Syrian President Bashar al-Assad acknowledged that his government has chemical weapons and told Fox News he is committed to turning them over under an agreement made with Russia and the United States.
Assad made the statements in a lengthy interview aired Wednesday, but Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Bair” panelist Charles Krauthammer called him a liar.
Krauthammer said Assad had a reputation for being simple and stupid, but “he is very smart, extremely sophisticated, and one of the great liars of all time.”
Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor, said:
“[Assad] spoke for almost an hour and I don’t think there was a true word in anything he said including the words and, and but. I’ll give you two examples. One is he talked about the terrorists as being sort of at the start of the war, the reason he began the war, the reason he’s leveled all the cities. It began as a demonstration by schoolchildren in Daraa who he then tortured, and it remained a popular uprising for at least a year before any of the so-called ‘terrorists’ arrived.”
“And secondly, when you watch him and you get the sense of the sincerity, and the warmth and the softness of the voice of a guy who cares about how the terrible terrorists, meaning the al-Qaida types, the jihadists, have come into his country and infiltrated it with a terrible ideology– Assad is the guy who created and supported al-Qaida in Iraq after America entered Iraq.”
Steve Hayes, a columnist for the Weekly Standard and a panelist on Wednesday’s Bair show, said Assad showed a unique ability to present false statements as facts in the interview, though he thought Assad may have helped his reputation and presented a “pretty compelling case.”
“The problem, of course, is that everything he said, virtually everything he said, was untrue,” Hayes said.
Watch the panel discussion here via Fox News: