Syria Audio Analysis: Chemical Weapons and Obama’s Response

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I spoke with BBC West Midlands radio on Friday about the mixed American response to Wednesday’s chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime.

Listen to discussion from 10:38 mark

The analysis covered both President Obama’s public declaration against intervention, while noting — in line with our Syria coverage today — the possibility that it is covering US preparations for airstrikes.

I also dismissed headines claiming significance in Russia’s call for United Nations inspectors to be allowed to the sites of the attacks, arguing that it was propaganda as the Assad regime continues to prevent any access.

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  1. BBC West Midlands radio link at the moment is not working. We hope you can fix it. We love to laugh about the ultra serious Supreme President of the United States (SPUS). but we’re a little confused about who takes the high road and who takes the low road and who’ll be in Scotland ‘afore yee. And it is a mystery that the Supreme leader of the US uses the term “folks” — is this an affectionate term in The Great Satan’s English or some sort of code word?

  2. ” I spoke with BBC West Midlands radio on Friday about the mixed American response to Wednesday’s chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime.”

    Irritating, that You got all the evidence, Scott, before experts have done their work. There were doubts raised – about the motives, about the point of time, about who benefits, and also about the evidence so far, even in American media, for instance AFP:

    (http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jx6vBpg_fyNMKpbotOEwx4YglvBw?docId=CNG.693e0bf272a8449897d6fdf1738fd031.211&hl=en

    I hope that Obama “sits on his hands” for some time to consider the evidence.

    Give the horrible deed, again, one wants to see the right guys being confronted with a reaction.

    • Max,

      Thanks for the unintended compliment — both the experts to whom EA has spoken and those cited in other article (see the Guardian on Friday) have assessed the reports of doctors in the field hospitals near Damascus. Witnesses have corroborated those conclusions. Videos — which do show symptoms of the use of toxins such as “organophosphorus nerve agents”.

      So I did speak after experts had done their work — and I’ll take that over the two scientists in your link, neither of whom appear to have looked at a wide range of video or spoken to witness and medical specialists.

      “Given the horrible deed, again, one wants to see the right guys being confronted with a reaction.”

      Absolutely.

      S.

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