The U.S. Navy launched a massive response this week to the threat developing in Syria. An armada comprised of 12 warships is currently streaming toward the troubled country. It’s the greatest show of Naval force since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and the largest U.S. military response in Syria since a mammoth 2013 strike.
The ships are being led by the USS Harry S Truman. It’s being escorted by a deadly group of destroyers and cruisers.
President Donald Trump ordered the military to respond to the recent chemical attack in Syria. He’s still toying with the idea of launching airstrikes. The concentration of Naval firepower headed toward the Middle East is a sign that the Trump administration views the attack as a serious moral transgression.
The White House hasn’t indicated what President Trump’s ultimate plan will be. Before the chemical attack, the administration was considering withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria.
“No final decision has been made,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said. “We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies.”
There’s some debate about who caused the attack. Most of the world blames Syrian dictator Bashir al Assad. Russia, however, denies the allegations and pins the blame on rebel groups. Defense Secretary James Mattis was careful not accuse anyone.
“I believe there was a chemical attack, and we are looking for the actual evidence,” he said. “As each day goes by – as you know, it is a non-persistent gas, so it becomes more and more difficult to confirm it.”
The Trump administration has been discussing possible options in Syria for a long time. Immediately after Saturday’s chemical attack, he threatened to send “fast” and “smart” missiles pouring down onto the city.
President Trump tempered his angry remarks, however, within 24 hours. He wanted to make it clear that the Assad regime couldn’t act with impunity while still refraining from angering Russia.
The military is beefing up its presence in the Middle East because further U.S. involvement may be necessary to achieve peace. If President Trump wants to respond militarily to any past or future actions of the Assad regime, he’ll already have the forces he needs in the area.
“It’s too bad that the world puts us in a position like that, but as I said this morning we’ve done a great job with ISIS. We have just absolutely decimated ISIS. But now we have to make some further decisions, so they’ll be made fairly soon,” President Trump told reporters.
Most U.S. officials admit that the chemical attack occurred. There are even speculations about what chemical was used. Some experts believe that sarin and chlorine gas were used. However, an official report on the findings hasn’t been released.
Syria and Iran support Russia’s contention that attack was either fabricated entirely or perpetrated by the rebels.
President Trump’s powerful response proves that he’s not tied to the Russian government. Liberals have devoted a lot of time and energy into trying to prove that the Trump administration has unsavory ties to Moscow.
“The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war… We hope there will be no point of no return,” Vassily Nebenzia, Moscow’s ambassador to the United Nations, threatened.
President Trump is biding his time before he announces a definite plan for Syria. He’s smart to consider his options before making a decision, but Democrats are attacking him for not making plans instantly.
“The president’s behavior is both reckless and irresponsible,” Rep. Mike Thompson said. “It endangers the lives of our men and women in uniform – people who have put their life in harm’s way to protect our security.”
President Trump can’t win. Democrats are furious with him if he acts rapidly and they’re angry if he takes his time. The chemical attack was less than a week ago. The armada of 12 powerful warships is on its way to Syria. Obviously, the Trump administration isn’t sitting around wasting time.
“Whether it’s bragging about the big button on his desk, talking about the bigger missiles that he’s going to lob when talking vis-à-vis Putin, or now about how shiny and quick and slick our missiles are, this is not how responsible leadership talks,” Rep. Ruben Gallego complained.
“This is not how leadership treats its troops and it is the responsibility of Congress, specifically Republicans in Congress to put this in check.”
The Syrian conflict has dragged on for years. Barack Obama handled it badly, his indecision and lack of action propelled the violence and led to the rise of ISIS.
President Trump is a far different leader. He defeated ISIS within a year of being in office. He’s poised to pull the troops out of Syria. Unlike his predecessor, he cares more about America’s soldiers than theoretical results.
The debacle in Syria was made a lot worse by the Obama administration. President Trump is doing what he can to fix those mistakes but he’s just one man.