But Syrian allies Russia and Iran call the use of force by Western allies a "military crime" and "act of aggression" with the potential to worsen a humanitarian crisis.
The White House spokesman's belligerent malapropisms soared to new heights Tuesday with his comments about Hitler not gassing his own people.
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh talks with "Democracy Now!" on Monday about evidence he uncovered that suggests Turkey may have supplied sarin gas to Syrian rebels and could have been behind the deadly attack that almost led to a U.S. strike on Syria last year.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist says the Obama administration "cherry-picked intelligence" on the gas attacks in the Damascan suburb of Ghouta in August "to justify a strike against [Syrian President Bashar] Assad."
After the announcement that the U.N. Security Council agreed to a resolution to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, The Washington Post reported that U.S. and Russian officials believe that the majority of the country's stockpile exists in an "unweaponized" form that can be destroyed quickly.
Late last week, some leading chemical weapons experts voiced skepticism about U.S. claims that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used sarin gas against rebels on at least four occasions this spring. Months of investigation have failed to uncover the telltale signs of an attack, they say.
"In any normal society," writes a skeptical Robert Fisk of the media and government blowup over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, "the red lights would now be flashing."