A day after Secretary of State John Kerry called last week's alleged chemical attack
Such an attack seems likelier than ever now that the Obama administration has ordered the release of a report justifying a strike in the absence of U.N. support, as Taylor Berman writes below. The strike would likely involve cruise missiles fired at Syrian military installations, with the aim of punishing or ousting the regime of President Bashar al Assad. "Surgical strikes" of this nature would likely not put any U.S. troops in harm's way—but could also be among the least effective measures at ending or stopping Assad's use of chemical weapons.
Though the U.S. has, with significant evidence, essentially decided that the hundreds of civilians
If the U.S. decided to go ahead with a strike without U.N. support (China and Russia, both on the security council, are still allied with Assad), it would likely be joined by the U.K., whose parliament was recalled today for "urgent discussion" on Syria, France, Turkey, Saudia Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.