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The legality and morality of the Shayrat Airbase attack

In the previous post, I talked about how the Trump administration's airstrike on the Shayrat Airbase in Syria was wasteful and ineffectual. I withheld, or tried to at least, my own opinions on the matter. First off is the legally of the strike itself. The President of the United States has the authority to order a military strike as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. I believe they have to inform Congress prior to the attack, which the White House did. So on that front, the airstrike was legal. However, I still have problems with it. It's my own personal belief that unless there is an immediate danger to the United States or one of our formal allies, the President should not launch a military attack such as the one on the Shayrat Airbase without Congressional approval. Seeing as how the Syrians lack the capability to launch an attack on the United States and Bashar al-Assad is not fool enough to launch such an attack on the U.S. or any of our allies (like say, Israel or …

Missile barrage as smokescreen

Let's not beat around the bush, folks because that is exactly what the missile attack on the Shayrat Airbase in Syria on Friday was supposed to be: an attempted smokescreen to divert media and public attention away from the seemingly endless cascade of scandals affecting the Trump administration. The Syrian government's prior poison gas attack on its own citizenry provided just the opportunity the administration needed and they exploited in their usual fumbling way.

And let's be clear here, this attack was both wasteful and about as effective as a one legged man in an ass kicking contest. A quick check of Wikipedia shows that Tomahawk cruise missiles cost $1.87 million each (and the article cites the Department of Defense comptroller for this number), which means that it'll cost $112.2 million to replace the sixty used in the attack¹. I don't know about you, but spending over $112 million on a political diversion is a wasteful expenditure to me. Think about what do…