On Friday, the day after Trump ordered the attack on the Syrian air field, I saw a post by Colonel Rob Maness criticizing Trump's decision. Retired Col Maness has been a very staunch supporter of candidate, president-elect and president Trump. He is a full colonel in the United States Air Force.
Donald Trump, finally, did something really presidential, and he did it using war powers. It wasn’t tweeting that Bill O’Reilly did nothing wrong to justify the massive walkout of the TV commentator’s Fox sponsors. It wasn’t any other of the, by now, dozens of hair-brained tweeted assertions that reveal the nonsense that occupies Trump’s thinking, mostly at night. It wasn’t a batch of executive orders, or appointments, that aided the better off. This time it meant something to everyone in the world.
With the successful missile strike against a Syrian air base last night, President Donald Trump has accomplished many important goals. He has sent a well-defined signal that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated. In vigorously responding to atrocities committed by Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, the President has distinguished himself from the weak policies pursued by the Obama administration.
Videos of dead little Syrian children being loaded into a van after a chemical attack by the forces of Bashar al-Assad killed them are heart-wrenching. It’s like seeing Sandy Hook all over, again. Since September 30, 2015, the Assad government has been supported in its war against rebels opposed to its repression by Russian military intervention. Syrian forces, historically, have shown little regard for their nation’s people, a sentiment shared by Russia, and attacks on its population have included the destruction of hospitals, schools, and food markets. Rescue and relief workers are high priority targets.
President Donald Trump said today that Syria's gassing of innocent children and others has "crossed a lot of lines". Of which line or lines might he be referring?
The Mason-Dixon Line? A line dance? What's my line?
Louisiana gubernatorial candidate, David Vitter, behind in the polls, is making the tragedy in Paris a last-minute political push. In a letter he promoted on his campaign email yesterday and by another campaign email today ( urging individuals to sign via Facebook pledge against Syrians entering the United States), the governor hopeful is clearly trying to maximize the terrorist attack in Paris and Syrian immigrants, to his political advantage.
Only the makers of tanks and weaponry really like war. Oh, and of course the madmen who start them. Either it’s all about the big-bucks or the up-chucks. As Kendrew Lascelles said in his 1970 poem “The Box,” war’s like a “bouncy bumpy ball made up of flags and guns and all the tears and horror and the death that goes with war.”
How is it possible that Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, has become the voice of peace and reason in the world?
Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to participate in a Google Hangout about the Syria crises. Here are comments from the Google Hangout event: (Watch hangout below).
Polls consistently show that the vast majority of Americans oppose military intervention in Syria. In congressional offices, calls have been running 100 to 1 against involvement in Syria. Nevertheless, leaders of both political parties are supporting the President’s plan to launch a limited military strike in Syria.