By Onan Coca

“Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!”

This could get dangerous, very quickly.

CNN is reporting that chemical weapons were used in an attack on the rebel-held city of Douma in Syria over the weekend and that at least 70 civilians have been killed or scores more wounded.

The attack comes on the heels of President Trump’s recent announcement that he planned to pull American forces out of Syria soon.

Of the attack, an angry President Trump blamed President Obama, while calling out the Syrian criminals behind the attack.

Here’s the CNN report:

President Trump’s Homeland Security adviser, Thomas Bossert, told ABC’s Martha Raddatz that the administration was keeping all options on the table as they considered their response.

Thomas Bossert: Yes, it’s a quite serious problem. We’ve seen the photos of that attack. I think — I mean, first, I would note the timing of this, it’s the first thing that struck me, this is the one year anniversary of our action the last time they made the mistake of using these weapons and pushing the rest of the world.

This isn’t just the United States, this is one of those issues on which every nation, all peoples have all agreed and have agreed since World War II, is an unacceptable practice. So looking at it…

Martha Raddatz: So is it possible they — there will be another missile attack?

Thomas Bossert: I wouldn’t take anything off the table. These are horrible photos. We’re looking into the attack at this point. The State Department put out a statement last night and the president’s senior national security cabinet have been talking with him and with each other all throughout the evening and this morning, and myself included.

Martha Raddatz: Even though the president, this week, said, we’ll leave this to others, we should get out of there?

Thomas Bossert: Well, I think the president’s got a point that’s been very clear, and I’m going to reiterate that point. The pendulum has swung in the wrong direction for too long and the United States of America has been taken advantage of in their responsibility to provide security for the entire world.

It is time to move that pendulum back in a way that brings regional partners and others with equities in these matters all around the globe into putting their resources and their treasure and their boys and girls on the line, and not just American troops.

American troops aren’t going to fix the six or seven different ongoing conflicts and wars going on in the Middle East or in Syria at this stage. We need regional partnership increased and we need U.S. presence decreased.

Republished with permission Eagle Rising

 


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Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He’s also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.