I have only this to say about Syria:
Why is it that every time the US must back up it words with actions, those actions have to be military ones?
Why is it "humane" to lob missiles into a country when we do it, but an act of war/terrorism when other countries/actors do it?
Why does our credibility in the region rest on military action? After Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, isn't our credibility through military action pretty much shredded?
Maybe if we had a Department of Peace instead of a War Department (Like Lucifer in "Constantine," I do miss the old names), we would have some answers ready for these questions.