9/8/13 – State of the Union host Candy Crowley challenged White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough Sunday morning to clarify the strength of the Obama administration’s evidence that Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against Syrian citizens, a key factor in their case that Congress should approve the authorization for use of military force against the Assad regime.
“Does the intelligence show a direct link?” Crowley asked him.
“I’m not going to talk to you about intelligence,” McDonough said. “Here’s the common sense test. The material was used in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, that have been controlled by the opposition for some time. It was delivered by rockets, rockets which we know the Assad regime has, and that we have no indications that the opposition has. You’ve now seen video proof of the outcome of the attacks. All of that leads to a quite strong common sense test, irrespective of the intelligence, that suggests that the regime carried this out.”
“Now, do we have a picture, or do we have irrefutable, beyond-reasonable-doubt evidence?” McDonough posed. “This is not a court of law. Intelligence does not work that way.”
“So, no, basically,” Crowley said.
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