Back in January Susan Rice bragged on NPR that she and the Obama administration got Assad to give up all their chemical weapons.
Here is what she said: 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.
Our aim in contemplating the use of force following the use of chemical weapons in August of 2013 was not to intervene in the civil war, not to become involved in the combat between Assad and the opposition, but to deal with the threat of chemical weapons by virtue of the diplomacy that we did with Russia and with the Security Council.
We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.
There is no denying that was not true after the chemical attack that happened in Syria.
Now the so called ‘fact checkers’ of the MSM have decided to finally do some work and call a spade, a spade.
The Washington Post has their Pinocchios score card that rates from 1-4.
All they had to say about dear ol’ Susie on her score of 4 was: ‘Whoppers.’
Here is the summary…
The removal of vast quantities of chemical weapons from Syria’s soil was indeed an achievement. When Obama contemplated attacking Syria, a major problem with his plan was that most of the chemical weapons would not have been destroyed.
But the Obama administration had a tendency to oversell what was accomplished, perhaps because Obama received so much criticism for not following through on an attack if Syria crossed what Obama had called “a red line.”
We have a reasonable-person test here at The Fact Checker, and it’s doubtful many NPR listeners realized that “known” was code for the fact that Rice only was referring to chemical weapons stocks declared by Syria — or that chlorine weapons were not covered by the agreement.
The reality is that there were continued chemical-weapons attacks by Syria — and that U.S. and international officials had good evidence that Syria had not been completely forthcoming in its declaration and possibly retained sarin and VX nerve agent.
Yet Rice said: “We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.” She did not explain that Syria’s declaration was believed to be incomplete and thus was not fully verified — and that the Syrian government still attacked citizens with chemical weapons not covered by the 2013 agreement. That tipped her wordsmithing toward a Four.
Must really suck to be Susan Rice right now.
Actions come with consequences though and if you turn your back on Americans, this is what happens.