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Why was the UN investigation of Syrian use of chemical weapons set up to exclude what most consider the overriding question, that of which group perpetrated it?

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Richard:

This is typical of UN investigations. The UN is the sum of its parts: 193 member states. UN investigations often dodge culpability, especially when one, or more, of the Permanent-5 Security Council members are involved (in this case, Russia). The UN will report evidence it finds on the ground, leaving to others -- governments and non-governmental organizations, the media -- to fill in the blanks as to who the perpetrator is. For additional information, see the State Dept's recent paper on this matter:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/30/government-assessment-syri

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Diplomacy and foreign affairs. How government decision-making takes place. Interactions of the White House, State Dept., Pentagon, Congress and CIA in formulating policy. How governments deal with each other. Area expertise includes Afghanistan, Indochina, Europe, Cuba. Served in Guantanamo. Currently a member of the Diplomatic Readiness Reserve and Standby Response Corps.

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23-years as a diplomat with the U.S. State Dept. Previously at the Defense Dept. Prior to joining government, worked as a journalist with major news organizations.

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CBS-News, UPI; various newspapers. Published novelist: PERMANENT INTERESTS and CHASM. www.lulu.com/JamesBruno

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M.A. - U.S. Naval War College
M.A. - Columbia Univ.
B.A. - George Washington Univ.

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Various in government.

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