Well, it appears that Assad is a relentless glutton for punishment, because not even a year later, the WaPo reported two weeks ago that the US is considering a new military action against Syria for - what else - retaliation against Assad's latest chemical attack, which took place several weeks earlier.Flogging the “chemical weapons” dead horse for every last ounce of mendacious propaganda for arrogant U.S. aggressive war. It's what's for dinner.
How do we know Assad (and apparently, Russia) was behind the attack? We don't: in fact, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a moment of bizarre honesty, admitted that he really doesn't know much at all about "whoever conducted the attacks" But hey: just like it is "highly likely" that Russia poisoned the former Russian double agent in the UK - with no proof yet - so it is "highly likely" that a clearly irrational Assad was once again behind an attack which he knew would provoke violent and aggressive retaliation by the US, and once again destabilize his regime.
I don’t know about you but dictating who rules Syria and how, playing chest bump with the Russians, cozying up to Saudis and Qataris, pushing lies about Iran's being the chief sponsor of terrorism, and setting the stage for war with Iran are way, way down there on my “to do” list. I get it that we haven't had a trade surplus since, what, 1975. Aggressive action on trade long overdue? Check. Clear as day.
But opening up a yet wider gush from the U.S. fiscal artery for pointless, illegal foreign war I don't get, yet such war and its enormous costs seem to captivate the thinking of U.S. moron elites. Pressing problems at home? Mañana!
 "Russia Claims US Deploys Warships For Imminent Attack On Syria, Trains Militants For False Flag Attack." By Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge 3/17/18.