Syrian army soldiers stand in a damaged building at a site where suicide bombers attacked a police station in Damascus. By FIRAS MAKDESI / REUTERS. @Adobe Stock Images.

As President Trump inches closer to launching punitive military strikes against Syria for its suspected use of chemical weapons, there is concern that such action will again fall short of bringing about behavioral change in Damascus. President Bashar al-Assad, having finally neutralized the threat to his capital by gassing the rebels into submission, can afford to hunker down and wait out another momentary burst of Western outrage.

For meaningful progress to occur in Syria, including one that advances the dual U.S. objectives of precluding the reemergence of ISIS and rolling back Iran’s entrenchment, Trump needs to strike and stay.

 

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