For John, BLUF: State is twisting itself in knots. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From Slate, a paraphrase of Secretary of State John F Kerry's comment about hitting Syria:
It reminds me of the poster someone forwarded to me. The picture is Pearl Harbor, with Japanese aircraft overflying damaged ships. The caption is:
Not Actually An Act of War
Just a Limited Air Strike
With No Boots On The Ground