The United States launched a missile strike over Syria. This has caused war for most Syrians, who have spent years living through their country’s civil war that has been going on longer than expected.

After the missile strike, President Trump declared “mission accomplished.”

“A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!" President Trump said in a tweet.

The U.S. forces fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on three Syrian targets. According to a report by CNBC, the price tag of these missiles that were fired cost around $92.4 million, which makes each missile cost around $1.4 million each. The Tomahawk missiles have a range of 800 to 1,553 miles. These missiles can also be released from over 140 U.S. Navy ships and submarines.

President Trump ordered the U.S. military to release missiles, along with French and U.K. forces, against the Syrian government. The use of Tomahawk missiles were no surprise to many because it is the “go-to” weapon that “presidents reach for first in a crisis,” according to missile defense expert Thomas Karako, director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Tomahawks have been released during war more than 2,000 times since joining the U.S. Navy’s arsenal in the 1980s.

Tomahawk missiles are some of the strongest weapons to be used during war. They are very dangerous and the question of whether these weapons must be used has been lingering for a long time. The Tomahawk missile is the length of a telephone pole, can hold a 1,000-pound warhead the distance from New York City to Kansas City and can travel close to the speed of a commercial airplane. It is no secret that these weapons can do serious damage.

Choices like these affect us as a country. War can be seen as such a negative situation that affects how other countries, and even our own citizens, view us.

Defense Department spokesperson Dana White stressed during the news conference that the operation “does not represent a change in U.S. policy, nor an attempt to depose the Syrian regime.”

Before anything, as a country, we must ask ourselves, was this choice constitutional and was it morally right? Congressional authorization is needed before any use of force against Syria, and President Trump, may have not had the authority to do so.

This may put our country in a dangerous situation, and we have to be sure we are not doing anything that will put our country at risk.

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