Summary statements from the MIT report on the chemical weapons incidents in Syria:
*The Syrian Improvised Chemical Munitions that Were Used in the August 21,
Nerve Agent Attack in Damascus Have a Range of About 2 Kilometers
*The UN Independent Assessment of the Range of the Chemical Munition Is in
Exact Agreement with Our Findings
*This Indicates That These Munitions Could Not Possibly Have Been Fired at
East Ghouta from the “Heart”, or from the Eastern Edge, of the Syrian
Government Controlled Area Shown in the Intelligence Map Published by the
White House on August 30, 2013.
*This mistaken Intelligence Could Have Led to an Unjustified US Military
Action Based on False Intelligence.
*A Proper Vetting of the Fact That the Munition Was of Such Short Range
Would Have Led to a Completely Different Assessment of the Situation from
the Gathered Data
*Whatever the Reasons for the Egregious Errors in the Intelligence, the Source
of These Errors Needs to Be Explained.
*If the Source of These Errors Is Not Identified, the Procedures that Led to this
Intelligence Failure Will Go Uncorrected, and the Chances of a Future Policy
Disaster Will Grow With Certainty.