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White House Offers Evidence of Syrian Chemical Attack

The White House this afternoon released a document concluding with “high confidence” that the Syrian government ordered chemical weapons attacks that resulted in massive casualties in the Damascus area August 21, but the document acknowledges that that absolute confirmation of the Syrian government’s guilt remains elusive.

Nevertheless, the evidence, as presented by the White House, would seem overwhelming and is derived from multiple sources.

The White House also estimates that the nerve agent used killed 1,429 people, including 426 children, a stunning  total. What’s more, the White House believes the Syrian government used chemical weapons “on a small scale against the opposition multiple times in the last year, including in the Damascus suburbs.”

Among the conclusions:

  • The Syrian regime has the types of munitions that we assess were used to carry out the attack on August 21, and has the ability to strike simultaneously in multiple locations. We have seen no indication that the opposition has carried out a large-scale, coordinated rocket and artillery attack like the one that occurred on August 21.
  • We assess that the regime’s frustration with its inability to secure large portions of Damascus may have contributed to its decision to use chemical weapons on August 21.
  • We have intelligence that leads us to assess that Syrian chemical weapons personnel – including personnel assessed to be associated with the SSRC – were preparing chemical munitions prior to the attack.
  • Multiple streams of intelligence indicate that the regime executed a rocket and artillery attack against the Damascus suburbs in the early hours of August 21. Satellite detections corroborate that attacks from a regime-controlled area struck neighborhoods where the chemical attacks reportedly occurred.
  • We intercepted communications involving a senior official intimately familiar with the offensive who confirmed that chemical weapons were used by the regime on August 21 and was concerned with the U.N. inspectors obtaining evidence. On the afternoon of August 21, we have intelligence that Syrian chemical weapons personnel were directed to cease operations.

Some other evidence was withheld to protect source and methods. Certain classified information not released to the public has been shared with Congress and U.S. allies.

99 Responses to White House Offers Evidence of Syrian Chemical Attack

  1. It makes me wonder where these weapons came from or who manufactured them? There was alway rumors that Syria was the recipients of WMD from Iraq.

  2. If we are not willing to take out chemical warfare capacity there is no point. Chemical weapons are bad whether they are in the hands of Assad or worse AQ and rogue terrorists.

    A shot across the bow does not signal a solution. America should not have to suffer because Obama’s ego is wounded.

  3. Summary of Secretary of State Kerry’s serious Syrian speech: “We now know what we know for those in the know who still don’t know what the president knows or what his known plan is for the known ‘red line’ that was known prior to what we know.”

    Sadly, these are the folks who are charged with leading and protecting the United States. What I know: Our country is being led by imbecilic wordsmiths speaking in known condescending rhetoric to the American people.

  4. Not buying it.
    Not buying their crocodile tears over “429” children killed as a reason for a limited military action when this administration celebrated, supported and promoted the deaths of 500,000 unborn children last year in the US.

    There is no sanity in deciding that bombing a country, and causing the death of an unknown number of innocents, to protest the killing of another set of innocents is the right thing to do.
    Being killed by rockets, grenades, or bullets is just as dead as being surrounded by deadly gases.
    There are other avenues, other solutions, butt they involve a political agreement with other nations and this President doesn’t know how or just can’t persuade others to his way of thinking.

    • No, not buying it.
      Even if KerryandBarry put on their best Oscarwinning performance – not buying it. They have no hard facts, just playing to the emotions, just peddling lies.
      Oh, and that Kerry. The swiftboating comes to my mind. He was a liar already then.

    • I think that it is all political at this point.
      Why drag the troops into a conflict that has gone on for centuries?
      These people are barbarians, and bullets and missiles are not going to defer them from their mission.
      They are like cockroaches, you turn the light on, they vanish.
      It’s the same damn war that we fought in Vietnam.
      It was very hard to determine who the enemy was.
      Now, here we are in the same scenario with incompetent politicians that think they know what is right for the world.
      All the while restricting our Military on the rules of engagement.

      I find that ludicrous.

  5. I don’t believe this regime can tell the truth about anything. Preezy’s whole existence is based on lies. So outrageous to watch Kerry, the former anti-war activist, making a case for attacking a country that poses no threat to America. So many disgustingly evil people populate this regime.

  6. May this is the regime and this is not like Powell waving around a funky bottle of cornstarch, but would such an attack prevent more gratuitous slaughter–or would we be doing the slaughtering.

    • I noted that, too, Julie–at best evidence or just an indication–but not proof and even if it were proof, that is not the point–the point is what would this do?

    • He just might. Don’t forget how World War I got started: a couple of Serbians assassinated the Archduke of Austria-Hungary, and with all the competing alliances stacked up on both sides, the entire powder keg blew up. The postwar settlement for World War I is arguably part of what led to World War II.

      So he might just end up starting World Wars III AND IV.

      That would be pretty impressive, in a gallows-humor way, for an erstwhile Vietnam War protestor and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

  7. On a side note, Erdogan of Turkey stated that he wants to strike Syria but he wants Obama to lead the way. These two are just a little too chummy for my taste. Morsi, Erdogan and Obama – Islamists forever!

    Do we even know who the rebels are??? Nothing makes sense.

    • We don’t know who the rebels are, and we can’t define the conditions for victory. If the entire objective is just to launch cruise missiles and break stuff, then we may even be justified in asking if this even IS a war, and not just an exercise in wanton destruction.

      This may turn out to be like Sherman burning his way to the sea. That was such a complete disregard for the rules of conflict that some believe the war was not legitimately won. (For the record, I’m not saying I agree with that belief: I’m just saying that it is a belief that some do hold.)

    • Thanks for the link.
      Yeah, that is one righteous rant. That pretty much reflects my thinking, butt I’m too polite to put it in print.
      What seems to gripe the gent as much as it does a lot of people, is that printing or exposing the truth is not “anti-Obama or anti-government” in itself.
      If MrO was absent from important meetings, then say so; don’t just ignore it as if it doesn’t matter that he was meeting with MagicJohnson about jobs when his Nat’l Security team was talking to members of Congress about going to war.

  8. A possible solution? Our WH Grifters love the glitterati and Vogue did do a spread on the Assads. Perhaps Anna Wintour could host a private exclusive dinner party — the Assads and the Grifters. The wimmens could retire to discuss family (apparently the Assad boychild uses FB) and fashion. The mens could discuss critical matters over brandy and cigars. Kinda’ like Pamela Harrington soirees — Anna would like that. And Herself could use some fashion advice.

  9. Hard to believe that Obama would actually “go it alone” militarily – with little or no support from the public, Congress, UN or NATO – just because Assad embarrassed him on the 1-year anniversary of his “red line.” Axelrod recognized this weakness in Obama long ago, telling him, “You care far too much what is written and said about you” [quoted in “The Battle for America 2008″ by Haynes Johnson and Dan Balz]. Surely that doesn’t qualify as a national security interest or reason to get involved in a war!

    • And millions of dollars wasted with each launch of an insignificant Tomahawk missiles. I say if you are going to spends millions and put our military men and women in harms way, at least make the strike count.

  10. For those of you who haven’t been following the Identity Fraud evidence against Obama, big news is about to break.

    THAT’S why his rush to strike Syria – no one will investigate the Commander-In-Chief. So he [falsely] assumes.

  11. It remains unproven that Assad used chemical weapons against the rebels. However; it is proven that the rebels are associated with AlQuaida who attacked up the United States on 9-11-01.
    Let Allah sort them out.

  12. Haven’t read the comments, so someone may have covered this detail already. Apologies if that’s the case.

    I don’t care about their evidence. I don’t care if they’ve got video of Bashar Assad stooped over a big red button labeled “CHEMICAL WEAPONS” as he cackles away, his finger sinking into the control and saying into the camera, “I’m glad I’m gassing the bums! Now what shall I have for dinner tonight?”

    We have no business there. None. So Obama can take his evidence and pound it somewhere unmentionable on a family blog.

  13. I’m curious about the timing. I think there’s a fundraiser coming up. On the 4th he is meeting with Nordic leaders and then on to St. Pete. So….who does that leave to make the critical calls. I’m thinking he might delegate this like he delegated-I assume-Benghazi. So most likely be Valjar,the Video Queen, Sam – if someone can find her – Benny Rhodes (or his brother) the windsurfing medal throwing traitor over at State, maybe Brennan and the entire MSM.

    Or he could do it before he leaves.

  14. Neither John Kerry nor Barack Hussein Obama have any clue as to what their doing. With leaders as such, who needs enemies. Same goes for Val Jarrett, Sam Powers, Clapper and the rest of the “I’m better than thou bunch”.

  15. I don’t believe one single word from any of these insane commie rat bastids. And frankly, I don’t give a tinkers damn about any koranimal.

  16. Evidence shmevidence…I don’t trust any of them from this bunch.

    All I know is if he does go it alone, I don’t ever want to hear another word from the Libs about GWB’s “illegal wars” – you know, the ones where he actually got Congressional approval, UN resolutions, and coalitions of multiple countries…plus took the time to make his case to the American people.

  17. Obama wants to send troops to help in Syria, Thats help? bomb their buildings and probably innocent citizens, but HE WOULDN’T SEND TROOPS TO HELP OUR AMBASSADOR AND THE OTHER MURDERED MEN, HE WAS NO WHERE TO BE FOUND THEN TO HELP OUR PEOPLE??? Obama doesn’t care if Israel or innocent people get destroyed in his HUMANITARIAN effort??? This guy is not a real President and we need one badlly, not a stupid one who wants to start World War 3.

  18. After this administration’s manipulation of all the facts about anything — Benghazi — F & F – Solyndra — IRS — et al — how is it remotely possible to believe anything that is said or any documents presented?

  19. Obama does NOT go it alone. He is not the one risking his life or the lives of any family members. He pays no price whatsoever in any decisions he makes. He will always have paid security, annual salary, health care. He suffers no penalty for anything. Some one else will buy his post presidential home, his library and he will do only as he knows how to do, be a putz.

  20. 4 Americans undefended and murdered in Benghazi and now this Administration develops a conscience?

    Seems like the anniversary of 9/11 is fast approaching — brilliant timing for a response. Hope all those embassys Obama closed for Ramadan are adequately protected or evacuated while Obama orders the military Operation Save Face into action.

    • What´s happening with the Zero Ground Mosque ? Is it built yet ? Will Barry give a dedicatory speech when it´s opening ? I remember that he supported the plans.

  21. I saw that Jimmy Carter is calling for a Peace Conference now. I just finished a great book called “The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity Book by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy”.

    I was amazed how Carter wrote letters directly to Coalition Member Countries during Gulf War I. He mailed the letter to Bush 41 and faxed his opposition to the other countries leaders. Some wanted Treason charges brought against him. Then he basically did the same with North Korea under Clinton.

    It was always commented that he was that Carter was the best Ex President. This book makes the case that Nixon was the best followed by Bush 41/Clinton duo. I can’t wait until Obama is an Ex-President.

      • We already have troops from special operation units on the ground, and I have no problem with that. However, I wonder if FCMABBHO is planning on sending in those Marines. If so, this would not be the ‘”narrow, limted attack”‘ he’s announced.

        • In the words of my mother, “When you play with fire, you’re going to get burned.”
          The question I have? What else is going on that they want to cover up with this excessive military presence?

  22. SQUIRREL!!!!! Don’t fall for this on Friday afternoon. For Obama it is far easier to distract the public by bombing somebody than allow any discussion about Benghazi, Fast & Furious, NSA, IRS, or any of the upcoming scandals.

    What I’d like to know from John Kerry is what changed his life over the last 40 years to turn him from a rabid war PROTESTER into a cheap war HUSTLER?

    • Dial back nine years, Who actually launched aka Obama nationally?

      U.S. Presidential Nominee John Kerry. “Obama”, an unknown lowly State Senator from IL, was given a global platform at Kerry’s Democratic National Convention.

      Purpose: a meet and greet, thickly laden with phony family narrative, precision-spiked with emotion-evoking vignettes.

      That night was the actual national launch of Brand Obama.

      They used the exact manipulative m.o. ever since, through 2008.

      Now you may wonder why Kerry chose “Obama”. Or how he even knew him.

      Dial back decades earlier. To Vietnam Veterans Against The War. To the Weather Underground. SDS.

      Yes, “O” was a young boy then.

      Who happened to have a radical political activist mother. Known under multiple identities. In the late fifties through at least the mid-sixties, she was Jo Ann Newman / Ann Newman. In the seventies and eighties, one of her ids was Elizabeth Duke. In 1985 Duke was indicted along with six co-defendants in the Resistance Conspiracy Case. She jumped bail in 1985 and has been a fugitive since.