At least one member of the government is saying that President Obama’s plan to take military action against Syria is really just a ploy to distract the public from the various “scandals” that the administration is facing. Rep. Joe Wilson made his feelings known at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday afternoon. During the hearing, Wilson pointed to an April 25 White House letter that revealed U.S. intelligence agencies had “varying degrees of confidence” that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces had used chemical weapons.
“Why was there no call for military response in April?” Wilson asked Secretary of State John Kerry during the hearing. “Was it delayed to divert attention today from the Benghazi, IRS, NSA scandals; the failure of Obamacare enforcement; the tragedy of the White House-drafted sequestration or the upcoming debt limit vote? Again, why was there no call for military response four months ago when the president’s red line was crossed?”
Kerry replied that Obama didn’t feel the evidence was strong enough at the time. The administration only started pushing for a military response after more than 1,400 people were killed in an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in Damascus.
“But the president didn’t believe [in April] it was a compelling enough case to win the support of the American people and the world. But this is. The president did respond; he upgraded what we were doing very significantly,” Kerry said.
Rep. Jeff Duncan also chimed in about the issue.
“I can’t discuss the possibility of the U.S. involvement in Syria’s civil war without also talking about Benghazi,” Duncan said. “The administration has a serious credibility issue with the American people, due to the unanswered questions surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi almost a year ago. When you factor in the IRS targeting of conservative groups, the AP and James Rosen issues, ‘Fast and Furious’ and NSA spying programs, bottom line is there’s a need for accountability and trust-building from the administration.”
Wilson is best known for shouting “You lie!” at the president during the 2009 State of the Union address, The Huffington Post reported.