In the wake of the horrific gassing of innocent men, women, and children in Syria, war hawks from both parties are desperately trying to convince President Trump to push for military intervention in the war-torn country.
According to several news reports breaking on Thursday afternoon, the President is strongly considering a military strike and creating safe zones in Syria. This all comes just a week after Trump announced he would not seek regime change in the Middle Eastern country. However, the chemical attack has changed his views.
Syrian dictator Bashar Assad cannot be allowed to get away with his latest use of chemical weapons without repercussions. For the sake of U.S. and global security, President Trump should not permit the use of weapons of mass destruction to become an accepted practice anywhere.
Striking back against Assad does not have to involve a long-winded campaign that seeks his overthrow. After all, America already has several assets deployed on the ground and in the air around Syria as part of our campaign against the Islamic State terror group. We don’t need an “exit” or “entrance” strategy when it comes to delivering a strong, swift message to Assad. The United States can deter the Syrian dictator from further action without having to commit tremendous military resources. Trump can utilize the brilliant tactician in Defense Secretary James Mattis to decide which resources to use.
America must not just tell, but show Assad that he will no longer be able to deploy weapons of mass destruction without severe repercussions. Obama gave Assad a free pass and set a dangerous worldwide precedent by allowing chemical weapons use to go unpunished. Trump can’t make the same mistake in letting the Syrian despot use WMDs unchecked.
The Syrian dictator is now more emboldened than ever. He owes much of his success thanks to the boots-on-the-ground backing from the Iranian regime, its Hezbollah proxy, and the Russian military under Vladimir Putin.
This wasn’t the first time that Assad has allegedly used chemical weapons in Syria.
Most prominently, in 2013, following Obama’s declaration of a “red line” on chemical weapons use, Assad reportedly disbursed the weapons of mass destruction to kill over 1,500 people in a Damascus suburb. Assad, the man responsible for the vast majority of the hundreds of thousands of deaths in the Syrian civil war, faced no consequences for his actions.
'The Admiral Grigorovich is armed with advanced Kalibr cruise missiles.
Also Friday, one of the American destroyers that launched the missiles into Syria started heading to an undisclosed location to rearm.
The U.S. struck a Syrian airbase in retaliation for this week’s gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians, including infants and small children, military officials said.
The frigate was bound for the Syrian port of Tartus on a routine voyage, the Russian news agency TASS reported Friday, citing a military-diplomatic source.
“The Russian ship armed with cruise missiles Kalibr will visit the logistics base in Tartus, Syria,” the source said, according to TASS.
The ship was currently near the Blact Sea straits, Tass reported. The ship left on a voyage after stopping at Novorossiisk for supplies and taking part in a joint exercise with Turkish ships in the Black Sea.'
The Russian Ministry of Defence released images of the Admiral Grigorovich on Thursday:
This is exactly what Trump campaigned against. He was the first major Republican candidate for president besides Ron and Rand Paul to condemn the Iraq War as a giant mistake. He slammed Hillary Clinton, in general, for destabilizing Libya.
US Warned by Putin Over Missile Strikes – Will Russia Go To War With The USA Over Missile Strikes On Syrian Airbase?
Via : express.co.uk
DONALD Trump’s missile attack on Syria has raised fears it is the opening salvo in a war between the world’s two biggest military powers.
Concerns over the escalation were heightened further last night when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a warship in “full combat readiness” to sail to Syria to help protect it against “US aggression”.
Tensions were ratcheted up even further last night as the US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the attacks were “fully justified” and that the US was “prepared to do more”.
The US President was responding to a chemical weapons attack on innocent Syrian civilians, including children, in a rebel-held area earlier this week.
The base – which was targeted by 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles – was the one alleged to be where the sarin gas attack was launched and is the first time the US has directly targeted the Assad regime.
With Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson heading to Moscow this weekend for crunch talks, President Putin’s regime accused the US of violating international law despite being contacted by US officials in advance of the raid.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the strikes were illegal and had been “one step away from military clashes with Russia”.
Syria missile strikes Q&A
What has happened?
President Trump ordered missile strikes on a Syrian airfield suspected of being the launchpad of a chemical weapons attack on civilians, including children, by the regime of President Bashar Assad.
What was the UK’s reaction?
Supportive. Downing Street said: “The UK Government fully backs the US action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack and is intended to deter further attacks.”
How did Russia react?
The Kremlin condemned the attacks as “an act of aggression against a sovereign state”. Russia has backed the Assad regime and has suspended a joint air safety agreement with the US. It has also sent a ship from the Russian Black Sea Fleet to the Russian base in Tartus, Syria.
So what will happen now?
It remains to be seen how both the Assad regime and Russia will respond. The Syrian dictator will continue to use conventional weapons in his assault on the so‑called moderate Syrian opposition and civilians, backed fully by Russia and Iran. But tensions in the entire region are now even more heightened.
Could the US strike again?
That also remains to be seen – but it is very much a possibility.
Could the UK get involved?
Britain has carried out specific air strikes against Isis in both Iraq and Syria in recent times. But as yet there is no indication of the UK being further drawn into the conflict in Syria.
The surprise attack on an airbase was in retaliation to claims that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was behind a lethal sarin gas attack on civilians in a rebel-held area which has claimed at least 72 lives including 20 children.
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