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President Trump Deserves Broad Bi-Partisan Support For Missile Strike on Syria

April 6, 2017

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.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Solly permalink
    April 14, 2017 1:19 AM

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/24/world/middleeast/us-iraq-mosul-investigation-airstrike-civilian-deaths.html?_r=0 hmmmm, 200 innocent civilian deaths caused by a U.S. bombing. Were there any “beautiful babies” in the rubble? Should we bomb ourselves in retaliation? Or write “We apologize for any ‘collateral damage,’ as this does not meet our high expectations and standards of customer service and targeting, but ya gotta admit, at least they weren’t chemical” on the bombs.

  2. April 11, 2017 1:25 PM

    We should run our foreign policy on principal and a strategic strategy. We are now observing 100 years since WWI and the start of use of chemical weapons. For the past century nations and leaders around the world have worked in alliances and through international law to not permit or allow these weapons to be used. To not have sent a statement that there are lines not to be crossed will only encourage future use of such weapons. President Obama proved that point in 2013. As to whether planes did or did not take off from that airstrip the following day is not the point—the statement made by a strike in which the world community agreed is what counts. Make no mistake the message was heard and it registered. Perhaps you might then agree with me the strike could have been bolder and that strip would resemble the new Syrian Grand Canyon.

  3. Solly permalink
    April 11, 2017 1:08 PM

    So, now we run our foreign policy by which sad pictures and video appear on the TV news. I’m sure the 43 students in Mexico that were kidnapped and executed with the involvement of the government now wish they had had a better PR flack. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Iguala_mass_kidnapping We could have lobbed 5 dozen Tomahawks down Mexico way. Whenever you hear the words “powerful signal,” “we MUST do SOMETHING,” “this is just the first step,” or “even if it saves one person….” CRINGE! That CP would applaud the firing of missiles into the tinder box of the Middle East and enable the Shallow Mood Swinger in Chief is alarming. How about a prescription for Elavil instead? Even more galling is the fact that the airfield is apparently operational again makes the mission a laughing stock. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/trump-camp-unclear-on-syria-mission-s-result-918422595937 A dozen Tomahawks dropped on the Presidential Palace I could maybe support. Instead 6 or so schlep conscripts got toasted. USA!!! USA!!! USA!!! p.s. stock tip… buy Exxon, tell ’em Rex sent you. Much like Dick Vader Cheney and Halliburton, follow the money.

  4. April 7, 2017 1:34 PM

    Gregory–you are 100% correct on this.

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