Syria plays chemical weapons shell game
To the editor:
Inspectors are reviewing the list of chemical weapons provided by Syria and working on destroying the known chemical stockpiles and equipment. However, American and Middle East officials said Syria’s elite Unit 450, which runs Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons program, scattered the weapons across Syria and into Iraq.
A Lebanese newspaper reported 20 trucks loaded with equipment and chemical weapons were driven across the border into Iraq, on Sept. 12 to 13, 2013. The trucks were not inspected by the border guards.
Some of these chemical weapons going to Iraq could be weapons that were moved from Iraq into Syria prior to the Iraqi War. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who formerly headed the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, stated in October 2003 “satellite imagery showed a heavy flow of truck traffic from Iraq into Syria just before the American invasion in March 2003.
In January 2006, General Georges Sada, an Iraqi general under Saddam Hussein, claimed Iraq moved WMDs into Syria before the war, which were loaded on civilian aircraft and multiple truck convoys.
Iraq and Syria have been playing a WMD swap game for many years, which should be thoroughly investigated and ended with the destruction of these weapons.
Donald A. Moskowitz
Defense secretary owes an apology
To the editor:
I never thought that as a 35-year veteran of the armed forces that I would pick up my pen and demand the resignation of the secretary of defense for an outrageous failure of leadership in denying death benefits for the family of our fallen heroes. While now corrected, this agony went on for far too long, especially when the secretary himself had the ability to fund and correct this injustice.
As of today, neither Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel nor President Obama, the commander-in-chief, have formally apologized to the American people and especially the families of our fallen for unnecessarily increasing their burden of pain and suffering after losing a loved one in defense of the United States. Both the secretary and the commander-in-chief seem to be incapable of separating political ideology from their constitutional requirement in support of our armed forces. It took a private nonprofit group, the “Fisher House”, to come to the support of these military families in their time of need. How embarrassing for our national leaders to ask for a charity to step in and take over the government’s responsibility.