UN weapons inspectors leave Syria ahead of schedule, won’t have results for weeks; Obama to deliver statement
By End the Lie
The United Nations weapons inspectors unexpectedly pulled out of Syria earlier than planned Saturday, issuing no comment, as President Barack Obama is slated to speak on Syria momentarily.
Recently, the White House said that they would carry out an attack on Syria even if they did not have support from the UN and allies.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that it is “utter nonsense” to say that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people. Putin also called on the US to present the evidence of the alleged attack to the UN Security Council.
Obama is slated to discuss the administration’s decision in a televised statement after holding meetings with his top national security aides.
The administration’s security team is also going to present classified information on the attacks to legislators on Sunday, according to Reuters.
The Obama administration seems to be moving forward with alacrity despite the fact that the results from the UN inspection have not been presented.
Indeed, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday that it may take two weeks before the final results will be ready to be presented, NBC News reported, citing diplomats.
However, even when the samples are analyzed, it will not determine who used the weapons.
“The aim of the game here, the mandate, is very clear — and that is to ascertain whether chemical weapons were used and not by whom,” U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters Saturday, according to CNN.
If chemical weapons were actually used, the UN investigators will not be able to present any information indicating if it was actually the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that used them.
After all, the Syrian rebels have posted videos of the testing of chemical weapons online in the past, and even the UN noted “concrete suspicions” of rebels using chemical weapons in May.
On Aug. 28, the Syrian government asked the UN to investigate three new chemical attacks immediately. If the government was carrying out the attacks, it would be quite unusual for them to ask the UN to investigate their own attacks.
Interestingly, it seems that the UN is already showing that they will not support a military strike by the U.S., if the White House chooses to take that route.
“A military solution is not an option,” Ban Ki-moon said, according to CNN.
End the Lie will bring you the latest after Obama makes his statement.
UPDATE: Obama said that the U.S. “should take military action against Syrian targets” earlier today but said that he would seek out congressional authorization for such an attack, according to CNN. One analyst referred to the move as “passing a high-stakes buck.”
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