A thwap heard round the world. On Thursday, President Trump authorized an attack on Syria in retaliation for its chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, which killed 86 people, including many women and children. In response, the U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk missiles targeting the Shayrat air base.
Less than 24 hours later the base is open and operating. The cost to taxpayers for the attack was $60 million though it has had no impact on Syria’s ability to continue to wage war against its own people.
What it did do is give the Republicans and Trump a reason to crow about his resolve and commitment to Syria, a commitment that has continuously changed, especially within the 48 hours prior to the attack. Ignoring that President Obama had come to the Congress for approval to launch a military action that the GOP rejected, the administration blamed President Obama for doing nothing in Syria.
This attack wasn’t successful no matter what Fox News may say. The airport was not destroyed, as they claim.
And while it wasn’t just white men who applauded his action, it was a very typical male response to when a situation seemingly calls for strength. It doesn’t matter that Trump’s decision to use force in response to a horrific attack, made no difference. Syrian children are not safer. And Syria won’t stop doing what they please, aided and abetted by Russia. The horror will go on.
But many Americans will now feel better because we “did something.” They won’t care that it had no effect and that is was not even successful in destroying the airport.
They will just feel warm and fuzzy in their hearts because Donald Trump had the balls to call for a military action.
One can say, a la Putin, that he beat on his chest. I think it is more accurate to say he thwapped his lower appendage on the table for all to see. It was a show of his masculinity, his maleness and his supposed strength.
One can assume that Trump is now hoping that his action will be seen as an FU to Putin and Russia, as Russia was quick to condemn the attack. Given that he warned the Russians prior to the attack, given that the base is once again open its hard to believe that this was not a coordinated response by the US and Russia to distract from the ongoing investigation of the possible collusion between Trump and Putin to interfere with our election.
And let’s not lose sight that Trump did not come to the US Congress for approval to launch the strike, which is what is required by our constitution. There is a reason for that.
Our founding fathers understood the consequence of war.
It was never intended that our president would have the power to unilaterally take action against another sovereign nation. What Trump did was an act of war.
Military action should always be a last resort and when it is done, it must be done with a strategic, surgical precision. Too many things too often go wrong and when they do people die. There are many times when we aren’t going to be able to change a situation no matter how horrific it is, by pressing a button. As frustrating as other actions might be because they require time, international cooperation and real planning they often are our best hope.
I am not a conspiracy theorist. I am a believer in facts and truth.
Having said that my gut tells me that this entire incident was manufactured by Russia and Trump’s team. I believe they purposefully did this to distract the American people and press.
I have no facts to prove it. I am only sharing what my instinctual response is to this debacle.
Given all that they have done to date, I put nothing past them – not even using children. If Trump cared about children, why wasn’t he equally abhorred by the children we killed in the Yemen raid or our more recent participation in an attack on Mosul where 278 people were killed, including many children. And if he truly cared about the Syrian people he would welcome them as refugees.
So please forgive me if I find Trump talk of dying babies a disgusting use of the deaths of children to prop up his already failing presidency. This man is capable of anything, just like his mentor. God forbid we see him without his shirt on. Oh, and by the way, he also owns stock in Raytheon, the company that makes Tomahawk cruise missiles…