The Speed That Trump Launched Airstrikes Against Syria Just Exposed Obama's Lack Of Action

U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has changed dramatically since Donald Trump became president, as indicated by Thursday’s airstrikes on a military airfield in Syria, the Daily Mail reported.

The attack was in retaliation for a chemical-weapons bombing in Syria earlier in the week that killed at least 100 people, including many children. Syrian President Assad allegedly ordered the assault, which Trump called “heinous.” About 60 tomahawk missiles reportedly destroyed a number of aircraft, including some of the planes involved in the chemical attack.

The Daily Mail pointed out that Trump’s “swift and decisive” action was dramatically different than his predecessor’s Syrian strategy. President Obama was more reluctant to use military force on his own, waiting for congressional approval before bombing ISIS-controlled sites in Syria. In 2013, after Assad allegedly killed civilians with missiles containing sarin, Congress turned down a request by the Obama administration to retaliate. Lawmakers later sanctioned military action. On Tuesday, Trump said Obama’s “weakness and irresolution” enabled Assad to continue killing his own people.

“This clearly indicates the president is willing to take decisive action when called for,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said following the airfield attack. “I think it does demonstrate that President Trump is willing to act when governments and actors cross the line and cross the line on violating commitments they've made and cross the line in the most heinous of ways.”

A military official told the Daily Mail that Trump “is dead-set against letting Assad labor under the illusion that the Syrian army can murder innocent people with impunity.” The source explained: “We’ve laid down a marker. No more chemical-weapons attacks, period. There will be consequences. Our president is showing his American conscience, and if anyone provokes him they will regret it. … We've got a new president, and that means none of our adversaries knows how he will react to any given situation. That's a huge advantage that Assad may not have considered.”

Source: Mail Online
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