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Syrian Missile Strike! What’s Next?

By Andrew Witzel

The United States launched a missile strike on the airport in Syria where the gas attacks were launched from. Trump made a statement late last night announcing the actions:

It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.

At 0040GMT, the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles towards Syria nearly destroying the airport base that launched the gas attacks. The featured image on this article is one of those actual launches from one of two destroyers that conducted the attack. Reports of casualties are still coming in, but there at least 4 confirmed casualties including a senior Syrian military officer.

There is one good thing about Trump and Twitter in that there is a historical record of the past easily searched and accessible for the American people to review. Now that the shoe is on the other foot so to speak, the below tweets Trump made towards Obama are ironic. I’m sure now that, as President, Trump having the intelligence similar to what Obama had, these Tweets will come back to haunt him.

The willingness of the United States to enter into military conflict is sensational. We are the leaders of the free world, the defenders of democracy, the peacekeepers of the world. Yet, as we have seen over the past 16 years since 9/11, we continue to expand our military might around the world and all it has gained us is more of the same. Continued aggression in countries around the world from Al-Qadea, ISIS, ISIL, whatever you want to call our enemies, has only regrouped and doubled down their efforts. The United States is starting to become another force in the world; spreaders of hate and anger.

THERE ARE BETTER ALTERNATIVES TO WAR!

It doesn’t take a genius to discover alternatives to military action. Diplomacy often fails in the face of aggressors that have nothing to lose. That doesn’t mean there are only two options on the list. The US could impose sanctions on the countries that harbor and support known terrorist organizations. The US could also ally with surrounding countries to isolate other countries that support terroriest organizations. The point here is that the world looks towards the United States for direction and all they are seeing is missile strikes and forced regime change.

The real pain point, that most intelligent Americans are starting to see much more clearly, is that any alternative that isn’t military action doesn’t make them nearly the same amount of money. Money is at the heart of all the problems this country currently is suffering from. A lot of people lost sleep last night because of these missile strikes, but I bet the company leaders that manufactured the 59 cruise missiles that just got launched didn’t lose a wink of sleep. They are getting another order for cruise missiles this morning.

It’s time for the American people to cast aside their political differences and focus on ending all of these wars the United States is hopelessly lost in. We need to start caring because it’s our children that will suffer the consequences. It’s only a matter of time before an aggressive country as big as the United States is targeted again. Let’s show the world we have a better way forward.

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I'm a middle aged tech geek with a passion for computers, technology, politics and all the bits in the middle between 0 and 1. I am what could be considered a moderate progressive and like to consider all sides of a debate before taking a position.

2 Comments on Syrian Missile Strike! What’s Next?

  1. Sadly our media will prevent any resistance to this policy…they will keep the public lathered up with BS to the point that they will allow all this to occur….the media is the one that tells us that there are only two options….but you are right…we need to find a better more rational way forward. chuq

  2. Wow–I’m seeing Dustin Hoffman right now “You want me to produce your war?”
    and then DeNiro: no, it’s a pageant. A theme, some visuals…
    Dammit.

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