With no international support and headed for a humiliating defeat in Congress President Obama seized on a Russian plan to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria as a way to hold off on bombing Syria. He announced it in his speech last night (9/10/13).
As usual no evidence was given of responsibility of the Assad government in the attack. The usual charges were made, a chemical attack, 1,400 dead, hundreds of children killed. “No one disputes that chemical weapons were used in Syria.” even though many observers do dispute many of the White House charges.
There was one new charge or detail in the overall charge. Obama claimed about Assad forces, “they fired rockets from a regime-controlled area into 11 neighborhoods that the regime has been trying to wipe clear of opposition forces.”
Now it is very possible that Assad’s forces did do a chemical attack, maybe as Obama describes, maybe 1,400 were killed (though the numbers are higher than all other estimates), but is breathtaking that corporate media doesn’t ask for any proof. Obama and Hegel say the evidence is classified and the meek sheep-like TV stations and big newspapers just bleat “yes” and go on to other matters. No one has seen rocket fragments with traces of chemicals. No one has heard the audio files of the Syrian officers supposedly discussing use of chemicals. No one has looked at satellite photos (videos) of the rockets. No one outside the Administration has seen the blood and samples. No one has read the U.N. report on what happened in Syria (because it isn’t complete and hasn’t been published). The secrecy obsessed Obama Administration shows nothing to anyone, even Congress. Only one very good AP report has mentioned the lack of evidence.