AP sources: In spite of Obama's assertion, intelligence on weapons use in Syria no 'slam dunk'

  • Article by: KIMBERLY DOZIER , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 29, 2013 - 8:40 PM

WASHINGTON — The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack is no "slam dunk," with questions remaining about who actually controls some of Syria's chemical weapons stores and doubts about whether Assad himself ordered the strike, U.S. intelligence officials say.

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selfmadeAug. 29, 1312:30 PM

No slam dunk? We don't even know for sure who launched these chemical weapons? Good enough then...Lets attack!

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tmauelAug. 29, 13 2:03 PM

There can be no investigation of the use of chemical weapons use in Syria because the rebels were implicated in chemical weapons use by UN chemical weapons investigator Carla Ponti after a previous incident. An investigation might reveal that once again the rebels used chemical weapons in an effort to implicate the Assad government. That might stop Obama from the major escalation of the Syrian civil war he so desperately seeks.

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georgina17Aug. 29, 13 2:52 PM

tmaul, Where do you get your info? Everything I have read seems as if the last thing Obama wants to do is get involved in Syria, and it seems as if everyone but Putin is criticizing him for not escalating this civil war. News from another planet would be refreshing, so I would like to follow your lead.

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dumbgopAug. 29, 13 3:07 PM

Facts have never interfered with Obama and his decisions. He is so unqualified on so many levels. My guess is he will bypass Congress again, and a lot of really stupid people will say the GOP was the problem. We may be too far gone already.

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dougthompsonAug. 29, 13 3:17 PM

One thing that could unite the various Muslim factions now fighting each other in Syria is a common enemy...most likely the United States, should we get involved. I never thought I'd agree with Sarah Palin about anything, but this is a Muslim problem and it's time to "let Allah sort it out".

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tmauelAug. 29, 13 4:07 PM

georgina17 Beyond the fact that the rebels were implicated by Carla Ponti of the UN in a previous chemical weapons incident we also know that the U.S. immediately attempted to stop the current UN investigation on Sunday a day after the UN agreed to a Syrian government proposal to investigate the incident on Wednesday, August 21. If Obama feels so absolutely certain of chemical use why is he attempting to block the current UN investigation? Also why does Obama make the false claim that it is "too late"? The UN declares that chemical agents can linger for days if not weeks?

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eman2001Aug. 29, 13 7:58 PM

Here we go again. Have a huge military and lots of weapons. Must use them.

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swmnguyAug. 29, 13 8:48 PM

"georgina17": I'm not sure if it qualifies as " News from another planet," but a large part of what "tmauel" was referring to, I read in an article in The Wall Street Journal this past Monday.

Besides, I've been around a while and seen how this game is played, many times. You look for the weasel words, the lawyerly constructions. They call an attack a moral obscenity, but they don't specifically say they have any evidence. They claim that it's pointless to investigate and look for evidence because it's so obvious. They make sure in the UN proceedings that the inspections team is not allowed to make a finding as to who is responsible for the alleged gas attack, and then they say publicly that the inspections are pointless because they can't make a finding as to who is responsible. All of these things John Kerry has done, in just the past week.

Meanwhile, President Obama plays the role of the reluctant warrior whose hand is forced by accumulating evidence and a rising drumbeat of public outrage. It's a game we've had played on us over, and over, and over. Only this time it doesn't seem to be working, for once. The British House of Commons hasn't fallen for it. The US Joint Chiefs aren't enthused about this adventure. No matter how Obama plays the role, and Kerry, and Biden; and of course all the reliable think-tank "serious" foreign policy experts, and the paid cheerleaders on the major networks; this time it isn't working. They don't have a 9/11 bloody shirt to wave at us this time.

No, "tmauel" is reading news very much from THIS planet. Not just this country, perhaps. But this planet. We should all do the same. The US corporate media is the only voice in the world in favor of this, except maybe Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf despotisms. Some in Western Europe would rather buy natural gas from Qatar than from Putin, but not at the cost of another war.

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