Say What? Ben Carson Claims That His Syria Intel Sources Are Better Than The White House’s

Say What? Ben Carson Claims That His Syria Intel Sources Are Better Than The White House’s

I know it seems like a daily, sometimes hourly, occurrence at this point, but once again GOP Presidential candidate and recovered stabber Ben Carson has said something that leaves everyone just shaking their heads. Over the past couple of days, pundits and reporters have tried to dissect Carson’s word salad answers on foreign policy during Tuesday’s GOP debate, and they came to the realization that the good doctor made the claim that the Chinese were directly involved in the fighting in Syria. It turns out, Carson does believe that, and stood by those comments on Friday.

Speaking to the press that was gathered to cover the Sunshine Summit in Florida, the retired neurosurgeon and Jesus’ BFF was asked if he wanted to clarify or take back his assertion that China was involved in Syria. This was due to statements made by both President Obama and National Security Adviser Susan Rice essentially saying that Carson was out of his fucking gourd. Not only did Carson not back away from his remarks, but he said that the sources he is getting his intel from are better than that of the White House.

“I have several sources that I’ve gotten material from,” said Carson. “I’m surprised that my material is better than theirs.” He also pointed out that he would be releasing the info he had over the weekend showing how right he is about China fighting in Syria.

Um, yeah. OK then. Of course, as has been his campaign’s tactic over the past few weeks, a statement was released afterward saying Carson has never actually said the Chinese are physically fighting in that area but are instead providing military equipment and weapons to the country. Also, the camp made sure to bitch about the media twisting Carson’s words.

“As many members of the media clearly do not understand Dr. Carson’s comment properly and have not done the requisite homework to learn about China’s presence in Syria, we offer additional clarification here.

China has had longstanding and well-documented security ties to Syria, and has provided various military weapons and equipment that Syria is using in the current conflict. Dr. Carson does not believe China is currently fighting in or deploying troops to Syria, and contrary to press reports, he has never made that assertion.”

So, there you go. He said China was involved in Syria, claimed he has better intel than Obama and then immediately said that he never said they were fighting there, just that they were giving arms to the country.

Speaking at the daily White House press briefing, press secretary Josh Earnest said that he was actually speechless over Carson’s claims. We all are, Josh. We all are.

And this has been yet another edition of Ben Carson Says The Dumbest Things ™.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.