garnered some skeptical groans from other members) but then proceeded to demean the potential consequences of doing so, by saying he didn’t want the intelligence to be used to create a “cult” following. Cameron then directed members to “open source” information that implicated Assad which amounts to nothing more than scant circumstantial evidence, based on demonstrably false premises.


Did you catch that? Smear the request for access to smoking gun information; then point to ‘open source’ information that provides nothing more than circumstantial evidence; then admit (and diminish) the fact that there is no ‘smoking’ gun.

At that, Cameron’s circumstantial evidence is suspect and in some cases, flat-out wrong. After assuring members of Parliament that ‘open source’ information was sufficient, Cameron said:

“There’s the fact we know that the regime has an enormous arsenal; the fact they’ve used it before; the fact they were attacking that area. And then with the opposition, of course, there’s the fact they don’t have those weapons, they don’t have those delivery systems, and the attack took place in an area which they were themselves holding.”

While some of those claims are likely provable, others appear to be politically motivated and are demonstrably false.  Several statements of fact made by Cameron are disputable, questionable, disingenuous, or outright dishonest. He then suggested that there is no ‘smoking piece of evidence’, which translates to no direct evidence Assad carried out the attacks, saying that Parliament should vote his way based on a “judgement”.

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I just found this by Ken Timmerman – Verify chemical weapons use before unleashing the dogs of war, written on 8/29/13. He has been an investigative journalist focusing on Iran for a very long time and has many reliable sources. It begins:

The Obama administration has selectively used intelligence to justify military strikes on Syria, former military officers with access to the original intelligence reports say, in a manner that goes far beyond what critics charged the Bush administration of doing in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war.

According to these officers, who served in top positions in the United States, Britain, France, Israel, and Jordan, a Syrian military communication intercepted by Israel’s famed Unit 8200 electronic intelligence outfit has been doctored so that it leads a reader to just the opposite conclusion reached by the original report.

The doctored report was leaked to a private Internet-based newsletter that boasts of close ties to the Israeli intelligence community, and led to news reports that the United States now had firm evidence showing that the Syrian government had ordered the chemical weapons attack on August 21 against a rebel-controlled suburb of Damascus.

Read more at Daily Caller

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