Kerry’s narrative is full of holes. First, we’ve yet to ascertain that chemical weapons really were used by Assad …
Second…It must know that by using chemical weapons it would isolate itself from any international support and invite a Western military response. More importantly, Assad was already winning the war – so why bother to use WMDs during the last lap to victory?
Stanley makes the same point many of us are edging towards. Why would Assad do this? Remember this they thought WMD’s were used previously? There is evidence assigning blame to the rebels. And, they are threatening to do it. How do they have chemical weapons? Oops.
Added to this is Ambassador Rice’s assertion last week that a mere denial of a UN investigation is proof. Kerry’s comments this week aren’t any better. And by better, I mean, according to the U.S. system of justice including but not limited to the 5th amendment and that whole concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ Assad is guilty of a lot of things, but of using chemical weapons? I’m not so sure.
We are rushing headlong into war without even a Bush-era lie to guide us.
What is going on in Syria is ruthless, bloody, and something I want to stop, but we do not know the full story. There are reports of Al-Qaeda intermixing (leading) with the rebels.
And, as I tend to tract libertarian when it comes to foreign policy, I am just unsure about involving ourselves (again) in another crisis not our own.