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By Fareed Zakaria

There is much to applaud in Pres. Trump’s decision to attack the Bashar Assad regime recently. It punished a regime that has engaged in war crimes against its own people. It upheld an international norm against chemical weapons. It ended Trump’s strange flirtation with Vladimir Putin on the Middle East. And, most significantly, it seems to reflect a belated recognition from Trump that he cannot simply put America first — that the president of the United States must act on behalf of broader interests and ideals.

Trump, as candidate and as president, had avoided the language of global norms and international order. Yet in explaining his actions in ordering the attack, he invoked both and ended his remarks with a prayer that Barack Obama would never have dared to make: “God bless America — and the entire world.”

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