According to an eye-witness, Syria anticipated the U.S. strike on the Shayrat air base. They evacuated the site and moved equipment before the missiles hit.
On Thursday night, Donald Trump launched an attack on Syria firing more than 50 Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat air base near Homs. The attack was mostly a symbolic gesture in response to Assad using chemical weapons on his own people, killing 86, including dozens of children earlier this week.
The U.S. strike damaged runways, towers and traffic control buildings. A Syrian Army spokesman announced on State TV Friday that several people were hurt in the attack and six people were killed.
Both of the base’s runways were hit along with several fortified bunkers. Some out-of-service planes were also damaged.
But what was Trump’s real motive for this strike? Based on everything we’ve seen and heard from Trump so far it’s hard to imagine that this was about morality.
“Syrian military officials appeared to anticipate Thursday night’s raid on Syria’s Shayrat air base, evacuating personnel and moving equipment ahead of the strike, according to an eyewitness.”
So this begs the question, who tipped off Syria? And why?
Trump warned Russia ahead of the attack. Did Russia then warn Assad? Did we warn Assad?
Former National Security Adviser Richard Clarke said,
“This attack on one air base seems more symbolic. I think Secretary of Defense [General] James Mattis gave the president a list of options, this being the smallest. It was a targeted attack not designed to overwhelm the Syrian military … I think the president was trying to differentiate himself from his predecessor.”
Here’s the thing. Assad gassing children is not ok. Trump’s strike last night might have been the right thing to do. If Obama had done it, I likely would’ve supported it. But there’s a big difference. For one, Obama went to Congress to get authority to strike. Trump acted unilaterally.
But more importantly, I trusted Obama. Whether Trump did the right thing this time or not, I don’t trust him. I don’t trust anything he does. I don’t trust his competence or his motives. And I really don’t trust that he’s not going to get innocent people killed.
This just doesn’t feel right. It’s sketchy that both Russia and Assad were warned ahead of time. Was this a stunt to improve Trump’s terrible poll numbers? Was it a move to change the subject from Trump’s collusion with Russia?
Maybe I’m being too cynical. I hope I’m wrong. But this just really feels like a wag the dog moment. And that scares the hell out of me.