National Review : "Be skeptical of the administration’s claims on Syria."Submitted by dice on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 17:37
The WMD Excuse, Again. Be skeptical of the administration’s claims on Syria. By Alan Reynolds
When it comes to reports of civilian deaths from chemical weapons in opposition-occupied Syrian towns, the Obama White House suddenly claims to be as certain of its own intelligence as the Bush White House was about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction in October 2002. But it is much easier to rush into war, without congressional or popular approval, than it is to get out.
There was far more humility at the Obama White House the last time similar atrocities led the usual suspects to urge the U.S. to become militarily entangled in Syria. Complaining that “Mr. Obama made no response to a previous claim of chemical-weapons use,” a recent editorial in The Economist concludes that “America’s credibility depends on intervening.” Today, President Obama evidently agrees. But intervening cannot avoid taking sides — helping some favored group of thugs to either seize or retain control of the government (meaning the treasury, army, and police). So, which side is the U.S. supposed to take and why?
This article provides a very brief overview of the effects of different chemical weapon agents vs. the provided evidence on the ground. Worth checking out.