The looming U.S. military intervention in Syria continues to weigh heavily on the minds of war-weary Americans like me but for Russian President Vladimir Putin to call anyone a ‘liar” is just laughable. He said Secretary of State John Kerry ‘lied beautifully’ to Congress about the militant group al Qaeda’s role in the Syrian conflict. I am not quite sure how President Obama is leading. Seems to me he’s leading from behind, particularly on that ridiculous red-line issue. He has now backed himself and the U.S. in a corner, though he’s blaming everyone else, but that’s for another discussion.
Of course, Putin doesn’t believe Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad had anything to do with any possible chemical weapons attack on his own people. He is also adamant against the U.S. ‘defying’ the UN Security Council by using military force against Syria. Um, who didn’t see that coming? Reuters reports Vladimir Putin said if the U.S. ignored the Security Council it would be an “act of aggression.”
… Now what Congress and the U.S. Senate are doing in essence is legitimizing aggression. This is inadmissible in principle.”
In remarks that could raise tension further before he hosts President Barack Obama and other G20 leaders on Thursday, Putin also said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lied to Congress about the militant group al Qaeda’s role in the Syrian conflict.
“They lie beautifully, of course. I saw debates in Congress. A congressman asks Mr Kerry: ‘Is al Qaeda there?’ He says: ‘No, I am telling you responsibly that it is not’,” Putin said at a meeting of his human rights council in the Kremlin.
“Al Qaeda units are the main military echelon, and they know this,” he said, referring to the United States. “It was unpleasant and surprising for me – we talk to them, we proceed from the assumption that they are decent people. But he is lying and knows he is lying. It’s sad.” Source: Reuters
Someone is going to have egg all over their face on this mess in Syria. Either President Obama or Vladimir Putin is lying. Judging from the latter’s history, I would put my money on Putin to be the bare-faced liar. Don’t get me wrong, the U.S. is no saint and the last thing I want to see is our military engaged in fighting someone else’s battle. In fact, we cannot afford it. Let Saudi Arabia, Qatar and all the other rich Arab countries battle it out with Syria.