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A good definition of foreign policy would be to evaluate the actions of one country in response to the actions of another. It's not domestic character that is important but international behavior.
Now, we should ask ourselves what aspect of Syria's behavior beyond its border is compelling the U.S. to follow a foreign policy of directing military power at Syria? The answer is that Syria has not behaved in such a way.
The answer to U.S. intentions lies in Libya. Months ago, the loss of American lives projected to that part of the world an image of cowardliness or fecklessness, depending on what side of the coin you choose. In an arena where the sword is as important as the pen, Libya has stained the U.S. as marginally important or relevant.
Fast forward to Syria and the opportunity to redefine U.S. foreign image presents itself. U.S. military action is not about the use of gas or not, but a second chance to erase the image the debacle in Libya impressed on important Iranian minds.