NOW, unfortunately, I have to make sure I scan my spam folder more. The reason being that's where I found this most recent response from Senator Pat Toomey. Had I not checked, it would have been lost to the ages.
So let's dive straight in. What's this one about?
Senator Toomey's first sentence:
Thank you for contacting me about the situation in Syria. I appreciate hearing from you.Ah, Syria. If it's Syria, it has to be the ninth letter. In it, I am asking about the Tomahawk missile attack on the Shayrat Airbase in Syria. Specifically, this:
The Pentagon announced that, "Russian forces were notified in advance of the strike using the established deconfliction line. U.S. military planners took precautions to minimize risk to Russian or Syrian personnel located at the airfield." Reportedly, the Russians were then able to inform the Syrians of the attack. The runways themselves were not damaged and within a day or so, the base was operational again.We're talking limited damage here.That's what I asked.
All this was done before the American people were informed. Let me simplify: Syria's ally Russia (and supposedly, Syria) knew of the attack before the American people knew.
Doesn't this bother you at all?
And this is how Senator Toomey answered:
As you know, Syria is in the midst of a bloody civil war. The Syrian government, led by President Bashar al-Assad, has massacred large numbers of Syrian people since the war began, including through the use of chemical weapons. During the fighting, over 400,000 Syrian citizens have died. The entire civilized world has denounced Assad's brutality. Since the civil war began, the U.S. has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in lethal and nonlethal assistance and humanitarian aid.You'll notice that he didn't answer my question. Not at all. In fact, his first two paragraphs are simply throat-clearing filler.
In early April, the Assad regime conducted another chemical weapons attack. This sarin gas attack in Idlib, Syria killed over 80 civilians, including children, and wounded over 500 more. In response to this atrocity, the Administration launched a cruise missile strike against the Assad regime on April 6, targeting the Shayrat air base. This action sends a message to the world that barbaric, nerve gas attacks on innocent Syrians will not go unpunished.
The current conflict in Syria is a complex challenge requiring American leadership and significant global engagement. I look forward to the President working with Congress on next steps, including development of a comprehensive plan that details for the American people our long-term strategic objectives, the possible risks for military personnel, and national security implications.
I understand your concerns regarding the situation in Syria and will keep them in mind as I continue to monitor the situation in Syria. Thank you again for your correspondence. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of assistance.
It's apt that it all starts with "As you know..."
Yes, Senator I do know all that stuff. That's why I asked you my question. So I'll ask it again, doesn't it bother you that Trump told the Russians about the attack BEFORE he told us, The American People?
And considering the events of the last week or so, if it didn't bother you then, doesn't it bother you now?