September 28th, 2012
06:47 PM ET

Panetta: Syria moving chemical weapons

Another disturbing development involving the worsening crisis in Syria. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta revealed U.S. intelligence shows Syria has moved some of its chemical weapons for security purposes. It's a red line that the president has warned the country against crossing. Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr has the latest.

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    Lot of folks putting a lot of other arguments into this conversation... bottom line is... Syria is a violent hotbed right now... their long time dictator shows no signs of giving up... forces loyal to him have held out... rebel forces still haven't provided anyone with comfort about what Syria will look like if they win... and the bloodshed continues... Syrians that jumped up and down celebrating in the streets after 9/11/2001 are now feeling the effects of acting like barbarians... who wants to help you? The US is a supporter but will not get involved... you know, most country's that come from Revolution had to overthrow their oppressors on their own right? We don't owe it to the Rebels to get involved... we don't owe anybody anything... The US is tired of policing everybody and trying to prevent WW3 everywhere we go... people need to settle their differences and govern themselves.

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    September 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  14. doabitofhomework

    It doesn't matter whose hands those WMDs are in – if they're Muslim hands of any stripe, it's enough to make any civilized person's skin crawl.

    All Muslims know that wazooing the West (particularly the U.S.) into wars against Muslims will dry them up. Military used up. Economy crashing. Morale in the sewers. Primed and ready to be INVADED. Haven't we already SEEN how these things happen to us from our wars against Muslims? Do our populations LEARN from them? NO. Do our leaders? Sometimes, but are sneered at as wooses if they aren't belligerent about it.

    What Muslims really HATE is humiliation. Their nether regions of their bodies, together with their holy books, tell them they're REAL men. Of the "mega" variety, of course. Any "insult" to their faith is a direct insult to their go-nads, and I don't need to tell anyone how the human male reacts to that. Another thing they hate is to be IGNORED. They MUST have reactions from us, even negative ones – but there must BE a reaction.

    While they'd prefer we go to war against people other than themselves, they'll accept it, even if aimed at themselves specifically. The purpose is to decimate the West in every way, and make them do it to themselves. We've often been stupid enough to let them get us to do it, too. HAVE we learned anything yet? Maybe. Depends on who "the decider" is.

    Muslims "keep their eye on the prize." Total global conquest for Islam is the prize. Naturally, anything that'll make it easier for them to conquer us is fine as paint. Atrocities, sadism, genocides, nukes...

    They just love our Bibis, Bushes, Rambos and Romneys, because it is they who can reliably beat war drums and then ACT on them. They can be relied upon to react viscerally.

    They wail that the West wants to make war on Islam. Another cute ploy. Because it is the Muslims who have already BEEN at war with the entire non-Muslim segment of humanity – for 1400 years. Nonstop.

    While we play mind games about which religion has slaughtered the most people in their histories, only ISLAM is presently doing so. And the methods used are bestial, remorseless and done without hesitation. Yet they STILL have most in the West convinced that they're tolerant and peaceful. Quite a trick, huh? Like a man in the process of beating his wife, while declaring to the skies that he never beats anyone. Usually not believed. Except when Muslims do it. Could it be the oil, perchance? If so, IS oil worth our own survival? Because that IS the choice we're making.

    Their propaganda is well-honed to make US the bad guys while they, the "peaceful tolerant" Muslims, are always the victims. It's worked for centuries, so why not now? Well, the Internet has had something to do with that, but even the Web can't eliminate all of our inherent stupidity. While it's as easily used to promote jihadis, and even provides a platform for our politicians to tell flat lies, which even the most thorough debunking can't get them to drop, the Internet STILL has the power TO do that debunking, of both politicians and the lies of Muslims. And occasionally, some people even listen.

    That "thing" which wants us all dead cannot be opposed without understanding first what that "thing" is really all about. And we don't WANT to know, because we're terrified of it and want their oil. Besides, as a public, we're too intellectually LAZY to do any homework – just leave it all to someone else to "fix" for us, so we can watch reality shows and pay no heed to the REAL reality show that's playing out everywhere in our world. A reality show which has our survival stapled onto it. And, to most of us, the only real solution is to make war. Which is the worst thing we can do. So is hating, because our own hate corrodes US inside, rendering our analytical ability null and void, while poisoning us and removing all of our best human traits by glorifying the worst ones. Any one of us who acts on knowledge, without the visceral and violent male-typical reaction, is deemed "weak." In that sense most of us aren't any better than Muslims are.

    Only cool heads can help us cope with an Islam which won't quit till it owns every single one of us. So just how many cool heads can the free world count? That's scary, too.

    Oh, and BTW, I'm a liberal. Our survival should NEVER be a partisan issue.

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    If we keep trying to police the world there will eventually be a uprising. Obama does not want war. I think of all presidents he is the most likely to avoid it.

    He has no oil involved unlike Bush and Cheney. He isn't trying to fill his pockets like the past presidents. So.... this administration is going to avoid war at all costs.

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    • Cheese Wonton

      Better read up on what is being called the Levant Basin, a huge oil and gas formation that runs from the Egyptian to the Syrian coast.. According the energy sector experts Israel could be a net energy exporter in ten years, maybe less. Israel want to build facilities in Gaza, which Hamas is not too excited to provide. That oil field just made the middle east even more complicated.

      September 30, 2012 at 2:40 am | Reply
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    11th commandment:

    Thou shall taketh your oil...

    September 29, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
    • Burgo

      The 11th commandment is love thy neighbour but a non Christian would not understand that fact ... geez

      September 29, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
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  17. terv423

    The US and NATO countries are full of BS. Destroying Iraq and Libya were not enough, their fingers are itching for Syria.They probably want to sacrifice more of their soldiers

    September 29, 2012 at 8:01 am | Reply
  18. Essayons

    ohhh lord here we go again (-__-) we are most likely going to end up going in to Syria. i have been telling everyone this crap was coming, next thing you know Iran moves in to help Syria out, then Russia and China move in as well because they warned us about messing with Iran and what do we have???? ohhh WW3?

    September 29, 2012 at 4:45 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      Well said, Essayons. Thank you.

      September 29, 2012 at 8:00 am | Reply
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      September 29, 2012 at 10:23 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      one more thing...Iran needs to be dealt with caution. We need to control Iran's pride possessions before it become another Syrian style headache for us. Syria has chemical weapons, but Iran, like Israeli PM mentioned, she has highly enriched Uranium, two different ball games here.

      September 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  19. Nol

    Pleased to see this in the light. This administration has our back. But it is not about D or R, it is about USA. This is critically serious stuff to be messing in election politics. We must pull together in these matters. A house divided will not stand.

    September 28, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Good grief Nol, your comment is one of most dumbest ones I've seen here yet! You sound like another war loving, ignorant Tea Partier. Are you one by some chance?

      September 29, 2012 at 8:04 am | Reply
  20. Jack

    Do you mean the VX nerve agent that Saddam Hussein drove out of Iraq down highways 1 and 12 during the air campaign? "Bush lied, people died..." Gee, I guess we found the WMD. My question to you, obama hack: What are you going to do about it? Hezbollah or Al Qaeda walks away with nerve agent while obama campaigns. Tell that story to your grandkids on the front porch, Panetta.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • Cheese Wonton

      Syria has had a chemical weapons program since losing the 1973 Yom Kippur War to Israel. They didn't need Iraqs weapons, they have had a vigorous program of their own with help from India.

      September 30, 2012 at 2:43 am | Reply

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