‘Propaganda’ on Syrian Chemical Weapons

John Glaser, December 11, 2012

Charles Glass on Democracy Now talks about the Syrian conflict, the Islamist opposition, and Western threats about the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons. Of the latter, he says, “It sounds to me pretty much like the propaganda that was used prior to the invasion of Iraq, where the chemical weapons were held up as an excuse to bring about Western intervention, ultimately, when it wasn’t true.”

After all of the bluster last week from the Obama administration on Syrian chemical weapons, Leon Panetta on Tuesday said the threat is now subsiding and there are no new indications “of any aggressive steps to move forward in that way.”

Seems like a curiously rapid change of tune to me.




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  1. Some guesses: It was crap to begin with and they foresaw having to justify it eventually. Or, regardless, it didn't seem to be playing as well as they liked (it even evoked Iraq), so they'd rather something else cued what they're looking to do. Or possibly the video ostensibly of 'rebels' gassing rabbits and threatening Alawites (sp?) trumped them; real or not, best to ease gas out of the public mind now that it can be associated with their proteges. Or a more reasonable faction won this round…and the guy who headed CIA during the dronings of good Samaritans is the face that lot is stuck with announcing a 'change'… Or maybe the other superpowers were effective this time…

  2. Different country and nation, same old story.

  3. The US keeps using the same game-plays – so predictable.

  4. It would be great for once 'national security requirements' could be lowered enough to provide actual evidence for the claims made, all oo often, by people who are speaking "anonymously". It surely wouldn't bother Assad to know that US satellites are watching his every move.

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