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Groundwork Laid for Potential U.S. Military Intervention in Syria

by Damon Huss

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to the press today about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. As reported at Reuters news agency:

Kerry spoke after U.N. chemical weapons experts interviewed and took blood samples from victims of the attack in a rebel-held suburb of Syria’s capital, after the inspectors themselves survived sniper fire that hit their convoy.

“What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world,” Kerry told reporters. “Let me be clear: The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity.”

Kerry’s tough language marked an increased effort by the administration not only to point the finger at Assad’s government but to prepare the war-weary American public for a potential military response. [more]