US, allies attacking Syria to stop chemical weapons

Frederick Owens
April 16, 2018

Lawmakers from both parties said the decision could be on shaky legal ground because the current legislation that gives the president the authority to use military force without approval from Congress has not been updated since 2001.

As he often does, the President started to change gears after hearing complaints from important constituents - in this case, Republican lawmakers who said farmers and other businesses in their states would suffer from his trade approach because they send many of their products overseas.

President Trump walks in to speak in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House Friday to speak to the nation about the USA military response to Syria's chemical weapon attack on April 7.

The president's dilemma is that strength and resolve do not necessarily equal a well-thought out Syria strategy.

Mr Trump said the military action was a combined operation with the armed forces of the United Kingdom and France. U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis later said the U.S. did not have concrete evidence that Syria was responsible. Or he can do nothing and risk appearing weak. He had "kept his promise to end the TPP deal negotiated by the Obama administration because it was unfair to American workers and farmers", she said.

In the last century, we looked straight into the darkest places of the human soul. Last month, he shocked aides when during a speech about infrastructure in OH, he announced that USA troops would be leaving Syria "very soon". "We are watching what Russians do in the next 24 hours", the official said, adding that there will be intelligence collection to see what Russians are up to in the wake of the strikes, such as turning on their systems or talking about retaliating.

Trump has signaled in recent weeks that, despite advice from his national security team, he wanted to accelerate the timetable of the withdrawal of American forces.

Haley blasted Russia for protecting Syria and said Moscow has emboldened the Syrian regime to continue its attacks, while the Russian ambassador to the United Nations said Washington had embarked on an "illegal military adventure".

Syrian television said the attacks targeted a scientific research centre in Barzeh, near Damascus, and an army depot near Homs while it was reported air defences had hit 13 incoming rockets south of Damascus.

It is also unclear how serious Mr Trump is about rejoining.

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The United States has also rebuilt our friendships across the Middle East.

More than 7,000 troops, including 3,500 USA service members, are participating in the annual drill, the US military's largest and most complex in the region.

The limited strikes were deplored by the Syrian opposition, which saw the West as lacking an worldwide strategy for dealing with the civil war. "Trump's failure came with the victory of our army in Douma, which marks the biggest victory for the Syrian Arab Army". "We'd wall ourselves off and strike at our discretion and then retreat to defending our homeland".

While all three Western countries believed chemical weapons had been used, worldwide inspectors had not reached the site of the attack and it was unclear how much evidence their governments could put forward. "That's all he cares about".

The following year, he wrote: "Remember the terrorists that Obama has been arming in Syria against Assad".

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who chairs the Armed Services Committee and frequently jousts with Trump on foreign policy, was more blunt in suggesting that the White House needs to explain where it intends to go next. Many waved Syrian, Russian and Iranian flags.

Trump also called out Russia's promise in 2013 that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons.

Russia, too, was hardly caught off guard. He said it's time to work with a coalition of trading partners to increase pressure on China. "The gamble pays off", Biddle said.

Trump had threatened earlier in the week, in perhaps his strangest Tweet yet, to send "smart" and "clean" missile strikes into Syria to attack "Animal Assad".

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