It looks like the Swamp is back in action, as yet another President has bombed a foreign country without congressional approval and without that country posing an imminent threat to the United States.
Tonight, President Trump ordered a cruise missile strike against a Syrian military air base, firing more than “more than 50” Tomahawk cruise missiles at the air base, located in Western Syria.
Tomahawk cruise missiles being fired, per Pentagon press desk pic.twitter.com/S3duw6hmWr
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) April 7, 2017
Despite running on a platform where he promised the United States would no longer be the “policemen of the world,” it looks like yet another President has been swallowed up by the Washington Swamp. And just like clockwork, even the most diehard anti-Trump politicians are now signing his praises.
U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released the following statement on tonight’s military strikes in Syria:
“We salute the skill and professionalism of the U.S. Armed Forces who carried out tonight’s strikes in Syria. Acting on the orders of their commander-in-chief, they have sent an important message the United States will no longer stand idly by as Assad, aided and abetted by Putin’s Russia, slaughters innocent Syrians with chemical weapons and barrel bombs.
“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. Building on tonight’s credible first step, we must finally learn the lessons of history and ensure that tactical success leads to strategic progress. That means following through with a new, comprehensive strategy in coordination with our allies and partners to end the conflict in Syria. The first measure in such a strategy must be to take Assad’s air force — which is responsible not just for the latest chemical weapons attack, but countless atrocities against the Syrian people — completely out of the fight. We must also bolster support for the vetted Syrian opposition and establish safe zones to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis. As we do, we can and must continue the campaign to achieve ISIS’s lasting defeat.”
Earlier in the day, Hillary Clinton urged President Trump to Bomb Syria saying:
“I think we should have been more willing to confront Assad,” Clinton said in the interview, conducted by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.
“I really believe we should have and still should take out his air fields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them.”
In 2013, Donald Trump tweeted “What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long-term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.”
What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2013
So what changed? Where was the congressional approval for this bombing campaign? Was there an imminent threat to the United States?
Rand Paul, who has been warning the President not to fall into the trap of getting involved in yet another Middle East war, took to Twitter to remind the President of his Constitutional obligations.
While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 7, 2017
The President needs Congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 7, 2017
And many of Trump’s strongest supporters during the campaign are furious that he betrayed one of his biggest campaign promises. I’m betting that 90% of his supporters didn’t vote for this!
I guess Trump wasn’t “Putin’s puppet” after all, he was just another deep state/Neo-Con puppet.
I’m officially OFF the Trump train.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 7, 2017
Guest after guest is gushing. From MSNBC to CNN, Trump is receiving his best night of press so far. And all he had to do was start a war.
— Sam Sacks (@SamSacks) April 7, 2017
The USA was not attacked.
Why are we attacking Syria?
I 100% don’t support this.
— Baked Alaska™ (@bakedalaska) April 7, 2017
Russia Threatens ‘negative consequences’ if he strikes Syria
Just hours before the strike, Russia’s deputy UN envoy Vladimir Safronkov said in response to a question on whether President Donald Trump may launch attacks in Syria that Russia:
“We have to think about negative consequences, negative consequences, and all the responsibility if military action occurred will be on shoulders of those who initiated such doubtful and tragic enterprise.”
Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said: “Russian forces were notified in advance of the strike using the established deconfliction line. US military planners took precautions to minimize risk to Russian or Syrian personnel located at the airfield.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters after the missile strike that the U.S. assault was “proportional” and he said U.S. allies were “overwhelmingly supportive” of Trump’s decision to act.
Tillerson also said the administration had a “high level of confidence” that the Assad regime had carried out the chemical weapons attack earlier this week, and that the U.S. believes the deadly nerve gas used against civilians was Sarin.
“Clearly, Russia has failed in its responsibility to deliver on that commitment” to supervise the surrender of those chemical weapons, the secretary of state said.
“Either Russia has been complicit or simply incompetent in its ability to deliver,” Tillerson continued.
I don’t have enough information to condemn or congratulate his response . I do believe the little fat idiot in Korea got the message to bough.
I have enough info. The author is 100% correct. The United States was not under threat of attack therefore it’s not constitutional without a declaration of war by congress, case closed.
I was one of the Trump supporters who was fooled into believing his promises which sucks because I really believe he was the last chance to save the republic. First he allowed his biggest supporters to be purged from his administration, then screwed us on Obamacare, then appointed Obama Holdover to head customs and border control, then his twit daughter held secret meeting with planned parenthood, and now this, damn we were played.
I hope you’re wrong, but regretfully suspect that you are right.
It’s quite possible that no president is really under control and that no matter who gets elected, they become a mere puppet for a stronger, more powerful regime. I think this is the sad reality and the idea that we have a democracy is for the most part, a highly orchestrated illusion that only slightly is able to fend off the notion of communism that seems to be coming to pass.
To think as an American you would blast a President who stood his ground against a regime that chemically attacked women and children and also little babies sickens me, would you have also considered not fighting the Germans in WW2 because after all they were only attacking Europe?
Well when that President ignores the Constitution and specifically goes against the policies he ran on then hell yeah we are going to be pissed. Trump, just like the article says, ran on not being the policemen of the worldd, not to mention he said it was wrong for Obama to do it, Your damn right We should say it’s wrong. I voted for Trump based on his policies and the hope that he might uphold the constitution.
Most people who voted for Trump didn’t vote for this… And the ones who are making excuses either didn’t listen to what he said on the campaign trail or are so blinded by ideology that they don’t even realize they are now siding with the Obama administration and the Bushes who are all praising him tonight.
I want to remind all of you that our president is not a politician, but an American citizen who shares many of our values. I am more than willing to accept that there is going to be some discrepancies in what he promised as a candidate, and what he actually does in office, as long as it is in the spirit of rebuilding the greatness of America. Nothing We see here detracts from that, first He takes decisive action against a terrorist government regime, being the first world leader to do so, but then he asked the international community to step up and do the same. This is classic leadership by example, and he is leading the world at this point. He is sure to rub people the wrong way, including American citizens who dont understand leadership, but I do not see a reason at this point to consider him a sellout or a failure.
US actually got involved in ww2 only after Pearl Harbour…
That’s exactly what the US did until it was almost too late. And let’s not forget the profit motive.
Insane apes…that’s what we are. Not Americans, not Russians, or Syrians, just about 7 billion insane apes destroying a planet and each other. The whole human race needs to be wiped off the face of the Earth.
Apes? It’s the people who believe that garbage and bought into the evolution scam who are the problem. We’ve been force feed the whole we are animals lie, so you have entire generations who joe act like animals.
96 percent of human DNA is the same as the apes. So, even if you believe what you said, the insane part is undeniable…!
The quacks that claim that chit also claim we are related to cows, cats and pigs. Sure there is more, but you get the picture.
If human came from apes I wonder why there is still apes.. I mean which got handed the short stick?. Then of course poof an ape and human cant reproduce.
I did see a caveman on tv. Also maybe bigfoot does exist and is 99% ninja because so stealthy. His part of the faimly just quit evolving.
I to am saddened by the possibility of another war. I was just asking myself what I would have done if I were in his position.
Mathew 24: 24 Jesus came out from the temple and was going away [a]when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. 2 And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”
3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the [b]end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the [c]Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
9 “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 At that time many will [d]fall away and will [e]betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. 12 Because lawlessness is increased, [f]most people’s love will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14 This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole [g]world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Oh not more bible thumpers getting in on the act
I find it amazing all the peaceniks who suddenly pop up now that our President did the right thing in attacking Syria. Although the attack was just a pinprick compared to what we could have done I believe it puts Assad on notice he won’t be allowed to slaughter people with chemical weapons. I support this military action and say Russia and Iran can kiss my butt.
The right thing? So it wasn’t right for Obama to do according to Trump himself, but now it’s the right thing. You are no different than the ignorant Obama voters who excused his violations of the constitution
I find it amazing that any Trump supporter would support this. I suspect those that do never really listened to what he was actually promising and instead fell into the same zombie trance that Obama voters fell into.
This is what happens when you follow politicians and not the constitution. It was wrong when Obama, Clinton and Bush did this, but now it’s ok when Trump does it? Did you read his tweet above in the article? My gosh, I really hoped Trump and his supporters were different but now it looks like we just have more of the same brainwashed masses. So which trump do you agree with? Election Trump who said the president doesn’t have the authority to do this or president trump,who is now surrounded by bush admin people?
Yep, strange times we are living in. I support everything he ran on, I don’t support his daughter meeting with planned parenthood, bombing countries who aren’t a threat instead of Bombing ISIS, and I don’t support the purge of conservatives from the White House only to see them replaced by Obama and Bush people. What the hell did I vote for?
Syria did this before with a “red line in the sand” from our former alleged president. Now with the images of babies gasping for air in a fight to live, it was the right moral thing to do; to limit or abolish their ability to deliver said neurotoxic gas in the future against innocent civilians. Though I’m not in favor of the US being the police of the world, sometimes it’s justified in order to keep rogue nations from doing whatever they want. Same was true in the first Gulf War when we rescued the tiny and defenseless nation of Kuwait from the invading Iraqi Army. I doubt seriously this will lead to “World War III”, as Putin is not that stupid. Despite Obama’s best attempts, the US still has the most powerful military in the world, and Putin knows this.
Here’s my opinion on the matter. I’m a Trump supporter, and I support this action for the sole reason that chemical weapons were involved, which placed in the wrong hands do hold a substantial threat to the United States (I know I know, the ol’ Iraq rhetoric, say what you will but back in 03 we didn’t have quite the terrorist situation we have in the middle east today). I’m aware he campaigned against this, and I do believe he should have received congressional approval for this, but I don’t feel We the People’s rights were constitutionally violated, and I fear chemical weapons getting into the wrong hands. Just my thoughts.
Mixed feelings. Not impressed with Trump or the whole damn thing. However if he was to get congressional approval it would have been all over the news because things like that they cant keep a secret, yet they can on any of the things they dont want us to know about.
Part of me says its the right thing to do only because chemical weaopons SUPPOSABLY used. Dont trust any media anymore. Other part of me doesnt give a damn because that region has been killing each other since the beggining of time.
I realize there is good people in the middle east, but yet the evil always rises to the top. Take Syria for example. Hundreds if not millions supposed good people (what the news says) flea to other countries instead of fighting for theirs. All the while problems arise in the nations they flead to. I could sit here and play all mighty and say I’d stay and fight for my country, and I would. But in reality how much different are we? I mean look at what we have become by sitting on our rumps and continue voting the same morons into power, they just may look different. Still say America is the best place on earth, but we a far cry of what once was.
I voted for Trump and still glad I did. Never really was on the Trump train but sure hoped it wouldnt just blow smoke and not leave the station. All its done so far but not over yet.