On the other hand Assad has to do something to show he's not afraid of Obama or anything he can do to him. So what better way to do it than launch another gas strike? His protectors China and Russia will continue run interference and the whole matter can be muddied enough that nobody will do anything. It's just a big cesspool start to finish and we should just stay out of it.
all sssad has to do to win is to survive our attack
we already said he would
saddam played this role all the time- “if the great satan wanted me dead they would have killed me” - and the street believes this