Smart power: Pentagon “clairifies” Hagel claim that Russia supplied chemical weapons to Syria
posted at 1:46 pm on September 5, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Consider this part of the meta narrative of Obama administration incompetence:
It all happened in an exchange with Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., during which Hagel said it’s no secret that the Assad regime has significant stockpiles of chemical weapons.
When Wilson asked where they’d come from, Hagel said, “Well, the Russians supply them. Others are supplying them with those chemical weapons. They make some themselves.”
After the hearing had concluded, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little issued a clarification, explaining that Hagel was referring to the “well-known conventional arms relationship between Syria and Russia.”
Recall that this is the kind of damaging stumble that critics predicted when Barack Obama picked Hagel as his Secretary of Defense — and in fact occurred during his confirmation hearing. This is one of the two Cabinet members sent to Congress to reassure Capitol Hill that the Obama administration knows what it’s doing on Syria, the other being John “Bombing Another Country Isn’t Really War-War” Kerry.
Heaven help us.