Obama Assures War in Syria: “Soft-landing seems pretty distant.”
Barack Obama warned Syria over its use of chemical weapons on Monday, confirming that he has not ruled out an offensive strike on Bashar al–Assad and his regime. Obama said the United States will attack if Syria obtains chemical or biological weapons. Obama sternly warned that the US will not allow Syria or other countries to procure weapons of mass destruction. George W., if he heard the speech, must’ve blushed.
From 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 chemical weapons moving around or being utilized,” the president said. “That would change my equation. . . . We’re monitoring that situation very carefully. We have put together a range of contingency plans.”
“We cannot have a situation in which chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people,” Mr. Obama added. “We have put together a range of contingency plans. We have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that’s a red line for us.”
“It doesn’t just include Syria. It would concern allies in the region, including Israel, and it would concern us.
“At this point, the likelihood of a soft landing seems pretty distant.”
Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi told reporters last month of Syria’s weapons: “All of these types of weapons are in storage and under security and the direct supervision of the Syrian armed forces and will never be used unless Syria is exposed to external aggression.”