Mad Dog Mattis admits: There was never evidence that Assad Gassed His People
Color me shocked! (that's sarcasm, for those who don't have their Sarcasm Meters turned on)
Lost in the hyper-politicized hullabaloo surrounding the Nunes Memorandum and the Steele Dossier was the striking statement by Secretary of Defense James Mattis that the U.S. has “no evidence” that the Syrian government used the banned nerve agent Sarin against its own people.
This assertion flies in the face of the White House (NSC) Memorandum which was rapidly produced and declassified to justify an American Tomahawk missile strike against the Shayrat airbase in Syria.
Mattis offered no temporal qualifications, which means that both the 2017 event in Khan Sheikhoun and the 2013 tragedy in Ghouta are unsolved cases in the eyes of the Defense Department and Defense Intelligence Agency.
In other words, the bipartisan war hawks were cheerleading for action against Assad, including "boots on the ground", plus there was arming by the US of "Moderate Rebels" on the basis of no real proof or tainted intelligence. This was tamped down by a fair amount of people raising Cain about more faulty involvement in Mid East affairs.
If you surrender a civilization to avoid social disapproval, you should know that all of history will curse you for your cowardliness - Alice Teller
If John of Patmos would browse the internet today for half an hour, I don't know if the Book of Revelations would be entirely different or entirely the same.