oh my. well that unbelievable story (cia helped saddam gas the kurds) comes along on the right morning to make lisa's and el mago's point, and rather to turn our red line into the scribbling of a psychotic. what the hell are we going to do about this thing we live inside?
but i do think that the assad regime has been soaking children in sarin, and lisa, the people reporting that are not cia; it's activists and human rights people on the ground posting their own videos to youtube, etc. you really really should not take bashar's propaganda seriously. that's obvious. and i think anyone who can do something to stop it is morally obliged to try, even if they are themselves war criminals or whatever it may be.
i do not think that the obama admin has been looking for pretexts to attack syria. they have been looking for pretexts not to, for very good reasons starting with self-interest, and there's little popular support here for any action. human rights people and others on the ground in syria and also the governments of great britain and france have been trying to force them into something. the cia or whomever is more likely to say it's not clear what happened or something than that we must attack.
i am, however, going to withdraw that thing i said about the us never having tortured on the scale of assad. i shouldn't have said that. we have no idea.