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Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, President Obama had two goals pertaining to Syria: first, to crush Daesh, which controls large swaths of eastern Syria and western Iraq, and, second, to drive Assad from office. President Obama correctly believed that through its repression and brutality, Assad’s regime was the main cause of the violence and brutality in Syria. By 2013, there was mounting evidence that Assad had used chemical weapons against civilians in Syria. The war in Syria is an epic catastrophe: as many as half a million people are dead, half the population has been driven from its homes, and the nation lies in ruins.
Enter Donald Trump. Two days after the U.S. presidential elections, Bouthaina Shaaban, an adviser to Assad, said that Assad is “ready” to coöperate with Trump, and that “the American people have sent a great, a very important message to the world.” Trump had made it clear that his main priority in Syria likely would not be humanitarian intervention to save civilians but killing Daesh terrorists who might attack the United States. Translation: Trump would likely abandon Obama’s policy of working toward deposing Assad and would likely join hands with Assad’s main ally … none other than Vladimir Putin.
In October, Trump gave indications that he might be willing to work with Assad toward the common goal of defeating Daesh, saying, “I don’t like Assad at all, but Assad is killing ISIS. Russia is killing ISIS and Iran is killing ISIS.” However, recently deposed Mike Flynn, in his book Field of Fight (July 2016), said, “In Syria, the two allies [Russia & Syria] have loudly proclaimed they are waging war against ISIS, but in reality the great bulk of their efforts are aimed at the opponents of the Assad regime.”
Which brings us to this week, when one of the worst chemical bombings in Syria turned a northern rebel-held area of Idlib Province into a toxic kill zone on Tuesday. Evidence indicates that the attack was carried out by the Syrian military under the orders of Assad. In August 2013, after a similar attack on civilians in Damascus that killed some 1,400, Donald Trump urged President Obama, “President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside.”
But today … today Trump is blaming President Obama for this most recent attack by Assad!
“Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world. These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution.”
This, in spite of more than a dozen tweets from Trump in 2013 claiming that we should not act against Syria, and that it was ‘not our problem’.
Trump took a non-interventionist stance during the 2016 election. He shrugged at calls to use force against Mr. Assad’s government and endorsed Russia’s support of the Syrian leader. In 2015, he made the statement that, “You have Russia that’s now there. Russia’s on the side of Assad, and Russia wants to get rid of ISIS as much as we do, if not more, because they don’t want them coming into Russia. Let Syria and ISIS fight. Why do we care?”
The situation throughout the Middle East is difficult, touchy, and there truly is no panacea. Assad is an evil dictator who was charged with crimes against humanity by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2014. We can debate whether President Obama ought to have invaded Syria in 2013-2014, but the reality is that we cannot know whether it would have been the right thing to do or not. Whatever solutions may exist to the war in Syria, they will not be simple, will not be without cost, and are not likely to be solved by either Trump or Putin, each of whom are operating with their own agenda. For Trump to blame President Obama, when Trump himself is so uninformed and ignorant of the causes and underlying issues in Syria, is ludicrous.
At what point does Trump come off the campaign trail and step up to the responsibilities of the office he so desperately wanted that he was willing to lie, cheat, and collude with an enemy to gain it? He still acts as though he is campaigning, rather than serving, holding rallies, spending weekends playing golf at his ostentatious Florida estate, and tweeting inanities first thing every morning. If, however unlikely, Trump should serve his entire four-year term, will he still be blaming President Obama for everything that is wrong in 2020? At what point does he make an effort to learn the intricacies of foreign policy. At what point does he remember that he has a responsibility to the people of this nation? Or perhaps the better question is, at what point do we all tire of this moron and tell our elected representatives in Congress to send him home?