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Goldberg: Trump's message to Syria is a muddled one

Goldberg: Trump's message to Syria is a muddled one

President Trump was right to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad with airstrikes this month.

Some have said that the bombing campaign didn't go far enough, and I'm sympathetic to that argument. Empty buildings in the middle of the night are useful targets if you want to demonstrate symbolic disapproval, but the strikes did not do lasting damage to the Assad regime. That was the goal — to make a point: Don't do that again.

I am also sympathetic to those who were concerned that the strikes could cause a precipitous escalation, drawing in Iran and, more importantly, Russia.

By all accounts, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and his Pentagon...

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