I haven’t written much about Syria. In fact, the last time I did was a year ago when the US military launched a missile strike in response to a chemical weapons attack.
At that time, the True Trump SupportersTM on Twitter proclaimed that Donald Trump was just another neo-con warmonger who was dragging us into another endless war in the Middle East.
They – and, ironically enough, the Iranians — accused President Trump of taking the side of ISIS.
Which is odd considering that in the intervening months, the US military effectively destroyed ISIS and liberated the people enslaved by them. Including those in Syria.
Anyhow. Here we are again.
A year later and once again a chemical weapons attack has resulted in another targeted US missile strike on Syria.
And once again True Trump SupportersTM are rallying to the side of Iran while decrying the influence of globalist, neo-cons over the President.
Listen, I never claimed to be a foreign policy expert. And I haven’t attended any of the national security meetings.
So I don’t know everything the President knows.
That could be why I find these sweeping declarative statements on Twitter from people who have as little foreign policy knowledge as I somewhat ridiculous.
In fact, many of the same people who a year ago announced that they were done with Trump are once again announcing that they are done with Trump.
I wonder how many times you can stomp away saying, “That’s it! It’s over!” before you actually mean it.
Now that’s not to say that I’m not concerned about the US becoming involved in the civil war in Syria.
Because I am.
I don’t want us dragged into another conflict there – especially after the mess Obama made of the region.
And there’s no doubt he made a mess.
Don’t get me wrong, the mess began before January 20, 2009.
But having Obama follow Bush made a bad situation downright cataclysmic.
Abandoning Iraq, supporting the ousting of Hosni Mubarak, aiding the rebels in the overthrow of Gaddafi – Obama’s blunders were ruinous. And not just for the Middle East. Obama’s disastrous policies were calamitous for Africa and Europe as well.
And why? Why is it Barack Obama destroyed the balance of power in the Middle East?
One word: Iran.
I’m certain the reason Obama caved on his “red line” over Syria’s use of chemical weapons is directly related to his desperate desire to negotiate with Iran.
Let’s be honest, Obama bent over backwards for the Mullahs.
[Actually, it’s probably more accurate to say he bent over forward.]
It explains his hasty retreat from Iraq – not to mention his hostility toward Israel.
In fact, as you may recall, it explains why Obama stood in the way of a major multi-agency investigation into Hezbollah here in the US.
And it’s why after making such a show of being tough on Assad, he quickly back-peddled and claimed he never issued a red line.
Obama’s single-minded desire to achieve this foolish deal with Iran resulted in the US leaving the Middle East in the hands of not just Iran but Russia as well.
As a result of that, the civil war in Syria exploded into a regional conflict.
This set off an international refugee crisis that has all but destroyed Europe.
There is no understating the travesty that was Obama’s Middle East policy.
Frankly, I don’t know how the hell the US can undo the damage Obama wrought.
And I’m not certain we can.
There are no good guys in Syria.
And when there are no good guys, whom are you supposed to defend?
Those bad guys? Or these other bad guys?
We know that the so-called “rebels” in Syria are aligned with not only ISIS but the Syrian faction of al Qaeda.
And we know that both sides in this civil war have made use of chemical weapons.
So what do we do?
If the US enters into a treaty to stop the use of these weapons, are we really going to simply say, “Hey, not our problem? Gas away!”
And if we do that, what is the purpose of entering into treaties? Why should our allies trust us if our word is worth nothing?
I don’t think President Trump is seeking to involve the US in Syria’s civil war – though I’m certain John McCain and Lindsey Graham are desperate for him to do just that.
As the President said in his announcement yesterday, the world united in banning chemicals weapons. We have an obligation to respond when these banned weapons are used.
Obama’s mistake was sputtering in outrage over chemicals weapons then doing absolutely nothing about it.
Both Russia and Iran took full advantage of Barack Obama’s weakness.
What does it say to our allies if the United States doesn’t stand by its commitment to treaties?
More importantly, what does it say to our enemies?
Well, we know what it says.
Thanks to Barack Obama, we know exactly what happens when we fail to act.
As I said after last year’s missile strike in Syria:
For those who have decided to abandon President Trump over this strike, all I can say is you must not have been listening during the campaign. Mr. Trump was clear that if we use force, we must act swiftly and decisively. And that is precisely what he did tonight.
It is also worth noting that this evening, the President was dining with the President Xi Jinping of China.
And don’t doubt for a moment that it spoke volumes to President Xi that Mr. Trump would take such swift action to destroy a chemical weapons base.
In fact, I’m certain this sent a clear message to the Chinese President – especially with regard to the rogue state of North Korea.
By acting swiftly and decisively, the US isn’t just sending a message to Syria. It also sends a message to Iran, Russia, North Korea, and China.
I am confident that President Trump will stick to his deeply held conviction not to take the US into an unwinnable war for the purposes of regime change.
And this strike on the chemical weapons base in Syria hasn’t changed my mind about that.
Well, the fact is, nothing that has happened in the intervening twelve months has given me reason to change my mind either.
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