Friday night the U.S. and allies Britain and France launched a missile attack on targets in Syria in retaliation for last week’s chemical attacks on the Syrian population that killed 43 civilians.
Trump tweeted, “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!”
The move was denounced by Russia and Iran, both close Syrian allie. Russian President Vladimir Putin said, ““With their actions, the U.S. is deepening a humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.” He has called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. Russia has said that none of its soldiers were killed.
Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said today the U.S. is “locked and loaded” if Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime uses chemical weapons in his country.
Haley also promised, “When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line.” This is seen as a jab against former President Obama who famously drew a “red line” in 2012 with Syria regarding chemical weapons but failed to follow up.
The Pentagon said that 105 missiles hit all of their intended targets, and destroyed three of Assad’s chemical facilities.
Author’s note: Trump did this last year and has upped the ante this year. Unlike Obama’s foolish and irresponsible strategy that told the world the chemical weapons could be tolerated, Trump has actually done something about it and ensured that no one will use them without the fear of terrible retribution. This seems to be a pattern with Trump.
Editor’s note: From a market perspective, this would seem to have minimal effect. The Russians clearly new this was coming and are resigned to it. Its also clear that this will not be a sustained battle, just a limited punativemeasure. Since Trump used allies in this attack, the reaction from the rest of the world will likely be positive.