Opinion How Will This Attack on Syria Be Any Different?

06:10  14 april  2018
06:10  14 april  2018 Source:   theatlantic.com

Trump says he'll decide response to suspected gas attack in Syria within 48 hours

  Trump says he'll decide response to suspected gas attack in Syria within 48 hours President Trump on Monday said that he will make a "major decision" on a response to a suspected chemical weapon attack in Syria that killed scores of people -- "a barbaric act," he called it -- over the next 24 to 48 hours. "It was an atrocious attack. It was horrible," Trump told reporters who were briefly brought into the room ahead of his Cabinet meeting at the White House. "This is about humanity and it can't be allowed to happen." Of the weekend attack near Damascus, the president added, "If it's the Russians, if it's Syria, if it's Iran,"It was an atrocious attack. It was horrible," Trump told reporters who were briefly brought into the room ahead of his Cabinet meeting at the White House.

Independent U.N. investigators have looked at some 33 different chemical attacks in Syria during this war and have attributed 27 of the 33 to Assad. On how a military strike would further entrench the U.S. in Syria . "There are different objectives here, and we have to keep them separate.

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The U.S. military—supported by Britain and France—launched strikes against key government targets in Syria on Friday, nearly a week after the Assad regime was accused of using chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta.

“We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents,” President Donald Trump said in a broadcast statement late Friday, as he criticized Russia and Iran for its support of the Syrian regime.  

Trump says Syria attack "could be very soon or not so soon at all"

  Trump says Syria attack U.S. President Donald Trump amended on Thursday an earlier warning of a swift military strike against Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians, saying it "could be very soon or not so soon at all.""Never said when an attack on Syria would take place," Trump wrote on Twitter.

Kerry's "very different track" remark fits right into these . But the large "very different track" attack failed. Not so long ago the former French Foreign Minister Fabian was hailing Al Nusra for 'doing a good job in Syria ', how times change.

The president will also meet with his senior military team on Monday to talk about Syria . “I think he’s going to have a strike. Now, how big a strike remains Independent U.N. investigators have looked at some 33 different chemical attacks in Syria during this war and have attributed 27 of the 33 to Assad.

It wasn’t immediately clear where in Syria the U.S. and its allies struck, but news organizations on Twitter said loud explosions were heard over Damascus, the Syrian capital, as the president announced the action.

The strike is the second time the Trump administration has responded in this manner to a chemical-weapons attack in Syria. In April 2017, the U.S. struck an airfield near Homs in response to an attack by the Assad regime on Khan Sheikhoun.

Trump had signaled Friday’s strike almost immediately after news reports emerged of last Saturday’s attack on Douma, the last rebel redoubt. On Twitter last Sunday, he accused Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, as well as Iran of backing “Animal Assad” and warned of a “big price to pay.” On Monday, Trump was more specific, saying he would be “making some major decisions over the next 24 to 48 hours.”

In Damascus, war-weary Syrians unfazed by threat of U.S. strike

  In Damascus, war-weary Syrians unfazed by threat of U.S. strike In a residential neighborhood of Damascus, people simply don't believe their government was behind the alleged chemical attackDAMASCUS, Syria -- President Trump may punish the Assad regime for an apparent chemical weapons attack that was carried out against civilians in Syria. While the threat of a U.S. military strike may be on minds there, it's not showing much.

How do you feel about Trump's statement today on the Syria gas attack ? Will the U.S. attack on Syria provoke a large scale war? Sit back, grab some popcorn, and prepare to get incredibly pissed off. From the day I met Mary in freshman year, I knew she was different .

His feelings at the time tell a different story than the statement released today. Today's chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world.

“We cannot allow atrocities like that,” Trump said, speaking of the attack on Douma, adding everyone involved in the alleged attack “will pay a price.” Speaking Monday at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary James Mattis declined to “rule out anything right now” in response to the alleged chemical-weapons attack. Then, as the U.S. and its allies coordinated on the manner best to respond, and Russia vowed to retaliate against any Western aggression as Syria, it wasn’t clear what for the strikes would take—until Friday.

It was a dramatic action at the end of a dramatic few days. But we've seen a version of this before. What's different about these strikes is Trump said the U.S. wasprepared to sustain its response until Assad stops using chemical weapons. “The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons,” Trump said. “Establishing this deterrent is a vital national-security interest of the United States.”But what's similar isthat we won’t know how effective Friday’s strikes were until Assad acts again.

GOP rep: US Constitution doesn't give president 'authority to strike Syria'

  GOP rep: US Constitution doesn't give president 'authority to strike Syria' Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) lashed out on Friday at President Trump's decision to launch "precision strikes" in Syria, saying that the U.S. Constitution does not give the president the ability to authorize such an attack."I haven't read France's or Britain's 'Constitution,' but I've read ours and no where in it is Presidential authority to s trike Syria," Massie tweeted.I haven't read France's or Britain's "Constitution," but I've read ours and no where in it trike Syria.

USA). As for the latest attack on the Syrian column, what is under Taken separately, none of these incidents mean very much but taken together they might be indicative of a new US strategy in Syria : to punish the Russians as much as possible short of an overt US attack on Russian forces.

And then there's the whole clusterf*ck of how Russia is involved and with who in Syria I think Israel gave the US a heads-up before the attack on the Syrian airbase. Chemical weapons by their nature are different than just about any other weapon in that the direction that the wind is blowing

In the previous U.S. strike against Syria, in April 2017, the U.S. fired 59 cruise  missiles into Syria, targeting the al-Shayrat military airfield near Homs. That was the airbase from which Assad is said to have carried out the attack on Khan Sheikhoun. The strike destroyed Syrian aircraft and support infrastructure and equipment and, a Pentagon spokesman said at the time, reduced “the Syrian government’s ability to deliver chemical weapons.”

The coordinated action Friday did not have the imprimatur of the United Nations where any such proposal would have almost certainly been vetoed by Russia, Assad’s main backer, and China, which is disinclined to favor military interventions in other countries. In fact, Russia used its veto power Tuesday to stop a U.S.-sponsored resolution to investigate the attack in Douma and determine who was responsible. Critics of the administration have questioned whether the president has the legal authority to act in Syria, but the White House says its actions are covered by the controversial War Powers Act, which allows the president to use military force without congressional authority, and its congressional supporters say the strikes are covered by the Authorization for the Use of Military Force that was passed after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Over 100 missiles fired at Syria, 'significant number' intercepted: Moscow

  Over 100 missiles fired at Syria, 'significant number' intercepted: Moscow <p>The US and its allies fired more than 100 cruise missiles at Syria, a significant number of which were intercepted by Syrian air defences, the Russian defence ministry said Saturday.</p>"More than 100 cruise missiles and air-to-land missiles were fired by the US, Britain and France from the sea and air at Syrian military and civilian targets," the ministry said in a statement quoted by RIA Novosti news agency, adding that "a significant number" were shot down by Syrian air defences.

The following are the measures with Russia has taken following the US attack on Syria The Chinese have done some tremendous progress in a record time and their military is now a totally different beast than what it used to be .

That is why we see the large number of children [killed] in the footage from Syria . What makes this latest attack different from the chemical attacks allegedly committed by the Syrian government over the last year?

The U.S. has plenty of military options in the region. Besides U.S. military bases in Turkey, Qatar, and elsewhere, the U.S., The New York Timessaid, has two Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyers in the Mediterranean that “would be able to get within striking range within hours to days.” But if previous strikes are any guide, Trump’s action Friday will ultimately have little impact in Syria.

On the other hand,the new action in Syria illustrates the difficulty the Trump administration has had in extricating itself from the conflict. Just two weeks ago, Trump told supporters that the approximately 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria would leave the country “like, very soon.” At about the same time, the U.S. military was reportedly planning to send dozens more troops to the country to fight ISIS. Amid the confusion, last week the White House issued a statement attributed to the press secretary, not the president, saying the troops would remain in Syria until ISIS was defeated. The statement did not say how long they would stay; news reports said Trump, who campaigned for president on a platform of keeping the U.S. away from foreign entanglements, wanted them out by November. [Nor did the statement say that the U.S. would have any role in responding to attacks on civilians.]

Syrian chemical attack survivor to Trump: I want to 'buy you a beer'

  Syrian chemical attack survivor to Trump: I want to 'buy you a beer' A survivor of a Syrian chemical attack in 2013 wants to buy President Donald Trump a beer to share his experience on the conditions in the country. Kassem Eid, who told CNN's Ana Cabrera he lived under two years of siege and bombardment by the Syrian government, said he was glad the President has attempted to do something for the Syrian people. "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," Eid said.

The following are the measures with Russia has taken following the US attack on Syria The Chinese have done some tremendous progress in a record time and their military is now a totally different beast than what it used to be .

What will China do if the U.S. strikes Syria —and how much would an attack damage Sino-American relations? Wuthnow says this depends on how Washington goes about it. If President Obama orders a ground invasion of Syria , China would have serious

Friday’s strike also underscores how the Trump administration’s policy toward Syria differs from the Obama administration’s approach—as well as how, ultimately, they are similar.

President Obama famously set a “red line” on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but when Assad used them anyway, Obama worked on an agreement with Russia that would see Assad’s stockpiles destroyed. Assad’s multiple uses of chemical weapons since then shows the gaps in the deal. Trump, on the other hand, appears to have been moved by the effect of chemical weapons on civilians, especially children, and he has now ordered two military strikes on Assad’s facilities. Ultimately, while Trump and Obama might have reacted differently to the use of such weapons, the end result was the same: Assad retained the ability to use chemical weapons—and he is more in control of Syria than at any point since the civil war began in March 2011.

Any damage sustained to Syrian military facilities can be repaired by Assad’s benefactors, Russia and Iran. Assad has all but won the conflict at a great cost: More than 500,000 people have been killed, the war has created more than 5 million refugees, and entire cities have been flattened. Unless the U.S. supplements Friday’s actions with a broader military role in Syria—one that neither the president nor the American public necessarily has the appetite for—Assad will not only remain in power, but also retain his ability to target his people using chemical and conventional weapons.

Russia, Syria trying to 'sanitize' chemical attack site - U.S. State Dept .
The United States has credible information that Russia and Syria are trying to "sanitize" the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria while also attempting to delay access by inspectors from the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons, a State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday. "We have credible information that indicates that Russian officials are working with the Syrian regime to deny and to delay these inspectors from gaining access to Douma ...

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