February 5, 2014
Syria chemical attacks: The controversy continues
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. - Ted Postol is mad, and he doesn't care who knows it.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist is convinced that the White House pushed the country to the brink of military action in Syria on the basis of faulty intelligence, similar to the way President George W. Bush called for the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
"We were within a whisker of war based on egregious errors," he said in a phone interview. "I think this is one of the most serious issues of our day."
This is typical of the Syria debate in general, said Mona Yacoubian, a Syria expert at the Stimson Center, a public policy institute in Washington, DC.
"People have become entrenched in their positions," she said. "This is preventing many from asking questions to help us understand better what we don't know."
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