A history lesson- Trump has been pro-Assad and pro-Russia from the beginning- this is from 2015
Again in 2016 before the election, he sided with Assad and Russia
March 30th- Trump says the US won’t push for Assad to be removed, siding with the Russian regime and backing away from the Obama era policies that condemned his mass genocide of his own people
4/4/17- Assad uses chemical weapons on his own citizens
CBS news links the chemical attack to the Trump pro-Assad policy
Trump blames Obama
Trump blames Obama, yet in 2013, when Assad launched a major chemical strike (that one killed 1400, vs the 70 the most recent one did), Obama went to congress to get approval for a strike against Syria and the House Republicans almost unanimously said no to it. (183 to 12 against bombing Syria)
So 5 days ago Trump sides with Russia in regards to Assad and Syria and that emboldens Assad and he tests his new alliance and attacks his people. Trump starts out blaming Obama and others instead of Assad, but eventually, as more intelligent people meet with him (or he watches enough Fox News on the subject) he starts to “evolve” his feelings toward Syria.
Maybe this will start a shift where maybe just maybe, Trump will start listening to other people and start distancing himself from his BFF Putin, or maybe this is all a show to pretend to distance himself to take the pressure off his connections to Russia. Either way, it was nice to see that his new “evolved” idea stands for human rights and realizes that we can’t just pretend we are the only country in the world that matters.
Update– Tonight Trump ordered 60 missiles to attack the airfield where the chemical attacks originated. Time will tell how this will all work out. I am hoping we can find a way to stop the horrible crimes over there without starting a major world war.
Syrian military officials appeared to anticipate Thursday’s night raid on Syria‘s Shayrat airbase, evacuating personnel and moving equipment ahead of the strike, according to an eyewitness to the strike. The attack lasted approximately 35 minutes and its impact was felt across the city, shaking houses and sending those inside them fleeing from their windows. Both of the airport’s major runways were struck by missiles, and some of its 40 fortified bunkers were also damaged.
“This attack on one air base seems more symbolic,” Clarke said. “I think Secretary of Defense [General] James Mattis gave the president a list of options, this being the smallest. It was a targeted attack not designed to overwhelm the Syrian military … I think the president was trying to differentiate himself from his predecessor.”
Local residents say the Russian military had used the airbase in early 2016 but have since withdrawn their officers, so the base is now mainly operated by Syrian and Iranian military officers. There is also a hotel near the airport where Iranian officers have been staying, though it was not clear whether it was damaged.
The eyewitness believes human casualties, at least within the civilian population, were minimal, as there was no traffic heading toward the local hospital.
The airstrike follows confirmation by the Turkish Health Ministry that autopsies on several victims of Tuesday’s attack confirmed the use of the nerve agent sarin in violation of international law.
He asked Mr. Trump if he could “look children aged five, eight, ten, in the face and tell them they can’t go to school here”.
Mr. Trump did not hesitate and said he could, which brought applause from the crowd.
He said: “I can look in their faces and say ‘You can’t come’. I’ll look them in the face.
“Look, we don’t know where their parents come from. Their parents should always stay with them, that’s very important, but we don’t know where the parents come from, they have no documentation. They may be Isil, they may be Isil-related. It could be a Trojan horse. If two percent of those people are bad the trouble is unbelievable.”
In other news. AFP sources in Syria report that the base hit by Trump yesterday is already being used again to launch air strikes.