MESOP SHORT CUTS ANALYSIS – Why the Syria Chemical Weapons danger is so hard to solve ? (NYT)

14 Apr 2017 – The past restraint of American air power has helped Syria’s leader, Bashar al-Assad, cling to power.   New York Times

But the U.S. approach has changed since the chemical weapons attack on civilians last week, and Mr. Assad has begun a counterpropaganda campaign, asserting that videos of victims, including dead and convulsing children, had been faked.   –  Our analyst looks at the forces prompting Mr. Assad to use chemical weapons.