It’s called who, where, when, and how. The US in the 1980’s provided Saddam with chemical weapons to fight Iran in an eight year war. We invaded part way in 1991, and began destroying Saddam’s arsenal, after he’d poisoned the Kurds with those nice things we got for him. By ‘93 the UN inspectors, and others, confirmed his stockpiles, and capacity to manufacture, no longer existed. During the first Gulf war, one of those very large stockpiles was blown up in southern Iraq by U.S. forces, it resulted in the poisoning of a large number of US. troops, and that is part of the “Gulf War Syndrome”, That syndrome also include some 35 men in a company of 135 coming down with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) when normal statistics would be one case in 130,000 people! That was a direct result of exposure to those nerve agents.
Saddam did NOT ship chemical weapons to Syria in 2003, because he no longer HAD any!! Syria acquired their own quite easily on the “market”. Sarin is also pretty easy to make, and it’’s likely the first small use in Syria could well have been the “insurgents” using it, as it appears it was released by canisters, perhaps hand delivered, and not via rockets or artillery shells. The latter, more serious attack DID appear to be from rockets launched from Assad’s secure areas, into the target area. YEs, with satellites, let alone drones, we CAN track where these rockets are launched from. “Iron Dome”, belonging to Israel can track very quickly even much smaller munitions, and destroy them before they reach their targets.
So, who, what, when, where, and how, is a varied story depending on what incident, crime, or “report” you’re referring to, but conspiracy theories are usually derived for folks who don’t know squat about who what where, when, or how, folks like 58, and many others who are afraid to say they just hate Obama because he IS Obama and has a “heritage”.
As to striking Syria, it’s too little, too late, to use cruise missiles, and I hope Congress doesn’t approve an act of war. The very LEAST we need to do is let Obama’s “delay” give time for valid report from the UN on what happened, by whom, and to whom, when, and where. Oh, yes, and how.
It should be up to the International Criminal Court in den Hague to handle the appropriate actions, but remember, the U.S., under our conservatives who could have been charged themselves, did not sign onto the court, and the international community, to seek justice in just such situations as Assad presents today.