Here is the link to SST. It is interesting, indeed, how many military (and intelligence) professionals on both sides pretty much hover over same (plus-minus) assessments, estimates and contingencies. The problem though, we do not have time nor capacity to educate lawyers, political "scientists", journos and other utterly unqualified people in US Congress or in The White House, POTUS and Mr. Bolton included, on realities of war and what it may entail. Nor is there time to give them a short excurse into Russian history. It is really a bizarre reality when the only guy who stands between insanity and normality is, for crying out loud, "Mad Dog" Mattis. Who would have thought.
Interestingly, Colonel Douglas Macgregor weighted in on this insanity today too.
It is never easy for an aggressive commander in chief to resist offensive action, but any significant military action in Syria risks confrontation with these powers on strategic terms that do not favor the United States. Moreover, American military action is simply out of line with Syria’s actual importance to the United States. President Trump would be wise to heed Tom Hagen’s advice to Sonny Corleone—or risk having his legacy shattered on the causeway, like Sonny.
But let's state what I was convinced in for months now. Trump is not against Swamp, he IS Swamp--he never was away from the dark side amplified by his utter incompetence and pathetic bellicosity sold to us, deplorables, as a desire to save the country. He is a perfect conduit for insane neocon policies and, what is most important, he loves it--and that is a diagnosis.