Imagine if a state wants to bomb Washington?

The New York Times provides the rationale for this week’s US strike against “terrorists” in Syria:

…American officials said the Bush administration was determined to operate under an expansive definition of self-defense that provided a rationale for strikes on militant targets in sovereign nations without those countries’ consent.

Such actions are illegal under international law and a profound violation of a nation’s sovereignty. But of course, what the US says, goes.