The joint airstrike on Syrian targets was a half-measure in a series of inadequate policies that make up President Trump’s strategy in the region, holds Jonathan Spyer of the New Republic. The lack of interest in resolving the Syrian civil war leaves the door open for confrontation between Iran and Israel. This would be very bad for regional peace and could result in a new war. By leaving the region, as Trump plans to do, Iran can stomp out Kurdish resistance and spread its tentacles in Syria. It is already establishing military sites in the country. The president’s strategy is too hands-off, which will leave the whole region worse off.
President Trump’s Syria strategy is solid and can be fulfilled if the right steps are taken, infers Aaron Stein of Foreign Policy. The limited strike on Syrian targets was a show of Western unity and strength in the face of Russian, Syrian and Turkish opposition. The path Trump is edging towards gives Russia more leeway in exchange for reigning in Assad and ensuring that US allies are protected. He seems to have understood that instilling change by force will not result in long-term benefits. Negotiation is the best way forward, even if it involves giving Russia more power. Trump can bring troops home while leaving the region safer.