Trump continues U.S. bombing campaign in Syria
After launching nearly 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a single airbase in the Homs province of western Syria, confused papaya Donald Trump took the stage at his vacation home and defended his decision to escalate the U.S. bombing campaign in the country.
“It is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of chemical weapons,” Trump said. “Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically.”
Thursday’s missile strike came in the wake of United Nation’s ambassador Nikki Haley’s statement to the Security Council on Wednesday that “there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action.” While the U.S. reportedly warned Russia about its attack plans, it did not notify key allies. The attack damaged an airstrip, aircraft shelters and fuel carriers. No casualties have been reported, according to a soldier at Shayrat Air Base.
In the aftermath of the strike, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who really didn’t want the job, announced plans to meet with the Kremlin next week. Tillerson, leaving no doubt he views the Syrian civil war as part of a larger neocolonial dispute between Cold War powers, told CBS News’ Steven Portnoy that “either Russia has been complicit, or simply incompetent” in preventing Syria’s chemical gas attack.
Trump, who as a citizen criticized the Obama administration’s extensive bombing campaign in Syria, admitted Wednesday that he considers himself “a very flexible person” and that the Assad regime’s chemical attack on Tuesday had a “big impact” on him. The airstrike in Syria was the administration’s first public military attack.
UPDATE, 11:51: The Syrian Arab News Agency is reporting casualties.
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