President Trump and we Americans in general had better hope that the diplomatically dicey cruise missile strikes against Syria he ordered are supported by evidence from the upcoming multinational UN investigations. Those are investigations that we were apparently too anxious to wait for the results of. If it turns out that the chemical attack actually was the false flag many suspect it to have been, then the administration has greatly escalated tensions unnecessarily.
Early Friday morning Syrian time, the United States fired cruise missiles into Syria in retaliation for the Tuesday chemical weapons “attack” that killed 85 civilians, many of them children. Although candidate Trump vowed during the campaign not to allow America to be pulled into the Syrian civil war, here we are, less than three months into his administration, having inserted ourselves in a most decisive manner.
Approximately 60 U.S. Tomahawk missiles were fired from US warships in the Mediterranean, targeting a Syrian air base reportedly used in the Assad domestic chemical attack. President Trump called on “all civilized nations” to join the US in seeking an end to the carnage in Syria. It remains to be seen whether this escalation will end the carnage or increase it, whether the fighting will now simply be expanded to include other forces.
The Islamist dictator in making in Turkey, President Recep Erdogan had spoken publicly in favor of the US taking action, pledging Turkey would be prepared to do “whatever falls on us” to support possible military action. That’s a willingness to increase military action. It’s probably no coincidence that President Trump met with the Egyptian President and Jordan’s King in the past two days either. Surely this topic was on the agenda, though the specifics may not have been.
President Trump can now write off getting any assistance in fighting ISIS from either Syria or Russia and he has effectively driven both closer to Iran. He likely just eliminated any chance of cooperation from Assad in relocating “refugees” back to within his nation and removed any legitimate arguments for the US refusing Syrian refugees from the table. “How can he deny the refugees he’s created?” the pro-invasion left will ask. So much for not being the policeman of the world.
It’s now a matter of regime change or else, it would appear. Our track record on nation building is far from stellar and our ability to finance the reconstruction, the infrastructure construction we had planned for the US, may now also be in jeopardy, at least in part.
The attack plan was essentially one developed in 2013 when Obama drew his imaginary “red line” on the use of chemical weapons. The attack puts US Special Operations forces inside eastern Syria, who are engaged in the fight against ISIS, potentially at risk, particularly from surface to surface missiles. We can expect a retaliation of some sort, followed by more US actions. It’s a familiar scenario. It’s one we could easily have avoided.
The left will eat President Trump alive over this.
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