Window opens for those who want to try to address the gaping absence of strategic thinking
The delay in the mooted US-led strikes on Syria, caused in part by divisions between the White House and the Pentagon over the potential targets, has allowed a range of mediators to intervene in an attempt to avoid military conflict.
The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in particular have been on the phone to Vladimir Putin trying to find a solution. On the basis of his conversations with Moscow and Washington, Erdoğan claimed on Friday that the situation was calming down, but he has given little indication of a scenario that may dissuade Donald Trump from sending cruise missiles into Syria.
In theory there are three alternative responses – the first a punitive strike such as the US attack on the Shayrat air base in April 2017 that saw 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles hit the the air base in response to a chemical weapons attack.
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