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US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel.

The US defence chief said the military is preparing for a possible order to strike targets in Syria after reports of alleged chemical weapon use against civilians.

Chuck Hagel said aboard a flight to Asia that President Barack Obama had asked the military to prepare a range of options in Syria, the Pentagon press office said on Friday night.

“The Defence Department has a responsibility to provide the President with options for contingencies, and that requires positioning our forces, positioning our assets, to be able to carry out different options — whatever options the president might choose,” Mr. Hagel said.

Hagel declined to discuss any specific options, but other reports said the US Navy was reinforcing its presence in the Mediterranean Sea.

The defence chief called for a quick investigation to determine “what exactly did happen” in the alleged use of chemical weapons use by the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

“We’re still assessing that,” he said.

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Powerful state must act to restore peace in world, what exactly USA is going to do? And of whose's money.if it is an investment by the US government ,then they have already calculated the rate of return on the going to be war. In this process syria will be a looser and USA will get its return anyways.

from:  Jogendra Sahu
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 16:10 IST

First it has to be found out who used chemical weapons- whether syrian
army or the rebels.

It is for the UN to take action and not US to take unilatory action.

Iraq was invaded under the guise of weapons of mass destruction-
ultimately it was not there- but the result is 1,50,000 iraqs paid
with their lives for the doubt of US.

If Saddam is punished for killing 10000 people, who will punish the US
for killing so many iraqis.

If americans are killed, compensation is asked.

Any compensation paid by US to Iraq for killing so many civilians for
doubt of weapons of mass destruction.

Syria may also pay heavy price for the puppets of US operating under
the guise of rebels against the government

from:  vasudevan
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 16:10 IST

For the record, After facing heavy losses against communist forces in vietnam , US has used "Agent Orange" against scores of vietnamese people along with tonnes of Napalm bombs which also count as chemical weapons. The real war is about Jerusalem , not Syria or any of its citizens. If US is so interested in Human life they would save millions of people dying in Africa due to civil war and hunger.

from:  Victor
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 15:46 IST

@ Veera : And what if the selective high value chemical storage source
is across the Syrian border ?

from:  Rajan Mahadevan
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 15:35 IST

hey, i missed a point. The job of the person who unleashed the misuse of the power is awarded the Noble Peace prize.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 15:24 IST

Can you spot the pattern in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria? The next news are US allies arm the rebels, kill more people, US warships enter,kill more civilians, blame the elected regime of the country, get the President to hide, make the rebels kill the current President in cold blood, install the rebel leader as the President, colonise the country in the name of democracy, sell more arms, buy oil at heavy discount and watch the natives fight among themselves.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 15:22 IST

America shouldn't intervene in Syria.Alleged chemical attack was done by
Syrian rebels to draw America into warfare.Is it logical to think
President Assad using chemical weapons in a winning situation???

from:  james
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 15:19 IST

Chemical weapons were banned several years ago. Yet dictators use them. It is said that Late Saddam Hussain used it against civilians and also against Iran.Now, Syria's Assad is blamed of using chemical weapons against his own citizens. This is condemnable. There is only one nation which prepared to take some action against this inhuman act. I hope all options of getting justice to the people of Syria by peaceful means are exhausted before resorting to armed intervention. Human life is precious.

from:  Hariharan
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 15:16 IST

If US intervens,US is bad and if US doesnt intervene, then again US is bad!! Hight of irony..

from:  Pavas Ambashta
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 14:49 IST

War happens because man WANTS it to happen. War-based Anglo-American (
Zionist ) Empire has always wanted war because it is good business for
them at the cost of someone else's life and misery. But as the so-called
Arab Spring draws a full circle, closing in to a deadlock between
superpowers, there is the danger of a christian crusader's war, and this
is not about Syria anymore. It is about Jerusalem. If there is war next,
it is going to be an Armegeddon. Man must stop it, not want it.

from:  Rajan Mahadevan
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 14:48 IST

the middle-east crisis seems taking an ugly turn due to warning from USA about possible use of military intervention to restore peace and protect innocent civilian from Assad rule.but if you go by historical evidence about foreign military intervention ,whenever military options had been used it had only compounded already volatile situation especially in multi-ethnic society.After the end of cold war ,USA and its allies taking unilateral military action without taking any approval from united nations security council.
the need of hour is to have political dialogue process for long tern peaceful settlement of already volatile it is responsibility of world leaders to initiate the dialogue process between Assad government and main opposition group.military option will add fuel to fire in already volatile situation also it may turn into civil war among many ethnic groups like in case of Iraq.

from:  niraj kumar
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 14:32 IST

How long did the US wait indeed wait for such an opportunity! Russia
must take measures to ensure that US designs do not succeed -- if US is
really concerned, it should press for the peace process to succeed.

from:  Yashwanth P
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 13:37 IST

Innocent lives have to be protected from the cruel and greedy rulers. US is our world police but I wonder why the Arab Nations around Syria are not involving to stop this massacre against their own faiths. Why to blame America once they intervene and restore order in Syria. When America intervened in Iraq there were a lot of criticism on USA. Today in Iraq on an average 40-45 Innocent Iraqis are killed by their own faith. This fellow Assad is staying in power against the wish of his own people. I wonder why Arab nations cannot do Military intervention in Syria to protect civilians of their own faith. why to wait for America and then blame Americans that they are interested in oil. I look forward the big brother in Muslim world Iran, Jordon, Saudi, and others to intervene instead of America. Let them sort their own problem and restore faith and order in their own place.

from:  Martin
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 13:30 IST

If Chemical Attack on their own citizens is found True, US shouldnt wait for an UN resolution. Ascertain Facts and Destroy Selective High Value Chemical Storage Targets.

from:  Veera
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 12:50 IST

Official warning from big brother. It always starts with chemical weapon.

from:  Vinoth
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 12:13 IST
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