USS PORTER (DDG 78) Missile Strikes against Syria

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  1. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    Thumbs up for CDR Slough. You may fire when ready Gridley.
     
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    Gotta love those stand-off weapons.
     
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    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    Hope the Russians stay out of it and don't send any assets to harass ours. They love to play chicken with planes and ships.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    A Russian frigate is on the way. I'm sure they'll be looking to play tag or something.
     
  6. Capt MJ

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    This CO can handle it.
     
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    I'm reminded of a story I read years ago in "Proceedings". A Soviet ship was shadowing some US ships in the Med. After days of this, the US CO sent a message to the Soviet skipper. They were getting ready for an exercise and if the Soviet ship wanted to participate as the OPFOR they were welcome. The Soviet CO declined.
    If not a true story, it should be.
     
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    Chockstock "Forever One Team" 10-Year Member

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    It was great and all but the only thing that really bothers me is that the crisis in Syria only captured our attention when we got wind of the chemical weapons. Syrians have been dying for years now - the great loss of life continues and has been happening for quite a long time now. The only difference is the manner in which the killings were carried out. I don't get it, someone fill me in if I'm missing something.
     
  9. xyz321

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    Agreed, but as they say, "it's complicated ". When Obama wanted to intervene, Great Britain dis not support UN action, and when he went to congress for approval, he was denied. President Trump did not seek Congressional approval, and can likely make a reasonable argument for that course of action. I do not, however, understand his end game. Frankly, not sure he has one in mind. Personally, I would like to see us welcome more refugees from Syria, as there is clearly a great deal of human suffering that is occurring.
     
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    Wishful "Land of the free, because of the brave..." 5-Year Member

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    Read a recent article which stated that the authority the President has in prosecuting the war against Al-Qaeda & ISIS does not hold against the Syrian government as it is a nation, not one of the 2 terrorist groups mentioned. The article follows that he would need Congressional approval within 90 days. Unsure who makes the call in this case (Supreme Court?), but I am assuming that if Congress really wanted to assert it's authority, they have a case....as per this article.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/us/politics/military-force-presidential-power.html?_r=0
     
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    Great article. I think he absolutely needs approval within 90 days, but we haven't even reached 100 days of this term. So much can happen in 90 days!!!
     
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    Chockstock "Forever One Team" 10-Year Member

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    Congress probably won't any meaningful legislation on the Syria question (and other future limited interventions for that matter) to avoid being held accountable down the road if things go badly
     
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