The “Facts” about the Syrian Gas Attack
The title of an article by Philip Elliott of the Associated Press on the front page, right hand column, of today’s Arizona Daily Star caught my attention: “No solid link ties Assad to attack…” and continues, “But ‘common-sense test’ proves he used gas, White House Insists.” The President’s Chief of Staff said the administration lacks “irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence” that skeptical Americans and Congress are asking for to support a military attack on Syria. I’m with the skeptics. If we’re going to risk another war in the Middle East, the facts we’re basing our decision on should meet the beyond-a-reasonable-doubt test. People will be killed and lots of money spent. The “lesson” we’re teaching Assad may precipitate conflicts in and responses from neighboring nations that are beyond our control and continue for years. The Chief of Staff’s callous comment must assume we’ve forgotten the weapons-of-mass-destruction fiction the Bush Administration used to start the Iraq war.
When I looked at the New York Times, I couldn’t find a story covering the Chief of Staff’s news conference. Am I detecting a “let’s go to war” bias by the Times?
For those of you who’re ready for more instances of manipulating the facts, read “How Intelligence Was Twisted to Support an Attack on Syria” in the September 3 edition of Truthout.