“All classes in proportion to their lack of travel and familiarity with foreign literature are bellicose, prejudiced against foreigners, fond of fighting as a cruel sport — in short, dog-like in their notions of foreign policy.” ― George Bernard Shaw
M I S S L E S – R U B B E R B U L L E T S I N D I S G U I S E
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The barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles launched into Syria last week were guided with pinpoint accuracy so that the Syrian military’s might would not be degraded, the number of civilian / military personnel casualties limited and the potential for some type of political discussion on the matter open to speculation.
In other words it is akin to sending combat personnel into a dangerous war zone armed with rubber bullets so that potential enemy casualties will be minimized while the politicians outside the danger zone discuss the messier side of military conflict over champagne and caviar. A gentleman’s conflict ( of interests) indeed!
While many Trump supporters started their rounds of incessant flag waving and raising their glasses of cold beer to the Old Man in the Oval Office the truth of the matter became clear to one and all.
This was a gentleman’s assault unofficially condoned by Russia in which a telephone call to Vladimir Putin helped some military equipment exposed on the air base could be safely hauled away for later use.
Russia’s power and influence in the area has grown and Trump’s efforts to make America great again in the Middle East has flubbed drastically.
Putin is the real power broker here and the United States will go to Moscow with cap in hand to discuss his terms for a peaceful settlement to the Six year conflict.
Realize that the Sunni and Shiite civilians in Syria will have an influence on any outcome. Religious factions do have an important part in the matter.
The Syrian civilian population, who were waiting six years for some type of American show of force in the area, decried the “surprise attack labelling it as weak and not very effective for their immediate concerns. They fear the remaining Syrian MiG fighters will once again resume dropping the gas canisters over the area.
There is talk that Syrian dictator Assad may not be removed even after his brutal use of the sarin gas. Many in Washington political circles realize that Assad represents some type of stability in the region and his removal would create another politically unstable area similar to what happened in Iraq after Saddam Husein’s removal.
While Trump demonstrated to the world that Teddy Roosevelt’s philosophy of”might is right” sometimes works his half-hearted attempt on the battle scene was deemed by government officials as dysfunctional.
This first volley of disgust for the goings on in that region of the world now needs some type of politically effective followup agenda which will involve negotiations with Russia, Syria, the United States and other major players in the area.
Trump’s change in Syrian policy changed radically over 48 hours from letting Syria handle and resolve its own political turmoil to his acting like a maverick commander-in-chief and taking his limited missile strike.
Let’s hope that Trump ,the master deal maker will, not fall short on his plans to make America Great again and that his emotional outburst of sentiment bordering on outright tears was more than a mere mugging for the cameras. — gc