Russian president says U.S. Secretary of State “knows he is lying”
Sept. 5, 2013
On the eve of the G-20 Leaders’ Summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin had some harsh words regarding U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s campaign for Syrian intervention.
“We talk with these people. We assume that they are decent. But he lies,” Putin said of Kerry’s drive to go to war, according to Time Magazine. “And he knows that he lies. That’s pathetic.”
The remarks “seemed more fitting for a barroom scrap than a Kremlin statement…” Time Magazine claimed.
Since the Syrian chemical weapons attack that took place on August 21, Kerry has fiercely attempted to sell Congress and the American public on the immediate necessity of a “no-boots-on-the-ground” Syrian strike.
As Putin pointed out, however, the former presidential contender and Skull and Bones initiate has not been very honest in representing certain aspects of the scenario in Syria.
During his speech last Friday, for instance, Kerry said that at least 1,429 Syrians were killed in the chemical weapons attack “including at least 426 children.” That number was greatly exaggerated from a figure quoted by international aid group Doctors Without Borders, who claimed the actually number of dead was 355.
During the same speech, Kerry also described seeing “…rows of dead lined up in burial shrouds, the white linen unstained by a single drop of blood.” In fact, Kerry was describing a propaganda photo “accidentally” used by the BBC last year (interestingly, also in a push for Syrian invasion) which was retracted after it was found to be from the 2003 Iraq war.
According to Time, Putin also took issue with Kerry’s denial that Al-Qaeda forces were infiltrating ranks in the Free Syrian Army, a fact that Infowars and others have consistently driven home.
“They lie beautifully, of course. I saw debates in Congress. A congressman asks Mr Kerry: ‘Is al Qaeda there?’ He says: ‘No, I am telling you responsibly that it is not’,” Putin said, according to a Reuters report covering a meeting of Russia’s Presidential Council of Human Rights.
“Al Qaeda units are the main military echelon, and they know this,” Putin stated. “It was unpleasant and surprising for me – we talk to them, we proceed from the assumption that they are decent people. But he is lying and knows he is lying. It’s sad.”
Putin is correct in his assertions. Over the past year, Infowars has been at the forefront of reporting on the merging of elements within the Free Syrian Army with jihadist elements that possess direct ties to al Qaeda groups and thus to the CIA.
Additionally, the London Telegraph has also reported that several Syrian rebel groups have pledged allegiance to the Jabhat al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda offshoot responsible for killing American troops in Iraq and which was designated a terror group by the State Department last December.
Even The New York Times has had to report that “Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups.”
Despite a wealth of evidence supporting the fact that if we launch into a Syrian intervention we will, as Congressmen Dennis Kucinich and Ted Cruz put it, be “Al Qaeda’s air force,” the president, his Secretary of State and Congressmen in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who voted in favor of a strike yesterday are unfazed in their desire to go to war.
In a 10-7 vote yesterday, an intervention strategy was approved which outlined such strikes should last no longer than 90 days – an irrational timeline given that wars are, by their very nature, unpredictable.