Not the most effective move but for Trump it’ll suit as no doubt he just needed to clear the task from his desk quickly before the weekend, also good cover the for broken Filibuster that sweeps Gorsuch onto the Supreme Court.
The US, which has launched Tomahawk cruise missiles over Syria, has been fighting Islamic State there and in Iraq since 2014, so has amassed a huge military presence and an array of capabilities in the region.
The Pentagon has many ways to continue targeting Syria.
Any strike against the regimen of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is likely to be conducted remotely to avoid putting US pilots in harm’s way.
The US Navy’s Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, has two destroyers — the USS Porter and the USS Ross — in the eastern Mediterranean that could shoot a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missiles into Syria.
In September 2014, US ships launched 47 Tomahawk missiles during the first night of strikes against IS in Syria.
These missiles can also be launched from attack submarines, but the location of these vessels is secret.
A barrage of Tomahawks could overwhelm any air defences.
Assad’s systems are weakened after six years of war but Russia has deployed state-of-the art systems to Syria.
Over in the Persian Gulf, the Navy’s Fifth Fleet can quickly respond to military requests in the region. The USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier is also in the Gulf, currently supporting operations against IS.