Does anyone remember the movie Sum of All Fears, and the plot device of a third party setting off chemical weapons in Chechnya so it looks like the Russian president did it...but he can't deny it because it would make him appear weak and not in control of his own stockpile? I've thought about this for a few weeks now. Assad has chemical weapons but he hasn't outwardly denied or taken credit for using them in their civil war. The rebels have access to chemical weapons and it just makes a lot of Machiavellian sense for the rebels to orchestrate a false-flag attack to trigger an international response that would suck the U.S. into the conflict and provide a flashpoint for everyone in the region. If the U.S. goes in...you can be guaranteed that Israel will get attacked on principle. I've studied Middle East politics for decades...professionally and as a personal interest. Assad isn't stupid. He is a brutal butcher, as was his father before him...but he is no dummy. He's killed over 100,000 in this civil war without chemical weapons and now he decides to risk everything to kill another 1000 with Sarin? That seems ridiculous and out of character. So I'm curious what the GT Braintrust thinks about this. Oh, and not to mention that we are heading into the U.S. mid-term elections...and Syria does provide a nice distraction from all of the Obama scandals of late.