June 14th, 2013
10:15 AM ET

Syria: U.S. lying about chemical weapons

Claims and counterclaims came thick and fast Friday in response to the White House's declaration hours earlier that it believes the Syrian government has crossed a "red line" in using chemical weapons against rebels.

That conclusion - declared for the first time Thursday - is prompting the United States to increase the "scale and scope" of its support for the opposition, the White House said, although officials stopped short of saying it will put weapons in the hands of rebels.

The U.S. report won backing from the UK government Friday - but Syria and its allies in Moscow quickly sought to cast its integrity into doubt.

The Syrian foreign ministry accused Washington of releasing "a statement full of lies regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria," according to a statement on state TV.


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  1. Randy

    I love our country. I am sorry about all this mess. But can we stay the h@ ll out for once!

    June 14, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    UN investigations have always pointed a finger at the rebels for use of small amounts of sarin, the 'chemical weapons' in question.

    June 14, 2013 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Obama admn tried hard to keep away from direct intervention but goading from Israel & their resorting to airstrikes made it harder for the admn to maintain that stance.

    June 14, 2013 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    My week wouldn't be complete without a propaganda-filled statement from the Syrian Government.

    June 14, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. stuart

    How do you know all this saywhat?
    I agree banasy. Propaganda all the way and Russia backs up the nonesense too.

    June 14, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    good morning@banasy
    Its propaganda from both sides and support from countries involved is based on own agenda. Nothing new here except for the indication of US preparing for intervention.

    June 14, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    @ saywhat, Let us not forget that the man Behind Syrian 'Chemical weapons' claim is a fiction writer who covered up Benghazi.

    June 14, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    i'm an ordinary American who just wants to know where are we going and why? The info is out there always wire services, news outlets, articles. One just has to have the desire to be informed to form opinions.

    June 14, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    Ben Rhodes the White House national security advisor behind the claim that President Bashar Al-Assad used chemical weapons in Syria, is a fiction writer. He has been a foreign policy speechwriter since 2007. . His brother, David, is president of CBS News..... This is a joke.... CBS NEWS! This is about fictional as The wizard of OZ.

    June 14, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    What ever @ saywhat...

    June 14, 2013 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)©

    How do we honestly know which side to believe ? If chemical weapons have truly been used, how do we say. with complete authority, who actually did it ? In my mind, if the government has chosen to do this, they will have known that they crossed that red line and just went whole hog instead of just a spot hit. On the other hand, the rebels with their al queda ranks, seems to me more the apt culprit in an attempt to force western intervention.
    Either way, we need to stay out of that mess.

    June 14, 2013 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hey, bciah. What's the haps? I agree. Especially NO boots on Syrian soil! We have enough problems in this country.
      I said last year that the rebels seem as hell bent on destruction as the Government. I was told I "stuttered" by a trollish poster who hasn't been seen since. My point? There is no good verses bad here; the lines are not clearly drawn.
      See my comments from 2 years ago...

      June 14, 2013 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Hey banasy

      Nothing happening but mid 90 temps and humidity to match. This mess in Syria is a no win situation. If the government prevails, the people against the president lose. If the al queda rebels succeed, everybody loses. So whaddyadoo ? My thinking is, whatever other countries want to get involved in this, knock youself out. But for us, Uh Uh.
      In regards to our own problems, I read a very interesting and thought provoking article the other day. It had to do with the problem of immigration. While our government officials have all but killed each other over immigration from our southern border, they have all but ignored the influx of immigration from the islamic nations. The ones arriving now are much more radicalized. Since these modern muslims have been more exposed to Sharia, it stands to reason that is what they expect now too. More attention needs to be generated in this area. Our own destruction could very well come from within.

      June 14, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    We can't stay out as i said earlier@bobcat. We were committed the day we okayed the Syrian implosion.

    June 14, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    @Mary your right about Ben Rhodes the D.NSA director for strategic communications & speech writer for Pr.Obama.

    June 14, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Well, naturally I was blocked.
    Saywhat, no boots on Syrian soil. However else the US is involved, that MUST not happen.
    Bciah, it is true both sides tend to spew whatever is most advantageous to their position. The truth lies somewhere in between.

    June 14, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Though the likes of Graham & Mc Cain up on the Hill won't.

    June 14, 2013 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
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