President Donald Trump announced on Friday he ordered strikes on the Syrian regime in response to a chemical weapons attack last weekend.
"I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator of Bashar al-Assad," Trump said from the White House Diplomatic Reception Room.
US aircraft and ships were used in the attack, according to multiple US defense officials.
Trump said the strikes were in coordination with France and the United Kingdom, adding that the purpose of the campaign is to "establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons."
I think if this were any other President, I'd be behind it. Syrian President Assad is a monster. But I don't trust Trump with a flea bomb.
Assad is a monster. It may be the case that a military response is appropriate (though I personally find it a tad hypocritical for the US when we are shutting out desperate refugees from the area).
(1) I concur with Vince that I don't trut this batshit, temper-tantrum prone president with bombs and military decisions
(2) in any case, even with a good president, presidents shouldn't be able to do this shit without Congress's authorization. We need to repeal the President being able to do this--the time is more than ripe.
(3) this is all the worse because of the Trump administration's skeleton crew -- no secretary of state, the entire WH in disarray...it's fucking terrifying.
(4) There are reports this morning from the French government that Russia was given advance warning. Gee, I wonder who by? (ETA: okay, I admit this may be unfair. There may have been good reason for this. But, yeah, yet again -- the trouble is, I can't trust Trump and what there is of his advisors enough to trust in this, especially when it comes to Russia.)
(5) anyone else struck by the fact that the timing of this strike is coming just after the Cohen raid, as Trump foams at the mouth over it on Twitter and is desperate for a bigly distraction?
Last Edit: Apr 14, 2018 18:12:15 GMT -5 by CassandraW
How much evidence have we that the alleged chemical weapons (a) ever existed (b) were dropped by government forces and (c) that the Syrian Government had any hand in it if so? The Trump regime seems to have been very hasty in bombing away the evidence, doesn't it?
Post by CassandraW on Apr 15, 2018 12:09:01 GMT -5
Nah. The Deep State controls that.
(Seriously, the one thing that gives any relief to my sense of unease is the involvement of Britain and France. It still concerns hell out of me, as a general matter, to have someone like Trump with this kind of power in his hands, but if two of our allies were involved, I'm more confident that this particular call might have been okay...so far. We'll see as things go forward.)