Why Trump's "limited strike" on Syria probably won't work

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  • Published on:  Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Trump gave the same reason last year, and Assad’s use of chemical weapons hasn’t changed.Read more on the Syria strikes from Vox's defense and foreign writer Alex Ward: http://bit.ly/2JRFbmvSubscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOPresident Donald Trump’s limited strike on Syria in April is an established tactic among presidents — his predecessors from Obama through Reagan all used similar actions, with varying results.But limited strikes that accomplish all their goals are exceedingly rare — only about 6 percent can make that claim, according to research by expert Micah Zenko. Most strikes have mixed success, at best. For example: Trump’s justification for attacking Syria was to send a message about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons. That’s the same justification he used when authorizing a limited strike on Syria one year earlier. Why do presidents even use limited strikes if they’re rarely effective? There is some logic to it. For one, they’re not very costly. But more importantly, these strikes generally don’t put US troops in harm's way. And well, politically, presidents have very little to lose by exercising the option. In fact, authorizing a limited strike can give the appearance of strength and decisiveness and can sometimes have a positive effect on approval, whether or not the strike actually achieves its intended goals. Follow Vox's full coverage of Trump's Syria strikes here: http://bit.ly/2HquSrmVox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H


  • Vox
    Vox  a years ago +166

    Read more on the Syria strikes from Vox's defense and foreign writer Alex Ward: http://bit.ly/2JRFbmv

  • Our Founding Liars
    Our Founding Liars  a years ago +29

    Trump is a strange breed of orange Reptilian. We must keep him alive to study. Keep asking questions.

  • Julia Crawford
    Julia Crawford  a years ago +545

    Typical American day = facepalming at what the government is doing

  • AlanTheBest97
    AlanTheBest97  a years ago +114

    Assad is winning the war, with or without chemical weapons, he has Russian support and has the rebels contained and mostly under siege. Time is on his side, I doubt he would risk NATO interference by using chemical weapons, when conventional means will do the job. The attack was staged no doubt, the only mistery is by whom...

  • kayok07
    kayok07  a years ago +277

    Hate to be the common sense comment since this is YouTube, but why use gas when you are winning the civil war especially when it guarantees UN intervention? Lots of facts just don't line up that's why it was a limited strike other wise if information gets out that it wasn't the Syrian government we don't look 100% like idiots just 95%

  • _X Y Z_
    _X Y Z_  a years ago +5

    The goal of the entire war in the Middle East is to destabilize the region.

  • Van Hendrix
    Van Hendrix  a years ago +1343

    Iraq didn't go well; Libya didn't go well. It would be a tragedy to get bogged down in another war

  • onee
    onee  a years ago +46

    So, what is the alternative? To invade Syria? Why would you want to invade Syria? It's not like they're your neighbour or are attacking you?

  • Peter Hardie
    Peter Hardie  a years ago +54

    The sad thing is that Hillary would do the same. Two parties both beholden to the Military Industrial Complex.

  • Jet Kwan
    Jet Kwan  a years ago +1

    "Isn't going to work"
    What is it even intending to achieve in the 1st place??

  • kasra khatir
    kasra khatir  a years ago +74

    You guys still believe the chemical attack too ?

  • Slurpuff=)
    Slurpuff=)  a years ago +716

    I live in a state near Syria and I hope this war ends. It's sad to see so much bad things happening in one country.

  • Oday Aboukheir
    Oday Aboukheir  3 months ago

    I’m Syrian 🇸🇾 your destroying my home 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  • Santiago Bron
    Santiago Bron  a years ago +2

    At 3:14
    Wait Assad used chemical weapons in Damascus?
    Despite the fact that he ALREADY controls it?
    Yeah that makes total sense.

  • Riot Breaker
    Riot Breaker  a years ago

    - OOF

  • Taariq M-Star 616
    Taariq M-Star 616  a years ago +25

    "Assad continued to use chemical weapons" 😂 just like Saddam had weapons of mass destruction right? Fukn propaganda machines.

  • Боян Михов
    Боян Михов  a years ago +375

    Libya,Iraq, Serbia and now Syria. All of those were nations which although had problems were better off BEFORE the USA intervened.

  • Kek from Kekistan
    Kek from Kekistan  a years ago +1

    Everyone knows that the only reason he did this was to bring the media's attention away from him (Stormy Daniels, Muller... Etc... Etc...)

    VINDICATE  a years ago +2

    I’ve made a couple videos on this. I’m pretty sure we’re closer to World War 3 than people think if anyone wants to check them out!

  • EagleMMA
    EagleMMA  a years ago +1

    "Low cost" still 200 million USD from US taxpayers