January 27, 2013

Why Everyone's Wrong About Assad's Zombie Gas

Jeffrey Lewis, Foreign Policy

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Since the government of Syria's Bashar al-Assad began to totter, the nonproliferation community has been waiting to see if he will unleash what is believed to be a large stockpile of chemical weapons, including VX, sarin, and mustard gas. The possibility that Assad might use chemical weapons is widely regarded as a possible trigger for U.S. intervention. In December, President Obama warned Assad of "consequences" in the event Syria used its chemical weapons. A few days earlier, Hillary Clinton warned that the United States was "certainly planning to take action" in the event of "credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people." So, what makes for "credible evidence"? Enter Josh Rogin, reporter at Foreign Policy, who published a...

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