Airbase used by Assad’s forces reportedly targeted in strike
It is being reported that the Trump Administration has launched missile strikes into Syria.
Over 50 Tomahawk Missiles were launched from US Navy Destroyers, targeting an airfield used by the Assad regime.
The airfield – 50 miles from the City of Homs – was reportedly used by Assad’s aircraft to launch the most recent chemical weapon attack, and the strike could significantly degrade Assad’s air capabilities.
The missiles reportedly hit at 8:00 PM Eastern time.
I wrote earlier that the world needs to avoid an emotional reaction to the Syria chemical attack. The lesson of Iraq must be remembered – that regime change can lead to serious unintended consequences.
At this point, the strike looks to have been limited to a specific tactical goal – degrading Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons. If true, that is a reasonable response that accomplishes a specific purpose. That said, going beyond a focused mission and seeking full scale regime change would risk the same mistakes that have torn much of the Middle East to shreds.
US President Donald Trump will reportedly deliver an address to the public regarding the missile strikes. Senior administration officials are expected to make further comments detailing the results of the military action.