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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Trump's strikes on Assad; dare we be optimistic?

Tom Cotton: A Strike in Syria Restores Our Credibility in the World  . . . " 'It's hard to overstate just how low the standing of the United States had fallen because of President Barack Obama's failure to enforce his own 'red line' against Mr. [Bashar] Assad's use of chemical weapons in 2013," Cotton wrote in a New York Times op-ed.
" 'I was one of the few Republican members of Congress who supported strikes against Syria then," he wrote. "Because of that, I've heard from dozens of world leaders expressing their doubts about the security commitments of the United States.' " . . .
US Vows To Keep Up Pressure On Syria After Missile Strikes

Obama’s red line decision got rebuked this week (and his former staff aren’t happy about it)  . . . "But not everyone who was part of the previous administration is playing defense for their former boss this week. Politico Magazine reports some Obama alumni say the strike was long overdue:" . . .

Uh-oh; be careful what you predict:  Haley: Regime change in Syria 'we think is going to happen' . . . " 'This is a complicated situation. There are no easy answers and a political solution is going to have to happen," Haley said. "There's not any sort of option where political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime, if you look at his actions if you look at the situation, it's going to be hard to see a government that's peaceful and stable with Assad.' ". . . 

Weakened Putin's last great bluff: Military experts dismiss Russian president's threats to block further US attacks on Syria, saying he's desperate to avoid a clash with America  . . . "He has also dispatched a warship to patrol Syria’s coastline and thwart further US action.
"But senior defence analysts told The Mail on Sunday that President Putin is actually desperate to avoid a clash with the US and wants to cut a deal to end the six-year Syrian civil war which has cost more than 400,000 lives.
"Igor Sutyagin from the Royal United Services Institute said last night: ‘Putin is raising the stakes but he is bluffing, because he knows he cannot do anything militarily to cause a direct confrontation with the US." . . .
I worry when America counts our bridges before they're hatched. TD

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