On Sunday, a former Obama official admitted that the previous administration “always knew” a 2013 agreement with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia, and the U.S. did not clear all chemical weapons from Syria, despite the claim that the deal had been an undeniable success.
At the time, both Obama’s secretary of state John Kerry and national security advisor Susan Rice claimed the deal rid the Assad regime of its stockpile of chemical weapons. In 2014, Kerry touted that the deal resulted in Syria getting rid of “100%” of its chemical weapons.
Now, Tony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state and former deputy national security advisor for Obama, tells The New York Times:
“We always knew we had not gotten everything, that the Syrians had not been fully forthcoming in their declaration.”
Criticism of the former administration’s brokered agreement, as well as Obama’s inaction in following through on his threats of using military force against Syria’s government, has grown since the chemical attack Assad allegedly used on civilians on April 4.
Some former Obama officials are blaming Assad for the failed agreement, stating that the Syrian dictator declined to divulge the full extent of his arsenal of chemical agents.
Others, such as former Obama-era State Department official, Ann-Marie Slaughter, have gone so far as to praise President Trump’s strikes on Syria.
Slaughter said via Twitter: “Donald Trump has done the right thing on Syria. Finally!! After years of useless handwringing in the face of hideous atrocities.”
Donald Trump has done the right thing on Syria. Finally!! After years of useless handwringing in the face of hideous atrocities.
— Anne-Marie Slaughter (@SlaughterAM) April 7, 2017
H/T: Washington Examiner
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