Neither Precise Nor Proportionate

Neither Precise Nor Proportionate
Syrian Central Military Media, via AP, File

“Precise and proportionate” is how Secretary of Defense James Mattis described the recent shower of missiles that fell on three targets in Syria. Precise, possibly, although anyone who has dealt with them knows that smart weapons often do dumb things. But proportionate? On that one we should trust the words of poets, not generals:

 

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