August 26th, 2013
02:59 PM ET

Missile strikes on Syria likely response to chemical attack

By Chris Lawrence, Elise Labott and Tom Cohen

Few question that there was a major chemical attack in Syria last week, and the United States has made clear that it blames the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Now, the question is how President Barack Obama will respond.

For almost two years, Obama has avoided direct military involvement in Syria's civil war, only escalating aid to rebel fighters in June after suspected smaller-scale chemical weapons attacks by Syrian government forces.

However, last week's attack on a Damascus suburb that reportedly killed and wounded more than 3,000 people obliterated the "red line" Obama set just over a year ago against the use of Syria's chemical weapons stocks.

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  1. SayanIndia

    The Syrian regime by now is likely to move a good proportion of its chemical stockpile to hardened buried shelters likely invulnerable to cruise missile strikes or stand-off weapons.

    A closer strike with Precision Guided Munitions (Paveway or JDAM series) will be the logical solution but will have to engage the respectable Syrian air defence grid en route.

    Sayan.

    August 27, 2013 at 7:45 am | Reply
    • BIG SHIZ

      If we put up planes some will be shot down(they have a good air defense system that Russia gave them). And then we'll have to put boots on the ground and before you know it where in a full scale war.

      August 27, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  2. Carson Rhodes Thaler

    False Flag... proof is in how urgent the US and Britain make this out to be. These two countries unsuccessfully tried to scam the resource rich nations of the middle east out of their loot back in the 60's. Now the goal (of the US and Britian) is to make constant conflict in the region so they can have the claim that they must intervene for stability sake. In truth, it's a constant attempt to orchestrate power and resource in the direction of the US and Britain. Converting countries to "democracies" so we can purchase their resources for pennies on the dollar. Assad didn't use WMD. The US sponsored terrorist "rebels" did... If you truly think that Assad used WMD, first show me the WMD from Saddam Hussein and Iraq... You know the ones that the US and Britain claimed to exist...

    August 27, 2013 at 2:27 am | Reply
    • BCoo

      If it was a false flag attack that also means that Assad has lost control of his chemical weapons. Should we just allow these two groups to then gas each other until the problem 'goes away'? Or should we try to secure the chemical weapons from both sides? It's a lose-lose situation (welcome to chemical warfare, or war in general for that matter), but by advocating for hands off you choose to let them kill each other and let the problem solve itself. That is an interestingly appealing choice! It's way cheaper, we don't get US and British personnel killed, and the Arab world can't complain that the 'west' is intervening. But then you have to be prepared for a lot of death, and specifically innocent people being killed. And after a few hundred thousand to millions die don't be outraged as to why the world allowed this to happen.

      August 27, 2013 at 7:42 am | Reply
  3. Gutfd Khgdr

    Assad has not sold his sole yet...

    August 26, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  4. Gutfd Khgdr

    "Dear Obama, Please send missiles on Syria right away. Our country is crowding with muslim terrorists. Please don’t delay."- I'm not surprised this was said above-

    August 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  5. Gutfd Khgdr

    YOU CANNOT FIX STUPID-

    August 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  6. Gutfd Khgdr

    saeeds coment makes about as much sense as a two leg camel

    August 26, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Reply
    • suibne

      ever really look at a camel. four legs make no sense either.....nothing makes sense with a camel.

      August 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Reply
      • marco1

        Camels,A horse designed by a commity.

        August 27, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
  7. Gutfd Khgdr

    PEOPLE OF THE WORLD NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE ACTUAL USE OF WMD IS A THREAT TO THEIR WAY OF LIFE-

    August 26, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  8. lance

    why cant the USA focus on its national debt and its economy ? stop spending american taxes and chinese loans on stupid foreign aid and other countries civil wars. amerca deeds help right here at home ! vote these lameass liberals out of office asap.

    August 26, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      You're wrong about one thing, lance. Obama is just another right-wing thug just like the rest of those politicians in Washington these days. If he wasn't, he'd never get us into this upcoming obnoxious war against Syria. If he ever had any moral principles at all, he ditched them upon assuming the Presidency!!! And now the lives of others hold no meaning for him, none at all!

      August 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  9. dasdf4567ghj

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    August 26, 2013 at 19:05 | Report abuse | Reply

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    August 26, 2013 at 19:05 | Report abuse | Reply

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    OBAMA.

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    BILL CLINTON.

    KIRSHNER.

    RUSEF.

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    THE KING OF SPAIN.

    ANGELA MERKEL.

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    WILLIAMS AR THUR PHILIPPRICE.
    ABE AND JOSIKO NODA.

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    ASK THEM WHY WE DEMAND POLITICS DIRECTLY 1,000,000 DOLLARS FOR EACH TELOMER DAMAGED.
    August 26, 2013 at 19:05 | Report abuse | Reply

    DRUG TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN OF NORTH AMERICAN PRESIDENTS:
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    OBAMA.

    BUSH.

    BILL CLINTON.

    KIRSHNER.

    RUSEF.

    NICOLAS MATURE.

    THE KING OF SPAIN.

    ANGELA MERKEL.

    THE PRINCE OF ENGLAND.
    GUILLERMO PRINCE.
    WILLIAMS AR THUR PHILIPPRICE.
    ABE AND JOSIKO NODA.

    BAN KI MOON

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    August 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  10. BudW

    Where did Syria get WMD? Iraq? Bush was right after all

    August 26, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @BudW,don't remember Reagan sending Rumsfield and Texas Charlie Wilson to sell sarin gas,conventional weapons to Kadafi,Hussein,Afghan rebels years ago..How Reagan got caught using the CIA against congressional warnings not to and when the CIA got caught in the Iran Contra deal with its pants down Reagan said publicly he didn't remember..Those are just some of what republicans got away with and Bushs,Cheney worse in Iraq,Afghanistan wars remember and these sanctumonious,ignorent republicans wanting impeachment for Pres.Obama for what,nothing worth even mentioning here that's how rediculous it is!!Remember posters if we send in missiles to Syria all we'll do is spread that unused serin gas around and more deaths will mount and it'll be our fault for doing something we should of never done in the first place,getting involved in some other countrys business when we have problems of our own to fix here,need I say more!!

      August 26, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Reply
      • marco1

        Well Pete, since it's Obama he will set aside Bush's play book and take a page from Clinton's play book.
        He'll lob some missiles at some empty desert and declare victory.

        August 27, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
  11. President Bashar al-Assad

    Dear Obama, Please send missiles on Syria right away. Our country is crowding with muslim terrorists. Please don't delay.

    August 26, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  12. BudW

    USA has no business attacking Syria, Quit acting like dictators.

    August 26, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  13. Daniel

    Once we start shooting, Syria will unleash real Chemical warheads on Israel, then Israel will nuke Damascus and it will be our Jesuit lead Gpvernments fault when all those people die before our very eyes!

    August 26, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Reply
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    THE KING OF SPAIN.

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    August 26, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Reply
    • marco1

      Can I be the first to ask-What the heck was that supposed to mean?

      August 27, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  15. sparks2000

    if chemical weapon use is a crime against humanity, then what is the US guilty of?Whatever the justification-–WW1Xylyl bromide,Chlorine, Phosgene, Chloromethyl chloroformate, Trichloromethyl chloroformate, Chloropicrin, Stannic chloride, Ethyl iodoacetate, Bromoacetone, Hydrogen cyanide, Hydrogen sulfide, (Sulphuretted hydrogen), Mustard gas, --

    WW2--mustard gas
    and/or by use of Carbonylchlorid, COCl, atomic bombs-–
    Korean war-–

    bombs containing disease-carrying insects and
    food.--
    Vietnam war--agent orange--
    gulf war/Iraq invasion--depleted uranium--0--

    August 26, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  16. George patton

    make sure it hits the target, presidential palace.

    August 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  17. Peppy

    @ Gerald, please don't be so blind, its both parties. People really need to figure that out, honestly I don't see how you missed it.

    August 26, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  18. Gerald O'Hare

    It has become self evident that the right-wing thugs in Washington are hellbent on taking over Syria! Since their "rebel" cronies found themselves on the losing side of Syria's civil war, the only way left to conquer Syria is now direct military intervention. Now the true bloodbath begins! These politicians in Washington truly make me sick!

    August 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • BudW

      Knock Knock the CIC is a Democrat blame him dummie.

      August 26, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  19. saeed

    usa and britain are soon getting nuked back to the prehistoric age and after that australia, ireland dublin, norway oslo and ghana accra are getting nuked to the prehistoric age. 1 icbm armed with 12 nuclear warheads will bank minch meat out of london.

    August 26, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • Two Knuckles Deep

      And who, Mr. Saeed, will be deploying this ICBM? Judging by your name, I am assuming you would be more concerned that your people are butchering each other in the streets of Tripoli, Cairo, Baghdad, Damascus, Homs, Karachi, Islaamabad, Mogadishu, Mosul, Benghazi, Grozny, Beirut, Lahore, and in the wastelands of Mali, Nigeria, the Sinai Peninsula, Swat, Waziristan, and who knows elsewhere. Yet you evidently do not give even a passing thought to the obvious reasons for violence, instability, and general barbarity in these regions. The reason is a devout faith in a god that doesn't exist, and the followers of said god who seem consumed by the idea of a holy war with every other "other". Stop seeking enemies outside, when the enemy has been within the whole time.

      Besides even if these countries were nuked back to the stone age, they would still be better off than all those hell-holes I mentioned above.

      August 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Reply
      • Peppy

        That one always gets me = HOLY-WAR, now that's an oxymoron !!!!!

        August 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • a

      saeed is not really a saeed. dont believe this imposter trying to rile people up and cause trouble. I've seen his other posts.

      August 26, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @saeed,quit chasing those camels around and do some real research..It's getting past disturbing reading your ignorence here!!

      August 26, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Reply
    • marco1

      I have never understood his beef with Irish. what is up with that?

      August 27, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • gary

      another brainless raghead comment

      August 28, 2013 at 8:03 am | Reply
  20. Satan666

    Yes, my beloved servants. Start the war to end all wars!!!! Ruin all of creation with my nuclear wrath!!!! Destroy the Christians!!!

    August 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • GHynson

      Aren't you supposed to get your @$$ tossed into the lake of fire in the end?

      August 27, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Reply

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