- U.S. CONCLUDES SYRIA USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS AGAINST REBELS: NYT, and
- NYT SAYS EUROPEAN OFFICIALS REACH SAME CONCLUSION ON SYRIA
- MCCAIN SAYS U.S. TO PROVIDE WEAPONS TO SYRIAN REBELS
Thursday, June 13, 2013
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Holy Shroud of Turin
It's On: US "Finds" Chemical Weapon Use Against Syrian "Rebels" - Proposes No-Fly Zone Over Syria ~ link ~ If these New York Times and Wall Street Journal reports are true it means that the efforts to use the breaking mass scandals to light a fire under the Obama Administration's feet, to get them to support a General Middle East War/World War III, have worked. I hope that this is wrong but I suspect that this is the beginning of the Third World War. PRAY and GET RIGHT WITH GOD.
Tim Earl of Stirling
The "red-line" has been crossed. The New York Times is reporting that:
And along side that finding, as part of (or justification for?) the arming of the Syrian rebels, the WSJ reports that the US Military is calling for a limited no-fly zone inside Syria. The seriousness of this escalation must be put in the context of a desperately-needed distraction for the current administration - which makes the decisions being made even more concerning in their potential for extremes.
We eagerly look forward to the Russian (and Chinese) re-escalation. Things just got real and are going to move quickly from here on out.
White House: Syria Has Been Using Chemical Weapons On Rebels ~ link ~ The U.S. and European allies have concluded that Syria has used chemical weapons against rebels "multiple times," and the White House said it would provide additional assistance to Syrian opposition that "includes military support."
In a conference call Thursday afternoon, White House Deputy National Security Adviser for Communications Ben Rhodes said that the "intelligence community estimates that 100 to 150 people have died from detected chemical weapons attacks in Syria to date." President Barack Obama has said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria's ongoing conflict would be a "game-changer," and that it serves as a "red line." Thursday, Rhodes said it had. Obama "has said that the use of chemical weapons would change his calculus, and it has," Rhodes said.
For now, though, the White House was unspecific about the next steps it would take,
"We've prepared for many contingencies in Syria," Rhodes said. "We are going to make decisions on further actions on our own timeline."
Rhodes said that Russia has been notified of the chemical weapons findings but has not yet committed to having Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down. He added that "several allies" and the United Nations have also been briefed.
The Wall Street Journal reported that military planners have proposed a limited no-fly zone that stretches up to 25 miles into Syria, but the White House said it has not yet made a decision.