The Standard for a Syria Strike: Avoiding Mockery?
Via the LAT: Syria chemical weapons response poses major test for Obama we find a possible standard for assessing a strike on Syria:
One U.S. official who has been briefed on the options on Syria said he believed the White House would seek a level of intensity "just muscular enough not to get mocked" but not so devastating that it would prompt a response from Syrian allies Iran and Russia.
"They are looking at what is just enough to mean something, just enough to be more than symbolic," he said.
Yes, it is an anonymous quote, but I think it does (unfortunately) capture what the administration is trying to do here.
In the grand scheme of things, however, this does not strike me as an especially good standard for assessing a military action.