Syria is not Iraq or Afghanistan. Detractors of a strike on Syria (on both the left and the right) draw illusions to recent military interventions and try to convince us that those pasts will inevitably repeat themselves. That is foolish.
The use of US military force has, in the past, been an effective, targeted tool to send short and brutal messages that the US will not stand for gross human rights violations. Remember Clinton’s bombing sorties in Iraq and Sudan. The US didn’t try to take over the country or even dispose the regime. But they certainly sent a strong message that gross indecencies will be punished.
I am not sure how I feel about the US bombing Syria. I think that what Assad is doing is horrific and I think the US is likely the only country that can provide an effective deterrent. Thugs like Assad seem to only respond to strength and the US has strength. That said, I am a pacifist at heart and as a general rule feel that violence tends to escalate.
So, I don’t know if bombing Syria is a good idea. What I do know is that the arguments the left and right are using to oppose it, are deceitful. A strong message can be sent to Syria in a surgical, powerful way. It is nothing like the morass that Bush got the US into in Afghanistan and Iraq (which Fox News supported of course). Clinton had a recipe that worked. He used it rarely, but he made the world a safer place with it.