'Clinton got $500,000 gift to back Syria war'

Sat Sep 7, 2013 19:08:56

American historian Webster Griffin Tarpley says former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has received 500,000 dollars in jewelry from Saudi Arabia to support war on Syria.

“The Saudis and the Qataris are reported to be deploying huge amounts of money for bribery, bribery to the families and political and business interests of these members of congress,” Tarpley said in an interview with Press TV on Friday.

“Hillary Clinton has received 500,000 dollars in jewelry from the king of Saudi Arabia and Hillary Clinton just came out for war,” he added.

President Barack Obama is waiting for congressional approval to attack Syria after Washington accused the Syrian government of an alleged chemical attack last month.

On Friday, Obama acknowledged that it would be a "heavy lift" convincing members of Congress over launching a new war in the Middle East.

"It's conceivable at the end of the day I don't persuade a majority of the American people that it's the right thing to do," he said adding "And then each member of Congress is going to have to decide."

Tarpley also said that the US war on Syria with congressional authorization, but without a UN Security Council mandate “is illegal.”

The US president is set to make his case for a military strike on Syria in an address to the American public on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that some Arab countries have offered to pay the entire cost of the war on Syria.

“With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs and to assist, the answer is profoundly yes,” Kerry said in the House of Representatives. “They have. That offer is on the table.”

In response to questions by US lawmakers about the details of the offer, Kerry said, “they have been quite significant. I mean, very significant.”

“In fact, some of them have said that if the US is prepared to go do the whole thing, the way we’ve done it previously in other places, they’ll carry that cost. That’s how dedicated they are to this,” he added.


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