Is President Obama going to draw another red line? Sky news is reporting that there are “indications” Syrian President Bashar al Assad is still using chemical weapons against his own people, according to the French.
According to Syrian rebel groups Assad forces launched chlorine gas attacks on at least three towns last week.
“We have a few elements of information, but I do not have the proof,” French President Francois Hollande told Europe 1 radio station.
“What I do know is what we have seen from this regime is the horrific methods it is capable of using and the rejection of any political transition.”
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the radio station there were “indications, which have yet to be verified, that there have been recent chemical attacks”.
He said they were “much less significant than those in Damascus a few months ago but very deadly”, and had taken place in the northwest of the country, near the Lebanese border.
Activists accused the regime of using lethal chlorine gas – first used at Ypres during the First World War – saying it caused “more than 100 cases of suffocation”.
Videos posted on social media by opposition groups show men and children in a field hospital coughing and showing symptoms of suffocation.
If these stories turn out to be true they will be another foreign policy embarrassment to the Obama administration, which was about to attack Syria until it was out-maneuvered by the Russians. The mistake by the Obama administration wasn’t that it failed to attack Syria, but that it set the red line in the first place and then got played for the fool by Putin.