The astute, level-headed Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military empire, judge, jury and prosecutor in cases of suspected crimes; soon after he heard that some unknown entity had launched a chemical gas attack on the city of Khan Sheikhoun Syria, gave the order to launch that retaliatory attack.
Yes, if a chemical gas attack was actually committed it would be a heinous act to be sure and whoever is proven to be responsible should be condemned and punished if at all possible. However, the facts and evidence need to be presented before any action is taken, that's the normal way that these situations are handled.
But, things in America are anything but normal right now since we have this president who has a very short fuse, a rush to anger and judgement, and is quick to retaliate in situations that, instead, call for careful, in-depth analysis and appropriate conclusions before action is taken.
But that's not Trump's style as he quickly dismissed all those prerequisites and didn't hesitate to take unilateral action. The reported chemical attack was made on April 4th and Trump's order to launch the missiles from U.S. offshore ships was given only two days later on Thursday, April 6th.
Yes, this missile launch by Trump has all the makings of either a Wag the Dog or a False Flag operation. So with that in mind let's discuss two means by which U.S. presidents in the past have used such tactics to divert attention from some crisis going on within their administrations or in situations when they were personally on the hot seat for some reason.
Wag the dog:
A typical definition is: "a cleverly planned strategy by which attention is purposely diverted from something of greater importance to something of lesser importance to keep everyone from discovering the real truth."