Right wing shock jock Rush Limbaugh made waves yesterday when he brought up the notion that Al Qaeda could potentially be framing Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad by posing as rebels and using chemical weapons of their own.
Limbaugh, a staunch conservative known for having no filter and easily causing controversy, questioned the validity of the claims that Bashar is using chemical weapons against his own people.
“What if Bashar didn’t do it?” asked Limbaugh. “What if Bashar is being framed?”
While questioning whether or not the Syrian president is behind the genocide, Limbaugh made it clear that President Obama needs to take military action immediately, regardless of a congressional vote.
“We cannot allow this guy, Bashar al-Assad, to nerve gas his own people with impunity. Otherwise, we don’t stand for anything.”
In addition to his claim, Limbaugh also says there is a possibility that the US government may have known about the chemical weapon attack prior to it occurring if it was done by Al Qaeda members posing as Syrian rebels. Citing emails from friends of his that have “lived in the Middle East” and may know Bashar personally, as well as an article by Yossef Badansky, Limbaugh asserted that these claims are not coming out of nowhere.
“There is a growing volume of new evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East – mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its sponsors and supporters – which makes a very strong case, based on solid circumstantial evidence, that the Aug. 21 chemical strike in the Damascus suburbs was indeed a premeditated provocation by the Syrian opposition,” said Limbaugh. “The extent of U.S. foreknowledge of this provocation needs further investigation because available data puts the ‘horror’ of the Barack Obama White House in a different and disturbing light.”
Limbaugh noted that while he believes there is circumstantial evidence to support his claim, it is merely speculation. President Obama is currently waiting on a vote from Congress that will decide whether the US will intervene in Syria.