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Washington Post: Obama Admin. Told 'Whopper' on Syria Chemical Weapons

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By    |   Monday, 10 Apr 2017 03:52 PM

A Washington Post fact-check dinged former national security adviser Susan Rice for claiming the Obama administration had gotten the Syrian government to "verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile."

In January, Rice, in an interview with NPR, pointed to the removal of chemical weapons from Syria as an achievement for the administration; President Barack Obama dropped a planned attack on Syrian facilities in exchange for a 2013 diplomatic solution that was supposed to result in the removal of all chemical weapons.

"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," Rice told NPR, adding: "We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile."

The Post chastised Rice for telling a "whopper."

"It’s doubtful many NPR listeners realized that 'known' was code for the fact that Rice only was referring to chemical weapons stocks declared by Syria — or that chlorine weapons were not covered by the agreement," the Post's Glenn Kessler wrote.

"The reality is that there were continued chemical-weapons attacks by Syria — and that U.S. and international officials had good evidence that Syria had not been completely forthcoming in its declaration and possibly retained sarin and VX nerve agent."

According to the Post, Rice failed to explain that Syria’s declaration was believed to be incomplete and therefore wasn't fully verified — and that the Syrian government still attacked citizens with chemical weapons not covered by the 2013 agreement.

"That tipped her wordsmithing " to a "four" pinocchios, Kessler wrote.

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