Syrian Update

Finally something that I can use what little expertise I have……the Syrian incident…..about damn time!

First will someone please tell Spicer that his name is Assad….not Ashad….not Ashir…..not Ashadi al-Bashir….it is Bashir al-Assad…..not a difficult name to say…..please Mr. Spicer try to keep up, okay?………now that I got that off my chest.

This is a round-up from what is called MSM……not some of the more reliable sources…but this is what most Americans use for their knowledge to form an opinion……(my sources usually are for single posts….most are not in this list)

In the days since President Trump ordered a cruise missile strike against Syria in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians, his administration has spoken with multiple voices as it seeks to explain its evolving policy. But one voice has not been heard from: that of Mr. Trump himself. – New York Times

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said on Tuesday that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia must end his alliance with the government of Syria, and that the reign of that country’s leader, President Bashar al-Assad, was “coming to an end.” – New York Times

Days after President Trump bombed Syria in response to a chemical attack that killed children, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said on Monday that the United States would punish those “who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world.” – New York Times

The use of barrel bombs by the Assad regime in Syria could trigger a U.S. response, the White House said Monday in what appeared to be a significant change in U.S. policy by drawing a new red line in the conflict. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The punitive American missile strike on Syria for the chemical weapons attack a week ago brought Syria’s most important backers, Russia and Iran, publicly closer together — whether the Iranians want to be or not – New York Times

On Saturday, Islamic State extremists disguised as U.S.-backed rebels detonated a massive car bomb at the base entrance, a blast that allowed some of the militants to fight their way inside, Syrian fighters and American officials said on Monday. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Americans narrowly support missile strikes ordered by President Trump last week in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack in Syria, even as most oppose additional military efforts to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. – Washington Post

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar Assad not to use chemical weapons again, saying the U.S. “will not passively stand by.” – The Hill

While Russia was “probably surprised” by the US missile strike on a Syrian air base, it is unlikely that the Kremlin will respond with escalatory force, according to a former deputy secretary general of NATO. – Atlantic Council

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said President Trump’s missile strike in Syria is a radical departure from his “America first” foreign policy. – The Hill

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) ripped President Trump’s airstrikes on a Syrian airfield, arguing last week’s action didn’t move the needle in the country’s years-long civil war. – The Hill

The last person to serve as U.S. ambassador to Syria predicts that Syrian President Bashar Assad will try to use chemical weapons again despite the U.S. military strike against last week. – The Hill

U.S. officials and Syria experts are still debating what Syrian President Bashar Assad was thinking when he ordered a chemical attack sure to spark international outrage. Maybe Assad was hoping to terrorize his opponents. Perhaps he was testing Trump’s limits for his military planning. Trump officials even initially considered the possibility that Assad had not ordered the strike at all, according to one administration official, and that a military commander might have gone rogue without Assad’s knowledge. – Politico

A Russian Navy surface action group is headed to the Eastern Mediterranean departing shortly after a U.S. Tomahawk missile strike on a Syrian airfield, a U.S. defense official told USNI News on Monday. – USNI News

Russian military commanders involved in the war in Syria could be targeted with new international sanctions under proposals put forward by U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday. – Politico

The United States has concluded Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack last week, a senior U.S. official said Monday. – Associated Press
President Donald Trump’s decision to launch missiles into Syria risked raising tensions with Iran, a key backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad in a conflict with dangerously blurry battle lines. – Associated Press

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters on Monday pushed ahead in their offensive in northern Syria against members of the Islamic State group under the cover of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, moving closer to a strategic town that is home to the country’s largest dam. – Associated Press

Paul Wolfowitz writes: These political and diplomatic actions could complement and reinforce more-concrete measures to change facts on the ground in Syria, such as creating safe zones or imposing some kind of no-fly zone. These efforts will not be simple, nor will they yield immediate results. But this framework would go a long way in addressing the common danger of radical extremism and in stemming the flow of refugees that has become a humanitarian disaster and a threat to U.S. interests. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Elliott Abrams writes: When the president said it was in the “vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons,” he was right. It is also in our vital national security interest to stand for justice, and peace, and liberty, and it appears he is coming to see that. That’s the most encouraging thing of all. – The Weekly Standard

Gary Schmitt writes: Resting on broad and undefined arguments about “the national interest,” the war-making precedents of 1999 and 2011 have become a virtual license to engage in hostilities whenever and wherever a president decides. Members of Congress should care as much about the grounds on which President Trump justifies the use of his power as commander-in-chief as for what ends he uses that power. – The Weekly Standard

Bret Stephens writes: The core of the problem in Syria isn’t Islamic State, dreadful as it is. It’s a regime whose appetite for unlimited violence is one of the main reasons ISIS has thrived. To say there is no easy cure for Syria should not obscure the fact that there won’t be any possibility of a cure until Assad falls. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Lee Smith writes: Critics who complain about the small scale of Thursday’s operation are missing the point—even with a strike that small, the United States showed how vulnerable Russia is. Indeed, Putin must now be struck by a fact it was easy to forget during the Obama years—in staking out a position in Syria, he has put himself in a place where he is surrounded by American allies. Trump’s was a solid opening play. The next move is Putin’s. – The Weekly Standard

Shadi Hamid writes: Here’s a practical guide for navigating the key sticking points in this latest iteration of the Syria debate, from the perspective of someone who has called for direct intervention against Bashar al-Assad since early on the conflict – The Atlantic

Tom Gross writes: Neither Assad has ever shown any signs of moderation. But that’s not the impression one might have formed from listening to many Western media and politicians. – The Weekly Standard

Lots of info…but that is what is needed……

I read so you will know…….

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5 thoughts on “Syrian Update

    1. I have been seeing more of these appearing….I am not sure they are accurate…..but anything is possible for the toads running things….chuq

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