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GOP Senator Urges Trump Not to Take Action in Syria [VIDEO]

Written by Philip Hodges

Foreign policy, especially as it relates to military intervention, is one of those things that just doesn’t change from one passing administration to the next, regardless of political party.

I had a feeling that something like this would happen to change Trump’s mind. It was a combination of Trump surrounding himself with more interventionist-minded people and the fact that an attack would happen somewhere in the Middle East that would prompt a change in his foreign policy positions.

The U.S. has been trying to oust Assad for years and was this close to responding militarily during the Obama administration. It was Obama’s 2012 ‘red line’ promise. I’m actually glad that Obama didn’t resort to starting a war. I just wish he hadn’t made a promise that he didn’t intend to keep.

In 2013, Trump had made in clear that he was very much opposed to Obama taking any kind of military action in Syria.

 


Following what appears to be nerve gas attacks on Syrian people this week, the U.S. media immediately blamed Assad. This is supposed to get Trump to change his opinion of Syria and to do what Obama didn’t do five years ago. And it appears that it may be working. Now, Trump is changing his tune:

What I don’t understand is why the media and politicians are so quick to assume that Assad is the one behind the chemical attacks. Why not assume that Islamic terrorists are behind it? It makes no sense that Assad would execute such an attack so deliberately.

The so-called rebels are largely comprised of terrorist groups, many of whom are armed, financed, and trained by our own CIA. Oh, but let’s not be so rash as to think that they would do something so atrocious as a chemical attack. Let’s just assume that Assad was behind it. But why?

Back when this happened in 2013, a UN official said that it likely was done at the hands of the Syrian ‘rebels.’ Here’s the Washington Times four years ago:

Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday.

Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent.

The recent attacks in Syria that killed some 70 people come very soon after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson came under fire from the media after he made the ‘shocking’ and ‘outrageous’ comment that the Syrian people should choose their own leaders (i.e., a free Democracy). I’m sure now that he – like Trump – will be changing his tune and will be more open to a military strike to oust Assad, so that the U.S. can help to install our own dictator friendly to our geopolitical interests.

President Trump would be wise to listen to what Rand Paul had to say on the subject:

“I think it’s also important to note that on the rebel side that McCain wants to support, are radical Islamists who hate America and hate Israel. And I don’t want to support people who hate our country.” Paul said in an interview with Fox & Friends.

“I don’t want to support people who say when they’re done with Assad they are going to attack Israel and not ISIS. So it’s a complicated situation. And it may be — may well be a war that has no friends in it. And that makes it a difficult position to watch,” the Senator added.

“But I think also we have actually allowed the situation by pushing Assad back and being part of that. We allowed a vacuum to let ISIS fill that — that’s been a mistake.”

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