Mr. President, This is No Time to be Russia's Gimp

The Russians launched a chemical attack in Britain. The United States needs to respond forcefully.

The Russians launched a military grade chemical attack in a major British city to kill two. They have potentially exposed hundreds of others to a lethal nerve agent. American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledges that the Russians were behind it. But the White House will not go so far.

Now is the time for American leadership. This President has shown his willingness to take on Russia, including arming the Ukrainian people. But, I suspect because of fatigue within the White House over the Russian-election narrative, the Administration frequently vacillates in its response to Russian aggression.

I do not think this Administration vacillates on Russia so badly because it is secretly pro-Russian. I think the Administration gets tired of having to constantly deal with the "Russians stole the election" storyline that comes up anytime the President even mentions Russia. Anything and everything this Administration does gets a media diatribe on Russia, so they get into bunker mode and refuse to act.

Now, however, is the time to act. A major American ally has experienced a chemical attack at the hands of Russians. The world is watching for American leadership. The world needs President Trump to be clear that this behavior will not be tolerated and is unacceptable. Donald Trump needs to join Theresa May and other western powers in punishing the Russians for their actions and he needs to do it today.

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jamesbo
jamesbo

trump believes that putin is an honest man, in the same way republicans and conservatives believe that trump is an honest man!!

FloridaMan
FloridaMan

I'm pretty sure by now Trump has called Putin and asked if he did it, and Putin of course told him that he didn't and Trump likely believed him. Why would Putin lie?

Reaganite
Reaganite

We should call out the Russians, but we should also admonish the British for their assault on free speech, religious liberty for Christians, and their arrest of conservatives. Political correctness and their capitulation to Islam are the greatest threats to the populace of the island of Churchill and Thatcher. Jihadists have returned to England from ISIS, and are regrouping there, posing a threat to Europe and to us. The White Cliffs of Dover have been breached by Mohammed's army. England is no longer England.

etbass
etbass

Putin is the bully on the playground. He is going to keep twisting arms and taking other, smaller kids lunch money until someone stands up to him. Now he has picked on the UK, who is capable of fighting back. We need to stand firmly with them and take swift and strong action to reign Putin in. I don't claim to be a foreign policy expert, so I won't speculate on exactly what those actions should be. Sending a "sternly worded letter" isn't sufficient. Otherwise, we will be next.