Principle: PRO-Strong National Defense

In a bold military move this week, Trump has seemingly turned away from his non-interventionist foreign policy he boasted during his Presidential campaigning, and instead decided on swift retaliatory action for what appears to be the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. Without question, such use of chemical weapons by any foreign government should be met with the utmost resistance and condemnation. However, many Americans are questioning whether the proof was there on who exactly used the chemical weapons, if the Syrian government was directly responsible, and if we should have taken military action so quickly without both the American people or its Congress knowing the facts of such an incident. Details are sure to follow on what the President Trump and his administration knew about the chemical attack and why such a forceful military response was required. Let’s hope Trump made the right decision and not just following in the previous Presidents’ footsteps of kowtowing to the military-industrial complex.

The Washington Post – The U.S. military launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield early Friday in the first direct American assault on the government of President Bashar al-Assad since that country’s civil war began nearly six years ago.

The operation, which the Trump administration authorized in retaliation for a chemical attack killing scores of civilians this week, dramatically expands U.S. military involvement in Syria and exposes the United States to heightened risk of direct confrontation with Russia and Iran, both backing Assad in his attempt to crush his opposition.

Syria and Russia swiftly denounced the attack, launched at around 3:40 a.m. local time Friday (8:40 p.m. EDT Thursday) from U.S. ships in the eastern Mediterranean.

Read more at: U.S. strikes Syrian military airfield in first direct assault on Bashar al-Assad’s government – The Washington Post.

Allowing illegal immigrants to get away with breaking US law only encourages more to do so. However painful the lesson will be, our Border Patrol must take a 0% tolerence approach to those that would invade our country illegally, even if those invading call their law breaking “a protest”.

Fox5SanDeigo.com – Over a week ago, a mob of more than 100 people crossed into the US illegally in the Tijuana River channel only to be pushed back by Border Patrol agents, and a second incursion may be in the works.

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 9.11.58 PMBorder Patrol agents believe the illegal crossing was a planned act of disobedience that took place the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Agents used non-lethal force including Tasers, pepper pellet guns, mace and tear gas to push the crowd back into Tijuana. But some are worried that a second mass illegal crossing may be in the planning stages.

“There are a few people saying they need to do it again,” said Bryan Chilian, a filmmaker who was working on a documentary about the homeless living near the border when he saw the crowd move to cross the border. Chilian filmed the incident.

Border agents didn’t use lethal force the first time around, but some fear they might if it happens again.

Read more at: Activists warn of more mass illegal crossings at border | FOX5 San Diego – San Diego news, weather, traffic, sports from KSWB.

This sounds like good news to those of us how have been patient for justice to be done for those who lost their lives in connection with the Fast and Furious debacle. The incident proved that much more must be done to secure our border with Mexico

Washington Times – Mexican police have arrested a third suspect in the December 2010 killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry, whose death drew light on Operation Fast and Furious, a botched plan by the U.S. government that was meant to track guns smuggled to Mexico.

Police in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa said they had arrested Ivan Soto Barraza, 30, who is suspected in participating in Terry’s killing during a shootout in the Arizona borderlands, Reuters reported.

Fast and Furious, operated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, allowed weapons to slip across the border to Mexico in what turned into a national scandal.

Mexican Interpol captured Soto near the town of El Fuerte late on Wednesday and took him to a prison in Hermosillo, Sonora, on Thursday, where he awaits extradition, a police spokesman said, according to Reuters.

Read more at: Mexico arrests 3rd suspect in killing of U.S. Border Patrol agent linked to Fast and Furious – Washington Times.

Rand Paul joins the list of other US Senators who oppose the use of military force in Syria. Paul explains that there simple is no “national security” rational for doing so.

As the Obama administration moves closer to launching strikes on Syria, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is arguing there’s no “national security” rationale for doing so.

“The war in Syria has no clear national security connection to the United States and victory by either side will not necessarily bring in to power people friendly to the United States,” Paul said Wednesday in a statement provided by his office.

“The United States should condemn the use of chemical weapons,” the Kentucky Republican added. “We should ascertain who used the weapons and we should have an open debate in Congress over whether the situation warrants U.S. involvement. The Constitution grants the power to declare war to Congress not the President.”

Read more at: Rand Paul: ‘war in Syria has no clear national security connection’ | The Daily Caller.