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  • Seymour Hersh Alleges Obama Administration Lied on Syria Gas Attack

    12/09/2013 12:12:42 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 26 replies
    The Wire ^ | Dec. 8, 2012 | Adrian Lee
    A former senior intelligence official told me that the Obama administration had altered the available information – in terms of its timing and sequence – to enable the president and his advisers to make intelligence retrieved days after the attack look as if it had been picked up and analysed in real time, as the attack was happening.
  • Obama lied about Syrian chemical attack, ‘cherry-picked’ intelligence: report

    12/09/2013 8:43:41 AM PST · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 12/9/13 | Guy Taylor
    The Obama administration quashed intelligence reports that suggested an al Qaeda-linked group could have been responsible for the sarin gas attack carried out in Syria last August, according to a news report published in London on Sunday. In threatening a U.S. military strike on Syria during the weeks that followed after the Aug. 21 chemical attack, President Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry cited “definitive” evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad had been responsible for the incident. What they kept secret, according to an article by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, was the belief of U.S. spy...
  • Citing German Intelligence || Syrian forces may have used gas w/o Assad's permission

    09/08/2013 1:01:51 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    Reuters via Haaretz ^ | 9/8/2013 | Staff
    Citing German intelligence Syrian forces may have used gas without Assad's permission, says German daily. Commanders had been urging Assad for authorization to use chemical weapons for more than four months but hadn't received it, Bild reports based on intercepted radio messages... This could mean that Assad may not have approved the attack close to Damascus on August 21... Bild said the radio transmission was intercepted by a German naval reconnaissance vessel, the Oker, sailing close to the Syrian coast The chief of staff of Germany's armed forces General Volker Wieker...told lawmakers the influence of al-Qaida linked forces within the...
  • White House: 'Common-sense test' makes Assad government to blame for Syrian chemical attack

    09/08/2013 8:45:19 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 146 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 9 8 2013
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough asserted that a "common-sense test" rather than "irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence" makes the Syrian government responsible for a chemical weapons attack that Obama says demands a U.S. military response. McDonough acknowledged the risks that military action could drag the U.S. into the middle of a brutal civil war and endanger allies such as Israel with a retaliatory attack.
  • US ( Obama ): 'Common-sense test' holds Assad responsible

    09/08/2013 9:09:34 AM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept 8, 2013 | AP
    The White House asserted Sunday that a "common-sense test" rather than "irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence" makes the Syrian government responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a U.S. military response. At the same time, chief of staff Denis McDonough acknowledged the risks that military action could drag the U.S. into the middle of a brutal civil war and endanger allies such as Israel with a retaliatory attack.
  • CNN Exclusive: Videos show glimpse into evidence for Syria intervention

    09/07/2013 11:57:02 AM PDT · by Innovative · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 7, 2013 | Jake Tapper and Mariano Castillo, CNN
    CNN has obtained 13 different videos that the administration has told the Senate Intelligence Committee depict the gruesome scene of a chemical weapons attack in Syria on August 21. While the videos are hard to watch, they do not prove who is responsible for the attack, nor do they provide an answer for whether military strikes are the correct course.
  • Footage of chemical attack in Syria is fraud

    09/07/2013 1:10:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 71 replies
    Russia Today ^ | September 06, 2013
    There is proof the footage of the alleged chemical attack in Syria was fabricated, Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib, mother superior of St. James Monastery in Qara, Syria, told RT. She says she is about to submit her findings to the UN.Mother Agnes, a catholic nun, who has been living in Syria for 20 years and has been reporting actively on what has been going on in the war-ravaged country, says she carefully studied the video featuring allegedly victims of the chemical weapons attack in the Syrian village of Guta in August and now questions its authenticity. In her interview with...
  • We Have Officially Jumped The Shark: Al-Arabiya Reports Another "Gas Attack" By Syrian Regime

    09/06/2013 2:34:28 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 09/06/20132 | Tyler Durden
    The script just jumped the shark: •SYRIA GOVT FORCES SHELL QABUN, DAMASCUS WITH GAS: AL-ARABIYA •AL-ARABIYA CITES UNIDENTIFIED ACTIVISTS - so the same CIA-trained, al Qaeda funded, Qatari mercenaries? Actually it is surprising: the odds were today's false flag would take place in Iran to get the Israel card in play. Apparently nobody was dumb enough to assume the government would go with two false flags in a row in the same place. And now bring on the 1000 YouTube clips of "undisputed proof."
  • Syria said to use gas against Qabun neighborhood

    09/06/2013 1:02:13 PM PDT · by Dbdaily · 70 replies
    By MarketWatch WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Syrian forces have used gas against the Qabun neighborhood of Damascus, Al-Arabiya is reporting citing activists, according to a Bloomberg News report of what the station said.
  • Russia gave UN 100-page report in July blaming Syrian rebels for Aleppo sarin attack

    09/05/2013 2:53:49 PM PDT · by yoe · 8 replies
    Russia says a deadly March sarin attack in an Aleppo suburb was carried out by Syrian rebels, not forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, and it has delivered a 100-page report laying out its evidence to the United Nations. A statement posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry website late Wednesday said the report included detailed scientific analysis of samples that Russian technicians collected at the site of the alleged attack, Khan al Asal in northern Syria. The attack killed 26 people. A U.N. spokesman, Farhan Haq, confirmed that Russia delivered the report in July.
  • Putin presses US Congress over Syria, says Kerry lied

    09/04/2013 8:27:20 AM PDT · by don-o · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 4, 2013
    (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday the U.S. Congress had no right to approve the use of force against Syria without a decision from the U.N. Security Council, and that doing so would be an "act of aggression". snip In remarks that could raise tension further before he hosts President Barack Obama and other G20 leaders on Thursday, Putin also said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lied to Congress about the militant group al Qaeda's role in the Syrian conflict. "They lie beautifully, of course. I saw debates in Congress. A congressman asks Mr Kerry: 'Is...
  • Daily Mail (UK) Scrubs 1/29/13 Story: Obama Planned to Stage Chemical Attack, Blame Assad Regime

    09/03/2013 5:43:12 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 31 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 September 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    That was just a month after Dear Leader drew his  (blurry) 'red line' on chemical weapons in Syria...  Who knows if who, what, or anything threatened the (tabliod) Daily Mail, but the now-scrubbed story (Jan 29, 2013) sure didn't fit the Obama-supporting narrative so prevalent on our side of the pond... Alas, there's no just 'erasing' stuff anymore... those days are over! Bloggers and photo sharing sites reveal the futility of the ole scrub-a-dub-dub. Recall less than a week ago the UN itself said Syrian REBELS were the ones using Sarin nerve gas weapons... difference between people like the UN and Obama/MSM lackeys is that...
  • Mounting evidence raises questions [of White House involvement] about Syrian chemical weapon attack

    09/03/2013 12:35:49 PM PDT · by DTA · 47 replies
    WorldTribune.com ^ | 2013-08-28 | Yossef BodaNSKY
    Mounting evidence raises questions about Syrian chemical weapon attack Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs There is a growing volume of new evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East — mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its sponsors and supporters — which makes a very strong case, based on solid circumstantial evidence, that the Aug. 21 chemical strike in the Damascus suburbs was indeed a premeditated provocation by the Syrian opposition. The extent of U.S. foreknowledge of this provocation needs further investigation because available data puts the “horror” of the Barack Obama White House in a...
  • RUSH LIVE: Evidence White House knew and planned Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack by opposition

    09/03/2013 9:22:55 AM PDT · by Deathtomarxists · 85 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 9-3-13 | NA
    Rush finally breaking open the whole setup - syrian rebels mixing chemical weapons into conflict to draw U.S. into war to take out Assad. FINALLY!!
  • German Intelligence Concludes Assad is Behind Chemical Attack

    09/02/2013 8:35:48 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | September 02, 2013 | Elad Benari
    The German intelligence agency (BND) has enough evidence in its possession to conclude that President Bashar Al-Assad ordered the suspected chemical attack in Syria on August 21, Russia Today (RT) reported Monday, citing a report in the German weekly Der Spiegel. The Der Spiegel report was based on the results of a secret security briefing. The BND’s President Gerhard Schindler voiced his support for U.S. allegations that Assad‘s government ordered the attack on the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, according to the German weekly. The intelligence agency’s chief said that following a thorough analysis his ministry assumes that the regime...
  • Insight: As Obama blinks on Syria, Israel, Saudis make common cause

    09/02/2013 11:31:22 AM PDT · by apoliticalone · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-2-1013 | Jeffrey Heller and Angus McDowall
    If President Barack Obama has disappointed Syrian rebels by deferring to Congress before bombing Damascus, he has also dismayed the United States' two main allies in the Middle East. Israel and Saudi Arabia have little love for each other but both are pressing their mutual friend in the White House to hit President Bashar al-Assad hard. And both do so with one eye fixed firmly not on Syria but on their common adversary - Iran. Israel's response to Obama's surprise move to delay or even possibly cancel air strikes made clear that connection: looking soft on Assad after accusing him...
  • Obama’s bombing resolution seeks blank check from Congress

    09/02/2013 11:30:15 AM PDT · by libstripper · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sept 1, 2013 | CONN CARROLL
    President Obama has released the text of the resolution he will send to Congress, asking them to rubber stamp his already-made decision to bomb Syria. The full text of the resolution is below, but here are the key paragraphs:
  • Graham and McCain live on Fox right now urging Congress to vote for Syria attack

    09/02/2013 12:15:15 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 130 replies
    vanity | 09/02/13 | winston's julia
    Blaming Obama that the American public doesn't understand how important it is. They are saying they don't want "endless war" and won't advocate another "Iraq or Afghanistan."
  • So... What Did The U.N Inspectors Find, Anyway?

    09/02/2013 8:36:32 AM PDT · by jimjohn · 22 replies
    self | jimjohn
    Just like Janet Napolitano resigning in the middle of the night, the UN inspectors just walk out of Syria ahead of schedule. Has anyone got word on their preliminary findings? I take it if it would have been favorable to You-Know-Who, we'd have heard about it by now.
  • Did the rebels launch sarin gas Attack?

    09/02/2013 6:38:03 AM PDT · by Red Statements · 27 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 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...
  • BBC News uses 'Iraq photo to illustrate Syrian massacre'

    09/02/2013 8:00:29 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 2, 2013 | Hannah Furness
    Photographer Marco di Lauro said he nearly “fell off his chair” when he saw the image being used, and said he was “astonished” at the failure of the corporation to check their sources. The picture, which was actually taken on March 27, 2003, shows a young Iraqi child jumping over dozens of white body bags containing skeletons found in a desert south of Baghdad. It was posted on the BBC news website today under the heading “Syria massacre in Houla condemned as outrage grows”.
  • Syria chemical weapons attack blamed on Assad, but where's the evidence?

    09/01/2013 3:25:30 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 30 replies
    CBS ^ | Aug 29 2013 | TUCKER REALS
    Prime Minister David Cameron told British lawmakers Thursday that there is "no 100 percent certainty about who is responsible" for the apparent mass-chemical weapons attack on suburban Damascus on Aug. 21. Nevertheless, Cameron asserted that "from all the evidence we have," his government, along with the Obama administration, had made the "judgment" that "the regime is responsible and should be held to account." Also just like the Obama administration, however, Cameron's government has yet to explain exactly what the evidence of Assad's culpability is, or where it came from.
  • Britain sold nerve gas chemicals to Syria 10 months after war began

    09/01/2013 11:32:24 AM PDT · by Altenkrug · 52 replies
    Daily Record = September 1, 2013 FURIOUS politicians have demanded Prime Minister David Cameron explain why chemical export licences were granted to firms last January. BRITAIN allowed firms to sell chemicals to Syria capable of being used to make nerve gas. Export licences for potassium fluoride and sodium fluoride were granted 10 months after the bloody civil war in the Middle East began. Yesterday, politicians and anti-arms trade campaigners urged Prime Minister David Cameron to explain why the licences were granted. Dunfermline and West Fife Labour MP Thomas Docherty, who sits on the House of Commons’ Committees on Arms Export...
  • Saudi Prince Bandar behind chemical attack in Syria: report

    08/31/2013 5:59:26 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 118 replies
    Syrians in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta say Saudi Arabia provided chemical weapons for an Al-Qaeda linked terrorist group which they blame for the August 21 chemical attack in the region, a Mint Press News report says. The article co-authored by a veteran AP reporter, said interviews with doctors, residents, anti-government forces and their families in Ghouta suggest the terrorists in question received chemical weapons via Saudi spymaster Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud. The report quoted the father of a militant as saying that his son and 12 others were killed inside a tunnel used...
  • Aim of U.S. Attack: Restore A "Red Line" That Became Blurred

    08/30/2013 2:31:19 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 30, 2013 | Michael R. Gordon
    WASHINGTON — The goal of the cruise missile strikes the United States is planning to carry out in Syria is to restore the smudged “red line” that President Obama drew a year ago against the use of poison gas.
  • BUILD UP TO WWIII Anonymous Message to the US on Syria (MUST SEE NOW !!!)

    08/30/2013 2:09:28 AM PDT · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 37 replies
    2012 Indy Info ^ | 8/28/13 | Anonymous
    BUILD UP TO WWIII Anonymous Message to the US on Syria (MUST SEE NOW !!!)
  • Bluster, bluff and backstabbing: Obama's bread and circuses

    08/30/2013 8:11:23 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 27 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 8/30/2013 | Carolyne B. Glick
    Over the past week, US President Barack Obama and his senior advisers have told us that the US is poised to go to war against Syria. In the next few days, the US intends to use its airpower and guided missiles to attack Syria in response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons in the outskirts of Damascus last week. The questions that ought to have been answered before any statements were made by the likes of Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel have barely been raised in the public arena. The most important...
  • Lawmakers say Obama must do more to sell intervention in Syria

    08/29/2013 5:53:09 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/29/13 | Michael O'Brien, Frank Thorp and Stacey Klein
    Lawmakers from both parties on Thursday evening said President Barack Obama had more work to do to sell a skeptical Congress and war-weary American public on the wisdom of U.S. military intervention in Syria. Following a 90-minute briefing for lawmakers featuring top administration brass, members of Congress said the president still must build political support for military strikes against Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad and his government.
  • Burned student: We will crush you, Assad

    08/31/2013 4:39:47 AM PDT · by Ed25 · 34 replies
    Hard to believe he would be this stupid.If in fact it was him.Possibly rebels?
  • US claim on Syria chemical attack 'nonsense' - Putin

    08/31/2013 4:21:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/31/13
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed US claims that Syria's regime used chemical weapons, describing them as "utter nonsense". Mr Putin challenged Washington to present the evidence behind its claims to the United Nations Security Council.
  • Experts Fear U.S. Plan to Strike Syria Overlooks Risks

    08/30/2013 8:52:51 PM PDT · by kristinn · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, August 30, 2013 | Anne Barnard and Alissa J. Rubin
    SNIP In outlining its tentative plans, the Obama administration has left many questions unanswered. Diplomats familiar with Mr. Assad say there is no way to know how he would respond, and they question what the United States would do if he chose to order a chemical strike or other major retaliation against civilians. That would leave the United States to choose between a loss of credibility and a more expansive — and unpopular — conflict, they said. “So he continues on in defiance — maybe he even launches another chemical attack to put a stick in our eye — and...
  • Indication Bombs Will Fly Soon at Syria?

    08/30/2013 6:47:51 PM PDT · by foundedonpurpose · 33 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | August 30, 2013 | Robert Wenzel
    CBS Evening News ✔ @CBSEveningNews JUST IN: @elizapalmer reports from Damascus that UN is pulling inspectors out at 4am Saturday morning instead of 7am 1:54 PM - 30 Aug 2013
  • U.S. Had Intel on Chemical Strike Before It Was Launched

    08/30/2013 2:43:11 PM PDT · by redreno · 31 replies
    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com ^ | Friday, August 30, 2013 - 3:19 PM | Shane Harris, Yochi Dreazen, Noah Shachtman, David Kenner
    American intelligence agencies had indications three days beforehand that the Syrian regime was poised to launch a lethal chemical attack that killed more than a thousand people and has set the stage for a possible U.S. military strike on Syria. The disclosure -- part of a larger U.S. intelligence briefing on Syria's chemical attacks -- raises all sorts of uncomfortable questions for the American government. First and foremost: What, if anything, did it do to notify the Syrian opposition of the pending attack?
  • Don't Show Obama This Report About Who Really Is Behind The Syrian Chemical Attacks

    08/30/2013 7:56:01 AM PDT · by gotribe · 32 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/30/2013 | Tyler Durden
    As we showed mere days ago, it appears the truth of who the real puppet-master in the Middle-East is becoming plainer to see. The incredibly frank discussion between Saudi's spy-chief Prince Bandar and Russia's Putin exposed a much deeper plot is afoot and the following details from the actual people on the ground in the chemically-attacked region of Syria suggest Obama is playing right into the Saudi's plan. While Obama is 'certain' that the chemical attacks took place on al-Assad's orders, as MPN reports, "from numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families, a different picture emerges....
  • NYT: Obama Willing to Pursue Solo Syria Strikes, Aides Say

    08/29/2013 3:30:04 PM PDT · by maggief · 60 replies
    NYTimes ^ | August 29, 2013 | MARK LANDLER, DAVID E. SANGER, THOM SHANKER and MARK MAZZETTI
    WASHINGTON — President Obama is prepared to move ahead with a limited military strike on Syria, administration officials said on Thursday, even with a rejection of such action by Britain’s Parliament, an increasingly restive Congress, and lacking an endorsement from the United Nations Security Council. Although the officials cautioned that Mr. Obama had not made a final decision, all indications suggest that the strike could occur as soon as United Nations inspectors, who are investigating the Aug. 21 attack that killed hundreds of Syrians, leave the country. They are scheduled to depart Damascus, the capital, on Saturday. The White House...
  • Verify chemical weapons use before unleashing the dogs of war

    08/29/2013 6:16:27 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/29/2013 | 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 was leaked...
  • Obama's Syria Plans In Disarray After Britain Rejects Use Of Force

    08/30/2013 4:35:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 30, 2013 | Paul Lewis,Spencer Ackerman
    Barack Obama's plans for air strikes against Syria were thrown into disarray on Thursday night after the British parliament unexpectedly rejected a motion designed to pave the way to authorising the UK's participation in military action.
  • Galloway Caught Lying to Parliament Over Syria Comments

    08/30/2013 4:42:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 8/30/2013, 6:15 AM | Elad Benari
    A week after accusing Israel of giving Al-Qaeda chemical weapons to use against civilians in Syria, British MP George Galloway was caught lying about his remarks during a debate in Parliament. … On Thursday, during a debate in the British Parliament on whether to take part in a military offensive against Syria, Galloway was challenged by Matthew Offord, a representative of Hendon in North London. Offord said he had received several e-mails from constituents on Galloway’s hateful remarks, then said, “I would find that very hard to believe that the honorable member said that, so would he like to take...
  • France Backs U.S. on Syria Action [Obama & Hollande are socialist warmongers]

    08/30/2013 4:53:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 8/30/13 | DAVID JOLLY and SCOTT SAYARE
    President François Hollande of France on Friday offered strong support for international military action against the Syrian government, supporting the Obama administration just a day after the British Parliament rejected Minister Prime David Cameron’s call for intervention.
  • Alan Grayson: 'Not Even Clear It Was a Chemical Attack' in Syria [video]

    08/30/2013 5:37:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    Breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV ^ | 8-29-2013 | Breitbart-TV
    [video] On CNN's The Lead, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) explains his opposition to U.S. military intervention in Syria's civil war: "It's not even clear it was a chemical attack. If it was a chemical attack, then the residue left on the clothing of victims would have poisoned other people. That hasn't happened."
  • 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...
  • Muslim Brotherhood denounces ‘Syria strike’

    08/28/2013 7:11:33 PM PDT · by Trapper6012 · 19 replies
    The Jordanian Times ^ | Aug 28, 2013 | Taylor Luck
    AMMAN — The Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday denounced a planned Western-led military strike against Syria, urging the government to reject international intervention as it may lead to a “second Iraq”. In its statement, the Islamist movement voiced rejection of any military intervention in Syria “regardless of its merits and justifications”.
  • Military strikes on Syria 'as early as Thursday,' US officials say

    08/27/2013 4:19:22 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/27/13 | Jim Miklaszewski, Courtney Kube and Erin McClam
    The U.S. could hit Syria with three days of missile strikes, perhaps beginning Thursday, in an attack meant more to send a message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad than to topple him or cripple his military, senior U.S. officials told NBC News on Tuesday. -snip- But Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., an influential voice on military matters, pressed the administration to go further, calling for the U.S. and its allies to provide weapons to "the resistance on the ground." "The important part of this whole situation is, is this just going to be just a retaliatory strike that has no lasting...
  • Exclusive: McCain Says Obama Gave ‘Green Light’ to Syria to Use Chemical Weapons

    08/27/2013 10:57:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 53 replies
    daily beast ^ | 8/27/13 | Josh Rogin
    As the U.S. reportedly weighs striking Syria, Sen. John McCain blasts the president and his top military officer for being too soft on previous allegations of chemical attacks. In an interview during a diplomatic trip to South Korea, Sen. John McCain—one of the administration’s fiercest critics on Syria policy—said that recent statements by [Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin] Dempsey signaled to Assad that he could escalate his use of chemical weapons against his own population without significant international consequences. “General Dempsey has to be embarrassed,” McCain said about Dempsey’s letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking Democrat Elliott Engel (D–New...
  • Blasts in the Night, a Smell, and a Flood of Syrian Victims (Excruciating Details of Victims)

    08/27/2013 12:23:45 PM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    Thousands of sick and dying Syrians had flooded the hospitals in the Damascus suburbs before dawn, hours after the first rockets landed, their bodies convulsing and mouths foaming. Their vision was blurry and many could not breathe. Overwhelmed doctors worked frantically, jabbing their patients with injections of their only antidote, atropine, hoping to beat back the assault on the nervous system waged by suspected chemical agents. In just a few hours, as the patients poured in, the atropine ran out. To avoid contamination, medics stripped new arrivals down to their underwear and doused them with water before taking them inside....
  • Is Iran Behind the Syria Gas Atrocity?

    08/27/2013 12:09:03 PM PDT · by drewh · 35 replies
    American Thinker Magazine ^ | August 27, 2013 | James Lewis
    Obama has retreated time and time again, in the face of clear and present danger from mullahs who preach martyrdom with nukes and long-range missiles. They threaten not just Israel, but the Arab oil regimes that have been Iran's deadly enemy for a thousand years. When Obama pushed over Hosni Mubarak's regime in Egypt, the pillar of peace in the Middle East, the mullahs saw their chance to forge a Shi'ite Crescent between Iran, Syria, and Lebanon, all controlled by Tehran. The purpose is to surround Israel with thousands of modern missiles armed with chemical and possibly nuclear weapons. It...
  • Obama has not decided on military action in Syria: U.S. official

    08/27/2013 8:14:24 AM PDT · by maggief · 65 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 27, 2013
    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has not made a decision to order military strikes against the Syrian government in response to last week's alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus, a senior administration official said on Tuesday.
  • For U.S., Syria is truly a problem from hell

    08/27/2013 10:32:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    CNN News ^ | August 27, 2013 | by Peter Bergen
    "Despite graphic media coverage, American policymakers, journalists and citizens are extremely slow to muster the imagination needed to reckon with evil. Ahead of the killings, they assume rational actors will not inflict seemingly gratuitous violence. They trust in good-faith negotiations and traditional diplomacy. Once the killings start, they assume that civilians who keep their head down will be left alone. They urge cease-fires and donate humanitarian aid." This is an almost perfect description of how the United States has acted over the past two years as it has tried to come up with some kind of policy to end the...
  • 5 quick links on the Syria conflict ( From Marketwatch August 27 2013)

    08/27/2013 10:30:43 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | August 27, 2013, 9:08 AM
    <p>As the conflict in Syria begins to unsettle markets, here’s a roundup of the latest news.</p> <p>Missile strikes against Syria could be launched “as early as Thursday,” senior U.S. officials said Tuesday as the White House intensified its push toward an international response to the suspected use of chemical weapons, according to NBC News.</p>
  • Chemical warfare in Syria: who and why?

    08/27/2013 9:15:31 AM PDT · by mojito · 36 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 8/27/2013 | Abdallah Schleifer
    There is a reason to be cautious. Both sides in the Syrian civil war have committed atrocities and both sides have misrepresented photos and falsified reports. But the burden appears to be on the government’s side. Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), which is above partisanship as well as devoted to saving lives, has reported that the hospitals it supports in Damascus have treated thousands of victims for neuro-toxicity. Their reports say that the symptoms are a result of the presence of Sarin gas. A former British Army chemical weapons expert says that the scale of the attack, the numbers affected and...