Chemical weapons are illegal according to international law and were supposed to have been, by now, removed and destroyed.
In 2014, John Kerry declared "100%" of the chemical weapons were removed, with most destroyed or in the process of destruction. He specified another number:
the "last 8%" were removed, subtracting from 100% equaling 92%. These are specific numbers.
We always note the use of percentages in statements, not only to understand the subjective language of a subject, but their use in persuasion.
This made for a great public relations congratulatory statement, but was it true?
Question for analysis: Did he believe his own words?
Did he suspect that chemical weapons still existed in Syria? They take years and expense to develop.
Here are some principles:
Unnecessary words are very important.
Unnecessary information is only unnecessary until we understand the subject.
Additional wording is always important.
Repetition of a word increases importance.
Repetition of an additional word is even more important.
Repetition of an additional, unnecessary word is extremely sensitive to the subject.
When we can remove a word from the sentence and it remain a complete sentence, the additional word should always be flagged for sensitivity or importance.