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Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has told Foreign Policy Obama betrayed the United States when he ordered the Pentagon to stand down on a retaliatory strike against Damascus in response to the Ghouta chemical attack.
Obama had declared a “red line” on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but “Assad did it anyway, and Hagel had spent the day approving final plans for a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missile strikes against Damascus. U.S. naval destroyers were in the Mediterranean, awaiting orders to fire,” Foreign Policy reported on Friday.
Instead of green lighting the attack, “Obama told a stunned Hagel to stand down. Assad’s Aug. 21 chemical attack in a Damascus suburb had killed hundreds of civilians, but the president said the United States wasn’t going to take any military action against the Syrian government. The president had decided to ignore his own red line—a decision, Hagel believes, that dealt a severe blow to the credibility of both Obama and the United States.”
We now know al-Assad had nothing to do with the chemical attack. Days after the attack Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh, freelance reporters for the Associated Press interviewed doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families. They presented a different picture than the one pushed by the Obama administration and headlined by the corporate media. MORE