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U.S. READY FOR MILITARY ACTION IN SYRIA – AT 8:42 A.M. ET:  The Times of London is reporting that the U.S. will intervene militarily at the first sign that chemical weapons are being used in Syria.  From Reuters:

A US-led coalition is prepared to take military action in Syria within days in the event that Syrian President Bashar Assad resort to the use of chemical weapons in his fight against opposition forces in his country, The Times of London reported on Tuesday, citing a US official.

“It won’t require major movement to make action happen. The muscle is already there to be flexed,” a US official said. “It’s premature to say what could happen if a decision is made to intervene. That hasn’t taken shape, we’ve not reached that kind of decision. There are a lot of options, but it [military action] could be launched rapidly, within days,” the Times quoted the official as saying.

The Times quoted sources as saying the US intervention would involve Britain and other allies.

Prime Minster Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday addressed raised concerns that Assad could be preparing to use chemical weapons, stating that Israel was monitoring the situation closely.

Israel has said on several occasions in the past that it would take military action if necessary to prevent Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons from falling into the hands of Hezbollah or other terror groups.

COMMENT:  There are unconfirmed reports from other sources that Syrian chemical weapons are already being moved to Aleppo. 

Of equal danger to the use of these weapons by the government is the possibility that they'll fall into the hands of those rebel groups affiliated with Al Qaeda.  There are no good options in Syria, thanks in part to the fact that the West, misled by President Obama, has waited so long to stage any kind of serious intervention.  The existence of large stockpiles of WMD provided enough reason for intervention.

Too late, too late.

December 5,  2012