April 7, 2017 by Chris Kite
Being a President is hard! It requires knowledge across a broad array of subjects from business to education to foreign policy and war.
During the campaign, we heard repeatedly how great Donald Trump was going to be and how only he could solve our problems. Most of us took that for the absolute crap it was. But his supporters loved it. They gobbled it up. They live in a simple and populist world where everything has a simple solution and Donald Trump was their answer man.
One of his first actions was to try to stop Syrian immigrants from escaping the harsh reality that a civil war, a brutal tyrant, and a radical terrorist organization have brought to Syria.
The recent gas attacks that Syrian President Assad launched on civilians is a horrific and tragic example of where that simplicity leads us.
First, you’ve got Assad strongly backed by Russia. And you’ve got Donald Trump constantly singing the praises of Putin and never criticizing him.
Then you’ve got an escalation of US involvement in Syria. And involvement that is 100% focused on ISIS.
Throw in some foreign policy statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicating that the US has no interest in Regime change and that the Syrian people will decide their own future and you can see why Assad thought he had free reign to use chemical weapons on civilians.
To exacerbate the disaster, you’ve got an Administration that actually had the nerve to blame former President Obama for Assad’s actions.
Obama’s Presidency ended on January 20, 2017. Since then Donald Trump has been in command. He assured us he could fix everything and make it great. His bumbling foreign policy, his weakness, and his inability to lead his own country, not to mention the rest of the world, is why Assad felt bold enough to murder innocent civilians with chemical weapons.
Throwing a few cruise missiles at Syria isn’t going to change much on the ground in Syria other than to likely kill even more innocent civilians. Syria presents an exceedingly complex situation that requires significant thought, planning, international cooperation, diplomacy, and carefully executed actions. Whatever those actions may be.