The world is waiting for President Donald Trump’s remarks after the Commander-in-Chief ordered the fiery destruction of a Syrian air base on Thursday evening.
The United States launched 50 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield early on Friday in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians including women and children. The attack marked the first direct assault on the Damascus government since the beginning of that country’s civil war in 2011.
The targeted, and now probably destroyed, airbase lies at Shayrat, located outside Homs. It is believed that the base was the staging point for Tuesday’s chemical weapons attack, which killed as many as 72 civilians, including “beautiful babies” in Trump’s earlier remarks about his reason for ordering military action.
“Our forward deployed ships give us the capability to quickly respond to threats,” said a Navy officer. “These strikes in Syria are a perfect example – this is why we’re there.”
Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are both on board with Trump’s decision. As promised during the 2016 campaign, Trump did not announce his plan to attack to the world press ahead of time.