This came from the State Dept. website. I don't want to link to them here. But if you want to vet this you can go to the State Dept. website and it's on front page.
Well, for the last several days President Obama and his entire national security team have been reviewing the situation in Syria, and today I want to provide an update on our efforts as we consider our response to the use of chemical weapons.
What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality. Let me be clear: The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders, by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. By any standard it is inexcusable, and despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable.
The meaning of this attack goes beyond the conflict in Syria itself, and that conflict has already brought so much terrible suffering. This is about the large-scale, indiscriminate use of weapons that the civilized world long ago decided must never be used at all – a conviction shared even by countries that agree on little else. There is a clear reason that the world has banned entirely the use of chemical weapons. There is a reason the international community has set a clear standard and why many countries have taken major steps to eradicate these weapons. There is a reason why President Obama has made it such a priority to stop the proliferation of these weapons and lock them down where they do exist. There is a reason why President Obama has made clear to the Assad regime that this international norm cannot be violated without consequences. And there is a reason why no matter what you believe about Syria, all peoples and all nations who believe in the cause of our common humanity must stand up to assure that there is accountability for the use of chemical weapons so that it never happens again.
Last night after speaking with foreign ministers from around the world about the gravity of this situation, I went back and I watched the videos, the videos that anybody can watch in the social media, and I watched them one more gut-wrenching time. It is really hard to express in words the human suffering that they lay out before us. As a father, I can’t get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead child, wailing while chaos swirled around him; the images of entire families dead in their beds without a drop of blood or even a visible wound; bodies contorting in spasms; human suffering that we can never ignore or forget. Anyone who can claim that an attack of this staggering scale could be contrived or fabricated needs to check their conscience and their own moral compass.
What is before us today is real, and it is compelling. So I also want to underscore that while investigators are gathering additional evidence on the ground, our understanding of what has already happened in Syria is grounded in facts informed by conscience and guided by common sense. The reported number of victims, the reported symptoms of those who were killed or injured, the firsthand accounts from humanitarian organizations on the ground like Doctors Without Borders and the Syria Human Rights Commission – these all strongly indicate that everything these images are already screaming at us is real, that chemical weapons were used in Syria.
Moreover, we know that the Syrian regime maintains custody of these chemical weapons. We know that the Syrian regime has the capacity to do this with rockets. We know that the regime has been determined to clear the opposition from those very places where the attacks took place. And with our own eyes, we have all of us become witnesses.
We have additional information about this attack, and that information is being compiled and reviewed together with our partners, and we will provide that information in the days ahead.
Our sense of basic humanity is offended not only by this cowardly crime but also by the cynical attempt to cover it up. At every turn, the Syrian regime has failed to cooperate with the UN investigation, using it only to stall and to stymie the important effort to bring to light what happened in Damascus in the dead of night. And as Ban Ki-moon said last week, the UN investigation will not determine who used these chemical weapons, only whether such weapons were used – a judgment that is already clear to the world.
I spoke on Thursday with Syrian Foreign Minister Muallim and I made it very clear to him that if the regime, as he argued, had nothing to hide, then their response should be immediate – immediate transparency, immediate access – not shelling. Their response needed to be unrestricted and immediate access. Failure to permit that, I told him, would tell its own story.
Instead, for five days, the Syrian regime refused to allow the UN investigators access to the site of the attack that would allegedly exonerate them. Instead, it attacked the area further, shelling it and systematically destroying evidence. That is not the behavior of a government that has nothing to hide. That is not the action of a regime eager to prove to the world that it had not used chemical weapons. In fact, the regime’s belated decision to allow access is too late, and it’s too late to be credible. Today’s reports of an attack on the UN investigators, together with the continued shelling of these very neighborhoods, only further weakens the regime’s credibility.
At President Obama’s direction, I’ve spent many hours over the last few days on the phone with foreign ministers and other leaders. The Administration is actively consulting with members of Congress and we will continue to have these conversations in the days ahead. President Obama has also been in close touch with the leaders of our key allies, and the President will be making an informed decision about how to respond to this indiscriminate use of chemical weapons. But make no mistake: President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people. Nothing today is more serious and nothing is receiving more serious scrutiny.
It is non of Obama's business.
what we see in the wh would shock and scare any legal American citizens.the images of the 4 dead americans in bengazi.and ovomit the ineligible treasonous muslum war crimes traitor.we know the ovomit/satans administration has been shown to destroy America.and at every turn ovomit has stalled and covered up this adminstrations treasonous acts against we the people,and the constitituion.and ovomit and Kerry if you want to stop the war in Syria then you Kerry and ovomit and all politicans go over to Syria and stop it yourselfs.ovomit hides and destroys all evidences.and Kerry you lying traitor.ovomit is not a president.you talk about transparency,what a laugh.go fight the Syrians war yourselfs you Kerry and ovmit/satan and all the politicans
Scare the people and jump into the WW III.
Watch the other hand.
WE ARE THE ONES WHO DID THE NERVE GAS TO START THE WAR/PTB ALL FALSE FLAG
Insert Benghazi in place of Syria, Obama in place of Assad and presto...Benghazi all over again. Probably some of the weapons used came thru Benghazi.
Kerry has not a truthful phrase in his lexicon of ludicrous leftism. He disparaged everyone in every service in Vietnam with unfounded allegations of improprieties and atrocities stated but NEVER proved during the Fulbright Committee hearings and then in 1971 on the Dick Cavitt show where he was refuted by his Vietnam replacement, John E. O'Neill . He should NEVER have been confirmed as anything but the liar and disloyal cretin he is and he is a consummate and inveterate liar as are most of those in this administration as though it were a requirement for appointment. We may, in the current scheme of things have TO ACCEPT IT; BUT, WE DO NOT HAVE TO LIKE OR NOT REMAIN DEDICATED TO changing it when the opportunity arises! In the meantime, we are facing another Benghazi-gate and we STILL have no answers from the first! when will congress DO ITS JOB and begin Impeachment proceedings for multiple violations of constitutional, law and his very oath of office!? It is LONG OVERDUE!
Of course the Obama administration has to avoid the chemical weapons discussion because it will under mine their history of blame for Bush and his 'unnecessary invasion of Iraq" since it proves that Iraq had the weapons that are now being used in Syria.
Exactly ! Bush knew, and you know they were forewarned we were coming, so the crap just ended up in Syria , so the sheeple can still try and blame Bush , but, WE KNOW BETTER!!
HOW do we know WHO is doing what over there? There is no one that is trustworthy -- journalism is dead in that sense!!
The last thing John"Quick John" F.Kerry the other JFK from Mass. said worth listening to was when I was the FNG at Ft.Carson and I saw on national Television a winter warriot named John F.Kerry tell the nation he had not only seen War crimes committed --but had participated in war crimes when he served in Vietnam. When I saw him throw something over a fence in a photo-op leading the Country to believe he was throwing away his Military Combat Service medals - saying he didn't want anything the Navy had given him so long as we were in S.E. Asia . Since that time to this John F.Kerry has NOT said anything worthy of my attention.Everything he says is without credibility--unless verified by an independent Court.The only good solution or response by American Government to the murder and the evil produced by the Muslim is to pull out every American from any place claimed by the Muslim--surround the Islamic nations by heavily fortified and interlocking systems allowing n o Muslim to pass except they submit to a cavity search and forensic search of any possession for any product that could be used for Islamic Jihad. They should have to say where they come from--where they are going and the nature of their business and how long they intend to be away from their home. IF their paperwork is verified and their reports checked and they are allowed out-- they should be subject to a search when they return--and expected to detail where they had been and what they had done. America should allow the bloody baggers to slay each other sunni-- and shiite and any other sect of Muslim slaying each other in the name of their bloody god (allah) until they weary of the war. and then if asked then and only then should we offer any assistance.They are as given when the Egyptian coerced a blessing "a wild ass of a man whose hand is against every man-- and because of that fact every mans' hand is against them.
He and Jane "Hanoi" Fonda real moral charter and standards
I couldn't help but hear the same tone out of Kerry's mouth today as it was before the Congress when he accused American military in Viet nam of "cutting off ears, burning villages, poisoning foot stuffs, raping the women,..." and the SOB still sounds the same. He and Jane Fonda were lying weasel's during the Viet Nam war and Kerry is probably a lying weasel now...these betraying, fabricating, lawless bastards think they can make a big speech and America will fall on our knees in worship of them. I don't believe a word Kerry, Hagel, Obama and all the rest say......they will never earn my trust simply because they are habitual liars, greedy, self focused, and power hungry..........along with being traitors and deserving of the noose.......
Someone somewhere must get a grip of these amateurs before they lunge out and indeed start WWIII...and who will pay? It won't be the politicians.......it'll be snuffy and susie warrior.........
I would love to force Kerry to stand in front of a mirror and give the speech he gave today...let the bastard witness a message to himself.........