U.S. targets Syria with missiles in response to regime's chemical attack on innocent civilians
April 7, 2017
File photo: US Navy ship launching cruise missile
Seventy two hours after Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical attack on his own people and inflicted death and suffering upon innocent civilians including many young children while asleep, President Donald Trump made good on his pledge to “not telegraph” his military plans but to “surprise” Syria with “actions”. Today he did just that.
Fifty nine tomahawk cruise missiles carrying 1,000 lb bombs each were fired from two U.S. Navy destroyers -- USS Ross and USS Porter -- from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and surgically landed on Shayrat Airfield the effects of which we have yet to see. The airbase is reportedly where the Syrian military planes carrying the chemical weapons originated from and where it is believed deadly sarin gas are stored.
This dramatic action on Trump's part is very significant in at least two areas: 1) his compassion for human lives especially where "babies" are targeted (as he puts it during his announcement just hours ago), takes precedence over political rigamarole wherein his previously declared stance of letting the murderous Assad stay in power has now taken (Photo: Tomahawk cruise missile in flight )
a 180 degree turn, and; 2) this early in his Presidency Donald Trump demonstrated in no uncertain terms his capacity as a truly effective leader -- i.e., one who is quick, definite and decisive.
While all the focus of attention since Trump's inauguration on January 20 has been his ability as a Chief Executive Officer in dealing with political and administrative issues such as policy making, legislative interaction and international diplomacy, today’s event introduced to the world the kind of Commander-in-Chief President Trump is. Pundits point out that in light of the still developing event, Russia, China, Iran and North Korea have all of sudden been given what amounts to a blanket notice to reassess both their impression of Trump and their own positions on matters affecting their individual issues with America.(Photo of young victim:, courtesy of ABC News)