A Breaking Story: It's "MSM" Official - Obomba Is Lying About Syria -BEIRUT (AP) 04:32 E.T. 09/08/2013Submitted by barracuda_trader on Sun, 09/08/2013 - 05:20
YES WE CAN: We have all the evidence.
BUT BUT BUT: Nobody can see it.
AP Intelligence Writer Kimberly Dozier reported from Washington.
Associated Press writers Greg Katz in London and Richard Lardner and Bradley Klapper in Washington contributed to this report.
YES WE CAN: U.S. government insists it has the intelligence to prove it,
BUT BUT BUT: but the American public has yet to see a single piece of concrete evidence — no satellite imagery, no transcripts of Syrian military communications — connecting the government of President Bashar Assad
YES WE CAN: Yet one week after Secretary of State John Kerry outlined the case against Assad,
BUT BUT BUT: Americans — at least those without access to classified reports — haven't seen a shred of his proof.
YES WE CAN: The Obama administration, searching for support from a divided Congress and skeptical world leaders, says its own assessment is based mainly on satellite and signal intelligence, including indications in the three days prior to the attack that the regime was preparing to use poisonous gas.
BUT BUT BUT: But multiple requests to view that satellite imagery have been denied, though the administration produced copious amounts of satellite imagery earlier in the war to show the results of the Syrian regime's military onslaught. When asked Friday whether such imagery would be made available showing the Aug. 21 incident, a spokesman referred The Associated Press to a map produced by the White House last week that shows what officials say are the unconfirmed areas that were attacked.
YES WE CAN: The Obama administration maintains it intercepted communications from a senior Syrian official on the use of chemical weapons, but requests to see that transcript have been denied. So has a request by the AP to see a transcript of communications allegedly ordering Syrian military personnel to prepare for a chemical weapons attack by readying gas masks.
BUT BUT BUT:The assessment, also based on accounts by Syrian activists and hundreds of YouTube videos of the attack's aftermath, has confounded many experts who cannot fathom what might have motivated Assad to unleash weapons of mass destruction on his own people — especially while U.N. experts were nearby and at a time when his troops had the upper hand on the ground.
YES WE CAN: Rebels who accuse Assad of the attack have suggested he had learned of fighters' plans to advance on Damascus, his seat of power, and ordered the gassing to prevent that.
BUT BUT BUT: "We can't get our heads around this — why would any commander agree to rocketing a suburb of Damascus with chemical weapons for only a very short-term tactical gain for what is a long-term disaster," said Charles Heyman, a former British military officer who edits The Armed Forces of the U.K., an authoritative bi-annual review of British forces.
YES WE CAN: Testifying Wednesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel rebuffed a congressman's bid to declassify one of the key pieces of intelligence Kerry publicly cited last week: intercepted communications telling Syrian military units to prepare for the chemical strikes.
YES WE CAN!: Still, there was very little pushback from members of Congress on the government's conclusion that the Syrian regime was responsible.
YES WE CAN!!: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said the intelligence was "very compelling" and that senators have had more access to classified information on Syria than they've had on anything in her two decades in the Senate.
YES WE CAN!!!: Asked if that was enough to merit a U.S. military reaction, she said: "Yes, it's enough for me. I think the prohibition on chemical weapons is well-founded."
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