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Old 04-25-2013, 10:46 AM  
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Hagel: Evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria

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http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/25/world/...war/index.html

(CNN) -- (CNN) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Thursday that the United States has evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria.

This comes a couple of days after an Israeli intelligence official said Damascus was using weapons banned under international law against its own people in the country's civil war. Syria has said rebels have used chemical weapons.

U.S. President Barack Obama has said the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons against its own people in the country would be a "game changer."
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:16 AM   #16
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:46 PM   #17
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:12 PM   #18
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U.S. President Barack Obama has said the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons against its own people in the country would be a "game changer."
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:07 PM   #19
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Washington (CNN) -- Syria has crossed a 'red line' with its use of chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin gas, against rebels, the White House said Thursday.

The acknowledgement is the first time President Barack Obama's administration has definitively said what it has long suspected -- that President Bashar al-Assad's forces have used chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war.

"The intelligence community estimates that 100 to 150 people have died from detected chemical weapons attacks in Syria to date; however, casualty data is likely incomplete," Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser, said in a statement released by the White House.

"While the lethality of these attacks make up only a small portion of the catastrophic loss of life in Syria, which now stands at more than 90,000 deaths, the use of chemical weapons violates international norms and crosses clear red lines that have existed within the international community for decades," Rhodes added.

The administration also appeared to indicate that it was stepping up its support of the rebels, who have been calling for the United States and others provide arms need to battle al-Assad's forces.

"Put simply, the Assad regime should know that its actions have led us to increase the scope and scale of assistance that we provide to the opposition, including direct support to the (rebel Supreme Military Council). These efforts will increase going forward," Rhodes' statement said.

The administration also believes that al-Assad's government maintains control of the chemical weapons, and that there is "no reliable, corroborated reporting to indicate that the opposition in Syria has acquired or used chemical weapons."

Earlier this year, the United States said its intelligence analysts had concluded "with varying degrees of confidence" that chemical weapons had been used in the Syrian civil war. But Obama said then "intelligence assessments alone are not sufficient."

As early as last week, France's foreign minister said sarin gas had been used several times in the Syrian civil war, citing results from test samples in France's possession.

In early May, the head of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said that evidence points to the use of sarin by Syrian rebel forces. But the commission later issued a news release saying it "has not reached conclusive findings as to the use of chemical weapons in Syria by any parties to the conflict."

In April, the head of the Israeli military's intelligence research said the Syrian government is using chemical weapons against rebel forces.
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:20 PM   #20
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:21 PM   #21
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The problem is that now we have a choice: Go to war against a Muslim Arab nation - again - or give the whole world one more reason why it doesn't mean a whole lot when we threaten someone not to cross a red line.
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:26 PM   #22
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I wonder if this revelation had anything to do with Bubba Bill Clinton calling Obama out on Syria.
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:26 PM   #23
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The problem is that now we have a choice: Go to war against a Muslim Arab nation - again - or give the whole world one more reason why it doesn't mean a whole lot when we threaten someone not to cross a red line.
I think it's pretty clear that Obama is going to take another option: to provide arms to the rebels, and probably SF "advisers" if they aren't already there.
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:27 PM   #24
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:59 PM   #25
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:03 PM   #26
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Getting involved in Syria will bring us nothing but trouble. See: Egypt, Libya, Iran, and Lebanon.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:16 PM   #28
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. . today because the CIA claims that the Syrian government is doing a Saddam Hussein, i.e., "using chemical weapons on their own people." King Obama announced that that would be the line in the sand -- if they used chemical weapons on their own people -- and so the neocon talking heads are all screaming their heads off in indignation over the fact that the U.S. government has not yet gone to war with Syria. (So far, not one of them has volunteered for the U.S. military, however).

Sickening line of the night: The Bimbo of the Day on Faux News announced that "He [Obama] is hearing that voice to intervene for humanitarian reasons."

The creepy and odious Charles Krauthammer called it Obama's "Hamlet moment." If he doesn't go to war, said Faux News' Dr. Strangelove, then it will be just like Shakespeare's Hamlet "and you know what happens with Hamlet, everyone dies."

The Party Line on Faux News is that "our allies" in the Middle East are demanding war, but "we" are just sitting here doing nothing. Allies? Plural? Who are these allies?

Great. Now Syrians will have a reason to commit terrorist acts against Americans.

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What's bullshit about it? It's from CNN.
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