Former Republican Congressman Rom Paul says the administration of President Barack Obama has launched “a deception campaign” by claiming that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the militant and crossed the US red lines.
“The process was identical to the massive deception campaign that led us into the Iraq war,” Paul wrote in his weekly column in The Washington Times
Referring to the reports by the UK and US intelligence agencies about Iraq’s then-ruler Saddam Hussein’s purported possession of weapons of mass destruction and setting that as an excuse for waging the war, Paul said, “That is exactly what the Obama Administration is doing with Syria: fixing the intelligence and facts around the already determined policy.”
Paul accused Obama of failing to have a consistent policy regarding the fight against terrorism, saying it is ironic that the White House plans to send weapons to the militants, many of whom have pledged loyalty to the al-Qaeda.
President Obama on Friday ordered the CIA to supply weapons to the militants, days after the US intelligence community claimed the Syrian government had used chemical arms against the militants.
This is while a recent poll has found that broad majorities in the US are opposed to America and its allies sending weapons and military equipment to militants in Syria
The survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center from June 12 to 16 among 1,512 adults, indicated that 70 percent of the respondents opposed arming the Syria militants.