Punishing Assad may not accomplish much, but not punishing him sets a terrible precedent: that we will let pass the use of chemical weapons. Even though the something to be done isn't perfect, something is sometimes all you can get.
Margaret Carlson's column also includes the perennial Villager hatred of democracy:
Will there be profiles in courage — members (such as Boehner) up for re-election in 2014 who go against their constituents?
Opposing the will of the voters is courageous!