United States diplomats in Turkey conducted a previously undisclosed, intensive investigation into claims that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons, and made what an Obama administration official who reviewed the cable called a “compelling case” that Assad’s military forces had used a deadly form of poison gas.
The cable, signed by the U.S. consul general in Istanbul, Scott Frederic Kilner, and sent to State Department headquarters in Washington last week, outlined the results of the consulate’s investigation into reports from inside Syria that chemical weapons had been used in the city of Homs on Dec. 23.
First, the red line was that the weapons were moved. Then Obama moved the red line by redefining “move.” Now, apparently, they’ve redefined, “use.”
Given Obama’s eschewing of red lines in dealing with Iran, there are a few confirmation hearings coming up that would be appropriate venues for close questioning concerning various contingencies.