There is so much in this article, it took all the little tidbits of the Obama administration and his, “red line” in Syria and put it all together into a great article that we should all read.
His former aides scramble to explain their years of appeasement and dissembling on Syria — and Iran.
This latest chemical weapons attack must have come to great shock to former Secretary of State John Kerry, who in 2014 stated in an interview. “we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out” of Syria. “Three months after that, the President’s threat of force had made it possible cut the deal that got 100 percent of the declared chemical weapons out of Syria.” Oops, I guess. This was followed up with a tweet on June 23rd, 2014 from the official State Department Twitter account quoting Kerry as saying, “Today, the last 8% of declared chemical weapons were removed from Syria. Great work done by all involved.”
Yes, take a bow everyone.
Defenders of Kerry are stating the word “declared” in that statement to mean Assad must have been hiding stockpiles from both the US and United Nations inspectors (except the State Department tweet quoting Kerry never said the word declared). Now that can be reported to have been a lie as well. As reported in the New York Times, Obama administration officials knew that in fact Assad had not relinquished all of his chemical stockpiles, per Kerry’s claim.
Former Deputy Secretary of State and Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken is quoted saying “We always knew we had not gotten everything, that the Syrians had not been fully forthcoming their declaration.” This revelation resulted in Politifact revising Kerry’s claim, which they rated as “true” at the time.
It’s a stunning admission that craters the narrative of Obama’s successful soft power diplomacy, as well as shattering any claims by Rice or Kerry that this latest attack is a result of either new stockpiles or hidden stockpiles. If the State Department and National Security Council under Obama knew Assad was harboring more deadly chemical weapons, why was the UN not notified? Where was our brave truth telling media, now completely re-energized by Tom Hanks’ espresso machine and new found sense of duty? Why is the public, now, almost three years later being told by former Obama officials they they knew all along but told the American people “100 percent” of weapons were out of Syria?
How can they have no shame? Maybe if Obama followed through when he first learned Syria had chemical weapons and used them on their own people, we would not be a hair away from world war three.