The embarrassing days of the “lead from behind” and the “I have a pen and a phone” foreign policy is behind us…and thank God for it! Trump’s masterful response was nothing less than brilliant. No chest beating, no coalition building, no three-month advanced warning of impending military response, no self-aggrandizing pre-action praise-- just a clear, simple, single and defined reaction to a clearly defined and identified stimuli.
Trump is truly making America Great Again.
Whether you agree with the action or not (I do not), it is done, and the ripples his response is sending through the world is stunning.
Trump’s response had little to do with Syria’s recent actions and more to do with how the other Evil Empires of the world will view the United States in a post-Obama world. Apparently, the viewpoint has substantially changed.
According to a recent Fox News article, North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Un, is going into hiding. For the same reasons Trump bombed Syria, North Korea conducts the same types of heinous crimes against their own citizens, but on a daily basis and outside of the brutality of a civil war. Now, add the political realities of the North Korean nuclear weapons and long-range missile programs and the case for preemptive military action is one-hundred-fold. Regardless of the maturity level of both programs, Jong-Un poses a far greater risk to American security than Syria ever will.
Pivot to Iran. The Iranian mullahs and military have been put on notice. I envision a substantially different response to Iranian capture and public parading of American Navy Seals. I doubt the response will be a public apology and millions of dollars of additional hard, cold foreign currency.
The key takeaways for all Evil Empires to fear are the speed of which the decision was made, the precision of the attack, and the lack of any public debate.
Domestically, the Democrats had no time to paint Trump as a crazed war monger. The overwhelming praise from across this Nation and from across the globe means any Democrat opposition is simply the shrill sounds of a hollow gong.
Moving forward, this type of response could just as easily be conducted against North Korean missile launch sites, nuclear processing facilities, or even the Jong-Un’s palace. In a similar vein, a response could easily destroy vital Iranian naval ports, missile launch facilities, or their own nuclear processing centrifuges. Regardless of the target, they have all been put on notice: act badly and be punished.
In the end, the Syrian bombing was much less about chemical weapons and more about America’s response to future risks against America’s safety and security. So, much like the question posed in the classic Verizon cell phone commercial:
“Can you hear US now?”
Warner Workman is a retired senior level CIA technical intelligence officer. During his 27 year career, he traveled internationally for 17 years and has been to over 100 countries. He currently is a consultant within the Intelligence Community and owns and operates a small 2nd Amendment store. He is a published columnist and writer focused on history and current events. He is married to the love-of-his-life, Lana, of 30 years and they have four great children. He lives in a small, rural Virginia community, 60 miles outside of Washington DC.