While the U.S. government continues to struggle in their effort to directly link Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to an alleged chemical weapons attack, Secretary of State John Kerry attempted to make the case for a military strike alongside his French counterpart.
Kerry’s provocative rhetoric echoed that of President Barack Obama who recently claimed that the credibility of the United States and the international community is on the line over the response to the alleged attack in Syria.
The latest statements came as Kerry, who dined with Assad in 2009, traveled to Europe for a three-day visit aimed at garnering international support for a retaliatory strike on Syria.
Kerry insisted that intervention in Syria is critical to maintaining American security, according to The Guardian, though it’s not really clear how that is the case.
Despite all of the claims made by Kerry, France and EU ministers, no direct link between the alleged chemical weapons attack on August 21 in the Ghouta area east of the Syrian capital Damascus.
It goes without saying that a link between Assad – or even anyone in his inner circle – has not been shown publicly.
However, Reuters reported on Saturday that U.S. sources said that “intelligence experts are not sure whether the Syrian leader knew of the attack before it was launched or was only informed about it afterward.”
Furthermore, Reuters notes that U.S. officials “have not been able to fully describe a chain of command for the August 21 attack,” something which they note is “one of the biggest gaps in U.S. understanding of the incident.”
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