President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a Tomahawk cruise missile strike on an airfield in Syria believed to be the base for the chemical weapons attack earlier in the week. Cato scholars have long warned against U.S. military intervention in Syria. “Trump’s decision to attack the Syrian regime has no legal authority and little chance of actually mitigating the suffering of Syrians caught in the civil war,” says Cato scholar John Glaser. “The key now is to see whether Trump will be able to resist the temptation to escalate and avoid the kind of mission creep that has sucked the United States into hopeless Middle East quagmires in the past.”

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