One U.S. official who has been briefed on the options on Syria said he believed the White House would seek a level of intensity “just muscular enough not to get mocked” but not so devastating that it would prompt a response from Syrian allies Iran and Russia.
“They are looking at what is just enough to mean something, just enough to be more than symbolic,” he said.
I have noticed a complete lack of goals in the discussion of possible military action in Syria. The plan does not seem to be destroy Assad’s chemical weapons stockpile, kill him, or cripple his military capacity. It is not clear what the mission entails nor is it clear the the number of resources that will be necessary to complete the mission.
Instead the administration seems to be acting like a man at a flower shop before a third date, trying to decide how many bombs, drones, and cruise missiles to include in our explosion bouquet to let Assad know we are interested without appearing too eager. It is like trying to find a medium between carnations and a dozen red roses.