Should the US take military action against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria? It’s become the one important question in the US since President Obama announced that the dictatorship had indeed used chemical weapons against its own people. After a year of ducking the question, a brutal attack on August 21 with multiple rockets full of nerve agents into the suburbs of Damascus has made the situation intolerable.
It’s best to never react to the news as it is coming in because everything is fluid. We last wrote about Syria 18 months ago and it was not clear that the horror has lessened. But today it seems as though there has been a breakthrough and the threat of US force, wielded without flinching, works well in the hands of an administration that would rather not have to do it at all.