This past week the liberal hacks at Politifact rescinded their decision to call the Obama administration’s claim that Syria had given up their chemical weapons as true. Sure it was a couple of years too late, but at least they finally owned up to one of their mistakes (which almost never happens). As important as it is to recognize how terrible Politifact is at “fact checking,” it’s more important that we recognize that the Obama administration purposely lied to America about Syria giving up their chemical weapons.
Just think about what we’ve done these last eight years without firing a shot. We’ve rolled back Iran’s nuclear program. That’s not just my assessment, that’s the assessment of Israeli intelligence, even though they were opposed to the deal. We’ve secured nuclear materials around the globe, reducing the risk that they fall into the hands of terrorists. We’ve eliminated Syria’s declared chemical weapons program. All of these steps have helped keep us safe and helped keep our troops safe. Those are the result of diplomacy. And sustained diplomatic efforts, no matter how frustrating or difficult they sometimes appear, are going to be required to resolve the conflicts roiling the in Middle East, from Yemen, to Syria, to Israel and Palestine. And if we don’t have strong efforts there, the more you will be called upon to clean up after the failure of diplomacy.
Susan Rice on January 16, 2017:
We were able to find a solution that actually removed the chemical weapons that were known from Syria in a way that the use of force would never have accomplished.