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U.S. Launches Cruise Missiles at Syrian Regime Air Base in Response to Chemical Attack
Strikes represent first time a U.S. military operation deliberately targeted the regime of President Bashar al-Assad
WASHINGTON—The U.S. military launched a series of strikes against a Syrian air base Friday, a response to mounting calls for a display of force in the wake of this week’s suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria.
The strikes represented the first time a U.S. military operation deliberately targeted the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and came a day after President Donald Trump said the chemical attack in Idlib province earlier this week, blamed on Syrian forces, had changed his thinking on Mr. Assad.
The U.S. strikes came as Mr. Trump was hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping at his resort in Mar-a-lago, Fla., and hours before the start of a full day of meetings on Friday focusing on economics, trade and security issues including North Korea’s nuclear program.
Who We Are and Who He Is
Fred Fleitz, who will be a part of Donald Trump’s team, is an expert on the Iran Nuclear Deal and is prominently mentioned in the article below. Mr. Fleitz will be speaking at ICON Lectures on October 17, 2017, in Chapel Hill, NC, regarding The Growing National Threat From Iran. Nancywww.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/12/trump_appoints_the_right_team_to_regain_the_middle_east.htmlAMERICAN THINKER.COMDecember 26, 2016
Trump appoints the right team to regain the Middle East
The Trump administration is dedicated to undoing the harm done by the Obama administration in the Iran Deal. To succeed, it needs the right team.
Relatively few people have heard of the Center for Security Policy. That’s about to change because it is playing a prominent, if not dominant role, in the Trump transition team in matters relating to Iran, Russia, China and Islam. Gone from the corridors of power is the Brookings Institution, who have a satellite office in Doha, Qatar along with their Vice President and Director for Foreign Policy, Martin Indyk. Soon, President Obama, the golfer, Secretary Kerry, the bicyclist and Secretary Clinton, the failure, will also be gone.
Isis in Syria and Iraq is systematically recruiting children as young as eight to become soldiers and suicide bombers, and exacts brutal punishment on those who defy them.
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This photo, grabbed from Russian Defense Ministry video footage issued Aug. 16, is said to show a Tu-22M3 long-range bomber releasing its payload above Syria after it took off from an air base in Iran. (Russian Defense Ministry / Handout/European Pressphoto Agency)
The price of powerlessness
This week Russian bombers flew out of Iranian air bases to attack rebel positions in Syria. The State Department pretended not to be surprised. It should be. It should be alarmed. Iran’s intensely nationalistic revolutionary regime had never permitted foreign forces to operate from its soil. Until now.The reordering of the Middle East is proceeding apace. Where for 40 years the U.S.-Egypt alliance anchored the region, a Russia-Iran condominium is now dictating events. That’s what you get after eight years of U.S. retrenchment and withdrawal. That’s what results from the nuclear deal with Iran, the evacuation of Iraq and utter U.S. immobility on Syria. Consider:● IranThe nuclear deal was supposed to begin a rapprochement between Washington and Tehran. Instead, it has solidified a strategic-military alliance between Moscow and Tehran. With the lifting of sanctions and the normalizing of Iran’s international relations, Russia rushed in with major deals, including the shipment of S-300 ground-to-air missiles. Russian use of Iranian bases now marks a new level of cooperation and joint power projection.● IraqThese bombing runs cross Iraqi airspace. Before President Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq, that could not have happened. The resulting vacuum has not only created a corridor for Russian bombing, it has gradually allowed a hard-won post-Saddam Iraq to slip into Iran’s orbit. According to a Baghdad-based U.S. military spokesman, there are 100,000 Shiite militia fighters operating inside Iraq, 80 percent of them Iranian-backed.
THE REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT MIGRATION CRISISJames Simpson, a nationally known economist and an investigative journalist was the guest speaker at the ICON Lecture on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Mr. Simpson is an expert on immigration and the refugee program that is being presently debated in this country. His talk. entitled , “The Refugee Resettlement Migration Crisis” provided crucial information on this important subject that is causing great controversy as to the advisability of bringing in refugees from the Middle East and other areas that are presently in turmoil. Mr. Simpson is the author of “The Red-Green Axis: Refugees, Immigration, and the Agenda to Erase America”.ICON’s next lecture, “The EMP Threat” will be presented on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in Chapel Hill. Mr. James Jay Carafano, PhD, a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges, is the Heritage Foundation’s Vice President and in 2012 assumed responsibility for Heritage’s entire defense and foreign policy team. For tickets and more details, please go to www.iconlectureseries.comThe following photos were taken at the James Simpson lecture. Nancy