In an official statement yesterday, Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest claimed that “The United States strongly condemns any and all use of chemical weapons.”
That’s not true, of course — the US government uses chemical weapons, including the internationally banned substance known as “CS,” on its own citizens, approves the export of such weapons to regimes it approves of, and ignores the use of such weapons by “allies.”
Nonetheless, US President Barack Obama calls the alleged — on the basis, so far, of little evidence — use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces a “red line” which could trigger an escalation of American military intervention in that country’s civil war.
Why? Not because chemical weapons may have been used, but because Obama is already committed to the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad’s regime and he needs excuses.
Unfortunately, that excuse is getting pretty tired, and trotting it out is really just evidence that when it comes to foreign policy, Barack Obama is indeed serving George W. Bush’s fourth term.
The US has no legitimate defense interest in Syria’s internal situation, and no manufactured excuse will create such an interest. It may very well, however, create “blowback” that costs American lives.
Now, more than ever, it’s important to let the politicians know: NO WAR ON SYRIA!