Did the United States offer the Syrian President an out?

Did the US Offer Syrian President an Out?

By NICK SCHIFRIN | Good Morning America

America’s top diplomat suggested in a passing remark that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avoid a U.S.-led strike if he handed over all his chemical weapons, but the State Department quickly dismissed the comment as more of a “rhetorical argument” than an offer.

In a London news conference this morning, Secretary of State John Kerry responded to a question about whether Assad could do anything to avoid war by saying “he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turn it over, all of it, without delay and allow a full and total accounting.”

Obama Pushes His Case to Strike Syria

Kerry delivered the statement almost dismissively and quickly said Assad had no intention of giving up “weapons he denies using.” But it was still the first time such a suggestion had been made by the Obama administration.

The State Department was forced to clarify the remarks, calling them “rhetorical” and making clear its desire to strike could be tempered by a Syrian offer. Kerry’s point, according to spokeswoman Jen Psaki, “was that this brutal dictator with a history of playing fast and loose with the facts cannot be trusted to turn over chemical weapons.”

Kerry also rebutted new claims by Assad that the United States has no proof the Syrian president personally ordered the chemical weapons attack.

In an interview with PBS’ and CBS’ Charlie Rose, Assad argued that Kerry had not presented a “single shred of evidence.” The German magazine Bild seemed to give some credence to Assad’s claims this weekend, reporting that Syrian government forces might have carried out the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack without Assad’s permission.

President Calling on Skeptical Lawmakers

In response, Kerry argued that Syrian chemical weapons are tightly controlled and that there is “no question about responsibility.”

“The chemical weapons in Syria we have tracked for some period of time now are controlled in a very tight manner by the Assad regime,” Kerry said. “Under any circumstances, the Assad regime is the Assad regime.

“The regime issues orders, and we have high-level regime [members] who have been caught issuing these instructions, with the results going directly to President Assad.”

He later added: “What does [Assad] offer? Words that are contradicted by fact.”

Kerry, as he has done for the past week, also tried to walk a fine line between sounding a battle cry in Syria and claiming the United States was “not going to war,” a reflection of how difficult the Obama Administration is finding it to sell an attack on Syria.

When arguing for the need to strike, Kerry compared the chemical weapons attacks to the Holocaust, which killed more than 6 million, and the Rwandan genocide, during which almost 1 million people died in the 1990s.

“If one party believes he can rub out countless numbers of his own citizens with chemical weapons, he will never get to the negotiation table,” Kerry argued. “A resolution will never get done on the battlefield. It will be done at the negotiating table. But we have to get to that table.”

But at the same time, he also tried to downplay the scope of the U.S. plans, saying an attack was not an act of war.
“We’re not talking about war. We are not going to war,” Kerry said. “We are going to be able to hold Bashar Assad accountable, in a very limited, very targeted, very short-term effort that degrades his capacity to deliver chemical weapons without assuming responsibility for Syria’s Civil War.”

A small group of protesters outside the British foreign office disagreed, holding up signs that said, “Hands Off Syria.”
“One, two, three four,” they chanted, “we don’t want another war.”

After the news conference, Kerry left for Washington to lobby Congress to authorize the military strike in Syria.

One comment

  • Indeed he did, and it was no accident. It all fits into the picture painted in the recent exposé by Richard K. Moore showing that this and other recent (since the August 29 historical rejection by the UK Parliament of the Cabinet’s request for support to go to war in Syria) developments, including the mainstream media suddenly, and so out of character, starting to cheer the grassroot’s cries against going to war and heralding a sea change, a major turn of history, all harbingering a return to Law and Order and a New Dawn for true democracy globally, all form together a super-sly ploy for the global elites to implement the final stage of their New World Order. And it is IMMINENT!

    The September 2 article by Irishman Richard K. Moore is “Obama’s backdown & the NWO Project”.

    In fact, The Unhived Mind has posted Moore’s article (and two short follow-up articles) elsewhere, so go there to read comments and discuss Moore’s epiphany’esque analysis.

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