The United States took a very measured step last night. We are prepared to do more, but we hope that will not be necessary.
Nikki Haley US Ambassador to United Nations
Trump apparently has not learned from the mistakes of the past. In 2013 Trump was solidly against military action in Syria. He was right then, now, as POTUS, he is wrong for striking a sovereign nation that had not engaged in aggression against the USA.
Our aggression against Iraq in 2003 based on false claims Saddam had weapons of mass destruction has turned out very badly for the region and the world. Whether we want to accept it or not ISIS is a result of that ill-advised invasion, and, the continued destruction and loss of life has continued. With no end in sight. This should have taught us that we have no business meddling in the affairs of Middle Eastern nations.
Yet Trump, needing to distract from his less than mediocre performance since taking office chose to reverse his position on Syria and strike, an unprovoked act of aggression against a sovereign nation that had not attacked us. Certainly the MIC (military industrial complex) that President Eisenhower warned us of in 1961 is happy with Trump’s decision. It keeps the military doing what it is trained to do, reign down destruction, ad the money poring in to the industries that support war.
So Nikki has put the world community on notice that the USA is prepared to do more. All options are on the table (sabre rattling) and the neo con right is head over heels that we now have a Commander in Chief willing to show strength. Hannity of Faux News says, as he puffs out his chest, America is Back. We have a sense this may not turn out well for anyone.
U.S. officials said a total 59 tomahawk missiles were launched from destroyers USS Porter and USS Ross in the Mediterranean Sea over a half-hour span beginning at 7:36 p.m. ET on Thursday. The strikes were aimed at the Shayrat Air Base in Syria‘s Homs province, where an aircraft carrying the chemical weapons in Tuesday’s attack is believed to have taken off.
“The intent here wasn’t just to punish; it was deter future use,” retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward, an ABC News contributor and the former deputy commander of U.S. Central Command who turned down the role of national security adviser after Michael Flynn’s resignation, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday.
The Shayrat Air Base has been one of Russia’s main airfields in Syria, serving as a forward operating base for Russian attack helicopters to support Assad regime offensives in Homs province amid Syria’s ongoing conflict.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States did not discuss the military strike with Russian President Vladimir Putin or political leadership in Moscow either before or after it occurred. But the U.S. military said it communicated with its Russian counterpart to minimize any chance of Russian causalities, particularly any Russians operating out of the targeted air base.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who blamed Syria’s leader for the chemical weapons attack, said on Thursday night that the airstrikes were in the “vital national security interest” of the United States.
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