An American analyst says that the United States has a long history of initiating wars based on fabricated intelligence.
The intelligence used to justify a military assault against Syria could be just another œmajor fabrication in many regards,” Joachim Martillo said in an interview with Press TV on Thursday.
The White House has said that it is convinced the Syrian government launched a chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus last week, laying the groundwork for a US military strike against the country.
Multiple US officials, however, have said that the intelligence linking the Syrian government to the attack is no œslam dunk.”
œIt could be like the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution,” Martillo said, referring to a resolution that Congress passed on August 7, 1964, authorizing the use of “conventional” military force in Southeast Asia and paving the way for the Vietnam War.
œThis type of thing is pretty standard in US history,” the analyst noted. œThere is good reason to believe that the Spanish-American War (1898) started because of an explosion that had nothing to do with anyone.”
œThese types of initiations of wars tend to be disasters and tend to be pointless,” he concluded.
The US also made a detailed case for war against Iraq based on intelligence– later discredited– about the country™s weapons programs.