Mixed messaging has been an incessant thorn in the side of President Trump. In Syria, however, the stakes are massive.
If future deterrence was the goal of Friday’s military action, the message of dissuasion needs to be both tactful and unwavering. So far, the White House has failed to cultivate such a message.
For a president who so often publicly rebuked his predecessor for being bogged down in Middle East conflicts, Donald Trump is finding himself in the exact same quicksand.