US missiles target Syria airfield in response to chemical weapons attack

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  1. Stephen

    Stephen Administrator Staff Member

    US missiles target Syria airfield in response to chemical weapons attack

    The United States launched nearly five dozen cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield early Friday in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians, the first direct assault on the Damascus government since the beginning of that country's bloody civil war in 2011.

    "It is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons," President Donald Trump said in a statement. "Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types."

    Fifty-nine Tomahawk missiles targeted an airbase at Shayrat, located outside Homs. The missiles targeted the base's airstrips, hangars, control tower and ammunition areas, officials said.

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    A waste of money and effort. This will not affect Assad one way or the other. The reality is this was a warning to Iran more than anything else.

    That being said, still a waste. Those missiles should have been targeted at ISIS. We are 20 trillion dollars in debt, and missiles don't grow on trees. These missiles are expensive, and should be used wisely.

    We need to stay out of the Syria civil war. Shoot the missiles at ISIS in Syria and elsewhere, and leave both sides of Syria alone. Even if we helped the Syrian rebels to win, they would appreciate it for about ten seconds, then go back to hating us again.

    Trump campaigned on not being the policeman of the world. Did he forget his own campaign promise already?

    Sorry to say if Trump keeps up activity such as this, and he's thinking about similar moves in Yemen as well...then our side will get trounced in the 2018 midterms...and it pains me badly to say that.
  2. Stephen

    Stephen Administrator Staff Member

    Trump gave a nice, caring speech as to why he did what he did. He looked sincere and presidential and all that. That's good, but in my view we're getting away from what we elected him to do. We did NOT elect Trump to get us involved in Middle East and Africa civil wars, especially between Muslims.

    I don't mind at all Trump sending a message about his willingness to use military force. But the key is focus, and right now that needs to be on ISIS.

    Does chemical warfare bother me? Of course it does. That should bother everybody. But these dead don't care if they died from chemicals or explosives, they are dead. I don't want American lives or treasure wasted any longer, especially on Muslim civil wars, in which it seems too many Muslims in today's world enjoy finding new and unique ways of committing mass murder.

    So now what? When Assad goes to rebuild the airfield, are we going to waste more treasure every time blowing it up? Waste our blood and treasure on his other shenanigans? This isn't WW2 whereby we knew when we killed off the Nazis, that we would have good people back in power in Allied countries in Europe. It's very possible, that the Sunnis who would take power in Syria if Assad were ousted, could windup being worse than him as far as atrocities. Remember that ISIS are Sunnis.
  3. Stephen

    Stephen Administrator Staff Member

    Russia ups ante by freezing communications with US in Syria

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia reacted to U.S. military strikes on its ally Syria Friday by cutting a hotline intended to prevent midair incidents, a response that demonstrates Moscow's readiness to defy Washington and could even put the two nuclear superpowers on a course toward military confrontation.

    President Vladimir Putin signaled he was ready to risk a clash with the U.S. and abandon hopes for mending ties with the U.S. under President Donald Trump, rather than accept the humiliation of standing by while his ally is bombed.

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  4. Stephen

    Stephen Administrator Staff Member

    Russia and Iran pledge to hit back against further Syria strikes as they blast US for ‘crossing red lines’


    Russia and Iran released a joint statement promising to respond to US aggression. The statement read: “What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.”

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    Well this episode is now officially over. Putin just stalemated Trump.

    There is no chance that Trump will authorize another strike such as this on Syria. If he did, it would risk our ship being blown out of the water from where our missiles were launched, with many dead US sailors. If anyone thinks an incident such as this isn't possible in the modern era, then for reference google Falklands War HMS Sheffield.

    This attack was clearly a mistake. In tennis it's known as an unforced error. However my respect for Donald Trump has not diminished one bit. Trump is a rookie politician but he learns quickly. We all knew Trump would make some mistakes as president, and this one won't be his last.

    My old math teacher used to say it's okay to make mistakes, just don't wear out the eraser. I have total confidence in President Trump that he won't wear out the eraser, and that together we will Make America Great Again.
  5. Stephen

    Stephen Administrator Staff Member

    President Trump: 'We Are Not Going Into Syria'

    President Donald Trump said the United States will not go "into Syria," implying he has no intention of declaring a full-scale war against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad after attacking a Syrian base on Thursday.

    "We are not going into Syria. But when I see people using horrible, horrible chemical weapons which they agreed not to use under the Obama administration, but they violated it..." the president said in an interview scheduled to air in full during the Fox Business Network's Mornings with Maria on Wednesday morning.

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    This final decision was as expected and as it should be.

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