Good day Hard-Chargers!!
So we blasted the ass of a Syrian air base, with a barrage of cruise missiles, Thursday night. Which was seen as retaliation for the gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians.
President Donald Trump, deemed the U.S. assault as vital to deter the future of poison gas and from there called on other nations to join. Hoping to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria.
This was the first direct assault on the Syrian government and Trump’s most dramatic military order since becoming president.
Trump announced the assault stating Syrian President Bashar Assad, was responsible for the chemical attack, which employed banned gases and killed dozens.
The U.S. strikes which were 59 missiles launched from the USS Ross and the USS Porter. Striking the government controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria.
This was where U.S. officials say the Syrian military planes that dropped the chemicals had taken off. U.S. missiles hit approximately at 20:45 hours in Washington, which was 03:45 am Friday morning in Syria.
The missiles targeted the base’s airstrips, hangars, control tower, and ammunition areas. The strikes killed some Syrians and wounded others, however, a precise number wasn’t given as said by Tala Barazi, whom is the governor of Syrias Homs province.
President Trump, ordered the strikes without the approval from congress or backing of the United Nations. As president he has the right to use force in order to defend the national interests and protect civilians from gruesome atrocities.
The president appeared to be very moved by the photos of children killed in the chemical attack, calling it a “disgrace to humanity.”
U.S. officials blamed Russia, who is one of Syria’s most important benefactors.
Moscow failed to live up to a 2013 agreement that was intended to strip Syria of its chemical weapons stockpiles.
U.S. Tomahawk missiles, fired from warships in the Mediterranean Sea, which targeted an air base in retaliation for the attack that America believes Syrian government aircraft launched with the nerve agent sarin mixed with chlorine gas.
Trump has advocated greater counterterrorism cooperation with Russia, Assad’s most powerful military backer.
As of now we all know that the U.S. is no longer interested in trying to push Assad, from power over his direction of a conflict that has killed hundred and thousands of people and led to the worst refugee crisis since World War II.
The assault itself puts America at risk of plunging into the middle of Syria’s conflict, complicating the safety of hundreds of U.S. forces fighting a separate campaign against the Islamic State.
If Assad’s military persists in further gas attacks then the Trump administration may logically pursue increased retaliation.
Prior to the strikes, U.S. military officials informed their Russian counterparts of the impending attack. The goal was to avoid accidents involving Russian forces.
Russian U.N. ambassador warned that any negative consequences from the strikes would be on the shoulders of those who initiated such a doubtful and tragic enterprise.
The U.S. notified its partner countries in the region prior to the launching of the strikes.
Trumps decision to attack Syria, came three years after then President Barack Obama, threatened Assad with military action after an earlier chemical weapons attack killed hundreds outside of Damascus.
Obama, had declared the use of weapons as a “red line.”
At that time several American ships in the Mediterranean were poised to launch missiles only for Obama to back out after many in congress balked at his plan.
He instead opted for the Russian backed plan which was to eliminate Syrias chemical weapons stockpiles.
The world learned of the chemical attack earlier in the week in footage that showed people dying in the streets and bodies of children stacked in piles.
The outcry internationally fueled an emotional response from president Trump. The show of force in Syria raises legal questions.
It’s unclear what authority Trump is relying on to attack another government.
It’s also unclear whether Trump is adopting any broader effort to combat Assad.
Under Obama administration, the United States pulled back from its support for rebels when Russia’s intervention in September of 2015 led to a series of battlefield defeats.
Trump and his aides had acknowledged in recent days the reality of Assad being in power, saying his ouster was no longer a priority. But the chemical weapons attack seemed to spur a rethink.
May we be alert for what is to come…
Isaac J. Hall II