The same politicians, journalists and pundits who dismiss the Trump administration for its inability to separate fact from fiction and provide truthful have no problem accepting without any proof everything about Syria and Russia, even going as far as rejecting what the UN envoy to Syria actually stated at the UN Security Council about the absence of any conclusion regarding the culprit in the use of chemical weapons. Highly skeptical of the Trump administration's neo-isolationist foreign policy backed by "American First" slogans implying a rejection of multilateral obligations, the foreign press, historically pro-US politicians and foreign policy analysts previously questioning America's role in the world were suddenly reassured all was well once Trump resorted to militarism.
Given their own foreign policy goals in the Middle East, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and other authoritarian Arab governments, many of which have been providing direct and indirect support to ISIS, al-Qaeda and other jihadist groups in Syria and Yemen, they immediately expressed support for US bombing. NATO members immediately came to the defense of their principal member that had been expressing lukewarm commitment toward the historical Atlantic Alliance with overtones for rapprochement toward Russia and political support for anti-EU rightwing populist parties in Europe. What a better way to bring the US back to the fold of militarists, conservatists, globalists, neoliberals and Cold War ideologues than to applaud bombing operations toward Syria. What a better way to send a signal to Russia, Iran, and China that have been supporting Assad than for the US to strike at Syrian military targets?
Even in the age of massive media propaganda by all sides, eventually, we will find out who really used chemical weapons, just as we found out that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction but the US and UK governments had absolutely no problem lying to the UN, to their citizens and to the world in order to invade. By the time the facts emerge about who used chemical weapons in Syria, the US will be preoccupied with other military operations because militarism for the purpose of destabilization remains a way of life for US foreign policy, no matter the announcement by Trump to be more restrained and narrowly focused about highly costly military operations.
To mobilize public support among the popular base, which was sharply divided between the progressive wing of Senator Bernie Sanders and the neoliberal-militarist wing of the Obama-Clinton establishment, the Obama-Clinton Cold War-neoliberal wing of the party used the Russian issue to attack Trump from the right in an ironic role reversal with rightwing Republicans like John McCain siding with Cold War Democrats. The day after Trump was sworn into office, there were mass demonstrations against him. Popular protests continued against the Muslim ban executive order randomly targeting Islamic nations that have no history of posing a threat to US national security. The Democrat Party was moving left and Bernie Sanders, an Independent, was the most powerful politician in the Democrat camp. To bring the party back to its Cold War-neoliberal agenda that faithfully serves Wall Street and the military industrial complex, the party establishment focused on the Russian menace, rather than on the corruption of the Trump family and associates who placed their personal financial interests above those of the broader national interest.
The anti-Russian Cold War strategy served Democrats well with the military, political, and corporate elites linked to the party, while it projected the image of a Democrat Party embracing patriotism and national interest that Republicans were at best ignoring and at worst betrayed. Amid FBI and congressional investigations of the Trump clique’s ties to Russia, Democrats pushed the White House to seriously consider military adventurism as a panacea, at least short term and as another Trump distraction from his troubles with Congress skeptical about his agenda. As far as Democrats and Republicans were concerned, militarism makes a politician a true leader of the "Free World", a theme accepted by the corporate media, analysts, and the business elites since the Truman Doctrine in 1947.
At last militarism as a way of life was back on track for the ideologues, for the Israeli lobby, for the corporate media, for all questioning Trump’s patriotism amid allegations of Russian meddling in the US election. In the absence of going after North Korea militarily as a realistic option, and given the symbolism of having China’s president at the time of ordering the bombing in Syria, Trump took the advice of the Pentagon, CIA and National Security Council as well as the Republicans who wanted him to prove that he was a mainstream Cold Warrior and not an isolationist. If nothing else, the peception of porjecting power was real and in politics perception is reality, until the empirical reality of militarist policies backfiring sets in when the end result is failure of US transformation policy.