Now that the US and NATO has boldly gone where others feared to go…..then there are a few questions that need to be asked….
1. Why couldn’t the military wait for inspectors to do their jobs?
2. How do we know we’re being told the truth?
3.Have strikes like these ever really “punished” a country’s leader – or “sent them a message,” for that matter?
4. Why isn’t the full range of U.S. activity in Syria getting more coverage?
5. Where are the advocates for a smarter national security policy?
6. How can a country uphold international norms by violating international law?
7. Did the airstrikes make Trump “presidential”?
The answers can be found here…..
Personally, I feel these questions should have been asked before throwing missiles at Syria.
Now that the smoke is clearing, in more ways than one, there is a big mess coming Trump’s way.
President Trump celebrated firing more than 100 missiles into Syria by Tweeting, “Mission Accomplished!” They say if you cannot learn from history you are condemned to repeat it. So I guess we are repeating it.
We all remember that “Mission Accomplished” was the banner behind then-President Bush as he gloated aboard a US navy ship that the war in Iraq had been won. After his “victory,” however, some 4,000 US military personnel were killed, perhaps a million Iraqis were killed, and the country’s infrastructure and social fabric were so badly destroyed that they probably can never be repaired.
Actually, there is much about the US attack on Syria that reminds us of Iraq.
At least one Trump adviser wanted to do the right thing……Mattis…….
According to the New York Times, US officials said that ahead of Friday’s US-led attack on Syria, Defense Secretary James Mattis urged the president to get Congressional approval first. Trump overruled this, however, and officials say he wanted a “rapid” response.
Officials went on to say that Trump was worried about being seen not to follow through on his “get ready” Tweet about the attack. Mattis argued about the risk of a “wider war” with Russia. The compromise was the Friday attack, which was more limited than some hawks were expecting.
It again shows a divide between Trump and Mattis on key foreign policy issues. It is particularly huge in this case because it reveals an active Defense Secretary wanting Congressional authorization for an overseas strike.
Mattis could be playing with fire as far as his tenure at the Pentagon goes……
I believe that I have shot my wad on this situation…..You may return now to the melodrama or is it Kabuki of the Trump White House……I shall re-visit this topic as events may dictate.