There is growing concern within the Obama administration that the Assad regime in Syria may resort to chemical weapons in its ongoing fight with the rebels. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a stern warning this morning calling the potential use of such weapons a red line for the United States. With no public statement from the White House, Barbara Starr, Pentagon correspondent, stopped by Early Start to sort through the details.
Syria has been watched closely because of their movement of weapons in the past, but this time, it's different. "What they are seeing is movement that could potentially signal the use of chemical weapons. This typically would be matching up the chemical material with preparing it with a warhead, with artillery, with rockets, all the signs that they could be getting ready for an attack, " Barbara says.
President Obama has stood by the United States' decision to call Syria's behavior a "red line." So what could this mean for the United States if Syria is preparing to attack? "I think it's fair to say they're going to go with extreme diplomatic pressure against the signs that they're seeing that this weapons inventory is being moved around and possibly, possibly being prepared for use. They're not sure yet what the intent really is," Starr assessed.
President Obama signed an executive order sanctioning Assad in January 2011.