Cato Institute scholar John Glaser says President Trump’s Tomahawk missile attack on Syria has “zero chance of altering the military and political realities on the ground.” And, he calls the attack a “symbolic gesture intended to deter further use of chemical weapons.”
The question is whether or not Trump’s actions will have any effect on Assad’s future actions, and if so, will they benefit America in any way? Glaser points out that despite campaign rhetoric he would stay out of Syria, Trump has completely changed course. He writes:
Donald Trump has been president for only 77 days, and he has already violated repeated campaign pledges to avoid wars of choice in the Middle East and, specifically, to stay out of the Syrian civil war. The American people should take note that Trump governs as he tweets: irrationally, inconsistently, and without concern for the likely adverse consequences.
Here are Trump’s own words captured by a mashup of campaign video Tweeted by Bradd Jaffry:
Trump on Syria & Assad during the campaign👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/euymSVRRJU
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) April 6, 2017
Separately, Glaser addresses the legality of Trump’s attack on Syria: