Obama Warns Syria Not to Use Chemical Weapons
White House, allies weigh options to secure stockpiles
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 3, 2012 5:40 PM CST
President Barack Obama speaks at the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) symposium being held at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Barack Obama warned Syria today that the use of chemical weapons would be "totally unacceptable" and that the country's leaders would be held accountable. Backing up earlier comments by Hillary Clinton, Obama said that if Syrian President Bashar Assad made the "tragic mistake" of deploying chemical weapons, there would be consequences. Obama stopped short of detailing those consequences. Obama's comments came as US officials said intelligence had detected Syrian movement of chemical weapons components in recent days. Click for more details.

Meanwhile, another AP story reports that the White House and its allies are weighing military options to secure Syria's chemical and biological weapons. Options now being considered range from aerial strikes to limited raids by regional forces to secure the stockpiles, according to a current US official and a former US official briefed on the matter. The administration remains reluctant to dispatch US forces into Syria, but a US special operations training team is in neighboring Jordan, teaching troops there how to safely secure such sites together with other troops from the region, the officials said.

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Reader65069154
Dec 4, 2012 11:59 AM CST
What a great chance to work on BHO's international image. How is this news? What's he going to do, tell them they're not accountable if they use chemical weapons? He should condemn terrorism while he has the spotlight.
GeorgeL
Dec 4, 2012 11:01 AM CST
Even the Nazi's held back from the use of chemical and biological weapons. Just goes to show how bad ASSad really is. Hopefully before anything like that can happen, Mr. ASSad will get taken out by his opposition and his ASS winds up dead.
HANKHILL
Dec 4, 2012 10:54 AM CST
hey assend bad boy bad bad go to your room no dinner for you bad bad! bo potus has spoken!