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Missile Strike Against Syria

Last night President Trump ordered a missile strike against limited targets within Syria. The strikes were carried out by United States, United Kingdom and France. I have several questions?

Just a couple of days ago the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress that he “believes” that there was a chemical attack in Syria. What is changed? What changed his belief to something that is more concrete? Does this strike really change anything? Did we really stop Syria’s ability to use chemical weapons against its own people?

More from NYT:

The United States and European allies launched airstrikes on Friday night against Syrian research, storage and military targets as President Trump sought to punish President Bashar al-Assad for a suspected chemical attack near Damascus last weekend that killed more than 40 people.

Britain and France joined the United States in the strikes in a coordinated operation that was intended to show Western resolve in the face of what the leaders of the three nations called persistent violations of international law. Mr. Trump characterized it as the beginning of a sustained effort to force Mr. Assad to stop using banned weapons, but only ordered a limited, one-night operation that hit three targets.

“These are not the actions of a man,” Mr. Trump said of last weekend’s suspected chemical attack in a televised address from the White House Diplomatic Room. “They are crimes of a monster instead.”

Shortly after the attack, the Syrian presidency posted on Twitter, “Honorable souls cannot be humiliated.”  (more…)

By | 2018-04-14T11:12:28+00:00 April 14th, 2018|Foreign Affairs|Comments Off on Missile Strike Against Syria

United States and Russia agree on Syria

Well, it appears that the United States and Russia have agreed on some sort of mechanism for Syria to give up or destroy all of their chemical weapons. I really think that President Obama and Secretary Kerry have pulled a rabbit out of their hat. They were going lose a vote in the House on striking Syria. This could be the best of all options. No missile strikes and Syria gives up their chemical weapons. Totally cool.

From NY Times:

The United States and Russia reached a sweeping agreement on Saturday that called for Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons to be removed or destroyed by the middle of 2014 and indefinitely stalled the prospect of American airstrikes.

The joint announcement, on the third day of intensive talks in Geneva, also set the stage for one of the most challenging undertakings in the history of arms control.

“This situation has no precedent,” said Amy E. Smithson, an expert on chemical weapons at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. “They are cramming what would probably be five or six years’ worth of work into a period of several months, and they are undertaking this in an extremely difficult security environment due to the ongoing civil war.”

Although the agreement explicitly includes the United Nations Security Council for the first time in determining possible international action in Syria, Russia has maintained its opposition to any military action. (more…)

By | 2013-09-15T22:21:28+00:00 September 14th, 2013|Foreign Affairs, Obama administration, Party Politics|Comments Off on United States and Russia agree on Syria

Obama on Syria

Transcript of speech:

My fellow Americans, tonight I want to talk to you about Syria — why it matters, and where we go from here.

Over the past two years, what began as a series of peaceful protests against the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad has turned into a brutal civil war. Over 100,000 people have been killed. Millions have fled the country. In that time, America has worked with allies to provide humanitarian support, to help the moderate opposition, and to shape a political settlement. But I have resisted calls for military action, because we cannot resolve someone else’s civil war through force, particularly after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The situation profoundly changed, though, on August 21st, when Assad’s government gassed to death over a thousand people, including hundreds of children. The images from this massacre are sickening: Men, women, children lying in rows, killed by poison gas. Others foaming at the mouth, gasping for breath. A father clutching his dead children, imploring them to get up and walk. On that terrible night, the world saw in gruesome detail the terrible nature of chemical weapons, and why the overwhelming majority of humanity has declared them off-limits — a crime against humanity, and a violation of the laws of war. (more…)

By | 2013-09-11T22:34:46+00:00 September 11th, 2013|Foreign Affairs, Obama administration|Comments Off on Obama on Syria