Former Obama advisor admits that the US helped the onset of terrorism in Syria

Summary

In an interview for The Intercept, Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications for U.S. President Barack Obama, basically admitted that the US contributed to strengthening terrorists in Syria.

 

Disproof

Recurring narrative that the US aids terrorists in Syria euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77105&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77187&date=,

The title of the article in question is manipulative. In reality, Ben Rhodes does not admit that the US helped the onset of terrorism in Syria - he negates the suggestive question of the journalist and comments on the absurdity of supporting part of the opposition while considering the other part of the opposition to be terrorists, saying that "there was a slight absurdity in the fact that we were debating options to provide military support to the opposition at the same time that we were deciding to designate al-Nusra, a big chunk of that opposition, as a terrorist organization. So there was kind of a schizophrenia that’s inherent in a lot of U.S. foreign policy that came to a head in Syria". See: theintercept.com/2018/06/22/is-it-time-to-reckon-with-obamas-foreign-policy-legacy/,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 114
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/06/2018
  • Language/target audience: Czech
  • Country: US, Syria
  • Keywords: Syrian War, Terrorism
  • Outlet: Sputnik CZ
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