Ralph Peters unequivocally thinks it was great:
Ted Cruz qualifies his take with a caveat:As I write these lines, I’m unabashedly proud to be an American. Republican, Democrat or independent, you should be, too. Once again, we stood on the side of justice and humanity.It’s been too damned long, but we’re back.
A solidly conservative Facebook friend of mine - against Trump until the final days before the election, and still willing to call him out, but generally supportive of his appointments - gives it the big thumbs down. Says that aside from oil wells, there's nothing in Syria worth the $50 million we spent on the missiles.
As LITD readers know, I'm pretty much of an unabashed absolutist. I have some core principles I rely on to guide me in all areas of life, and they form the basis of my views on whether something is good or bad. I rarely respond to anything by saying, "I blow hot and cold on this."
But on this matter, I say that there are several ways to look at it.
There's the fact that the US finally made good on the red line of which the previous president spoke. It re-estabishes the US as the one country with the might, clout and moral capital to really and truly demonstrate that the world does not tolerate a certain level of atrocity.
You'll recall my post from yesterday about how Syria and North Korea having become front-burner issues makes considerations regarding Russia and China more acute. With that in mind, the timing of Xi's visit to Mar-a-Lago is rich in significance:
But we are already getting a fairly clear indication of how Russia sees it:
"President [Vladimir] Putin regards the US attacks on Syria as an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law, and under a trumped-up pretext at that," Pesov told reporters.And consider that Secretary of State Tillerson recently said that US policy is decisively back to being that Assad must go.
As an isolated viewpoint it's reasonable enough, but the record in recent years concerning what fills the vacuum after regime changes in Middle Eastern countries is not a good one. We should keep that in mind as we take in these endorsements of yesterday's action. When ISIS and al-Qaeda praise what you've done, it ought to make you step back and think about where it all is going.
It's done. It's in the record books now. A major move has been made on the chessboard. Let us hope that the scenarios for possible subsequent moves are being discussed exhaustively.