“In time it will become clear to everyone that support for the policies of pre-emptive war and interventionist nation-building will have much greater significance than the removal of Saddam Hussein itself.” — Ron Paul.
M I S S L E A T T A C K F O R P O L I T I C A L G O A L S
Last night’s U.S. incursion into Syrian airspace with the attendant “targeted damage” at the air base was more political than surgical.
It could be classified as a desperate and non hawkish attempt by the Trump administration to convey to Syria and Vladimir Putin that this sort of barbaric behavior will no longer be tolerated.
Many are stating that the missile attack was a mere tempest in a teapot and that SAM ( Surface to Air Misses) were not used in the offensive. Russia reportedly did have some anti missile detection systems in the area but they were not utilized. A surprising situation.
They say the 59- 1,000 pound Tomahawk missiles inflicted minimal damage at the site. Many of the MiG bombers were housed beneath heavily fortified concrete hangars and the damage inflicted on these assets minimal.
This was more of an attempt to encourage Russian Premier Putin to take a more active role in the political ousting of Assad . It is reported that Putin is “livid” at Assad’s gratuitous use of the remaining canisters of Sarin gas to wreak havoc and destruction on his own people.
The unannounced attack might pave the way for Putin and the US secretary of State Rex Tillerson to discuss the eventual ousting of the Syrian dictator once and for all.
Obama’s 2013 “restrained diplomatic initiative” was able to have the large chemical depots destroyed and Putin was in accord with this political tactic.
However the remaining caches of the gas might have proven to be too tempting for Assad not to employ as a last-ditch attempt of regaining control of rebel forces in his country.
But Assad’s ultimately malevolent action of using the remaining gas on his own people was a last straw.
That action put the Russian leader in the hot seat. There are many Sunni Muslims in Russia and ( Caucasus or Caucasia is a region at the border of Europe and Asia, situated between the Black and the Caspian seas) who view Russia as a backer of the unrest in Syria.
It seems that ISIS praised the attack on the air base…a spinoff the US did not want to happen.
Hillary Clinton at a recent women’s luncheon proved to be a lot more “hawkish” when she declared that in her opinion all the Syrian air bases should be bombed and incapacitated.
Right now there is a lot of sabre rattling going on in Russia and Iran but that is political posturing. Public outrage must be expressed even if it is only for show.
Also keep in mind that Trump’s totally humanitarian and impassioned appeal for support may also be politically motivated. The president of China is after all spending a few day’s with Trump and Mr T. may be showing to the world that he is not afraid to take military action if the circumstances dictate it.
By taking such an “unsanctioned action” the president might be proving to the Chinese president that he is serious about curtailing North Korea’s plans to intimate the world with its own military objectives.
Only time will tell if more “unscheduled” incursions will be employed. — gc