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US Releases Intelligence on Syria Chemical Attack: 5 Takeaways

World  (tags: Syria, politics, us response, neocons, usa, war, ethics, government, obama, politics )

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US report released Friday asserts an Aug. 21 attack in Syria involved chemical weapons - and concludes confidence is 'high' that the Assad regime, not Syrian rebels, is responsible. It also offers answers on what, when, where, and why.


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Gene J (286)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 8:40 am
Yes, we are banging again the drums of war. Strategic responses indeed as if there could possibly be such a thing. Why, I want to know, do we not condemn, find and target the people who gave or sold these weapons to Syria? THEY are the ones ultimately responsible. Weapons dealers the world over are the real criminals here yet we ignore them, pretend these horrid things just materialize out of thin air and attack those, sometimes, who use them while ignoring and carrying on normal relations with death dealers. It is they we should be shunning. We cannot be involved in another mid eastern war but perhaps we should turn our attention and intelligence apparatus to intercepting and destroying weapons shipments. If we are going to be the world's policeman then one of our jobs is to keep weapons out of the hands of madmen and terrorists. Let them fight with sticks and stones but no more rockets, assault weapons of any kind, tanks, planes. Stop the world trade in arms and the world might find the silence welcome enough to look for peace in it.

pam w (139)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 1:15 pm

Gene's thoughts are ''spot on."

elderberry C (47)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 6:05 pm
Read up on Saudi Mafia Prince Bandar ...Veterans Today

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 1:08 am
Once more the US is leading the west into a middle east war why has Obama not waited until the UN inspectors have maid their report on their findings.If indeed the US have undisputed evidence of the Syrian Government use of chemical weapons was it not made public at the time ? .I think it is obvious that the US was hell bent on attacking Syria from the outset.I am glad that the UK parliament have at last shown the courage to refuse to take part in any attack we have lost too many young lives fighting foreign wars which have nothing do do with us only to have the people whom we went to help turn against us.I have another question what does France expect to gain from their involvement ? After all they hotly opposed the war to remove Saddam Hussein in Iraq. I am deeply suspicious about their intentions.

bob m (32)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 1:59 am

Obama is a patron of brotherhood .. the land of tilting at redemption; fixations with deceit and bloody revenge .. what truly motivates any study or investigation heretofore and who to believe?

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 3:38 am
I'm certainly glad they are not on a jury in the USA, as they don't understand the difference between circumstantial and conclusive. But of course, President Obama has already said that he not gong to do anything.

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 6:01 am

Bob P (394)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 6:19 am
thanks Cal

Malgorzata Z (202)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 9:43 am
To straszne, co Asad wyprawia ze swoim narodem, paskudne, że Rosja i Chiny go popierają, ale atak USA nie jest wyjściem, znowu zginą niewinni ludzie.

. (0)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 10:17 am
Great article, cal. Thanks for sharing.

Diane K (134)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 12:43 pm
Now confirmed Syria used chemical weapons. " 1,429 Syrians killed, with 426 children dead." US considers this weapons of mass destruction, so now there's a vote whether to attack Syria or not to determine if there will be war. Very sad situation, only not ended yet. thanks

Marianna Molnar (9)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 12:54 pm
sadly noted

bob m (32)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 1:03 pm

I KEEP HEARING THE WORD "CONFIRMED .. ; LIKE PASSING GAS IN AN ELEVATOR.. WHO'S ON FIRST?... BESIDES; THIS ELEVATOR JUST GOES TO THE PENTHOUSE... and so far all I see is $$$$ and blood... no TRUTH whatsoever!.. a crap shoot in hell... where's the beef?.. better yet the golden calf... the "opposition are ripping heads off daily .. shooting children to the tune of the prince of darkness and Obama hasn't even said a word.. just some hairball comment not even uttered by one of the useful idiots in staff about not having a red pen regarding these crimes against Cristians and others non psycho or sunni., Sunni or later Mr. O; your stripes will be shown clearly for all to see.

Donna G (42)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 1:08 pm
And, I thought those WMDs had been confirmed during the Bush administration. Turned out that they never existed. Say No to War in Syria.

Roger G (148)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 1:49 pm
noted, thanks

. (0)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 1:53 pm
Actually Gene it was probably Us that sold it to Syria in the first place. There are three major depots for the containment and storage of chemical weapons; two in NW Syria at a couple of old army bases and the other in the Beqaa Valley. Israel knows where they are and our satellites supposedly monitor activity there.
It is reported that the rebels obtained a supply of chemical weapons in May 2013.
Why is it that it is only the report generated by America that holds Assam responsible for this. Everyone else accepts it was the rebels. I guess Barky has to justify carrying out the puppet master's agenda somehow.
This is the intransigent POTUS position in striving to nullify Iran through ringing them with Sunni regimes even if the rebels are violent extremists. It's called Full Spectrum Dominance and the end justifies the means regardless of what the rest of the world thinks.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 2:13 pm
In the U.N. charter, which the U.S. crafted and is a signatory, there are only 2 grounds for going to war: 1) Self Defense, 2) a U.N.Security Council resolution designating a country as a threat to world order.
Britain's Parliament has already voted against going to war with Syria. Many countries in proximity to Syria don't want war (for obvious reasons). The only countries presently supporting the U.S. are France, Israel & Turkey; although there is behind-the-scenes support from Qatar & Saudi Arabia.
I'm continuing to request my Congress members to vote "NO" on this when the time comes. And, I heartily agree with the comments by Gene, Alfred & others against war.
I've also recently read some reporting re Saudi Prince Bandar, and am glad Elderberry posted a link here.

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 2:28 pm
The UN inspection was totally ignored! At least one chief inspector, del Ponte, announced on Swiss tv, that the evidence pointed to the rebels as having used chemical weapons!

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 2:33 pm
Mr. President, the American people don't want this war. #NoWarWithSyria #HandsOffSyria

James Maynard (84)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 3:15 pm
If we have conclusive proof, why do we not take it
to the International Criminal Court and file charges?

Debra Tate (17)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 4:03 pm

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 4:31 pm

Eddie O (95)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 6:16 pm
Sadly, there is much delusion in the world and as long as this exists, particularly in the form of greed, anger, and foolishness, we will always have war, conflict, and horrific abuse among peoples. The only real solution is for each and every one of us to tap the enlightened nature inside of us, and realize that there is no way we can better ourselves at the expense of others, either individually or collectively.

We can never receive a positive effect, i.e. health and absolute happiness (i.e. not Relative Happiness), by bringing suffering to other people or to ourselves. We are all individually responsible for what happens to us, and collectively for what happens to us as a nation. This is why it's so crucial to somehow prompt, pressure, or encourage our "leaders" to find at least some compassion and wisdom. It does exist deep down inside of everyone, but sadly the power of fear and desire of ulterior motives overshadows at times the good inside of us.

Bottom line is that we all need to do our own Human Revolution, getting rid of the poisons of: greed, anger, and foolishness within us, and make our enlightened state the dominate condition of our lives. In the mean time, we can only hope that our "leaders" truly begin to work towards world peace, working with the UN to create harmony and agreement among as many nations as possible. Deep down inside, everyone wants peace and happiness, but they also want respect, consideration, appreciation, and their grievances to be heard and addressed. Without respect among people, there will never be peace!

We, as Americans, need to shed our arrogance, that we are the appointed ones given the responsibility to control the whole world. It is this arrogance that helps create massive numbers of people who fear and hate us, and would just as soon see us put in our place.

And, it is also our hypocrisy and blatant ulterior motives that has turned a lot of the world against us. As was pointed out, it is the US that probably is responsible in one way or another for the chemical weapons that were used. I have heard repeatedly that it was us that supplied the chemical weapons to Sadham Husain so he could use them against Iran, and then we got pissed when he became arrogant and used them against his own people.

And, while it's horrific that almost 1,500 people were recently killed evidently by Sarin gas, what about the hundreds of thousands of other lives that have been lost, or maybe even worse, crippled in horrific ways by conventional weapons, and their families destroyed in the process. Are these lives any less valuable? And, what about all the innocent lives, collateral damage, we have wasted/destroyed, via our drone attacks? It seems that if we want other countries to stop the killing, then we should reduce our massive killing sprees and stop being the biggest promoter of WMD's and other weapons, the world has ever seen.

Let's keep working for some sanity, dialog, compassion, and wisdom from our "leaders".

Sheila D (28)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 7:52 pm
Gene, I agree with you so much. The only problem is their "death dealers" are probably US citizens. We don't know. No matter what, we should be going after the source, and stop having wars in the mid-East, or anywhere else, for that matter.
Thanks for the post, Cal.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 2, 2013, 1:09 am
Why don't those politicians in the US and the UK who are so hell bent on sending their young men to die in a foreign religious war not volunteer themselves to be the first to go into battle ?. Instead of sitting in their comfortable arm chairs pontificating that others should do the dieing for their beliefs.One should not support a cause that they are not willing to participate in themselves.In Britain Paddy Ashdown has stated that the decision of the UK Parliament makes him ashamed to be British.That being so can I expect him to be departing Britain shores to volunteer his services to the Syrian rebels ?. If so please let me know and I will be the first at the station to wave him good bye.But I won't hold my breath.

Lona G (66)
Monday September 2, 2013, 5:25 am
Gene, I agree with you, the root of the problem is that every war is not about who is wrong or who is right, but about the money that can be made out of the sell of arms. First the Americans, Russians, Europeans, Chinese and Arabs sell every weapon they can think of (often redundant or ready to be scrapped) to anyone who pays, including chemical or even nuclear weaponry. Then the situation gets out of hand, because all sides are armed to the teeth and nobody plays nice, and then it's time to step in, pouring more weapons into the region.

And I also agree with Michael and Sheila; the nerve gas could well come from the US, or an ally. If it wasn't them this time it will be them the next time around.It would be better if there was a moratorium on making, selling and buying chemical weapons.
But wait! There used to be one, but after 14 years the US called it quits in 1983 and started manufacturing chemical weapons again.
The whole world is making the vile stuff, obviously making a lot of money on the sales and then condemning others if they use it. Does that make any sense to you?

Sergio Padilla (65)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 12:57 pm

Deborah W (6)
Friday September 13, 2013, 6:48 am
"confidence is high" ... make you feel secure in conclusions reached?
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