Diplomacy? Yeah that’ll work with Assad, after all, it has worked a grand total of NEVER in hundreds of attempts already.
The White House will most likely produce evidence of the Assad regime and its military engaging in the chemical weapons attacks through intercepts of communications ordering/conducting the attacks. (Obama will then make some hay out of it to diffuse criticism regarding the Snowden NSA revelations.) Who knows what Syria, Russia, China, and Iran will say then? They’ll probably (continue to) say it’s all fake intelligence cooked up by the US or by Syrian rebels, and maybe even by Israel come to think of it. “Remember the WMDs!” they’ll say, because unlike the US, you can take to the bank everything Syria, Russia, China, and Iran say as 100% truth: fact-checked, cross-referenced, transparent and accountable.
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