Why Trump's "limited strike" on Syria probably won't work

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  • Published on:  Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Trump gave the same reason last year, and Assad’s use of chemical weapons hasn’t changed.

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    President Donald Trump’s limited strike on Syria in April is an established tactic among presidents — his predecessors from Obama through Reagan all used similar actions, with varying results.

    But limited strikes that accomplish all their goals are exceedingly rare — only about 6 percent can make that claim, according to research by expert Micah Zenko. Most strikes have mixed success, at best.

    For example: Trump’s justification for attacking Syria was to send a message about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons. That’s the same justification he used when authorizing a limited strike on Syria one year earlier.

    Why do presidents even use limited strikes if they’re rarely effective? There is some logic to it. For one, they’re not very costly. But more importantly, these strikes generally don’t put US troops in harm's way. And well, politically, presidents have very little to lose by exercising the option.

    In fact, authorizing a limited strike can give the appearance of strength and decisiveness and can sometimes have a positive effect on approval, whether or not the strike actually achieves its intended goals.

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  • Vox

     (Apr 16, 2018)

    Read more on the Syria strikes from Vox's defense and foreign writer Alex Ward: http://bit.ly/2JRFbmv

  • Peter Pan

     (May 29, 2018)

    Still glad Trump ordered the attack

  • Thomas Fernandez

     (Apr 21, 2018)

    Logan Howell not EVERY president needs a pet.

  • Our Founding Liars

     (Apr 16, 2018)

    Trump is a strange breed of orange Reptilian. We must keep him alive to study. Keep asking questions.

  • awt1matic

     (Apr 16, 2018)

    Get the Joke! You’ve got a point. Well let’s just keep questioning then.

  • Get the Joke!

     (Apr 16, 2018)

    CadenSkii We really don't know how long this species lives. Mitch McConnells can live up to 250 years, other reptilians shoot themselves when they're 27. There is no knowledge about the live expectancy of orange reptilians.

  • Julia Crawford

     (Apr 16, 2018)

    Typical American day = facepalming at what the government is doing

  • Toxic Mist

     (Apr 20, 2018)

    You are aware this isn't "trump's" strike

  • bob smith

     (Apr 20, 2018)

    Julia Crawford

  • AlanTheBest97

     (Apr 16, 2018)

    Assad is winning the war, with or without chemical weapons, he has Russian support and has the rebels contained and mostly under siege. Time is on his side, I doubt he would risk NATO interference by using chemical weapons, when conventional means will do the job. The attack was staged no doubt, the only mistery is by whom...

  • Jake Holsten

     (Oct 9, 2018)

    You spelled mystery wrong

  • DMC1

     (Sep 21, 2018)

    Why are we even in Syria and Afghanistan again? We've been in their for years w/ multiple presidential candidates saying they won't do exactly that.

  • Peter Hardie

     (Apr 16, 2018)

    The sad thing is that Hillary would do the same. Two parties both beholden to the Military Industrial Complex.

  • DMC1

     (Sep 21, 2018)

    Hirnlego999 she is a neocon. I'd say the trump presidency has shaped exactly to that tune as well. They're are democrats who are pro israel and pro war like chuck schumer or Anthony wiener. Though i'd for sure say the democratic party isn't nearly as horrific as the GOP is.

  • GroovyVideo2

     (May 24, 2018)

    both parties are war crooks Money/ oil

  • FrenchGundam

     (Apr 16, 2018)

    assad has no reason to use chemical weapon

  • FrenchGundam

     (Apr 16, 2018)

    From what i'v seen, he has absolutely no reason to do so, he has an army, 2 country backing him up, and you think he'll use chemical weapon? i doubt it this is political suicide, second, you just gotta see what America did with Irak a whole lot of lie.

  • zee zoo

     (Apr 16, 2018)

    PrinceAnzo stuff Assad apologists say ^

  • Van Hendrix

     (Apr 16, 2018)

    Iraq didn't go well; Libya didn't go well. It would be a tragedy to get bogged down in another war

  • DMC1

     (Sep 21, 2018)

    Fun fact: Bush campaigned on an anti war platform.

  • Parelyzed

     (Jun 22, 2018)

    U.S is bullshit they ruined Iraq a beautiful place and now isis is their course shitton (Clinton +Shit)

  • Taariq M-Star 616

     (Apr 16, 2018)

    "Assad continued to use chemical weapons" 😂 just like Saddam had weapons of mass destruction right? Fukn propaganda machines.

  • Goldenronnie 13

     (Sep 6, 2018)

    Well, not "chemical" weapons, normal weapons to kill innocent people in Syria, isn't this the same beautiful purpose, right?

  • Tanay Gupta

     (May 27, 2018)

    Taariq M-Star 616 American media dude😅😅

  • kayok07

     (Apr 16, 2018)

    Hate to be the common sense comment since this is YouTube, but why use gas when you are winning the civil war especially when it guarantees UN intervention? Lots of facts just don't line up that's why it was a limited strike other wise if information gets out that it wasn't the Syrian government we don't look 100% like idiots just 95%

  • Billsama Bin Clinten

     (Apr 19, 2018)

    +Claire Knight We did it as a battlefield test and a warning to the Soviets. In reality, firebomb raids killed similar amounts of people. The Japanese surrendered to the US because the Soviets invaded Hokkaido, and they knew the they would hang the Emperor.

  • Gia Hy Le Pham

     (Apr 16, 2018)

    If those are chemical facilities, which used to create and store chemical weapon, is blowing them up a good idea? And Western media accuses the regime to use chemical weapon on it own people in a war they are going to win? And since Iraq has anyone REALLY found a real "chemical weapon" substain which they have been talking about?