Biden says 'no doubt' Syrian government used chemical weapons

WASHINGTON Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:01pm EDT

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden makes a statement to the press after his meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana presidential palace in Singapore July 26, 2013. REUTERS/Tim Chong

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden makes a statement to the press after his meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana presidential palace in Singapore July 26, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday the Syrian government was clearly responsible for a chemical weapons attack against civilians last week and that it must be held accountable for the "heinous" action.

"There is no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime," Biden said in a speech to the American Legion, a veterans' group, in Houston.

"Those who use chemical weapons against defenseless men, women and children should and must be held accountable," Biden said.

The White House said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama had not yet decided how the United States would respond to the attack, which occurred in a suburb of Damascus that is held by rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Paul Simao)

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Zolicon wrote:
Oh really now.Okay Mr.Biden lets see the proof.

Aug 27, 2013 6:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
rmkraussr wrote:
Biden is a “me too” person . . . .wants to climb on every bandwagon that comes along . . . . . never had an original thought . .. . . . he doesn’t speak for me, and I wish that he would not pretend to speak for the American citizenry. He is just the vice-president, and I hope that president Obama has good health. Biden as president would be a disaster . . . worse than Truman

Aug 27, 2013 9:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
And Biden knows this by virtue of what evidence?

Who appointed the U.S. as “Globocop,” anyway? For all the civilians that the U.S. has killed in Afghanistan & Iraq, alone, we’re no one to talk about the ‘innocence’ of civilians.

This is the same scenario as Bush telling the UN to get out of Iraq – as the UN was finishing certifying Saddam’s factual compliance with the UN Mandates – that there were no WMDs.

The UN doesn’t have the necessary answers on Damascus, yet.

Is Obama that desperate to “up” the budget ante?

The greater probability is that Obama is about to start a major regional confrontation, with Russia & Iran weighing in on the side of Syria.

Syria and Iran have a mutual defense pact. They have had enough time to anticipate intervention strikes. Iran has been developing anti-ship munitions & tactics for a long time. It wouldn’t take anything to close the Straits of Hormuz, closing the oil tanker traffic. Afterward, going after whatever U.S. Navy ships may be in the area – including at least one nuclear aircraft carrier. Just damaging any such ships would be incredibly costly and politically damaging.

In all likelihood, Iran anticipates a strike on Syria as a pretext for attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities – and is prepared to defend itself.

For the moment, Syria & Iran are being remarkably silent. Possibly, they are waiting for the last minute to advise Obama that he’s asking for a major confrontation, involving Jordan and Israel – if they allow their airspace to be used for Obama’s fine adventure.

Russia also hasn’t detailed any response in support to Syria. Putin could advise France and England that gasoline & heating oil are about to cost ten Euros per gallon; if they join Obama’s “coalition.”

If Obama follows through, this isn’t going to be a few sucker-punches to Syria.

Aug 28, 2013 3:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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