Alan Grayson: Obama’s Syria saber-rattling not vindicated by UN report, undercut by German intelligence
U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, a fiercely anti-war Orlando Democrat who recently raised questions about Syrian chemical-weapons use, said a new United Nation’s weapons report puts that matter to rest -- but it doesn’t vindicate the president’s case for war.
Though it indicates gas was used, the UN report doesn’t prove Obama Administration claims that Bashar al-Assad’s regime was responsible for the use of the chemical weapons, said Grayson.
Grayson puts more stock in little-reported German intelligence sources that say rogue Syrian army officials bucked Assad by deploying poison gas without permission.
Grayson said he therefore doesn’t believe President Obama’s saber-rattling over Syria led Assad to agree to talks about giving up his chemical stockpile.
“It’s a good outcome, if the president wants to take credit for it [Syrian chemical-weapons talks] that’s fine with me. Maybe he’ll win a second Nobel Peace Prize,” Grayson said.