The Syrian government bombed its own people with chemical weapons. This is not in dispute, except in the mind of Vladimir Putin and the Chinese. Really, I don't think even they are questioning what happened privately, they're only questioning it publicly to put on a show. If you think they're more credible than France, then UN, and the US, oh, and the 1429 Syrians who died in the attack, I can't help you. The UN security council can't even agree on the day of the week, so anyone who suggests they should agree on a response is nuts. Don't take my word for it though. Start with Christiane Amanpour, one of the most well respected journalists on the planet. There is no conspiracy here, this was not the work of the rebels, it was not the Israelis, it was a crazy dictator killing his own people in one of the most cruel ways possible.
So why is the US response amusing? Because only the 2013 Congress could turn this into a political battle. And really I'm talking about John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. This is largely the same Congress that blindly approved Bush's war in Iraq based on what we now know was one, lying, informant. Except that our current president is one of a very few Senators who voted against that war. So why the change of heart? Let's compare some key points:
- W & Powell contended that Saddam had WMD and might use them - in contrast Kerry & Obama have strong evidence that Assad DID use them, on August 21.
- Obama has committed to NOT placing any boots on the ground - W sent half the army, who ended up staying there for 10 years (7 years after he appeared under a "mission accomplished" banner on an aircraft carrier)