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Biden: 'No Doubt' Syria Carried Out Chemical Attack

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (file photo)
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (file photo)
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday there is no doubt that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out last week's chemical attack in Damascus, and must be held accountable. The remarks came as President Barack Obama continues to assess options for a response with key allies.

Amid preparations for some form of military strike on Syria, Biden began a speech to the national convention of The American Legion in Texas with tough words for the Assad government.

There is no doubt, he said, that an essential international norm has been violated, and no doubt that the Syrian regime is responsible. And he said the United States and its allies are determined to ensure there is accountability.

"The president believes, and I believe, that those who use chemical weapons against defenseless men, women and children should and must be held accountable," said Biden.

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Although the White House has said the facts are clear, Obama's spokesman faced additional questions Tuesday about the intelligence information forming the basis for an eventual response.

Jay Carney said a report from the intelligence community about the alleged August 21 chemical weapons attack in Damascus will be released this week. He said a "careful review of the facts" supports the conclusion that the Assad regime was behind the attack, and that a response is in the interests of the U.S. and the world.

"To allow it to happen without a response would be to invite further use of chemical weapons and to have that international standard dissolve, and the consequences of that, given the volatility of the region, and the concerns that this nation and many others have about proliferation of chemical weapons, would be very serious indeed," said Carney.

The Syrian government denies launching chemical attacks and has blamed rebels fighting to oust Assad for the attack near Damascus that left hundreds dead.

Obama continues to consult with his national security team. He, Biden and others in the administration have been making telephone calls to world leaders.

Syria was one focus of a meeting, previously scheduled, that National Security Adviser Susan Rice had with an Israeli delegation that included a senior adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Strike against use of chemical weapons

Anthony Cordesman, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said he believes a military strike likely will target key Syrian government and military installations.

"You know this not only will send a powerful message to deter the use of chemical weapons, it will also indicate the U.S. has taken action which will in some ways strengthen the rebels and will weaken the Assad regime as a whole," he said.

White House spokesman Carney was asked why a U.S. and Western military response would not target Assad himself.

"I want to make clear that the options we are considering are not about regime change, they are about responding to a clear violation of an international standard that prohibits the use of chemical weapons," he said.

The White House continues to stress that it views the eventual response to last week's chemical attack separately from the overall issue of ending Syria's civil war. Carney said that requires a negotiated political solution, but it cannot involve Assad.

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by: martha from: USA
August 28, 2013 7:28 AM
Another False Flag to use as an excuse to attack another Middle Eastern country, Syria was not a threat to the United States OR "Israel."


by: Joe64 from: Hong Kong, China
August 28, 2013 12:08 AM
I don't think that US wants to know the truth. It is the same thing that what it happened to the war of Iraq many years ago.


by: Shane from: London, U.K.
August 27, 2013 11:19 PM
British people are against this invasion or 'military action'. You cannot liberate these people so stop it. We are all in economic troubles already, we do not want to hear that we are spending another £1billion on dropping warheads in Syria. Let them fight amongst themselves. Stop taking us into your wars America!!

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by: Greg from: New York
August 28, 2013 7:21 AM
Hey Shane, how about standing behind your words and writing to the White House? Sick of people blaming "America". Have to talked to any Americans about how we feel about this bull$hit? You don't think it's sickening to see my tax dollars going to this garbage for the same exact reasons you state? None of us belong there. This is a war of the rich and powerful that regular "joes" end up paying for. Disgusting.


by: Trevor C from: Australia
August 27, 2013 10:27 PM
"Biden: 'No Doubt' Syria Carried Out Chemical Attack." Just as sure as Iraq had weapons of mass destruction no doubt. A foolish man is always very sure of what he says, while a wise man is never quite sure.


by: dekker from: Canada
August 27, 2013 10:23 PM
does it get any sillier than this. We are not doing this to initiate a regime change . Our intention is to slap his hand and warn him next time he goes to bed hungry. Assad surely trembles at that display of parental might. You might as well send him a plate of his favourite cookies and tell him there is more if he puts his toys back in the box.


by: Markt
August 27, 2013 10:22 PM
We have heard these words before....it is deva-vu all over again.....There is something oddly familiar about the words "we have no doubts that-" We were so confident that Iraq had WMD's, too.....
While I do not condone the use of chemical weapons, and I do wish every ill and terrible fate falling upon those employing such terrible weapons, we had better have our 'facts' straight this time around and know for certain and without any doubts which side used them. As far as 'regime change', Mr. Biden, you are correct, we should not attempt that. This country has no business affecting the internal development of any other country no matter how bad or corrupt we think they are. That is not our concern or our business, that is for the Syrians to decide for themselves, and they are doing so at this time, it seems.


by: Quattrone from: USA
August 27, 2013 9:59 PM
Remind me again why we should believe the US government. Its not like they've ever lied about anything before.

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by: Marta Kaye from: united States
August 28, 2013 5:59 AM
Lies lies, and more False Flags. Remember when Saddam ordered chemicals from the U.S. to murder the Kurds and G.W.H.B. did nothing knowing full well what Saddan did, and how about the chemicals from the U.S. Israel used against the Palestinians, or as one stated the chemicals used to murder the Native Americans, or the chemicals the United States used in the Gulf War that was harmful to our American Troops?? Israel has been nit picking Syria since 1968, just when the United States started sending our tax money and weapons to Israel. The United States will do what ever Israel demands and Israel demands all the surounding land.The Goal is to first stir up the people, divide them, oust their leader, weaken the country for an easier takeover as has been going on all over the Middle East. Land for Israel and the oil beneath for the oil companies of the U.S.
Food for Thought!


by: Pappyo from: Toronto
August 27, 2013 9:54 PM
Just wondering, is the US going to strike now or are they willing to wait for the UN to finish their work. Just seems they're itching for another war against a weaker enemy.


by: Carlos from: CA
August 27, 2013 9:43 PM
Mr. Biden .. it would be better don't you think to stop the murder before it happens .. you knew for 859 days that Basher Hitler was making mass murder and maiming .. but your boss President Obama was a coward and did nothing .. your talk is 858 days late ..

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