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Sean Spicer blames Obama-era "weakness" for chemical attack in Syria

Sean Spicer found the true scapegoat for a deadly war crime


Charlie May
April 4, 2017 10:40PM (UTC)

On Tuesday a suspected chemical attack in the northwestern province of Idlib killed at least 58 people, and left around 300 wounded. The bombs were likely dropped by jets belonging to the Syrian government, according to Reuters. Press Secretary Sean Spicer was called the tragedy "reprehensible," but was quick to cast the blame on Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama.

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Spicer's hyperpartisanship masked that fact that he didn't know what he was talking about.

In 2016, President Obama dropped 26,171 bombs on seven majority-Muslim nations, predominantly Syria and Iraq.

"This means that every day last year, the US military blasted combatants or civilians overseas with 72 bombs; that’s three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day," the Guardian wrote.

It's difficult to determine what Spicer was implying with his statements. Did the press secretary believe that the United States must take a more hard-line approach and possibly play a role in toppling the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad? Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's lack of words only made things more blurry.

Spicer also quickly condemned Bashar al-Assad, describing his actions "heinous" however, he had very little to say about last month's U.S.-led coalition airstrike in Mosul, Iraq — which killed at least 150 people. Civilian casualties from coalition airstrikes under President Trump have actually skyrocketed.

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Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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