Obama Lied When He Said This

Eric Zuesse

U.S. President Obama’s central case against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad (and his central argument against Assad’s supporter Russia on that matter) is that Assad was behind the sarin gas attack in Ghouta Syria on 21 August 2013 — but it’s all a well-proven lie, as will be shown here.

President Obama said this to the UN on September 24th: “The evidence is overwhelming that the Assad regime used such weapons on August 21st. U.N. inspectors gave a clear accounting that advanced rockets fired large quantities of sarin gas at civilians. These rockets were fired from a regime-controlled neighborhood and landed in opposition neighborhoods.”

As I wrote in an article earlier in September, summing up the evidence on this (and you can click through all the way to the ultimate published sources here):


The great investigative journalist Christof Lehmann headlined on 7 October 2013 at his nsnbc news site, «Top US and Saudi Officials responsible for Chemical Weapons in Syria», and he opened:

«Evidence leads directly to the White House, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, CIA Director John Brennan, Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar, and Saudi Arabia´s Interior Ministry». (The U.S. has been allied with the Saudi royal family since 1945.)

Lehmann discussed the chemical-weapons attack «in the Eastern Ghouta Suburb of Damascus on 21 August 2013,» which attack U.S. President Barack Obama was citing as his reason for planning to bomb to bring down Syria’s pro-Russian dictator, Bashar al-Assad, whom Obama was blaming for the chemical attack. However, much like another great investigative journalist Seymour Hersh subsequently reported (using different sources) in the London Review of Books on 17 April 2014, Lehmann’s even-earlier investigation found that the U.S. had set up the chemical attack, and that it was actually carried out by Islamic jihadists that the U.S. itself was supplying in Syria, through Turkey. Lehmann reported:

«After the defeat of the predominantly Qatar-backed Muslim Brotherhood and Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces, which were reinforced by Libyans in June and July 2012, the U.S.-Saudi Axis was strengthened. Uncooperative Qatari-led brigades which rejected the new command structure had to be removed. The influx of Salafi-Wahhabbi fighters to Syria was documented by the International Crisis Group in their report titled «Tentative Jihad».» 

Hersh’s report added to Lehmann’s, a powerful confirmation by British intelligence, which found that the source of the chemical-weapons attack couldn’t possibly have been Assad’s forces. However, the Brits, of course, didn’t publicly expose Obama’s lie; after all, just as Tony Blair had been George W. Bush’s «lap dog» in Iraq and Afghanistan, David Cameron is Obama’s lap dog in Syria and Libya.


Regarding Obama’s statement, “These rockets were fired from a regime-controlled neighborhood and landed in opposition neighborhoods,” nothing like that is stated in the report by “U.N. inspectors,” though Obama says it is. However, here is what Matthew Schofield of McClatchy reported on 15 January 2014, months after  that UN report:

A series of revelations about the rocket believed to have delivered poison sarin gas to a Damascus suburb last summer are challenging American intelligence assumptions about that attack and suggest that the case U.S. officials initially made for retaliatory military action was flawed.

A team of security and arms experts, meeting this week in Washington to discuss the matter, has concluded that the range of the rocket that delivered sarin in the largest attack that night was too short for the device to have been fired from the Syrian government positions where the Obama administration insists they originated. …

The authors of a report released Wednesday [15 January 2014] said that their study of the rocket’s design, its likely payload and its possible trajectories show that it would have been impossible for the rocket to have been fired from inside areas controlled by the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

In the report, titled “Possible Implications of Faulty U.S. Technical Intelligence,” Richard Lloyd, a former United Nations weapons inspector, and Theodore Postol, a professor of science, technology and national security policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, argue that the question about the rocket’s range indicates a major weakness in the case for military action initially pressed by Obama administration officials.

That’s putting it mildly — i.e, it misrepresents what the Lloyd-Postol report found, which was (on the report’s page 11):

The US Government’s Interpretation of the Technical Intelligence It Gathered Prior to and After the August 21 Attack CANNOT POSSIBLY BE CORRECT.

Here is the “Bottom Line” to their excruciatingly detailed analysis of the evidence:

     The Syrian Improvised Chemical Munitions [the rockets] that Were Used in the August 21, Nerve Agent Attack in Damascus Have a Range of About 2 Kilometers.

     This Indicates That These Munitions Could Not Possibly Have Been Fired at East Ghouta from the “Heart” or the Eastern Edge of the Syrian Government Controlled Area Depicted in the Intelligence Map Published by the White House on August 30, 2013 [as charged by the White House].

     This faulty Intelligence Could Have Led to an Unjustified US Military Action Based on False Intelligence.

     A Proper Vetting of the Fact That the Munition Was of Such Short Range Would Have Led to a Completely Different Assessment of the Situation from the Gathered Data [namely, that the attack was perpetrated by opponents to Assad’s regime].

     Whatever the Reasons for the Egregious Errors in the Intelligence, the Source of These Errors Needs to Be Explained.

Just as ‘intelligence errors’ (instead of Presidential lies) were blamed for the 2003 invasion of Iraq by President George W. Bush, ‘Egregious Errors in the Intelligence’ (instead of Presidential lies) were blamed here, even though the President continues saying, now even at the UN, “The evidence is overwhelming that the Assad regime used such weapons on August 21st. U.N. inspectors gave a clear accounting that advanced rockets fired large quantities of sarin gas at civilians. These rockets were fired from a regime-controlled neighborhood and landed in opposition neighborhoods.”

That whole statement is a lie. Obama in his 24 September 2015 UN speech misrepresented the UN investigators’ finding (which was that a sarin gas attack had, indeed, occurred — and not by ‘advanced rockets’ but by two rockets, each of which was an “unguided rocket”), and he lied about what the analyses of evidence, after the UN’s report was issued, actually did find — namely, that the U.S. President has been (and he still is) lying (and it called these rockets “Improvised Chemical Munitions,” and gave detailed descriptions of both of these rockets that the President called “advanced rockets”).

According to Hersh’s account, Britain’s MI6 already knew that Obama was lying, but couldn’t go public about it.

So, why were there not boos from the audience at the UN when he repeated that by-now disproven old lie, which remains believable only by suckers — people who still believe a man who by now is a rampantly repeated liar? They’re all diplomats. So, the lie lives on. (Just click through to the sources here on this, and you’ll see that Obama was lying. The “intelligence” is not wrong; he simply lies about it.)

Meanwhile, Russian volunteer troops, who are now going public inside Syria about their direct on-the-ground military actions against ISIS and al-Nusra (the latter being al-Qaeda’s local affiliate in Syria), because the Russian Armed Forces are coming there with planes and such to back them and Assad’s forces up, say, “Terrorists have many American weapons, rockets and even night vision devices. Americans teach them. USA bombed our gas plants in the East.” Putin is, in effect, daring Obama to continue his sham ‘war against ISIS,’ now that proceeding further with it would expose the reality of what Obama has been doing all along. Putin is working instead with the leaders of Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Israel, to kill the Islamic jihadists, who are backed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the U.S. (The way Germany’s highly reliable global-news source, German Economic News, elsewhere puts the pro-jihadist alliance is: “Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, but also the United States”; but, of course it’s actually led by  the U.S.) Instead of trying to take over the world, like the U.S. is doing, Putin is trying to organize an alliance against Sunni jihadists, who constitute a real threat to peace and security in his and many other nations.

With American Presidents such as George W. Bush and Barack Obama, this “perpetual war for” perpetual ‘indispensable nation’ hood, ‘American exceptionalism’ (Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc., and even Ukraine) has become a bad habit of America’s actually heisted political system. And can a nation that’s ruled by lies — lies for which there is no personal accountability — be actually a democracy? Are not lies coercion against the victim’s mind, just as theft is coercion against the victim’s property, and just as violence is coercion against the victim’s body? The victims here are the public, including all American voters, who are deceived that the American government still represents them. Coercion comes in all three types (physical, mental, and property). Not all tyrannies function the same way, yet all of them are tyrannies, none the less.

When will a stop be put to the recently emergent tyranny in America? Perhaps the first step is to call the spade a spade, not continue the lie that it’s still a ‘democracy.’ Isn’t honesty basic to any real  democracy? Doesn’t it need to be restored? Isn’t calling it what it is, the first step?

The UN isn’t set up to do that for us. No one should blame the UN for not doing that, which it cannot do. Only Americans can — if they will.

Tyranny isn’t permanent, any more than is democracy.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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  • colinjames71

    What’s worse than “egregious” to describe a lie?

    • cettel

      You don’t even notice the cover-up. It is covering up that the President lied. There were no “egregious errors in intelligence.” That wasn’t the real issue at all. It’s a cover-up for the President — just like the media did with Bush about Iraq. Are you an apologist for Obama, or just dull? Because you didn’t get the very clearly-made point here.

      • colinjames71

        Ummm… Did you misread my comment? My point is Obama’s lie was so terrible the word “egregious” doesn’t cut it. Somewhat tongue in cheek.

        • FreddiFish

          Amazing what happens when reading and comprehension is no longer taught in most schools. Along with the destruction of any ability to think things through logically and critically. People have been programmed to react emotionally, so as to protect those precious neurons from firing, and it really does show when reading comments.

    • Nofearorfavor

      A plain rotten stinking dirty lie, but then Colinj, that would not be “politically correct”! Aargh, they’re so false, no words in any dictionary can vaguely hope to describe what these bums are doing to the American people.

      • colinjames71

        Right? I was actually looking for a single word but as you say and I fully agree, there are no words to truly encompass the scope of their actions and deceptions. I was so in shock I couldn’t decide where to go beyond the first line- outrage, shame, insult, disbelief- that Obama used this thoroughly discredited story that’s almost universally acknowledged to be a false flag which nearly resulted in a major military campaign which would have resulted in devastation and death on a massive scale, at the UN no less- and not just any ol’ day at the UN- is about the lowest he could go. And that’s saying something.

        • Nofearorfavor

          Yes, I think its given the EU some food for thought on which way the wind blows and that the direction its coming from, may spell doom for their nicely ordered little countries, which in the last year have not been too orderly — with Russian retaliatory sanctions biting them too, not only Russia. Yes for sure the world is a mess and that’s why a good old shake up by a country with the guts to say “Nyet!” and mean it, is all round a good thing. Who knows, maybe a miracle delivers a rank outsider president to the WH and within months Russia and America become the friends they should always have been, as they complement each other well. Jeez, millions all over the world with common sense are praying for that to happen… I have so many friends in the States and God alone knows, their thinking is as sound as anyone’s here and yes so many of them are standing up, but change always seem to come in a different way in the US. But in my opinion it is happening. Keep well!

  • jadan

    Putin outsmarts Obama once more. Huffington Post calls him a “thug”. The world can see the US perfidy in stark contrast to Putin’s integrity. Great work, Putin!

  • Nofearorfavor

    Obama’s are legendary… they’re natural to his persona — lies faithfully perpetuated by US puppet media — in this instance the sarin gas attacks lies blamed on President Assad as well as the often repeated lie of Assad supposedly “barrel” bombing his own people — These incidents have long since been exposed for the rotten lies they are! But when Obama’s lips move, more LIES upon wicked and unholy, lies follow. This, in face of the horrific track record the US has in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya?
    No, its clear the resolute actions of Putin and his men on 30 September, and the frenzied reaction of the hollow lame war dogs on Capitol Hill that followed- including the straw man hijacking the WH, have finally exposed Washington’s fear that Russia, genuinely committed to oust ISIL, may just do the job well and within months, return stability to the ME. The worst is the US would then be exposed for the frauds they are — ! — for initiating yet another war, based on falsehoods, lying to Americans at every turn. Selling out their own people to achieve the agenda of the 0.01% ruling the roost in the US of A — and we all know who they are and why they can’t handle Putin and Russia.

    • disqus_v3SHzvCspj

      And I can’t wait to go to NYC and see the Twin Towers……………oh wait………

      • Nofearorfavor

        Yeah, tragically they’re no more… what un-Godly days we live in…. so many dear ones lost — for what!? To indulge the Satanic plans for full spectrum global domination of a few, who holding global purse strings in their greedy, inhuman claws, consider they own the world! It won’t happen.

  • Nofearorfavor

    Thank you once again Eric Zeusse — In my book you’re a whistle blower with the pen like few!

    • cettel

      Thank you!

      • Nofearorfavor

        You’re welcome!

  • no lie

    Obama has armed the Baltic States up to their eyeballs. This is against UN, and US, Russian treaties. Our CIA was involved in the Coupe of Kiev, and since then Obama has sent 4 BILLION dollars in advanced weaponry, while denying it. He is puting 15 nuclear armed missil sites in East German, aimed at Russia. Where is Merkle’s power to stop this. Germany will be the first to he obliterated when things start. German people will go nuts when they locate these sites. Obama stroked Castro’s nutz before we armed all these countries. Castro can’t ask Putin for help now. In the news conference yesterday Obama admitted that he has followed Bush’s doctrine since 2003. I taped it, and have listened to it six times. He was asked repeatedly if he will confront Russian jets. Instead of answering the questions, he leaned on thr podium and gave a 15 minute speech on How awful Putin is, and spoke on Crimeare. He admitted to arming alNusra an arm of Alqedda. We have a 79 year old demented retard in charge of our armed services. Quoting John McCain: “America will go where it wants when it wants”. How’s that for Obama’s leading our military. Mr. Obama wants to control the guns of honest Americans, as he arms the Sunni Wahhabi nations, who want to spread Sharia Islamist laws around the world. We hardly buy Mideast oil, but our American ships control every oil lane in the Mideast seas. Who is he protecting ? No one. He is making sure the Chinese ships don’t arrive. You think Obama is a liar, just put Hillary, or those Republican war mongering candidates in charge of our young men. We really do have liars and idiots running our country. 18 TRILLION in IOU’s.
    Germany demanded their gold bullion that is stored in Fort Knox. Obama gave them a signed IOU, and slapped them with a faulty soft ware pollution agreement. Every other car company has been doing the same testing. In the lab, and not on the road. Hey peeps, don’t try cashing out your 401k. You just might get a surprise.
    I voted for this bum twice, and at least I own up to my mistake.

    • Eric Zuesse

      Romney or McCain would have been any better?

  • Anyone Home?

    If Obama is breathing, then he is most certainly lying.

  • Vishwas Patil

    Expect Hussain Obama to be truthful? The most cunning world leader set destroy the free world for Caliphate. Naive Americans to blame for the world miseries.