Several former Obama administration officials along with Susan Rice have taken heat for past claims that Syria’s chemical weapons had been purged, as they were used by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to attack his own people, which prompted a military response from the U.S.
According to Fox News reports, Rice and the other officials are taking heat over past claims that their 2013 Syria agreement led to Assad purging its entire chemical weapon stockpile – in the wake of this week’s alleged sarin gas attack.
Back on Thursday, President Trump launched a targeted strike at a Syrian air base in response to, what he called, a barbaric chemical attack on innocent civilians at the hand of Syrian President.
“There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council,” Trump said.
A leaked video footage from the chemical attack scene immediately raised many credibility problems for claims made by members of the Obama administration about the prior agreement that “rid” the war-torn country of chemical agents.
During an interview this past January with National Public Radio, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice touted the “success” in Syria, for striking a deal using Russia’s help that resulted in the prior administration to drop the threat of military action.
“We were able to find a solution that didn’t necessitate the use of force that actually removed the chemical weapons that were known from Syria, in a way that the use of force would never have accomplished,” she bragged. “We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.”
Rice has come under fire for making misleading comments back in the past and for her most recent statement, when she grabbed headlines, as you all know, for being tied to allegations of improper surveillance of the Trump team prior to his inauguration.
It’s important to know that Rice wasn’t the only liar in this bunch:
In July 2014, the former Secretary of State John Kerry went on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to discuss the deal made back in 2013 that resulted in Russia agreeing to help confiscate and destroy Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons.
“We struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out,” he claimed.
At the time, the fact-checking website PolitiFact found Kerry’s comments to be “mostly true.” However, given new evidence that Assad had recently used chemical weapons against his own people, the website was forced to revisit and revise its assessment:
“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 fulling 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.”
“One way or another, subsequent events have proved Kerry wrong,” PolitiFact ruled.
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