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U.S. Intelligence on Sarin…With a Grain of Salt
By Mark ThompsonApril 26, 2013
The U.S. intelligence community believes “with some degree of varying confidence” that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s forces have used chemical weapons, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.
“Some degree of varying confidence” is a loophole big enough to fly a cruise missile through.
“Is he a little bit pregnant or not?” asks retired Marine general Anthony Zinni, who ran U.S. operations in that part of the world from 1997 to 2000. “The trouble with statements like that is you can get drawn in to military operations.”
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