U.S. still aims to act with allies on Syria: Hagel

MANILA Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:41am EDT

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies at a Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing on ''Department Leadership.'' on Capitol Hill in Washington June 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies at a Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing on ''Department Leadership.'' on Capitol Hill in Washington June 11, 2013.

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MANILA (Reuters) - The United States will continue to seek out an international coalition to act together on Syria, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Friday, after Britain's parliament rejected military action.

"It is the goal of President (Barack) Obama and our government ... whatever decision is taken, that it be an international collaboration and effort," Hagel said during a trip to the Philippines, adding that the United States would continue to consult with Britain.

"Our approach is to continue to find an international coalition that will act together. And I think you're seeing a number of countries state, publicly state, their position on the use of chemical weapons."

Hagel said he would not "speculate on hypothetical situations" when asked whether there was anything Assad could do at this late stage to halt the threat of military action.

"I have not been informed of any change in the Assad regime's position on any issue. So, I deal with the reality of what we have," he said.

In a briefing with senior lawmakers on Thursday, Obama administration officials said they had "no doubt" chemical weapons were used in Syria and that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government had used them, U.S. Representative Eliot Engel, who participated in the call, told Reuters.

Hagel, who participated in the call, said "the objective of the call today was not to convince anyone of anything."

"The objective was to give the leaders of the Congress an update on our thinking and where we are on this issue and just as importantly seek their advice, to seek their opinions on a way forward."

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Mohammad Zargham and Eric Walsh)

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vit1868 wrote:
imagine for one second that we are wrong and this chemical provocation made al-Qaeda (buying a rocket). Now they will rejoice (“Ha ha, we again set their Sharia in another country handed blunt Yankees”).
And then they’ll think: “Is not the same to organize a bigger scam?” and buy and send another rocket with sarin (having given her “Russian”) on a U.S. base or city! Third world war? Of course then there is the CIA understand, but soldiers or civilians would die to have that time in great agony!

Alas, the simplest “solution” – to shift the blame on Assad, we will encourage such a terrible evil (ready to kill thousands of innocent people with children in order to win), which we have yet to come back, as already returned one day (11th of September) !

About “5 days later destroyed the evidence” – fragments of rockets and traces the impact of toxic substances in the soil and the grass or in 2 or 3 weeks will not be dispelled by any projectiles or wind!

Aug 30, 2013 2:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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“U.S. still aims to act with allies on Syria: Hagel”

Yes, now that Britain, much to its credit, says no to Syria intervention the U.S. still hopes it can cobble together a sufficient number of its remaining Allies to consider a Military action against Syria.

Hopefully the citizens of France will take a hint from the English and also force their government to jump this “Ship of Fools” in the US so eager to go to war.

A word of thanks here is due to the people of England who forced their government to alter its position on joining the US in attacking Syria.

I say to one and all: God Bless and Protect the People of England

It is most comforting to learn that there yet remains one Nation in this troubled world where both the Spirit and the Idea of Democracy is still alive and where the government feels constrained, indeed, compelled, to Honor and respect the “Will of the People” as opposed to the American nation that elected a Pharaoh who they naively believed would lead them to the “Promised Land” and instead led them towards one “mirage” after another, in the shifting sands of the limitless deserts of the Middle East.

I only regret that my Beloved Mother, who passed away only a few days ago at the ripe old age of 97, did not live quite long enough to learn of this inspiring news.

How proud she would have been of the very courageous people of Great Britain who stood up and literally came out into the streets of London to say:

“No more senseless death and certainly no more senseless death in the name of this, our Proud English Nation. We are tired of death in all its many forms.”

Should we not pause a moment to Honor most highly the brave people of England, a nation whose greatest Bard, William Shakespeare, penned the following poignant and timeless words so worth reflecting on today and remembering always.

Shakespeare’s immortal lines describe the very Heart and Soul of the English people- may God Bless and protect them always.

From the play, “Richard II”, William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

“This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,—
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.”

King Richard II. Act ii. Sc. 1

As Shakespeare himself once said:

“I can no other answer make but Thanks and Thanks and ever Thanks.”

Thank you England for being an example to the world and showing the rest of the world that endless death and endless destruction is not the answer to solve the world’s problems in the 21rst Century.

And it never will be.

Aug 30, 2013 3:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
vit1868 wrote:
imagine for one second that we are wrong and this chemical provocation made al-Qaeda (buying a rocket). Now they will rejoice (“Ha ha, we again set their Sharia in another country handed blunt Yankees”).
And then they’ll think: “Is not the same to organize a bigger scam?” and buy and send another rocket with sarin (having given her “Russian”) on a U.S. base or city! Third world war? Of course then there is the CIA understand, but soldiers or civilians would die to have that time in great agony!

Together with the statement: “Assad used chemical weapons” was necessary to declare at once. “He found insane maniac – suicide, “because I do not find any more clear explanation for this order of Assad when FSA hit” on all fronts “, and inspectors arrived in the country of chemical weapons!

Aug 30, 2013 3:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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