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The United States has finally struck the government of President Bashar Al-Assad with fifty to sixty cruise missiles on airfields controlled by the Syrian regime. This is the first time the U.S has directly attacked the Syrian regime, though the U.S has not been on friendly terms with them.
This has sparked an outcry from libertarians and their libertarian-leaning allies in Congress such as Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY).
“While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked. The President needs Congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution, and I call on him to come to Congress for a proper debate,” Paul wrote in a Facebook post. “Our prior interventions in this region have done nothing to make us safer and Syria will be no different.”
Massie simply tweeted #bigmistake along with a picture of a Trump tweet from 2013.
President Donald Trump said that the attack was in the “vital national security interest” of the US in remarks at his Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida.
“Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the air base in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” Trump said. “It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”
The United States has teetered on the fence between direct intervention in the Syrian Civil War and ousting Assad. Former President Obama said that Assad “must go” and helped funnel arms and other equipment to Syrian rebel groups in addition to training. However, the only time U.S airstrikes were used in Syria have been against ISIS, which has steadily been pushed back by coalitions of rebel groups, Kurds, Iraqi military, and international support.
How this will affect relations with Russia is unknown, though there have been reports that the Russians were not notified ahead of time. The Washington Post reported that Russia could start shooting down American airplanes, which had been flying around Syrian and Russian air defenses in their ongoing operation against ISIS.
It’s hard to tell what will happen in the coming days after this missile strike. It could all blow over or it could enrage the Middle East and further muddy the US into another bloody civil war.