Re: Obama adviser's Sarin line, the Arsenal of Democracy is on sabbatical until further notice.—
(@jimgeraghty) May 05, 2013
Whoa. What exactly did the aide say?
U.S. official to New York Times: “If he drops sarin on his own people, what’s that got to do with us?”—
Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) May 05, 2013
Foul. As we reported, the White House is now playing off Obama’s “red line” comments about Syria as an “off-the-cuff” remark. It was totally just a gaffe, people! That article also mentioned the despicable sarin remark made by an Obama aide.
The unnamed White House official said, according to the New York Times, “How can we attack another country unless it’s in self-defense and with no Security Council resolution? If he drops sarin on his own people, what’s that got to do with us?”
Perhaps not surprising, but outrageous nonetheless. Sarin is a nerve agent used in chemical warfare. More from the CDC:
Nerve agents are the most toxic and rapidly acting of the known chemical warfare agents. They are similar to certain kinds of pesticides (insect killers) called organophosphates in terms of how they work and what kind of harmful effects they cause. However, nerve agents are much more potent than organophosphate pesticides.
That sarin quote is really, really bad…I'm on the fence about military intervention in Syria, but shouldn't be cavalier abt sarin's use…—
Liz Mair (@LizMair) May 05, 2013
Somebody should enroll Obama foreign policy advisers in remedial quote school–the sarin line is as damaging as "leading from behind"—
John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) May 05, 2013
"If Assad drops sarin on his own people, what’s that got to do with us?" is the new Obama admin version of "what difference does it make?".—
Julie (@MsIntervention) May 05, 2013