Here's what we now know:
- The Trump administration's warning of the impending attack gave Russian and Syrian troops plenty of time to move personnel and equipment out of the way before the attack. The Russians and Syrians took advantage of this warning to get out of harm's way. (But there was no protest from Russia after they had received the warning - only expressions of what appear to be feigned outrage and surprise after the attack had concluded.)
- The attack did very little damage. (See my previous post.)
- The drama of last week's events occurred against the backdrop of mounting pressure on the Trump administration because of its ties to the Russian government.
- The Trump administration has admitted that the Trump administration never intended to hurt or displace the Assad regime, and that the U.S. remains committed to working with Russia and the Syrian government to "defeat ISIS." (See this and this.)
But I'm tired of analyzing his actions just now. My next post will be on the subject of ontogeny. Stay tuned...