Re "Kerry: Use of chemical weapons 'undeniable' " (Page A7, Aug. 27): Before seizing the moral high-ground as Secretary of State John Kerry did by labeling Syria's reported use of chemical weapons "as undeniable," "inexcusable" and a "moral obscenity," he should have checked with the CIA.
Declassified CIA documents show that in the 1980s war between Iran and Iraq, when the Reagan administration sided with Saddam Hussein (remember him?) against Iran, the U.S. intelligence community knew and could prove that Hussein used chemical weapons. Iraq started by using tear gas, advanced to mustard gas and ended up using nerve gas against both civilians and military personnel. Iran protested to the United Nations and showed evidence. There was not a peep out of the Reagan administration to acknowledge this to be true.
It's a slippery slope on the high-ground. Something about glass houses and throwing stones.
-- Richard Thorn, Orangevale