Time To Stop The ‘Blame Game’

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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.

syria-1Enter 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.”

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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?

24 thoughts on “Time To Stop The ‘Blame Game’

  1. Just to point out that the UN investigated the 2013 gas attacks and it turned out that al-Nusra, not Assad, released the gas. https://aurorawatcherak.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/is-assad-crazy-or-are-we-missing-something/ A friend who is a plane nut tells me that the planes supposedly involved in dropping these chemical weapons are only able to carry a certain bomb, which cannot be retrofitted for chemical weapons (that’s his opinion. I don’t know).

    So here’s a thought. Al-Nusra — the rebels Obama was so supportive of — had the chemical weapons. Assad, in protecting his people, bombed a weapons cache (which is within his authority as the elected leader of Syria) and the gas that was there was accidentally released. Or maybe the rebels didn’t want their US funding cut off … which Trump seemed willing to do … so they staged a false flag event that would be guaranteed to get everyone on their side. Just a thought.

    https://aurorawatcherak.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/is-assad-crazy-or-are-we-missing-something/

    The fact is the leaders of the United States have acted stupidly. They don’t have any strong evidence that Assad did this. They have conjecture based on bias. Nobody has the moral high ground here. Bush, Obama, Trump — all three have in their turn pushed us toward World War 3. Obama dropped over 10,000 bombs on Syria in 2016. Now Trump has stepped into that role. Nothing’s changed here, except that the Democrats in Congress are now pushing us toward war with Russia.

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  2. This situation is truly polarizing. Trump supporters on social media are putting Trump on a pedestal because of one missile launched at Syria. I am appalled that he is allowed to put our young men and women in harm’s way when he couldn’t be bothered to serve himself. That is another issue entirely. Right now I’m focusing on making a headline out of the Syrian and American leader using the words Assad and Ass-hat.

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  3. Jill, good post. I am weary of the blame game, as well, especially when it us used to distract us from improper or unethical conduct or lying. Syria is a conundrum and while Obama did many things well, this was not one of them. I do not have a confidence in our new leader, so I hope he will take the advice of Mattis, McMaster and Kelly as they are much more reasonable minds. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! Yes, the finger-pointing is tiresome and juvenile, in addition to being a distraction from the Russian connections investigations as well as his almost daily errors in judgment. You are working on the arrangements to ship him to that desert island, right? 🙂

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    • Um … not ‘maybe’ … most assuredly he is worse than most! And this has been, all along, what worried me most about him as president. I figured if he mucked up domestic policy, eventually the lemmings would wake up, and the next person in office could straighten it all out. But to muck up our international relations as he has been doing since day #1, can have long-lasting and dangerous ramifications. Sigh. Hugs Jack! 🙂

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  4. At least I learned a few new words … 😉 But, funny banter aside, the whole Syria conflict is nothing but tragic. If this goes on much longer, there won’t be anyone left there for Assad to rule. And one cannot really blame them for trying to escape before they get caught in the crossfire of all these different parties and their power games.

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    • Yes, Syria is a tragedy and I cannot even imagine how it all ends … or does it ever? My neighbors escaped from Syria 3 years ago, and the stories they tell of their life there are bone-chilling. I simply cannot imagine. Trump and Putin are using the Syrian crisis as a pawn in their own game, the rules of which I have yet to figure out. Especially after last night, but that is a whole other can of worms. Sigh. Sigh. Glad you learned some new words! So did I 🙂

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  5. Dear Jill,
    Their stupidity is advertising that deposing Assad was no longer a US priority was an amateur move. I believe that DT has no choice but to act hashly and then to pull out. I bet right now President Putin is saying that Assad deserves what’s coming.
    President Putin prevented this retaliatory US action last time by negotiating for Assad to get rid of his chemical weapons stockpile but Assad couldn’t stand it. He had to demonstrate for the world his true colors.
    This means that now Russia knows enough to get out of the way. The US will attack, do real damage and then withdraw..

    Hugs, Gronda

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  6. You are so spot on. He is so ignorant. So stupid, so uninformed and so tacky. And slippery. He needs to go. And if he gets impeached and we get Pence, we will have a whole new can of worms. In some ways worse because he doesn’t​ wear his heart on his sleeve so he’s a tough read. He is a slick liar and enabler and he’s archiac in his approach to women and LGBTQ. But less of a thug…Very daunting choices. Worse and Worser.

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    • Thank you! Yes, Pence brings a whole other set of issues, but the one thing I will say is I believe he is less irrational, less likely to do something irrevocably stupid in the area of foreign policy. One of my biggest concerns has been the way Trump has offended our allies, and his lack of a filter for his mouth! But Pence … he is a bigot, and that does not sit well with me at all.

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  7. Chowderhead? Ha!
    Well, you seem to have successfully re-immersed yourself in this crazy world of Emperor’s New Clothes after your break – it certainly carries on regardless. I too have to stop and get out now and again (as you know for a particular reason this time). I find the ‘how on earth do we get to the truth’ and ‘how do we reach people who believe all the blatant misinformation/distraction techniques’ and ‘should I give up arguing and unfriend that nutter on Facebook’ thoughts thoughts dance around each other like butterflies till I want to scream.
    Syria is a huge tragedy. One of the worst conundrums a world leader could face. And it has to be Trump. Let’s hope the ‘loss’ of Bannon is a sign he is beginning to take rational advice.
    You and Gronda and others are doing a fine job for those of us who are unsure where to turn for our facts. Keep up the good work but keep sane – more breaks, more walks. Shinrin yoku – forest bathing – is the way to go, or so a friend who lived in Japan tells me. Now, where is that forest? 🙂

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    • Thank you so much … your kind words and support always bring a smile to my face. Yes, I am firmly back in the saddle, so to speak. The break was wonderful and cleared my head a bit, but I do enjoy what I do here, and cannot imagine giving it up. I don’t know if Trump is actually beginning to listen to the sounder voices, of if he was forced to in the case of Bannon. My best guess is that he was put in a position of possibly losing his top advisors, the few who actually lend a degree of legitimacy to his administration. And Syria … well, I am still puzzling over last night’s air strikes and wondering … I think perhaps he has opened a Pandora’s Box and I fear what comes next. Sigh. I need a better brain to figure this all out!

      Forest bathing??? I shall have to look that one up! 😀 Hugs, my friend!

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  8. Someone needs to remind Trump that Obama is not the president anymore! But at the same time we can’t hold Obama totally blameless. I believe the prematurely awarded Nobel Peace Prize prevented him from acting decisively against Assad before Russia even got into the picture. This becomes clearer if we ask ourselves if Obama still deserved the prize after he completed his term in office.

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    • Granted, Obama did not always make perfect decisions, but the ball is squarely in Trump’s court now, and he cannot seem to figure out quite what to do with it. I believe that, given the lack of support Obama had in Congress during that time, he truly believed he was making the best decision possible in an arena where there were really no good options. But history will judge that one … I would love to come back in 100 years to see how history judges Trump! 🙂 Thanks for your thoughtful and insightful comment!

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    • My neighbors came to the U.S. from Syria three years ago. They tell of nights spent taking turns sitting up, watching out the window for soldiers or rebels … either one equally dangerous. I simply cannot imagine this life. So terrifying, so unnecessarily sad. No, my friend, Trump is not up to the task at hand, and I’m not sure who is. Pence??? Not likely. Last I figured, we would have to drill down through 8 people to get to one who has a functional brain. SIGH. Hugs, my friend!

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