President Obama has given the green light to the shipping of weapons from the United States to opposition forces in Syria.
In a statement released by Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, the White House claims that “our intelligence community assesses that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin.”
The Syrian government’s purported use of a chemical weapon, the president’s national security statement said, “crosses clear red lines” for the United States and the international community.
On April 26, President Obama invoked very historic words when asked about where precisely the red line was drawn.
“To use weapons of mass destruction on civilian populations crosses another line with respect to international norms and international law,” the president warned.
In a letter sent to the White House by Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), and six other senators, intelligence reports were mentioned from “the French, British and Israeli governments" that corroborate claims of nerve gas deployment by Assad’s military.
The president, however, has not always been so sure.
In fact, the senators were compelled to send that letter because they felt that President Obama was waffling on his resolve to commit the United States to adding military support to the millions of dollars in financial support already sent to Syrian rebels.
A recent report by The New American reveals that there may be very good reason to doubt the “weapons of mass destruction” assertion made Thursday by the president. As The New American noted:
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