Analysis & Commentary


12th April 2017 - The Washington Times

The (limited) mission accomplished in Syria

Clifford D. May

If you’re still unsure about whether President Trump did the right thing when he launched 59 cruise missiles at Syria’s Shayrat air base last week, consider the alternative.

11th April 2017 - CTV News

Power Play

John Cappello

FDD senior fellow John Cappello discusses the US strikes in Syria and strategy going forward.

11th April 2017 - C-SPAN

Washington Journal

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses the US missile strike in Syria and possible strategy going forward.

10th April 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran, Russia Threaten ‘Lethal Response’ to Further U.S. Action in Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Joint Russia-Iranian forces operating in Syria warned the Trump administration over the weekend that further American strikes on the war-torn country will unleash a "lethal response," according to official statements aimed at ratcheting up tension with the United States following a string of...

10th April 2017 - Quoted by Masood Farivar - Voice of America

Surgical Strikes Have Spotty History of Success

Bill Roggio

One-off surgical strikes like the kind carried out by the U.S. against the Syrian regime on Thursday have had a spotty record of effectiveness, raising questions over the latest assault’s ability to alter the course of the six-year-old Syrian conflict, according to military experts.

9th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Syria policy must reflect the complex reality on the ground

Thomas Joscelyn

On the night of Apr. 6, the US opened a third air campaign in Syria, targeting Bashar al-Assad’s air force. The US has been bombing the Islamic State and select al Qaeda targets in Syria since 2014. But the Syrian regime, which is responsible for most of the civilian casualties in the...

8th April 2017 - Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Washington Free Beacon

Foreign Policy Experts Praise Trump’s Decision to Strike Assad Airbase

Jonathan Schanzer

The American military strike on a Syrian government airbase Thursday was lauded by foreign policy experts as a necessary and proportionate response to Syrian leader Bashar al Assad's chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians earlier in the week.

7th April 2017 - Fox News

America’s Newsroom

Tony Badran

FDD research fellow Tony Badran comments on US missile strike in Syria.

7th April 2017 - Fox Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah comments on whether the Trump's missile strike in Syria will give the Chinese initiative to slow down North Korea's nuclear armory.

7th April 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD's Michael Ledeen joins Mary Kissel to expand on his recent article covering Syria and the Assad regime.

7th April 2017 - 660 AM The Answer

The Mark Davis Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior Vice President Jonathan Schanzer discusses the recent Syria missile strike in response to Assad's chemical weapons attack.

7th April 2017 - AM 770

Afternoons with Rob Breakenridge

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Senior Vice President Jonathan Schanzer reacts to the American missile strike in Syria.

7th April 2017 - Syndicated

The Jim Bohannon Show

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses the strikes in Syria and thier impact.

7th April 2017 - Quoted by Matt Kwong - CBC News

Missile attack on Syria might be ‘win-win’ for embattled Trump

Jonathan Schanzer

The impact globally likely won't be known for hours or days. Not until the sun comes up and the dust lifts near the Shayrat airbase in the civil war-scarred country's west, where more than 50 Tomahawk missiles struck Thursday night at the directive of U.S. President Donald Trump.

7th April 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

“Believed to be sarin and chlorine”

Bill Roggio

At least 58 people, including 11 children, were killed in a suspected chemical gas attack believed to have been conducted by Syrian government jets in the rebel-held province of Idlib early Tuesday, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and local health officials....

6th April 2017 - Quoted by Bill Powell - Newsweek

The Risks of Trump’s Strike on Assad in Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

In light of President Donald Trump's decision to launch missiles at Syrian military targets on Thursday in response to a sarin gas attack on civilians, here’s a window into the complexity on the ground in Syria.

6th April 2017 - Quoted by Anita Kumar, Vera Bergengruen, Franco Ordonez - McClatchy Washington Bureau

U.S. strikes Syrian airbase as Trump signals an end to patience with Assad

Jonathan Schanzer

The U.S. military launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield on Thursday, President Donald Trump’s first major military action since taking office.

6th April 2017 - PJ Media

The Real War in ‘Syria’ and the Strategy for Long-Term Victory

Michael Ledeen

Of course I loathe Assad. And of course I despise the Obamans for that phony red line and the subsequent retreat-and-bogus-Russian-deal. But just carrying out vengeance against Assad isn’t good enough. It fails to address the central problem of our time: the global anti-American alliance....

6th April 2017 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

Trump is reportedly weighing military strikes on Syria — here are his options

Jonathan Schanzer

US President Donald Trump is reportedly considering military retaliation against Syrian President Bashar Assad after blaming him for a "heinous" chemical attack that killed at least 70 people, including at least a dozen children.

6th April 2017 - Quoted by Matt Kwong - CBC News

‘Beyond a red line’: Syria attack tests Trump’s changing foreign-policy attitude

Jonathan Schanzer

Donald Trump's words seemed to be spiked with an implicit threat, one that would signal a sharp turnaround for a president keen to keep America out of messy world affairs.

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