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Trump Bombs Syria: Talking Heads Shocked and Awed

President Trump okayed sending 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria and destroyed a Syrian airfield tonight in response to Bashar Al Assad’s use of Sarin gas against his own people.

Reaction to the strike is decidedly mixed. Trump foes are flummoxed. Trump loyalists are angry. Leftists are saying two things: that they support the action but would feel more comfortable if Hillary was the one making it. Or, and this is a nasty response: the children wouldn’t have died to begin with if Trump had allowed them all (millions, evidently) to come to the United States. Essentially Trump is to blame for the children dying — not the guy who killed the children. Libertarians are afraid of total war.


People are so distracted by the Trump of Trump to see the implications of the actions.

While the strike occurred, President Trump was sitting at dinner in Mar A Lago with the Chinese Premier. A message was being sent about North Korea. It will be interesting to see how China responds to the show of force.

The Tomahawks were a showy warning to Syria, Russia, Iran, China, and North Korea that certain behavior will not be tolerated.

There are some who believe that this bombing is nothing. There are those who fear it’s the preface to war.

The bombing seems simpler than that. It’s a warning to world leaders and rogue states: America is reasserting itself.

Exit question: There’s a lot of outrage from Congressional members and talking heads that Trump didn’t make his case to Congress first before declaring war on Syria. This is fascinating. Where were these folks when President Obama bombed Yemen? There’s still no declaration of war there. Ditto Libya.

It’s refreshing to see everyone interested in the separation of powers. What’s old is new again.



MAP: The Posture of the #Assad Regime and its #Russian and #Iranian (+ proxy) allies in #Syria

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Melissa Mackenzie is Publisher of The American Spectator. Melissa commentates for the BBC and has appeared on Fox. Her work has been featured at The Guardian, PJ Media, and was a front page contributor to RedState. Melissa commutes from Houston, Texas to Alexandria, VA. She lives in Houston with her two sons, one daughter, and two diva rescue cats. You can follow Ms. Mackenzie on Twitter: @MelissaTweets.
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