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  • Netanyahu: ďIran will next hide nuclear suitcases.Ē DEBKAfile: Bought 10 years ago from Ukraine

    03/10/2014 12:22:45 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Debkafile ^ | March 10, 2014, 8:00 PM (IST)
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Monday, March 10, that because the world chooses to slide over Iranís concealed nuclear program, the next Klos C ship may not carry missiles but ďnuclear suitcases.Ē They would not only reach an Israeli port, he said, but any port in the world. He spoke at Israelís naval base in Eilat at the presentation of the 60 missiles, 181 mortar shells and hundreds of bullets unloaded from the Klos C that was apprehended by Israeli commandos on the Red Sea opposite Sudan last week. Present too were defense minister Moshe Yaíalan, chief of staff Lt....
  • Gingrich: Kerry should resign for comparing global warming to WMD

    02/18/2014 5:15:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 2/17/14 | Washington Free Beacon Washington Free Beacon∑
    Vid at link.
  • Syria misses chemical weapons handover deadline

    02/05/2014 6:59:40 PM PST · by gooblah · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Anthony Duestch
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Syria on Wednesday missed a deadline to hand over all the toxic materials it declared to the world's chemical weapons watchdog, putting the program several weeks behind schedule and jeopardizing a final June 30 deadline.
  • Russian teen charged with possessing weapon of mass destruction, Pennsylvania authorities say

    01/25/2014 10:24:13 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 68 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 01/25/14 | Todd Starnes
    Russian teen charged with possessing weapon of mass destruction, Pennsylvania authorities say By Todd StarnesPublished January 25, 2014FoxNews.com UNDATED: Vladislav Miftakhov, 19, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a weapon of mass destruction, authorities in Pennsylvania said. (Altoona Police Department) A teenage Russian national was arrested late Friday on charges of possessing a weapon of mass destruction, police in Altoona, Pa. said. Blair County Prison confirmed to Fox News that Vladislav Miftakhov, 19, is in custody. He is charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe, possessing instruments of crime, prohibited offensive weapons, incendiary devices, recklessly endangering...
  • Media SHREDDED Bush Over Saddam's Missing WMD- What About Obama's Blatant False Pretense in Syria?

    01/21/2014 7:59:51 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 16 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 21 January 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    As has become standard in this†Twilight-Zone-episode-of-a-presidency, you've got to look to†the†foreign†press -UK,†Australia, Canada, or Germany (ironically)- to get the full story these†days...†same as volk seeking the truth were forced to in Nazi Germany... This is due of course to the de facto takeover of the American MSM we've been forced to witness over the last five years. Most of these hacks have bet the farm on this administration and are still showing no signs of shame- so expect them to protect him to the bitter end.† And it's not just petty scandals or bizarre nominees/appointees they're hiding anymore- since...
  • Albania rejects US request to host destruction of Syria chemical weapons

    11/15/2013 7:15:02 PM PST · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/15/2013 20:58
    THE HAGUE/TIRANA - Albania rejected on Friday a US request to host the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, dealing a blow to a US-Russian accord to eliminate the nerve agents from the country's protracted civil war. Negotiations went down to the wire, delaying the scheduled adoption on Friday of a step-by-step plan to get rid of 1,300 tons of Syria's sarin, mustard and other agents. Albania's refusal marked an unprecedented break from its traditionally staunch allegiance to NATO ally Washington. It followed a storm of protest in the Adriatic republic, where protesters complained of exploitation. "It is impossible for Albania...
  • Netanyahuís show of muscle comes too late to deter a nuclear Tehran

    10/11/2013 4:04:57 PM PDT · by xzins · 18 replies
    Debka File ^ | October 11, 2013
    Israeli Air Force F-15 and F-16 fighter squadrons this week carried out exercises testing their capability to conduct missions at long ranges from base, the Israeli military said Thursday, Oct. 10. The drills included air-to-air refueling and dogfights against foreign combat planes. They were conducted together with Hellenic Air Force aircraft and naval units over the western Peloponnese and the Myrtoon Pelagos of Greece, shortly before the Six Power talks begin in Geneva on Iranís nuclear program. Israeli commentators noted that the drill broadcast a message to Tehran that Israelís military option for bombing its nuclear program was alive and...
  • Battles Rage Around Syria Chemical Weapons Sites

    10/10/2013 4:45:14 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 10, 2013, 6:59 p.m. ET | SAM DAGHER
    DAMASCUS, SyriaóOne day after the head of the international organization tasked with destroying Syria's chemical weapons called for a cease fire to allow his team to carry out its work, government and rebel forces stepped up clashes aimed at controlling an area that is home to two of the main research and production facilities The Syrian military carried out more than a dozen airstrikes against rebels and their supporters in and around the town of Safira, just southeast of Aleppo. where the sites, called the Defense Factories and Scientific Research facilities, are located, according to opposition activists. ... But the...
  • Plan for Ridding Syria of Chemical Arms Includes Brute Force and Chemistry

    10/06/2013 10:26:51 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 5, 2013 | MICHAEL R. GORDON
    ... International monitors began the process of destroying that equipment on Sunday. ďMissile warheads, aerial bombs and mobile and static mixing and filling units were destroyed and disabled in a number of different ways, including with cutting torches,Ē said a member of the joint team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations, speaking in Damascus on the condition of anonymity according to the teamís policy. ďThe plan is to do more such destruction and disabling in the coming days.Ē But a major centerpiece of the disarmament effort will be a mobile and...
  • 'Game Changers'

    10/03/2013 2:47:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    When -- not if -- is the only mystery about an Iranian nuclear bomb. All the warning signs are there. 'Game changers' In 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama on two occasions went out of his way to warn the Iranians that the development of a nuclear weapon "would be a game-changing situation, not just in the Middle East, but around the world." Obama later added, "It is unacceptable for Iran to possess a nuclear weapon; it would be a game changer."
  • Journalist: Nazi Scientists Helped Arabs Produce WMDs

    09/29/2013 8:21:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 9/30/2013, 6:14 AM | Elad Benari
    Nazi scientists helped Arab countries produce chemical weapons, according to a prominent Egyptian journalist. The journalist, Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, made the comments in an interview which aired on September 19, 2013. Ö ďThe production of chemical and biological weapons was easy Ö It was all based on German scientists who fled Germany [following World War II]. Some of them had knowledge of nuclear energy, like Dr. [Wolfgang] Pilz, who came to us for a while, and then started working on missiles and moved to China.Ē Ö
  • Assad: We have weapons that could blindside Israel

    09/26/2013 8:35:48 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 28 replies
    Syria has deterrent weapons, more advanced than anything in its chemical arsenal, that could blindside Israel in mere moments, Syrian President Bashar Assad claimed Thursday. ďOriginally, we produced chemical weapons in the 1980s as a deterrent to Israelís nuclear capabilities,Ē Assad said in an interview with the Hezbollah-affiliated, Lebanon-based Al-Akhbar newspaper, adding that ďtoday, we have weapons that are far more important and sophisticated and that can blindside Israel in the blink of an eye.Ē The Syrian president also charged that the West was not really concerned with stripping Syria of its weapons stockpile in order to safeguard the countryís...
  • Claim of Syrian rebel use of chem weaponry

    09/19/2013 7:35:58 AM PDT · by varmintman
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    On youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc39Z84uLqI I don't know any more about this one than what you see, but it bears watching. The name attached is Vaclav Hrdina.
  • Is Assad hiding his chemical weapons outside Syria?

    09/16/2013 3:48:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 9-16-13 | Mark Duell
    Full title: Is Assad hiding his chemical weapons outside Syria? Rebel leader claims stockpiles have been moved to Lebanon and Iraq to prevent detection Syrian president Bashar Assad is hiding his chemical weapons outside the country to prevent the deadly arsenal being destroyed, a rebel leader has claimed. The dictator has been accused of moving his stockpiles across the border to Lebanon and Iraq to evade a possible inspection. His forces were said to have acted after the US and Russia agreed to secure and eliminate the weapons Ė a deal hailed by Assadís regime as a Ďvictoryí. General Salim...
  • Report: Syria transported chemical weapons to Iraq

    09/15/2013 9:02:56 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September 15, 2013 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Lebanese daily says 20 trucks crossed into Iraq last week, bearing equipment and material used for manufacturing chemical weapons. Syria has moved 20 trucks worth of equipment and material used for the manufacturing of chemical weapons into neighboring Iraq, the Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal reported on Sunday. The newspaper reported that the trucks crossed the boundary separating Syria with Iraq over the course of Thursday and Friday. Border guards did not inspect the contents of the trucks, which raises suspicions that they contained illicit cargo, according to Al-Mustaqbal.
  • Assad says US must stop military threats, and Israel must sign WMD treaties

    09/13/2013 10:22:38 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 17 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 9/12/2013 | TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
    Syriaís President Bashar Assad on Thursday demanded that Israel ratify international treaties on non-proliferation of nonconventional weapons, and that the US promise not to attack his regime, as he set conditions for a negotiated resolution of the crisis over his chemical weapon. Assad said he would submit data on his countryís chemical weapons stockpile a month after signing an international convention banning the arms, adding that it was Russia, and not the US, that was making a negotiated solution possible. His comments were believed to mark Assadís first formal acknowledgement that he has chemical weapons. Calling a month wait the...
  • Guess Where Those Chemical Weapons Came From, Mr. President

    09/13/2013 8:25:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 9-12-13 | Doug Patton
    On September 11, 2001, I wrote a column entitled ďNow We Know How Israel Feels.Ē ~snip~ After all, he [the community organizer in the White House] doesnít even seem to know where those chemical weapons in Syria came from in the first place. Ironically, at least some of them came from Saddam Husseinís Iraq. They were part of those weapons of mass destruction we never found. Georges Sada is an Iraqi of Assyrian descent. Born in 1939, he was raised in the Assyrian Church of the East, a Christian sect in predominantly Muslim Iraq. Sada says he later became a...
  • Assad moving chem weapons to Iraq and Lebanon, Syria opposition Gen. Salim Idriss claims to Amanpour

    09/12/2013 1:22:32 PM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 38 replies
    CNN blog ^ | September 12th, 2013
    The head of the opposition Free Syria Army, General Salim Idriss, told CNNís Christiane Amanpour on Thursday that he has intelligence that the Assad regime is moving its chemical weapons out of the country. ďToday we have information that the regime began to move chemical materials and chemical weapons to Lebanon and to Iraq,Ē General Idriss told Amanpour from inside Syria. Itís a huge claim that would fundamentally shift everything U.S. intelligence officials have in the past said they believe about the situation in Syria, CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr reports.
  • 7 Reasons Destroying Syriaís Chemical Weapons Will Not Be Easy

    09/11/2013 12:39:19 PM PDT · by citizen · 24 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | September 11, 2013 | Sheera Frenkel
    1. We donít know what kind of chemical weapons they have or how many there are. Middle East experts like to say that Syria has ďone of the largest chemical weapons stockpiles in the world,Ē but estimates of how many chemical weapons Syria has vary widely between 500Ė1,000 tons. We also donít know exactly what type of chemical agents they are using, though experts who have studied Syriaís military closely say its likely Sarin, mustard gas, and VX nerve agents. ďWe donít know what form they are in or how they have been mixed together. We donít know if they...
  • U.S. to Work Through U.N. on Syria Arms Proposal (Putin bait and switch: Israel WMD on table)

    09/10/2013 3:33:17 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 10, 2013 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR, MICHAEL R. GORDON and JONATHAN WEISMAN
    ďUndoubtedly, all of this makes sense and can function, can work, only if we hear that the American side and those who support the United States in this sense rule out the use of force,Ē Mr. Putin said in televised remarks on Tuesday night, ďbecause it is difficult to make any country ó Syria or any other country, any other government in the world ó unilaterally disarm if the use of force is being prepared against it.Ē He noted that Syria had ďa certain arsenal of chemical weapons,Ē and that ďthe Syrians have always regarded it as an alternative to...
  • Putin Didn't Save Obama, He Beat Him

    09/10/2013 10:07:53 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 197 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Sep 10, 2013 | Lee Smith
    Maybe Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin really did discuss the idea of putting Syrian chemical weapons under international control last week on the sidelines of the G20 conference. Putin sure doesnít care that Obamaís taking credit for the proposal, or that the administration is posturing like a Mob enforcer. ďThe only reason why we are seeing this proposal,Ē said White House spokesman Jay Carney, ďis because of the U.S. threat of military action.Ē Right, Putin is laughing to himself. Whatever. If Obama wants to sell it like a Christmas miracle on Pennsylvania Avenue thatís fine with Putin, because Putin won....
  • Rights Watchdog Says It Has Proof Syrian Forces Carried Out Chemical Attack

    09/10/2013 9:23:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    TIME ^ | 09/10/2013 | David Stout
    After collecting eyewitness testimonies and analyzing the likely weapons systems that were used to facilitate a chemical-weapons attack that targeted rebel-controlled suburbs in Damascus last month, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday it believes it has enough evidence to prove that the Syrian government was responsible for the atrocity. HRWís extensive investigation, which relied on expert analysis from chemical-weapons and arms specialists along with witnessesí accounts, concluded that the surface-to-surface rocket systems used to carry out the attack, along with the large quantity of nerve agent that was deployed during the assault on Aug. 21, match up with equipment that...
  • Exclusive: Does Israel Have Chemical Weapons Too?

    09/10/2013 9:07:57 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 35 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | September 9, 2013 | MATTHEW M. AID
    The estimate shows that in 1983 the CIA had hard evidence that Israel possessed a chemical weapons stockpile of indeterminate size, including...almost certainly sarin. ...the CIA assessment suggests that the Israelis accelerated their research and development work on chemical weapons following the end of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. According to the report, U.S. intelligence detected "possible tests" of Israeli chemical weapons in January 1976, which, again, almost certainly took place somewhere in the Negev Desert. A former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer whom I interviewed recalled that at about this time, the National Security Agency captured communications showing that...
  • Breaking News: Syria accepts Russian proposal to put chemical weapons under international control

    09/10/2013 4:24:29 AM PDT · by maggief · 81 replies
    Interfax ^ | September 10, 2013
    (Headline only) Breaking News: Syria accepts Russian proposal to put chemical weapons under international control - Interfax
  • Administration Makes Syria Policy Off the Cuff Ė Again!

    09/09/2013 8:46:39 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 46 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 9/6/2013 | Keith Koffler
    OMG these people really are bad. I mean, what a three-ring circus. Are they just so full of themselves that they think they can say whatever they want and donít have to discipline their speech to hew to an actual policy? Obama, you remember, drew a red line off the top of his head committing us to military action against Syria. And now Secretary of State John Kerry has offered Syria a splendid opportunity to delay, confuse the issue, and confound the United States. Asked at a news conference today in Britain if there was anything Syrian President Assad could...
  • Syria positive about giving up chemical weapons

    09/09/2013 8:01:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    AP ^ | 09/09/2013 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW (AP) ó In a surprise move, Russia promised Monday to push its ally Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control and then dismantle them quickly to avert U.S. strikes. The announcement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov came a few hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Syrian President Bashar Assad could resolve the crisis surrounding the alleged use of chemical weapons by his forces by surrendering control of "every single bit" of his arsenal to the international community by the end of the week.
  • Syria chemical weapons attack not ordered by Assad, says German press

    09/08/2013 5:06:36 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 8, 2013 | Simon Tisdall and Josie Le Blond in Berlin
    Bild am Sonntag cites high-level German surveillance source suggesting Syrian president was not personally behind attacks President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders to use chemical weapons against regime opponents in recent months, a German newspaper has reported , citing unidentified, high-level national security sources. The intelligence findings were based on phone calls intercepted by a German surveillance ship operated by the BND, the German intelligence service, and deployed off the Syrian coast, Bild am Sonntag said....
  • Al-Qaeda-linked rebels take Syrian Christian village, activists say

    09/08/2013 5:39:12 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 28 replies
    cbs ^ | 9/8/2013 | staff
    Rebels including al-Qaeda-linked fighters gained control of a Christian village northeast of the capital Damascus, Syrian activists said Sunday. Government media provided a dramatically different account of the battle suggesting regime forces were winning. Independent information has been nearly impossible to come by in the 2.5-year-old conflict in Syria. Maaloula, a scenic mountain community, is known for being one of the few places in the world where residents still speak the ancient Middle Eastern language of Aramaic. The rebel advance into the area this week was spearheaded by the Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, exacerbating fears among Syrians and religious...
  • 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.
  • Obama's G20 Task Complicated by Russian WMD Report

    09/05/2013 12:14:42 PM PDT · by McGruff · 13 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 5, 2013 | Alexis Simendinger
    President Obama, arriving Thursday in Russia, anticipated a lively two-day G20 summit, during which heíll reprise his lobbying for international airstrikes against Syria with President Vladimir Putin, an ally of the Assad regime, as well as other world leaders. Russia said it compiled a report asserting that Syrian rebels were behind a chemical weapons attack in March near Aleppo, according to the McClatchy news service. The 100-page report, which Russia said it delivered to the United Nations in July, runs counter to U.S. claims that the regime of Bashar al-Assad has been behind chemical attacks in Syria, including a mass...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Syrians gassed with help from U.S.?

    09/04/2013 10:22:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    WND ^ | 09/04/2013 | KATHY SHAIDLE
    <p>Rush Limbaugh today raised the possibility that Syrian rebels were responsible for using chemical weapons on their own people Ė not President Bashar al-Assad.</p> <p>Limbaugh said he based the theory on emails he received from friends over the weekend, both of whom ďhave lived in the Middle EastĒ and ďclaim to know Bashar.Ē</p>
  • Obama critics still ask for 'smoking gun' in Syria, Point to reports that rebels carried out attack

    09/04/2013 10:11:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    WND ^ | 09/04/2013 | Jerome Corsi
    <p>Critics of the Obama administrationís policy on Syria are still asking for the ďsmoking gunĒ evidence that Bashar al-Assadís regime is responsible for the chemical-weapons attack last month that reportedly killed more than 1,000 people.</p> <p>On Sunday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced samples collected by U.N. inspection team in Syria were being transferred to chemical laboratories for inspection.</p>
  • Senate Syria resolution: 60 days with an option for 90, no ground troops

    09/04/2013 6:33:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/04/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Late last night, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee settled on new language for an authorization to attack Syria for its use of chemical weapons. Unlike the language proposed by the White House, this explicitly forbids the use of ground troops, limits the action to only Syria, and authorizes force for a maximum of 90 days with the specific intent to stop Bashar al-Assad from using WMDs in the future: Senate Foreign Relations Committee leaders have reached an agreement on the language for the resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria for up to 90 days ¬ó but with no...
  • The Wrong Target on WMDs

    09/04/2013 3:15:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 3, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Complacency is a state of mind that exists only in retrospective: It has to be shattered before being ascertained. --Vladimir Nabokov After 9/11, the prevailing view was that "nothing would ever be the same." The sight of bodies plunging 100 stories from the flaming towers of the World Trade Center seared into our psyches the reality that America has cruel and wanton enemies. The USA Patriot Act, which sought to repair some of the intelligence lapses that permitted the 9/11 attacks to go undiscovered, passed the House by a vote of 357 to 66 and the Senate by 98 to...
  • The Syrian ĎRebelsí and Chemical Weapons: Remembering Your Al-Qaeda History (Andrew C. McCarthy)

    09/03/2013 2:57:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 3rd, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Myopic focus on alleged chemical weapons use by the Assad regime in Syria is wrongheaded, as it has been all along. The salient issue is whether the United States should intervene militarily on behalf of enemies of the United States ‚ÄĒ the ¬ďrebel¬Ē factions, in which ties to al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood run deep. If chemical weapons use, rather than American national security, is to be our obsession, however, it is worth remembering al Qaeda¬ís history in that regard. In 1998, the Clinton Justice Department filed its initial indictment against Osama bin Laden for conspiring to carry out mass-damage...
  • 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 ó mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its sponsors and supporters ó 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 ďhorrorĒ of the Barack Obama White House in a...
  • A Flawed Assessment: The Chemical-weapons evidence is still weak

    09/03/2013 5:55:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/02/2013 | Alan Reynolds
    President Obama made the right and honorable decision to ask Congress before launching a missile attack on Syria. It was a surprising change, and impressive. The issue now turns to persuading Congress that hypothetical costs of not attacking exceed obvious risks of attacking Ė including those of a vengeful strike on Israel from Syria, Lebanon, and/or Gaza, which could get the U.S. deeply entangled. The centerpiece of the White House argument for a punitive strike on Assad is the unclassified ďU.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Governmentís Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013.Ē This report claims more confidence...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack

    09/03/2013 3:31:45 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 38 replies
    Mint Press news ^ | August 29, 2013 | Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh
    Clarification: Dale Gavlak assisted in the research and writing process of this article, but was not on the ground in Syria. Reporter Yahya Ababneh, with whom the report was written in collaboration, was the correspondent on the ground in Ghouta who spoke directly with the rebels, their family members, victims of the chemical weapons attacks and local residents. Gavlak is a MintPress News Middle East correspondent who has been freelancing for the AP as a Amman, Jordan correspondent for nearly a decade. This report is not an Associated Press article; rather it is exclusive to MintPress News. Ghouta, Syria ó...
  • Putin plans Russian delegation to sway Congress on Syria strike

    09/02/2013 11:05:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    President Vladimir Putin hopes to send a delegation of Russian lawmakers to the United States to discuss the situation in Syria with members of Congress, the Interfax news agency reported Monday. Russian legislators Valentina Matvienko and Sergei Naryshkin proposed that to Putin, saying polls have shown little support among Americans for armed intervention in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad's regime for an alleged chemical weapons attack. The lawmakers said maybe U.S. legislators can be persuaded to take a "balanced stance" on the issue....
  • Chemical Weapons (Sarin Gas) - Periodic Table of Videos [video only]

    09/02/2013 10:34:14 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 9-2-2013 | periodicvideos
    Discussing chemical weapons, including Sarin and Mustard Gas.Featuring professors Rob Stockman and Martyn Poliakoff from the University of Nottingham. Extra footage will be at: http://youtu.be/lay6VoWBQek More chemistry at http://www.periodicvideos.com/Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/periodicvideosAnd on Twitter at http://twitter.com/periodicvideosFrom the School of Chemistry at The University of Nottingham: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/chemistry... Periodic Videos films are by video journalist Brady Haran: http://www.bradyharan.com/ A run-down of Brady's channels: http://bit.ly/bradychannels
  • Sarah Palin calls for restraint in Syria

    09/02/2013 9:43:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    While it seems as if members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are aggressively calling for action to be taken against the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons on its own citizens, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin seems to be taking a position more in line with the founding fathers by calling for restraint. In a Facebook page Palin said regarding the countryís internal civil war that President Barack Obama should ďlet Allah sort it out.Ē ďOur Nobel Peace Prize winning President needs to seek Congressional approval before taking us to war. Itís nonsense to...
  • Chemical Weapons (Sarin Gas)

    09/02/2013 3:17:23 PM PDT · by fella · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2 Sept 2013
    Chemical Weapons (Sarin Gas)
  • UK, Germany, Italy out, France still in on Syria strike (Where's the coalition of the willing?)

    08/30/2013 7:18:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2013 | BRUCE MCQUAIN
    After the stunning ‚Äúno‚ÄĚ vote in the UK Parliament, President Obama‚Äôs ‚Äúcoalition‚ÄĚ partners have pretty much dwindled to ‚Ķ France. The British parliament voted late Thursday against military action in Syria, whittling down the core of the planned coalition to the United States and France. Italy and Germany have said they won‚Äôt take part in any military action.The British ‚Äėno‚Äô vote raised questions about France‚Äôs participation ¬ó and ratcheted up pressure on U.S. President Barack Obama, who is also facing domestic skepticism about military intervention in Syria.Amid the resistance, the U.S. administration shared intelligence with lawmakers Thursday aimed at convincing...
  • US officials to 'Post': UN path "dead on arrival" as Russia convenes Security Council on Syria

    08/29/2013 1:16:35 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/29/13 | Michael Wilner
    WASHINGTON - Russia has called for an immediate conference of the United Nations Security Council on the crisis unfolding in Syria for Thursday afternoon, following yesterday's inconclusive meeting on the matter. The meeting comes as multiple US government officials tell The Jerusalem Post that the United States believes any language put forth to the Security Council for a resolution on Syria is "dead on arrival." "We've seen two years of Russian intransigence" on Syria, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Thursday. "I don't know why we would expect a shift today." Harf said, however, that she expects US ambassador...
  • Evidence Points to Use of Chemical Weapons by Assad Regime

    08/28/2013 11:36:09 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 16 replies
    Bible Prophecy Blog ^ | 8/28/2013 | Joel C. Rosenberg
    Is the President of the United States certain chemical weapons were used to kill innocent civilians in Damascus last week, and is he certain that the Assad regime was, in fact, responsible for the attack? Is the evidence clear and compelling? Will such evidence stand up in the court of public opinion? The U.S. administration thinks so, and will make the evidence public soon. We are told such evidence will include: Intercepted telephone calls between Assad regime officials and military leaders discussing the chemical attack, picked up by U.S. intelligence. Intercepted communications from the Syrian military picked up by Israeli...
  • Syria's Bashar al-Assad Warns America Of Another Vietnam

    08/28/2013 10:18:51 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 28, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Foreign Policy: Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's bravado is based on the myth of a U.S. defeat that never happened and a timid White House that let four Americans die in Libya. It might be time to set him and others straight. The fruits of President Obama's ever-shifting red line regarding Syria's use of chemical weapons might be ripening as U.S. warships and aircraft prepare for possible cruise-missile strikes on Syrian targets. Weakness, both real and perceived, invites conflict and emboldens enemies, and our impotence in Benghazi didn't support our warnings to Damascus. One of the reasons Syrian dictator al-Assad might...
  • US gave Iraq intel in 1980s, ignored chemical attacks: report

    08/27/2013 7:53:12 AM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | 26 August 2013 | AFP
    AFP - The United States provided Iraq with intelligence on preparations for an Iranian offensive during the Iran-Iraq war even though it knew Baghdad would respond with chemical weapons, Foreign Policy magazine reported Monday. Citing declassified CIA documents and interviews with former officials, the magazine reviewed the US record as Washington weighs military action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons near Damascus last week. The magazine said the US knew in 1983 that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein would not hesitate to resort to shelling Iranian forces with sarin or mustard gas. "As Iraqi attacks continue and intensify...
  • REPORT: Obama Is Considering A Limited Two-Day Strike On Syrian Military Targets

    08/27/2013 7:12:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 196 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/27/2013 | Michael Kelly
    President Obama is considering a strike on Syrian military targets involving sea-launched cruise missiles or possibly long-range bombers that would last no more than two days, according to senior administration officials and reported by Karen DeYoung and Anne Gearan of The Washington Post. Reuters reports that the West has told the opposition to expect a strike "within days." The limited strike would seemingly be a response to allegations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people before dawn on August 21. Hundreds were killed and thousands suffered "neurotoxic symptoms." The design of the potential attack implies sending...
  • Syria: why would Assad invite a Western intervention by using WMDs in a war he was winning?

    08/27/2013 6:06:13 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    (UK) Daily Telegraph ^ | August 27, 2013 | Tim Stanley
    Woah! Hold your horses, Barack. Before we go to war with Syria can we be absolutely surely sure that we've got our pretext right? Only we've made a horrible mistake about WMDs beforeÖ The official UK/US narrative on the conflict in Syria is this. Last year, we drew a red line in the sand: if the regime uses chemical weapons then it makes itself a legitimate target for military action. Last week, it apparently did just that Ė murdering hundreds of people, including children, in a suburb of Damascus. John Kerry described this slaughter as defying "any code of morality",...
  • The Game Changer: Syria Will Strike Israel Should U.S. Attack

    08/26/2013 9:00:32 PM PDT · by Errant · 92 replies
    The SHTF Plan ^ | 26 August, 2013 | Mac Slavo
    Syria is guilty of war crimes. According to the U.S., Israel and other Western nations, it was Syrian President Bashar al-Assed who was behind the chemical attack that left hundreds dead last week.All signs point to armed intervention in Syria this week, even though UN inspectors (who incidentally came under sniper fire today) have yet to conclude their investigation.No matter, however. The die has been cast. There is a strong possibility that the Allies will respond, in force, in very short order.The only possibility to avoid conflict at this point is that Russia, which has made its support of...