Donald Trump has drawn a red line when it comes to Syria’s use of chemical weapons.
“U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Security Council that President Trump says the United States is “locked and loaded” if Syria uses chemical weapons again.
“I spoke to the president this morning, and he said: ‘If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded.’ When our president draws a red line, our president enforces a red line,” Haley said during a Security Council meeting called for by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Haley spoke after Russia’s ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, said he would ask for a vote on a resolution condemning the overnight strikes on Syria by the United States, Britain and France. Those three nations all have veto power, so Russia’s resolution has no chance of passing.” The Washington Post
With the red line drawn, it is important to understand that these strikes have one purpose-to dissuade Assad from using chemical weapons.
(Axios) “CFR President Richard Haass said he thinks President Trump "was right to attack CW-related sites to send the message that CW use is unacceptable and will bring punishment."
Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, called it "a notable escalation —more strikes than a year ago," and part of a coalition.”
However, these strikes are not designed to topple Assad from power or to stop the war in Syria.
“Haass added the strikes "were not intended to unseat the Assad regime or to directly protect the Syrian people. The President’s statement reinforced such realism…
Haass said: "[W]hat took place sheds little additional light on the future of U.S. policy toward Syria. ... I would have liked him to have fleshed out something of a Syria strategy, including keeping modest levels of U.S. force in country for the foreseeable future and providing humanitarian assistance."
Hence, our problem-there is no clearly defined strategic goal to resolve the greater issues or to stop Assad from gaining more power. Without a clearly defined strategic plan, are we doomed to fail, even when it comes to our attempts to stop the use of chemical weapons?