Obama’s Chemical Weapons Body Count Is a “Dodgy Dossier”!
Congressional sources are rejecting the White House’s death count of 1,429 victims of a chemical weapons attack “including at least 426 children,” reported Reuters today. The number first appeared in the dubious intelligence report that was produced by the White House, not by the U.S. intelligence community, but it was made famous by Secretary of State John Kerry in his hysteria-packed speeches on Aug. 30 that were building the case for immediate military strikes.
Three Congressional sources told Reuters that Administration briefers privately told Congressmen who were asking confrontational questions about the claims that Assad carried out the attacks, that the numbers in the White House “fact” sheet and in Kerry’s speech might have included people who were killed by conventional weapons. The disclosure of the dodgy death count “undermined support for President Obama’s plan to strike Syria,” the sources told Reuters.
While the Office of the Director of National Intelligence spokesman strenuously defended the White House figures, other intelligence officials said the numbers “could change” as more information is obtained.
But these Obama numbers are way out of whack from other official government and organizations’ claims. “French intelligence … reported confirmed deaths from video evidence [is] 281.” And “estimates of gas attack deaths by British intelligence, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the non-governmental group Doctors without Borders fall within a range of 322 to 355.”
Paul Pillar, a former high-level CIA official, said that White House number “misleadingly implied a degree of precision that would be nearly impossible to achieve amid a civil war.”