How do you know it makes no sense for Assad to do this? Wasn't aware you were an expert on the nuances of the Syrian Civil War. These arguments just make too many leaps in logic for me. I agree the MIC is a bad thing, but not everything is because of the MIC. You're saying Obama stood up to the MIC in 2013 when he decided against striking when Assad used these weapons then? The most simple answer is usually the one. Assad used chemical weapons for the umpteenth time and we couldn't look weak by not acting. It has to be enforced.
Going back to the Lusitania, Gulf of Tonkin, even Pearl Harbor the media reports of us being innocently provoked into action are generally at a later time found to be half-truths at best.
When Colin Powell was giving his famous speech at the UN declaring what Saddam Hussein had to do to avoid war, I was deployed in the Middle East and had already been briefed that war was going to happen, given a time frame in which it would start, and in no uncertain terms was told that Saddam's actions at that point were irrelevant.
I don't think we know the truth, but I agree with @ksupoke, odd time to pull out the chemicals and burn up some kids on the cusp of victory. If it did happen, the man really is a psychopath.
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