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Want straight answers on Syria? That's classified


The Obama Administration, in media-marketing parlance, is trying to “sell” a war.

But the American public and its caveat-emptor Congress aren’t buying.

The administration’s so-called product — a bombing campaign in Syria — has a series of non-disclosure clauses bound up with an implicit government promise: “trust us.”



Last week, at hearings of a U.S. House and Senate committee, the administration and some backers talked compelling evidence against Bashar Assad’s regime.

But the most compelling information about chemical weapons use in Syria was classified. When it was about to be made public or skeptics asked good questions, Barack Obama’s team said answers needed to be reserved for closed-session briefings.

This happened at least 36 times in two days, according to committee hearing transcripts.

Again, for emphasis: “classified” or “closed session” meetings were invoked or referenced 36 times in a debate about literal life-and-death policy, war.

Thirty-six times.

“The Administration has got to make more evidence public,” U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a hawkish Miami Republican who listened to the presentation before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday, told The Herald.

“They’re coming to us always classified and classified and classified. And it drives us crazy,” she said. “You’ve got to be open. You’ve got to convince the American people.”

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R. Berthaut

We were cleverly snookered once before into bringing about the overthrow of the "evil tyrant" Saddam Hussein. That certainly worked out well for us, didn't it? So, why should we even bother to try to depose another "evil tyrant" Bashar al Assad? Is the U.S.A. now in the business of unseating evil tyrants? Where's the profit? Every war we fight is a money pit! George Bush poisoned the well. Forget it Barack! It's not happening!

Dr. Arthur Frederick Ide

The invention of WMDs in the twisted mind of Curveball, a CIA operative. The WMDs were as nonexistent as the argument of Assad using Sarin gas against his own people. Sarin gas has become the boogy man of John Kerry, who was no hero in Vietnam but a setup to infiltrate protests against Johnson's war. It is the current fantasy that Kerry and others created to stampede the USA into another senseless, useless and illegal war. Such a conflict will only enrich the military-industrial complex that rides over basic rights and human freedoms--that Dwight Eisenhower warned us about.

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