Will President Trump Fall for British Hoaxes on Chemical Weapons?

The Syrian “White Helmets” were the sole source of information cited by all Western media on the alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian army forces in Douma on April 7. That organization is presented as credible, despite the fact that they were co-founded by MI6 and are notoriously linked to Al-Qaeda and other jihadist groups. True to form, their videos of the alleged April 7 attack show heart-wrenching clips of children, but no evidence whatsoever that chemical weapons (CW) were in fact used. In fact, none of their past allegations on the use of CW by the Assad regime has been proven.

Two months ago, on Feb. 2, 2018, US Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon: “The U.S. has no evidence to confirm reports from aid groups and others that the Syrian government has used the deadly chemical sarin on its citizens… We do not have evidence of it.”

After President Trump’s immediate response on April 7 to “animal Assad”, U.S. military intelligence veteran Col. Pat Lang asked why he bought into the fake news delivered by the British.

“Does it ever occur to him to pick up the secure phone and call the watch officer at CIA, NSA, or wherever, and ask if they think the news reports are correct? All of these information feeds to the MSM (mainstream media) and thence to [the President’s] DJT’s ears are news feeds from the propaganda apparatus of the rebels, much of it supported financially by the British government’s foreign ministry, and delivered through MI6. What on Earth motivates the U.K. in this devilment? And then, of course, there is the extreme group-think on the part of the U.S. and European MSM in parroting these objectively unproven claims.”

In fact, just as in the case of Russia and the Skripal affair, there was no cui bono for the Syrian government forces to use CW in the Douma district of Eastern Ghouta, since they had already taken back 90% of the occupied territory, and the battle was all but won. But it does make sense for the remaining “rebels” to stage such an attack in order to provoke outside military intervention against the Syrian army, in particular from the United States.