Originally Posted by cutthemdown
It was never Assad that used them. It was the rebels hoping to draw the USA in. Assad didn't need chemical weapons to take them out because they are poorly armed. Shoulder fired missiles help but in the end helicopters and tanks win out over troops with mortars and shoulder fired weapons.
I don't believe that is accurate. What surfaced is BOTH sides used chemical weapons and the backlash of when we cherry-picked evidence to try to support intervention is what caused us to jump back like we just touched a hot stove.