President Obama is out of his depth in ordering the Seventh Fleet to stand off the coast of Syria.
The Syrian port of Tartus is controlled by the Russians. This naval base is a trans-shipment point to its fleet in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
I don't believe Syria has the technical capability to produce nerve gas. Today there are 30,000 Russians in Syria that I believe could produce biological agents for Syria.
It's never a good idea to allow a potential enemy to get within surface-to-surface missile range. When our fleet gets to Syria and there are Russian man-of-war moored there, this is where the trouble could start. If the Russian fleet feels trapped, it would only take one itchy finger to start a conflict that would be hard to stop.
There were two choices Obama could've made but didn't. First, he could've warned the Russians that our fleet was coming in range of targets in mainland Syria to take out chemical or germ warfare facilities so the Russians would know our intentions as our fleet approached. Second, he could've told Putin that he should get his ships out of the port of Tartus to prevent any miscalculations by either fleet. That's what President Reagan did before we bombed Libya.
Both Russian and American fleets know when the other is electronically at battle-ready. It is paramount that neither side reaches this level of readiness.