A few days later, British Prime Minister David Cameron's foreign secretary claimed that he had evidence the Syrian government plans to use chemical weapons of mass destruction (WMD) against the rebels.
After Obama's December 3 warning, Syria denied any intent to use the weapons "no matter what the circumstances" as they had after an earlier Obama warning.
Does the government of President Bashar Assad intend to use chemical WMD?
We can't know for sure but a review of experts by McClatchy News came up with a consensus answer - not likely! Using chemical WMD would guarantee an overwhelming United States-NATO retaliation ending any chance the Assad regime has for political and actual survival. The experts noted that the claimed recent movement of the chemical stockpile does not necessarily support a plan for offensive use. Rather, moving the stockpile may well secure its capture by surging rebel forces with Al Qaeda fighters at the forefront.
Retired Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, a harsh critic of current administration policies, categorically dismissed the WMD claims: "I would be highly skeptical of any of the intelligence rendered by the $140-billion-plus US intelligence community as to weapons of mass destruction in possession of another country" (RT December 8, 2012).
Robert Fisk, covering the Middle East for thirty years, was just as frank in assessment of the Obama - Cameron claims:
the past week, all the usual pseudo-experts who couldn't find Syria on a
map have been warning us again of the mustard gas, chemical agents,
biological agents that Syria might possess -- and might use. And the
sources? The same fantasy specialists who didn't warn us about 9/11 but
insisted that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction in 2003." The Independent, December 8
Could it be that the old Bush-Blair lies about Iraq's WMD are surfacing in a new form?
Will the announced threat of Syria's intent to use chemical WMD serve as the last best hope for a preemptive U.S. - NATO military action against the government of Syrian president Bashar Assad?
In 2002, Bush was apoplectic about Saddam Hussein's WMD program. Saddam planned to use WMD, the disgraced former president bellowed. The corporate media flew cover for Bush by pushing the fiction that Hussein was behind the 9/11 attacks and his WMD would be used for more of the same. The implication was clear - it could happen here!
At the same time, British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government published an intelligence report that supposedly confirmed Iraq's ability to use WMD. Bush then used the British intelligence to bolster his plan to invade Iraq.
The British intelligence dossier turned out to be a complete fraud. The dodgy dossier was plagiarized from paper by a graduate student posted on the internet. This theft of intellectual property plus other plagiarism was the best that Tony Blair's backroom could produce to justify an invasion based on Iraq's alleged possession of WMD. The corporate media, fully embedded in the Bush-Cheney cartel, said nothing. The strategy worked. Why not try it again?