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. saywhat


    June 14, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    @ saywhat, Didn't US already use this worn out strategy to every and all governments US wanted to topple like Iraq, Libya Afghanistan Nicaragua, Somalia Cambodia Guatemala Grenada Lebanon Panama Bosnia Yemen Pakistan Kuwait Korea China Ect Ect. Massacre after massacre of civilians by drones, by rockets, by misguided ‘targeted assassinations’ in Afghanistan, Gaza, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan – the list goes on. The list of perpetrators, however, is short – only two. The United States and Israel.

    June 14, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Alex Jones

    Said so. Listen to Alex. Ben Rhodes's education was in fiction-writing and he was trying to write the Great American Novel. Big deal. He failed. So what????

    June 14, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO

    The geopolitical situation is easier than some of you think. Ever see a Mob Movie?

    NATO was able to help take out Ghadhafi without much debate because Ghadhafi wasn't a "made" guy any more. He had cut ties with Russia and no longer enjoyed their protection. Assad is different. He's a "made" guy. The US and NATO can't touch him without risking Russia's wrath. Russia hasn't signed off on a plan to get rid of Assad.

    And no, Israel doesn't necessarily want Assad replaced. They can handle Assad just fine. The rebels are an unknown.

    June 14, 2013 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    About time we learned the lessons of our follies, sadly that doesn'tseem to be happening.
    And@Bombo, the aAsad factor has been a thorn in Israel's side and without replacing him their designs on Iran and the region would not move forward. What they didn't count on was the 'rebel' factor getting out of hand and so the dilemma- let Assad remain or the 'rebels' take over.

    June 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    see you folks later

    June 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rupert

    @saywhat. Okaay.

    June 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Herbie

    I just read on RT news that if the US aids the rebels in Syria in would cost us nearly 50 million a day! Stay out of it Obama. We could use that money to help get us out our huge debt piling up

    June 14, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kerriwillis@aol.com

    I just read on a diff thread that if we go in there and aid the re bels in syr ia it would cost us nearly fifty million dollars a day. Please president Obama, keep the money here. We could use it here on Americans and not on cave men in the Middle East

    June 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chucky


    June 15, 2013 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. wut

    Here's the thing with Syria: The Saudis are playing the rebels and seek to put in a Saudi-puppet government. We're helping.

    June 15, 2013 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Its a well known fact that the ties between the rebels and AlQaeda run deep.
    Its also now known that Pr,Obama who wanted to avoid involvement in a new 'quagmire' and resisted it for months finally gave in to extreme pressure.

    June 15, 2013 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat


    Its the Saudi-Israel 'thing' to remove Assad with our backing of course.Syria traditionally tilted towards Iran & Russia and that doesn't serve either the Saudis,Israel or us.

    June 15, 2013 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    if you'r here this morning then do read "Mongolia,Canada,Israel & USA" by McDonald Stanisky in Counter Punch which appeared on June 13.
    This would give you an idea of what goes on this planet while we go about our business. @Dazzle would for sure want a read.

    June 15, 2013 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Enjoy your Saturday all.
    See you folks later perhaps.

    June 15, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
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