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Smart power: Pentagon “clairifies” Hagel claim that Russia supplied chemical weapons to Syria

posted at 1:46 pm on September 5, 2013 by

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.

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What’s the old expression, A’s hire B’s, B’s hire C’s? Obama took it a step further, apparently. Plus he’s a Republican–bipartisan cover if effective, blame Republicans if not.

ConservativeLA on September 5, 2013 at 1:51 PM

I saw this live and thought this would not survive the weekend at the time. But what was he supposed to say? “Oh well, everyone knows they were Saddam’s.” LOL

Rocks on September 5, 2013 at 1:52 PM

I meant A’s hire A’s. More coffee.

ConservativeLA on September 5, 2013 at 1:52 PM

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.

Umm, no I wouldn’t like to comment on that asinine statement you just made. Thanks, Mr Secretary.

Rocks on September 5, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I’m sorry I don’t get it. Was this and end around to avoid a suggestion of an Iraq chem weapons connection? And was Georges Sada’s claims ever challenged anywhere or just simply ignored like democrat incompetence?

onomo on September 5, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Smart Power on display!

D-fusit on September 5, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Still need an answer to the question. Rep. Wilson could have responded with, “You lie!”

Vince on September 5, 2013 at 4:26 PM

This is what happens when you hire a guy with ZERO real world experience to run a country. The fact that he was rehired is just pure madness.

jukin3 on September 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Um, shouldn’t the headline read ” … clarified …” ???

williampeck1958 on September 5, 2013 at 7:24 PM

It’s the Ted Mack of Administrations!

profitsbeard on September 6, 2013 at 2:13 AM

Um, shouldn’t the headline read ” … clarified …” ???

williampeck1958 on September 5, 2013 at 7:24 PM

we could use some smart editing. unless theres some chocolate eclair reference i am missing.

t8stlikchkn on September 6, 2013 at 9:54 AM