Sunday, August 25, 2013

Assad, Chemical Weapons and Obama

Ed Ross | Monday, August 26, 2013

A year ago, President Barack Obama said that if the Bashar al-Assad regime used chemical weapons in Syria, it would cross a red line that would result in “serious consequences.” Last week, Assad crossed that line again, killing hundreds and debilitating several thousand with a chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus. Will President Obama impose serious consequences this time?
Three days ago, President Obama ordered U.S. warships to the region. Other than a show of force, the most they can do is lob a few cruise missiles into Assad's front yard. Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C. have expressed support for that; but is this sufficient? What is President Obama's ultimate goal in Syria?

Despite President Obama’s decision more than two months ago to provide U.S. weapons and ammunition to the Syrian rebels, the U.S. has yet to deliver them; when it might do so is unknown. Reportedly, the CIA has been secretly training a few hundred Free Syrian Army soldiers in Jordan, but without substantial arms and equipment what can they accomplish?

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