In Charlie Rose’s interview with Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian President stated that Kerry has no evidence of any chemical weapons being used in Syria, specifically on August 21, just outside Damascus, the attack that crossed Obama’s “red line.”
CBS’s Charlie Rose acted incredulous when Assad insinuated that there wasn’t any actual evidence of chemical weapons usage:
Charlie Rose: Even at this date, you are not sure that chemical weapons, even though you have seen the videotape, even though you’ve seen the bodies, even though – your own officials have been there?
Bashar al-Assad: Our soldiers in another area were attacked chemically. Our soldiers. They went to the hospital — as casualties because of chemical weapons. But in the area where they said the government used chemical weapons, we only had video and we only have pictures and allegations. We’re not there. Our forces — our police, our institutions — don’t exist. How can you talk about what happened if you don’t have evidences? We’re not like the American administration. We’re not social media administration or government. We are the government that deals with reality.
CR: Well, as you know, [Secretary of State John Kerry] has said there is evidence that they saw rockets that fired from — a region controlled by your forces into a region controlled by the rebels. They have evidence from satellite photographs of that. They have evidence of… a message that was intercepted about — chemical weapons. And — and that soon thereafter, there were other intercepted messages. So Secretary Kerry has presented what he concludes is conclusive evidence.
BA: No. He presented his confidence and he presented his convictions. It’s not — it’s not about confidence, it’s about evidence. The United — sorry, the Russians — have completely opposite evidence that the missiles were thrown from area where the rebels controlled. That reminds me about what Kerry said, about the big lie that Colin Powell said in front of the world on satellites about the W.M.D. in Iran before going to war when he said, “This is our evidence.” Actually, he give — false evidence. In this case, Kerry didn’t even present any evidence. He talk, “We have evidence.” And he didn’t present anything, not yet. Nothing so far. Not a single shred of evidence.
As of now, Kerry has essentially said that we all just need to trust that he really does have evidence of Assad using chemical weapons on his own people. Kerry’s really confident that the evidence is there. He’s got pictures and audio communications, neither of which can be easily altered or taken out of context. [sarcasm] Think George Zimmerman 911 tapes.
What the Obama administration has is circumstantial at best. What Assad is asking for is evidence. But even if there were evidence, it wouldn’t justify a war, er…a “limited military action.” Or even an “unbelievably small” surgical strike as Kerry put it.