Donald Trump and Theresa May face uneasy military choices in Syria

President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May walking to a press conference at the White House on Jan 27, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON - Had President Donald Trump ordered it, the United States military could have struck hard at targets in Syria almost instantly after news emerged of a suspected use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

But preparations for the punitive military operation have taken almost a week partly because Washington was keen to forge a broader coalition for such action, but also because military planners are eager to calibrate the dual objectives of both executing a strike which is forceful enough to deter Syrian President Assad from ever again using chemical weapons but at the same time does not trigger off a broader US-Russia military confrontation.

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