All of us wait to see what President Trump will do WRT the chemical weapons attack on the suburb town of Douma near Damascus, now is a very good time to review the nation’s DIME and reasons NOT to strike Syrian for last week’s chemical attack.
In the Diplomatic area,
Ambassador Nikki Haley on Monday condemned the chemical weapons attack before the UN Security Council. She stated “Only a monster targets civilians and then ensures that there are no ambulances to transfer the wounded, no hospitals to save their lives, no doctors or medicine to ease their pain.” She implicated the Russians in those attacks. Russian UN Envoy Vassily Nebenzia urged the US and it’s allies refrain from military action over the chemical weapons attack because he cannot exclude war.
In the Information arena, the war of words continues.
Russia has been very vocal about what their response will be if the US or our allies use military force on the air base the chemical weapons attack originated from. Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said his country would respond to any US missiles fired into Syria by shooting them down.
President Trump tweeted “Get Ready!” because the weapons he will use are “nice, new and smart!”
Responding in Arabic on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV, Ambassador Zasypkin increased the rhetoric. He said “If there is a strike by the Americans, then … the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired.”
Really? If two or three B-52s from Barksdale Air Force Base Louisiana launch cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Ocean, Russia is going to bomb Barksdale?
Former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger stated clearly when the US should use Military force. The Weinberger Doctrine has six “tests” for employing the US military. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell added two more, fully and frankly analyzing the risks and cost, and have other nonviolent policy means been fully exhausted.
I agree with former Representative Duncan Hunter in his 2013 article. Attacking Syrian responding to the chemical weapons attack does not pass the Weinberger-Powell doctrine tests.
In the Economic area, the expansion of military involvement in the Middle East will affect our economy. Many of you noticed the rise in gas prices over the last two weeks. Current events do have affects on your pocketbooks. One cause is the potential for a US strike in Syria. How much gas prices will rise remains a mystery. Here are three articles here, here, and here explaining how military action in Syria will or will not affect gas prices.
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Have a great weekend!
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