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Trump, Assad, Putin, and the Re-establishment of American Credibility

The article below by IWP Research Professor Paul Coyer was published in Forbes.

President Trump’s action last night, striking with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles a Syrian military airbase that had been the source of a chemical weapons attack against a rebel-controlled village on Tuesday, has not only punished Syrian dictator Bashar Assad for the use of chemical weapons, but put the broader region, and the rest of the world, on notice that the United States would now back its words with actions. This will have an impact far beyond Syria.

According to the Syria Observatory for Human Rights, 72 people, more than half of which were women and children, were killed in the attack on a rebel-controlled village in northern Syria using the nerve agent sarin, an attack traced to the Syrian military airbase that was struck by the United States yesterday evening. Such attacks were also carried out by aircraft under the direction of the Assad regime on March 25th and 30th. The US military action was proportionate, surgical (targeting only the airbase from which Tuesday’s chemical weapons attack was launched), and very limited.

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