“Peace Through Strength” II: Trump Sends Assad the Same Message That Reagan Sent Qaddafi.

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“My message to scared liberals: Syria lied to Obama and Kerry about getting rid of WMD… This attack was taken to uphold Obama’s honor. Trump’s ‘Red Line’ was lying to America’s first black President. Does that make it better?” – Rush Limbaugh 4/6/2017, 10:21 p.m. Central

Knock knock…

Who’s there?

Ka…

“Ka” who?

KABOOM!

NBC News reported last night that

President Donald Trump said Thursday night that he ordered targeted missile strikes on Syria as he called on “all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed” in that country. Trump spoke to reporters at his Mar-a-Lago club shortly after the U.S. missile strike just days after a chemical weapons attack attributed to Syrian leader Bashar al Assad killed dozens of innocent civilians.

“Tonight, I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types,” the president said.

“We asked for God’s wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world. We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who passed. And we hope as long as America stands for justice and peace and harmony will in the end prevail.”

Trump continued, “Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”

Trump called it a “vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”

Thursday night, NBC News learned that two U.S. warships fired 59 Tomahawk missiles into Ash Sha’irat in Homes, U.S. officials said. That airfield is where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is believed to have fired the banned weapons from.

U.S. officials told NBC News that people were not targeted and that aircraft and infrastructure at the site, including the runway, were hit.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters on Thursday night after the missile strike that the U.S. assault was “proportional” to the Syrian regime attack that had triggered it, and he said U.S. allies were “overwhelmingly supportive” of Trump’s decision to act.

Tillerson also said the administration had a “high level of confidence” that the Assad regime had carried out the chemical weapons attack earlier this wee, and that the U.S. believes the nerve gas was Sarin.

Despite previous agreements, Tillerson said, Syria has not surrendered its chemical weapons stockpile.

“Clearly Russia has failed in its responsibility to deliver on that commitment” to supervise the surrender of those weapons, the secretary of state said. “Either Russia has been complicit or simply incompetent in its ability to deliver.”

Tillerson said that after the president had seen graphic images of those who died from the chemical gas attack “he came to the conclusion that we could not yet again turn away.”

Both Tillerson and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the United States did not notify Moscow prior to the U.S. strikes, but adhered to the current arrangement in place with the Russians to keep open communication in place — called “deconfliction” — so that there were no accidental incidents between American and Russian military forces in Syra.

The “normalization” of chemical weapons on the international stage was a clear consideration, top administration officials told reporters.

Allowing Assad to continue to use chemical weapons with no response from the international community could normalize the use of those weapons, Tillerson said.

Last night, that one solitary military strike by the President of the United States of America against a tyrannical despot who has been slaughtering his own people, including innocent children, accomplished several things:

  1. It provided proof that President Trump is not Islamophobic. The innocent Syrians whom he stood up for, are, most definitely, Muslim.
  2. About that whole “Russian Collusion” Fable…Assad is Russia’s puppet. The Russian Government is most definitely not happy with President Trump’s military action against their “friend”, Assad.
  3. And last, but not least, it sent a clear message to Assad, that there is a new “sheriff” in town. No more children’s games of “drawing a redline in the sand” and daring Assad to cross over it. The Grown-ups are in charge at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., now.

Around the first of the month in October of 2015, Russian President Putin was bombing the Syrian opponents of his puppet, Assad.

During that time, the  London Telegraph reported that

This past week, White House press secretary Josh Earnest strained credulity when he said Mr Obama doesn’t regret drawing that red line.Weakness invites provocation, and – never one to miss an opportunity to outmanoeuvre Mr Obama – Mr Putin provided a self-serving opportunity that would also allow the president to save face: Moscow would push Syria to put their chemical weapons under international control. 

It’s also important to note that in the wake of the red line being trampled, Russia invaded Crimea. President Obama’s legacy may be mixed, but one thing is for sure: Vladimir Putin is much more powerful and provocative than he was before Mr Obama took office, and Russia has only expanded its sphere of influence.

The Syria bombings also come almost immediately after Mr Putin met with Mr Obama at the UN where they agreed to “deconflict” military operations – a very Obama-esque line that Mr Putin immediately crossed.

And prior to bombing our friends in Syria, the Russians also had the audacity to issue a “démarche” for the US to clear air space over northern Syria. As if that weren’t enough, this came just as reports that the Russians attempted to hack Hillary Clinton’s email server.

For those paying attention, Mr Obama’s foreign policy world-view has failed.

The suggestion that America could leave a vacuum that wouldn’t be filled by our adversaries – the idea that the “international community” (whatever that means) would respect us more if we were to retreat from the world – was always a farce.

At some level, high-stakes diplomacy is still a game of chicken – where machismo matters.

Even domestically, there are still traces of this left in our more civilised politics. 

We recently witnessed an example of Jeb Bush standing on his toes during a photo-op, attempting to appear taller than Donald Trump. This is childish and petty, and yet serious people play these power games.

But nobody plays them better than Mr Putin, the former KGB officer who likes to ride horses while shirtless.

It’s nice to live in a postmodern country, but we shouldn’t delude ourselves into believing the rest of the world is impressed by our sophistication.

In the vast majority of the world, power (or the perception of power) is what matters. In America, President Obama’s brand of metrosexual coolness works well.

He mocked Mitt Romney, for example, as a Neanderthal stuck in the 1980s for suggesting in 2012 that Russia was still our main geopolitical foe.

Mr Obama’s mix of cool insouciance and biting sarcasm plays much better with the latte-sipping crowd than it does with former KGB operatives, where his style and rhetoric suggests weakness, softness, and a lack of commitment and moral clarity.

This disdain that those in Europe held for Obama was downplayed or downright ignored by his Sycophants in the Main Stream Media.

The European Press was a whole different story…

In an article posted on April 10, 2009, columnist Gerald Warner of this same London Telegraph, coined the title President Pantywaist for Barack Hussein Obama (mm mmm mmmm).  He gave him this nickname after Obama:

…recently completed the most successful foreign policy tour since Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow. You name it, he blew it. What was his big deal economic programme that he was determined to drive through the G20 summit? Another massive stimulus package, globally funded and co-ordinated. Did he achieve it? Not so as you’d notice. 

Given the way America’s enemies were laughing at America and spitting in our face, the way that Obama arrogantly alienated our foreign allies, and the Former President’s Steve Urkel-esque naiveté as exhibited by his Smart Power Foreign Policy, I would say Mr. Warner hit the nail on the head “back in the day”.

In December of 1985, five U.S. citizens were murdered in simultaneous Islamic terrorist attacks at the Rome and Vienna airports. Upon finding out that Libyan Despot Muammar al-Qaddafi was behind the attacks, U.S. President Ronald Reagan ordered expanded sanctions against Libya and froze Libyan assets in the United States. On March 24, 1986, U.S. and Libyan forces clashed in the Gulf of Sidra, and four Libyan attack boats were sunk. Then, on April 5, terrorists bombed a West Berlin dance hall known to be frequented by U.S. servicemen. One U.S. serviceman and a Turkish woman were killed, and more than 200 people were wounded, including 50 other U.S. servicemen. U.S. intelligence actually intercepted radio messages sent from Libya to its diplomats in East Berlin ordering the April 5 attack on the LaBelle discotheque.

On April 14, 1986, President Reagan ordered air strikes against Libya in retaliation for their sponsorship of terrorism against American troops and citizens. The raid, which began shortly before 7 p.m. EST (2 a.m., April 15 in Libya), involved more than 100 U.S. Air Force and Navy aircraft, and was over within an hour. Five military targets and “terrorism centers” were hit, including the headquarters of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi.

In fact, the rumor was, we fired a Stinger Missile right into Qaddafi’s bedroom.

After this, Qaddafi left us alone and kept his mouth shut for 25 years. All it took to make the sponsor of Muslim Terrorism back down was a show of strength and a United States President who was not afraid to use our military might in defense of our country.

Last night, the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, sent a similar message to Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

And, believe me, the entire world stood up and took notice.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

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