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The White House's Syria Statement Creates More Questions Than Answers

JulietteKayyem

Jul 05, 2017

Press Secretary Sean Spicer released a cryptic statement late Monday night saying the U.S. had evidence Bashar Al-Assad’s regime was planning another chemical weapons attack, and Syria should expect retaliation if they go through with their plan.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley later tweeted, “Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.”

Two days later, little information has emerged except that there might have been planes taking off from the airbase that launched the previous attack.

National security expert Juliette Kayyem joined BPR to talk about the implications of the White House’s scattered announcement.

“This tweet or statement by the White House really did come out of the blue,” she said. “No one was anticipating it.”

Kayyem called it “tough talk” and said it raises the bar in new ways. Part of this, she explained, is that Haley’s tweet references Russia and Iran.

“Our primary goal in Syria,” she explained, “is clearly the fight against ISIS, which is going relatively well.”

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