Qatari PM: Assad “Used Chemicals, and There Is Evidence”
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  • I suggest the President defines additional green, purple and yellow lines. Such a variety of colors is much more impressive and probably very confusing, thus paralyzing any evil-doer around. When dealing with color-blind evil-doers, the most effective way to prevent the doing of evil is to vaguely mention a mysterious web of 50 lines, with a unique shade of gray each.

  • Beware the false flag.

    • a flag is a flag

      • A flag is an easy thing to fake, and this is a perfect situation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_flag

        • f1b0nacc1

          While I don’t entirely disagree with your concern here, it is entirely possible that Assad no longer has complete control over his chemical arsenal, or (if he does), that he considers the immediacy of losing the war to a coalition pledged to destroy him (literally as well as figuratively) a far more serious problem than the possible entry of the US (which would likely be more merciful in dealing with him ) into the existing conflict.
          Finally, Assad might not consider the US threat credible, having taken the measure of Obama and found him wanting….

        • What I meant was, chemical weapons were used, by whomever. This means either Assad ordered their use, or Assad’s forces just used them without further discussion.

          I do not believe anyone else “faked” the attack in order to “bring in the US against” Assad.

          If a rebel group actually has access to chemical weapons, wouldn’t they just use them against Assad’s troops, instead of wasting them to cause some more bad publicity for the eye-doctor? It surely doesn’t look like this “false flag” operation yields a lot of results, and it didn’t really look like it would before. It isn’t one.

          • f1b0nacc1

            If you believe that framing Assad for using chemical weapons (which is what I believe is being suggested here by the use of the phrase ‘false flag’) would get the Americans to enter the war (either directly or indirectly), then it makes a great deal of sense to use the chemicals to frame Assad. After all, even with almost ideal circumstances chemicals aren’t going to be all that useful for an attacker (they are primarily valuable for defensive operations and some interdiction attacks), whereas American air strikes (or even simply upgraded logistics support) would be an enormous force multiplier.
            With that said, I think that this is all too clever by half. Using chemicals in a false flag operation (and NOT getting caught doing so…even the hint of it would be enough to discredit your group) isn’t an easy thing under the best of circumstances with well trained troops, and these are not the best of circumstances and the troops are not well-trained. Much more likely that Assad (who has well-trained units experienced in using chemicals) is doing what we think he is.

          • Well as I said, “I do NOT believe anyone else “faked” the attack in order to “bring in the US against” Assad.”

            And while I agree that most rebel groups are simply not capable of launching / succeeding at such an operation– I don’t even think they’d consider it.

            You said “If you believe that framing Assad for using chemical weapons (..) would get the Americans to enter the war (either directly or indirectly), then it makes a great deal of sense to use the chemicals to frame Assad.”

            I don’t believe anybody in Syria thinks the US might begin getting militarily involved under any circumstances.

  • What does “unacceptable” mean? It means Obama/Kerry/Hagel will say, “Stop! Or we’ll say ‘Stop!’ again!” Nothing more. American “leadership” now is an international joke.

  • Fred

    Well, that’s what we get when we elect a gelding president.

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