Ron Paul says that he sees "zero chance Assad would have deliberately used chemical weapons" on civilians just ahead of global negotiations regarding the fate of his country. Congressman Paul strongly suspects false-flag to benefit neocon agenda in the region. He minces no words.
Same conclusion here: "This would suggest that on the eve of upcoming peace negotiations, terrorist forces have once again created a false flag scenario. This bares resemblance to the Ghouta chemical weapons attack in 2013 where the Syrian Army was accused of using the weapons of mass destruction on the day that United Nations Weapon’s Inspectors arrived in Damascus. Later, in a separate chemical weapon usage allegation, Carla del Ponte, a UN weapons inspector said that there was no evidence that the government had committed the atrocity. This had however not stopped the calls for intervention against the Syrian government."
The Syrian troops on the ground were moving fast enough after the air assaults to find this:
Russia has reported that the Syrian military has destroyed a warehouse where chemical weapons were produced and stored before exportation to nearby Iraq. The warehouse was in the same town targeted by a chemical gas attack early yesterday morning.
Autopsies on 3 bodies show evidence of sarin and chlorine gas, according to Turkish authorities.
Also: "Assad argued his government has no chemical weapons after agreeing to have them destroyed in 2013...The Russian Defense Ministry said early Wednesday the airstrike near Khan Shaykhun was carried out by Syrian aircraft, which struck a terrorist warehouse that stored chemical weapons slated for delivery to Iraq."
Meanwhile, at the negotiations, US says it may have to take unilateral action against Syria. France says it can't get involved with a militaristic blood rush to President Trump's head. Britain says Russian support of Syria is "defending the indefensible" (which is not a statement about what the actual facts may be...)
Russia condemns the attack, after collecting proof it was the rebel's chemical weapons depot involved (ownership point omitted from this UK story)
Former Commander in charge of US Military Police in Iraq says President Trump's new National Security Adviser, General HR McMaster ordered criminal abuse of hundreds of Iraqi detainees in 2005. (Thanks Dan)
“Detainees were abused at Tal Afar under orders and command and control of H.R. McMaster,” said Col. Arnaldo Claudio, a retired senior U.S. Military Police officer who served as 18th Airborne Corps Provost Marshal and Chief of Police of the Multinational Coalition Forces in Iraq in 2005.
Col. Claudio was unable to find Col. McMaster after he and his team surveyed the facilities. When pressed by Horton as to whether or not he would have arrested McMaster if he had been found, Claudio responded, “I would have asked him nicely to come with me. Because it never happened, I’m not going to speculate, but I’m pretty sure I would have done that.”
To the best of Claudio’s knowledge, nothing ever became of the Inspector General’s investigation.
Col. McMaster was promoted to brigadier general in August 2009, by his friend, Gen. David Petraeus.
President Donald Trump appointed Gen. McMaster as his National Security Advisor in February 2017.