“When he reached the scene, there was no smell, he said. He found people lying on the floor, unable to move and with constricted pupils, he added. Mohammed Rasoul, the head of a charity ambulance service in Idlib, told the BBC that his medics had found people, many of them children, choking in the street.” The sick and seemingly endless war in Syria took another turn for the worse as a chemical attack in Idlib kills 58 (so far), including many children.

+ CNN: “White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Tuesday that a gas attack in a rebel-controlled area of Syria was perpetrated by the forces tied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and are a ‘consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution.'” I’m no cheerleader for the Obama administration’s Syria policies. But for the White House to react to this mass murder by blaming the past administration marks a sick and disgraceful new low in what has become an obsessive modus operandi.

+ And as John McCain points out, the attack comes just days after the White House made clear that removing Assad was no longer a US goal. (Assad is a Putin stooge. Let’s see if we hear some harsh words for our new partners in Syria.)

+ “I just want to let everybody know that we are very much behind President al-Sisi — he has done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation.” Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi got a very warm welcome in the White House.