Syria in context

It’s really obvious once you put a few pieces together.

Like a lot of other alternative media commenters and pundits, I expressed some serious reservations about President Trump’s actions in Syria.  That was before the President authorized additional moves in the past couple of weeks, including the deployment of a MOAB in Afghanistan against an ISIS stronghold and the move of an armada in the Pacific Ocean to show the flag to the ever-belligerent North Koreans.

We (meaning the general public) still probably aren’t privy to all the intelligence reports that led to the Tomahawk strike on Syria, and frankly might never be, but looking at this situation in its entirety through the lens of the past couple of weeks, with no followup action and no additional moves to cause more concern, it’s becoming clearer what’s going on here in a broader sense.  The strike in Syria accomplished two very significant and very much in-American-interest objectives.  For one, by responding with a decisive, powerful hammerblow rather than drawing pointless red lines or even pausing to call it “shock and awe,” the missile strike actually decreases the likelihood that we’ll eventually have to go the dreaded boots-on-the-ground route.  Agree with it or not, correct or not, the world has been wailing about Bashar Assad for years now and eventually, that same world that decries the United States as “imperialist” and “playing world police” will come crying to us to go in and do something about him, because we’re the only ones who really can and will.  President Trump’s actions demonstrate plainly that we’re not screwing around like Whatshisname did, and this is entirely consistent with statements made and actions taken both before and after the missile strike–we’re content to let Syria sort out its own mess, just don’t do what you know is going to provoke a response.  You smack them hard enough, you only have to do it once.  In that regard, it’s looking very much like the message got across loud and clear.

But more than that, the far more significant and far more in-our-interests objective served by a swift and punishing blow to Syria is a show of force and a demonstration that America is back.  In that regard Bashar Assad either made the tactical error of giving President Trump an excuse or is the victim of a setup, but either way it really doesn’t matter.  The very fact that Syria is no threat to us and we don’t have a real dog in this fight is exactly why this strike was in America’s interests, and taken with the knowledge that the world would be cheering us on for once made this an opportunity we just couldn’t pass up.  We have been governed for eight years by an incompetent fool and a bumbling administration that made us look weak and pathetic on the world stage, and as a result we have the entire world cowering in fear of a bunch of refugees and some upstart punks with pocket knives who like posting snuff films on the internet.  That has made the world a far more dangerous place as far more dangerous people and nations (like the North Koreans and the Iranians) are seeing their chance to be top dog and moving to take advantage of the situation.  We had a chance to show in bold strokes that we’re not dithering around anymore and to do so without consequence, either from threat of retribution (Syria?  Not a chance) or from international condemnation, and we seized it.  Even Nikki Haley’s kind of insipid sabre-rattling speech at the UN served to set a new tone for our foreign policy, or a return to the old tone.  The simple fact of the matter is that if it’s not one strongman in Syria it’ll be another, and when it comes right down to it, I don’t give a good damn about Bashar Assad or Syria as a whole, and if we need to make an example of someone, sorry cupcake, but you drew the short straw.  That goes whether Assad really was responsible for a chemical attack, or whether the entire thing was a false flag.  In this context, it literally does not matter.  In the bluntest possible terms, he gave us an excuse to demonstrate we’re ready, willing, and able to kick him in the teeth, and after eight years of blubberingly incompetent foreign policy, it was time for the rest of the world to see someone get kicked.

In other words, the American interest we served was in working to undo the mess that Whatshisname left the world in, by demonstrating for the rest of the junkyard dogs snapping at our ankles that they really do not want to mess with the United States.  Assad and Syria are a very small price to pay for that.  Yeah, it might be unfair.  Tough bananas.  According to the UN and the Arab world and Hollywood and the Communists and all the leftist bigmouths we’re not fair to the rest of the world anyway.  Blame the guy and the policies that destabilized the entire world (hint: sorry children, but I’m not talking about George W.) by making America look like we were afraid of our own shadows.  The adults are back in charge and it’s past time for the heavy lifting to get done and set things back on track.  This is what peace through strength looks like.


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