Those missing WMDs? Syria?

Letter to the Editor


Editor, Index-Tribune:

In a fit of campaign braggadocio, President Obama warned of serious consequences if Syria crossed the red line and used chemical weapons. Assad called his bluff. The resulting images provoked worldwide outrage. Obama had to man up to keep his word. Instead he waffled, saying it was “not my red line.” Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was livid at Obama’s weak-kneed response.

The close-mouthed Putin, a man of action, came to Obama’s rescue, a suspect mediator at best. When former Defense Secretary Robert Gates was asked if he trusted Putin, he said, “Are you kidding?” Putin got the UN involved and Obama could go back to turning America into another bankrupt Greece.

Unasked is the question, where did Syria get those chemical weapons? Saddam had them and used them on the Kurds. On the Jim Lehrer NewsHour some years ago, I watched in horror as a dog in a closed room wobbled then collapse as a chemical substance was piped into air vents. Saddam was demonstrating the effectiveness of chemical weapons.

While President George W. Bush agonized over sending troops into Iraq, UN Security Council members dithered. In that time of indecision, satellite images confirmed the movement of huge convoys of trucks leaving Iraq and entering Syria. Were these some of the WMDs Assad used to kill his people? Is Assad’s cache of WMDs the weapons that couldn’t be found in Iraq?

June England


  • Tom Sokolowski

    June, Bush “agonized over sending troops into Iraq?” You’ve got to be kidding; he couldn’t wait to
    send troops into Iraq, and 9/11 gave him the excuse. Nice try at re-writing history June.

  • Howard Gorbach

    Every time I need a good laugh because of someone’s ridiculous views all I have to do is read June England’s opinion. You probably believe Obama caused all of our economic problems!

  • Phineas Worthington

    The continued policy missteps of the Obama admin is about to lose another long time ally, Egypt, to the Russians. The Egyptians are a bit peeved that State would support the terrorist MB but not the popular General Sisi.

    And I myself would be a bit squeamish extolling the virtues of George Bush II who sacrificed tens of thousands of lives and billions in national treasure to establish Islamic Democracy in Iraq so they could sell their oil to the Communist Chinese and continue to destabilize the ME with radical Islamic terrorists training and operating within their borders.