Rep. Thomas Massie on War with Syria: “The First Casualty of War is the Truth”
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) of the Freedom Caucus is one of the few congressmen in DC who actually seeks to follow the Constitution. Earlier this week, Massie appeared on CNN to be asked about the things going on in Syria and whether or not he would support a war effort there. While Massie deplored the actions taking place in Syria, he stepped back and warned that the truth is the first casualty in war and that the Constitution vests all power to declare war in Congress, not the Executive Branch.
One of the remarkable things about the video interview below is the level of frustration by CNN talking head Kate Bolduan as time and again she appealed to emotion, not law, in an attempt to push Massie into siding with a war in Syria. Take a look.
Did you see those faces she was making? And they hypocritically claim to be unbiased, as if any reporting is unbiased.
Massie does not believe that Syrian President Bashar Assad is behind the chemical attacks that took place against civilians. In fact, he questions if they even happened, and rightly so. I mean after you’ve seen fake news outlets like CNN put out fake video news to stir up war in Syria like this, who wouldn’t question it?
Or , remember when they just merely staged a report in the studio as though it was from somewhere else?
“It’s hard to know exactly what’s happening in Syria right now,” said Massie.
“I’d like to know specifically how that release of chemical gas, if it did occur — and it looks like it did — how that occurred. Because frankly, I don’t think Assad would have done that. It does not serve his interest to draw us into that civil war even further.”
Massie voted against an American intervention in Syria in 2014.
While President Trump claims that Assad did it, the fact is that he is dependent upon others to tell him this information, just like President George W. Bush was concerning WMDs in Iraq. We all know how that turned out.
Clearly, Ms. Bolduan could not understand Massie’s questioning of the attack or who was behind it. Perhaps she has not seen inside CNN’s closet above. However, she questioned Massie as to whom he thinks was responsible.
Rep. Massie put forth several “plausible” scenarios. One was that gas leaked from an ammunition arsenal that was attacked. This is the claims of Assad and Russia.
“”You’ve got a war going on over there,” Massie said. “Supposedly that airstrike was on an ammo dump, and so I don’t know if it was released because there was gas stored in the ammo dump or not — that’s plausible. I’m not saying that’s what I think happened. I don’t think it would have served Assad’s purposes to do a chemical attack on his people.”
“It’s hard for me to understand why he would do that,” he added. “If he did.”
Indeed, what is the motive behind such a thing? CNN certainly doesn’t have an answer, and I don’t think the White House does either.
Massie then warned that sticking our nose in the situation might make it worse and warned of the casualty of the truth.
“We might end up making the situation worse if we launch airstrikes,” Massie said. “The first casualty of war is the truth, and it’s hard to know exactly what’s happening in Syria right now.”
Massie stuck to the current issue when asked about President Trump blaming Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah for the attack.
“He’s gone,” Massie said. “It’s ours to deal with now.”
Of course, Massie is at odds with Trump and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) on the issue.
Trump has argued against toppling Assad, but called the attacks, “an affront to humanity” that “crosses many, many lines.”
Of course it does, but honestly America, we have been engaged in decades of a holocaust murdering 60 million of the most innocent among us. Do we really have the moral high ground here to pontificate on such things? Let’s clean our own backyard first before we go in someone else’s (Matt. 7:3).
“Bashar Assad and his friends, the Russians, take note of what Americans say,” McCain said. “I’m sure they took note of what our Secretary of State said just the other day, that the Syrian people would be determining their own future themselves — one of the more incredible statements I’ve ever heard.”
Why is it incredible to McCain, a man that helped fund, train and arm Islamic jihadists against Assad which later became the Islamic State, that a people of a sovereign country would determine their own future? it’s probably because, at heart, the man is not a war hero, but a traitor to our country.
As for Rep. Massie, I can say he is consistent in this matter. He believes that the Constitution invests power to declare war in Congress, not the President. In 2013, Massie said that missile strikes against Syria were “an act of war” and that only Congress can declare war, something they have not done since World War II.
In fact, he believes it so much that he was looking to be on board with the impeachment of Trump in case he starts any new wars without following the U.S. Constitution’s requirement to seek a congressional declaration of war. I was with Jeff Sessions and Walter Jones when the Obama administration did that in Libya. I’m with Congressman Massie on this issue now.