Let’s approach this the way liberals approached former President George W. Bush and the Iraq War. Bush said Saddam Hussein had WMD’s and therefore the civilized world owed it to itself to take him out. We found no WMD’s. Therefore the left felt justified chanting “Bush lied, people died.”
On April 5, 2017, Politifact, the left-leaning, Pulitzer Prize-winning (it’s all over their masthead) publisher of the trademarked Truth-O-Meter™, pulled their July 20, 2014 fact-check “Kerry: We got ‘100 percent’ of chemical weapons out of Syria.”
“What he faces, maybe, is a problem with a bunch of critics who want to jump to conclusions without looking at the facts,” Kerry said.
Kerry then offered a list of the administration’s achievements. He touted gains in securing Chinese help to restrain North Korea, a ceasefire in South Sudan, the interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program and progress on the formation of a new government in Iraq.
Syria also made the secretary’s list.
“We struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out,” Kerry said.
In this fact-check, we decided to take a closer look at that claim about Syria. That country’s civil war dominated the foreign policy debate last summer and the use of shells loaded with chemical agents galvanized the international response. With key help from Russia, Syria agreed to rid itself of all chemical weapons by the end of June 2014.
PolitiOops rated Kerry’s claim as “Mostly True.” And now we know it was 100 percent Lie.
A piece published Sunday in The Blaze took the “Oops” several rungs deeper, looking at inconsistencies published in the American Interest, along with former Obama bureaucrats cheering Trump’s action, saying “It was high time.”
“This shows the moral depravity of the last administration,” said one former Obama administration official. “I am stunned.”
“Many of us are pretty darned happy about this, ” said a second former administration official. “This is the action that many of us were hoping for years ago. Our hope though is that this was not an act in isolation, but a clear signal of the limits of our tolerance, and the restart of meaningful, actionable diplomacy to end Assad’s tenure in Syria and bring about a peaceful political transition.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster sort of spilled the beans on Obama’s lie in remarks published Friday from a presser with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
MCMASTER: And the one thing that I will tell you though, there was an effort to minimize – to minimize risk to third-country nationals at that airport – I think you read Russians from that – but that – and we took great pains to try to avoid that. Of course, in any kind of military operation, there are no guarantees. And then there were also measures put in place to avoid hitting what we believe is a storage of sarin gas, so that that would not be ignited and cause a hazard to civilians or anyone else.
Umm…that does seem to imply that the U.S. government knew that Syria had storage facilities for sarin gas. I don’t believe that knowledge was obtained in the 72-hour period between President Trump’s epiphany of hearing about babies dying and the missiles flying. Nobody, including, apparently
PolitiOops PolitiFact, is naïve enough to believe that.
“We don’t know key details about the reported chemical attack in Syria on April 4, 2017, but it raises two clear possibilities: Either Syria never fully complied with its 2013 promise to reveal all of its chemical weapons; or it did, but then converted otherwise non-lethal chemicals to military uses,” PolitiFact wrote last week.
“One way or another, subsequent events have proved Kerry wrong,” they conceded.
In other words, Syria never intended to rid itself of chemical weapons. Russia never bothered (or likely, never intended) to check to see that it did. And Kerry, Obama and their crew at State knew all of this, yet continued to sell the “no chemical weapons” story for nearly three years. The press never bothered to contradict the Obama administration’s tall tale, despite evidence they were lying.
“There is a sense of relief and justice to those innocent children suffered terrible death in Khan Shaikhun.” said Dr. Zaher Sahloul of the Syrian American Medical Society, who spoke last summer before the United Nations about the plight of Syrian parents and children under siege in Aleppo. Sahloul had praised Obama’s UN Ambassador Samantha Power for being the “voice of the voiceless” and lobbied her administration colleagues for greater humanitarian intervention on behalf of Aleppo’s children. “The question is how come it took one chemical attack to change the heart of President Trump and move him to military action, while President Obama was so stone-hearted and resistant to the horrible images of tens of thousands of innocent victims? I hope that this attack will open the door to the end of the genocide in Syria and force political transition in Syria.”
It’s unlikely that this one event and response will change American policy to move regime change in Syria to the top of the list. But it does show exactly how disingenuous Obama and his gang were in preaching peace, peace and unlimited immigration while ignoring the evil ravages of war.
In the left’s own language, “Obama lied, babies died” is more than justified.