Yes, imagine that, I’m agreeing that Donald Trump did the right thing with bombing the Syrian airbase. It is important to separate the things Donald Trump does that need to be challenged from the things that Donald Trump does that is right for the country. It is also important that all of those that oppose the Trump regime stop challenging Trump on the Syria bombing because there are many legitimate things that Trump needs to be challenged on. Challenging him on the Syria bombing not only distracts from the bad things, but it also empowers the Trump supporters by pointing out that those who oppose Trump, oppose all things regardless of what is good for the country.

To understand why bombing the Syrian airbase was necessary, it is important to understand the Syrian conflict. The conflict in Syria, like all middle eastern conflicts, is a complex issue involving historical competition among two general Muslim factions and a power struggle for control of natural resources, mainly oil. Its complexity makes it too complex to explain in simple terms but for brevity sake, accept that the Syrian conflict is a proxy war between the United States and Russia with Sunni and Shiite ideologies intermixed. As if that wasn’t enough, the radical Muslims are trying to create a base of operations from which to continue to expand their radicalism worldwide.

Attempting to make the Syrian conflict one of ISIS versus the world ignores the other fundamental dynamics at play. In its very basic terms, Syria is divided into four wars; Bashar al-Assad backed by Iran (Shia), ISIS extremists Muslims, the Kurds, an ethnic minority in Syria, and the United States versus Russia in a proxy war for influence over the region. The United States has had covert operations in the region supporting forces against those supported by Russia, who has actual military units on the ground.

What complicates the discussion even further, besides the Muslim divide, is that the United States and Russia are not posturing to eradicate ISIS, but rather are backing different players to control the region and then deal with ISIS on their own terms. This is a very simplistic definition of the Syrian conflict but it should suffice to give the reader a general understanding of the problem.

The United States established a policy that defined the use of chemical weapons a redline that, if crossed by al-Assad, would result in U.S. military action. The “red line” against the use of chemical weapons became the doctrine of the U.S. in 2012. On August 21, 2013, the Syrian government used chemical weapons in Ghouta.

Congress authorized the U.S. president to use military force against the government of Syria on September 6, 2013. Then president Barack Obama, did not deploy U.S. military assets because the Russian government had brokered a deal whereby the al-Assad regime promised to relinquish all chemical weapon stockpiles.

Last Tuesday, the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against the Syrian rebels in the northern part of the country. Although the Syrian government denied it had been responsible. However, it is generally agreed that the logistics required to mount the chemical attack could only come from the Syrian government. Obviously, the Syrian regime lied about having chemical weapons after promising to relinquish them.

Donald Trump ordered the use of Tomahawk cruise missiles against the Syrian airbase Khan Sheikhoun, the likely base for the chemical attacks, last Friday.

There is debate on how effective the U.S. bombing was or whether Trump had the authority, both domestic and international, to attack Syria. Those debates will go on for a long time.

What is important to understand is that three major things were at play.

First, this was a test of whether the stated United States policy against the use of chemical weapons in Syria was the policy of the Donald Trump administration. Obviously, it is.

Second, the ongoing Russia-gate scandal in the Trump administration needed a distraction and distancing of the Russia-connection to Trump. Many are of the mistaken belief that the Russia-gate scandal is a quid pro quo of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. It is not because Russia does not operate that way historically. The scandal is about Russian influence in the United States elections and how it affected the election of Donald Trump. What Trump or his proxies knew or participated in is still open for debate. The bombing gave Trump an opportunity to prove he is not Putin’s puppet. However, the Russian intrigue allows for useful idiots to believe that they are not acting on the behest of Russia.

Finally, the bombing sent a clear message that although the Trump Administration is facing internal domestic issues, the United States, for the most part, still adheres to the global doctrine of enforcing its morality across the globe. For the most part, the Trump message is that the United States will still act as the policemen of the world.

Obviously, this creates a dichotomy for the “America First” doctrine that Donald Trump has embraced. The nativists that support Trump feel that he is taking the U.S. back to being involved in international affairs. This, and the other political points of contention, such as whether Trump had legal authority to launch the attack or whether his agenda is otherwise then protecting United States interests across the globe, are topics that are always argued in every similar situation.

But, looking at the attack on the Syrian base strictly from the point of view of whether it was the right thing to do to protect the interests of the United States across the globe on both morality and in keeping its broad policies intact on the international front, then Donald Trump did the right thing.

We must accept that fact whether we believe that Donald Trump is on the right track with his political agenda, or not. We should focus on what is wrong and accept when his actions are correct.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

3 replies on “Donald Trump Did the Right Thing About Syria”

  1. Of he was correct to bomb the airfield. They were committing war crimes by use of gas. And on the innocent. If he had done nothing, he would have been crucified. Might as well be crucified for taking action.

    There will be those that scream that bombs and bullets kill as well. True but the idea is to stop a slow and agonizing death. It is viewed that a quick death is more humane. Nevertheless, the victims were innocent.

    We stood and did nothing for the Jews, Africans, Cambodians, the Slovak wars, etc. War is bad enough but to go after civilians is a whole lot worse. Why wasn’t the entire airfield destroyed along with equipment? There Russian military present and who knows what other countries. That would have been a disaster if foreign forces had been bombed. He did leave open the option to bomb again.

    The issue is we are in a staring contest and that can lead to a world war. The Chinese had a nice chat with Trump. They want to cover both sides. They need Russia but they can’t side against their biggest debtor. That would bring economic collapse. Perhaps an agreement was made to allow China to get N Korea under control and in exchange the Chinese stay clear of the Syrian thorn.

    There are those that state our Intel sats were a failure due to incompetence. The sat followed the mysterious convoy into the Bekka Valley. Unfortunately action in east Iraq forced a quick repositioning of the surveillance. The whispers say Syria had agreed to safeguard the Wmds provided there would be no interference in their country. If true, that deal was off the table when Syria entered into civil war. They didn’t make gas overnight without anyone knowing. Someone gave it to them or they dipped into the hidden stockpile. Imagine if Syria supplies radicals.

  2. the Syrian regime used chemical weapons
    Or the CIA or the Russians or the Israelis or maybe it actually was the fucking Syrians. When you are going to war over a situation too complex to understand and with no clear achievable goals you don’t go to war. Say we get Assad out; remember Iraq and Saddam Hussein who also used chemical weapons. How’d that work out for everyone?

    Trump needs to stick to America First and his campaign promises. Syria is no threat to the USA but we are being invaded from the south and the problem has a clear, easy solution that can work. Not like bombing yet another country that has not harmed us.

    Bomb Mexico that has :}

  3. El trompas was wrong to bomb Syria. It was illegal, against international law, how’s that for ‘we are a country of laws’. Didn’t Rice boast recently that al-Assad had surrendered Syria’s chemical weapons? The US has been bombing Syria since 2013 and has spent billions arming/supporting the Rebels.

    There is nothing like a ‘good’ war to get the Demos and the so-called liberal media behind their monarch. Even the Queen Bee came in from exile to stand with el trompas.

    All this century the US has been warring on, overtly and covertly, the Middle East and North Africa, bombing and destroying sovereign nations. That’s a hell of way to use our wealth – bringing death and suffering to people who have done absolutely no harm to us, who pose no threat to us.

    “The greatest purveyor of violence in the world” MLK

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