President Trump chose James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as his SecDef for a reason – he doesn’t put up with any B.S., which he showed when he laid down the law with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad on Monday.
The retired Marine Corps general didn’t mince words in his statement regarding Assad’s use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians, including women and children, and he let Assad know that he’d be wise to heed President Trump’s warning about their future use.
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“The U.S. military strike against Shayrat airfield on April 6 was a measured response to the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons,” Mattis wrote. “The president directed this action to deter future use of chemical weapons and to show the United States will not passively stand by while Assad murders innocent people with chemical weapons, which are prohibited by international law and which were declared destroyed.”
“The assessment of the Department of Defense is that the strike resulted in the damage or destruction of fuel and ammunition sites, air defense capabilities, and 20 percent of Syria’s operational aircraft,” he continued. “The Syrian government has lost the ability to refuel or rearm aircraft at Shayrat airfield and at this point, use of the runway is of idle military interest.”
Mattis closed by noting “the Syrian government would be ill-advised ever again to use chemical weapons.”
Boom. That’s the leadership the world’s been missing for eight years, which is what brought about the horrific incident to begin with.
Had the Obama administration shown any type of strength whatsoever, Assad would have been mortified to even think about using such terrible weapons on his own people because there would have been dire consequences. However, it appears as if those days are over, so Assad had best smarten up a bit, lest he find himself hearing the thunderous roar of a Tomahawk cruise missile bearing down on his bunker.