By Randy Deabay
America saw the first military action against a sovereign nation today as Donald J. Trump ordered ballistic missiles to reign down upon Syria and its leader Assad. The large issue that anyone could see is that those same Presidents that Trump insulted during his run for office did a much better job at creating an alliance.
George H. Bush had several dozen countries that worked in unison against Iraq, while George W. Bush had several countries in alliance against Afghanistan and assisted with the attacks against that country. Any American with a heart would find it hard not to weep over the deaths of the children and grandparents within the borders of Syria by a butchering murdering tyrannical leader Assad, but a great leader would have planned a better coalition and had ten times as many missiles dropping on Assad and his army.
The United States launched a military strike Thursday on a Syrian government target in retaliation for their chemical weapon’s attack on civilians earlier in the week. On President Donald Trump’s orders, US warships launched between 50-60 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase where the warplanes that carried out the chemical attacks were based, US officials said. “Assad choked out the helpless,” the President said. While one could easily agree with punishing Assad, it is also very apparent that there may have been one of two other motives to the timing.
The first motive any informed American could see the timing to delay and divert the investigations and questioning of Trump and company with their involvement with the Russian government to even the point of influencing the elections.
A US defense official said the strike was targeted on runway, aircraft and fuel points. The missiles were launched from warships in the Eastern Mediterranean. Strikes are over “until another decision is made,” the official said. The strikes are the first direct military action the US has taken against the leadership of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s six-year civil war and represent a substantial escalation of the US’ military campaign in the region, which could be interpreted by the Syrian government as an act of war. The previous POTUS had attacked with weapons against the regime of Assad and was questioned concerning this from the same POTUS who ordered the attack today.
This leads one to the second opportunity to question Trump as to why he chose today. Was this his timing to show strength and power of the U.S. Forces against enemies? Why was this not showed against China and the takeover of land near Japan, or against Russian and it’s annexing of sovereign nations land around Russia, or the financing of terrorists by Iran? This may give more credence to the words that Trump has spoken in a positive light concerning the power and strength of these nations, and believe Syria are weak.
According to CNN: “Trump met with his national security team before his dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Mar-a-Lago Thursday, where he made the decision to pull the trigger on the biggest military action of his presidency, an administration official says. He sat through dinner with President Xi as the action was under way.” Any American can find questions with why are national security and military actions being made at a private property of an unqualified leader like Trump. ”
Defense Secretary James Mattis has been updating Trump about the missile strikes in Syria following his dinner with Xi, according to a US official. Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Trump’s national security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster were with Trump at Mar-a-Lago at the time. Vice President Mike Pence remained in Washington, where he returned to the White House after dinner.
Trump’s order to strike the Syrian government targets came a day after he said the chemical attacks — whose grisly effects were broadcast worldwide where videos captured in the immediate aftermath — “crossed a lot of lines for me” and said he felt a “responsibility” to respond.” was also reported by CNN. A true American leader would have offered a national explanation using the media of CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox news networks so that America understood what his measures to secure the military and his expected outcome. Where is the transparency that the America people demand from their leaders when it comes to military action?
Trump repeatedly criticized Obama during his presidential campaign for not acting on his “red line” threat, but the real estate mogul also argued against deepening the US’ military involvement in Syria, particularly as it related to Assad. Trump argued last May in a TV interview that he would “go after ISIS big league,” but said he did not support targeting Assad’s regime, arguing the US has “bigger problems than Assad.” Syria’s six-year civil war has claimed the lives of at least 400,000, according to a United Nations estimate released a year ago. More than 5 million Syrians have fled the country and more than 6 million more have been displaced internally, according to UN agencies.
“When you kill innocent children — innocent babies — babies — little babies with a chemical gas that is so lethal, people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many, many lines. Beyond a red line, many, many lines,” Trump said.
Trump’s decision to launch the strikes, the most significant military action of his young presidency, came nearly four years after the US first concluded that Syrian forces had used chemical weapons in Syria. The Obama administration concluded that Syria had violated the “red line” Obama had set a year earlier in discussing the use of chemical weapons, but ultimately decided against military action against Syria in favor of a Russian-brokered deal to extricate the country’s chemical weapons stockpile. Trump at the time said the US should “stay the hell out of Syria” and urged Obama on Twitter to “not attack Syria” in the wake of the 2013 chemical attack.
America and her people can easily agree with the removal of the nauseating deaths of hundreds in Syria, but can also demand the transparency that the POTUS owes each American. The reason for the hiding of this is to divert and delay American investigations and accusations, to prove American power and might, or to save the children and grandparents of Syria. We shall see the truth come leaking out from the tweets, leaks, and words of a weak POTUS over the next few days.