US Flip Flops, Now "Believes" Syria Used Chemical Weapons

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The tension to "liberate" Syria is palpable. It took just 24 hours for the US to do an about face on its position on Syria, where yesterday, as Bloomberg reported, "U.S. officials said they haven’t seen conclusive evidence supporting an assertion by Israel’s top military intelligence analyst that Syrian government forces have used chemical weapons against rebels. Secretary of State John Kerry and spokesmen from the White House and the Pentagon said investigations haven’t produced hard proof that Bashar al-Assad’s regime has used toxic chemicals -- a step that President Barack Obama has said would cross a “red line." Fast forward to today, and we get pretty much the opposite opposite: "The United States believes with varying degrees of confidence that Syria's regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale, the White House said on Thursday."

However, unwilling to step into another completely fabricated "false flag" conflict, with memories of Bush's non-existent WMDs still fresh, it added "that President Barack Obama needed "credible and corroborated" facts before acting on that assessment."

 So let's get this straight: no credible or corroborated facts, but the administration "believes" Syria has used Chemical weapons? "Sad" is perhaps the only word available to describe this kind of pre-war mongering propaganda by an administration that vowed to be the "most transparent", and is led by a Nobel peace prize winner.

The disclosure, made by the White House in a letter to Congress and by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reporters, moves the United States closer to declaring that Syria has crossed Obama's "red line" on some kind of deeper involvement in the country's civil war."

So what happens when the Nobel peace prize winner decided to send an armada of remote controlled killer planes to liberate an army supported by Al Qaeda, with just a few thousand women and children as collateral damage? Reuters explains:

The White House has not specified what action Obama might take if he determines with certainty that Syria has crossed that red line with any chemical weapons use. But in its letter to lawmakers, it warned it was ready to respond.


"The administration is prepared for all contingencies so that we can respond appropriately to any confirmed use of chemical weapons, consistent with our national interest," Miguel Rodriguez, White House director of the office of legislative affairs, said in a letter to lawmakers.


The White House said the assessment that Syria's regime had used chemical weapons - specifically the chemical agent sarin - was based in part on physiological samples.


"The intelligence community has been assessing information for some time on this issue and the decision to reach this conclusion was made in the past 24 hours," Hagel told reporters in Abu Dhabi.


The White House stressed that, given the stakes involved, intelligence assessments alone were not sufficient. It said "facts that provide us with some degree of certainty will guide our decision making."

In other words, the only question is just when will Obama trample all over the War Powers Act once again in order to push the country into another exempt, "temporary" conflict, which will end up being quite permanent once Russia makes it all too clear that it still views Syria, where it has a key middle east naval base, as its own strategic interest.

Judging by the response in crude, it won't be too long.

Finally, a quick look at the fringe benefits of the Syrian "liberation" shows that the country has some two Cypruses worth of gold... all of which will likely soon be confiscated.

Source: WGC

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Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:56 | 3498416 imaginalis
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I'm really surprised

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:59 | 3498433 Ahmeexnal
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So Syria is behind the bath salt zombies?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:02 | 3498456 camaro68ss
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Kinetic war, bombs of peace dropping in 3…2…1…

The big O going for Nobel peace prize number two I see.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:04 | 3498474 The Juggernaut
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Will China Russia step up?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:05 | 3498490 camaro68ss
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this is my line in the sand, you cant pass it.....ummm, ok, you passed it? well this is my back up line, you cant pass it or else.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:06 | 3498497 redpill
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Does this make you mo' happy, or mo'ssad?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:10 | 3498522 camaro68ss
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mo bombs, mo silver evaporating per each bomb. Bombing is bullish on silver?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:15 | 3498551 malikai
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CONFIRMED: The United States has used chemical and nuclear weapons against other countries.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:20 | 3498584 Urban Redneck
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I thought the UN/NGO circus was of the belief that the (US backed) Al-CIAda regime in Syria has used Chemical Weapons against the (Russia backed) Assad regime.

Which raises the question of who sold/gifted them outlawed armaments or the precursor chemicals required to make their own?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:24 | 3498597 lotusblue
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Brilliant ! Chem weapons used - Red line Crossed - VIX goes down likea cheap whore - Market goes up ! Brilliant ! ! !

CBOE goes offline cames back online when CHEM WEAPONS use verified !


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:30 | 3498640 youngman
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I bet the algos didn´t have Chemical Weapons programmed into their code yet

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:34 | 3498658 TrumpXVI
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I bet they do,'s BULLISH!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 19:39 | 3500318 ersatzteil
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VIX inversely proportional to amount of VX in Syrian air? Some intrepid young rebels are out there linking nerve agent sensors to an algo...

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:33 | 3498645 Agent P
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a line can be crossed from either side

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:16 | 3498554 Joe Davola
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Let's ask Paul Kevin Curtis about the US of A's capabilities in chemical weapon detection.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:13 | 3498546 1100-TACTICAL-12
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Glass Parkinlot'em...... YEEEAAAAA......MERICA.......

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:24 | 3498599 Cacete de Ouro
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25 tonnes....juicy enough.... And thats only the official figure reported to the IMF.

Lebanon has some real chunky gold reserves. The BIS Gov'ners would be licking their chops over Leb-a-non....not to be confused with the gold diggers in Leblon....

But the grand prize is still Saudi where the US of Army could commandeer at least 5000 to 8000 tonnes of nice extended royale with cheese family shiny stuff

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:49 | 3498749 Kirk2NCC1701
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So, the IMF and BIS get to 'hold' the war booty, er I mean national treasure.

Might be a coincidence, but the letter "I" keeps appearing in these acronyms. Big version of "i" ware?

Ans since possession is 9/10 of the law, I guess whoever safeguards it, owns it. Or gets to hypothecate it.

What an I-racket.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 15:11 | 3499139 Debt-Penitent
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Plus 1 for the Pulp Fiction reference.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 14:50 | 3499041 SmittyinLA
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they are, we're their baliff

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:05 | 3498487 redpill
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Hope you Syrians like freedom, because you're going to get a whole fucking bunch of it dropped on your heads from the "knockoff jihadi" in the White House!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:06 | 3498498 ACP
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From the makers of Iraq II, the sequel you've all been waiting for...

Metro-Goldwyn-20th-Century-Dreamworks-Universal-Haliburton-US-Government-General-Electric presents...



Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:07 | 3498505 camaro68ss
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its for the syrian, children! think of the children. They need freedom for the children and we can brink it to them.


Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:15 | 3498560 economessed
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Somebody hurry up and knock out some of those magnetic ribbons to put on our car so we can show that we're "patriotic."

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 16:16 | 3499443 Dixie Rect
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Don't come back without the stones....Zorg

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:30 | 3498635 Cacete de Ouro
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We can Brinks it from them alright...Brinks Armored...or is it Armoured....I don't know any-moar...the disguise is slippin'

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 14:49 | 3499032 SmittyinLA
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spoken like a true Bostonian

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:15 | 3498559 semperfi
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and hope you Syrians don't like your gold - because its about to be all confiscated

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:33 | 3498647 Winston Churchill
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The oil, and gold are a bonus,

This is about South Lebanon's water.Israel cannot annexe it without Syria, and Iran

being neutralized first.

Games within games.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:17 | 3498569 blabam
Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:05 | 3498491 SamAdams
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Hagel used to be a man, but now he is Israel's bitch.  Guess that means he is going to have to support the LGBT liberal agenda?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:08 | 3498501 redpill
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Sir, are you suggesting we drop gay people on Syria?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:12 | 3498534 Meat Hammer
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I lol'd at the site of well-dressed flamboyant men being dropped into the war zone to scratch some eyes out.  

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:14 | 3498553 redpill
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Theres NO WAY the Syrian army can stand up to being called fat and having someone point out that their shoes don't match their belt.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:25 | 3498610 fonzannoon
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zero dark blackhawkdowneragain...or something.....

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:56 | 3498781 Kirk2NCC1701
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And they're gonna play Bobby Brown and other Zappa tunes from their helicopter gunships as they come in for an aural and rear guard attack.

I knew they'd be surprised!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:15 | 3498561 ParkAveFlasher
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Or, criticize their draperies.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:25 | 3498602 ACP
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"If you going to desert, I can't see you. For me I want to do something different, if you go to desert, make a statement! If you're going to fight, clash!"

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:39 | 3498684 Meat Hammer
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+1 Nice job, Mr. Leo!

And now for weather with Roosevelt E. Roosevelt - You got a it!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:13 | 3498539 SamAdams
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liberate Syria using liberals dropped from 30k feet...  you know, this could work... this could really work!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:21 | 3498583 1100-TACTICAL-12
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Bible Prophecy Damascus is destroyed  (Isaiah 17: 1 )

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 15:31 | 3499241 TPTB_r_TBTF
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and reading down to 17:3


The fortified towns of Israel will also be destroyed,...

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 14:53 | 3499044 SmittyinLA
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that would be a war crime, biological weapons are prohibited 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:33 | 3498652 DonGenaro
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Israel will never become the 51st state, because then they would only have 2 U.S. Senators

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 17:12 | 3499680 SamAdams
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Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:16 | 3498557 Isotope
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That's kinetic Action, not war. Action, action, action. The old term was police action. There is no such thing as war for the US. Please update your newspeak.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 14:00 | 3498802 Kirk2NCC1701
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If one side starts with that shit, the other side will go ballistic.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 14:09 | 3498847 Groundhog Day
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It's now Kerry's job to link the Tsarneav brothers to syria and chemical weapons somehow  so the US can go in and protect the syrians and liberate them from tyranny.  God bless america and only america 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:04 | 3498472 smlbizman
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they thought our guy, i mean their guy did it on tuesday...but he was busy and our guy , i mean their guy didnt get to till wensday...or it was the 2 utes.....

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:06 | 3498500 zapdude
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...and after Syria, we need to find out where the WMD's came from. 

Why IRAN of course.

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