US State Department warns Middle East countries concerning WMDs in Syria

Labels on some WMD containers read “If found, please return to IRAQ, c/o Saddam Hussein, Palace #12, City of Babylon, Iraq.”

Just kidding about the “if found” label, but there has always been speculation – even from high ranking U.S. generals – some WMDs were moved by truck or air into Syria prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom, which included a multi-national force with troops from 40 different countries.

Some remnants of WMDs were found in Iraq, but not the quantity expected by the United Nations and the multi-national force. I know it drives you Bush hating-liberals mad when I bring up these facts  😉

Anyway. The Drudge Report is highlighting a story written by Josh Rogin on noting the State Department has been quietly reaching out to the neighbors of Syria concerning a sticky situation that might come up. Syria you see, happens to have a substantial chemical weapons program and the State Department thinks cohorts of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad might try to move stock piles out of Syria and into Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Lebanon if and when Assad’s regiem begins to collapse.

Well I’ll be…

This week, the State Department sent a diplomatic demarche to Syria’s neighbors Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, warning them about the possibility of Syria’s WMDs crossing their borders and offering U.S. government help in dealing with the problem, three Obama administration officials confirmed to The Cable. For concerned parties both inside and outside the U.S. government, the demarche signifies that the United States is increasingly developing plans to deal with the dangers of a post-Assad Syria — while simultaneously highlighting the lack of planning for how to directly bring about Assad’s downfall.

Syria is believed to have a substantial chemical weapons program, which includes mustard gas and sophisticated nerve agents, such as sarin gas, as well as biological weapons. Syria has also refused IAEA requests to make available facilities that were part of its nuclear weapons program and may still be in operation.

The State Department declined to provide access to any officials to discuss the private diplomatic communication on the record, such as the author of the demarche Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Tom Countryman. In a meeting with reporters earlier this year, Countryman expressed confidence that the United States knows where Syria’s WMD stockpiles are, but warned that they could become a very serious security issue for Syria and the region going forward.

“We have ideas as to the quantity and we have ideas as to where they are,” Countryman said. “We wish some of the neighbors of Syria to be on the lookout… When you get a change of regime in Syria, it matters what are the conditions — chaotic or orderly.”

8 replies
  1. Plainvillian
    Plainvillian says:

    Bush lied, but not to worry.? The persuasive power of the Obama personality and his diplomatic policies have already brought peace and tranquility to the Middle East haven’t they?? Loose WMDs in the hands of despots and fanatics?? What could possibly go wrong?

  2. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    “What could possibly go wrong?”? Well, Dims, put it this way, if you want a very lucrative side-line nuclear fall-out bunkers could be the way to go…..note to self: wash and iron smart-looking, black burka with the slightly sexy peep-holes in order to greet “conversion” emissaries.

  3. JBS
    JBS says:

    There were approximately 150 incidents of chemical filled artillery shells (mostly 155mm) rigged to detonators that were either disarmed during the Gulf War or thereafter. Only the very uninformed still believe that there were no WMD in Iraq. No nukes yet (lots of yellow-cake and low-level enriched uranium), but there were plenty of biological and chemical weapons that were quietly removed.

  4. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    I know this is a little off target, but you did mention the UN and their quest for WMDs in Iraq. IMHO, the UN has nothing to do with peace making. The Syrian Arab Republic is one? of the original members of the UN. It was then known as the UAR and when it separated? it continued it’s membership. Presumably, it would not be able to join now, because a new member trying to enter UN, has to agree with the statement…Membership in UN is open to all peace loving states which accept obligations contained in the present charter. LOL,? Syria retains UN membership because having WMDs = Peaceloving, “and never having to say your sorry”

  5. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    Obama, Joe the Dumber and Hitlery are lying about WMDs as an excuse to launch another illegal war to benefit Warren “Gimme” Buffett and George “They’re Hiding in There” Soros.

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