Will the U.S. government compromise its insistence on human rights for geopolitical and economic interests?
It’s ... important to remember and understand that in the U.S., there is no single and synchronized policy on Russia.
We also need to recognize that the seeds of discontent in the United States that Mr. Trump is fertilizing will continue to bear fruit after he leaves the White House. Attitudes about U.S. leadership and alliance solidarity will never be the same.
A punitive operation targeting Assad and his military would be appropriate. But in the current climate, the risks are simply too great. The benefits of such an operation must be weighed against the possibility of a global conflagration.