Wouldn't be surprised if the rebels were supplied chemical weapons secretly. Might explain why the attack happened so close to the arrival of UN inspectors even though they are trying to say that the the region that was bombed was sealed off from the inspectors for a 5 days.
Why the Assad regime would decide to use chemical weapons this late in the game ... not so sure
Biden: "No doubt" Assad responsible for Syria chemical weapons attack
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As the Obama administration considers how to respond to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that there is "no doubt" that Syrian President Bashar al Assad was responsible for the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus.
Speaking at the American Legion National convention in Houston, Texas, the vice president laid out the rationale behind that assertion.
"We know that the Syrian regime are the only ones who have the weapons," Biden said, "have used chemical weapons multiple times in the past, have the means of delivering those weapons, have been determined to wipe out exactly the places that were attacked by chemical weapons."
And instead of cooperating with international investigators, he continued, "the government has repeatedly shelled the sites of the attack and blocked the investigation for five days."
Biden said the administration's national security team has been in "close consultation" with their foreign counterparts. "Those who use chemical weapons against defenseless men, women and children should and must be held accountable," he said.
In the White House press briefing earlier Tuesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the United States must respond to the use of chemical weapons in Syria because "allowing the use of chemical weapons on a significant scale to take place without a response would represent a significant challenge or threat to the United States' security interests."
While Carney said "there must be a response," he noted that President Obama has yet to decide what course of action he'll take.
*fighting words* “If [President Barack Obama] gets stuck in this trap, he will certainly
leave behind bad memories of his presidency,” he added. “The
intervention of America will be a disaster for the region.”
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