In the early morning hours of April 7, 2017, the Trump administration fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from a U.S. destroyer in the Mediterranean Sea, at Shayrat Air Base in Syria, alleged to be the location from where the Assad government, on April 4, allegedly launched a chemical attack of sarin nerve gas which killed many civilians, including women and children, in the rebel-held town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province.
Trump undertook this act of war against the legitimate government of a sovereign state who has the support of Russia and China:
- without an official investigation of the alleged chemical attack
- without the approval of Congress
- without an act of aggression from the Syrian government against the United States
- without Syria presenting a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States
- without a prior consultation with Russia (or China), and in so not doing, risks WW3 with two world powers.
Trump justified the missile strike as being for the Syrian children allegedly killed by the alleged chemical sarin-gas attack. So it’s all the more ironic that his missile strike killed 18 civilians, including 5 children. (AFP)
Here are the prominent Americans who support Trump’s missile attack:
(1) Bill Kristol
He who supported a third-party candidate against presidential candidate Trump, who finds Trump’s “America First” nationalism vulgar and embarrassing, who openly advocates a deep-state coup against President Trump — now approves of Trump risking WW3 by firing 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria, without even an investigation as to who’d actually deployed the sarin gas attack.
(2) Brian Williams
The pathological liar and disgraced former NBC anchorman calls Trump’s missile strikes that killed 18 civilians, including 5 children, a “beautiful” sight:
(3) Pelosi & Schumer
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) said, “Tonight’s strike in Syria appears to be a proportional response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D–NY) said, “Making sure Assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do.” (Wikipedia)
(4) A Pack of RINOs
Senators John McCain (R–AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R–SC) said, “Unlike the previous administration, President Trump confronted a pivotal moment in Syria and took action. For that, he deserves the support of the American people.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R–WI) said the strike was “appropriate and just.”
Also Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Orin Hatch (R-UT), David Perdue (R-GA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and Thom Tillis (R-NC). (Wikipedia)
(5) Hillary Clinton
Yesterday, April 7, speaking to a crowd of supporters in Houston, Texas, Clinton applauds Trump’s missile strikes and urges him to undertake even more U.S. military action to take out Assad — and open America’s doors to Syrian refugees:
“The action taken last night needs to be followed by a broader strategy to end Syria’s civil war . . . . So I hope this administration will move forward [and] . . . recognize that they cannot in one breath speak of protecting Syrian babies and in the next close America’s doors to them.”
(6) The Military-Industrial Complex
CNN Money reports, April 7, 2017, that Raytheon, the company that makes the Tomahawk missiles used in Trump’s air strikes on Syria, rose in early stock trading Friday. Investors are betting that Trump’s air strike means the Pentagon will need more Tomahawks.
The Department of Defense asked for $2 billion over five years to buy 4,000 Tomahawks for the U.S. Navy in its fiscal 2017 budget last February.
Raytheon(RTN) wasn’t the only defense stock rising Friday either. Lockheed Martin (LMT), which partners with Raytheon on the Javelin missile launcher system and also makes Hellfire missiles, gained nearly 1%.
And so, Donald Trump finally achieves bipartisan support . . . . Sarc/
I have a question for all the conservatives out there who support Trump’s missile strike against the Assad government:
Weren’t you adamantly AGAINST Obama wanting to attack Assad in 2013?
Then, as now, the conditions are the same. Then, as now, the excuse for U.S. military action is Assad’s alleged chemical attacks and those poor little children.
So what has changed to account for your enthusiastic support to attack Syria now?
And how does launching 59 cruise missiles at Syria — only 23 (or 40%) of which actually hit the target — at a cost of $114.5 million (each Tomahawk costs $1.94 million), Make America Great Again?