Stop me if you’ve heard this one…
From US News and World Report:
U.S. officials are concerned that secret stockpiles of chemical weapons remain within Bashar Assad’s arsenal despite international efforts to destroy them, and that they may have fallen into the hands of the Islamic State.
You don’t say. Well, you shouldn’t be concerned in the least. I mean, Bashir Assad is at least as trustworthy as Saddam Hussein. And then there are the Russians supervising. What could go wrong? And besides, there is “no proof” that Assad would do such an underhanded thing. And as of yet, no remaining stockpiles have been located.
The issue first caught international attention in early September when Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., suggested there may be gaps in the Assad regime’s accounting for its chemical weapons.
Some can be explained by the haste with which the Syrian government had to declare its stockpiles, said Holgate. But international observers must also consider “less benign” moves by the historically evasive Assad regime as well, she said, including purposefully hiding chemical agents and weapons.
This is all a ruse so that Obama can go to war in Syria. Right? I mean, there is NO EVIDENCE. None. Whatever intelligence there is regarding these weapons has likely been “cherry-picked” to justify Obama’s reckless “cowboy” foreign policy. Sure. See how utterly stupid such tripe sounds now?
At least old friend Ben Connable adds some common sense and perspective to the discussion.
Those who study the region agree that the Islamic State’s potential access to chemical weapons would achieve one of the fundamental goals of a terrorist group.
“The strength of chemical and biological weapons is the fear factor,” says Ben Connable, an intelligence analyst with the RAND Corporation and a retired Marine Corps intelligence officer. “That’s what really separates them apart from other munitions: There’s something inherently terrifying about chemical and biological and radiological weapons.”
“I’m not terrifically concerned about it,” he says, “except for the use in terror attacks.”
So NOW chemical weapons in the hands of Islamic terrorists, taken from hidden stockpiles of a brutal dictator, are a problem. Unlike 2003, when another brutal dictator was looking to peddle them for hard currency. Tsk. Trusting the Russians? Just icing on the cake. Darned good thing we have secure borders.
Shame on those who shrieked, and continue to shriek, that Saddam didn’t have any chemical weapons. And that some in Syria don’t have Iraqi origin. More shame on those who willfully ignore the stockpiles since captured in Iraq by ISIS. To what should be the surprise of nobody, a nearly identical scenario is now playing out in Syria, as the childish and naive stupidity of John Kerry and the Obama Administration has evaporated like the morning dew.
The Bush-hating far left began and perpetuated a pack of lies regarding Saddam Hussein’s chemical stockpile that didn’t pass the first blush of the test of common sense. It was perpetuated incessantly by the beholden media and the liberal elite like a North Korean propaganda effort. The litany was so pervasive that the unthinking masses began to parrot it back en masse. Well, it was all a contrived lie, promulgated by any and every left-leaning entity whose hatred of George W. Bush trumped objective truth. Those of you out there who continue to cling to such abject foolishness need to re-examine everything you have been told, and everything you have come to believe about the origins of the Iraq War.
As for the hypocrites who so virulently trumpeted the “Bush lied!” meme and now sound the alarm over ISIS, you are as intellectually dishonest as it gets. And are not to be trusted with a thing you say.
Perhaps we can find the hidden Syrian chemical weapons. I nominate John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Samantha Power, Susan Rice, Fareed Zakaria, Ed Schultz, Keith Olbermann, Barbara Boxer, Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Al Franken, and Sean Penn to go look for them. Don’t come back until you find them. And if ISIS finds you, perhaps we can send a rescue mission to save you from beheading. Or not.