Personally, I would like to congratulate Trump on finally getting something right - was bound to happen at some point! The exact reasons why such actions were undertaken are for sure debateable, but I like to think that the justification was that the use of WMDs will not be tolerated, especially against civilians. I wonder how far in advance the Russians were notified.
Infact the president actually made two good decisions in the same day (who would have thought!) and has announced additional humanitarian support for Jordan to deal with the refugee crisis.https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/sta ... 1377117185
Russia's government has really started trolling everyone. After the Syrian Government does a gas attack; not a word. When the US retaliates against the use of WMDs; Russia calls for a security council meeting. On the other hand, its great to see that the Russian Government suddenly cares about International Law!
http://www.politico.eu/article/putin-us ... ssia-ties/
U.S. air strikes launched against the regime of Bashar al-Assad on Thursday were “a clear act of aggression against a sovereign Syria,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement Friday.
The ministry called for an urgent U.N. Security Council meeting, and said it has suspended a flight safety memorandum that prevents conflict between Russian and U.S. forces.
Russian President Vladimir Putin believes the strikes violate “the norms of international law, and under a trumped-up pretext at that,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, TASS reported.
Support (and don't abandon) the Kurds killing ISIS and that's all.
That of course will drive Turkey into the arms of Russia, and that's the optimistic scenario, it also might drive Erdogan to the Islamists instead.
....Erdogan already supports the islamists. He's only too happy for them to waltz across the border if it means that they'll fight the YPG and destroy Rojava.
Maybe because he's emboldened by a combination of two things -
1) nothing was really done about it the last time he used them
2) he now his buddy Putin backing him up whatever he does
1) Last time he used them the West took nearly all of his chemical weapons off him. It's a shame that he managed to hide some.
2) Very true.
As for the ludicrous Russian excuses...
Indeed. They're hilariously pathetic.
I don't see Trump putting boots on the ground, nor would he want to have fighter pilots captured. That leaves cruise missiles to deliver surgical strikes and that is where I believe he will go.
After giving Obama hell during the campaign I don't believe that he will "pull an Obama" and not respond at all.
Folks, who would have thought that geopolitics could be so complicated?
I don't think the GOP has learned much of anything from Iraq (or Vietnam) they want to double down and go to war with Iran.
The irony of those tweets is for sure entertaining.
So that would be Trump's first Golf-free weekend as president, I guess?
Let me guess he ordered the strikes after consulting with his daughter since they both know more than the generals..
I disagree entirely. I suspect that all of this was meticulously planned by Mattis (literally the only Trump cabinet member who has his head screwed on) and that Trump just gave one of Mattis's options the ok.
How does this help end the war and stabilize the region?
It makes it clear to Assad that using any of his remaining WMDs will be result in significant retaliation.
Does this mean Trump now supporting the Kurds? who btw are now threatening the stability of Turkey.
The only people threatening the stability of Turkey are 1) Erdoğan and his quest to turn Turkey into an Islamic Totalitarian Caliphate and 2) Islamic extremists whom Erdoğan is only too happy to get into bed with if it means eradicating the Kurds in Rojava.
Inquiring minds want to know, just how stupid our president is
Incredibly; of this there is no doubt. However if you keep making decisions, statistically speaking you're going to get one right once in a while.
To the US public alone "See, i am not in bed with Russia" .... that is all.
A valid point.
This is going to end up like Iraq but worse.
Trump's a dummy, but I think he's got enough brain cells to figure out that putting troops on the ground won't end very well.