NBC News says that officials in the Obama Administration are admitting that Syria has loaded the precursor for their sarin gas weapons and they’re preparing to use it on rebels there. But, luckily, we have Hillary Clinton’s mouth on our side to warn the Syrians that they’re about to cross a “red line”. No, I don’t know what that means, either;
U.S. officials stressed that as of now, the sarin bombs hadn’t been loaded onto planes and that Assad hadn’t issued a final order to use them. But if he does, one of the officials said, “there’s little the outside world can do to stop it.”
Speaking Wednesday at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Clinton said the Syrian government was on the brink of collapse, raising the prospect that “an increasingly desperate Assad regime” might turn to chemical weapons or that the banned weapons could fall into other hands.
Well, the western world is clearly to blame because it took them this long to recognize the problem. And we had people from our own government who gave Assad the confidence to think he could remain in power with their support. Remember? Back during the Bush Administration? Some folks said he was wrong to isolate Assad, so they took it upon themselves to hug up to Assad. If you forgot, here’s a reminder;
Assad allowed Hussein to move his weapons of mass destruction into Syria, like Iran had allowed him to hide his air force a decade before. Assad did nothing to prevent support for insurgents from entering Iraq from Syria. And we should have dealt with the problem then. Now we’re staring down the barrel of chemical weapons used against a civilian population with nothing we can do to stop it. I guess we missed our opportunity to destroy the stockpile of weapons when those weapons were inert.
And the Pentagon’s solution is 75,000 troops. MOPP 4 sucks, take my word for it, those of you who missed that training in the good old days of the Cold War and the initial invasion of Iraq in 1991.
So I guess this Arab Spring shit just got serious.
ADDED: For those of you who think that Syria’s WMDs didn’t come from Iraq.