UN weapons inspectors retrieved enough evidence and site samples from Syria to conclude its lab and information collection and left Syria, Friday 8/30/13.
The inspectors left hours after the US outlined the evidence it believes proves Assad's forces were behind the chemical weapons attack and not the rebels. Seven vehicles of inspectors left Damascus and crossed into Lebanon with samples to take to The Hague.
A US intelligence report blamed Syria's government for the attack with "high confidence" and said it was "highly unlikely" the atrocity was plotted by rebels.
The report said 1,429 people were killed, including 426 children, and the assessment was based on "multiple" streams of intelligence.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told the Security Council members it may take two weeks to draw a conclusion from analyzing data.
The Assad regime has denied using chemical weapons, saying the assault was carried out by rebels, and dismissed the US report as "entirely fabricated".
Whenever President Obama and administration give the "go ahead decision" for military action, it will be led by commanders at U.S. Central Command based at MacDill Air Force base in Tampa.
"CENTCOM is the military organization, the world is divided up into regions, militarily and CENTCOM has responsibility for planning and executing military options, approved by the President in their area of operations, which includes Syria, Iran, Afghanistan," said a retired military personnel and officer.
A sixth warship, USS San Antonio, has now joined the five U.S. destroyers in the Mediterranean to provide further support.
Why the Iraq invasion and war tactics leading to 21st Century have become obsolete.
The changing of war, changed with the 21st Century. With approximately 3,000 satellites in space, 1,000 are U.S. military or communication satellites. No longer are large numbers of troops necessary because of the use of robotic weapons such as drones in the air and explosive dismantling robots on the ground. The satellites relay imagery to track combative military personnel, weapons or machinery to a near exact science.
And the U.S. has more warships than the sum of all other industrial nations' ships combined. This gives the U.S. a clear advantage to position itself with force anywhere in the world and bring its technology with it.
There should never be another Iraq invasion. Most military operations will be carried out as the Libya conflict was handled, with few boots on the ground. The U.S. is unmatched in military technology and strength. In addition, the U.S has piercing sound weapons, laser light weapons and can even use a form of the weather as a weapon against a formidable foe. Syria is not a formidable foe, being rendered fragile from civil war.
President Obama has repeatedly stated, no boots will be on the ground in Syria as he said about Libya because of the technology the U.S. possess. Should military action be employed against Syria as a last resort, it should be swift and decisive. The pressing issue will be who and what type of ruling element will replace President Assad once it is completely clear Assad used chemical weapons.
Though the use of chemical weapons has been banned internationally, only the U.S. and France stand ready to enforce the violation of it against Syria.
Britain, Germany and Canada voted "NO" in entering a coalition against Syria.