There’s a fitting irony that the three men heading up the effort to deal with the Syrian situation, Obama, Kerry and Hagel, were all notorious for their Iraq War stance.
Syria’s WMDs is a problem left over from the Iraq War when Saddam shipped Iraq’s weapons into Syria. That conspiracy theory came from none other than this guy.
Ten years ago, James Clapper, now the Director of National Intelligence, said he was “unquestionably sure” that Saddam’s WMDs had been moved out of Iraq. Top Iraqi generals stated that the WMDs had gone to Syria.
Obama, Kerry and Hagel’s Syrian War is haunted by their destruction of the Iraq War and as Assad deploys his Weapons of Mass Destruction, the question that the doves twittering about soft power in Washington don’t have the courage to ask is how many of those weapons that will either kill civilians or fall into the hands of terrorists came from Saddam Hussein’s secret storehouses in Iraq.
Assad is using Iraqi weapons against his opponents. The same weapons that Obama, Kerry and Hagel fiercely pretended didn’t exist because it served their political purposes.
Now they are forced to come to terms with the existence of those weapons… once again for political purposes.