Syrian military ready to use chemical weapons, awaiting Assad order

John Bolton has been saying recently that there is no doubt in his mind that Assad will use chemical weapons if his back is in a corner. And if these reports are correct, I’d say he’s just about in the corner:

NBC NEWS – The Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons against its own people and is awaiting final orders from President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials told NBC News on Wednesday.

The military has loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs that could be dropped onto the Syrian people from dozens of fighter-bombers, the officials said.

As recently as Tuesday, officials had said there was as yet no evidence that the process of mixing the “precursor” chemicals had begun. But Wednesday, they said their worst fears had been confirmed: The nerve agents were locked and loaded inside the bombs.

Sarin is an extraordinarily lethal agent. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s forces killed 5,000 Kurds with a single sarin attack on Halabja in 1988.

U.S. officials stressed that as of now, the sarin bombs hadn’t been loaded onto planes and that Assad hadn’t issued a final order to use them. But if he does, one of the officials said, “there’s little the outside world can do to stop it.”

Netanyahu issued a statement today on Syria’s chemical weapons:

Together with the international community, we are closely monitoring developments in Syria regarding its stores of chemical weapons. I heard President Obama’s important remarks on this issue and we are of the same mind, that such weapons must not be used and must not reach terrorist elements.”

You better believe this has Israel’s attention. They’ve already had another mortar come across Syria’s border into the Golan Heights. They are literally on the front lines of this and outside of the Syrian people they are in the most danger of anyone from the chemical weapons.

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  • maynardb50

    Well, Bill Kristol, how is that Arab Spring working out for you? And just think it was not too long ago that Hillary was calling Assad a “reformer”. When G.W. was having issues with Assad, the democrats could not wait to get to Syria and kiss up to him (Pelosi, Kerry, etc.).

    • Orangeone

      I propose Bill Kristol do the Sunday talks shows from a different Arab country each week starting with Syria, then Libya, then Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Lebanon. And if he survives, then the Gaza strip for a full year!

      • NYGino

        Why not? He would feel right at home.

      • Suzyqpie

        Bill Kristol and weekly standard are the definition of antediluvian. Look up anachronism in the pictionary and there’s a picture of BillKristol and Fred Barnes.

    • Jazzee

      excellent post
      hillary is a joke she ain’t the smartest woman in the room and neither is dumbo obama

  • stage9

    “Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s forces killed 5,000 Kurds with a single sarin attack on Halabja in 1988.”

    Where do you think Assad got them?

    Saddam general: WMDs in Syria

    “…Saddam Hussein’s No. 2 Air Force officer, Georges Sada, told the New York Sun Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were moved to Syria six weeks before the war started. Sada claimed two Iraqi Airways Boeing jets converted to cargo planes moved the weapons in a total of 56 flights. They attracted little attention, he said, because they were thought to be civilian flights providing relief from Iraq to Syria, which had suffered a flood after a dam collapse in 2002.”

    • NYGino

      A long time coming but is this a “W” vindication?

      • sjmom

        Wouldn’t that be something; to clear “W”?! I remember the Iraqi AF General who wrote the book and said the weapons were in Syria and they got there on commercial airliners that Saddam had stripped of seats, etc. to make room for them.

    • stevenbiot

      Yep, I heard about that.


      …you are so right , these WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION are from the IRAQ’s regime under Saddam Hussein .”(period)

    • deeme

      I so agree..this is the WMD…but don’t tell the MSM…nevermind they probably knew before anyone…I’m sure they’ll come up with some story to cover it up…..We gave them more then enough time to hide them anywhere…

    • sjmom

      Excellent point.

  • I would also like A LOT more confirmation of this intel before I believe it. Is this from the same intelligence agency that told us that it was a “slam dunk” that Saddam Hussein had all those chemical weapons? As for the use of chemical weapons by Assad, as long as it doesn’t affect his neighbors, then it really isn’t our business. The last time we got involved with an arab country using chemical weapons against its own people was in Iraq, and we never seemed to leave that country ever again. Why get sucked into this fight we have no business being in? The only countries we need to defend are Israel (our ally) and Turkey (not because they’re our ally, but because they are in NATO). As long as they are not effected by this, this is a Syrian problem, NOT our problem.

    • Gtrjag

      I’d rather defend Jordan and the UAE than Turkey. The Turks have shown there true colors, and they are not with us. I wish people in our government understood that. Really wish Rick Perry had become President.

      • It’s really sad to see, too. Attaturk’s reforms (yeah, he was probably a real sweet guy) brought Turkey into the 20th century, and a lot of towns were looking positively European, at least in the Western half. Modern unies, museums, arts and culture, and the women could wear what they wanted to wear, including bikinis on the beach.

        The food there really is awesome (I only know this because one of my favorite restaurants is turkish, and the chef travels to Turkey every year to collect recipies and visit family). And before the islamization spread too badly, the resort towns were some of the finest along the Mediterranean (see old magazine reviews and photo spreads).

        I’m guessing it looks a lot more like Baghdad today. I don’t know. Any Turks haging out today who can enlighten us?

        • Suzyqpie

          The Turks of Turkey are great people. The Turks of Germany are not great people. The Turks of Germany wear the clothes of victim-recipient-warrior. If Turkey and Islam is so great why did the Turks migrate to Germany?

          • First I’ve heard of it. Hmmm.

    • mark1955

      Yes,Yes and Yes! As much as i like Bolton i’m sorry i’m not buying this. This meme about chemical weapons,allows us to get involved in Syria,to use our men and women in the Military,to help turn the tide for Obama’s muslim brotherhood buddies. This stinks to high heavens. As bad as Assad is,he is nothing compared to the Evil of the muslim brotherhood. Also i believe iran and Russian troops are in there. This could easily lead to a world War. We ought to stay out of this. This ain’t good.Not to mention we are Broke and already involved in two Wars. No thanks!

  • stevenbiot

    I could care less what happens over there. We take him out and we get another tyrant in his place. We need to stay out of it.

    • Yes. Stop sending huge amounts of foreign aid, for example.

    • Suzyqpie

      Middle East dictator-musical-chairs. I am hesitant t back anything 0bama, but I support sending sternly worded letters. And sending nothing else.

    • stage9

      I hate the BCS, Scoop at least deserves to be in the top 10!


      • He got screwed by the AP poll.

        • stage9

          Don’t they all. lol.

    • Chevypowered

      I still don’t get how Hot Air is number one again.

      Two words Allah-Pundit.

      This clown should have been shown the front door a long time ago.

    • stevenbiot

      I don’t blog on other sites. This is the 1%er site. I’m staying loyal.

    • Whoo HOO!!! Excellent! I agree with Stage9 tho. Scoop deserves top 10. He’s always been number 1 with this duck!

  • FreeManWalking

    If this fall into, well never mind it is already in terrorist hands. What direction are the prevailing winds. Don’t you know Morsi would love to have his hands on some of this.

    It is getting more and more dangerous for Israel every day.

  • sDee

    Too coincidental that Hussein warned Assad about chemical weapons. Assad has already slaughtered 30,000 – why would he use chemical weapons.

    This smells like a setup to justify US involvement. What America is not being told is that this will not go like Libya. Russian, China and Iran will not stand idly by.

    Hussein is trying to entangle us in a major conflict.

    USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier arrives off Syrian shore
    Eisenhower Strike Group transited the Suez Canal from the Persian Gulf Saturday, Dec. 1, sailing up to the Syrian coast Tuesday in a heavy storm, with 8 fighter bomber squadrons of Air Wing Seven on its decks and 8,000 sailors, airmen and Marines.
    The USS Eisenhower group joins the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group which carries 2,500 Marines.

    Facing Syria now are 10,000 US fighting men, 70 fighter-bombers and at least 17 warships, including the three Iwo Jima amphibious craft, a guided missile cruiser and 10 destroyers and frigates.

    • Landscaper

      US Marine sniper and his spotter sounds lovely.

      • sDee

        So who will be in the sights?

        Islamic terrorists who Obama’s supplying weapons? Assad’s troops who probably do not have these chemical weapons anyway? The “rebels” funded by Turkey to slaughter Syrian and Armenian Christians? Iranian agents?

        • oregonproud

          Gee, can you think of anyone else?

          • sDee

            Well..the Armenian Christians have formed a militia to fight back the FSA, who the Turks sent in. I would not put it past President Hussein to target them.

        • Landscaper

          Assad for starters.

    • Suzyqpie

      Hi sDee, are American troops in Jordan?

      • sDee

        Yes I remember the reports back in October that we had moved troops into Jordan.

        The State Media is not covering this stuff because they like to portray Hussein as the pacifist.

        My concern is that they are laying the groundwork for a Brzezinski middle-east/Russia/China scenario.

  • sDee

    Surface to air missiles: another coincidental appearance of sophisticated post-Bengahzi weapons in the hands of terrorists in Libya:

    obama’s “gun running” scheme out of libya carried surface to air missiles to port of iskenderun in turkey, about 60 miles from aleppo, syria

  • Hey, liberals! Guess where Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction went?

    • Suzyqpie

      Liberals can never be wrong. Liberal policy can never be wrong. Liberals are always right because they are liberal. If liberal policy fails it is because it was not liberal enough.

      • Yeah, they own just about all the mass communication outlets and just about all the great orators, but Obama still said he did not communicate his vision enough.

  • WW3 here we come…

  • sjmom

    The Bible talks about the destruction of Damascus. Looks like it is soon to occur. The Lord will protect Israel.

    • Sulli159

      We sure are on the same page; one of my first thoughts:

      Isaiah 17

      A Prophecy Against Damascus

      17 A prophecy against Damascus:
      “See, Damascus will no longer be a city
      but will become a heap of ruins.
      2 The cities of Aroer will be deserted
      and left to flocks, which will lie down,
      with no one to make them afraid.
      3 The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim,
      and royal power from Damascus;

      14 In the evening, sudden terror!
      Before the morning, they are gone!

  • Sober_Thinking

    “I heard President Obama’s important remarks on this issue and we are of the same mind”

    I doubt it Bibi… Obama is NOT of the same mindset as you.

    We studied nerve gas effects and had to prepare for chemical attacks while I was in Desert Storm. Dying by nerve gas is a particularly quick and painful way to die. If even one of these rockets/missiles finds it’s way into a populated area, the murders would be many.

    Funny how Bush, who treated this seriously and premptively was treated as a villain and a war criminal. Obama, who continues to lead from behind, sits around and waits for it to happen… and he’s celebrated and re-elected. Also funny how he protects Turkey with U.S. hardware (like Patriot missile batteries) but doesn’t provide those to Israel.

  • Jazzee

    why should we TRUST he may use chemical weapons????? are these the same chemicals that were in Iraq that got moved to Syria??????? Maybe obama is lying again to get us into another war so the radical muslims can take over another country
    Egypt is working out so well………Glenn Beck was sooooooooooooooo right about all this over a year ago

  • Steve

    Sound Off! How long do you think it will be until an Atomic Bomb will be used aggressively against any nation or people in this world?—————————————-I honestly believe that someone will launch a limited nuclear attack within the next 4 years.

  • I worry about our boys going over there. God will back Israel. I pray for our boys too.

  • 911Infidel

    Those that have been reading the “underground” reporting and intel on the ME from the Shoebats, Spencers, and Khalilis already knew about this development. More confirmation that you won’t find the latest news on TV, the enemedia or any other irrelevant source.

    I doubt that al-Assad or his Mahdi-ist puppet masters in Tehran have any fear of anything that vomits out the mouths of Hillary or Obama. Its all cheap talk.

    Al-Assad is a creep, but so is the FSA. They are both committing genocide against one another. You got bad guys killing bad guys. There is no winner here.

    If the FSA wins, as they say “Alawites to the wall. Christians to the cross”; the torture chambers of al-Assad will only change management. And the murders will go on.

    The jihadis will then move to new venues in Jordan, Iraq, Europe, the US, and Israel

    How’s that Arab Spring working out?

  • Sulli159

    The Syrian reblels just stated that once they conquered Asaad they were coming after America, Turkey and other parts of the world. So we and France/Nato are going to help them our? Pleasssssssss…..this time I will sure agree with Asaad. “it’s a US government conspiracy to invade Syria.

    What a bunch of fools that believe this governoring in DC we have and wasting our military forces and putting our troops in harms way. Let those Islamic countries kill each other off in their crap hole they created

  • mikeinidaho

    I’m sure our Rambo-style president will never allow this to happen. After all, he personally killed Osama bin Laden, right?
    What a guy, what a hero, what a lying weasel traitor!

    • Steve

      I appreciate the meaning of your text, but I could never use Rambo and O’Bama in the same sentence. (O’Bama , He is Irish you know).



    • to do that, they would first have to admit that Iraq DID have WMD which was smuggled to Syria, and that would mean that BUSH WAS RIGHT ALL ALONG!! We can’t have that, now can we?
      Gee, do you think they see this as just another “alternative” clean energy that Syria wants to try out? Oh, it will clean something all right but not in a good way!

  • Interesting…

    Remember when Iraq had chemical weapons and gassed the Kurds? Do you know where they got the weapons? And do you remember what the US did after those people were killed? That’s right; nothing. We’re all about “freeing the Iraqi people” yet we looked the other way when the Kurds were gassed. It’s all about politics, power and money. It is NEVER about the people. Never!

    The fact is, Syria may not even have chemical weapons and we wouldn’t know it because they are cut off from the rest of the world. They have no internet or Twitter or any other way to freely communicate what is really going on; just the propaganda that is fed to the rest of the world by the war mongers.

    We took out Libya, stuck our nose in Egypt, “Liberated the Iraqi’s”, invaded Afghanistan, (although the poppy business is still thriving) and now it’s Syria.

    • Steve

      Those Kurds were Christians!, my brothers and sisters! That, is why I personally rejoice in the destruction of Sad Ham Hussein. His associate, the Butcher of Bagdad is also in a worse place. I will sleep better tonight remembering that those two worms are dead. I say Sad Ham, because I have been told that to pronounce it in that manner is to call him a little boy in his native dialect. And in his dictatorship arrogance, he almost brought the same little boy that tormented Nagasaki, upon his people, the people that he ruled over and hated.