Skip to comments.White House: 'Common-sense test' makes Assad government to blame for Syrian chemical attack
Posted on 09/08/2013 8:45:19 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough asserted that a "common-sense test" rather than "irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence" makes the Syrian government responsible for a chemical weapons attack that Obama says demands a U.S. military response.
McDonough acknowledged the risks that military action could drag the U.S. into the middle of a brutal civil war and endanger allies such as Israel with a retaliatory attack.
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Common sense? Not with John and Linda attached.
Do they mean like carrying a tire pressure gauge in our cars that will remove our dependency on foreign oil? That kind of common sense?
Common sense dictates that Barry is an idiot.
Oh oh. Things are messed up when they start using excuses like this. It’s the Democrats.
I still don’t care who did it.
As far as I can tell, Syria never signed on to the UN pact against chemical weapons and doesn’t acknowledge it so unless they’re used on a neighboring country, interfering will itself be a crime.
Even the UN doesn’t get fooled by these ‘rebels’:
UN accuses Syrian rebels of carrying out sarin gas attacks which had been blamed on Assad’s troops
“Common-sense test?” Can you imagine the howling that would have occurred if Bush used this as a justification for Iraq?
This administration has lots of things but 'common-sense' isn't one of them.
Only if you define "crime" as a transgression against written law.
If you would update your thinking to the 21st century, you'll see that "crime" now means "a transgression against common sense", where "common sense" means whatever the Democrats say it means.
Was that the same test that jailed the maker of that movie trailer that was supposedly the cause of the Middle Eastern flair ups?
Common sense says that if you have a commanding lead in a football game, there’s no need to throw a hail Mary pass down field.
Clarification: this article is from 2013-05-06 -- after an earlier attack.
It will be interesting to see if the chemicals used in the latest attack matches the signature of the previous one.
Syrians were just conducting abortion, what a big deal !!
Common Sense also tells us that, if Assad already had the upper hand, as almost all reports indicated, why would he use chemical weapons?
How cute. A liberal talking about common sense. You know that means “even I can’t come up with anything remotely believable. “
Common sense says a white hispanic murdered Trayvon.
Using the Common-Sense-Test, nobama and his minions would ALL be in prison or deported by now.
Common sense???? Like lets tell the world a video caused Benghazi?
Common sense approach only because Miss Cleo wasn’t available...
Now there's an early morning example of humor.
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Well, WH makes some sense in terms of international law basics which is about to blame a government for any grave violation (or failure to counter it) within national borders but it is too much cynical to apply such a reasoning to a current Syrian situation and demand air strikes as a punishment.
Is this anything like the video common sense for Benghazi? One has to believe then, there is another video. It’s only common sense.
Yeah, something like 119, 000 dead so far. Now we’re supposed to be up in arms (literally) over a few hundred more deaths? Dead is dead. I don’t think the other 118, 000 dead feel particularly glad they were shot, blown up, decapitated, etc. If you are going to act, act to make a difference, not just send a message. However, I don’t think we should do anything. Neither side is an ally. Neither side’s hands are clean. Neither side is deserving nor worthy of our support.
Like 6 Muslim bro advisors?
Like a video caused Benghazi?
Like the Fort Hood killings were workplace violence?
Like a Kenyan sodomite is a natural born citizen?
I’m all for common sense.
I used to think Obama would become only a minor skidmark in the panties of history. If he rejects Congress’ rejection of this bombing caper of his and goes ahead with it anyway, he will be forever known as OBOMBA. Let the impeachment begin.
“Common sense says that if you have a commanding lead in a football game, theres no need to throw a hail Mary pass down field.”
Bravo...was trying to think of a clever way to say exactly that!!!
‘Common-sense test’ tells me if the White House wants this then it will definitely hurt America.
IF little barry bastard boy bombs Syria, PERHAPS competent Syrians living in the US of A will frame a suitable personal response to be delivered to little bastard boy.
They’ve already been protesting against Obama’s war in Detroit.
Weapons. Grade. Stupid.
I can’t believe an administration member is using that language to say we should bomb a country.
Common sense says this entire crew should be tarred, feathered and run out of town on a rail!
From the leftist playbook: If the facts don’t help your argument state or imply your opponent is ignorant, dumb or lacks “common sense”.
Common sense with the Obama administration? Oh Puleeeezzze!
Common sense? Translation: we don’t have any evidence.
At Zero Hedge - High-Level U.S. Intelligence Officers: Syrian Government Didnt Launch Chemical Weapons The Obama administration has selectively used intelligence to justify military strikes on Syria, former military officers with access to the original intelligence reports say, in a manner that goes far beyond what critics charged the Bush administration of doing in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war. According to these officers, who served in top positions in the United States, Britain, France, Israel, and Jordan, a Syrian military communication intercepted by Israels famed Unit 8200 electronic intelligence outfit has been doctored so that it leads a reader to just the opposite conclusion reached by the original report.
The Obama administration has selectively used intelligence to justify military strikes on Syria, former military officers with access to the original intelligence reports say, in a manner that goes far beyond what critics charged the Bush administration of doing in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war.
According to these officers, who served in top positions in the United States, Britain, France, Israel, and Jordan, a Syrian military communication intercepted by Israels famed Unit 8200 electronic intelligence outfit has been doctored so that it leads a reader to just the opposite conclusion reached by the original report.
We don’t. But apparently obama or his cohorts do. Wonder why, what he’s really after.
Common Sense indicates that Bammy is irresponsible.
"Do not link my phrase to this King-George poseur!"
Lots of photos from protests in Dearborn MI. Some muslims but the crowd looks to be primarily Christian.
Common sense would suggest that Assad is not suicidal enough to risk the consequences of his chemical warfare attacks. However, Assad may not be entirely rational just now. We just don’t know with certainty.
My common sense says I don’t care who did it. We need to stay out of their civil war.......
Common sense test? This is beyond absurd.
Would it be common sense for Assad, who has the upper hand against the Al Queda rebels, to launch a gas attack against defenseless women & children and risk international military involvement against his regime?
Or, would it be common sense to expect a regime that has to contend with the roll out of 0-care, facing numerous scandals, and a declining economy to divert the public’s attention with a war?
There is no way I could ever trust the US regime on anything. What I think could have happened is that the US regime paid off a rogue member of Assad’s military to pull off the attack.
Sadly I think we’ve extended the Syrian civil war far beyond it’s natural life by giving one side weapons they wouldn’t have without us. (Yes I think our government is lying when they say they haven’t armed the “rebels”)
I think Assad would have put it down within a year. He would have been brutal but it would have been done and people could have gone back to living their lives.
Wesley Clarks new memoir suggests that another war is part of a long-planned Department of Defense strategy that anticipated regime change by force in no fewer than seven Mideast states. Critics of the war have often voiced suspicions of such imperial schemes, but this is the first time that a high-ranking former military officer has claimed to know that such plans existed.[ 2007]
..Heres the paper from the Office of the Secretary of Defense [then Donald Rumsfeld] outlining the strategy. Were going to take out seven countries in five years. And he named them, starting with Iraq and Syria and ending with Iran.
BTW, common sense tells us Assad had nothing to gain and everything to lose by attacking with gas.
Common sense also tells us the “rebel” insurgents, who were losing badly, had everything to gain by staging a false flag gas attack to force the United Stated to intervene on their behalf
therefore Obama would be guilty of these heinous war crimes and should be facing a Nurenburg style trial.
willl Obama turn himself in ? or should the FBI turn him over to the international tribunal