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Topic - WAR
Posted: April 09 2017 at 8:05pm By CRS, DrPH
Originally posted by Dutch Josh Dutch Josh wrote:

Moon of Alabama has a story on how Trump is dealing with Syria. When Assad was behind any gas-attack on civilians I would welcome missiles on him-not on an airfield. But both in 2013 and 2017 I have serious doubts. 

I do not know what the goal was of firing missiles at that airfield. It was back working in a very short while. The outcome is that western aircraft can not fly over Syria any longer. 

Maybe the missiles were meant to send a message to North Korea-but they will not learn anything new from it-it only re-affirms their vision of the US. 

From other sources the impression I get is a powerstruggle in the White House etc. and that is bad news-it gives "others" the chance to do their own "thing". The US has no realistic foreign policy left.

Good question!  This is an interesting article, I like the title referring to "killing a chicken to scare the monkeys!"  

One practical effect of lobbing ordnance at military targets is that their military "gets it," i.e. they know that, if we go all out, we can cream them badly, even without invading.  The Israelis are masters of this...they slapped Syria around a few times, and Syria has largely left them alone.  (these overflights shattered every bit of glass in Assad's palace from what I've read).

Israeli warplanes flew over one of President Bashar al-Assad's palaces on Wednesday to warn Syria against supporting Palestinian militants who abducted an Israeli soldier, the Israeli army said.

Israeli media reports said four planes carried out the overflights at low altitude, early in the morning, and created several sonic booms.

An army spokeswoman said the planes flew over Assad's palace near the city of Latakia, "because the Syrian leadership supports and harbours terrorist leaders, among them Hamas, the kidnappers of the soldier".