With the new attack on Syria, things appear headed in the opposite direction.
Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the raids as aggression that will make the humanitarian crisis in Syria worse and called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations' Security Council. The U.S. acted alone, focusing on a single target.
In turn, the Russians could easily have used the strikes against Syrian chemical facilities as a pretext to dig in militarily against America.
Syria has been locked in a civil war since the Arab Spring of 2011, pitting rebel groups who seek to depose the Assad regime against Russia-backed government forces.
The Trump administration said the same thing a year ago.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis had warned all week that a multi-day air campaign aimed at Syrian military command and control facilities, or its air defense systems, could pull Russian Federation and Iran into a direct conflict with the USA - or pull the us into another quicksand war in the Middle East.
US, France, Britain launch strikes on Syria
Once again, though, Assad's suspected use of chemical weapons prompted the president to play cop on the beat, however reluctantly. The US was also anxious that the strikes would prompt a confrontation with Syria's biggest military ally: Russian Federation .
France, the United States and United Kingdom launched joint military action on Friday evening, firing 105 missiles at the three sites in Syria. Those words later took on an irony as the war dragged on, and at the end of his presidency, Bush called the use of the phrase "a mistake". That strike had effectively no impact on the war.
French Rafale jets, British Tornado jets and US B-1 bombers took part in the Friday night raid, launching from bases in Cyprus, France and possibly Qatar, where the United States earlier this month deployed several attack aircraft. They affirmed the joint airstrikes were successful and "necessary to deter Assad from any further use of chemical weapons", the White House said.
"President Bashar al-Assad would never use chemical weapons on his own people".
This time, the Pentagon says that its actions were an allied response that struck a blow to the infrastructure of Assad's chemical weapons program itself. They came from the Red Sea, the Arabian Gulf and the Mediterranean, homing in from three directions to overwhelm whatever missile defenses Assad's regime might employ. Its Defense Ministry said that a dozen cruise missiles had targeted Dumayr air base. The attack followed the reported chemical weapons use in the Syrian town of Duma. "We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said.
Syrian air defenses, however, responded firmly, shooting down most of the missiles fired at the country.
An official of a scientific research institution that was hit by the USA -led missile attack on Saturday denied the facility's possession of chemical weapons.
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"I believe that there was materiel and equipment associated with each of these sites that was not movable, and that's what really sets them back", he said. Under the agreement, it was agreed that the estimate was "1,000 tons of chemical weapons, including the blister agent, Sulphur mustard, and sarin nerve agent".
For years, U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Barack Obama on a variety of issues, including how much time the former president spent on the golf course and U.S. military involvement in Syria. "This time we went, the strikes went at the very heart of the enterprise to the research, to develop, to storage".
"We have seen as a pattern in the world today is actors who behave in a reprehensible manner, then can be quite clever in trying to muddy the waters and in trying to dodge responsibility", she added.
One site hit by the barrage of missiles was the Bazrah Research Center, a scientific research center on the outskirts of Damascus. Haley, the United Nations ambassador, said this week that Assad has used chemical weapons dozens of times since war broke out in 2011.
"They had three buildings there and a parking deck, and now they don't", McKenzie said.
It comes after 100 USA and allied missiles targeted proported chemical weapons facilities in Homs and the Syrian capital of Damascus. The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.
Britain at United Nations says Syria strikes were 'right and legal
Her Russian counterpart, Vassily Nebenzia, hit back by accusing the United States of "hooliganism" and breaking global law. Fortunately, however, Trump did appear to carefully and smartly avoid attacking Russian forces on the ground in Syria.