WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama has some weighty options to consider, like whether to draw another line in the Syrian sand or to do some serious Assad kicking.
This is all because of an apparent chemical weapons attack last week on civilians in towns outside of Damascus. As many as 1,300 people died.
The White House says it’s pretty sure the Assad regime did it, pointing out the attack was in areas controlled by the rebels with rockets the rebels don’t have.
Syria has another story. State TV showing this room containing gas masks and gas canisters found in a rebel-held storage facility in the town of Jobar.
President Obama has asked his national security team to draw up options for military strikes, options that include how big, where, and when.
And Syria, to no surprise, says the US will suffer the consequences.
“If the United States wants to be fighting all the time, okay, they can do it, but Syria will also resist any attacks,” said Faisal al-Makdad, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister.
The White House is going through the United Nations to see if Russia would like to join in. But Russia and China have been siding with Syria throughout the two-year war, and especially in the question of chemical weapons.
UN inspectors are in Syria to figure out what happened, but their job got a little tougher after a sniper took a shot at them and someone lobbed mortars near their hotel. Pretty good indications someone has something to hide.