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First thoughts about the missile strike

The missile strike against a Syrian air base is a reasonably measured response to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons, an atrocity by any measure. This is the easy part. Iraq began with shock and awe. What comes next? Suppose the attack has, or seems to have, the effect of deterring Assad from further use of chemical weapons. What lessons will Trump take from it?

The folks at Sic Semper Tyrannus dissent from conventional wisdom that Assad used chemical weapons at Idlib. I have not read anything to support that view or the assertion that the U.S. attack on the Shayrat air base is Gulf of Tonkin 2. Further, I am more inclined to question Sic Semper Tyrannus as a credible source than I once was. The folks there have gotten increasingly cranky and prone to cite dubious sources such as RT, a Russian English-language news service funded by the Russian government. Not to mention that I tend to be skeptical about sources that identify themselves by a nom d'internet. The piece by Publius Tacitus is offered on the twin principles of keeping an open mind and a healthy wariness about anything that comes from the Trump regime.

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