As Britain pushes the case at the United Nations for bombing Syria’s military to protect civilians from chemical weapons attacks, the Obama administration is beginning to unveil its evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been using poison gas against his own people.
Exhibit A is reportedly a phone call between two Syrian military commanders that was intercepted following an attack last week that killed hundreds of people behind rebel lines outside Damascus. The U.S. plans to unveil more information as soon as Thursday when it declassifies an intelligence report on how the attack was carried out.
Unsurprisingly, skeptics are drawing connections between the administration’s justification for possible missile strikes against Syria and the faulty intelligence about Saddam Hussein’s alleged stockpile of weapons of mass destruction, which was used to rally support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Hans Blix, who was the U.N.’s chief weapons inspector in Iraq from 2000 to 2003, says the WMD issue is a “poor excuse” for a foreign military intervention in Syria. The U.S. and its allies, he says, are getting ahead of due process in Syria as surely as they did in Iraq.