Kerry lays out Syria evidence, says Assad regime planned for 3 days for chemical attack

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: August 30, 2013 - 12:40 PM

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. knows based on intelligence that the Syrian regime carefully prepared for days to launch a chemical weapons attack.

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denialoAug. 30, 1312:26 PM

It seems that despite other evidence that implicates the Syrian Rebels, Obama and Kerry have already made up their minds to strike. Great Brtian and Germany have voted against military action, and Congress needs to give their approval, but those kinds of scenarios mean nothing to Obama.

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crownshipAug. 30, 1312:33 PM

So basically Kerry wants this info made public so that Americans and the world will think it's okay to get in a war with Assad. How sad. Why can't our gov't just stay out? You just wanna yell because of their madness!

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gofig999Aug. 30, 1312:36 PM

We need to stay out of middle east politics. Stop sending money to all of these countries! Period! Why is the USA the world police and moral compass? When all other countries (not just the middle east ones) have problems they all beg for us to help and after they feel safe again they want us to get the hell out and leave them alone. Let's just leave them alone.

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daytonsajokeAug. 30, 1312:42 PM

mintpressnewsdotcom has an article on it which is written by an respected 20 year veteran AP writer in the Mideast and he has rebels admitting their involvement in the chemical weapons attack. Looks like Obama and Kerry are wrong.

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swmnguyAug. 30, 1312:42 PM

This report is unbelievable garbage. It's full of weasel-words. It places huge reliance on YouTube videos--no joke. It states, "We assess the Syrian opposition does not have the capability to fabricate all of the videos..." Wow, that's pretty...um...weak.

This is flimsier than the Yellowcake forgeries, if you can believe that. Colin Powell at least made a plausible claim at having been deceived. We should hand John Kerry over to a tribunal at The Hague if the US military hurts one Syrian citizen to the most minor degree.

Hey, don't get me wrong. Bashar Assad is a chip off the ol' block, and Hafez Assad was as nasty as a brutal dictator gets. If you don't believe that, just read the Wikipedia article on "the Hama Massacre," the western Syrian city Hafez Assad leveled in 1982 to kill...well, here's a coincidence; he did it to kill Sunni extremists who were murdering Syrian civilians and rebelling against his regime.

However, it's a sad day for America when we let tyrants like the Assads set our moral compass for us. But it's what we've stooped to. We let Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden set our moral scruples for us. We routinely allow our own domestic criminals to set our moral do's and don'ts for us. If we truly valued the power of our convictions, we would recoil in horror from the demented clown show of this march to war.

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tmauelAug. 30, 1312:48 PM

There is a report from Mint Press News that Saudi prince Bandar supplied chemical weapons to rebels in the area of the chemical attack. Numerous civilians and rebels were interviewed and all implicated rebel forces. Some of the rebels were not aware of the danger of the weapons and injured themselves in the attacks and storage of the weapons. The web site AntiWar.com reprinted the article.

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denialoAug. 30, 1312:49 PM

Kind of ironic that the Nobel Prize winner will be the one to start World War III. Let me tell you my theory; Obama will bypass Congress and take military action against Syria. Russia, Iran, and China will back Syria. Iran will attack Israel, Israel will strike back. The Strait of Hormuz will be closed causing gas to increase dramatically. There will be riots here because Obama has divided our people by race, income, and intelligence. What is really pathetic is that some fools think our economy is doing well, and that the unemployment situation is improving. Of course these are the beliefs of the fools who voted this dangerous clown in....some of them twice despite his God awful results. This is going to get unbelievably ugly. Thanks voters! Really smart on your part.

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jo1glexAug. 30, 1312:53 PM

These guys can't even pull off a false-flag operation. What a joke.

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bannedmuggsAug. 30, 1312:57 PM

I just read the intel report released by the Obama Regime. Really? We're supposed to feel more confident that it's right for the regime to go into Syria after reading that factless report. Kerry would get an F if he handed in a research paper written as poorly as this one. The report basically says "trust us we're the US." Baseless as ever.

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swmnguyAug. 30, 13 1:00 PM

"denialo": I understand your dark predictions of what will happen here. Until yesterday, I shared them. But Cameron losing the vote in the House of Commons, even though it was non-binding, is a big deal. And this report is a total joke. The Germans aren't willing to help with this, and they would be among the main beneficiaries of the natural gas pipeline from Qatar that is the main purpose of all this. France is still on board, but that's due at least as much to colonial and post-colonial history and grudges than the actual wisdom of this.

I'm starting to think nothing is going to happen. I think the UN will come out with a completely non-committal report, because they will find that our Al-Quaeda guys were the ones who set off the chemical weapons, just as it was a couple months ago. The UN won't say that right out, but everyone else in the world will know what their non-commitment means.]

And now we've gotten Russia to put naval assets into the eastern Mediterranean. I don't think anything is going to happen right now.

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