It's On: US "Finds" Chemical Weapon Use Against Syrian Rebels; Military Proposes Arming Rebels, No-Fly Zone

Tyler Durden's picture

The "red-line" has been crossed. The New York Times is reporting that:


And alongside that finding, as part of (or justification for?) the arming of the Syrian rebels, the WSJ reports that the US Military is calling for a limited no-fly zone inside Syria. The seriousness of this escalation must be put in the context of a desperately-needed distraction for the current administration - which makes the decisions being made even more concerning in their potential for extremes.



Via The New York Times,

American and European intelligence analysts now believe that President Bashar al-Assad’s troops have used chemical weapons against rebel forces in the civil war there, an assessment that will put added pressure on a deeply divided Obama administration to develop a response to a provocation that the president himself has declared a “red line.”


According to an internal memorandum circulating inside the government on Thursday, the “intelligence community assesses that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale against the opposition multiple times in the last year.”




“Our intelligence community has high confidence in that assessment given multiple, independent streams of information,” the memorandum said.




According to a C.I.A. report, which was described by an American official who declined to be identified, the United States has acquired blood, urine and hair samples from two Syrian rebels — one dead, and one wounded — who were involved in a firefight with Syrian government forces in mid-March near the town of Utubya, northeast of Damascus.


The samples showed that the rebels were exposed to sarin and supports the conclusion that the regime has used the weapon.


In recent days, the British and French government have also asserted that there is evidence that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons. 

Via The Wall Street Journal,

A U.S. military proposal for arming Syrian rebels also calls for a limited no-fly zone inside Syria that would be enforced from Jordanian territory to protect Syrian refugees and rebels who would train there, according to U.S. officials.


Asked by the White House to develop options for Syria, military planners have said that creating an area to train and equip rebel forces would require keeping Syrian aircraft well away from the Jordanian border.


To do that, the military envisages creating a no-fly zone stretching up to 25 miles into Syria which would be enforced using aircraft flown from Jordanian bases and flying inside the kingdom, according to U.S. officials.

Watch John McCain and Lindsey Graham pat themselves on the back for just escalating Europe's crusade to get a Qatar natgas pipeline through a US-friendly Syria regime live on C-Span, at the expense of countless lives as mere "collateral damage."

We eagerly look forward to the Russian (and Chinese) re-escalation. Things just got real and are going to move quickly from here on out. 


And for those who are still confused...

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Pladizow's picture

Yes and Iraq had WMD!

kliguy38's picture

Time to divert and rally round the flag sheeple

Pinto Currency's picture


Just like Iraq, we should invade because Bashar Assad has been working with al Qaeda.

Oh wait.

Pladizow's picture

"Naturally the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." – Hermann Goering

redpill's picture

Snowden who?  Look over here!  War!  Shiny!

JonNadler's picture

will Colin Powell present the evidence please?

Doubleguns's picture

Nope, we have Kerry with 3 purple hearts for that or a communty organizer...your choice.

Pinto Currency's picture


Factual headline:

Post-Cyprus physical gold withdrawal rush exposes widespread phsycial gold rehypothecation/fractional gold reserve  scandal in Euro and US banking sector.  US and Europe recommend war with Syria to explain imminent gold price launch.

World awaits response from Putin Galore.

nope-1004's picture

Say goodbye to your gold, Syria.


jbvtme's picture

i'm looking for the no lie zone


johnQpublic's picture

the main attraction




TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

So the "proof" being used to justify WW3 is a couple of "rebels" testing positive for exposure to sarin gas? I wonder if there's any connection between these two guys and the twelve "rebels" arrested in Turkey a couple of weeks ago who had 2 kilograms of sarin gas.

Nah, that would just be a conspiracy theory.

whstlblwr's picture

Whew, what a relief, just when BernQE was worried he would be blamed for the high price of oil.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

And so the "commander-in-chief" with the bogus Selective Service Card, (, want to give weapons to the folks with the the same ideology as the crew that attacked us on 9/11/2001 because some Muslim dictator-son of a Muslim dictator is killing people trying to overthrow and kill him.

You know, I'm just not seeing where we here in America have a dog in that hunt. Can someone show me where we come out ahead with either side succeeding?

gmrpeabody's picture

Syria's gold can go to Germany..., that should get them off our ass for a while.

TwoShortPlanks's picture

I'd hate to live in that shit-hole...and I'm not talking about Syria.

Eisenhorn's picture

You are being bombarded with scandals to overload your senses.  They are watching you.  They are listening to you.  You are being conditioned with fear and confusion.  You will now be led into a war which will spill across the globe in an effort to reset the global economy.


Welcome to the New Age:

dwdollar's picture

You know... there was a time when Congress had to declare a war by voting on it... in order for it to be legitimate. Those days seem like ancient history.

Dr. Sandi's picture

The Syrian government is backed by the Russians. The Russians have a virtual monopoly on natural gas in Western Europe.

The Syrian government has said no to an alternative natural gas pipeline crossing their land that would bring methane from the rich gassy fields of Quatar to the gasbag democracies of Europe.

Therefore, the Syrian government has to be gotten rid of so that more 'reasonable' heads of state can be installed who will allow the Quatar gas to flow to Europe.

Naturally Russia wants to keep their monopoly and will do their best to keep their puppy government in charge in Syria.

Meanwhile, the 'good guys' who support Quatar, such as Arabia and the U.S. want to derail the evil government of Syria and bring in a bunch of rebels to set up a new 'democracy' that will send the Quatar gas to Europe to compete with the Russky gas.

So which bunch of evil bastards should you be supporting? Well, if you like your semi-cheap oil to keep flowing to the SUV's tank from the Arab states, you'd better make sure their horse gets to run in the race against that Russian thoroughbred. And that means, GO REBELS!

Besides, somebody has to buy all the leftover guns that we haven't stockpiled for use on each other. Might as well have the taxpayers snap up a few million weapons for Syrian rebels to prevent bloodshed with.

i-dog's picture

Nonsense. The objectives are political (removing a non-Sunni leader who stands in the way of a new Sunni Caliphate - a vital component of the NWO controlling all Muslim states).

An oil or gas pipeline could go from Iraq through NATO-member Turkey almost as easily as across Syria ... and then be subject to far fewer "terrorist" attacks.

cynicalskeptic's picture

They're running out of options in kicking the financial can down the road..... Japan isa falling apart, the EU is screwed and the US will be falling apart soon....


i-dog's picture

Then let that distraction be a SECESSION MOVEMENT by the states from DC ... rather than being suckered into yet another useless war to satisfy globalist political objectives.

cynicalskeptic's picture

Anyone found Libya's gold yet?


I wonder if the first bars returned to Germany will be stamped with Libyan Central Bank ownership marks............

Monedas's picture

These guys don't bring gold home .... they give our gold away .... to our enemies !

tip e. canoe's picture

don't you worry, they'll melt it down and stamp the Barrick "seal of approval" on it before it gets onto German territory.

natty light's picture

You know, old Ghadaafe was a shrewd guy [surviving as long as he did , 1969]; I can't believe he would bury all his golden eggs in one basket. It is possible his hoard was not found as we assume. It could be scattered around the globe, or even decoyed with tungsten-laden bars. I wouldn't put it past the old prankster.

Things that go bump's picture

Assad will take it with him when he leaves, as dictators alway do.

Dr. Sandi's picture

Khadafi didn't take his gold with him. It's in 'safe' hands until its rightful owner can be determined.

Things that go bump's picture

Khadafi and Saddam should have left when the leaving was good. Then they would be sitting someplace pleasant with their ill-gotten gains.

ross81's picture

Assad has approval ratings Obama could only dream of.

It's the warmongering thug in the Oval Office who should go!

Pladizow's picture

Because Syria exports sooooo much gold?

BoNeSxxx's picture

No because Syria NEEDS a central bank silly.  And not just ANY central bank.  They need the special variety like the rest of us enjoy.

francis_sawyer's picture

Fuck Lindsey Graham... John McCain... & the 'Boys Town" hobby horses they rode in on...

Chupacabra-322's picture

Fuck them. Actually, Graham would probably enjoy that. What needs to occur are mass arrests of these Criminals. Tri, convict & execute in public via hanging them upside down, slicing their throats ear to ear & watching them drown in their own blood for all the world to see.

It's more than over due!!!

Pinto Currency's picture


Due process and right of a proper defense will do.

The scum should be shown the proper way a constitution works and then they should wear their crimes.  We don't need to use their methods.

noless's picture

As long as we actually do the impartial jury and speedy trial part I'm down. Also, no linguistic circumnavigation bullshit. None of that "depends on what the definition of is is" jackassery. And the jury must be fully informed to their right to determine sentence, also, only judges allowed who have a near Stainless record of impartiality and of upholding the constitution and the right of the people to just sentencing under the law.

But yeah, fuck the torture bullshit, real trial, quick execution upon verdict and sentencing thereof, constitution style.

Paveway IV's picture

Don't worry. U.S. Military officers swear to this:

I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Obama's 'red line' does not trump the Constitution. Congressional rights-whores do not trump the constitution. (that's what I heard on PRISM)

butchee's picture

Fuck 'em all, and let god sort it out.

Dr. Sandi's picture

A shitload of those officers also think the constitution and the flag they've pledged allegience to are the same thing. And a flag is a lot less precise in its meaning than the constitution.

TeamDepends's picture

We were thinking about McCain earlier today!  Like what a giant douschebag he is!

Clashfan's picture

You mean McStain, of Keating 5 fame, the guy who helped Skerry hide the truth about our MIAs in Nam?

Yes. You mean McStain the traitor, the guy who recently met with Al CIAduh.

McStain. Traitor. Typical. Too typical, sadly.

Crash Overide's picture

Didn't little John McCain just meet with al-qaeda in Syria to finalize plans to arm a terrorist organization that we have been "fighting", you know war on terror? How is John not in jail for treason, oh wait I forgot, al-CIAda is our guys... the hypocrisy is so thick you couldn't cut it with depleted uranium round. Are the sheep so dumb they can't see what's coming AGAIN! If we all don't put an end to this madness I guess we deserve what's coming.

The Shootist's picture

Bullish for 1 k points on the Mau Jones Industrial Average.