GLENN: If anyone is confused about what's going on, I feel like we need to do an update every day on North Korea, Syria, and Russia. We're at a show level of DEFCON 3, which is the planes are not on the tarmac and not running. DEFCON 1 is -- you know, they're up in the air. DEFCON 2 is they've all been started and pilots are sitting on them, but they haven't been launched yet. And DEFCON 3 is one bad mistake here, and we could leapfrog to DEFCON 1.
PAT: And there's so much happening as you've kind of outlined, that it's hard to know what most to be concerned about.
GLENN: So let me start here: Russia's story is that a conventional bomb hit a rebel weapon's cache of chemical weapons, and that's the real reason why over 80 people died from sarin gas.
PAT: No way.
GLENN: Nearly every single analyst in the world says that's ridiculous. You do not keep sarin gas mixed in a combined state. Chemicals are stored separate from each other. Bombing the chemicals might make the area smell like your grandma's house or Jeffy's house. But it's not going to release sarin gas.
The Russian theory -- that's the Russian theory. And our National Security Council and General Mattis dropped a Texas-sized truth bomb yesterday. The Secretary of Defense first at a press conference -- first press conference. This whole thing started. This is what he said first: Last Tuesday, on April 4th, the Syrian regime attacked its own people using chemical weapons. We have personally -- I have personally reviewed the intelligence. And there is no doubt that the Syrian regime is responsible for the decision to attack and for the attack itself.
Let me be very clear here. Mattis is not a politician. Straight-talking. No nonsense marine who probably is the most respected military general over the last 50 years. If he comes out and says, this is the way it is, that's a pretty big statement. The intelligence he's referring to was dropped by the National Security Council a couple of hours before the general stood up to the microphone. It included intercepted communications, satellite imagery, and forensic analysis of the victims.
GLENN: Military and intelligence terms, this equates to a slam-dunk where the backboard shatters. Do I have that right?
PAT: Yeah, that was good. That was good. That was decent.
GLENN: Thank you. We do not seem to be backing down. In fact, we're doing the opposite. The Russians are doing the opposite too. They are not backing down.
The question is, how far will this go?
What is amazing to me -- and what we need to watch domestically is how Syria has completely reshuffled both the domestic and international politics. The alt-right has fully turned now on Donald Trump.
I mean, when you've lost Infowars, something is happening.
You know, what happened to all the, he's our president. We have to get behind him. All that stuff that we heard during the election. That's all over now.
Trump is also now gaining praise from former Obama staffers. Hawks like John McCain, they're now in Trump's corner. And what about the Russian collusion? That investigation, is it still going on?
Maybe the Russians helped Donald Trump get elected. Maybe they didn't. It looks like they did. But one thing is becoming clear. Whether on purpose or by complete coincidence, Russia's support for Syria might help the Trump administration far more than the hacking ever did.