Syria Meets First Test of Accord on Weapons

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    Hopeful early results from agreement. From today's NYTimes:

    "WASHINGTON — A senior Obama administration official said Friday that the United States was encouraged by the initial inventory that the Syrian government had submitted of its chemical weapons arsenal.

    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the watchdog group known as the O.P.C.W. that oversees the international agreement banning poison gas, said on Friday that Syria had provided “an initial declaration” of its chemical weapons program.

    The submission met the first deadline for Syrian compliance that was set down by the framework agreement that the United States and Russia concluded in Geneva last weekend.

    American, British, Chinese, French and Russian diplomats are debating the terms of a United Nations Security Council resolution that would enforce the agreement. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that it was essential for the Council to adopt the resolution next week.....

    The fact that Russia, which has been one of the principal supporters of the Assad government, reached a consensus with the United States on the size of the arsenal after receiving an intelligence briefing by American experts suggested that the Syrian government would eventually declare a similar figure.

    Still, American officials had been waiting to see if the Syrian declaration would be submitted within a week of the framework agreement, as the accord requires, and whether it would be comprehensive.
    “It started coming in yesterday,” Michael Luhan, a spokesman for the O.P.C.W., said of the Syrian declaration. Mr. Luhan, who spoke in a telephone interview from The Hague, said that the organization’s technical experts were studying the declaration but would not give additional details.

    The declaration’s completeness is an early test of President Bashar al-Assad’s commitment to relinquish Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.

    The United States and Russia agreed in Geneva that Syria has about 1,000 tons of precursor chemicals and chemical agents, including sulfur mustard and sarin gas."

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/21/world/middleeast/syria.html?hpw&_r=0
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    I wonder if the containers of chemical weapons will have "Property of Iraqi Government" stamped on the sides....lol
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    only the ones that don't get declared
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    They could have declared this 5 minutes after the agreement. No one will know if it correct or not. Still plenty of time to hide.
    This is meaningless.
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    Lol... The Leftists here are still in denial about Iraq's WMD's that Saddam actually used on his own people.
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    I'm not a leftist nor in denial, but should every single gram of chemicals weapons in Syria be proven to come from Iraq circa 2002, would the Iraq war then be considered worthwhile?
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    The last thing we need to do is be bragging should we find WMDs, from Iraq, in Syria. It only shows we failed to capture them after all the money and lives we expended. Sure doesn't look very good on us.
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    I was against that war then, and I still wish we hadn't gone in there... just like in Syria. I hope someone shuts-up 'war-hawk' Kerry before we make the same mistakes we made in Iraq and end-up in a war we have no business being in.

    We need good, high-paying, full-time jobs... not other people's 'ego-wars.'
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    No, unless Syria responded with the required list within 5 minutes. That being said, of course they could still not fulfill other requirements of the agreement and it would have been news if this was one of them.
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    Nobody has ever debated that Iraq had chemical weapons - hell, we helped supply them. The debate was always whether they had them after the first Gulf War and more importantly in 2003.
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    We supplied Iraq with WMD's? That would be a shocker if it were true. Do you have a CREDIBLE source/link. Please no op-eds. If you can get Pentagon Papers through the Freedom of Information Act I'd be impressed.
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    Ahhhhh, at last. A Syria you can trust.
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    I refuse to believe that Reagan new anything about this or that it actually happened. Sorry, but I need something more credible than a foreign paper.
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    If you'd bothered to read you'd see the story was written about declassified info.
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    I don't believe it.
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    It's declassified State Department info. If you don't believe that there is literally nothing that would convince you and you're not interested in the truth.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...oked-the-other-way-on-chemical-weapons/?clsrd
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    That's been known for a long time.
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    And what did the North Koreans do with Slick Willie's gift of enriched Uranium? Please don't tell us that it had nothing to do with bomb making.

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