And so it begins

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Thursday that intelligence about Syrian chemical weapons "raises serious concerns" that the regime of Bashar Assad may use them against the country's own citizens.

"The whole world is watching, the whole world is watching very closely," Panetta said. "And the president of the United States has made it very clear, there will be consequences — there will be consequences if the Assad regime makes the terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people."

His comments came a day after U.S. officials told NBC News that the Syrian military had loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs that could be dropped from dozens of fighter-bombers. The defense chief, who was speaking at a news conference at the Department of Veterans Affairs, would not elaborate on what the potential consequences would be.

Via Ad Orientem.

The Nobel Peace Prize President, using the same CIA, the same Defense Department, the same game plan as his predecessor is laying the groundwork for war in the Christian holy land of Syria. The die is cast from this point. Syria is already being brutalized by sanctions. A chemical weapon will be detonated, and the US will be off and running on its third war since 2001. The rebellion, financed by the repulsive Wahhabist Gulf Arabs, is hopelessly stalemated. Its protagonists are Sunni rabble and fanatical thugs drawn from Chechnya, Afghanistan, the Saudi peninsula and north Africa. Culturally, the Syrians themselves are more Greek and prefer house parties and red wine to firefights in the streets. For reasons I cannot begin to fathom, it has apparently been decided that the US will step up to the plate. The Shia will be slaughtered, Christians--the lucky ones--will flee and Syria will be bombed back into the Stone Age. A Sunni puppet will be installed and billions of dollars will be extracted from US taxpayers for an occupation that advances no American interest.

May God have mercy on us, and He won't.