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Obama warns Assad WMD a 'red line'

2012-08-20 22:19

Washington - President Barack Obama on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar Assad that the use or deployment of chemical or biological weapons in his country's conflict would be a "red line" for the United States as it views Damascus's suppression of the uprising.

Noting that he had not "at this point" ordered US military engagement in Syria, Obama told reporters during an unscheduled appearance in the White House briefing room that the issue of chemical and biological weapons was of high concern to the both the United States and its close ally, Israel.

"A red line for us is [if] we see a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around, or being utilised. That would change my calculus," Obama said.

Comments
  • kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-20 23:17

    Assad its okay, you can carry on killing Syrians with tanks using phosphorus shells, aircraft using napalm and other haevy weapons but dont use chemical weapons. Obama should keep quiet lest he show how ineffective his policy on Syria is because tehy are protected by the criminal Putin.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-21 01:01

      Couldn't agree more. Truly, I don't know how he sleeps at night.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-21 07:46

      What a petty, disconnected suggestion. Are you willing to say that to the Syrians clammering for help while literally being butchered in their homes?

  • imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-20 23:25

    What we need is a bipolar/multipolar world. No domination by one ideology, so I like Putin. Now we need China/Russia/India/Brazil to for a military union to counter the outdated and bankrupt NATO. Once u have that, then no more democracies by bombing.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-21 01:00

      A multipolar world is where we're heading which, in the long-term is good. Unfortunately Russia and China are so backward and oppressive that they're the main reason why your unelected dictator Assad is running amuck. They're also running amuck themselves in their own countries. It's just a matter of time before more Russian and Chinese people say enough is enough. Obama and the freer are allowing this to happen, of course, which is totally unacceptable to all free minded people, of which you unfortunately are not one at present. As to "democracy by bombing", what you created in the Middle East in terms of leadership structures and sheer oppression, especially of women, has been barbaric beyond description. If you had developed freedom and human rights, there wouldn't be the need to help those among you who want freedom but are faced with oppressive dictators in control of state machinery, including the military.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-21 11:54

      Imam you are just another one of these backward muslims. Why are all muslim countries poor?

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-08-21 12:33

      Dont get me wrong Imam that really is a cool story BUT did you know the deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle.

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-21 00:45

    Well Obama needn't send his troops and warplanes, all he needs to do is give Israel the green light and the Asad and the Iranian regimes are history

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-08-21 03:11

      Indeed, and we know that Israel has nukes!

      jaba.kov - 2012-08-21 13:35

      Indeed, and we know that Israel will never use them nukes! Unlike the undemocratic Arab regimes (Syria/Iran) if they get them.

  • George - 2012-08-21 02:43

    What would happen if Syria renamed its chemical stockpile "Agent Orange"? Would that make it OK, Barack?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-21 07:06

      That was fifty years ago and that administration was removed by the American people in sixty seconds flat. Sad that the Syrian people don't have the same powers.

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-08-21 03:10

    You have to love the hypocrisy of politicians - it implies that's ok to kill innocent people with bombs, so long as you don't do it in one go.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-21 03:58

    To have allowed 20 000 Syrians been slaughtered by this assad monster, shows a weak leadership in the West. But, even without (hardly) any help from outside , the Syrians will get rid of their dictator. For sure !!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-21 04:22

    Obama is a weak kneed prick !! 20,000 people have lost their lives and the leader of the west natters on and on and on...

      boom.baracus - 2012-08-21 08:31

      Why must the US do it? Why not Iran? Why not Russia? Why not China?

  • Maseeullah Bhayat - 2012-08-21 04:58

    18 months, 20000+ civilian deaths, Syria's Infrastructure destroyed... so why the resistance from Assad? why the lack of US, UN, Nato intervention as in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan. Is Assad backed by the UN who requires a testing ground for an entire arsenal of bio chemical and nuclear weapons? Perhaps the Iranian Ally to Damascus terrifies the West & her Allies

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-21 07:07

      What a weird idea. And it sounds like you actually believe it.

      boom.baracus - 2012-08-21 08:32

      Why not Iran? Why not Russia? Why not China? These are the questions you should be asking.

  • jan.matsetela - 2012-08-21 06:56

    Things are not going the way they did with Libya now u want an excuse to go to war.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-21 07:09

      The problem is the US and freer world has done almost nothing to help the Syrian people trying to free themselves from decades of oppression. Why would you not want this to happen.

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-21 07:44

      Jan. are you ok with a minority government holding power at the point of a gun?

      amir.fernandez.351 - 2012-08-21 07:45

      bollocks! They have an agenda, the freeing of syrians is just by the way!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-21 16:01

      They have an agenda which they're pursuing by doing nothing? All the while Syrians and their families are literally being butchered in their homes by Assad using their military. You've said zero about this, and zero about how he should be stopped. The agenda is yours, to oppose the West no matter what. This is more than obvious.

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-08-21 07:02

    The current president is begining to sound remarkebly like the old one

  • Bertie Hunter Kenedy Henery - 2012-08-21 07:18

    are you guys morons? its chemical warfare not politics you guys like to complain alot ? you do not know what pain war brings , the worlds largest superpower has to step in because the fact of the matter is if they do not step in a ww3 can happen america did not step in , when they should have in ww2 and most of europe was destroyed , stop thinking with your hippie love bullplop fact is the world is a dangerous place and you have to use force in situations that require it or alot of people die

      amir.fernandez.351 - 2012-08-21 07:43

      it takes a moron not to see that the US is the causer of a ww3 situation! The worlds largest superpower cant even protect its own citizens from ' disturbed lone gunmen' who seems to strike almost once a month! It would seem that THEY are the modern day hitlers with the WMD!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-21 07:49

      Shows how deluded Amir is. All the while hundreds of thosuands of inncoent Muslims are literally being butchered by unelected dictators and Jihadists.

  • Timinology - 2012-08-21 07:27

    Hehehehe what weapons of mess destruction is Obama talking about?? This guy just wants to finish off Syria. If he is worried about such weapons, he would first deal with the ones in his country.

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-21 07:46

      Syria has the worlds largest(official) stock of chemical weapons. The US isn't facing a civil war or moving it's chemical weaponry around.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-21 07:50

      You're twisting yourself in a knot and missing what is really happening in the world. Untie yourself.

      jan.matsetela - 2012-08-21 08:33

      Tru that

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-21 07:29

    Let Syria rule their people their own way according to their own customs. Who is the USA to tell others what to do in their own countries!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-21 07:51

      Are you even aware that Syrians are trying to free themselves from decades of oppression at the hands of unelected dictators? What would you say if your family was literallybutchered before your eyes by that dictator, in control of the Syran state and its miltary, your state and your military. What woudl you say.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-21 07:55

    Truth is USA have no money to make war in Syria, wouldn't stop republicans though

  • jaba.kov - 2012-08-21 13:32

    Dear Obama, appeasement does not work. Go tell the twenty two thousand dead Syrians about your ‘red line’. I think its time the republicans come back – your too weak Obama.

  • bleu2013 - 2013-05-18 23:06

    Obama really itching for a war with Syria, (after that Iran, causing a world war) don't forget they already tried that with Iraq, falsified intelligence reports to read that Saddam Hoosain possessed " weapons of mass destruction" Same b/ s all over again because the military industrial complex requires a war ????

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