Remember all this bragging from John Kerry and others in the Obama administration about Syria just a few years ago?
— Department of State (@StateDept) June 24, 2014
Important achievement: removal of last 8 percent of declared chem weapons precursors from Syria
— Susan Rice -Archived (@AmbRice44) June 24, 2014
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) October 31, 2013
Naturally, the key word there was “declared,” because obviously that didn’t really happen:
Dozens reported killed in suspected Syria chemical attack. https://t.co/k8SvuvyTX6
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) April 8, 2018
And that’s the dangerous rub with all of the Obama-era foreign policy brags — they’re based on declarations from those who are being monitored and “deals” with despots allowed to self-inspect. In other words, Obama flacks guarantees about Syria are about as reliable as their guarantee that the Iran deal blocked the regime’s path to nukes.