Trump’s attack on Syria is warranted, given Bashar al-Assad’s oppression of his own people, writes Richard Cohen of the Washington Post. He emphasises the torture, use of chemical weapons and huge amount of Syrians that have perished under Assad. Bringing up Obama’s own failure to enforce his words and punish Assad for the use of nerve gas, Cohen suggests that the Syrian leader has been appeased for too long. He remains critical of Trump's way of going about things, but admits that the crimes that Assad has committed are unacceptable.
The US missile strike in Syria was badly calculated and impulsive, reports Moustafa Bayoumi of the Guardian. He worries about the consequences in getting involved in the chaos that is Syria, where other nations, in particular Russia, are already fighting. If this is just a warning shot, then provocation elsewhere could lead to more, speculates Bayoumi. And if not, then there is a distinct risk that Trump will drag the US into another costly war in the Middle East. Bayoumi criticises the president’s strategy and highlights the negative effects that his "bi-polar decision-making" could have.