Last Friday, the United States with allies Britain and France set forth a strike on Syria to punish Syria for using chemical weapons against civilians in their own civil war. During this strike, Trump, released a message to Russia and Iran, who have provided air and ground power allowing Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, to regain control of most of Syria, stating “What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murderer of innocent men, women, and children?” Trump also stated Assad’s use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians was, “not the actions of a man. They are crimes of a monster instead.”
Trump stated in a tweet on Saturday morning, “A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission accomplished!”
While many may agree with Trump on bombing Syria over a civil war in order to enforce humane tactics, many more agree that this is not the United State’s battle to fight and will only cause more problems. Senator Lindsey Graham states that this is a “major step backwards” for Trump and there is no strategy as to why getting involved with Syria is beneficial for the United States.
Trump has stated he does not want a long term war with Syria claiming, “America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria-under no circumstances,” stated during his address on Friday. Currently the United States holds 2,000 troops in Syria.
Unfortunately, this is nothing new to Syrian civilians who have lived their everyday lives in fear, and were promoted to seek shelter after the American Strikes. The strikes have only caused more fear for Syrian civilians and it is unclear on how it will benefit the Syrian Government, or America, leaving a potential threat and vulnerability for America. Currently there have not been any reported casualties following the bombings.