The lack of any sense of history in this whole debate about Syria is astounding.
All those people talking about "red lines", whether they are Obama's or America's or the world's ... answer me this. Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war in the mid-80s. For thirty-five years, until Assad did so, no one in the world used chemical weapons. There is no need, in other words, for the world to police the use of chemical weapons -- the most despicable thugs know that once they use chemical weapons, they cease to have a country they can govern. So, why should America enforce any kind of red line here?
Look also at what has happened in Libya -- the last place we provided air support and trained the rebels. Gaddaffi is gone, but the place is now overrun with jihadists. Syria will be no different.
All that we are fixing to do is to make Syria safe for Al-Qaeda.