Think Things Can’t Get Worse in Syria? Think Again

President Trump’s cruise missile strike last week in retaliation for an alleged use of sarin nerve gas by Syria’s Bashir Assad begs the question: “Now what?”

Administration spokesmen are signaling the answer is the removal of Assad from power. It is not clear, however, that they have thought through who will govern Syria once he’s gone, or what America will have to do to prevent that alternative from being even more odious – and dangerous.

The President’s controversial National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster, claimed Sunday that Washington was working to replace Assad with “everyone, except Russia and Iran.” That would mean we are now aligned with “partners” who include assorted Sunni Sharia-supremacists – including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood – whose agenda is no less murderous and menacing than Assad’s.

Think things can’t get worse in Syria? Think again.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.