The chairs of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees said Tuesday briefings lead them to believe Syrian President Bashar al Assad has crossed President Obama’s “red line” and used a chemical weapons on his citizens, and that U.S. military action should be taken once this is confirmed.
“This is highly classified and we have been advised to be careful with what we say,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on CNN.
“I’m told that the White House has been briefed…and the White House has to make some decisions in this. I think the days are becoming more desperate and the regime is more desperate and we know where the chemical weapons are. It’s not a secret that they’re there and I think the probabilities are very high that we’re going into some very dark times. I think the White House needs to be prepared now that both committees have been fully briefed,” she said.
House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) concurred.
“I have a high probability to believe chemical weapons were used,” he told CNN. “We need that final verification but given everything we know over the last year and a half, I…would come to the conclusion that they are either positioned for use or in fact have been used, and in both of those scenarios I think we need to step up in the world community to prevent a humanitarian disaster.”
So, what does that mean? American troops going into Syria? Sounds like it. Happy 10th Iraq War Anniversary.
UPDATE: How exciting! Look who we would be going in to support:
The evidence was incontrovertible, captured on video and posted on YouTube for all the world to see. During a demonstration against the Syrian regime, Wael Ibrahim, a veteran activist, had tossed aside a banner inscribed with the Muslim declaration of faith.
And that, decreed the officers of the newly established Sharia Authority set up to administer rebel-held Aleppo, constitutes a crime under Islamic law, punishable in this instance by 10 strokes of a metal pipe.
The beating administered last month offered a vivid illustration of the extent to which the Syrian revolution has strayed from its roots as a largely spontaneous uprising against four decades of Assad family rule. After mutating last year into a full-scale war, it is moving toward what appears to be an organized effort to institute Islamic law in areas that have fallen under rebel control.