The chemical attack on the Syrian people by its President
was another in a long list of atrocities perpetrated by a tyrannical leader.
The fact that his regime is bolstered by Iranian and Russian agitators makes
him that more dangerous. Western world leaders have combined to say that
President Assad must go, an objective for the past 6 to 8 years of the Obama
Administration and other American allies.
President Trump campaigned on an America First theme and a sense
of disengagement in the Middle East conflicts. His unsuccessful attempts to
deny entry to the US of A by seven Middle Eastern countries’ immigrants and
survivors fleeing the terrors of war only emphasized his foreign policy.
However on that dreaded day in April President Trump found humanity and the
need to retaliate against Assad and his regime of terror. The vision of babies
dying without control of their muscular system and women crying for the family members
left lymph of strength was too much for even President Trump.
The targeted military strike by American forces was praised
by some and cautioned by others and will be remembered forever as Trumps first
engagement with the middle east as President, a dubious one at best. However
the need for a strike at tyranny was essential and even President Trump
Now that we have engaged the Syrian regime under a Trump
administration it remains to be seen what the response will be from Assad and his
allies and more specifically from Russia. As Putin attempts to re-establish
Russia as a world power, his reaction to the military strike by America will be
The build up of naval forces by both the US and Russia is a
flash back to the days of the old cold war of the 60’s, with each country
espousing it’s actions being driven by the rules of International Law. History
will determine which prevails. History will also say that in his first act as
Commander in Chief President Trump acted with targeted and tactical strength
without unnecessary rhetoric or tweets. Maybe this was the turning point for
But I’m Just Saying!
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