It was not an issue of availability,” the former official said. “In the early days of the Syria conflict, even the smallest amount of aid to the Free Syrian Army was viewed with great concern. It was a lack of foresight by administration bureaucrats. Unfortunately, now we’re seeing the consequences.”This is a disgrace. Add this to the unbelievably long list of scandals of this administration, any one of which would have led to the impeachment and/or resignation of any other previous president.
The Syrian rebels asked for gas masks a year ago; Obama refused to give them gas masks that were readily available, already in the region. How many hundreds (thousands?) have died as a result?
Do you remember that motto Code Pink would mindlessly chant, while dragging their giant paper-mache swastika-emblazoned Cheney head down Pennsylvania Avenue? "Bush lied, people died." I kind of doubt we'll see Cindy Sheehan shrieking "Obama repudiated, children asphyxiated."
And it doesn't matter whether the Muslim Brotherhood used the gas in order to goad us into action against Assad; and it doesn't matter whether congress gives Obama the cover he apparently now seeks to back down without bruising his ego too badly. There were innocents, including children, who died horrible deaths, and this wouldn't have happened had we distributed this gear when we were asked for it.
Why deny them this protective gear?
Think about that. They didn't want it to fall into the wrong hands. Now, I could see the logic of this, if we were talking about body armor. But we're talking about gear that protects against a weapon that we and our allies will never use.A senior Obama administration official confirmed to The Daily Beast on Wednesday that the White House did review the issue last year and determined it wouldn’t provide any gas masks or other chemical-weapons protective gear to the Syria opposition because of fears the equipment could get into the wrong hands.
“The provision of protective gear for the opposition sounds like an easy idea, but we need consider the potential for misuse as well,” the official said. “Such equipment requires proper training to be effective, and we need to be careful about how and to whom we provide it.”
Oh, and it requires proper training to be effective; so it's clearly better to leave it here in this warehouse.
Please, liberals, feel free to defend President Nincompoop in the comments. I'd love to see your defense of this.