On Friday, Defense Secretary Hagel suggested that the Naval warships gathering in the Mediterranean are part of President Obama's "options for all contingencies."
The United States have positioned four destroyers off the coast of Syria in case military strikes are ordered against the Syrian government.
According to theguardian.com Hagel said: "The defense department has a responsibility to provide the president with options for all contingencies.
And that requires positioning our forces, positioning our assets, to be able to carry out different options – whatever options the president might choose."
The latest chemical attack, which has been blamed on the Syrian government, has the U.S. poised and ready for missile strikes against Assad. A FOX News report says that U.S. officials are "gravely concerned about the reported use of chemical weapons" in Syria. The result of that concern has called for the Navy to expand their presence in the Mediterranean.
The commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet has ordered the U.S.S. Mahan to stay in the Mediterranean. The Mahan was scheduled to return to Norfolk, VA but was ordered to redeploy off the coast of Syria. When the Mahan reaches its destination, that will make four destroyers stationed off the Syrian coast. All four are said to be capable of launching Tomahawk cruise missiles.
When Hagel was pressed about whether the U.S. would strike Syria unilaterally his reply was: "the US would never give up its sovereign right to act, but Syria is an international issue."
Forbes reported on Sunday that: "Moscow urged Washington not to repeat “past mistakes” in the Middle East when dealing with the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad."
Not long after news of the chemical attacks Russia said in a statement that the attacks might have been a staged provocation by the Syrian rebels, according to RT. They also said the U.S. could use this as a pretext to launch missile strikes against Assad.
The Russian Foreign Ministry also said in an online statement: “All of this (the allegations of chemical attacks by Assad) makes one recall the events that happened 10 years ago, when, using false information about Iraqis having weapons of mass destruction, the U.S. bypassed the United Nations and started a scheme whose consequences are well known to everyone."
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