Colucci questions Obama’s stance on chemical weapons for ISIS

Lamont Colucci, associate professor and chair of the politics and government department, published an opinion piece on NationalReview.com. In “Will Obama Allow ISIS to Have Chemical Weapons, Too?”, Colucci questions President Obama’s stance on ISIS using chemical weapons, citing his previous failure with Syria.

“It has been well-documented that the Assad regime in Syria used chemical weapons against its own people before and after the agreement in which it promised to give them up. President Obama famously proclaimed a ‘red line’ that was never solid, resulting in the Assad regime’s engaging in the use of these weapons with impunity,” Colucci writes.

He writes that ISIS appears to have used chemical weapons, specifically chlorine gas, between five and 10 times in the past year against the Iraqis and Kurds, and he speculates that this chlorine gas was created by chemical weapons experts of the former Saddam Hussein regime, and those they’ve taught.

“Do we really need to wait for a chemical attack in the London tube or a shopping center in Minneapolis before we finally recognize this threat?” Colucci writes. He calls for strong leadership and strong action to be taken up immediately.


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