Two days ago Obama was claiming that they had intercepted a panicked phone call from Damascus, which occurred when Damascus heard about the chemical weapons attack.
Last Wednesday, in the hours after a horrific chemical attack east of Damascus, an official at the Syrian Ministry of Defense exchanged panicked phone calls with a leader of a chemical weapons unit, demanding answers for a nerve agent strike that killed more than 1,000 people.
Now Obama is claiming that Damascus planned the attack – which they didn’t know about until after it occurred.
American intelligence agencies had indications three days beforehand that the Syrian regime was poised to launch a lethal chemical attack that killed more than a thousand people and has set the stage for a possible U.S. military strike on Syria.
The disclosure — part of a larger U.S. intelligence briefing on Syria’s chemical attacks — raises all sorts of uncomfortable questions for the American government. First and foremost: What, if anything, did it do to notify the Syrian opposition of the pending attack?
So Washington knew about the attack three days before Damascus. That’s the Obama story, and he is sticking with it. Until he changes it later.
Summarizing : Damascus didn’t plan the attack, but someone connected to US intelligence knew that it was going to happen. What a surprise.