What if, as is intended, Assad's government does fall? All we would have succeeded in doing is leaving the Syrian people with a country of ruins and rubble.
This double standard would be unremarkable if it were a one-off. But it's becoming pretty apparent the US President – the leader of a vast and complex nation in which violence comes in many forms and cloaked in many ideologies of hate – is only exercised by acts that fit a particular narrative.
Behind the public scenes of political turmoil in Washington, professional public administrators are quietly debating their own responsibilities to good government.
Gnawing at Trump, apparently, is the then-and-now comparison – at this stage of the Obama presidency, Obama seemingly was getting things done.