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.