Statement on Syrian Airstrike

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Last week, under the unanimous support of military advisors and allied nations, our Commander-in-Chief launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles into one of Syria’s top military airbases. The Russians were notified 1 hour prior to the strike and the casualty toll was less than 10 people. The strike was intended as a slap on the wrist warning instead of a declaration of war. It was a retaliation of the confirmed reports that Assad used this airbase to launch chemical weapons upon innocent civilians. There is worldwide condemnation of the use of chemical weapons, but the missile strike has received a mix of criticism and praise.

A show of strength in this tactical fashion is President Trump’s way of telling the world that the US means business and to respect our authority as the leader of the free world. The empty threat of Obama’s red-line in Syria a few years back weakened our position of strength and left Trump with pressure to reestablish it. This was a message to Syria, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and China that our new administration will not tolerate the use of WMDs. This military posturing will place pressure on Russia to stop playing games and make a deal with the US to stabilize the region by ending the proxy wars and prevent regime change. China sees that Trump’s talk about North Korea will be translated into action and not merely rhetoric if they do not reign in the unhinged despot Kim Jung Un.

The downside is that this action could trigger a war. It doesn’t seem probable currently but the missile strike certainly doesn’t help in this regard. We have placed Putin/Assad into a fight or flight scenario. Putin moved one of his naval destroyers into the area and withdrew from a deconfliction airspace agreement in response. This goes against Trump’s campaign rhetoric of not involving ourselves in direct military action in the Middle East at the risk of further destabilization. However, Trump stated that his view on dealing with Assad changed after the second chemical weapon attack. A red line is a red line.

Under the imperative condition that this was unequivocally a chemical attack by the Assad regime and not a false flag, I believe the good outweighs the bad in this specific situation. This situation will most likely not trigger war but rather facilitate a deal between Putin and Trump in a few months at most. North Korea remains the single greatest threat to world peace. China must step up to the plate and prevent further conflict.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. At least now we have a president who loves our country!

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    1. lptrey says:

      Amen! And who put Gorsuch on the bench!!

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      1. What a great choice! A true gentleman!

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  2. You said, “A red line is a red line.” And as along as we have Israel’s back, God will have ours. America is known as a peaceful and democracy-protecting nation. When we engage in military action it’s not to establish dominance but to protect liberties. Those who criticize and condemn the airstrikes are doing so from the comfort of their free and secure world. But dump them all in Syria and see how quickly they cry out to us for help. Oh btw, if it had been Obama who issued the order there would be no qualms about it. The hypocritical left is only sinking itself deeper and guaranteeing Trump another 4 years!

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    1. lptrey says:

      I hope having Israel’s back is enough. Our corruption and wickedness in this country is an epidemic and reaching a point of no return very soon! We must pray. The whole irony of this is that Obama has used many, many Tomahawk missiles during his administration.

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  3. Supporting Israel is not a “get out of jail” card nor does it exempt us from reaping what we sow (as a country), but I do see God all over this election and the new administration. Perhaps in His great mercy, we have been given a chance to steer the country back into some kind of order. The last presidency did more damage to our socio-economic structure than all the other democratic administrations combined. Yes, brother, we must pray but we must also keep raising the flag of righteousness by getting informed about what’s going on (politically) in our towns and in our governments. For far too long us Christians have been quiet not wanting to get “involved” and I hate to say it, but that has contributed to America’s moral decline. As God-fearing, law-abiding citizens we must get involved. We must sign petitions, vote, speak out, write letters, and engage people in educated conversations. We just can sit there complaining and shaking your head condemning a world that is already condemned. Jesus came to save the world, not to condemn or complain about it. He made a difference because He spoke, taught, prayed, rebuked, confronted, reached out, touched, healed, and loved the world so much that He died for it.
    Thank you for being so outspoken and biblically sound on your commentaries. I may not comment on all of them, but I do enjoy them all. Blessings!

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    1. lptrey says:

      Thank you Joe. I’m grateful for your continued support! I’m a little inactive over the next month but will be much more posting beginning in June! Blessings.

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