Web Research Links for the Week of 6/25/18

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Short blog this week as I was out of town without Internet…

Ben Rhodes Admits Obama Armed Jihadists In Syria In Bombshell Interview – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-24/ben-rhodes-admits-obama-armed-jihadists-syria-bombshell-interview – “Rhodes initially rambles about his book and “second guessing” Syria policy in avoidance of the question. But Hasan pulls him back with the following: ‘Oh, come on, but you were coordinating a lot of their arms.’.. The two spar over Hasan’s charge of “bolstering jihadists” in the following key section of the interview, at the end of which Rhodes reluctantly answers “yeah…” — but while trying to pass ultimate blame onto US allies Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia (similar to what Vice President Biden did in a 2014 speech) – ‘Mehdi Hasan: Oh, come on, but you were coordinating a lot of their arms. You know, the U.S. was heavily involved in that war with the Saudis and the Qataris and the Turks… Ben Rhodes: Well, I was going to say: Turkey, Qatar, Saudi… MH: You were in there as well… BR: Yeah, but, the fact of the matter is that once it kind of devolved into kind of a sectarian-based civil war with different sides fighting for their perceived survival, I think we, the ability to bring that type of situation to close, and part of what I wrestled with in the book is the limits of our ability to pull a lever and make killing like that stop once it’s underway…’ To our knowledge this is the only time a major media organization has directly asked a high ranking foreign policy adviser from the Obama administration to own up to the years long White House support to jihadists in Syria.”

From the Official-State-Propaganda Desk: Horrific Details on Syria Chemical Attacks Left Out, for Now, From U.N. Report – by Rick Gladstone and Maggie Haberman – https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/20/world/middleeast/un-syria-eastern-ghouta.html – “At least twice this year, the Syrian military fired Iranian-made artillery shells filled with a chlorine-like substance that oozed poison slowly, giving victims just a few minutes to escape… In another attack, Syrian forces dropped a chemical bomb on the top-floor balcony of an apartment building, killing 49 people, including 11 children. Their skin turned blue… These details and others blaming Syria for atrocities in eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, were uncovered by a United Nations commission investigating and documenting possible war crimes in the seven-year-old conflict. But when the commission issued a report on Wednesday, the details were omitted.” (emphasis added)Comment: All of these “details” were reported by social media accounts and evidence provided by the White Helmets (spuriously called the “Syrian Civil Defense”). The NYT can’t seem to get these qualifications on their report into print.

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