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August 30, 2013 - 10:48 am
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Speaking for the administration the second time this week, Secretary of State John Kerry laid out some of the unclassified evidence pointing to Bashar al-Assad’s responsibility for the chemical weapons attack and brushed off the need to have the United Nations on board to take action against the regime.

Kerry said the U.S. government has ascertained that at least 1,429 Syrians were killed in this attack, including at least 426 children.

The findings of the intelligence committee, he stressed, “are as clear as they are compelling.”

“I’m not asking you to take my word for it. Read for yourself, everyone, those listening, all of you, read for yourselves the evidence from thousands of sources, evidence that is already publicly available,” he said. “And read for yourselves the verdict, reached by our intelligence community about the chemical weapons attack the Assad regime inflicted on the opposition and on opposition controlled or contested neighborhoods in the Damascus suburbs on the early morning of August 21st.”

“Our intelligence community has carefully reviewed and re-reviewed information regarding this attack. And I will tell you it has done so more than mindful of the Iraq experience. We will not repeat that moment. Accordingly, we have taken unprecedented steps to declassify and make facts available to people who can judge for themselves.”

What’s not available for public consumption is evidence that could betray “sources and methods,” which will only be available to members of Congress.

Kerry then dove into the unclassified facts.

“We know that the Assad regime has the largest chemical weapons programs in the entire Middle East. We know that the regime has used those weapons multiple times this year, and has used them on a smaller scale but still it has used them against its own people, including not very far from where last Wednesday’s attack happened,” he said. “We know that the regime was specifically determined to rid the Damascus suburbs of the opposition, and it was frustrated that it hadn’t succeeded in doing so.”

“We know that for three days before the attack, the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons personnel were on the ground in the area, making preparations. And we know that the Syrian regime elements were told to prepare for the attack by putting on gas masks and taking precautions associated with chemical weapons. We know that these were specific instructions,” Kerry continued.

“We know where the rockets were launched from, and at what time. We know where they landed, and when. We know rockets came only from regime-controlled areas and went only to opposition-controlled or contested neighborhoods. And we know, as does the world, that just 90 minutes later all hell broke loose in the social media.”

The intelligence community included  video from the attack aftermath in its determination. One activist who runs the Violations Documentation Center in Syria told Foreign Policy magazine that of their citizen journalist crew who sped to the area to document the horrors, all but one died from exposure to the nerve agents.

“With our own eyes we have seen the thousands of reports from 11 separate sites in the Damascus suburbs. All of them show and report victims with breathing difficulties, people twitching with spasms, coughing, rapid heartbeats, foaming at the mouth, unconsciousness, and death. And we know it was ordinary Syrian citizens who reported all of these horrors,” Kerry said.

“And just as important, we know what the doctors and the nurses who treated them didn’t report — not a scratch, not a shrapnel wound, not a cut, not a gunshot sound. We saw rows of dead lined up in burial shrouds, the white linen unstained by a single drop of blood.”

He confirmed that many first responders were also affected, and “became victims themselves.”

“This is the indiscriminate, inconceivable horror of chemical weapons. This is what Assad did to his own people,” the secretary added.

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We know that...the American people are tired of war. Believe me, I am, too.
Dear John: No, we don't believe you, and we'd also like to know how much of that address you wrote yourself.

What are we tired of? Oh, quite a lot, really. We are tired of amateurs, finger-waggers, social engineers, smug socialists, black bigots, white liberal guilt, failed schools, failed courts, the rise of an autocratic bureaucratic imperium, and a comet's tail of other things.

But we are not tired of war. We only require a level of clarity and purpose that you and state department and WH flunkies lack. We do not shed our blood lightly so we are tired of assertions that we should acquiesce in the death of our children and neighbors just to save your incompetent lazy-assed boss one more time.

We are deeply tired of platitudes, and are downright fatigued when a dilettante diplomat like you presumes to tell us how to think.

As Palin said, let Allah sort it out.
You and your cohorts are neither fit nor worthy to lead us anywhere.
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So, we're going to war in order to save Al Queda militants and their supporters from a fate worse than death?

We're going to war to save the same people who keep trying to kill us?

We're going to war in order to kill or replace the guy who is killing our enemies, thus giving our enemies the opportunity take over Syria.

...and we're going to war in order to allow Obama to salve his ego, after shooting off his mouth and having someone call his bluff.

We're sending members of our armed forces into harm's for this???

Our government has gone insane.
46 weeks ago
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Stewardess, I speak gibberish.

"This isn't Iraq...and the 49798795798 UN resolutions against Saddam.

No...this will be a "measured" response...and a sternly worded note from President 97 lb. weakling.

Because the bad guys are "watching". I mean, up until now...they haven't been paying attention to how a weakling beats up his own country, apologizes for it's very existence and trashes it's own Constitution.

They haven't noticed the internal corruption and graft, the scandals and abuses.

They haven't paid a bit of attention to the Department of Defense calling Catholics, Jews and Mormons the equivalent of terrorist groups.

The bad guys haven't watched Putin kick sand in Obama's face repeatedly.

They certainly averted their gaze as the pile of lies around Benghazi piled up...and we STILL haven't lifted a finger to get THOSE "bad guys".

Nope...they didn't see a thing...those "bad guys".

No...it is only NOW...that Obama wants to save face...that it matters to the "bad guys" what we "do"...in this "leading from behind..."just enough" prosecution of "human decency".

Great to see Kerry and Obama doing the political "twerking" thing...shaking their lying asses for our entertainment.


It has failed to pay attention
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Stern words from Buffalo Face, the traitor.

I guess we now know what happened to Saddam's WMDs.

Seriously, if you are going to wage war, do it to win. Don't send an enemy to "time out" send them to hell. In this case, however, we don't know who the real "enemy" is, and both sides are definitely NOT our friends.
46 weeks ago
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You know John, some of us aren't as stupid as you think. I suppose that in the rarified circles that you orbit in, you're considered quite intelligent. Unfortunately, you're past history belies that. I'm sure that you revel performing on the world's stage, after all, other than marrying up (twice), what else have you accomplished? Whenever you drone I immediately envisage you in your Lycra wind surfing ensemble, and fall down laughing. As for US intervening, well you voted for that, before voting against it. Remember?
46 weeks ago
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We know that...the American people are tired of war. Believe me, I am, too.
Dear John: No, we don't believe you, and we'd also like to know how much of that address you wrote yourself.

What are we tired of? Oh, quite a lot, really. We are tired of amateurs, finger-waggers, social engineers, smug socialists, black bigots, white liberal guilt, failed schools, failed courts, the rise of an autocratic bureaucratic imperium, and a comet's tail of other things.

But we are not tired of war. We only require a level of clarity and purpose that you and state department and WH flunkies lack. We do not shed our blood lightly so we are tired of assertions that we should acquiesce in the death of our children and neighbors just to save your incompetent lazy-assed boss one more time.

We are deeply tired of platitudes, and are downright fatigued when a dilettante diplomat like you presumes to tell us how to think.

As Palin said, let Allah sort it out.
You and your cohorts are neither fit nor worthy to lead us anywhere.
46 weeks ago
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Bravo
46 weeks ago
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"This is what Assad did to his own people,” the secretary added."

Same old song, new words.

I sort of understood the war against Moslem Iraq to defend the Moslems of Kuwait.

I was aghast that the first combat mission for the B-2 bomber was to blow up Christians and a country's infrastructure in defense of Moslems in a Bosnian civil war to deflect the public from Monica's servicing of Bill Clinton in the Oval Office.

We paid a unrepayable price in our soldiers' blood and psyche to deliver liberty to Iraq and rid them of their tyrant.

More trillions in treasure and thousands of American lives lost in Afghanistan trying to rid them of the Taliban.

Billions in aid to Moslem Egypt and trillions in oil payments to Moslem Saudi Arabia.

How has Islam repaid us? With hatred and attacks.

Let the Moslems kill each other, by any means available: let them stone each other, burn tires around their necks, mutilate and behead their wayward women, hang their children, knife each other, shoot each other, car bomb each other, IED each other. What's a chemical weapon to a culture that tells us, "We love death more than you love life!" and "Death to infidels!" and "Death to all who don't call Islam a Religion of Peace!"

Islam, as a culture, is not worth another single American life or sortie.
46 weeks ago
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Lurch speaks. The world yawns. Obama golfs.
46 weeks ago
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Excuse me, but did some truth fairy visit the Obama administration overnight and sprinkle some magic truth fairy dust on documents and now they don't contain lies?
46 weeks ago
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before I saw the paycheck 4 $8457, I didnt believe ...that...my mother in law woz like they say actualy taking home money in there spare time at their computer.. there sisters neighbour had bean doing this less than 20 months and at present cleard the mortgage on their appartment and got a great Lotus Elan. try this
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46 weeks ago
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Kerry said not to trust him, but read the document. I read the document and basically it says to trust him. On all the critical elements, there is nothing that can be independently verified, and no other intelligence agencies have said anything of the kind. This is infinitely less "evidence" than anything that was presented for Iraq (there is no debate that Saddam did use gas on the Kurds).
46 weeks ago
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If Barack Obama had any concern for human rights he would be speaking out against the so-called religion which universally denies human rights and creates the environment for the mayhem now being experienced in countries like Syria. Instead, he threatens us that the future must not belong to those who speak the truth about this so-called religion.
46 weeks ago
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Listening to Kerry, I was seething. As I heard him talk about 'OUR values', 'OUR morals, and OUR fundamental principles', I remember the countless times the Left beat us up over them, insisting that our values, morals, and principles counted for nothing and that we could act only with the blessing of the international community and world opinion.

Yet another example of the left saying whatever it takes to get what they want.
46 weeks ago
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But we want to discourage the use of chemical weapons and that is in our interest. I'm not sure that a small response does that however. Likely not. And were to take out Assad as a warning to the world against use of non-conventional weapons, who will fill the hole; Summi extremists?
I can't wait till we can start to really pressure the Saudis to stop supporting Sunni terror. Oh, wait, we'd have to develop all our energy resourses, which wold melt the earth. Oh well.
46 weeks ago
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Yeah, the Sunnis, aka, Al Queda, takes charge, or tries to, anyway.

The kicker is, if we seriously threaten Assad, he calls on Iran. If we then fight Iran, guess who they call up? Russia. (Mutual defense treaty.) If we then take on the Russians, as well, guess who has a mutual defense treaty with them? The Chinese.

That's aside from the way we've disrupted the Russian's economic interests in the area. That doesn't count the way Obama has treated the Russians over the last six years, either.

Sooner or later, Putin is going to do a cost/benefit analysis on all of this and see if it's worth dealing with us, at all, diplomatically or economically, and then, he'll call our bluff.

If the Russians call on the Chinese, they will have to do a similar 'cost/benefit analysis. If they decide to call our bluff, as well...

If it came to war, we could probably whip one or the other, Russia or China. We'd get bloody, but we could do it...mebbe. Taking on both of them, at the same time? We'd have to be very clever, very ruthless, and very lucky in order to win, and even if we won, we'd still get reamed.

So, the gamble of hitting Syria for any reason, however good or ill? We just put our entire paycheck on the table over a pair of deuces and a joker.
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