Obama Admin. Treats Gas Terror As Opportunity To Extort UN Mandate for Syria-Wide Witch-Hunt

The White House

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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
August 21, 2013

Statement by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Allegations of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

The United States is deeply concerned by reports that hundreds of Syrian civilians have been killed in an attack by Syrian government forces, including by the use of chemical weapons, near Damascus earlier today.  We are working urgently to gather additional information.

The United States strongly condemns any and all use of chemical weapons.  Those responsible for the use of chemical weapons must be held accountable.  Today, we are formally requesting that the United Nations urgently investigate this new allegation.  The UN investigative team, which is currently in Syria, is prepared to do so, and that is consistent with its purpose and mandate.  For the UN’s efforts to be credible, they must have immediate access to witnesses and affected individuals, and have the ability to examine and collect physical evidence without any interference or manipulation from the Syrian government.  If the Syrian government has nothing to hide and is truly committed to an impartial and credible investigation of chemical weapons use in Syria, it will facilitate the UN team’s immediate and unfettered access to this site.  We have also called for urgent consultations in the UN Security Council to discuss these allegations and to call for the Syrian government to provide immediate access to the UN investigative team.  The United States urges all Syrian parties including the government and opposition, to provide immediate access to any and all sites of importance to the investigation and to ensure security for the UN investigative team.

Sen. McCain Insults Obama On CNN, Contradicts Pentagon Chief Dempsey Implies Incompetence

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Dempsey: Syrian Rebels Wouldn’t Back US Interests

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is opposed to even limited U.S. military intervention in Syria because it believes rebels fighting the Assad regime wouldn’t support American interests if they were to seize power right now, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote to a congressman in a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

 

Effectively ruling out U.S. cruise missile attacks and other options that wouldn’t require U.S. troops on the ground, Dempsey said the military is clearly capable of taking out Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air force and shifting the balance of the Arab country’s 2 1/2-year war back toward the armed opposition. But he said such an approach would plunge the United States deep into another war in the Arab world and offer no strategy for peace in a nation plagued by ethnic rivalries.

 

“Syria today is not about choosing between two sides but rather about choosing one among many sides,” Dempsey said in the letter Aug. 19 to Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. “It is my belief that the side we choose must be ready to promote their interests and ours when the balance shifts in their favor. Today, they are not.”

 

Dempsey’s pessimistic assessment will hardly please members of the fractured Syrian opposition leadership and some members of the administration who have championed greater support to help the rebellion end Assad’s four-decade family dynasty. Despite almost incessant bickering and internal disputes, some opposition groups have worked with the United States and other European and Arab supporters to try to form a cohesive, inclusive movement dedicated to a democratic and multiethnic state.

 

But those fighting the Assad government range wildly in political and ethnic beliefs and not all are interested in Western support.

As the conflict has gone on, killing more than 100,000 people and ripping apart the delicate sectarian fabric of Syrian society, al-Qaida-linked rebels and other extremist groups have been responsible for some of the same types of massacres and ethnic attacks that the Assad regime has committed. On Tuesday, Kurdish militias battled against al-Qaida-linked fighters in the northeast in fighting that has fueled a mass exodus of refugees into Iraq and risks exploding into a full-blown side conflict.

Dempsey said Syria’s war was “tragic and complex.”

“It is a deeply rooted, long-term conflict among multiple factions, and violent struggles for power will continue after Assad’s rule ends,” he wrote. “We should evaluate the effectiveness of limited military options in this context.”

On Wednesday, two Syrian pro-opposition groups claimed that government forces carried out a “poisonous gas” attack near the capital, Damascus, leaving dozens of people dead. There was no government comment on the claims and the reports could not be independently confirmed.

Despite calling for Assad to leave power in 2011, President Barack Obama has steadfastly refused to allow the U.S. to be drawn directly into the conflict. Officials have said for the past couple of months, however, that the U.S. is prepared to provide lethal aid to vetted, moderate units among the opposition ranks. It’s unclear what, if any, weapons have been delivered so far.

Dempsey’s letter to Engel was another follow-up to a sharp examination he faced in July from the Senate Armed Services Committee ahead of a reconfirmation vote. Unable to answer questions by Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, Dempsey sent a letter afterward saying the establishment of a no-fly zone to protect the Syrian rebels would require hundreds of U.S. aircraft at a cost as much as $1 billion a month and with no assurance that it would change the war’s momentum.

He also discouraged options such as training vetted rebel groups, limited strikes on Syria’s air defenses and creating a buffer zone for the opposition, stressing the need to avoid an outcome similar to Iraq or Afghanistan by preserving a functioning state for any future power transfer. And he cited risks such as lost U.S. aircraft.

Engel, another advocate of more forceful U.S. action, joined the debate by proposing the use of cruise missiles and other weapons against Syrian government-controlled air bases in an Aug. 5 letter to Dempsey. The congressman said such strikes would ground Assad’s air force and reduce the flow of weapons to his government from Iran and Russia, while costing less to U.S. taxpayers and requiring no American troops on the ground in Syria or in its airspace.

Dempsey said this approach wouldn’t tip the balance against Assad and wouldn’t solve the deeper problems plaguing Syria.

“We can destroy the Syrian air force,” he said. “The loss of Assad’s air force would negate his ability to attack opposition forces from the air, but it would also escalate and potentially further commit the United States to the conflict. Stated another way, it would not be militarily decisive, but it would commit us decisively to the conflict.”

“The use of U.S. military force can change the military balance,” Dempsey added. “But it cannot resolve the underlying and historic ethnic, religious and tribal issues that are fueling this conflict.”

Instead, he spoke in favor of an expansion of the Obama administration’s current policy.

The U.S. can provide far greater humanitarian assistance and, if asked, do more to bolster a moderate opposition in Syria. Such an approach “represents the best framework for an effective U.S. strategy toward Syria,” Dempsey said.

YouTube Videos of Chemical Weapons Attack In Syria Posted One Day Before Massacre

News of chemical weapons attack in Syria published one day before massacre happened – Islamic Invitation Turkey

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The Islamic politics and cultural website Islamic Invitation Turkey claims that several videos were uploaded one day before the reports on chemical weapons use near Damascus in Syria. This evidence shows that the terrorists massacred people then recorded the scenes to deceive the world, but they gave themselves away. Terrorists in Syria uploaded the video of their crimes in East Ghouta, Damascus on August 20, 2013 and then blamed the Syrian government for the attack early on August 21, 2013, says the IIT website.

This evidence supposedly shows the massacre by terrorists in Syria and their struggle to convince the public that the Syrian regime is behind the massacre. You will see that the terrorists uploaded the videos before the massacre and their so-called allegation of the time when the chemical weapons attack by the Syrian Army occurred.

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Even if we regard the chemical attack as taking place at 03:30, it is impossible to take the film of the scene and uploading those tens of videos… this shows that terrorists prepared and organized all of the scenes beforehand then accused the Syrian regime of a massacre that terrorists carried out.

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They did not even have mercy for the children and used them to deceive the public. They gathered all civilians, women and children to certain areas and then killed them brutally, then blamed the Syrian regime in order to legalize their brutality.

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Proof of FSA’s chemical weapons usage isn’t information everyone likes

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Proof of FSA’s chemical weapons usage isn’t information everyone likes

Voice of Russia

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Russia has given irrefutable evidence regarding the use of chemical weapons by the armed Syrian opposition to the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council according to a statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin.

The relevant report was submitted to official representatives of the American government. Thus, one of the most acute issues of the civil conflict in Syria can be closed, if there is a political will of Western leaders.

However, this situation is not that simple. Washington claims it is studying the information of the Russian experts, but it continues to blame Moscow of allegedly blocking the investigation into the circumstances of the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

In response to numerous accusations on the part of Western leaders against the current Syrian government of having used lethal weapons, Russia has offered to speak the language of facts.

According to Vitaly Churkin, the examination has unequivocally established that rebels had used the poisonous substance sarin on March 19 in Aleppo. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov exposed the details of the results of the investigation.

“Our experts took samples, examined them on the spot in laboratories that are certified by the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons, and came to the conclusion that the shell and sarin that was in it were homemade. There are quite clear and unambiguous conclusions concerning the fact that characteristics of both the shell and this very sarin do not meet the standards used in industrial production. According to our additional data, the shell and this substance were manufactured in February, 2013, in the Syrian territory, which was then under the control of the Syrian Free Army, by one of the groups, which was affiliated with this Syrian Free Army”.

Such information is not to everyone’s liking. And first of all not to those, who are at any cost interested in convincing the world of the opposite.

And there are plenty of them. For example, there are political and military lobbyists in some Western and Eastern countries that benefit from pushing through the decision to supply weapons to Syrian opposition. And this is not only a question of geopolitics, but also of finance.

In the light of the recent veto of the American Parliament on the initiative of President Barack Obama, there already appeared a statement of the official representative of the Pentagon George Little. He says the U.S. will proceed with seeking opportunities of providing military assistance to insurgents.

For those, who just can’t wait to annoy Moscow claiming that it protects the criminal regime, it is also profitable to convince the international community of Bashar al-Assad’s «atrocities». The Syrian opposition is also extremely interested in covering up their actions and blaming their opponents for that.

Meanwhile, the elementary logic indicates that the use of chemical weapons by the government troops is unprofitable for a single «player» in this prolonged drama – for Bashar al-Assad. The army units achieve evident success, and pointed strikes with the use of prohibited types of weapons, traces of which are almost impossible to hide, will put an end to his political career and to all international peace initiatives. But Assad clearly does not look like a suicide.

By the way, before the USA has received the Russian conclusions about the events in Aleppo, the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney once again hurried to prooflessly accuse the Syrian authorities of the atrocities.

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But even after the 80-page report of the Russian experts was in the hands of the Americans, the State Department Spokesperson Jennifer Psaki stated that “Washington still does not believe that the opposition used chemical weapons”.

As if it is a matter of faith or belief, and not of exhaustive evidence collected by the Russian specialists. There is a feeling that the US relay statements by militants, who dissociated themselves from the use of chemical weapons calling the Russian report «false and fabricated».

By the way, Jennifer Psaki added that Russia, “although it has provided the report, is blocking the efforts of the UN Security Council aimed at ensuring access of international experts to studying the issue of chemical weapons”.

In response to this, Vitaly Churkin reasonably said that such a decision should be accepted not by the Security Council, but by the Syrian government as a sovereign state. And in fact, it has never avoided that. On the contrary, on the initiative of Damascus, an international Commission was created headed by Swedish Professor Oke Sellstrom, which is awaiting entry into the country.

It is worth noting that recently quite an unexpected statement came from London. The published report of the Committee on Intelligence and Security of the UK says that in case of overthrow of Bashar al-Assad, stockpiles of chemical weapons located in the territory of the country might fall into the hands of militants and terrorists, which may lead to catastrophic consequences.

At the same time, the Swiss press published data refuting the statement of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who had accusing Damascus of using prohibited substances. Thus, with a conscientious attitude to facts and pursuit of objectivity, political intrigues around sarin and other toxic substances must finally give way to constructive initiatives.

Unfortunately, there is little striving for it among those, who want at all costs to deprive Syria of legitimate authority and finally plunge the country into chaos. In this big and not quite fair geopolitical game, the interests of the Syrian people are the last to be taken into account by supporters of hard security measures.