Former British Major-General Jonathan Shaw was trying to make a point on British television Friday about Syrian motives for attacking their own people with chemical weapons when he was abruptly cut off in the middle of his sentence.
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Sky News anchor Samantha Washington asked Shaw specifically about whether or not Russian denials had made it “more difficult for the U.K. to launch any kind of attack without putting it to Parliament,” but the former British top officer wanted to take the matter one step further.
“Quite apart from all that, the debate that seems to be missing from this is,” Shaw said. “What possible motive could have triggered Syria to launch this chemical attack at this time in this place? The Syrians are winning, don’t take my word for it, take the American military’s word for it.”
Shaw was delving into CENTCOM head General Joseph Votel’s quote about Assad winning the war as well as President Trump’s own announcement that he would be pulling U.S. troops out of Syria when the Sky News anchor abruptly cut him off.
“I am very sorry, you have been very patient for us, but we do need to leave it there,” said Washington. “I’m very sorry.”
Though reaction to Shaw’s abrupt departure led to questions of censorship, the Mirror called the incident “an unfortunate scheduling clash” and a scheduled “hard ad break.”