The President pulled no punches in a recent address to the American people.
His reason for speaking to the nation like this was to announce that he had cleared the military to launch a unified attack, along with our allies in the UK and France, on the Syrian government’s military positions.
Trump felt compelled to order the attack because of the Syrian government’s recent use of chemical weapons on the rebel-held stronghold of Douma, Syria.
In his speech, he also condemned the Russian government for their embrace of barbarity and their support of a monster who would murder innocent civilians.
“Today, the nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshaled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality.
The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children, thrashing in pain and gasping for air. These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead…
To Iran and to Russia, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children? The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep.
No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators. In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons. Assad’s recent attack and today’s response are the direct result of Russia’s failure to keep that promise.
Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace. Hopefully, someday we’ll get along with Russia and maybe even Iran, but maybe not…
In the last century, we looked straight into the darkest places of the human soul. By the end of the World War I, more than one million people had been killed or injured by chemical weapons. We never want to see that ghastly specter return.”
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