Trump’s Syria strike was show of strength Dictators should now understand that the pacifist era of Obama is over

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By Lynn Woolley

Forget that it was Syria. Forget about red lines and Bashar Assad’s alleged chemical attack against his own people. What President Trump did in sending 59 Tomahawk missiles to take out part of Assad’s ability to conduct atrocities was to send a message to several flashpoints around the globe.

President Trump addresses the nation — and the world’s dictators

Assad was no doubt surprised by the attack –and his Russian master Vladimir Putin may have been as well.

Remember that Obama sought congressional support to take action in Syria, did not get it, and had likely already changed his mind before he even asked.

Obama, acting like a true pacifist, did not intervene in much of anything – to the delight of Ron Paul supporters. But that allowed strongmen like Putin and Kim Jong Un to essentially be unsupervised. Now that Trump has acted, these dictators have to wonder if they still are free to make mischief.

Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea are likely scratching their heads. 

A BGM-109 Tomahawk flying in November 2002 (Wikipedia)

President Putin of Russia had a good deal going. Obama had conveyed a message (not knowing the mic was still hot) to Putin that he would be more “flexible” after his final election in 2012.

Putin went ahead and took Crimea and sent his troops into Ukraine. Obama did nothing except for a few sanctions in response to alleged meddling in the U.S. election of 2016.

The Chinese had announced their intentions to take control of the South China Sea.
The U.S. trade deficit with China was $347 billion in 2016. Obama was good with it.

The mullahs in Iran had their way with Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, getting cash on the sly – and agreeing to a nuclear deal that many people believe will only help Iran go nuclear.

North Korea, run by a criminally insane dictator named Kim Jong Un has been openly challenging the United States and the rest of the world by developing and testing nuclear warheads and delivery systems. Most of the warheads are duds – one day, they may actually have the competence to build workable nukes and deliver them to the Western world. Not good. But there was scant reaction from Obama.

Video: April 6, 2017 – President Trump announces the missile strike

This is why a show of strength –somewhere –was absolutely necessary.

The chemical attack by Assad was a perfect opportunity. Trump, in sending the missiles, showed that:

• If he sets a red line, he will enforce it.
• There are some atrocities that President Trump will not abide.
• The United States is still a power to be reckoned with.
• President Trump may act against anyone at any time.

Of course, this bothers Ron Paul supporters and those who want no “entanglements” in the world. But there is another way to look at it.

Video: April 10, 2017 — A Syrian chemical weapons attack survivor shares his story

Under Obama, the United States withdrew and the world went to hell. Trump’s action against Syria may well draw us into more foreign conflicts. But now that dictators understand that the pacifist era of Obama is over – they may think longer and harder about committing future atrocities.

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