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Trump Orders Strike On Syria. Russia Retorts: We Will Defend Syria.

Trump Orders Strike On Syria; Russia Responds By Pledging To Defend Country

Updated 12:33 Eastern, April 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration began the year with high hopes for a restart in relationship with Russia, but those apparently were dashed Thursday when U.S. destroyer ships fired 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria in retaliation for that country’s use of a deadly chemical weapon that killed more than 70 of its own citizens.

“On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians using a deadly nerve agent,” Trump said Thursday night. “Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”

Trump said he had ordered a “targeted military strike” on the Syrian airfield “from where the chemical attack was launched.”

“It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons,” Trump said. “There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council.”

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Just a few months ago, the political establishment was joking about Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin being best friends. Now, they seem like long-time enemies – and just a few steps away from world war.

Russia’s Sputnik News labeled the chemical attack “alleged” attack, implying it never happened.

“President Putin regards the US attacks on Syria as an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law, and under a trumped-up pretext at that,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “… Putin also sees the attacks on Syria by the US as an attempt to divert the international community’s attention from the numerous casualties among civilians in Iraq.”

The Russian defense ministry even said it would strengthen an air defense system within Syria to protect that country. Russia is Syria’s most powerful ally.

“In order to protect the most sensitive objects of the Syrian infrastructure, a system of measures to bolster and increase the effectiveness of the Syrian armed forces’ air defense systems will be implemented,” said ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov

Peskov said the chances for a collision or war between the two countries in Syria had “significantly increased.” He even charged that the airstrike was “carried out for the benefit of ISIS and other terrorist organizations.”

Russian also announced it was suspending a September 2015 agreement that was intended to avoid incidents between U.S. and American aircraft.

In Washington, the strike was widely applauded, although Republicans and Democrats urged Trump to obtain Congressional approval for further actions.

“Making sure Assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do,” Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. “It is incumbent on the Trump administration to come up with a strategy and consult Congress before implementing it.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said the “strike in Syria appears to be a proportional response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, labeled it “appropriate and just.”

But Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Trump should have asked for clearance from Congress before the strike.

“The Constitution clearly states that it is Congress that has the power to declare war, not the president,” Paul said.

Paul said he would have opposed intervention.

“Military action is not in our national security interest and should not be authorized,” he said. “Our prior interventions in this region have done nothing to make us safer, and Syria will be no different. There is no doubt Assad is a brutal dictator. But if we seek to remove him, we must ask what comes next.  Assad is fighting radical Islamic rebels, including large parts of ISIS.  Who would take over Syria if Assad is deposed?”

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  1. People seem to forget that Syria joined the chemical Convention in 2014 after agreeing to get rid of chemical weapons and to JOIN the convention. While I may not agree with bombing nations, as I personally feel we should only defend our OWN borders and not other nations that are NOT a part of the United States. We are justified in bombing them because they agreed to follow the guidelines set out by the Chemical Convention THEY AGREED TO JOIN IN 2014.

    If they don’t want to follow the rules THEY AGREED TO WHILE OBAMA WAS PRESIDENT, then they deserve to get bombed. I am simply grateful it was a military target and not a city. I would take offense to killing of civilians.

    • How about we wait for all of the facts to come in before we accuse Assad.
      Obviously he’s no angel, but what would he gain by doing it? Seems to me that it would only make world opinion go against him even worse than it already is.

  2. I know every one likes to bash Obama. But remember he negotiated a deal with Iran (an ally of Syria) to get their oil on the market. When he did the price we pay for gas started falling.

    Trump may have just destroyed that deal. This could be the Arab oil embargo of 1973 all over again. If I am right we will see $4.00 gas in the not too distant future. This might be a good time to consider how we will deal with such a reaction.

  3. My concern with the Trump Presidency has grown since he has retained so many Obama holdovers and also brought on board so many globalists who have been the problem with U.S. policy for decades. It’s now becoming “business as usual” in Washington” because of the bad advice Trump is taking and using.

    Weapons of ALL kinds are in the hands of radical Islamist in Syria and Iraq, including chemicals. News footage has shown ISIS driving some of OUR big Army Oskosh trucks, pulling OUR 155 MM artillery on parade through a town.

    Since the town where the chemical attack(s) took place is in the hands of a radical Islamic group, I am not above suspecting THEY planted some canisters of gas, rigged with explosives in civilian areas and waited for planes to fly over on bombing runs of legitimate targets and then remotely setting off the IEDs in order to blame it on the government and Russia. ISIS and some other radical Islamic groups are totally heartless and this kind of act is well within their willingness to carry out.

    One thing to keep in mind is the fact that Assad has always protected the Syrian Christian population from radical Islamic harm in the areas he has controlled. Why would he attack his own innocent Muslim civilians?

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