The Washington “Blob” still seeks to punish the Syrian government

The U.S. House and Senate this week both passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes a record-breaking (and very disturbing) $738 billion in military spending in FY2020. Among the add-ons passed alongside the NDAA was the “Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act”, a long-stalled measure that tightens sanctions on Syria and its allies until the Syrian government holds accountable the perpetrators of war crimes.