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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Crisis In Syria

AFP Photo/Ward al-Keswani
AFP Photo/Ward al-Keswani

The civil war in Syria has been a brutal, devastating crisis that has claimed the lives of at least 150,000 people. When Bashar al-Assad crossed the Obama administration’s “red line” by using chemical weapons against civilians, the White House prepared to take military action.

To congressional Republicans, however, the president’s real purpose was clear.

“One of the problems with all of the focus on Syria is it’s missing the ball from what we should be focused on, which is the grave threat from radical Islamic terrorism,” Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said in September. “When [the Benghazi attack] happened, the president promised to hunt down the wrongdoers, and yet a few months later, the issue has disappeared. You don’t hear the president mention Benghazi. Now it’s a ‘phony scandal.'”

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) was even more direct, and alleged an even greater conspiracy:

“With the president’s red line, why was there no call for military response in April?” Wilson asked Secretary of State John Kerry during a hearing. “Was it delayed to divert attention today from the Benghazi, IRS, NSA scandals, the failure of Obamacare enforcement, the tragedy of the White House-drafted sequestration or the upcoming debt limit vote?”

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