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

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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. 


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Thu, 06/13/2013 - 16:53 | 3655600 Pladizow
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Yes and Iraq had WMD!

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:00 | 3655627 kliguy38
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Time to divert and rally round the flag sheeple

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:03 | 3655655 Pinto Currency
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Just like Iraq, we should invade because Bashar Assad has been working with al Qaeda.

Oh wait.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:05 | 3655668 Pladizow
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"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

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:11 | 3655709 redpill
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Snowden who?  Look over here!  War!  Shiny!

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:14 | 3655718 JonNadler
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will Colin Powell present the evidence please?

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:16 | 3655726 Doubleguns
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Nope, we have Kerry with 3 purple hearts for that or a communty organizer...your choice.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:23 | 3655752 Pinto Currency
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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.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:24 | 3655768 nope-1004
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Say goodbye to your gold, Syria.


Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:26 | 3655781 jbvtme
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i'm looking for the no lie zone


Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:45 | 3655879 johnQpublic
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the main attraction




Thu, 06/13/2013 - 18:20 | 3656046 TheFourthStooge-ing
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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.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 18:44 | 3656173 whstlblwr
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Whew, what a relief, just when BernQE was worried he would be blamed for the high price of oil.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 19:16 | 3656324 Theosebes Goodfellow
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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?

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 19:40 | 3656408 gmrpeabody
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Syria's gold can go to Germany..., that should get them off our ass for a while.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 20:26 | 3656556 TwoShortPlanks
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I'd hate to live in that shit-hole...and I'm not talking about Syria.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 20:39 | 3656611 Eisenhorn
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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:

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 21:20 | 3656748 Pooper Popper
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Thu, 06/13/2013 - 21:36 | 3656799 dwdollar
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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.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 21:27 | 3656765 Dr. Sandi
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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.

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 07:34 | 3657552 i-dog
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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.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 19:26 | 3656357 cynicalskeptic
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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....


Fri, 06/14/2013 - 07:38 | 3657556 i-dog
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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.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 18:54 | 3656225 cynicalskeptic
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Anyone found Libya's gold yet?


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

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 19:38 | 3656400 Monedas
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These guys don't bring gold home .... they give our gold away .... to our enemies !

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 21:58 | 3656867 tip e. canoe
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don't you worry, they'll melt it down and stamp the Barrick "seal of approval" on it before it gets onto German territory.

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 02:35 | 3657376 natty light
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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.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 20:09 | 3656507 Things that go bump
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Assad will take it with him when he leaves, as dictators alway do.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 21:29 | 3656780 Dr. Sandi
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Khadafi didn't take his gold with him. It's in 'safe' hands until its rightful owner can be determined.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 21:54 | 3656852 Things that go bump
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Khadafi and Saddam should have left when the leaving was good. Then they would be sitting someplace pleasant with their ill-gotten gains.

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 06:03 | 3657474 ross81
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Assad has approval ratings Obama could only dream of.

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

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:24 | 3655772 Pladizow
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Because Syria exports sooooo much gold?

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 20:43 | 3656630 BoNeSxxx
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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.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:26 | 3655778 jbvtme
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Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:25 | 3655779 francis_sawyer
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Fuck Lindsey Graham... John McCain... & the 'Boys Town" hobby horses they rode in on...

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 18:00 | 3655948 Chupacabra-322
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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!!!

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 18:25 | 3656071 Pinto Currency
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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.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 19:50 | 3656452 noless
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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.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 19:52 | 3656459 Paveway IV
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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)

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 19:58 | 3656473 butchee
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Fuck 'em all, and let god sort it out.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 21:33 | 3656790 Dr. Sandi
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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.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 18:09 | 3655994 TeamDepends
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We were thinking about McCain earlier today!  Like what a giant douschebag he is!

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 23:59 | 3657165 Clashfan
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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.

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 10:40 | 3658009 Crash Overide
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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.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:46 | 3655881 WillyGroper
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Derivative book to blow?

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:58 | 3655943 teolawki
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Already blown?

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 18:20 | 3656045 The Shootist
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Bullish for 1 k points on the Mau Jones Industrial Average.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:23 | 3655764 kaiserhoff
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Wag ze DAWG.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:32 | 3655820 disabledvet
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careful. some of these dogs don't like being held:

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 18:06 | 3655981 NOTW777
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