If the US could make the attack just a bit smaller it will no longer exist in the apparent universe; there is potentially a way out here.
Kerry said the Americans were planning an "unbelievably small" attack on
Syria. "We will be able to hold Bashar al-Assad accountable without
engaging in troops on the ground or any other prolonged kind of effort
in a very limited, very targeted, short-term effort that degrades his
capacity to deliver chemical weapons without assuming responsibility for
Syria's civil war. That is exactly what we are talking about doing –
unbelievably small, limited kind of effort." Link