The CW claim is still problematic for one simple reason. The US government lies.Submitted by go213mph on Sun, 09/01/2013 - 21:45
It lies all the time. It lies casually, it lies flagrantly, it lies for political advantage and, to all appearances, lies compulsively even to its own political dis-advantage. It frequently lies to itself in one way while its internal branches lie to each other in multiple different ways.
The second Bush administration lied about WMD in Iraq.
The Clinton administration lied about Kosovo.
The first Bush administration lied (or at least provided friendly hosting for lies) about Kuwaiti babies being thrown from their incubators.
The Reagan administration lied about Iran-Contra.
I can’t think of a particular foreign policy lie the Carter administration told, but I’m sure there were some.
The Nixon administration lied about … well, pretty much everything.
The Johnson administration lied about the Gulf of Tonkin incident.
The US “intelligence services” airing this particularly timely and convenient claim are the same organizations who just got around to recanting after 60 years of lying about their role in the 1953 coup in Iran.
So, even if the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime was an acceptable casus belli, we still don’t know whether that happened or not, because we can’t believe a word the US government says.