Five years of ineptitude and false threats came to a brilliant and thunderous end early on the morning of April 7.
In the dark of a new day the area in and around the Syrian airbase at Shayrat, just outside Homs, erupted into a staccato of blinding explosions as U.S. cruise missiles fired from the eastern Mediterranean rained down on the base responsible for the April 4 chemical attack on the town of “Khan Sheikhoun that killed more than 80 people, including many children”, according to CNN.
President Trump, meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping at Mar-La-Go, announced his decision in a brief address to the American people saying his decision to act was “in the vital national security interests of America to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”
At 8:40 pm EST, 59 cruise missiles turned the Syrian/Russian airfield into an usable piece of real estate.
Fox News reports that a human rights group said the airfield was “almost completely destroyed”, while Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman stated that, “Initial indications are that this strike has severely damaged or destroyed Syrian aircraft and support infrastructure and equipment at Shayrat Airfield, reducing the Syrian government’s ability to deliver chemical weapons.”
According to sources with Fox News, seven Syrian soldiers have been killed and four wounded.
The bold and decisive move is in stark contrast to Obama’s abysmal lack of leadership. Even CNN admitted that Trump’s action was in clear distinction to his predecessor’s lack of a spine.
“Whereas Obama let al-Assad cross a red line with no penalty, Trump made clear on Wednesday that the chemical attack ‘crosses many, many lines — beyond a red line, many, many lines.’ And on Thursday night, he turned that rhetoric into action,” wrote CNN.
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