Politicians are good at using logical fallacies in a way that makes them sound logical. Actually, no they’re not. It’s just that many viewers these days don’t know any better.
The Obama regime has been trying to hammer in people’s brains that the U.S. must intervene in Syria, because they have secret evidence proving that the Assad administration has used chemical weapons on its own people. They’ve crossed Obama’s “red line.”
And so here was Jay Carney at a press conference, reiterating what Obama, Biden, Kerry and many others like John McCain and Lindsey Graham have been saying the past several days (if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth):
“Secretary Kerry and I attempted to make clear yesterday that there is no doubt here that chemical weapons were used on a massive scale on August 21st, outside of Damascus. There is also very little doubt, and should be no doubt for anyone who approaches this logically, that the Syrian regime’s responsible for the use of chemical weapons on August 21st outside of Damascus… So, the deliberations that are taking place now, and the options that are being considered by the President and his national security team are not around the question of whether or not chemical weapons were used in Syria on a significant scale, causing mass death and injury to innocent civilians, to women and children. It is not around the question of whether or not the Syrian regime is responsible. It’s around the question of what is the appropriate response to this clear violation of international norms.”
You see what he did there? His whole monologue is predicated on the loaded question, “How is the U.S. going to respond to Syria’s use of chemical weapons on its own people?” It’s like the popular example of a loaded question: “Have you stopped beating your wife?”
The Obama regime is assuming that first, chemical weapons were used, and second, Assad is behind them. Therefore, we must intervene and do something.
A couple of things though. First, Carney saying that there is no doubt that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons is completely disingenuous. Even assuming that these weapons were used, we don’t know who used them. To say that only the Syrian government possesses chemical weapons is just plain stupid.
Earlier this year in May, Turkish police confiscated 2 kilos of sarin gas, not from Assad’s forces, but from the biggest and best-funded Syrian opposition group (terrorist organization), al Nusra Front. The so-called “rebels.” And what’s more, these terrorists were planning to use the sarin gas in bombs in both Turkey and Syria.
Al Nusra Front has already used chemical weapons in attacks. Isn’t it possible that they did it again? According to Carney, only a “logical” person would assume that they wouldn’t do it again.
Second, and I think this is the most important, what has Syria done to us? I’m all for fighting a defensive war. But intervening in Syria has nothing to do with defending our own country. It’s not a national security issue. What it boils down to is, our government doesn’t like Assad, and they want him replaced with someone else the U.S. can control. That’s it.
But in order to sell that to the Americans, they have to turn it into a “humanitarian” mission. “What about all the women and children?” They don’t care about women and children. If they did, they wouldn’t be waging a war on them in our own country.