Opinion: Missile strike in Syria was in our national security interests

(Sinclair Broadcast Group)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The missile strikes against Syria last week were precise and targeted the Syrian chemical weapons program. The United Kingdom and France participated in the strikes. Israel supported the move.

You may be wondering why the U.S. is getting involved in Syria.

After all, there is also a brutal civil war in southern Sudan. There is a genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

The United States cannot be involved in every conflict or humanitarian crisis in the world.

That is the job of the United Nations - no matter how bad the UN actually is at dealing with conflicts around the world.

Here is why America took limited military action in Syria after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reportedly gassed his own people.

First, the United States and our allies enforced the spirit of international law which strongly prohibits chemical warfare.

Second, Syria is strategically located in the volatile Middle East right next to our key ally Israel.

Third, Iran and Russia are backing Syrian President Assad. Both Iran and Russia are trying to establish larger spheres of influence in the Middle East. That influence would act as a counter to American power and could threaten our and Israel’s security.

Here is the bottom line: by striking Syrian chemical weapons facilities the U.S. is punishing Assad and also giving a brushback to Iran and Russia. America cannot get involved in a full-scale war in Syria but we also cannot sit back and allow for our adversaries to fill a leadership void in Syria.

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