The previous post does not mean that Syria is not a problematic nation–it is. But it always has been, and primarily for Israel, not the U.S. directly. And I believe Syria and the entire world know who wins if war breaks out between Israel and Syria, which tends to keep Syria somewhat in check.
This new drive to mention the “Syrian threat” at every turn is a pretty transparent effort at distraction, even for this administration. After all, if Syria were such a threat, why did we invade a country without any actual weapons of mass destruction? Still, expect the administration to continue using such diversionary tactics until they stop working.