Former White House national security aide Sebastian Gorka said he supports President Donald Trump’s order of a military strike against the Syrian government. His comments came during a heated Fox News panel Friday night.
The U.S. was right to launch a "precision" strike against on Syrian targets because it sends a strong message, Gorka argued.
Why does he believe this?
“To anybody who has doubts, think about this one question,” Gorka said. “What happens when the outside regime uses chemical weapons, as secretary Mattis said, and as he did last year, and I saw the intelligence, and we do nothing? What message does that send to Iran, to Assad, to proxies? Because it sends a clear message as far as I'm concerned, that we got away with it and we can do it again.”
Fox News host Laura Ingraham disagreed, arguing that the U.S. should stay out of it. She cited the ballooning national debt as just one reason.
“Of course it’s horrific to use and type of chemical weapon, nerve agent,” said Ingraham. “It’s beyond, beyond. We can’t even comprehend it as Americans. So where’s the world community? It’s great that you have Britain and France. It’s fantastic. I love it. But where in the heck is the ‘world community?’ Where’s Japan? Where’s everybody else?"
Gorka countered her by saying, “without American leadership, there is no action.”
“Yeah, we're out of money,” Ingraham said. “We have no dough. It's not 1995 anymore, Sebastian.”
“So, we let children get gassed,” Gorka shot back.
When did this happen?
The debate happened just after Trump announced that the U.S., along with the United Kingdom and France, had launched a military strike on Syria due to the reported use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. According to published reports, the chemical weapons attack killed at least 42 civilians, including women and children.
The strikes were designed to deal a serious blow to Syria’s chemical weapons facilities, Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, a Pentagon spokesperson, told reporters Saturday morning.
McKenzie warned, however, that the strikes did not eliminate all of Syria’s chemical weapons abilities, Vox.com reported.
Pictures of men, women and children with foam coming out of their mouths and noses were circulated by doctors and activists in Syria. Doctors said that shows symptoms of being exposed to a nerve agent, according to published reports.