President Trump's first move fine, but what's next?
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 16:36
With this action, President Trump reestablished a red line on the use of chemical weapons.
The Russian Defense Ministry, calling the accusation "groundless" and a pretext used to justify the latest US action, reiterated that the Syrian troops did not use chemical weapons.
The two men discussed Syria as well as other global issues, including North Korea.
The US notified allies, including New Zealand, shortly before the attack. President Trump proved the United States will push back when our national security is threatened and, once again, will back up its rhetoric with action when necessary.
Syrian refugees in the United States are watching the developments in their homeland's civil war closely.
"So I don't think this should take us in to further military activity inevitably, but should take us more enthusiastically to Geneva around the conference table".
She said Iran has propped up and shielded Syria's brutal dictator for years. The United States is the only country that can prevent that outcome.
The worldwide community has been starving for leadership in Syria.
"There is an opportunity to use this to leverage Russian Federation, to leverage the Assad regime, to move them in a better direction, to insist with Russian Federation that it needs to rein in Assad, to stop him from doing this going forward, to go back to the bargaining table and to try to move toward some settlement of the civil war which has been going on for far too long and taking so many lives", Blinken told As It Happens. This will require a more comprehensive strategy toward Syria.
Russian Federation has stood by Damascus despite the global uproar, insisting the chemical weapons that caused the deaths in Khan Sheikhun had been stockpiled by "terrorists" and possibly released by a conventional strike.
"It's not the first time for Assad to do that", Mostafa said. It was in summer 2014 that ISIS captured a former chemical weapons facility in Iraq, leading to fears that the terror group would not only use the weapons themselves, but potentially distribute them to others.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley has delivered a warning at an emergency session of the UN Security Council. Both Russia and China blocked a similar resolution in February.
"You've seen the president talk to several folks in the region about the setting up of safe zones and the supporting of them".
We also need to build and support a coalition that can effectively ensure the safety of Syrians at home and ensure neither Assad nor the Islamic State can destabilize the country.
"The United States, without bothering to investigate the situation, opted for a demonstration of force, and for a military opposition to a country which is fighting global terrorism", the ministry said.
Even after Thursday's airstrike on the Shayrat airbase, which the Pentagon has identified as holding chemical weapons, the Trump administration claims it has still not changed its position on Syria.