First Theodore Postol began poking holes in the report. Then "b" at Moon of Alabama took a few whacks at it. Robert Parry also got into the act. All we need now is some bread and mayonnaise. And the report has only been in the public eye for two days; a few more days of scrutiny by independent observers and we'll have creamed cheese.
From b's very funny takedown, published yesterday at MoA, White House "Intelligence Assessment" Is No-Such-Thing: Shows Support for Al-Qaeda:
The claimed assessment starts with a definitely false claim: "We assess that Damascus launched this chemical attack in response to an opposition offensive in Hama province that threatened key infrastructure."
The Hama offensive had failed two weeks ago. Since then the Syrian army has regained all areas the al-Qaeda "opposition" had captured during the first few days. Key infrastructure had never been seriously threatened by it. Over 2,000 al-Qaeda fighters were killed in the endeavor.
Peto Lucem, a well known and reliable source for accurate maps of the war on Syria, posted on March 31, four days before the chemical incident:
Peto Lucem @PetoLucemNEW MAP: "Rebel" frontline in #Hama is collapsing, #SAA reverses most #AlQaeda gains made in first days of their failed offensive. #Syria
The attack in Hama had already failed days before the chemical incident in Khan Shaykhun happened. Khan Shaykhun is far from the front line. The incident and the failed al-Qaeda attack in Hama cannot possibly be related. It would make no sense at all to launch a militarily useless incident in a place far away "in response" to a defeat of the enemy elsewhere. (The Defense Intelligence Agency likely never signed off on such an objectively false claim.)
b was just getting warmed up. You should read the whole thing but I can't resist also quoting this part:
Several of the released videos [of purported victims of the chemical attack] were introduced and commented on by "Dr. Shajul Islam," who has been removed from the British medical registry and had been indicted in the UK for his role in kidnapping "western" journalists in Syria. He fled back to Syria. The videos he distributed of "rescued" casualties of the chemical incidents were not of real emergencies but staged. James Foley, one of the journalists kidnapped with the help of Dr. Shajul Islam, was later murdered on camera by the Islamic State.So does this suggest that U.S. intelligence assessments in the Trump Era will be put together by imbeciles? Well, b makes the point that this wasn't a real intelligence briefing. But on the basis of findings that shouted 'fake,' President Trump rationalized launching missile strikes at a Syrian air base. That's scary when you stop to think about it.