President Trump Deserves Broad Bi-Partisan Support For Missile Strike on Syria
Like most other people concerned about international law, and those who flaunt it, there was much general consensus that President Assad of Syria would need to face severe consequences for using chemical weapons on his own citizens. Scores were killed this week–many of them children–in yet another example of the soulless actions taken by a ruthless despot.
Tonight in a bold tactical strike President Trump ordered our military to launch a strike (it is reported 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles) on a Syrian air force site. It was a powerful signal there are limits to what can be tolerated. With that firm demonstration from this White House I know there will be–and should be–a strong and robust bi-partisan agreement on this action.
There are those who will try to discern what this military attack means for the larger goals of regime change or our fight against Daesh. I understand the need to analyze and further try to understand the implications of what happened tonight. But let me be clear about a very important matter.
International law is clear about the seriousness with which the use of chemical weapons should be viewed. Using chemical arms is considered a war crime and banned under international treaties, including the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Geneva Protocol and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. There was a need to level a severe punch to Assad and that in and of itself was what took place tonight. There needed to be a response to using chemical weapons that can stand alone from larger aims in that nation.
While tonight’s actions will blend in time with other aspects to our foreign policy there, let not the significance of laying down the law when it comes to using chemical weapons be lost on anyone.
It comes as no surprise that I have a deep and many-layered series of reasons for my opposition to most aspects of Trump–both the man and his political goals. In fact tonight on this blog I have personally placed the title of the office and his name together for the first time. I promised that would be the case if he acted with spine to the outrage of the chemical attack on civilians in Syria.
So with sincerity, Thank You, Mr. President.