NCRI - Last week, dozens of innocent civilians were killed in a chemical weapons attack in Syria. A large number of those who died were women and children.

What makes this attack all the more incomprehensible is that the Obama administration, just a few years earlier, has bragged about how it had managed to strip Syrian dictator Bashar as Assad of all his chemical weapons.

This alone raises even more questions about the Iran nuclear deal that was agreed in 2015 under the Obama administration. At the time, President Obama said that the US would finally be able to keep an eye on Iran’s activities. He said: “We will, for the first time, be in a position to verify all of [Iran’s] commitments.”

However, many opponents of the nuclear said that the US would not be able to keep tabs on Iran’s full range of nuclear activities. It is just as clear now that the Obama administration were unable to get Syria to turn over all its chemical weapons.

The deal with Syria enabled President Obama to avoid humiliation after he failed to enforce the “red line” he has drawn for Syria following President Assad’s use of chemical weapons in an attack in his country. The Syrian President had used sarin gas – a nerve agent – that killed around 1,500 civilians.

At the time, President Obama boasted that the United States had managed to get chemical weapons out of the country without having to launch a strike against it. Echoing Obama’s statement, the former National Security Adviser Susan Rice reiterated earlier this year that the US was “able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile” again emphasising that they were able to do it without the use of force. She said it was done in a way “that the use of force would never have accomplished”.

Secretary of State during the Obama administration, John Kerry, proudly claimed at the time: “We got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out.”

The fact that the Obama administration got it so wrong about the Syrian chemical weapons accord makes us wonder how effective the Iran nuclear deal was. Many opponents to the nuclear deal have complained that it has no proper checks in place to ensure that Iran is sticking to its side of the deal. Just like there were no proper checks in place to ensure that Syria had not hidden chemical weapons.

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