During the presidential campaign, president Donald Trump complained over and over about how President Obama’s Pentagon would tell the world when they were going to strike, saying he would never do such a foolish thing. “You’ve to be unpredictable,” he famously said at a campaign rally. Well, he just did the exact same thing, but with dangerous consequences.
On Thursday, president Donald Trump took the U.S. closer to another war in the middle east, ordering the most significant military action of his short presidency with a barrage of Tomahawk missiles against the Syrian regime’s air forces in ‘retribution’ for a recent sarin gas attack against civilians that killed nearly one hundred people and wounded hundreds more.
However, as ABC News reports, his impulsive show of force wasn’t nearly as effective as he would have hoped it would be because –somehow– the Syrian military was aware that an attack was incoming and got their personnel evacuated before the strike.
The Pentagon told the Russian military, which has a huge presence in government-controlled Syria, where the strike was going to be in order to prevent any Russian casualties. In turn, the Russians advised the Syrians to flee the location, rendering the mission a FAILURE.
In the end, Trump ended up spending $70 million dollars for a firework show. The missiles hit the mostly deserted al-Shayrat airbase in Homs province, according to the report.
Early news reports indicate that dozens of jets were damaged, and the runway sustained heavy damage – but otherwise, the Syrian regime’s ability to slaughter civilians from the skies has not been greatly hindered.
“This attack on one air base seems more symbolic,” said former National Security Advisor Richard Clarke. “I think Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis gave the president a list of options, this being the smallest. It was a targeted attack not designed to overwhelm the Syrian military … I think the president was trying to differentiate himself from his predecessor,” he added.
In other words, the attack was a charade. Trump’s concern for the dead children of Syria was nothing but an elaborate ego boost.
Assad has launched nine gas attacks this year, all ignored by Trump. The attack on Khan Sheikhoun was the worst, but no more appalling than any of the other war crimes that the Syrian regime commits on a daily basis.
But president Trump’s poll numbers have been sinking for weeks, and last night he was hosting Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago. The strike was a primitive attempt to show the Chinese how strong he is and an attempt to show the nation that Trump is a decisive man of action.
Trump is playing fast and loose with international conflict and putting us all in danger just to show off. Well, it failed.