Where's the proof? Classified, says US, though poised to strike without showing link to Assad

  • Article by: KIMBERLY DOZIER , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 8, 2013 - 3:50 PM

BEIRUT — The U.S. government insists it has the intelligence to prove it, but the public has yet to see a single piece of concrete evidence produced by U.S. intelligence — no satellite imagery, no transcripts of Syrian military communications — connecting the government of President Bashar Assad to the alleged chemical weapons attack last month that killed hundreds of people.

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nessmessSep. 8, 13 7:24 AM

Folks, this is a fight over who will dominate future natural gas sales to the EU. The “Islamic (Iran) and the Nabucco (Qatar) pipelines… The “Islamic” pipeline, connecting Iran’s South Pars field to European customers will span 3,480-miles (passing through Iran, Iraq and Syria, to the Mediterranean, with a natural gas refinery and infrastructure to be built in Damascus). While the competing Nabucco natural gas pipeline, which is being constructed to transit natural gas to Europe from the Central Asia and Caspian regions. The Nabucco pipeline is set to traverse Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary, and end in Austria. If Assad can be deposed, Turkey and Qatar would like the Nabucco pipeline to run through Syria (It will be cheaper to ship Natural gas/oil from Mediterranean Sea ports)...... Are we going to allow American blood to be spilled over an Arab fight over energy dominance, when We have huge natural gas deposits in the USA and are expected to surpass Saudi Arabia in oil production by 2020?? This is utterly NUTS!!

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vlombardySep. 8, 1310:01 AM

Gas and oil is involved most certainly. But, as the New York Times reported (9/2/13), the "800 pound gorilla in the room" is the AIPAC, who wants Syria punished in order to show Iran that there are consequences from using chemical weapons--particularly against Israel.

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kinnickSep. 8, 1310:57 AM

How about Obama,Kerry lead the invasion!

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fatredneckSep. 8, 1311:01 AM

So far, out of all the government leaders having voiced an opinion, I think Russian President Vladimir Putin makes the most sense. From the article: Russian President Vladimir Putin — a staunch ally of Assad — said if there is evidence that chemical weapons have been used, specifically by the regular army, it should be submitted to the U.N. Security Council. "And it ought to be convincing. It shouldn't be based on some rumors and information obtained by intelligence agencies through some kind of eavesdropping, some conversations and things like that," he told The Associated Press in an interview late Tuesday.

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tmauelSep. 8, 1311:48 AM

What a relief to finally see the Star Tribune run an article that reveals what dozens of posters to the comment section have been claiming for more than a week. The Obama administration does not have one shred of evidence that Assad forces are responsible for the recent Ghouta attack. Now hopefully readers will soon get information about the mountain of information already provided by the alternative press that the rebels are responsible for these chemical attacks in obvious false flag attempts to encourage a U.S. bombing campaign. The most obvious verifiable information is that Carla del Ponti a UN special weapons investigator found it likely the rebels carried out a chemical weapons attack in May of 2013. A new Minnesota publication called Mint Free press interviewed the father of a rebel who died in the Ghouta attack. The father said his son unwittingly handled chemical weapons from Saudi intelligence but lacked any training in delivering chemical weapons. There are many more examples to numerous too site.

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