A liberal fact-checker from the Washington Post has given Susan Rice ‘Four Pinocchios’, its worst rating, over her recent claims that the Obama administration had successfully removed Syria’s “chemical weapons stockpile.”
The Post studied the former National Security Adviser’s claim after last week’s deadly chemical attack in Syria that left over 70 dead. Speaking with NPR in January of this year, Rice said:
“We were able to find a solution that didn’t necessitate the use of force that actually removed the chemical weapons that were known from Syria, in a way that the use of force would never have accomplished. Our aim in contemplating the use of force following the use of chemical weapons in August of 2013 was not to intervene in the civil war, not to become involved in the combat between Assad and the opposition, but to deal with the threat of chemical weapons by virtue of the diplomacy that we did with Russia and with the Security Council. We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.”
The Washington post wasn't buying it.
The fact-check finds that the Obama administration had a propensity to ‘oversell what was accomplished’ in Syria because ‘Obama received so much criticism for not following through’ after Syria crossed his ‘red line’ and used weapons of mass destruction, reports the Post.
The grading scale used goes from one Pinocchio -which has ‘some shading of the facts’ or ‘selective truth telling’- all the way to four, which the Washington Post describes in one word: ‘Whoppers’.
The final assessment is that the Obama administration knew that Bashar al-Assad kept a chemical weapons arsenal in Syria, but continued to deny so publicly for political purposes.
When the liberal Washington Post is calling Susan Rice a ‘whopping’ liar, you know there’s a serious problem.