While the Associated Press reports that the Obama Administration says that Syria “must be punished” without telling the American public why the US has to be the ones doing the punishing, or what that punishment might end up being, according to Reuters, the Syrian government warns that the US, the UK and France had aided rebels in using sarin gas in Syria and that those same rebels will eventually use the same gas in Western Europe eventually;
Speaking to reporters outside the Four Seasons hotel in Damascus, Faisal Maqdad said he had presented U.N. chemical weapons inspectors with evidence that “armed terrorist groups” had used sarin gas in all the sites of alleged attacks.
“We repeat that the terrorist groups are the ones that used (chemical weapons) with the help of the United States, the United Kingdom and France, and this has to stop,” he said. “This means these chemical weapons will soon be used by the same groups against the people of Europe,” he added.
Actually, I’m not finding any of these parties very credible. The Obama administration should be convincing us why they think that the Syrian government used chemical weapons, instead of “because we said so” which sounds more like “because F-you, that’s why”. No one has come out to tell us why this is a national security issue that must be answered with very limited military action. Historically, limited military strikes have never solved anything except pissed everyone off. Obama spokesdinguses have said that they don’t want the strikes to result in removing Assad from his seat, then what is the desired outcome? That they say “Sorry”?
No one was worried about chemical weapons in the Syrians’ hands week before last, but now all of a sudden it’s a concern enough to rocket someone’s ass, for little to no effect? I don’t get it. And why is no one asking where Syria got the sarin in the first place?
Reportedly Putin renewed his support for the Assad regime, so the UN isn’t doing anything useful (not that they would otherwise).
As someone mentioned the other day in the comments, the Democrats weren’t concerned when Saddam Hussein gassed some Kurds in the 80s, so why are they so hopped up to do something about this? I’m guessing that they’re anxious to be seen as the national security party – like when Johnson sent ground forces to Vietnam to end the meme that the Democrats “lost China” in the 40s.
I’m just wondering why, since Syria is a bigger threat to Europe, we aren’t just letting the Europeans handle this whole thing while we take notes for them.