Links on Syria, Libya and Al-CIAda are down below.
– Obama Threatens Force Against Syria (New York Times, Aug 20, 2012):
WASHINGTON — President Obama warned Syria on Monday that it would face American military intervention if there were signs that its arsenal of unconventional weapons was being moved or prepared for use. It was Mr. Obama’s first direct threat of force against Syria, as he has resisted being drawn into the bloody 18-month rebellion.
The president’s warning raises the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, whom Mr. Obama again called on to relinquish power. And it underscores the deepening alarm among American officials that, as Syria sinks further into civil war, its unconventional weapons could be seized by radical forces tied to terrorist groups like Hezbollah or Al Qaeda.
The warning brings Mr. Obama, who has brushed aside calls to impose a no-fly zone or to arm the Syrian rebels, a step closer to direct American engagement. The specter of unconventional weapons being loosed in the heart of the Arab world, he said, would upend his calculation that military intervention would only worsen the situation.
“We cannot have a situation in which chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people,” Mr. Obama said in response to questions at an impromptu news conference at the White House. “We have been very clear to the Assad regime but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is, we start seeing a whole bunch of weapons moving around or being utilized.”
“That would change my calculus,” he added. “That would change my equation.”
Western authorities say that Syria’s arsenal includes chemical weapons but that they are uncertain whether the country has stockpiled biological weapons.
The president said the Pentagon was drafting a range of contingency plans, working with American allies in the region, including Israel and Turkey. He expressed little confidence that the Syrian government could keep its weapons stockpile under lock and key, given the widespread strife in the country.
Last month, American officials said they had unspecified evidence that Mr. Assad’s forces had moved some parts of the stockpile out of storage, although the transfer was never confirmed. Experts on Syria speculated at the time that the move reflected the government’s worry about the security of the weapons, not any intent to use them.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry announced in July that it would deploy chemical weapons only against foreign intervention, never against its own citizens.
A senior administration official emphasized that Mr. Obama’s warning was aimed at large-scale transfers of weapons that would make them vulnerable to capture by radical forces, not movements by the government intended to secure the arsenal.
The administration said it was monitoring suspected weapons sites, along with Turkey and Jordan, and has held discussions with Israel about how to respond to any breaches of security.
Mr. Obama, who has said little about Syria in recent weeks, stressed the regional risk from its unconventional weapons. “That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria,” he said. “It concerns our close allies in the region, including Israel. It concerns us.”
His comments seemed aimed as much at the Israelis as the Syrians. Israeli officials have indicated they might intervene if they thought those weapons were on the loose and might be unleashed on their territory.
By hinting that the United States might participate in locating and neutralizing the weapons, Mr. Obama was clearly trying to forestall the possibility of an Israeli move into Syria — and the reaction it might provoke.
For weeks, Mr. Obama’s aides and outside advisers to the White House and Pentagon have been saying that if Syria’s presumed stockpiles of unconventional weapons got loose, only the United States and a small group of European allies would have the technological capability to neutralize them. That would almost certainly require the insertion of specialized teams, which would require considerable protection while operating inside Syria.
The Pentagon contingency plans include worst-case scenarios that would require tens of thousands of American troops, two senior United States officials said on Monday. The officials, who declined to specify precisely how many troops might be needed, emphasized that the plans were the kind of worst-case contingency options that the Pentagon routinely draws up in crises, and that no American deployments were imminent.
“The problem is that the material is so dispersed,” said an expert who has been consulted by the administration. While the intelligence about the stockpiles is sketchy — there are widely varying estimates of how much material Mr. Assad has amassed, and where it is stored — American estimates indicate there could be as many as two dozen sites around the country.
The difficulty in pinpointing Syria’s stockpiles is one of many complexities that have made Mr. Obama leery of getting drawn into the conflict. On Monday, he described a so far limited American response that includes $82 million in humanitarian aid to help thousands of Syrian refugees, as well as efforts to help the Syrian opposition prepare for a transition of power.
It was almost a year to the day since Mr. Obama first called on Mr. Assad to resign, and he was plainly frustrated by the lack of progress. “So far, he hasn’t gotten the message and instead has doubled down in violence on his own people,” Mr. Obama said.
In Syria, a Japanese journalist was killed Monday while covering the conflict in Aleppo, Japan’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. The reporter, Mika Yamamoto, a veteran war correspondent, was hit by gunfire while she and a colleague were traveling with the rebel Free Syrian Army. Mr. Assad’s forces stepped up their attacks in and around the southwest city of Dara’a on Monday, with activists reporting raids, summary executions of suspected opposition figures and intensified shelling. There was no way to independently confirm those reports.
More on Syria:
– ‘US To Announce Aerial Blockade On Syria’ (which is an act of war!!!)
– U.S. State Department Quietly Warning Region On Syrian WMDs
An insurgent army which claims to be up to 15,000 strong is being coordinated from Turkey to take on President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, which risks plunging the region into open warfare.
On record: Interview With US General Wesley Clark (Ret.): US Government Planned To ‘Take Out 7 Countries In 5 Years’: ‘Starting With Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan And Finishing Off Iran’ (Video)
It’s Libya 2.0:
Al-CIAda in Libya:
– Webster Tarpley: Al-Qaeda Commander of NATO’s Bloody Reign of Terror in Tripoli is the Monster Abdel Hakim Belhadj, aka Abdel Hakim al-Hasadi, Friend of Osama Bin Laden, former US POW, and Infamous Killer of US Soldiers in Afghanistan
Meet the lie used to take out Gaddafi:
– The Corbett Report: The Assassination of Gaddafi & The Destruction Of Libya (Video)
Meet the BAD Guy:
The most interesting thing would be to know happened to these $200 billion:
I guess the 200 billion and 144 tons of gold …
… and a African sound currency …
… others say it is about oil, but some are convinced intervention in Libya is all about Gaddafi’s plan to introduce the gold dinar, a single African currency made from gold, a true sharing of the wealth.
… and oil …
… and …
… are an awful lot of good reasons to invade ANOTHER country. I hope you have listened to John Bolton.
Here are even more reasons why the NWO elitists had to destroy Libya:
And I am sure that the Libyan people will see not one dollar of the $200 billion benefiting their country.
Do you still believe your government? (From the article below):
“Obama administration officials were stunned last spring when they found $US37 billion in Libyan regime accounts and investments in the United States”
Barack Obama recently issued an executive order imposing a wave of sanctions against Libya, not only freezing Libyan assets, but barring Americans from having business dealings with Libyan banks.
So raise your hand if you knew that the United States has been extending billions of dollars in aid to Qaddafi and to the Central Bank of Libya, through a Libyan-owned subsidiary bank operating out of Bahrain. And raise your hand if you knew that, just a week or so after Obama’s executive order, the U.S. Treasury Department quietly issued an order exempting this and other Libyan-owned banks to continue operating without sanction.
Yes, all of this is more MSM & government bullshit we can take a bath in.
“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaeda. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US.”
– Robin Cook, Former British Foreign Secretary
Just one month after this article, published in the Guardian, Robin Cook DIED:
– Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook: ‘Al-Qaida, Literally “The Database”, Was Originally The Computer File Of The Thousands Of Mujahideen Who Were Recruited And Trained With Help From The CIA To Defeat The Russians’
– Al Qaeda Doesn’t Exist or How The US Created Al Qaeda (Documentary)
– BBC: Al-Qaeda Does Not Exist (Documentary)