Michael Weinman on Aristotelian reflections on President’s Trump unauthorized missile strikes in Syria. Trump’s Syria strike is part of a broader pivot toward the Gulf states’ worldview. Which country shall we bomb today? Bombing campaigns, once begun, have a way of carrying their own momentum. Trump’s Syria attack brings uncomfortable truths into focus. The media’s reaction to Syrian strikes was right out of the Washington playbook (and more). Cruise missiles shouldn’t be the basis for Republican fundraising. Trump’s confused presidency will endanger the world: His administration can’t get on the same page about Syria because there is no coherent foreign policy — anything is possible, and that’s horrifying. Trump has discovered the awesome powers of the presidency — be afraid.

Dylan Matthews on the best way the US could help Syrians: Open the borders.