Too scary to even think about
The latest "war on terror" was sparked by 19 morons from Saudi Aradia, Egypt and Yemen that managed to drive our commercial aircraft into our buildings yet our military response was directed largely at the poor slobs that happened to remain in Afghanistan (not "home" to the leadership or a even major Al Qaeda funding source). The Taliban are, no doubt, some "bad" (and backward) folks but posed no real threat to the U.S. directly. If our strategy is to now zap the 'bad guys" in nations that simply did not oust terrorists (possibly not even known to their gov'ts) that did nothing to gain attention in their "host" counties then we are in for a very, very long war.
Syria is indeed a possible source of terrorist weapons (and personnel) but so are many other nations. We must decide if we, as a nation, are willing to fight the Jihad against all participating nations or just keep trying to act as a world police force minus a court system.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
We can be just as brutish if we want - and some people would argue we already are . . . so fire with fire, I suppose.
If you play nice because you fear the terrorists then you've made their mission quite successful.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
For some odd reason, most (if not all) documented chemical weapon attacks were conducted on their own soil... Saddam's attacks in Iraq, a radical Japanese hate group in Tokyo, Assad's attacks in Syria... we'd probably be more at risk of a chemical attack by domestic terrorists, although dispersal of chemical weapons has proven problematic and complex.
Terrorists seem to favor things that go boom. Bombs are much easier to make, hide and detonate. I'm not overly worried about a massive chemical weapons attack in the US. I'm more concerned about the next explosion set off by a nutjob with a dog-eared copy of Anarchists' Cookbook.
On another note, I was danged impressed by the Syrian shop owner who figured out on the fly how to construct an effective gas mask out of a plastic cup, string, charcoal and gauze. Kudos for Macgyvering under fire!!
If a terrorist led chemical weapon attack was easy it would have been done by now. It isn't easy. Aum Shinrikyo tried and they managed to kill only 13 people seriously injure 50 others after releasing sarin in 5 enclosed space (subway stations).
I worry much more about our reaction to terrorism than I do about terrorist attacks
Quo usque tandem abutere, Trump, patientia nostra?
The only chemical attack I can foresee happening is our liberal government unloading the chemicals on the "fly over states".
I'm not personally any more worried about a serious CBR attack on the United States today than I was two, three or eight years ago. Sure it could happen, but technically speaking we are more likely to die while driving to the grocery store.
On a scarier note, I'd say that we are also more likely to die from a natural gas explosion. I've always hated knowing that those pipes run under my house.