While Tomahawk Missiles Reign Down Trump ‘ate a Beautiful Piece of Cake’
Just so long as he took such a grave action seriously. Some of us are perhaps cynical. We’re skeptical about Trump’s Road to Damascus conversion over Assad after seeing pictures of ‘a beautiful baby killed.’
Some even wonder if Assad’s alleged chemical weapons aren’t the WMDs of our time. But such cynical people might be forgiven when even Trump slipped and referred to missiles heading to Iraq.
“Donald Trump was sitting at dinner in his Mar-a-Lago home, eating “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake you’ve ever seen” when he decided to send 59 Tomahawk missiles raining down on a Syrian airbase last Thursday.”
“In an interview with Fox Business Network, Trump described the scene that unfolded when he informed visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping that he had just launched a retaliatory attack against Syrian government forces.”
“At one point during the interview, Trump mistakenly proclaims that he informed Xi that the U.S. had just launched ’59 missiles … heading to Iraq,” before Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo gently corrects him: “Heading to Syria.”
“Yes, heading toward Syria,” Trump replies.
Trump remembers details of cake he was eating while launching missiles, but not which country he was attacking. pic.twitter.com/TYfqXXDeCZ
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) April 12, 2017
In a way, the Freudian slip is rather appropriate. The claim that Assad did this attack is open to doubt. The intelligence community was outraged that Trump used this as a pretext to launch a missile-which is a declaration of war.
Scott Ritter-whose been here before:
“The Syrian government, together with its Russian allies, denied using chemical weapons against Khan Shaykhun, stating that the Syrian armed forces did not possess such weapons. The Russian defense ministry went further, stating that the Syrian Air Force had bombed what it thought was a rebel ammunition and weapons depot and that chemical agents stored in this depot leaked out, causing the casualties. The rebels deny the existence of any such depot, let alone a cache of chemical weapons.”
“The U.S. and its European allies have universally dismissed the Russian claim. While Russia and the Syrian government have provided evidence of both the possession and manufacture of chemical agents by anti-government rebels, including sarin nerve agent, the Russian counterclaim is virtually impossible to verify, especially since the site is under exclusive rebel control, and no independent investigators have been granted access to the area.”
“The Trump administration has unabashedly endorsed the rebel claims of Syrian government responsibility.”
“Trump’s statement was striking, because it enshrined as fact that the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad violated its international obligations regarding the possession and use of a “deadly nerve agent”—sarin. Trump’s statement also carved in stone the proposition that preventing this kind of activity was a “vital national security interest” worthy of war.”
“This certainty drove the president to authorize an act of war, where the United States undertook armed aggression against a sovereign state. A key question that has emerged in the aftermath of the missile attack is whether the president complied with U.S. and international law in ordering it.”
The Dog is Wagging hard.
“The Trump administration has yet to provide specifics of the intelligence it relied on to support the allegations levied against Syria. The Pentagon eventually produced what it claimed to be a radar track of a Syrian aircraft, believed to be an SU-22 fighter bomber, that took off from Shayrat airbase and was over Khan Shaykhun at the time of the alleged chemical attack. This radar track was produced in conjunction with what McMaster called “our friends and partners and allies around the world”, but most likely derived from a NATO AWACS reconnaissance aircraft flying over Turkey at the time. According to other U.S. military sources, the same system used to track the SU-22 aircraft also detected the release of weapons, and the impact of these weapons on the ground, using infrared (IR) sensors that detected the heat signatures associated with both events.”
Any further action in Syria will require Congressional approval and Trump will need to provide documentation it was Assad.
Meanwhile, Trump has the apparent distance from Russia that both he-and Putin-need.
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