How Not to Make America Great

vimyToday I watched CTV’s homage to the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge in France; it was quite moving. Hearing the stories of injured men and those who died under horrific circumstances was emotional. Learning the stories of men who continued, persevered, and came out victorious in the face of those horrific events was even more incredible. I am not sure I would have had it in me to do the same.

Watching the Vimy Ridge program, sadly, made me think of Donald Trump’s actions of the night before, wherein he authorized a military attack on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military airbase at the Shayrat airfield. If done, as Trump professes, as a deterrent to Assad’s gas attack against his citizens, then I believe this retaliation is warranted.

One would think, however, that firing no less than 59 missiles would cause significant damage. The images we see of the aftermath tell an entirely different story. The problem is the airfield is still operational. The runways were not hit. In a statement, Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said, “As always, the U.S. took extraordinary measures to avoid civilian casualties and to comply with the Law of Armed Conflict.” There are reports most of the 59 missiles did not hit their targets. I think they must have also taken “extraordinary measures” to avoid hitting anything that would gravely deter the Assad regime.

I also highly doubt that the men and women of the USS Ross and the USS Porter are that incompetent as to miss so many targets. The only way an airfield could survive a retaliation of 59 missiles would be by Trump’s orders. If President Trump collaborated with Russian President, Vladimir Putin to take the heat off of Trump’s alleged ties to Russia and Russian’s interference in the election, then President Trump needs to be removed from office as soon as possible.

At first, I was not sure if Trump was sincere in his reasoning behind this missile attack. After all, when Barack Obama was President, Trump hit him with a barrage of tweets in 2012 telling Obama that attacking Syria would be a bad move and that we should just take their oil. Perhaps it is somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy that he ended one of his tweets the hurtful insult, “Dumb leaders.” In his defence in not targeting the runways, President and Commander in Chief Donald Trump tweeted, “They are easy and inexpensive to quickly fix (fill in and top)!”

Seriously? Now, who is the “Dumb leader?

Trump seems to play fast and loose with his military; using them as pawns in his bid to take the heat off his ties with Putin and bolster his standing in the polls. It is bad enough that military personnel must risk their lives as part of their jobs, as they have in wars fought at places like Vimy Ridge. Risking the lives of these brave men and women to win a popularity contest is not the way to make America great.

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