Washington, DC — Moments ago, a defense official told reporters that more than 50 Tomahawk missiles were launched targeting Al-Shayrat air base in Homs, using two US Navy destroyers. This marks the beginning of the end of any chance of peace in the Middle East.
On President Trump’s orders, the tomahawks were launched in response to news of an alleged sarin nerve gas attack reportedly carried out by the Assad regime.
Trump, who vowed repeatedly never to go into Syria, waited only 77 days before lighting the fuse that could potentially set off World War III.
Although the US has been bombing Syria for more than three years — killing countless civilians in the process — this marks the first time the White House had ordered military action against forces loyal to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.
According to a report in the New York Times:
The speed with which the Trump administration responded — and remarks earlier in the day by American officials who said that options were still being considered — appeared intended to maximize the element of surprise and sharply contrasted with the methodical scrutiny of the use of force by the Obama administration.
It was President Trump’s first order to the military for the use of force — other operations in Syria, Yemen and Iraq had been carried out under authorization delegated to his commanders — and appeared intended to send a message to North Korea, Iran and other potential adversaries that the new commander in chief was prepared to act, and sometimes on short notice.
As the Free Thought Project reported earlier today, the idea that Assad would gas his own people on the eve of calling a truce is asinine and quite unbelievable. However, even if he is guilty, one can rest assured that the US response will kill far more than the reported 70-80 people who lost their lives to the gas.
This strike is nearly unprecedented as it was conducted without Congressional approval, without investigation, and within only hours of the US hinting at potential action.
This move will undoubtedly be perceived by the Syrian government as an act of war and it will almost assuredly end in another quagmire like Iraq.
“I will tell you it’s already happened that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much,” Trump said of his newfound thirst for war.
These comments, not surprisingly, come after Trump vowed that he would “go after ISIS big league,” but said he did not support targeting Assad’s regime, arguing the US has “bigger problems than Assad.”
We are now witnessing what those ‘bigger problems’ are — the military industrial complex.
Hopefully, this attack serves as a wake-up call to those who supported Trump for his ostensible libertarian and anti-war stance.