More accurately: missiles were fired to destroy infrastructure that was used to kill brown people.
I'm sure the children gassed to death by Assad's regime are happy knowing that a handful of Syrian government soldiers were killed in their name.
This was the right call for several reasons:
1. The operation itself was essentially risk-free with respect to American personnel.
Agreed on this point.
2. It was arguably proportional. That is, the damage was incurred (presumably) by the responsible party.
Agreed that it was arguably proportional. But the question of proportionality is secondary to jurisdiction. We weren't the injured party so we have no grounds to incur the damage on the responsible party, proportional or not.
3. It sent a message to our geopolitical opponents that there are some things we aren't going to accept.
Agreed. But it also sends a message that there are things we ARE
going to accept, namely killing shitloads of children with means other than chemical weapons. So it turns out our message is pretty stupid and meaningless, but it does provide us with a reason to pat ourselves on the back and to shoot some cool missiles and play at war.
4. It sent a message to our allies that we haven't completely withdrawn from our defense responsibilities.
Gonna disagree on this one. We have no responsibility, by formal treaty or otherwise, to protect citizens of other countries from their own shitty government. But for the sake of argument lets just assume that the people gassed to death by the Syrian government were, in fact, our allies. What will our other
allies take away from our actions in Syria? "We can count on our ally the USofA to use some long range missiles to attack our enemies from a safe distance once we've died by the tens or hundreds of thousands and lost almost all our territory... AND THEN AFTER a few dozen more of us are killed by poison gas." I'm sure they're very
Also, our allies should take heart that we'll stick with them no matter what from Trump's recent glad handing with the Egyptian dictator, who is actually our ally for realsies. That guy jails and tortures thousands of his own citizens, EVEN AMERICANS, and Trump still loves the guy!
We cannot allow a regime to set the precedent that gassing civilians is something you can get away with without immediate consequences. This is a liberal position.
You spend a lot of time arguing on the GDB that a lot of liberal activism is mere pointless performance and misses the forest for the trees. Guess what? Getting incensed about killing civilians with chemical weapons while shrugging at massive civilian deaths from conventional weapons is a pointless performance and means jack shit to the last 10,000 or next
10,000 Syrian civilians that will be killed in this civil war using conventional weapons.
Y'all need to separate your loathing for Donald Trump from the facts and circumstances in this case.
The sick fact is that all presidents since at least Reagan have done the same thing under similar circumstances, and Hillary Clinton supports this move and probably would have done the same thing. But that doesn't make it right