Skip to comments.AP sources: Intelligence on weapons no 'slam dunk'
Posted on 08/29/2013 4:08:38 AM PDT by quimby
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed at least 100 people is no "slam dunk," with questions remaining about who actually controls some of Syria's chemical weapons stores and doubts about whether Assad himself ordered the strike, U.S. intelligence officials say.
However, multiple U.S. officials used the phrase "not a slam dunk" to describe the intelligence picture - a reference to then-CIA Director George Tenet's insistence in 2002 that U.S. intelligence showing Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was a "slam dunk" - intelligence that turned out to be wrong.
A report by the Office of the Director for National Intelligence outlining that evidence against Syria is thick with caveats. It builds a case that Assad's forces are most likely responsible while outlining gaps in the U.S. intelligence picture. Relevant congressional committees were to be briefed on that evidence by teleconference call on Thursday, U.S. officials and congressional aides said.
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In fact, the media is spinning themselves silly on this story.
Al Qaeda was behind the gas attack. Obama knew it when it happened. Didn’t want to waste a crisis, and he definitlely didn’t expect anyone to require proof from him of Assad’s involvement since he is used to the media taking his word for it.
We still don’t know who ordered the Benghazi Stand Down and we should trust this?
Pray for America to Wake Up
Yuuuup, Britan and France back down, Russia and China throw up blocks, and the LSM invent a way for 0bama to reverse course.
I h8 the LSM, and 0bama has the shite Midas touch
Good morning NSA!!!
He sounded so sure. In a world with a real press, he would have no credibility.
Yep, they’re backpedaling fast....!
Also, I will enjoy a steak and some scotch IF the UN weapons inspectors match the gas used to that stock moved out of Iraq many years ago.
GW Bush would be proven correct.
ALL of those Liberals/Progressives, Cindy Shennan, Code Pink, all would be revealed as liars and traitors
obama says a thousand... ap says a hundred... no bodies and no weapons... sorry boss... the syrian army hit us with artillery and destroyed all evidence.
Finally a well reasoned article that wasn’t from Info Wars or World Nut Daily.
This would be funny if it weren’t so deadly serious.
Now, Obama is getting stabbed in the back from inside the regime.
They have to in order to protect their limp-wristed (cleaned that up) hero/messiah.
We need to strike while the iron is hot!
I work at a university, and there are tons of Birkenstock wearing, grey ponytailed coiffed, no makeup/no shaving Janet Napolitano-looking liberals here. All this week I’ve been very vocal with them about how Bush did the same that Obama is doing, and we don’t need to go to war in the Middle East, using ALL of the same arguments THEY use back in 2002-2008.
It’s like stirring up a cesspool! They are agreeing with me. I’ve stoked the flames of Obama disdain among his most vehement supporters!
I’m now using this episode to bring up the duplicity of the media. Taking them down a peg or two helps after hearing 15 years of Fox News hatred. And I am feeding the screw-worm of Benghazi into their ears, and just what was the CIA was doing there? Add a healthy does of NSA spying and collecting dossiers on everyone, the IRS getting political (as simple as, “What if Ted Cruz was president and used THAT against the Left?”) and throw in Hillary’s involvement, and it’s been fun city all Summer.
Something as simple as profound disillusionment can be a negative for the democrats running for office come fund-raising time. Just doing my part...
On Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said it didn't really matter whether the administration knew those details with total certainty.
"We ultimately, of course, hold President Assad responsible for the use of chemical weapons by his regime against his own people, regardless of where the command and control lies," Harf said.
What absolute hypocisy from this administration! When will they hold Obama responsible for the misuse of power by his rogue regime against the American people (IRS, NSA, etc.)?
Why the hadez does it have to be only our intelligence responsible? I recall other nations running to sound the alarm prior to us. Let them run the ball this time..and do it alone at that. We never come out ahead, in fact, we are worse off. We can be the “support” this time...(that lasts a few months).
No blood for Oil. Uh... no oil... krap.
Walk it back Zero...
With the 1 year anniversary of Benghazi coming up, 0bama needs distractions badly.
And on my end, I’ve been throwing the amnesty/nsa/deathcare thing at these Americans of African decent (the ones who won’t kill me for a pack of gum). One by one, they too, are seeing the big picture. Immigration is my foot in the door: “We’re being discarded for a new minority”...he he he. Had to hear about it at work when I described the Syrian thing to the other ‘brotha’ working here as ‘Bush in black face and big ears’ [snicker]
Yeah, I’m not subtle. But it’s working. Already turned the black receptionist from Haiti downstairs into a Reagan conservative.
It is also entertaining to watch.
Liberals think with their tears, not their brain.
Yep. It’s an opportunity to turn some libtards, that’s for sure.
Now, if this story is accurate, it would imply that Obama, Biden, Kerry(who, by the way, served in Viet Nam), and Carney are trying to deceive the American people.
Really, now, what is the chance of that happening?
Could this be another Bradley Manning coup? If it was, none of our leaders got blamed.
Also sounds a lot like the Obama regime itself. Obama has no ‘right’ to unfettered access to Syria. Obama doesnt even provide such transparency to his own subjects.
We still dont know who ordered the Benghazi Stand Down and we should trust this?
Pray for America to Wake Up
And the MSM will not make the same conclusion
“A report by the Office of the Director for National Intelligence outlining that evidence against Syria is thick with caveats. It builds a case that Assad’s forces are most likely responsible while outlining gaps in the U.S. intelligence picture”
Uh -huh,,NOW we hear this. Tell it to Biden and Kerry.
Yesterday the Dear Leader and his worshippers were hellbent on bombing Syria (where,who knows?)
Now the WH, OFA and obamabots are busy covering their sorry backsides.
Gee,,I didn’t hear about any caveats yesterday...did anyone else hear about any caveats?
Is it our guys or Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood hires in intelligence? With a government as corrupt as ours you never know.
“Something as simple as profound disillusionment can be a negative for the democrats running for office come fund-raising time. Just doing my part...”
You’re a true patriot!
I am working on the ‘mocking’ angle. It’s clear this administration is very sensitive to being mocked.....so I am mocking the Dear Leader and his henchman on as many blogs as I can. There’s so much material and not enough hours in the day!
“Something as simple as profound disillusionment can be a negative for the democrats running for office come fund-raising time. Just doing my part..”
You know what else? The illegal immigration natives are getting restless,,as they their pet issue being pushed further away......
It’s a beautiful thing!
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a US president so thoroughly spanked in front of the world.
That’s great, keep us updated!
How about a 20-second time-out or a full time-out. Then we can war-game a play to have POSOTUS launch a 3-point buzzer-beater.
What if the Rebels (Al Qaeda in Syria) were shipped Chemical Rockets from Ghaddafi’s arsenal courtesy of 0bambi / Clinton?
WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!
One thing the Left will NEVER admit is that "Bush Lied" was the real lie!
Here we go again, the weak kneed West, afraid to take decisive action. Hot...cold...hot...cold, oh gee I don’t know what to do or even think for that matter, ohhh, my, gee wiz.
I'd like to join Commander Riker in applauding your magnificent effort:
Not all Birkenstock sandal wearers are Left wing Commies. They happen to be very comfortable, not just fashionable for Lefties...
The shock, despair, then rage on their faces is interesting.
The two colonels, Hunt and Peters, jumped all over their host, pointing out how he is wrong on almost everything he spouts on the Syrian situation. But the Bloviator blew them off in his usual classy style, maintaining that he is smarter than the two military men combined in his Syrian analysis.
This segment was followed by Bill's fellow warmonger...Charley the Tuna Krauthammer, whose itchy finger is ALSO on the figurative red button aimed at Russian-armed Syria.
I just hope the evidence shows that the rebels did indeed perpetrate a "false flag" gas-attack operation.......and that the Lord of the Factor will have to eat humble pie and publicly apologize to his viewers for blindly jumping to conclusions.
(disclaimer.....as if O'Reilly would EVER apologize or backtrack for anything....)
“In fact, the media is spinning themselves silly on this story.”
Oh yeh. I’m sure Carney will be parsing every word today at the WH presser.