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AP: Obama’s Case For Attacking Assad Not Proved

From the Associated Press:

FACT CHECK: Obama’s Syria case still lacks proof

CALVIN WOODWARD | September 11, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama voiced his conviction Tuesday night that Syrian President Bashar Assad was to blame for deadly chemical attacks against civilians, but again he offered no proof…

OBAMA: "We know the Assad regime was responsible. … The facts cannot be denied."

THE FACTS: The Obama administration has not laid out proof Assad was behind the attack.

The administration has cited satellite imagery and communications intercepts, backed by social media and intelligence reports from sources in Syria, as the basis for blaming the Assad government. But the only evidence the administration has made public is a collection of videos it has verified of the victims. The videos do not demonstrate who launched the attacks.

Come on. Is there any reason to doubt Obama’s word on this or anything?

Administration officials have not shared the satellite imagery they say shows rockets and artillery fire leaving government-held areas and landing in 12 rebel-held neighborhoods outside Damascus where chemical attacks were reported. Nor have they shared transcripts of the Syrian officials allegedly warning units to ready gas masks or discussing how to handle U.N. investigators after it happened.

Even though these were the kind of things, satellite imagery and intercepts, that were publically shared during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and even before the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The White House has declined to explain where it came up with the figure of at least 1,429 dead, including 400 children — a figure far higher than estimates by nongovernmental agencies such as the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has counted only victims identified by name, with a current total of 502. In his remarks, Obama more generally accused Assad’s forces of gassing to death "over 1,000 people, including hundreds of children."

The nerve of some people. These chemical weapons victims are sacred martyrs and cannot be questioned. Unlike the previous 100,000 or so who have died so far in Syria’s civil war.

OBAMA: "So even though I possess the authority to order military strikes, I believed it was right in the absence of a direct or imminent threat to our security to take this debate to Congress."

THE FACTS: Obama’s statement that he has the authority to launch military action is par for the course for presidents, and historically disputed by Congress…

The 1973 War Powers Resolution sought to end the debate, but it has only fueled arguments between Republican and Democratic administrations alike and those who consider themselves constitutional purists.

The law gives the president the power to act without congressional approval in cases of national emergency for up to 60 days. In such a case, the president must consult with Congress. And if the deadline passes without congressional authorization, the president has 30 additional days to remove troops.

But what constitutes a national emergency and what consultation means remain subjects of continued disputes.

Usually only when there is a Republican in the White House.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “AP: Obama’s Case For Attacking Assad Not Proved”

  1. “But what constitutes a national emergency and what consultation means remain subjects of continued disputes.”

    Forheavens sake, it was 1973. Just go and ask the lawmakers who wrote, debated and passed the law. It’s not like you have to go read the Federalists Papers or anything that difficult. You probably can just go to your archives and do a little research to find out what the people at the time were saying was the meaning of the terms in the law.

    How do people get a job at AP? From a Cracker Jack box? I didn’t even graduate highschool (GED) and I have better critical thinking skills than these supposed professional journalists, editors and publishers. What a bunch of dumba$$e$! Geeeezzz…


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