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October 1, 2014

This Means War?

After reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians, Secretary of State John Kerry expressed what Foreign Policy describes as “the moral case for military action in Syria.”

Said Kerry, “The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. By any standard, it is inexcusable. And despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable… President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people.”

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that “President Obama was given a detailed review of options Saturday for a potential U.S. response…amid a buildup of U.S. military assets in the region.”

“Among the options at Obama’s disposal are cruise missiles launched from U.S. warships…  Other options range from sending sophisticated weapons to Syrian rebels to using U.S. air power to establish a no-fly zone over rebel-held areas.”

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