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  • Did the rebels launch sarin gas Attack?

    09/02/2013 6:38:03 AM PDT · by Red Statements · 27 replies ^ | Sept 21st, 2013 | Steven H Ahle
    When you add two even numbers and your answer is an odd number, you have to suspect you are wrong. When you conclude the Syrian government launched the sarin gas attack, you get an odd number, you have to wonder why the answer is also odd. Carla Del Ponte., speaking of the first gas attack, told the UN that her investigation revealed concrete suspicions that the rebels had actually launched the attack. “ "Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are...
  • U.S. Will ‘Shortly’ Be Arming Syrian Rebels: Key Senator

    05/07/2013 7:49:53 AM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 7, 2013 | Oliver Knox
    The United States will "shortly" begin arming Syrian rebels, looking to boost moderate factions over al Qaida-affiliated extremists whose rise would be a national security "nightmare," the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee told CBS News on Tuesday.
  • Who Are the War Criminals in Syria?

    05/07/2013 9:44:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | May 7, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    Last week, several polls came out assessing U.S. public opinion on intervention in Syria. According to the Huffington Post poll, Americans oppose U.S. air strikes on Syria by 3-to-1. They oppose sending arms to the rebels by 4-to-1. They oppose putting U.S. ground troops into Syria by 14-to-1. Democrats, Republicans and independents are all against getting involved in that civil war that has produced 1.2 million refugees and 70,000 dead. A CBS/New York Times poll found that by 62-to-24 Americans want to stay out of the Syrian war. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that by 61-to-10 Americans oppose any U.S. intervention....
  • Russia, China Urge Respect Of Syrian Sovereignty...

    05/06/2013 6:46:09 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 1 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | May 6, 2013 | Tyler Durden
    [Actual title: Russia, China Urge Respect Of Syrian Sovereignty As UN Finds Only Syrian Rebels Used Chemical Weapon] Following this weekend's explosive escalation in Syria, the big unknown was how Russia and China would respond: the two countries have long been known to be opposed to the US-Israel axis' involvement and intervention in Syria, although they have so far kept their involvement to a minimum. Today we get the answer: "Russia said on Monday it was concerned the chances of foreign military intervention in Syria were growing following reports of Israeli air strikes around Damascus which were a source of...
  • Syria strike due in days, West tells opposition: sources

    08/27/2013 6:39:38 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | AMMAN | Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:34am EDT | (Reporting by Khaled Oweis, Writing by William Maclean; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
    U.N. chemical weapons experts visit a hospital where wounded people affected by an apparent gas attack are being treated, in the southwestern Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya, August 26, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Abo Alnour Alhaji AMMAN | Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:34am EDTAMMAN (Reuters) - Western powers told the Syrian opposition to expect a strike against President Bashar al-Assad's forces within days, according to sources who attended a meeting between envoys and the Syrian National Coalition in Istanbul."The opposition was told in clear terms that action to deter further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime could come as early...
  • Has Assad's SON dared America to invade Syria on his Facebook account?

    08/30/2013 9:19:26 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 30 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | August 30, 2013 | Shari Miller
    The 11-year-old son of Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has apparently dared the United States to launch an attack, in a Facebook taunt that has been 'liked' by the children and grandchildren of other senior Syrian officials. 'I just want them to attack sooo much, because I want them to make this huge mistake of beginning something that they don’t know the end of it,' stated the post on an account said to belong to Hafez al-Assad. The comments were posted in response to moves by the US to launch a strike in response to a chemical weapons attack on August...
  • US strike on Syria would be illegal 'act of war'

    08/28/2013 7:53:51 AM PDT · by xzins · 30 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 27, 2013 | Alastair Crooke
    The Obama administration is right to be caution about US intervention in Syria. For the US to launch a military strike without UN Security Council sanction would constitute an illegal 'act of war' against a sovereign state. (The Kosovo precedent cannot make an illegal act legal). Awkwardly, reality is rather different: There has been absolutely no evidence published to support the allegation that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces were responsible for this latest, or any other gas attack in Syria. Unwelcome as it may be to certain European and regional governments, who have been cheerleading the case for American intervention, neither...
  • Eyewitness evidence proves poisonous gas was used near Damascus by paramilitaries (May incident)

    08/28/2013 7:53:20 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 8-28-13 | Tass
    CAIRO, August 28 (Itar-Tass) - Evidence provided by eyewitnesses and people who suffered from a poisonous gas attack in the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus obviously points to the fact that the neuro-paralytic gas sarin was used there by the paramilitaries of Syria’s irreconcilable opposition, Carla del Ponte, the former chief prosecutor of UN international criminal tribunals said in an interview with Swiss television Wednesday. Her words were cited by Surya al-Aan news portal.
  • Video: White House “highly skeptical” of UN’s finding that Syrian rebels, not Assad, used ...

    05/06/2013 8:18:08 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4:41 pm on May 6, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Via Greg Hengler. Like former NYT chief Bill Keller, I can’t see any pitfalls ahead from the White House being at odds with the UN on WMD while it plans war against a Middle Eastern regime. Further to Ed’s post this morning, here’s a crafty theory I saw floated somewhere on Twitter last night to possibly explain why the rebels, rather than Assad, are suddenly tossing chemical weapons at their enemies: What if an Assad ally, like Iran or Russia, gave it to them? The longer the war drags on, the greater the risk of western intervention; if, like Moscow...
  • Kerry makes emotional plea for intervention in Syria

    08/30/2013 11:54:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/30/13 | Neil Munro
    White House officials ratcheted up the rhetoric to unprecedented levels Friday as they try to rally international and public support for an airstrike in Syria, following rebuffs by friendly foreign governments and polls showing public skepticism over any intervention. But Secretary of State John Kerry also hinted that the potential strike may be postponed for some time. “President Obama will ensure that the United States of America makes our own decisions on our own timelines, based on our values and our interests,” he said. The statement mixed calls for international solidarity with declarations that the U.S. would decide its own...
  • Verify chemical weapons use before unleashing the dogs of war

    08/30/2013 5:39:00 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-29-2013 | Kenneth Timmerman
    The Obama administration has selectively used intelligence to justify military strikes on Syria, former military officers with access to the original intelligence reports say, in a manner that goes far beyond what critics charged the Bush administration of doing in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war. According to these officers, who served in top positions in the United States, Britain, France, Israel, and Jordan, a Syrian military communication intercepted by Israel’s famed Unit 8200 electronic intelligence outfit has been doctored so that it leads a reader to just the opposite conclusion reached by the original report. The doctored report...
  • Kerry: The UN can’t do anything, so we’ll go it alone

    08/30/2013 1:34:50 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 30, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Old and busted, John Kerry edition: Protecting America against terrorism requires us to pass a “global test” to prove that the threat really exists: "No president, though all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America. But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you’re doing what you’re doing and you can prove to the world that you...
  • American-Led Strike in Syria Risks Return to Reckless Cowboy Era

    08/30/2013 12:46:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    American-Led Strike in Syria Risks Return to Reckless Cowboy Era (Huffington Post article. I asked for and received Jim Rob's approval before posting)
  • THE GLENN BECK RADIO PROGRAM, Live 9am-Noon weekdays ET, Aug 30, 2013, Friday

    08/30/2013 5:51:30 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 10 replies ^ | Aug 30, 2013, Friday | Glenn Beck
    Listen To Glenn Beck Now, on The Blaze Radio Network on . Truth Lives Here Known for his quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality, Glenn Beck has attracted millions of viewers and listeners throughout the United States with The Glenn Beck Program. His radio show, The Glenn Beck Program, is heard on over 400 stations and is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. It is the third highest-rated national radio talk show among adults ages 25 to 54. Looking for audio and video from the radio program? If you’re a TheBlaze TV Subscriber you can access all your...
  • Obama Plans to Lob Missiles Into Syria: Dithering Narcissist, Talented Phony or Both?

    08/30/2013 10:38:17 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 26 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-30-2013 | MOTUS
    Some have suggested that we have a non-serious man in charge, in a world as serious as a heart attack. Others claim that BO is a reckless narcissist, seeking to “vindicate the vanity of the President.” Who are you calling non-serious? Do you see this gun?Actually both allegations were made by Dr. Charles Krauthammer (political commentator and psychiatrist, so qualified to make such assertions): Into his third year of dithering, two years after declaring Assad had to go, one year after drawing — then erasing — his own red line on chemical weapons, Barack Obama has been stirred to action.Or...
  • Syria Is the Quintessential Obama War

    08/30/2013 11:27:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/29/13 | Benjamin Wallace-Wells
    During the NATO intervention in Libya, to date perhaps the great success of Obama's foreign policy, senior White House officials went so far as to suggest that the logic that led the president to intervene in order to protect the citizens of Benghazi from slaughter might be expanded into a broader principle: the Obama doctrine, they called it. The Obama doctrine had two basic components — imminence and collaboration. America ought to intervene militarily when it could prevent the imminent slaughter of civilians, the doctrine said, but it would not do so unless it could secure the collaboration of a...
  • John Kerry Sure Made It Sound Like the U.S. Is Going to Bomb Syria

    08/30/2013 11:23:08 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/30/2013 | Joe Coscarelli
    "My friends, it matters here if nothing is done. It matters if the world speaks out in condemnation and then nothing happens," said Secretary of State John Kerry in a speech this afternoon. "Just longing for peace does not necessarily bring it about." As Kerry called Bashar al-Assad "a thug and a murderer," the White House said in an intelligence report that it has "high confidence" the Syrian government was responsible for chemical-weapons attacks on civilians. "This is common sense. This is evidence. These are facts," said Kerry, calling the proof "clear" and "compelling." "So the primary question is really...
  • Americans Would Rather Get a Root Canal or a Colonoscopy than Launch War Against Syria

    08/27/2013 5:44:39 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | August 26, 2013
    We noted last month than Congress is less popular than North Korea, cockroaches, lice, root canals, colonoscopies, traffic jams, used car salesmen, Genghis Khan, Communism, BP during the Gulf oil spill, Nixon during Watergate or King George during the American Revolution. The Washington Post notes today that a Syria intervention is less popular than Congress. So that means that the American people would much rather get a root canal or a colonoscopy than bomb Syria. Indeed, while John Kerry announced today that the Syrian government used chemical weapons, Reuters noted: The polls suggest that so far, the growing crisis in...
  • Israel, Lone Light in a Dark Region

    08/30/2013 7:54:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 30, 2013 | P. David Hornik
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Israel, Lone Light in a Dark RegionPosted By P. David Hornik On August 30, 2013 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments As the Obama administration keeps weighing whether and how to act in Syria, one wonders if Israel is looking good—or at least better—to the administration these days. Seemingly, if there was ever a time, now would be the time to start taking note of Israel’s strengths in a bad region.1. Some ways in which Israel differs from other countries of the region.No chemical-weapons attacks. In the Middle East this can...
  • Democrat Menendez introduces bill in Senate to arm Syria opposition

    05/06/2013 7:22:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Fox ^ | May 6, 2013
    A top Senate Democrat nudged the Obama administration to provide weapons to the Syrian opposition, introducing a bill Monday that would explicitly allow the U.S. to provide arms, military training and non-lethal aid to the rebels. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the legislation on the heels of U.S. intelligence claims that chemical weapons likely were used in the country. "The Assad regime has crossed a red line that forces us to consider all options," Menendez said in a written statement. "The greatest humanitarian crisis in the world is unfolding in and...