Does President Donald Trump assume his administration can just launch a surprise, unilateral military attack against Syria?\u0022I\u0026#039;m not saying I\u0026#039;m doing anything one way or another, but I\u0026#039;m certainly not going to be telling you.\u0022 —President Donald TrumpThe clear impression he left during a Wednesday afternoon press conference at the White House, as he stood alongside Jordan’s King Abdullah II, is that he can—and that he just might—but that he won\u0026#039;t tell \u0022you\u0022 about it.Just hours after the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations appeared to threaten unilateral action against Syria, Trump said he considers the alleged use of chemical weapons on Tuesday \u0022beyond a red line\u0022 that \u0022would not be tolerated\u0022 but refused to offer any clarity on what actions his administration would take in response..@jpaceDC asks President Trump if chemical attack in #Syria crosses a red line for him. @POTUS answers: \u0022It crossed a lot of lines for me.\u0022 pic.twitter.com/1SOXuU2ENI— CSPAN (@cspan) April 5, 2017Though he cited no evidence, Trump put the blame for Tuesday\u0026#039;s chemical attack squarely at the feet of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and said his previous attitude toward the Syrian government—presented essentially as a hands-off approach—has \u0022changed very much\u0022 in the last 24 hours.\u0022I will tell you, that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me,\u0022 Trump said. \u0022Big impact.\u0022In response to Trump\u0026#039;s afternoon remarks, Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, told Common Dreams the president showed a \u0022total lack of any strategic coherence in his foreign policy.\u0022 Trump is repeating a familiar mistake, said Bennis, by publicly blaming \u0022the Syrian regime for the horrific chemical attack in Idlib without any certainty of who is actually responsible - something common to virtually all recent presidents.\u0022 Notably, she added, it was Trump who \u0022urged President Obama not to attack Syria after the chemical bombing of 2013, tweeting in all caps \u0022DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA — IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN.\u0022Now, said Bennis, it\u0026#039;s clear that Trump is considering a military response himself, even as the investigatory process has only just begun. As Bennis notes, the deadly attack in 2013 \u0022was also by carried out by uncertain perpetrators, and again saw the U.S. government blaming the Syrian regime despite the lack of clear proof.\u0022\u0026nbsp;Once again, the finger-pointing in the wake of a vicious massacre will have serious regional and global implications.During a tense meeting of the UN Security Council earlier in the day, members demanded a thorough and credible investigation into what happened on Tuesday. While the U.S. and its western allies pointed the finger at Assad for the attack, Russia\u0026#039;s ambassador insisted that blame should not be assigned until an official probe, including expert and impartial analysis of the area where the massacre took place, could be conducted. Unfortunately, said Russia\u0026#039;s deputy UN envoy Vladimir Safronkov, the U.S. and its European allies have \u0022a well-defined ideological slant\u0022 when it comes to chemical weapons and questioned the direction the council was headed.As Reuters further reports:Safronkov told the council that former U.S. President Barack Obama\u0026#039;s 2012 threat of military action if a \u0022red line\u0022 was crossed and chemical weapons were used in Syria had provoked such attacks.\u0022That decision served as a starting point for future provocations by terrorists and extremist structures with the use of chemical weapons, they sought to discredit the official Damascus regime and to create a pretext for the use of military force against a sovereign state,\u0022 Safronkov said.The Russian and Syrian governments contest the narrative emerging in the western media and said the source of the deadly chemicals was an ammunition depot operated by rebel forces that was targeted and struck by Syrian government airstrikes.At a separate meeting focused on Syria in Brussels on Wednesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov reiterated the importance of an impartial investigation into the deadly incident. \u0022The task is to send a up-to-the-point investigative mission there if there\u0026#039;s a genuine desire to establish truth,\u0022 he said. \u0022This mission should have balanced staffing and should produce unbiased assessments.\u0022\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;In the U.S. Congress, military hawks indicated they saw Tuesday\u0026#039;s horrific scenes of children dying as a new opportunity to push for escalated U.S. military action in Syria and the toppling of Assad. \u0022This is the biggest test yet of the Trump presidency,\u0022 Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a statement. \u0022The president has an opportunity to punish Assad in a way that President Obama never would. This is the moment for President Trump to prove to everyone that when it comes to foreign policy and standing up to dictators, he is not President Obama. I don\u0026#039;t believe this President will make the same mistakes of his predecessor when it comes to Assad.\u0022Though unsurprising coming from Sen. Graham, those comments run counter to the military and foreign policy experts who applauded Obama\u0026#039;s ultimate decision not to make matters worse in Syria by deepening U.S. military involvement in 2012-13.Meanwhile, when Trump was asked during his afternoon press conference to clarify what actions his administration might take against Syria, Trump simply reiterated that his \u0022know-nothing\u0022 military strategy—which essentially revolves around surprise attacks and being \u0022smarter than the generals\u0022—will somehow \u0022fix\u0022 the terrible \u0022big mess\u0022 he inherited from his predecessors.\u0022I\u0026#039;m not saying I\u0026#039;m doing anything one way or another, but I\u0026#039;m certainly not going to be telling you,\u0022 Trump told reporters on Wednesday.And, yes, that also means... you.