It was a masterful shot across the bow of the ambitious Chinese leader, who had blocked U.N. condemnation of Syrian President Assad’s poison gas attack, which had killed 77 of his own countrymen, incluso 22 niños. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster proposed various ways to punish Assad; Trump chose their preferred plan of attacking the airbase from which the deadly poison had been launched.
The missile attack send a clear message to Assad that Trump meant business; it also served notice to Xi that, much as the Chinese press was eager to portray their president as “equal” to the American head of state, los Estados Unidos. was still in charge and not to be trifled with.
Whatever his flaws, Trump knew the world was a safer place when America projected strength.
Now we have a new president, one who thinks, with zero justification, that he knows better than his defense or intelligence advisers and who, ignoring their advice, has personally engineered an historically humiliating and tragic defeat to our nation.
There’s a reason why, en 2009, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, directing our war effort in Afghanistan at the time, warned that if we followed then-Vice President Joe Biden’s “shortsighted” counter-terrorism strategies, we would create “Chaos-istan.”
It is worth noting that Trump’s attack on Syria’s airbase came three years después President Obama reached an agreement whereby Russian President Vladimir Putin would destroy Assad’s chemical weapons stores, boasting afterwards that “It turns out we’re getting chemical weapons out of Syria without having initiated a strike.” Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry claimed on “Meet the Press,” “With respect to Syria, we struck a deal where we got 100% of the chemical weapons out.” Not true.
Biden, a product of that administration, has in just seven months shown the world that the U.S. has no “red lines,” does not care about our allies and cannot be trusted.
If Biden were a man of integrity, he would resign. He would take responsibility for setting in motion the events that directly led to the deaths of 13 service members and nearly 200 Afganos.
Unhappily, by lying about his decisions and blaming his predecessor, the Afghan military and his own advisers for the catastrophes of the past week, Biden has shown he is not a man of integrity. He will not resign.
En lugar de, his White House will hope that Americans tire of the ongoing tragedy of Afghanistan. They will try to deflect attention from the inevitable murders of U.S.-allied people in coming months and hope the liberal media plays along, burying the unflattering news.