GOOD TO GO!
We’re ready to take out Assad, says U.S. chief
THE United States is “ready to go” if the decision is made to intervene militarily in Syria, U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has said.
Mr Hagel said it was “clearer and clearer the Syrian government, headed by President Bashar al-Assad ( right), was responsible” for chemical attacks in the suburbs of the capital Damascus last week. He said the U.S. and its allies were working with the United Nations on Syria and that a range of options were available.
Mr Hagel said: “I think it is pretty clear chemical weapons were used against people in Syria. I think the intelligence will conclude it was not the rebels who used it.
“The deeper we get into this, it is becoming clearer and clearer the government of Syria was responsible.
“I think international humanitarian standards are pretty important. We work through international bodies. No nation or group of nations is bound by only one dimension of whether they make a decision to respond to any violation of the kind of humanitarian violation we saw in Syria.
“We are working with the United Nations, our partners are working with them and that’s appropriate action.
“There are a different range of options – suffice to say that the options are there and the United States Department of Defence is ready to carry out those options. If that were to occur, it would occur also in coordination with our international partners.
“As I’ve said... let’s get the facts, let’s get the intelligence, then a decision will be made if action should be taken, what action should be taken, or no action.
“We are ready to go.”
CLEARER: Chuck Hagel