Let’s play a game called “Remember When”. The rules are quite simple: we give you a scenario, and you see if you can recall it. Let’s begin. Remember when on September 7th, 2013 when Donald Trump said there was no upside and tremendous downside attacking Syria?
Let’s refresh your memory:
Let’s fast forward to April 6th, 2017. Donald Trump is now President Trump, and all bets are on him. So what does he do 2 ½ months into his presidency?
He orders an attack on Syria, of course.
It’s like telling your friend not to rob a bank, and then 4 years later robbing a bank.
In retaliation for the chemical attacks launched by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad recently, President Trump ordered a targeted military strike on the air field where the chemical attacks originated.
“It is in this vital national security of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons” – President Trump
The strike took place at 8:40 p.m. ET (3:40 a.m. local time), when there would have been minimal activity at the base. It targeted aircraft, aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, and “the things that make the airfield operate,” Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters. The missiles were launched from warships in the Eastern Mediterranean.
“Initial indications are that this strike has severely damaged or destroyed Syrian aircraft and support infrastructure and equipment at Shayrat Airfield, reducing the Syrian government’s ability to deliver chemical weapons,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
A U.S. defense official told CNN Friday morning that an initial battle damage assessment from the strike was that 58 of the 59 Tomahawk missiles “severely degraded or destroyed” their intended target. The official cautioned that this is just the earliest assessment using radar and that more robust assessments using satellites and other surveillance is still pending.
Thirty-six of the Tomahawks were fired from the USS Ross and the other 23 were launched from the USS Porter, the official added.
It’s also worth noting that Trump completely skipped Congress’ authorization, a move that ruffled some feathers:
“While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked, The President needs congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution, and I call on him to come to Congress for a proper debate.” – Senator Rand Paul