Americans seem pretty split on the whole bombing Syria thing and that makes sense because it’s a complicated situation. Republicans voted for Trump because he ran on a platform focused on not being the world’s police. However, there is a good case to be made that a precise bombing campaign is effective. Some Democrats are on board with the move and some Democrats even want us to remove Assad with military force which would obviously be a disaster. Others on the left hate Trump no matter what he does and have issues with the bombing. It’s all over the place.
What do actual Syrians think?
One Syrian who actually survived a chemical weapons attack went on television recently and gave CNN a little wakeup call.
“Trump, I’ll buy you a beer” — Kassem Eid, a survivor of 2013 chemical weapons attack in Syria following missile strikes by U.S., U.K. and France.https://t.co/Ufb1JCvk66
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) April 14, 2018
From The Daily Caller:
Kassem Eid survived a chemical attack in Syria in 2013, and in the wake of Friday night’s missile strike, he’d like nothing more than to buy President Donald Trump a beer.
Eid told CNN’s Ana Cabrera that the president’s action once again proved he has “a big heart.”
I just want to tell Mr. Trump directly: I’m a Syrian refugee who survived chemical weapons attacks, who lived under two years of siege and bombardment by the government. I would love to, like, buy you a beer, and just sit in front of you and tell you how bad it is in Syria.
Eid implored the president to “listen to his heart,” not just his generals, and compared Trump’s response in Syria to Obama’s inaction. “You proved once again, yesterday, that you have a big heart. At least a lot more bigger than Obama because you actually tried to do something. We need real, long-term commitment to bring peace to Syria.”
Remember how Democrats told us Trump would be a disaster on the world stage and everyone would hate him?
That didn’t exactly happen.
You have to imagine Eid isn’t the only one who feels that way.
Here’s more on the bombing.
From Fox News:
The United States, Britain and France launched precision military strikes in Syria to punish the Assad regime for an apparent chemical weapons attack against civilians.
President Donald Trump called the assault a “combined operation” with two European allies; as Defense Secretary James Mattis said, they targeted three locations in what he described as a heavy but carefully limited assault.
Fox News confirmed that warships and U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers, which flew out of Qatar, were used in Friday’s campaign.
Mattis said no follow-up attacks are planned and that the Pentagon was careful to ensure the safety of Russian troops and Syrian civilians in the area.
Pentagon officials said the attacks targeted the heart of Assad’s programs to develop and produce chemical weapons.
It appears that this strike isn’t going to be followed up by any more strikes and while we do have troops in Syria let’s hope that they won’t be there much longer.
Sticking up for the vulnerable is cool and all but there’s no reason we should be risking blood and treasure in a Syrian civil war. Especially when we are broke.