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A new poll shows overwhelming support for President Donald Trump's unilateral decision to launch a missile strike against a Syrian air base on Thursday -- in response to a reported chemical attack by the Syrian government that killed 80 civilians.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, 89.69 percent of respondents answered yes and 10.31 percent answered no when asked if they supported the president's decision to attack, according to Poldaddy.com.

Following Thursday's U.S. attack that destroyed 15 Syrian aircraft on the ground and killed six, U.S. lawmakers were split on the issue.

Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham hailed the action as "building on tonight’s credible first step, we must finally learn the lessons of history and ensure that tactical success leads to strategic progress. That means following through with a new, comprehensive strategy in coordination with our allies and partners to end the conflict in Syria.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) criticized the president for authorizing the use of military force without approval of Congress.

“While​ ​we​ ​all​ ​condemn​ ​the​ ​atrocities​ ​in​ ​Syria,​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States​ ​was​ ​not
attacked,"​ ​​Paul​ ​said​ ​in​ ​a​ ​statement ​​after​ ​​the​ ​U.S.​ ​rained 59​ ​Tomahawk​ ​cruise​ ​missiles​ ​on ​Shayrat airfield​ ​in​ ​Syria Thursday evening.

"The​ ​president​ ​needs​ ​congressional​ ​authorization​ ​for​ ​military​ ​action​ ​as​ ​required
by​ ​the​ ​Constitution,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​call​ ​on​ ​him​ ​to​ ​come​ ​to​ ​Congress​ ​for​ ​a​ ​proper​ ​debate,"
Paul​ ​said.​ ​"Our​ ​prior​ ​interventions​ ​in​ ​this​ ​region​ ​have​ ​done​ ​nothing​ ​to​ ​make​ ​us
safer,​ ​and​ ​Syria​ ​will​ ​be​ ​no​ ​different."

Within hours after the missile strike ISIS combatants launched an attack against Syrian ground forces, prompting speculation both events are related.

Libertarian columnist Justin Raimondo of Antiwar.com said Trump's "U-turn" on Syria will not sit will with his base, which "opposes regime change in Syria and can be mobilized to oppose this new madness -- and there are millions of them."

"Trump​ ​has​ ​laid​ ​the​ ​basis​ ​for​ ​his own​ ​undoing," Raimondo wrote Thursday.​ "If​ ​he​ ​goes​ ​ahead​ ​and​ ​follows​ ​the​ ​advice​ ​of​ ​John​ ​McCain​ ​and​ ​Lindsey​ ​Graham, escalates​ ​the​ ​war​ ​on​ ​Assad,​ ​and​ ​saves​ ​the​ ​Syrian​ ​Islamists​ ​from​ ​defeat,​ ​his​ ​base​ ​will​ ​defect​ ​in droves."

In 2013, Trump repeatedly warned former President Barack Obama on Twitter not to attack Syrian government forces over a reported chemical attack in Aleppo.

"Again, to our very foolish leader, do not attack Syria -- If you do very bad things will happen & from that fight the U.S. gets nothing," Trump wrote.

Trump reiterated his non-interventionist platform after the 2016 election.

"We will pursue a new foreign policy that fully learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. Our goal is stability not chaos," Trump said.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced Thursday the Trump administration is pursuing a future in Syria without Bashar al-Assad as president.

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Source: Dennis Michael Lynch

 

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