26) Although the United States has not ratified Geneva Protocols
I and II, approximately 150 nations have ratified the Protocols, and the United States considers many of the Protocol provisions to be applicable as customary international law.
It is also interesting to note that almost all of the discussion relative to the Geneva Protocols
in the relevant literature is silent about US objections.
The White House has also cited the Chemical Weapons Convention, a 1992 agreement that builds on the Geneva Protocols
by prohibiting the development and stockpiling of chemical weapons.
The formal position as expressed by the Geneva protocols
is that Al Assad and his regime will help see an interim government into power and then Al Assad will retire, if not others from his more tainted officials.
While there was some discussion within the Foreign Office on trying to prevent Iraq acquiring a chemical weapons (CW) capability, officials noted that it could prove difficult as they were not banned under international treaties, even though their use was prohibited under the Geneva Protocols