I wrote about Syria’s earlier gas attacks, in 2013. There was never any evidence linking Syrian government troops or the Assad government to the attacks then. No proof in the document given to the UN. And the US report making the case to Congress admittedly was full of unsubstantiated claims and guesswork. After initially pushing for action, France did a U-turn when the lack of evidence became obvious. UK Prime Minister David Cameron was halted by a vote in Parliament from going to war over the gas attacks. From the Aug 29, 2013 Guardian:
David Cameron indicated on Thursday evening that Britain would not take part in military action against Syria after the British government lost a crucial vote on an already watered-down amendment that was designed to pave the way to intervention in the war-torn country.
Putin then brokered a deal in which Assad agreed to give up all his chemical weapons (the same ones the US and Russia still have). Portable factories that destroy chemical weapons were brought in, and all chemical weapons were turned over and destroyed.
Secretary of State Kerry confirmed the complete removal of chemical weapons from Syria on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on July 20, 2014. He said,
Russia has been constructive in helping to remove 100% of the declared chemical weapons from Syria. In fact, that was an agreement we made months ago. And it never faltered, even during these moments of conflict.
Fast forward 3 years, and we are again alleging that Assad used his (destroyed in 2014) chemical weapons on his own people. Oops, no. That was yesterday.
Alleging Assad’s use of chemical weapons is over; the claims have morphed into pounding Syria with Tomahawk cruise missiles and plenty more.
The Deep State apparatchiks (Hillary, Pelosi, Schumer, McCain, etc.) are celebrating. But the Congressmembers also want a piece of this war action. For example:
“This week’s unspeakable chemical weapons attack is only the latest in a long series of horrors perpetrated by Bashar al-Assad on innocent men, women and children,” Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement issued on the attacks in Syria. “Tonight’s strike in Syria appears to be a proportional response to the the regime’s use of chemical weapons. If the President intends to escalate the U.S. military’s involvement in Syria, he must to come to Congress for an Authorization for Use of Military Force which is tailored to meet the threat and prevent another open-ended war in the Middle East.”
Arrangements that helped avoid clashes between US and Russian planes/missiles/troops have now been shredded. This is not good.
Meanwhile, Trump’s base believes it has been double-crossed. Candidate Trump promised less war. Pundit Trump criticized Obama for even considering war in Syria, back in 2013.
Whether Trump continues to obey the will of the shadow government/deep state remains to be seen. But today he has lost his supporters, those in the 99% who know the cost of war falls on their shoulders… while some of those in the 1% reap the spoils.