What Military Options Does America Have In Syria?
Trump Will Not Make Obama’s Mistakes
President Trump brought up former President Obama’s mistake of not acting on Syria back in 2012. With that in mind, the President needs to act quickly to show Syria, and the world, that he will not allow others to cross the line.
In an interview with Fox News, Lt. Col. Michael Waltz speaks about Trump’s most recent comments and some possible first steps for handling this problem with Syria. Essentially, we need to act fast.
Lieutenant Colonial Discusses Trump’s Options
Lt. Col. Michael Waltz reports:
“I’m glad that President Trump brought up the 2012 “Red Line.” I would add to that that President Obama essentially made it meaningless. I would add that in 2015, the U.N. knew that the Syrian regime had kept these chemical weapons and still, we did nothing. I do think, in the short term, that we have to do something. We cannot let this stand. One option could be to strike the chemical production site and the chemical weapons storage sites that we know exist.
“As a short-term military option, that’s one deterrent from doing this again. But, I think importantly, we have to look at the strategic signal that will send to the rest of the world. President Trump is not President Obama, so you tie that into the talks we’re having with China right now, which will send a powerful message to North Korea. That United States will not let this stand, even if Russia will…”
President Trump May Soon Retaliate
CNN reports Trump considers retaliation:
“President Donald Trump has told some members of Congress that he is considering military action in Syria in retaliation for this week’s chemical attack, and recognizes the seriousness of the situation, a source familiar with the calls tells CNN. The source said the President had not firmly decided to go ahead with it but said he was discussing possible actions with Defense Secretary James Mattis.
“US officials tell CNN the Pentagon has long-standing options to strike Syria’s chemical weapons capability and has presented those options to the administration. The sources stressed a decision has not been made.”