aside The President Has Acted In Response To Syria’s Chemical Attack

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On the evening of 4/6/17, several US news outlets announced that the U.S. had already launched 59 tomahawk missiles against a Syrian airbase target. So far, this looks like a limited proportional response.

Yes, the stupidity of the current White House in advertising that the deposing of President Assad of Syria as a non-US priority, was an amateurish move.

But still, when innocents were gassed the last time (2013) allegedly by Syrian forces, it was the Russian President Putin who supposedly negotiated with President Assad to give up all his stockpiles of chemical weaponry in order to avoid US retaliatory action. In short, President Assad was given a second chance, but he couldn’t stand it. He had to demonstrate for the world his true colors (2017).

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad smile as they shake hands in Moscow’s Kremlin,  (AP Photo/ Mikhail Klementiev, ITAR-TASS, Presidential Press Service )

And so, how is it that the Syrian President Bashar Al Assad had this sarin gas?

It is President Putin’s support of Syria’s President Assad, that has enabled him to be so indifferent to his peoples’ well being by recently attacking them with chemical (sarin) weaponry. Hopefully, President Putin has acted pragmatically by having moved out his military forces before the US took any  military action.

Because the republican President Donald Trump publicly stated that Syria’s President Assad’s chemical attack against his own peoples had crossed several lines, he had no choice but to act decisively to where at least, the US will inflict real damage to President Assad’s infrastructure, followed by a quick withdrawal.

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On 4/6/17, Michael R. Gordon and Michael D. Shear of the New York Times penned the following report, “U.S. to Weigh Military Responses to Syrian Chemical Attack.”

“Nonetheless, foreign policy analysts said President Trump could risk looking weak and indecisive if he does not act after saying on Wednesday that Syria had “crossed a lot of lines for me” with the chemical attack on civilians this week.”

‘American intelligence has established with high confidence that a Syrian government aircraft carried out the attack, a senior American official said. The poison used in the deadly chemical bomb attack in a rebel-held part of northern Syria was the banned nerve agent sarin, the Turkish Health Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.”

A Syrian man collects samples from the site of a suspected
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“The statement from Turkey, where many of the stricken Syrians were taken after the assault on Tuesday (4/5/17), was the most specific about the cause to date. “According to the results of preliminary tests,” the statement said, “patients were exposed to chemical material (Sarin).”

“The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were discussing classified intelligence and planning. Mr. Mattis is traveling to Florida, where he is expected to discuss the crisis in Syria with Mr. Trump.”

A hospital room in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town
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“Defense Department officials said the military options that Mr. Mattis is taking to Mr. Trump include a range of choices for escalation. At one end would be cruise missile strikes launched from American warships to destroy Syrian radar facilities; at the other would be actions that fall just short of an outright declaration of war, with days of airstrikes to take out the Assad government’s integrated air defense systems.”

“Mr. Tillerson, who was also in Florida, to greet President Xi Jinping of China before a summit meeting with Mr. Trump, said there was “no doubt in our minds” that Mr. Assad’s government was responsible for the chemical attacks that killed scores, including children.”

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“In light of those attacks, he said, “it would seem there would be no role for him to govern the Syrian people.”

“Mr. Tillerson said Mr. Assad’s departure would have to come about through a “political process,” but he left open the possibility of a military strike by the United States as a response to the use of chemical weapons by the Assad government.”

“We are considering an appropriate response for this chemical weapons attack,” Mr. Tillerson told reporters. “A serious matter requires a serious response.”

Mr. Tillerson declined to elaborate on what form such a response might take. Earlier, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, was also cagey about what Mr. Trump was considering in the aftermath of the heartbreaking images from the site of the chemical attacks.

A Syrian medic runs for cover during the air strikes
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“He is not one to telegraph those issues or options until he is ready to make them,” Mr. Spicer told reporters aboard Air Force One as the president traveled for the summit meeting with Mr. Xi.

“Mr. Spicer raised the possibility that Mr. Trump might embrace a greater role in protecting Syrians against attacks like the one this week. He said the president’s No. 1 priority remains protecting Americans, but he added, “That doesn’t mean we can’t support efforts like safe zones throughout Syria.”

“Asked whether Mr. Assad should step down, Mr. Trump told reporters on Air Force One that “what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity, and he’s there, and I guess he’s running things, so I guess something should happen.”

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“Mr. Trump called the chemical weapons attacks “truly one of the egregious crimes,” but he also declined to say what specific steps he might take to respond.”

“I don’t want to say what I’m going to be doing with respect to Syria,” he said.”

“The possibility of military strikes by the United States in Syria is complicated by the presence of Russian forces in the country. After blaming Mr. Assad and the Syrian government for the chemical attack, Mr. Tillerson warned Russia about its support for Syria. “It is very important that the Russian government consider carefully their continued support for the Assad regime,” he said.”

“The Obama administration prepared plans to strike Syrian targets with sea-launched cruise missiles after an August 2013 Syrian chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,400 civilians, including hundreds of children.”

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“Those plans were shelved when Mr. Obama decided instead to negotiate an agreement with the Russians to eliminate Syria’s declared chemical weapons arsenal and the equipment to make poison gas.”

“The Turkish statement said the sarin conclusion had been based on autopsies on three victims performed at Turkey’s Adana Forensic Medicine Institution with the participation of representatives from the World Health Organization and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a group based in The Hague that monitors compliance with the global treaty that bans such munitions.” Mr. Assad’s government signed that treaty less than four years ago and agreed to give up its chemical arsenal after the August 2013 chemical weapons attack, which left hundreds dead near Damascus.”

“The Turkish statement did not elaborate on how the sarin had been identified in the assault on Tuesday, but it said some of the telling symptoms seen in the victims included “lung edema, increase in lung weight and bleeding in lungs.”

Note: This blog was updated on 4/6/17 around 9:20 pm eastern time.

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14 comments

  1. Thanks for the reblog. The blog has been updated to reflect that the US military has already fired 59 tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield.

    Ciao, Gronda

    • Dear Kim,

      Yes, he did. And then President Assad was stupid enough to test DT’s resolve. DT and his team will have to learn, that their words have consequences

      Hugs, Gronda.

  2. Hmmm, do we see two of the major players in the King tRump saga heavily invested in this situation (Russia, Turkey)? Could this be the military diversion that I predicted a while back? You have to consider the virtual impossibility of removing a President at time of war to realize what is going on. If someone can give me just one positive (and factual) example of the King tRump exhibiting care for anyone or any nation at any point in his personal, business or political career, I would consider accepting his actions in this event with a less biased way..

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      DT is the person who has cried wolf so many times, to where he has lost credibility. One has to view anything he says with skepticism. But this time, it looks like the grownups at the WH were running this show.

      Ciao, Gronda

  3. Donald Trump’s continued support for Mr Putin has allowed Assad to think there will be no consequences to his actions. That he still had Sarin gas shows how badly Russia did it’s job of taking away all weapons of this type following agreement with President Obama. For the sake of the Syrian people, America either has to act speedily to take Assad out, or it has to withdraw altogether leaving Russia as the dominant power in that part of the World.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    • Dear David Prosser,

      President Assad may have just made a fatal error. If I were President Putin I would not want to back President Assad after he was stupid enough to wave a red flag in front of US. And this is after President Putin helped him by having prevented the 2013 US retaliatory action where he was given a second chance.

      President Putin has strong ties to Syria where he may have in mind a replacement for President Assad. If this is the case, then President Assad days are numbered.

      The problem with deposing a middle east regime, is that its replacement may be worse. For this reason, in the past, President Putin has strongly objected when U.S. pushed for regime change without having a governing body ready to replace the original.This is when extremists step in to take advantage of a power vacuum.

      We shall see what happens.

      Ciao, Gronda

  4. Gronda, this is worrisome as I do not have confidence in the judgment of our leader. He acts in haste and without a plan or conviction can be easily swayed to act. I do have more confidence in some of his cabinet picks – Mattis, Kelly and McMaster, so hopefully they can advise him and he will listen. This is a tough situation as what Bashar al-Assad did is a war crime. While Obama has done many good things, handling Syria was not one of them, so the world is left with a mess. Was this a correct response? Maybe, but I would have wanted us to be darn sure it was and exhausted other options. We should not act to make us feel good that we did something. The concern is what happens next. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      This was the time to send a message to the Syrian President Assad that he will pay a price for his (and anyone else) for the usage of sarin gas on his own peoples.

      No, I don’t trust DT but I have faith in our Generals on the NSC to act strategically and appropriately.

      Ciao, Gronda

  5. Great summation, Gronda! While I would agree that we cannot ignore the actions of al-Assad against his own people, I am not convinced that what he did last night was the best course of action. I only hope that the plan was the work of McMaster and Mattis, rather than Trump himself. I do not pretend to be an expert in foreign relations, especially in the Middle East, but this simply seemed too hastily concocted, and frankly, after many of his comments about the chemical attack in Damascus 4 years ago, I have trouble believing that Trump cares at all about the civilians in Syria. Which leaves me believing he had another agenda … perhaps it was an attempt to convince the world that he is a strong man, or perhaps it was a subtle threat intended for another. I don’t know, but I have no trust or confidence in him at all. Hugs!

    • Dear Jill,

      I do not ascribe any good intent to DDT.

      But this was managed and orchestrated by the grownups in the White House.It was the work of Gen. Mattis and McMaster.

      I truly believe this was the right thing to do but my thinking has nothing to do with DDT who has no credibility with me.

      In short, the US needed a way to get back in the game with regards to Syria and this action accomplishes this. We need leverage to push the area’s vested interests towards a political solution.

      Let’s just pray that this action works in the favor of the USA.

      Hugs, Gronda

  6. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    Fellow-blogger Gronda has written an excellent summation of last night’s bombing by the U.S. or Syria’s air bases, and since I couldn’t have said it any better, I shan’t try to re-invent the wheel, but shall simply share Gronda’s excellent post. I am not convinced that the move was the best course of action, but time will tell. Thank you, Gronda, for your hard work on this post and for implied permission to re-blog!

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