The Syrian president issued a dire warning that any Western military intervention could lead to "regional war" and would harm "the interests of France" "Whoever accuses must provide proof. We have challenged the United States and France to provide the slightest proof. (Snip) Mr Assad accused the US president of being a weak leader. "If Obama was strong, he would have said publicly: ´We have no evidence of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian State´. He would have said publicly: ´The only way to proceed is through UN investigations. We therefore refer everything to the Security Council.´
Comments: Assad is saying what any American would understand, "Mr. 0bama. Where´s the beef?" And, Assad seems to be trying to make amends with France to not attack. He claims that the terrorist fighting his regime are 80-90 per cent Al Qaeda. That would be the Free Syrian Army that 0bama wants to arm.
I think Assad makes a pretty good argument. Why are Obama and McCain and others so bent on attacking Syria? Do they want to put the MusBros in power in Syria? The MusBros might be ther ones who used the chemical weapons. What improvement on Assad would they be? What business of ours is it anyway?
the arabs or the muslimd haveto take car of their own I recall that the one thing that enraged Osama bin Ladin was the presence of U.TRoops in Saudi terr, so t he Saudis can kick assad out for this or al queda out forthis
Show him the proof, Barry. Show us the birth certificate while you´re at it. It´s sad when you trust some arab despot on the other side of the world more than you trust the president of the United States. Assad calling Barry weak must really be grating on his nerves like sand.
Put up or shut up, Obama. You are not a king. Prove to the world you have what John Kerry says you have. I don´t trust this administration to tell the truth. They operate on their own version of truth which is always predicated on its political value.
The biggest argument that the Administration has failed to make is why it´s "red line" when chemical weapons are used, but not traditional weapons like bullets and bombs? I mean, close to 100,000 people have been killed over the past two years in Syria, but 1,500 people get killed by chemical weapons and now, NOW, this Administration is outraged?!
The truth of the matter is that we don´t know for sure who used them, and we do know for sure that there are 3 sides in this war -- the original "rebels" in Syria, who were legit. Those folks were then infiltrated or completely displaced by Al Qaeda/Muz Bros and then we have the regime, which is backed by Iran (and by default Russia and China).
If we were playing Risk, Obama would´ve already lost 10 times over. He is so far in over his head that it is embarrassing for the country.
P.S. Does anyone else think that John F. Kerry may have been in Syria during the attack? If not, what else explains the look of face now-a-days?
Not buying any of it. These people have staged phony photos repeatedly and then pointed fingers, ´´Oh look, liberal US media, look what they did to these poor innocent people.´´ I smell another Charlie Brown/Lucy and football moment, with clueless odumbo as Charlie Brown.
The US media conveniently avoids probing to find out exactly why Russia and China object to attacking Syria in the UN, even though it certainly warrants addressing. Kerry thinks that victims testing positive for Sarin is the last word re blame and doesn´t even refer to Syria in the same sentence. It´s all probably just a ruse to generate a false flag, an excuse to continue overthrowing leaders in the Middle East in order to beget Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda. Just as the irony of the Boston Marathon bombing made the North Korean news/threats disappear like magic, this chemical attack ironically happened when the news from Egypt was bad for Obama and getting worse. It´s no coincidence and beyond suspicious.
Assad out-parses our Parser in Chief! Very funny, really. Assad is NOT saying there hasn´t been a chemical attack; he is saying that there is no proof that he ORDERED it. Obama knows he can´t prove who ordered it and that´s why Our Suddenly Tough Guy Leader went all wobbly and threw the hot potato over to Congress. You´ve gotta love it: Assad deftly sets up Obama, who in turn rattles his saber and backs away to let the dopey Pubbies take the fall and look like warmongers.
#9 ~ the Ruskies and Chicoms are self motivated in this one.
Both want a new oil/gas pipeline to the Mediterranean so the Russians can drop more oil on the world market thereby allowing the Chinese to buy it elsewhere cheaper.
I think that´s called A DEAL.
Now, in general, the mistake the Regime has made ~ by that I mean the American Regime ~ is to fail to show a direct connection between that attack and the Syrian army.
Just because Syria´s gub´mnt has poison gas does not mean others in Syria don´t. That´s part of the problem there ~ it´s a loose fitting state with many organized ethnic groups each doing its own thing ~ provided they don´t conflict with the Alawite dominance (that´s Assad and his crowd).
One thing we all know is the Democrats do not want to admit that Saddam Hussein had WMD in the form of poison gas. Those chemicals were shipped to Syria. We don´t know who took possession of the materiel but we do know if AlQaida and that crowd got their hands on it they´d use it.
Again, the Democrats would need to admit Hussein had WMD to come to grips with ´rebels with gas´.
Good reason to vote against his getting authority to go into Syria to hide the evidence!
I have yet to read an in depth account of who all are fighting and what all the protagonists have to gain. Being a proxy war there are numerous parties involved. What do Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the gulf states want to see happen? What are their strategic interests? What are Russia and Iran trying to protect?
I have an idea this is about much more than WMD´s. I believe Israel is much deeper involved than we know. They would like to shape the battlefield before hostilities break out with Iran. It´s important to secure the threat from Golan and to cut Hezbollah´s weapons supply lines.
As usual, we will be the last to know the facts on the ground and how they affect our strategic interests. One thing for sure, and Benghazi proved it, there are some strange bedfellows in this endeavor. Clinton and Obama sleeping with Boehner and McCain.
And then.....along comes ´John the conservative leader of the great conservative party (lol)Boehner´ who supports Obama to bomb the nation of Syria. He will not discover with a select committee the tragedy and attack on America at Benghazi.....yet he is ready to bomb Syria. What kind of bombs Mr. Speaker? Did it ever occur to you ´mr speaker´ that the gas came from America through Benghazi to the Rebels? Tell me ´mr speaker´ what if you kill some of the 100,000 Russian troops on the ground with your bombs....what then?
There is plenty to be skeptical about here. There is evidence, suppressed of course, that the US supplied the weapons to the rebels and made it look like a Syrian operation. Assad has no reason to gas his own people, and is winning the war with the rebels. Obama and the idiots in congress will plunge us into the next World War, thus finishing off the USA, Obama´s fondest wish.
This is precisely the kind of thing the U.N. was created to address - yet Obama and his chickenhawk Democrats seem to have forgotten the U.N. even exists. The U.N. sent inspectors to Syria to gather evidence. Why are we presuming to act before they have a chance to report and the U.N. to deliberate?
If there is indeed unequivocal proof that Assad used nerve gas, and if, as anticipated, China and Russia veto military intervention, it will be up to them to propose an alternative to force. In any event, this issue should first be aired before the U.N. That is what the much despised GWB did before he attacked Iraq. Only when Hussein continued to refuse complete compliance with U.N. inspectors was he given an ultimatum - which he foolishly ignored.
Obama doesn´t even seem to know what he hopes to accomplish by attacking Syria. Or if he does, he is keeping it a secret. He is a deeply untrustworthy, un- and anti-American man whose instinctive sympathies seem always to be with the most dangerous enemies of America. It would be a grave error to trust him on this matter.
Take it to the U.N. where it belongs. Then, after proof positive is provided to the world by the U.N., and the U.N., as usual, fails to take effective action, THEN talk about a unilateral American military action.
Maybe the delay will give Obama and the Democrat chickenhawks time to figure out exactly what they are hoping to accomplish besides a highly risky PR stunt.
In 1995 , a Japanese terrorist group, Aum Shinrikyo , released sarin gas in a Tokyo subway. By the logic of Obama , McCain, Boehner , Cantor and Kerry , Clinton should have bombed Japan. Somebody needed to be taught a lesson. On the commute home tonight, I listened to local radio instead of sports. The two hosts -one conservative, one liberal, were in total agreement. Nyet , No, Nada . As were all the callers. The only pro war caller was a doofus who thought we should bomb the " chemical weapons factories " as if they exist on a Google map. He was informed that if they even exist, they´re empty now replaced by baby milk factories and day care centers. And bombing a WMD depot would release the WMD and kill even more. Colin Powell should rehab his reputation and volunteer to go to the UN and share Barry´s insider info on WMD . We´re all ears and like Assad, waiting for the proof.
Hate to say it, but Assad has more credibility than Zero here. Besides, there are numerous times when the Islamists attack their own to further their agenda. They have no qualms about killing their own. I don´t think Assad used them. Even if he did, this isn´t our fight. We have no business over there. Besides, it is in our best interest NOT to do anything. Zero just wants to not look like the idiot he really is. But whatever he does, he is still an idiot. I pray that Congress doesn´t do something stupid. I am already worried that McConnell is being wishy-washy. Hey, it´s clear--we do NOT have any reason to attack Syria! NONE. This is not Saddam going back on his word regarding terms of a cease fire. No more unnecessary meddling!!
#13 if you are still on Lucianne, the report was in the June 6th edition of the Turkish Weekly - two rebels were caught crossing the border into Turkey with Sarin containers. My guess is there are gas stashes all over the place in Syria. -Definitely a No intervention country.
This Syria thinng is totally weird. While the gassing and murder of 1,500 human beings is absolutey horrific, the dims and pubbies are trying to use the Syria to obscure the big issues here such as Benghazi, IRS-gate, NSA spying, suspend Q3, bring the debt ceiling to a vote, and a possible pubbie attempt to defund Obiecare. Both parties need Syria as cover.
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