Sean Spicer repeats US goal is to “destabilize Syria” and “the region,” while whitewashing Hitler to push regime change
(This article is published in AlterNet.)
White House press secretary Sean Spicer has repeatedly said that the U.S. goal is to “destabilize Syria” and “destabilize the region.”
He made these remarks while also whitewashing the crimes of the genocidal Nazi regime, claiming fascist dictator Adolph Hitler did not use chemical weapons. Spicer later clarified that he had misspoken, and referred to Germany’s concentration camps as “Holocaust centers.”
Spicer then proceeded to mispronounce the name of Syria’s president, calling for the ouster of “Ashad” — by which he meant Bashar al-Assad.
In the daily press briefing on Monday, April 10, Spicer said the goal “is to make sure that we destabilize Syria, destabilize the conflict there.”
Observers noted Spicer may have misspoken and actually meant to say “deescalate,” not “destabilize.”
Yet, just hours later, Spicer went on CNN and repeated that President Trump is making efforts “to destabilize the region and root out ISIS out of Syria.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer keeps saying the US goal is to “destabilize Syria” and “destabilize the region” pic.twitter.com/pTwpJw88Dq
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) April 11, 2017
Spicer had appeared on CNN to clarify other egregious comments he had made at the same time.
At the Tuesday, April 11 press briefing, Spicer implied Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is worse than Hitler.
The U.S. government spokesperson said that, while he found Hitler “despicable,” he “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.” On the other hand, Spicer accused the Syrian government of using sarin gas in an attack in the al-Qaeda-dominated province of Idlib, although the U.S. has not provided any evidence showing this to be true.
When a reporter asked Spicer to clarify his comments on Hitler’s use of chemical weapons, the White House press secretary replied that Hitler “was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Ashad is doing,” mispronouncing the name of President Assad.
Spicer continued noting that “he brought them into the Holocaust centers,” referring to the genocidal concentration camps Hitler’s victims were violently forced into, including millions of murdered communists, socialists, Jews, Romani, people of African descent, homosexuals and disabled people.
“I appreciate the clarification. That was not the intent,” Spicer concluded in his response to the reporter.
While making these remarks, Spicer called on Russia to break its ties with the Syrian government.
This comes as the Trump administration is renewing calls for regime change in Syria. White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster has stressed that regime change is the agenda. Spicer joined Secretary of State Tillerson in pressuring Russia to drop its alliance with Syria, as well as with Iran and Hezbollah.
Since violence broke out in the country in 2011, the U.S. has been committed to the overthrow of the government of Bashar al-Assad. For years, the U.S. has, through the CIA, spent billions of dollars arming and training tens of thousands of rebels who have tried to topple the Syrian government.
Close U.S. allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey have also played a key role in trying to overthrow Syria, they claim in the name in freedom and democracy, although Saudi Arabia and Qatar are repressive theocratic monarchies, while Turkey’s government is increasingly authoritarian.