Syria's chemical weapons

Friday, December 7, 2012
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A national defense analyst and Pentagon advisor warns that America could be embroiled in a major conflict if it follows through on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's pledge to take action if Syria crosses a "red line" on chemical weapons.

During a recent visit to the Czech Republic, Clinton made it clear that the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons was a "red line" for the United States. But she refused to elaborate on how the U.S. might react in the event of "credible evidence" that the Assad regime intended to use or had used such weapons.

Maginnis, BobWhile the Syrian government has denied possessing any chemical or biological weapons, it is believed to have a significant stockpile. Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis (USA-Ret.), now senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council (FRC), tells OneNewSNow the U.S. is ready to deal with the issue.

"The U.S. is prepared, reported by the media, to have forces that are already in Jordan, not too far from Damascus, that are advising the allies in the region," he relays, "and that we, along with them, would intervene to secure those weapons to stop further destruction, should they move forward."

But Maginnis asserts it could become a substantial military operation.

"If, in fact, it's true that its chemical munitions are stored in many arsenals scattered across populated areas in that country, then we would have to have sizable numbers of forces -- in the thousands -- to secure those facilities, and if they've been used, to try to access the damage they've … done," the expert explains.

He adds that this could be similar to 2003, when U.S. forces anticipated that Saddam Hussein would use chemical weapons on coalition forces like he did against the Iranians during the late 1980s.

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