First you make an announcement that "chemical weapons use" is the "red line": This has the effect of letting all opposition parties know exactly how to get the US involved. Then, SURPRISE, someone decides to announce that Syria has used chemical weapons:Mind you the person on the hook at that time was Obama. What I did not know at the time was that the US was this close to a shooting war:
“It was touch and go, just as risky as the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. The chances for total war were high, as the steely wills of America and Eurasia had crossed in the Eastern Mediterranean. The most dramatic event of September 2013 was the high-noon stand-off near the Levantine shore, with five US destroyers pointing their Tomahawks towards Damascus and facing them – the Russian flotilla of eleven ships led by the carrier-killer Missile Cruiser Moskva and supported by Chinese warships. Apparently, two missiles were launched towards the Syrian coast, and both failed to reach their destination. (We shall return to these two missiles later).Now once again we have a very real threat of conflict in Syria just a few short days after Trump said he wanted US troops out of that country. I mean the timing of the alleged chemical attack in Syria was simply toooo convenient. Someone online said that "well that's what Assad does." Really? So Assad's thinking, and that of his generals is that, since they are winning and Trump said he wants out of the country, let's go throw a chemical munition, which we had supposedly shipped off to Russia or destroyed, on a civilian population. No one will notice. No one will say anything. And no one will do anything because Trump said he wants out. I mean really. There are people who believe this kind of explanation. When the more plausible explanation that there are agents on the ground who have an existential interest in the US staying in Syria either deployed this chemical attack or fabricated the story. It's times like these when I wish we had an active draft, with minimal exceptions, so that the idiots who are beating war drums have to deal with the very real thought that they or their children may have to be sent to die, half a world away for the dumb shit they espouse.