Andrew McCarthy: Syria Chemical Weapons Evidence Not 'Bulletproof'

Monday, 09 Sep 2013 06:19 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Former U.S. prosecutor Andrew McCarthy says the U.S. should be more concerned with al-Qaida's relationship with the Syrian rebels than with the Assad regime's alleged use of chemical weapons against them.

"We don't have what I would call bulletproof or airtight evidence that this was [Syrian President Bashar Hafez al] Assad," McCarthy told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"Maybe they have it and it's in some classified form but what they presented up 'til now certainly hasn't been compelling."

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McCarthy — the former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who prosecuted Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center — said that even if Assad has used chemical weapons, the U.S. has no justification for a strike.

"Even that he's done it more than once. Why is Assad's use of chemical weapons in a Syrian civil war that poses no national security threat to the United States a bigger concern than the rebels' systematic incorporation of al-Qaida into their operations, which hasn't happened once or twice, but happens every single day in every single bit of their forcible operations?"

McCarthy added: "It's not a matter of conjecture or half-proof, it's proved to a fare thee well."

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