Transcript of Trump’s statement and video. I found Trump’s invocation of God, the word used three times in the speech, strange. He also asked us to pray for the souls of the dead and for God to bless the whole world. I’ve never been comfortable with presidents invoking God’s blessing on the United States, and this is more presumptuous, both to whatever God Trump believes in and to the beliefs of the rest of the world. Praying for the dead is a mostly Catholic practice, even narrower than asking for God’s blessing.
This is an oldie-but-goodie article on the idea that macho posturing in the international arena confers “credibility”, which serves to deter bad actors. It doesn’t.
Will add more articles below the jump as they appear.
Trump just bombed Syria. What next? – Marc Lynch. Nice overhead photo of the airfield before the bombing.
April 8, 2017
Here’s what US missiles hit at the Syrian airbase – Caroline Houck. With overhead photos.
More links – to documents on the chemical weapons attack. Jean Pascal Zanders is an expert in chemical weapons and related policy. He is on Twitter and updates his blog regularly.
April 9, 2017
After Syria, is there still a taboo against the use of chemical weapons? – Richard Price. Spoiler: yes, there is.
A lot of revisionist history being churned out about President Barack Obama’s “red line” and the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons program. Here’s a discussion from someone who was there, Derek Chollet.