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Saturday, April 08, 2017

Syria missile strikes

OK, might as well weigh in on Trump's missile strikes on Syria. I have to wonder why Trump, who advise Obama not to get involved in Syria after a much worse chemical weapons attack in 2013, now wants to do that very thing. Is he trying to distract attention from his failed health plan, his failed Muslim bans, his campaign's connections with Russia?

Trump Is About To Find Out Why Obama Avoided Military Intervention In Syria

On Thursday night, President Donald Trump authorized the military to launch several dozen cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea at a Syrian airfield. The strike was meant to punish Syria’s President Bashar Assad for allegedly using chemical weapons to attack his own citizens.

It was a dramatic reversal, not only from Trump’s own pledges to limit U.S. involvement in Syria but from his predecessor, who for years resisted growing calls to intervene militarily against the Assad regime. President Barack Obama’s decision to refrain from engagement in 2013 was criticized as feckless at the time and is cited now as one of the reasons that Trump was forced to act. But a revisiting of the arguments and calculations that led Obama to make his decision ― from the fear that it would not be a deterrent to the concerns over how the U.S. would respond to future attacks on civilians ― provides an important blueprint for the major hurdles that Trump will now have to confront ....


From CNN, Jake Tapper's interview with President Obama, September 2016, on his inaction in Syria ...



And here's what Bernie Sanders had to say today about this situation ...



More from The Atlantic: The Confused Person’s Guide to the Syrian Civil War

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