I’m Conflicted

The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) conducts strike operations against a target in Syria while in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017. The Porter conducted naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams)

I’m conflicted about our recent bombing of a Syrian airbase. Assad needed to be reminded the world is watching. The bombing was justified.

I wish it wouldn’t have been us who unilaterally launched the attack.

Through my adult life I’ve watched America insert itself in other nation’s business. We seldom make the situation better. Syria is a perfect place to make the wrong decision because there’s really no ‘good’ side in their civil war.

The raid should have been conducted by a coalition of Syria’s neighbors, folks with skin in the game. We sell them enough armaments. It’s not like they don’t have the hardware.

They are scared of the repercussions. No matter how good your intentions you will piss somebody off. We should be concerned too.

My opinion is out of step with the majority. In fact, I understand perfectly how those who support the president’s action feel.

It shouldn’t have been us.

11 thoughts on “I’m Conflicted”

  1. I feel the exact way you do. I find myself trying to find out from others why I should feel differently but no one around me has any answers. It’s all so sad and so scary.

  2. I think the same way. Congress was not even aware until after the bombing. This is what I worry about Trump. Not right.

  3. Unfortunately, sometimes to only way to get the attention of a bully is to whack him upside the head with a great deal of force behind the hit. Sweet reason does not always work. Bullies and despots are not amenable to reason at all times.

    Force (and high explosives, for that matter) appropriately applied can cause attitude change.

    Been there, had to do that. The bully permanently ceased tormenting me. Mission accomplished…

    1. Very well said.
      So many bleeding hearts out there on what’s right or wrong.
      Someone had to stand up to this “liar”, who had just sat with Mr. Trump and tried in vain to tell him,, “all the missiles were gone”.. As it has been said, don’t try to bull shit. the bull shitter. I believe Trump saw right through Assad, yet for a brief moment , gave him a chance to perhaps redeem himself to others.. Assad failed. Other countries fear this man and why wouldn’t they, I mean look what he does to his own people. So, they sit back, put on the blinders, while he continues to experiment on those in his country, for perhaps, to one day inflict what he created on the US and other countries. Well, you don’t get a second chance to try a fool Trump. He came to home plate and hit a home run. He didn’t bomb the town, he didn’t go in to kill the people of the country, he took out the roads, as well as where these bombs are made and housed. I am proud he took the stance, to be the first to show this sick demented fool, Assad, it will end for him and his barbaric ways. I am very proud that Trump is doing his best to protect our country. You never saw that from Obama. He was too busy apologizing to other countries for what we (in his mind) thought was wrong. If the haters would give Trump a chance, they might learn he does have nothing but good intentions for our country.

  4. I’m alone here, but I’ll say it anyway. I believe Trump used that airstrike to change the narrative regarding his relationship with Russia, including the cover-up. The bombs didn’t do much damage. The airfield was useable the next day. It doesn’t help that Trump makes a ton of money on every Tomahawk missile because he owns stock in the company. I wouldn’t put anything past him. Also, anyone who thinks Russia did not know what Syria was up to should read more.

  5. I understand how you feel. Trump made a huge deal about the gassing, which is terrible, but this has been done before, as recently as March of this year. Why didn’t anyone step in then? Innocent people have been killed from the beginning of time in warfare. Where was the help for the people in Rwanda during the genocide of innocent people? My husband and I have a large family…7 children, 15 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. We are very concerned about what their world is going to be when they grow up. A professor I had at Middlesex College once asked us, “What is war about? Why are wars fought? His answer…It’s always about land and what that land has to offer. Human beings need to stop and allow peace to happen!

    1. The UNITED NATIONS is responsible regarding Syria gassing & NOT USA.
      We need to set our priorities right – America has become the rubber band NOW broke –
      NO LONGER the WORLD POLICE OFFICER – It’s been an issue for many years & NOW
      with America on brink of bankruptcy, we can no longer operate government as single
      enterprise including all countries.

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