Former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, Tony Blinken, admitted to the New York Times that the administration had always known they’d “not gotten everything,”—in reference, of course, to the Obama administration’s consistent message that all chemical weapons had been removed from Syria.
In the article, Blinken said:
“Imagine what Syria would look like without the deal. It would be awash in chemical weapons.”
“We always knew we had not gotten everything, that the Syrians had not been fully forthcoming in their declaration.”
It’s remarkable how the lies are piling up this month for former White House officials.
Check it out (via Mediaite):
Blinken’s comments to The New York Times were in reference to the 2013 agreement between America and Russia that supposedly resulted in the removal and destruction of Assad’s chemical weapons. The deal was heralded as a complete success for the Obama administration over the last few years, and it was notably defended by former Secretary of State John Kerry and former national security adviser Susan Rice.
The deal’s effectiveness has come into question in recent days after Assad launched a chemical attack that killed dozens of people caught in the middle of the Syrian civil war. President Trump was among the many who condemned the atrocity, and he responded to it by launching a missile strike against a Syrian airbase last week.
The Times spoke to multiple Obama officials, many of whom partially defended the the deal, even though several of them said one of the former president’s biggest failures was in not stopping the war in Syria. Separately, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro got on Twitter yesterday, and he reiterated Blinken’s comments even as he wrote in favor of the deal.
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Shapiro fired off a long thread of tweets Sunday, the most important being this one:
12. We always knew Syria likely squirreled away some residual undeclared stocks and/or production capability, now proven by Idlib strike.
— Dan Shapiro (@DanielBShapiro) April 9, 2017