Monday, April 10, 2017

Lots of people lied, lots pf people died

John Kerry dining with Bashar al-Assad.
Recall someone else who gassed his own people with sarin? 
On the morning of March 16, 1988, Iraqi war planes and artillery pounded the Kurdish town of Halabja in northern Iraq with mustard gas and the deadly nerve agent sarin. 
Some 5,000 people -- mainly women and children -- died on the day, and up to 12,000 have lost their lives since. The method was the same as the Ghouta gas attack in Damascus, Syria, on August 21, 2013, just over 25 years later.
So we know that Saddam Hussein had WMDs and that he used them. Everyone knew that. It became the "narrative" in the legacy media, however, that he had none, and that "Bush lied, people died." (In reality, the people who died did so under Saddam's gassing. And now Assad's. In reality, it has been George W. Bush and Donald Trump who have tried to do something about it, as opposed to drawing imaginary red lines.)

Even The New York Times was eventually forced to admit in 2014 what others knew.
When it was first reported in May 2004 that Saddam-era chemical weapons shells had injured U.S. troops, the editors of the New York Times dismissed that, “Finding some residual weapons that had escaped a large-scale destruction program would be no great surprise and if the chemicals had degraded, no major threat.” Now, a major New York Times report on the issue has been followed by an editorial warning of “A Deadly Legacy in Iraq”: some 5,000 chemical shells have been discovered over the years in Iraq by U.S. or U.S.-trained Iraqi forces. Many more such munitions litter the wreckage of an old Iraqi weapons facility northwest of Baghdad, which the Islamic State captured in June.
WMDs that don't exis
I've always believed that, for whatever reason, Saddam tried to ship some of his stockpiles to Syria when invasion was imminent. It was probably the assertion of James R. Clapper Jr., a retired lieutenant general, who at that time led the National Imagery and Mapping Agency and later became Director of National Intelligence under Obama.

He said satellite imagery showing a heavy flow of traffic from Iraq into Syria, just before the American invasion in March, led him to believe that illicit weapons material ''unquestionably'' had been moved out of Iraq.

George Sada, an adviser to Saddam, concurred, saying, "They were moved by air and by ground, 56 sorties by jumbo, 747, and 27 were moved, after they were converted to cargo aircraft, they were moved to Syria."

The Atlantic, a left-leaning magazine, has reopened the issue, giving the pro and con of Saddam shipping WMDs to Syria. It's interesting that the con is entirely the writing of someone named Kris Alexander, whose work appeared in Wired, another left-leaning magazine. Neither The Atlantic nor Wired says who this guy is beyond that he was a U.S. Army officer. What rank? What role? Where deployed?

Give The Atlantic credit for admitting that there are two sides to this, given that, you know, Bush lied, people died.

About lies: Everyone's favorite serial liar, Susan Rice, said this just a few months ago: 
“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,” she boasted. “We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.”
And the hapless clown John Kerry just had to weigh in: “With respect to Syria, we struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out.”

And there's this curious note about Hillary. In 2011, she said: “Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe Assad's a reformer.” At any rate, "By almost eerie coincidence, Hillary Clinton, mere hours before it was learned that President Donald Trump had authorized cruise-missile strikes on a Syrian airfield, was calling for that very thing." The press lapped it up.

Until The Donald can clean out Obama leaking leftovers there will be a lot of such coincidences.

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