Each one of the 59 Tomahawk missiles fired by the US Navy on April 6, 2017, by order of President Trump at the Syrian air base in the Homs province cost approximately 1.3 million each or a total of 76.7 million. Another way of gauging the cost of this military action is to point out that the cost of this one bombing raid over Syrian territories is equivalent to the combined annual salaries of 18 public school teachers.
The effectiveness of the Tomahawk cruise missiles has been described as “surgical” and “targeted” by U.S. military authorities. Nonetheless, the Russian Ministry of Defense in the wake of the U.S. led airstrikes announced that only 23 out of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched by the USS Porter and USS Ross managed to reach Shayrat Airfield resulting in the destruction of an equipment depot, a training building, a mess, six MiG-23 aircraft in repairing hangars as well as a radar station. Recent reports from Syria indicate that the airport is now operational since U.S. jets failed to damage the runway either by intention or poor targeting. This outcome is shrouded in suspicion and Trump’s explanations as to the reasoning behind such a tactic simply do not add up.
One has to keep in mind that Trump’s presidential campaign ran on a platform of improved diplomatic relations with Russia, the likelihood of removing economic sanctions and a withdrawal of U.S. military presence in Syria as it posed no imminent threat to our national security. With one executive action Trump has done an about-face, 180-degree turn and satisfied the war mongering lusts of the likes of John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the neoconservative rat’s nest in Washington D.C.
It is also a matter of record that the Obama Administration had trained Syrian rebels in the use of chemical weapons, and had contingency plans to attack non-military targets with these weapons of mass destruction and subsequently blame it on the Assad regime. The documentation supporting this allegation was a leaked email from a defense contractor that confirmed that Washington had approved the plan in addition to a CNN investigative report and Daily Mail Online.
It worth noting that a growing number of conservative Republicans who initially supported Trump’s candidacy are starting to question his sincerity and true motivations especially since he has failed to liquidate his public shares in military subcontractors like Raytheon who are in the business of building Tomahawk missile systems and benefit substantially from armed conflict.
Add to that, his bank deregulation policies, the lowering of environmental protection standards, his budget cuts to public education, his anti-immigration policies that refuse to take into account family and work histories, and you have a recipe for self-implosion.
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