Assad is a highly-educated individual, once the "darling" of U.S. supported Middle East leaders, just like Hosniar Mubarak, of Egypt. These guys were part of a group of leaders our Administrations believed they could manipulate in any way, based on our promised continued foreign aid. Musharaff of Pakistan was another. Possessed of nukes, he repeatedly denied his country would ever engage India (they are absolute arch-enemies). U.S. gave the bastard enormous amounts of dough, ordnance, munitions, other help, then he quietly disappeared. Now? Assad is the bad guy. Ask yourself, why would a King gas civilians instead of the pseudo-military factions engaged in attempting his overthrow? Waste effort to weaken his own safety? Ridiculous. Seems to me, Assad has fallen seriously out of U.S. favor, so much so, that lying about subversive activity in Syria is acceptable in the process of seeking the ouster of the King. As the Manhattan Project scientist said, right after witnessing the Trinity Explosion, "We are now all become sons of bitches."