President Obama lied to America many times for the sake of his reelection and/or legacy. There was the lie about the video being responsible for a spontaneous attack in Benghazi because of a YouTube video trailer for a lousy movie, the lie that the Iran deal includes inspections, snap backs and it delays a possible Iranian nuclear weapon for much more than the actual ten years, and speaking of Iran there was the lie that he didn’t pay a ransom for the hostages, but most relevant for recent news was the lie that Syria gave up all of its chemical weapons in 2013-they didn’t, he knew they didn’t, but bragged how successful his negotiated settlement was anyway.
How can I be so sure…well James Clapper said as much during congressional testimony in 2016. Sean Keely of The American Interest points to Clapper’s, the former Director of National Intelligence’s Feb. 2016 Congressional Testimony.
First Keely points the fact that Trump’s National Director Mentioned that when they picked targets for last week’s attack on the Syrian Airbase, they took care to avoid the areas where they thought Sarin gas was stored. Which raise the question how did we suspect that Sarin was being stored in certain areas of the airport?
Did the Obama Administration know that such depots still existed after its “historic” deal that supposedly removed all Syria’s chemical weapons?
The signs point to YES. In Congressional testimony last February, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper acknowledged “gaps and inconsistencies in Syria’s declaration,” validating reports that Syria was still hiding banned chemicals at undisclosed locations.
In 2016 Business Insider covered the Clapper Senate Testimony.
“We assess that Syria has not declared all the elements of its chemical-weapons program to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)…Despite the creation of a specialized team and months of work by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to address gaps and inconsistencies in Syria’s declaration, numerous issues remain unresolved.”
Syria has carried out chemical weapons attacks even after the implementation of the September 2013 agreement, he said.
“We continue to judge that the Syrian regime has used chemicals as a means of warfare since accession to the CWC in 2013,” Clapper said.
He noted OPCW investigators’ conclusion that “chlorine had been used on Syrian opposition forces in multiple incidents in 2014 and 2015.” The regime was still dropping chlorine bombs from the air. “Helicopters — which only the Syrian regime possesses — were used in several of these attacks,” Clapper stated.
Chlorine attacks have been documented in Syria throughout 2014 and 2015, while one group of Syrian doctors discovered at least 31 chlorine attacks in the country during a single 10-week span in 2015.
And it’s long been clear that at least some of Syria’s chemical-weapons infrastructure remained in place past mid-2014. According to a July 2015 Wall Street Journal report, US intelligence agencies “concluded that the regime didn’t give up all of the chemical weapons it was supposed to,” while Assad “continu[ed] to operate weapons-research facilities.”
Therefore while President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, and of course the Obama Administration’s designated liar Susan Rice were telling America that their wonderful negotiations worked and all of Syria’s chemical weapons were destroyed– James Clapper and documented chlorine attacks proved they were lying. But six months after Clapper’s testimony, in the August 2016 issue of the Atlantic, Obama’s designated foreign policy water carrier Jeffrey Goldberg, did his duty and wrote an article praising Obama’s decision to ignore his “red line” to punish the Assad regime if it ever used chemical weapons…