Late on Monday, the White House put out a statement that they are drawing a red line with Syria, much like they criticized former President Obama for doing.
Sean Spicer announced:
“The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children. The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.
As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.”
However, here’s the thing about all that, national security officials had no idea he was going to release that statement, and it apparently came with no warning.
According to Buzzfeed:
“Though evidence of a possible imminent attack existed, the usual channels at the Pentagon who would have coordinated on last night’s statement were left in the dark. Many officials across the Pentagon did not know what the White House was referring to until Tuesday morning.”
Then, the White House denying they did anything wrong, because of course, said in a statement:
“In response to several inquiries regarding the Syria statement issued last night, we want to clarify that all relevant agencies — including State, DoD, CIA and ODNI –were involved in the process from the beginning. Anonymous leaks to the contrary are false.”
However, Buzzfeed reports:
“But five US defense officials reached by BuzzFeed News Monday night said they did not know where the potential chemical attack would come from, including one US Central Command official who had “no idea” about its origin. The officials said they were unaware the White House was planning to release its statement; usually such statements are coordinated across the national security agencies and departments before they are released.”
“A Pentagon spokesperson declined to comment on the matter Monday and referred questions to the White House statement. A State Department spokesperson also referred BuzzFeed News to the White House statement and said the agency did not have anything to add.”
This lack of communication is more than concerning especially when it concerns the launching of a potential new war with adversaries that not only include Syria but Syria’s allies, Iran and Russia.
It will be interesting to see what happens with all this in the coming weeks.
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