Just recently appointed National Security advisory John Bolton is immediately being put on the spot when it comes to foreign policy in Syria. President Trump and his administration have for the most part completely destroyed ISIS. Trump was ready to remove troops from Syria and send them home, there has been internal back and forth within the administration on whether to pull out of Syria or not. Just as this is being heavily considered, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has allegedly attacked his own people with chemical weapons. Dozens were killed and hundreds injured.
Syria is claiming no such attack happened but they are not allowing foreign countries access to the scene, so no one really knows what is going on.
Trump tweeted this out earlier today:
I tend to lean more Libertarian when it comes to foreign policy. I am also not a fan of regime changes. I think that most regime changes lead to another “crazy nut job” taking power, or it leaves a total void in power which also then leads to a crap ton of crazies invading and taking over. Just look at Libya. I believe there was no specific military strategic objective with Muammar Gaddafi’s (Libya’s Dictator) death. It was just simply to take out a crazed dictator, but this decision, I believe -lead to the rise of ISIS, and well….we all know how that turned out.
Many are calling for the assassination of Assad, yes, it is agreed that the guy is an animal – my only concern -WHO then fills Assad’s Presidency?
In 2013, President Obama famously drew a red line in the sand regarding chemical weapons and Syria. Obama threatened Syrian President Assad that the U.S. would intervene if chemical weapons were used on the Syrian people. Assad then called Obama’s bluff, and attacked his own people with chemicals and essentially NOTHING happened to Assad. That’s why the President said also today in a tweet that Obama is partially responsible for this weekend’s attack because Obama did nothing to stand up to Assad.
Assad has continued attacking his people with chemical weapons and last April 2017, nearly 80 Syrians were killed by a chemical Sarin gas attack. President Trump called for air strikes on a Syrian warehouse, which contained chemical weapons. Assad claimed this attack was also fabricated just like they are claiming the one this weekend was fabricated too.
At some point we have to ask ourselves, how long do we let this go? If they REALLY are FABRICATED, let U.S. forces in to see that no such attack happened!
It is a complex situation because Russia is allies with Syria, and China also tend to side with Russia.
As this story updates, I will update this post.