The story of the hour is the rush to judgment on who was responsible for the deaths in a Syrian town said to be due to some kind of gas. The one responsible is none other than Assad, Mad Dog Ophthalmologist. The amount of intellectual dishonesty one has to wade through in listening to very eminent men convinced of this fact is stunning.
On grounds of cui bono alone a reasonable person would have to conclude the opposite, namely, that Assad gains nothing by reckless chemical weapon use against civilians, or even military ones. The very indiscriminate nature of chemical weapons makes them a poor choice and Assad's forces have been doing very well with conventional weapons alone. Why mess with success?
Chemical weapons are also such as to make Western statesmen suffer hysterical collapse. Aiding and abetting al-Qaida and ISIS scum in a war that has cost over 400,000 civilian casualties in Syria and otherwise doing our utmost to keep the attack on Syria a going concern is not morally reprehensible but something like 60-120 civilian deaths and other casualties in this town are enough for WonderNikki to show photos in the U.N. and threaten that the U.S. will go it alone if the U.N. doesn't drink our bathwater. Wasn't the U.N. supposed to be the sacred collective security and peacekeeping mechanism after WWII? Our democratic values apparently include ignoring such nonsense and doing whatever the hell we want wherever we feel like doing it. Bombs away, suckahs!
Seymour Hersh and Richard Lloyd, former UN Weapons Inspector, and Theodore A. Postol, Professor of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology cast much doubt on the "Assad the Monster" thesis with respect to the 2013 Sarin attack in Ghouta. Yet, hardly 48 hours after this new incident important people, including Donald Trump unfortunately, are wringing their hands and exclaiming about "little babies" as though all on-the-scene investigations by impartial observers had been concluded in a day and the results were in. Some moron U.S. Senator thought the presence of fixed-wing aircraft, which could only have been Syrian Air Force planes, was the long and the short of The Case Against Assad. QED, Mothertruckers! He managed to get in something about barrel bombs too IIRC. The stark horror of unaesthetic ordnance!
Maybe it's just me but that doesn't do much for me in the absence of chemical analysis of the gas, and crater and bomb casing analysis.
The grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri, took longer and had more integrity in the matter pertaining to Officer Darren Wilson, and the stakes there were nothing like what they are in Syria with its seeming infinite opportunities for the U.S. and Russia to go at it with very modern and destructive toys.
It's as though this incident took place and someone immediately whispered "Execute Plan A" and important Americans instantly began to fall over themselves to be the first to declaim about the innate evil of Assad and the unwisdom of leaving him in place in the New Syria. Oh, sure. Assad doesn't remember how close it was he came to being at war (overtly) with the U.S. Why not make a gas attack just for the hell of it? And infuriate Putin in the process. The man whose artful diplomacy headed off further catastrophe in Syria, even given the flexible nature of "catastrophe" in Syria since 2011 when this mad attack on Syria go going.
Like Will Farrell in "Zoolander" I feel like I'm taking crazy pills here.
I take a little trip and suddenly (?) everyone goes nuts.
I am beginning to think that President Trump is very easily distracted and does not think strategic like in matters of statecraft. It's vital that the U.S. step back from mindless military involvement and this "let no sparrow fall/oh look, a squirrel!" kind of strategic thinking is not something I find reassuring.
Have your peeps contact my peeps if you know what vital U.S. interest is implicated in our war against Syria unless Syria has the only supply of sanctimony on the planet and our strategic reserves have been pumped dry. (98% utilization just in the last 24 hours, I estimate.)