Barack Obama’s failure in Syria continues to haunt the United States.
Back in 2013, the Obama administration claimed to have negotiated a deal where Russia would remove Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.
It turns out, that was a lie, and now Obama’s failure could draw the United States into a World War 3.
But on January 16th, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice claimed that the Obama administration had facilitated the deal to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons.
“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.”
In fact, in 2014, then Secretary of State John Kerry and his State Department actually released a statement verifying that “100 percent” of Syria’s chemical weapons had been removed.
The statement read:
“Today, the international maritime task force completed the critical mission of removing the last 8 percent of declared chemical weapons precursors from Syria. With this step, 100 percent of the declared chemicals are out of war-torn Syria. We congratulate the OPCW-UN Joint Mission and the entire international coalition, which operated under dangerous conditions to remove more than 1,000 tons of declared chemical weapons materials, a daunting undertaking that grew out of the agreement we reached last year between the United States and Russia. Many of our allies and partners, particularly Denmark, Norway, Finland, Italy, and the United Kingdom, are playing an essential role in the removal and destruction effort. In the coming weeks, the United States stands ready to begin destruction of a large amount of Syria’s chemical weapons precursors. This unprecedented mission, deploying unique American capabilities, will ensure that they will not be used against the Syrian people or against us, our allies, or our partners, in the region or beyond.”
However, the Obama administration’s lie was exposed to the world when 100 civilians were killed in a chemical weapons attack, which the intelligence community claimed Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad was behind.
President Trump responded by bombing the runway believed to be used by the Syrian army to launch the chemical weapons attack.
But that angered Syria’s allies, Iran and Russia.
In a joint statement, they announced they would respond with force to any further acts of aggression.
The Sun reports:
“The statement read: “What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.”
The United States now risks a world war with its intervention in Syria.
Russian troops are stationed in the country.
And Russian aircrafts are conducting missions against the jihadist rebels who oppose Assad.
Obama’s failure to enforce his redline cornered Trump into having to act.
And further intervention risks war with Russian and Iran.
Obama failed to achieve a political solution in Syria, and it left a gigantic mess for Trump.
Candidate Trump repeatedly stressed that Syria was not America’s fight, and his message of avoiding wars for occupation and regime change in the Middle East was key to his victory.
But while he is now being hamstrung by Obama’s failure, Trump supporters are encouraging the President to stand by his “America First” foreign policy and avoid intervention in Syria that could quickly spiral into a World War Three.