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September 3, 2013

Should the U.S. engage in Syria?

(Continued)

And while a majority of Democrats agreed that the original Iraq WMD reports held “undeniable” veracity, the evidence that exists right now that the Syrian government used WMD’s against the rebels is weak at best.

The “undeniable” evidence as presented by President Obama is: video of the victims, reports from doctors that the victims were poisoned by chemicals which may or may not be sarin gas and, as Noah Shachtman reports in his “Foreign Policy” magazine exclusive on Tuesday, Aug. 27, “...in the hours after a horrific chemical attack east of Damascus, an official at the Syrian Ministry of Defense exchanged panicked phone calls with a leader of a chemical weapons unit, demanding answers for a nerve agent strike that killed more than 1,000 people. Those conversations were overheard by U.S. intelligence services, The Cable has learned. And that is the major reason why American officials now say they’re certain that the attacks were the work of the Bashar al-Assad regime — and why the U.S. military is likely to attack that regime in a matter of days.”

Here’s what no one yet knows about those “panicked” phone calls: who made the order to use the chemical weapons?

Was it authorized by the government or not?

The law may not matter to Obama.

He’s been calling for Assad’s head since 2011, publicly demanding he “step down” from his presidency, citing torture, illegal imprisonments and widespread slaughter.

Tyrants don’t “step down.” This is a euphemism for, “I want to kill him.”

President Obama again pressed for “hope and change” in 2012 when he threatened Assad with “extreme consequences” and double-dog-daring him to cross “the red line” of using chemical weapons, which Assad allegedly did three times prior to the recent event.

In July, 2012, the New York Times reported on an Obama plan to “topple” Assad.

This column has been edited by the author. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.

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