I hope you are right and that this attack and potential future military attacks by the US and its allies are not reminiscent to the actions that led to the current Iraq debacle.
I can't speak as to what may occur in the future. But I do agree I don't want us involved in this civil war. It is almost over now and Asad/Russia have all but won. I think we need to clean up the rest of the isis fighters and get out and call it done. The next step is to protect Israel. As I believe that is Iran's,Russia's/Syria's next target along with Hamas in Palestine.
The things I really hate is that this last action, to me, was very hypocritical. My understanding is that Asad has used chemical weapons on his own people at least a dozen times between the missile attack from a year ago and this last action. If there is truly a red line, why didn't we take action the last 12 times Asad used gas on his own people? To me this was really done as a message to Russia/Putin, not Syria/Asad. I believe (and I certainly could be wrong) this is due to the antagonistic behavior between Putin and Trump. I truly believe that Russia has the technology and weapons to shoot down our missiles. Yet we won the gamesmanship in this case. Why? It may be that Russia really doesn't have the weapons to do this. And we know it. I think the proof that Putin really is not full of shit is if the consequences of our last action in Syria becomes apparent in the near future. If nothing comes of it, then Putin is full of it. In which case the talk of WWIII is nothing but hot air.
I am really curious as to why they made no attempt to shoot down even a handful of missiles if they truly have the weapons to do so? Especially since Trump told Putin to go ahead and try. If the Russians have the opportunity to embarrass us at any turn, I would think they would. Something else we will probably never know.