Day 36- Trumps week with Syria

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)

My Take

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.

Update# 2Trump told Russia, and not congress before making the air strikes in Syria

Tillerson confirmed that the US military contacted their Russian counterparts about the attack ahead of time, in accordance with deconfliction policies between the US and Russia over military activities in Syria. Russia was given a one-hour notice, according to a senior US official.
Russian President Vladimir Putin described the US airstrikes on Syria as “an act of aggression against a sovereign state” that “dealt a serious blow to Russia-US relations,” according to a Kremlin statement. Russia said it believed Syria had destroyed all of its chemical weapons and the US strikes were based on a “far-fetched pretext.”
Lawmakers in the US generally supported Trump’s decision to strike back against Assad Thursday night, but cautioned the President against unilaterally starting a war without first consulting Congress. 
A pair of defense hawks — Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham — who have frequently been critical of Trump, roundly praised his decision Thursday night. 
“Acting on the orders of their commander-in-chief, they have sent an important message the United States will no longer stand idly by as Assad, aided and abetted by Putin’s Russia, slaughters innocent Syrians with chemical weapons and barrel bombs,” McCain and Graham said in a joint statement.But Sen. Rand Paul called on Trump to consult on Congress.
“While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked,” Paul said. “The President needs congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution, and I call on him to come to Congress for a proper debate.”

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.

My take–

While I applaud the Trump administration for taking steps to condemn the horrible use of nerve agent on anyone, especially civilians and children, I do have some concerns about how and why they choose to attack yesterday.
1. Why did Trump make the decision to bomb Syria at his personal resort while hosting the Chinese president instead of returning to Washington and meeting with congressional leaders and military leaders first? To me that makes me wonder if this was more to show China he has power
2. Why did Trump tell Russia of the attack before doing so but not tell congress? Was this a coordinated effort with Putin to show that he will stand up to Russia without actually stepping up to Russia? Will we find out down the road that because of these attacks, Trump decides to remove sanctions with Russia to “make up for the attack”
3. What is the eventual goal here? With the Russia, Syria, Iran coalition getting stronger, will we end up starting WW3 if we continue intervention against Assad in Syria?
4. It upsets me that Putin blasts the US for apparent “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law.” What about using Sarin gas on your own people? The US hit a military target and theirs killed children in the most brutal way possible.
5. Trump’s concern seems hollow considering that he has twice attempted to block the same children from seeking sanctuary in the US “Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered at this very barbaric attack,” Trump said of the chemical attack. “No child of God should ever suffer such horror.” He said this yet, the thought of them coming here to be safe is met with quotes like this “Eight Syrians were just caught on the southern border trying to get into the U.S. ISIS maybe? I told you so. WE NEED A BIG & BEAUTIFUL WALL!” “Refugees from Syria are now pouring into our great country. Who knows who they are – some could be ISIS. Is our president insane?”

 

One man said he lived in Greenwich, Connecticut, where Mr. Trump has a home, and there were plans to relocate Syrian refugee families there.

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.

Russians warned. Syrians tipped. State Dept not notified. Congress not consulted. Base operational again. THIS WAS JUST A P-R STUNT.

 

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