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Friday, April 7, 2017

Trump vs Assad and Putin; what next?

UK Daily Mail: Putin calls US airstrikes an 'illegal act of aggression' and suspends deal to avoid mid-air clashes with American fighter jets over Syria  
We'll soon see if the Russian Communist Party still holds the same authority over the Western left as Stalin once did. TD

Pictures show rubble strewn across the airfield at the Syrian military base this morning. The Syrian Army called it an 'act of 'aggression'

. . . "The Russian President warned of grave damage to relations between Washington and Moscow after 60 
"Tomahawk missiles were fired at al-Shayrat airbase near Homs.

"Syrian Army officials described the attack as an act of 'blatant aggression', saying it had made the US 'a partner' of ISIS, the ex-Nusra Front and other 'terrorist organisations'. 

"The US insists the base was used by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces to launch a deadly chemical attack that killed 80 on Tuesday.

"America used a special military-to-military hotline to warn Russia it was launching an airstrike on a Syrian air base about 30 minutes in advance - but the Trump administration did not ask Moscow for permission. It is likely Russia alerted the Syrians about the incoming strikes but this has not been confirmed." . . .  Full article

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

Syria: After the Airstrikes    The U.S. needs to play a very long game.

Expect the Russians to take note of anti-Trump protesters here in the US and advise Assad that America is incapable of any sort of a protracted conflict. The left here will be the enemy's best ally, as always. TD

. . . "The strike was notable for its rapidity – about 72 hours after the Assad chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians — and for the swift reversal it represented in what had been the administration’s tolerant attitude toward the Assad regime. 
"If it is a one-off, this strike is the very definition of a symbolic pinprick. It was launched with highly precise weapons against the airfield from which the Syrian chemical attack emanated. According to reports, we apprised Russian personnel at the base beforehand, meaning the Syrians effectively had advance warning as well. 
"We are skeptical of the wisdom of this approach. It may be that the strike is enough to deter Assad from future chemical attacks, but it also could have unwelcome unintended consequences. If Assad decides to defy us, we will be forced into further action against his regime without any idea of what would replace it." . . .   Read more

US punishes Syria for gas attack with missile barrage  . . . "Congressional reaction to the strike was generally supportive, but some members – including Senator Rand Paul – warned the administration to work with Congress if the strike represented a significant change in American policy." . . .

. . . "Since President Obama reneged on his "red line" threat four years ago, there have been dozens of gas attacks on civilians using chlorine – a gas that has commercial and industrial applications but is prohibited by international law from being used as a weapon.  In this specific attack, medical observers have evidence that the deadly nerve agent sarin was also used.  That may be the "red line" Trump spoke of in his statement.

"I think there's a good chance that the attack was a specific response to a specific incident and does not represent a sea change in American military policy in Syria."  Rick Moran.

Unpacking the Latest Chemical Attack in Syria  . . . "We're in for long haul against radical Islam, and it's going to get nasty, because it already is nasty.
"Leaders puff and posture.  It's not always what it seems.  No doubt, repugnance for President Trump is a good first response.

"But I hope "America First" isn't just a slogan, because it's the only America that we've got, and the rest of the world just plain isn't."

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