Saturday, April 8, 2017
DNI James Clapper said as much last February.
Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster is announced as national security adviser, Feb. 20, 2017.
Photo credit: AP Photo/Susan Walsh
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster delivered remarks in Florida today to give some background on the strikes against Syria Thursday. He made one curious comment that raises a lot of troubling questions:
Emphasis added. Now recall that John Kerry bragged on Charlie Rose in 2014 about the Obama administration cutting an historic deal that removed "100 percent of the declared chemical weapons" from Syria. I don't know how much of a caveat the word "declared" constitutes, but as recently as January former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice was confidently announcing that the Obama administration had removed chemical weapons from Syria. (Suffice to say, it's been a bad week for Rice's credibility.)
Over at The American Interest, Sean Keeley observes that the Obama administration most certainly knew that the public line they were pushing about removing chemical weapons from Syria was a lie:
Despite such evidence of dishonesty, the media have been awfully credulous about the Obama administration's self-serving claim of having rid Syria of chemical weapons. Now we know better. In fact, Keeley goes on to note that general revulsion at participating in the Obama administration's dangerous charade has led many former Obama administration officials to support President Trump's actions in Syria.