Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice made many statements during her tenure and we have all been taking them with a grain of salt without any real knowledge of whether she was being truthful or not. But now, Susan Rice is being officially fact-checked and in the Fact-Checker test by the Washington Post, Rice has failed!!
She got Four Pinocchios, which is the worst ranking in the fact-checker test. That’s like getting an “F” in an exam.
One of the major statements fact-checked was her statement made on January 16th about Syria. She said to NPR back then: “We were able to find a solution that didn’t necessitate the use of force that actually removed the chemical weapons that were known from Syria, in a way that the use of force would never have accomplished. … We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.”
This was good news at the time because it meant that the Assad regime wouldn’t be able to use chemical weapons in warfare. Obama got Bashar al-Assad to give up all 1300 tons of his chemical weapons. Then, a few years later, the Assad regime “allegedly” drops chemical weapons in an airstrike. So, apparently, Assad was simply playing America for fools and the Obama administration played into the game.
Assad clearly did not “fully comply” with the deal. But how does this affect Rice’s credibility? I mean, she just didn’t know, right?
Well, firstly, the use of chlorine gas was not mentioned in the 2013 deal despite it being used by the Assad regime four days before Rice made her statement. So, it means Assad’s full range of chemical weapons DID NOT have to be turned in.
And saying that Susan Rice could be counted as innocent for not knowing that Assad didn’t give up all his chemical weapons is irresponsible and simply discredits the word “verifiably” (which she used) from the English language. In the fact-checker-blog, the Washington Post says: “She did not explain that Syria’s declaration was believed to be incomplete and thus was not fully verified—and that the Syrian government still attacked citizens with chemical weapons not covered by the 2013 agreement. That tipped her wordsmithing toward a Four.”
If she did not know that all of Assad’s chemical weapons were turned in then she shouldn’t have deceived the American public by saying that it was. It was irresponsible for her and her credibility deserves to be hurt by this.
You can check out the full fact-checker test here.