The excuse Obama and the McRINO Brigade have been looking for to justify U.S. military intervention on the rebels behalf.
(CNN) — The United States has evidence that the chemical weapon sarin has been used in Syria on a small scale, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.
But numerous questions remain about the origins of the chemical and what impact its apparent use could have on the ongoing Syrian civil war and international involvement in it.
When asked if the intelligence community’s conclusion pushed the situation across President Barack Obama’s “red line” that could potentially trigger more U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war, Hagel said it’s too soon to say.
“We need all the facts. We need all the information,” he said. “What I’ve just given you is what our intelligence community has said they know. As I also said, they are still assessing and they are still looking at what happened, who was responsible and the other specifics that we’ll need.”
Update: Right on cue.
(TPM) — Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) both said Thursday that the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime means the red line laid out by the Obama administration has been crossed and should trigger further involvement from the United States in the Syrian civil war.
“In my view, it was crossed. Not only have our intelligence people concluded that, but as importantly the Israeli, the British and the French have as well,” McCain said on Fox News. “The president clearly stated that it was a red line and that it couldn’t be crossed without the United States taking vigorous action.That action should be a safe zone for the Syrian opposition to operate in syria, weapons to the right people in Syria and neutralizing the air capability of Bashar Assad.”
Sen. Graham said that the administration’s assessment that chemical weapons have been used means the red line has been crossed and demands further action. “It’s a red line that’s been crossed,” Graham said on CNN Thursday. “So the question is what’s next?”
Graham laid out what he thinks the next steps should be: “I think the international community should rally around helping the rebels by having a no-fly zone some place they can operate safely, arm the appropriate groups within the rebel forces and there are some radical jihadists unfortunately, every day it gets worse, but really put pressure on the Russians to get Assad out.