The eight years of Obama’s fake “red lines” that, when crossed presented zero consequences, are over. President Donald Trump just days ago warned lines have been crossed and there would be response.
He wasn’t bluffing.
Last night the United States fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at an air base in Syria. The attack, according to reports, completely devastated the al-Shayrat military airfield. This in response to Syrian President Assad’s chemical attack against anti-Assad rebels that ended up doing significant damage to his own innocent citizens.
It’s a military move that is sending shockwaves across the world. The Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military in the world has now made it clear that, without hesitation, he will utilize any military force he deems necessary in response to any threat anywhere in the world.
What makes the Syria attack so prominent is that a missile attack against Assad is also one against Iran and Russia. Both Iran and Russia are backing forces fighting “rebels” in Syria, and Russia itself is arguably the single largest ally the Syrian President currently has.
Russian President Putin almost immediately responded, saying the attack was an ‘illegal act of aggression.’ The Russian government is making it clear they view the attack as one provoking their own military into confrontation. Whether or not this is true remains to be seen.
Indeed, it’s not clear if Putin is bold enough to directly engage the United States militarily. What is clear, on the other hand, is that Trump isn’t afraid of Putin.
Putin has taken a strong stance with Assad for years. It was never a secret that Putin viewed an attack on Assad as an indirect attack on Russia. Trump knows this, we know it and the word knows it. But it in no way brought hesitation into Trump’s decision to decimate the Syrian airbase last night.
Whether or not Trump had constitutional authority to launch the attack is up for debate. The justification appears to be that because the United States has troops in the region, Assad’s use of chemical weapons places them in direct harm. Under this explanation Assad is theoretically using military tactics that can very well harm or kill Americans.
Also up for debate is whether or not the United States should again take on the role of world police. Americans are tired of war and Trump’s move is likely to spark far more of it.
It should also be noted that Trump has delivered a strong message to North Korea. Both before and through the attack on Syria’s airbase. A North Korea that, unfortunately, has China as its strongest ally.
So yes, it could be the case that we’re now slowly becoming entangled in war conflict with both Russia and China. That is, if this all escalates any further.
In any event, Trump has shown that when he says there is a line that, if crossed, will result in harsh consequences… he isn’t bluffing. And that should give leaders across the world much to ponder.
What say you?