During a Tuesday appearance on CNN, Stephen Cohen tried to cast doubt on the idea that Bashar al-Assad was behind last week’s deadly Sarin gas attack in Syria.
Cohen — a professor of Russian Studies and Politics at NYU and Princeton — was discussing U.S. relations with Russia in the aftermath of recent events when he told hosts John Berman and Poppy Harlow “there is zero evidence to tie Assad to that gas attack. Zero.”
Berman responded, “well let’s leave that aside. The United Nations says there is. The people in the area say there are.”
“No,” Cohen challenged. “The United Nations did not say that.”
“Well Turkey has said it, Professor,” Harlow added. “The United States has said it.”
Berman then called the debate “a fruitless argument,” before trying to change the subject to “how Russia is perceiving this right now.”
“It’s not a fruitless argument if the Russians think somebody is running false flags to get Russia and the United States into a war,” Cohen persisted.