I know, I know, I can almost see through the internet your mouth hanging open in shock from this bold, unexpected pronouncement. Our esteemed Commander-In-Chief of our very powerful military may be manipulating intelligence in order to get his way with Congress and what he wants to do with Syria! I can’t believe it!
The first is Republican Justin Amash.
Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) has been a very outspoken opponent of any military intervention in Syria. He has been all over the media warning that we as a nation should not strike Syria, and he has even used social media sites to warn his fellow Congress members that if they vote for military action next week, they might as well clean out their desks because of unprecedented public opposition against it.
Now Rep. Amash has taken to Twitter to inform the American people that if we could read the classified documents touted by our White House to justify strikes in Syria, we’d be “even more against Syria action”.
The second is Democrat Alan Grayson.
Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., who is aggressively lobbying against a military strike on Syria, says the Obama administration has manipulated intelligence to push its case for U.S. involvement in the country’s two-year civil war.
Grayson made the accusation in an interview published Wednesday by The Atlantic and offered more detail in a Thursday discussion with U.S. News. He says members of Congress are being given intelligence briefings without any evidence to support administration claims that Syrian leader Bashar Assad ordered the use of chemical weapons.
Grayson said he cannot discuss the classified briefings, but noted details in the administration’s public, non-classified report are being contested.
The White House released its four-page public report Aug. 30, arguing that Assad’s government killed 1,429 people on Aug. 21 with a planned chemical weapon attack. Evidence cited in that report included “intercepted communications involving a senior official intimately familiar with the offensive who confirmed that chemical weapons were used.”
Grayson, however, says “the claim has been made that that information was completely mischaracterized.”
Am I the only one that thinks the Obama White House’s urgency to do something in Syria all of a sudden has something to do with Benghazi? Where exactly did Assad get these chemical weapons that he used against the rebels? Wouldn’t it be really, really, really embarrassing and scandalous to find out that maybe he got them from the U.S.? And that’s why the White House wants this quick in and out strike all of a sudden? To erase the evidence?
Nah, couldn’t be. Just me thinking out loud.