[T]he decision is just the most recent in a context of contempt for multilateralism promoted by President Donald Trump since the beginning of his presidential campaign.
It is almost as if President Trump was enthusiastically and deliberately destroying his bespoke suit, to then proudly display his rags.
Taking into account that Washington prepares a new sanction package for every response from Moscow, the confrontation is closing in on itself, and continues to spiral, with each new round provoking the next one.
Unlike the situation in Iraq in 2003, an attack against Syria today carries serious risk of a war among the world powers.
What's more, Trump's real feelings for Putin, warm as they may be, are completely immaterial in such an atmosphere.