Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice confirmed as recently as January 2017 that the Obama administration had successfully removed all chemical weapons from Syria.
In an interview she gave to National Public Radio, Rice can be heard bragging over the Obama administration’s ‘success’ in the removal of Syrian weapons of mass destruction.
“We were able to find a solution that didn’t necessitate the use of force that actually removed the chemical weapons that were known from Syria, in a way that the use of force would never have accomplished. Our aim in contemplating the use of force following the use of chemical weapons in August of 2013 was not to intervene in the civil war, not to become involved in the combat between Assad and the opposition, but to deal with the threat of chemical weapons by virtue of the diplomacy that we did with Russia and with the Security Council. We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.”
Former Secretary of State John Kerry made similar comments in 2013, when he congratulated himself and other officials for successfully removing the final 8% of chemical weapons from Syria.
Susan Rice, who recently came under fire over allegations she was behind the ‘unmasking’ of senior Trump officials, has a long history of questionable public comments over Benghazi, the Bergdahl prisoner swap, and now Syrian chemical weapons.
PolitiFact just pulled a 2014 fact-check on remarks about Syria by former Secretary of State John Kerry after the claim the Obama administration said they “got ‘100 percent’ of chemical weapons out of Syria”.