Pentagon After Action Press Conference and Debriefing on U.S., U.K. and French Military Action…

Earlier today the Pentagon conducted a press conference to debrief media and outline the outcome of a coordinated U.S., U.K. and French military mission against elements within Syria who used chemical weapons.   U.S. General Kenneth McKenzie Jr. gives the specifics on the targets and the outcomes therein.

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Per General James MattisApril 13th – Good evening.  As the world knows, the Syrian people have suffered terribly under the prolonged brutality of the Assad regime.

On April 7th, the regime decided to again defy the norms of civilized people, showing callous disregard for international law by using chemical weapons to murder women, children and other innocents.  We and our allies find these atrocities inexcusable.

As our commander in chief, the president has the authority under Article II of the Constitution to use military force overseas to defend important U.S. national interests.  The United States has an important national interest in averting a worsening catastrophe in Syria, and specifically deterring the use and proliferation of chemical weapons.

Last year, in response to a chemical weapons attack against civilians and to signal the regime to cease chemical weapons use, we targeted the military base from which the weapons were delivered.

Earlier today, President Trump directed the U.S. military to conduct operations, in consonance with our allies, to destroy the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons research, development and production capabilities.

Tonight, France, the United Kingdom and the United States took decisive action to strike the Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure.

Clearly, the Assad regime did not get the message last year.  This time, our allies and we have struck harder.  Together, we have sent a clear message to Assad, and his murderous lieutenants, that they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons attack for which they will be held accountable.

The 70 nations in the defeat ISIS coalition remain committed to defeating ISIS in Syria.  The strike tonight separately demonstrates international resolve to prevent chemical weapons from being used on anyone, under any circumstance, in contravention of international law.

I want to emphasize that these strikes are directed at the Syrian regime.  In conducting these strikes, we have gone to great lengths to avoid civilian and foreign casualties.

But it is time for all civilized nations to urgently unite in ending the Syrian civil war by supporting the United Nations backed Geneva peace process.

In accordance with the chemical weapons convention prohibiting the use of such weapons, we urge responsible nations to condemn the Assad regime and join us in our firm resolve to prevent chemical weapons from being used again.

General Dunford will provide a military update.

Based on recent experience, we fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming days by those who have aligned themselves with the Assad regime.  In an effort to maintain transparency and accuracy, my assistant for public affairs, Dana White, and Lt. Gen. McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, will provide a brief of known details tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.  (read more)

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316 Responses to Pentagon After Action Press Conference and Debriefing on U.S., U.K. and French Military Action…

  1. Benson II says:

    I was not happy when President Trump first said something about attacking Syria. I also was not happy when it happened. Since I have no understanding of the real why except for what we’re being told and I’ve seen nothing but speculation in anything I’ve read I’ll just have to accept President Trump had his own reasons for doing it. This is my first disagreement with anything he’s done and of course it’s ridiculous to think this will be a blight on his presidency as some have predicted. I do however hate the ambiguity of it because I really felt I understood all of his other actions if not in their entirety at the time I at least felt I would be and was pleased with the later result. I hope the long term result for this will be as good an outcome as all of his other decisions.

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  2. Madi says:

    It was all planned.

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  3. Navybuckeye says:

    I come here a lot. I like reading Sundance’s blogs. He usually paints a great picture. I appreciate all of the well thought out opinions and educated framework of what may be occurring.

    I too think we are over drawn in the world. But this was necessary. We had a President “draw a red line” against this previously. Then went on to do nothing but pay Iran millions for Sailors that were, IMO, intentionally put in harms way so that this pay off could be orchestrated (being ex-Navy, why were those sailors on a boat with no weapons patrolling a well known enemy territory?).

    Fast forward and Assad thought he could do it again. I don’t feel we are the world’s police, nor should we be but those Syrians who were murdered by their government deserve peace.

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  4. Ham Solo says:

    President Trump had two choices.

    1. Not believe his military intelligence and do nothing and let them know he doesn’t trust them
    2. Believe them and show everyone he is not bluffing when he draws a red line (which also sends a loud and clear signal to his and our enemies among many other signals and effects)

    Either way, NOW, for 100% certain, the leftist globalist neocon accusation that he is “Putin’s puppet” or is/was “colluding with the Russians” is OVER. DONE. FINISHED. PERIOD.

    They cannot now say, and have anyone believe them, that Trump colluded with or won’t stand up to the Russians because they have something on him or some video of him or some such ridiculous crap.

    In effect, he has just taken their last back rank chess piece off the table and put it in the box for good.

    That is what I believe this move was mostly all about. Especially since there doesn’t appear to have been any major civilian deaths, or Russian military deaths from the strikes. He sent a message without also causing WW3. Let’s hope that’s all and we aren’t dragged into another conflict by the globalists and/or neocons

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