(National Sentinel) War Drums: President Donald J. Trump ordered precision missile strikes against Syrian government targets over its alleged involvement in launching a chemical weapons attack against rebels that killed more than 60 people including many children.
The United States was joined in the action by Britain and France, as forces struck with more than 100 missiles aimed largely at suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities, Reuters reported, adding:
The bombing represents a major escalation in the West’s confrontation with Assad’s superpower ally Russia, but is unlikely to alter the course of a multi-sided war that has killed at least half a million people in the past seven years.
That in turn raises the question of where Western countries go from here, after a volley of strikes denounced by Damascus and Moscow as at once both reckless and pointless.
Russian officials had promised to retaliate if its Syrian ally was attacked, but Reuters said that the U.S. had contacted Moscow prior to the attacks in a “deconfliction” effort.
Moscow also said that Syrian air defenses managed to down 71 of the missiles that were fired, but there has as of yet been no independent confirmation of that.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, branded the attacks an “act of aggression” and warned there would be “consequences” for the bombings.
The Sun in the UK reported:
Vladimir Putin denounced the strike after his ambassador to the United States said the bombings were an insult to the president as the three nations joined forces in response to the “evil and despicable crimes of a monster.”
Russian ambassador Anatoly Antonov said on Twitter: “A pre-designed scenario is being implemented. Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.
“Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible. The US – the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons – has no moral right to blame other countries.”
The strikes drew immediate criticism from a number of high-profile Trump supporters.
As reported by The Hill:
Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham both questioned Trump’s decision Friday to launch strikes in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack last weekend that the U.S. has attributed to the Syrian government.
Carlson noted the move was inconsistent with the president’s message during his 2016 campaign, and Ingraham said she found that intervention in other countries could be risky, as shown in the Iraq War, according to the Daily Beast.
Michael Savage, a prominent conservative radio host and author, tweeted that “sad warmongers hijacking our nation” following news of the strike.
Savage tweeted: “We lost. War machine bombs syria. No evidence Assad did it. Sad warmongers hijacking our nation.”
We lost. War machine bombs syria. No evidence Assad did it. Sad warmongers hijacking our nation
— Michael Savage (@ASavageNation) April 14, 2018
Conservative columnist, commentator, and author Ann Coulter also criticized the decision to bomb Syria, retweeting a series of past tweeted from the president in which he opposed U.S. military action in Syria.
That said, a number of Twitter users responding to the criticisms of the president appeared to remain loyal to him, giving him and Defense Secretary James Mattis the benefit of doubt that they had good intelligence on what has actually taken place in Syria. As reported by USA Today, the French government said it has proof Syrian government forces launched the chemical attack.
Russia — which has regularly claimed that the chemical weapons attack was fake — blamed it on Britain on Friday.
The National Sentinel reported earlier this week that British journalists complained that Syrian rebel forces were staging the corpses of gassed children in order to play on Western emotions.
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