We seem to be witnessing a high-stake poker game between Washington and Damascus over a deck of chemical cards, each waiting to see who blinks first.
If the Americans attack, Assad will feel he is justified in releasing his poisonous gas over Turkey, Jordan and Israel.
But if Assad loses his nerve and lets loose with chemical weapons inside or outside Syria, the Americans will come crashing down on him with the full might of the US air, sea and marine forces standing by off the Syrian coast, along with Turkish, Israeli and Jordanian strikes against targets in Syria.
Not wanting to get religious you know, but all of this does fit the narrative remarkably well. Just sayin’ like – don’t quote me on it. Just thought it might cheer you up on a Sunday afternoon a few days before the Mayan apocalypse.