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President Trump has long been wary of the mainstream media and their war propaganda.
During the Bush years, he was critical of the Iraq War, and under Obama’s tenure in office, he was a fierce opponent of US meddling in Libya and Syria.
In 2013, Trump warned against intervening in the Syrian Civil War, exclaiming that the rebels Obama was funding were “just as bad as the current regime.”
We should stay the hell out of Syria, the “rebels” are just as bad as the current regime. WHAT WILL WE GET FOR OUR LIVES AND $ BILLIONS?ZERO
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2013
Trump iterated the same sentiments half a year ago in his presidential debates with Hillary Clinton. Trump argued that if the US were to fight the Syrian regime, “you may very well end up with worse than Assad.”
But just two and a half months after being inaugurated as the nation’s 45th President, Trump seems to be singing a different tune.
The same outlets which Trump brands as fake news recently reported that Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people. Though the reports fail to provide evidence, just as they continue to fail to provide evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election, President Trump caved and condemned Assad anyway.
Trump stated in a press conference,
“I will tell you that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me. Big impact. It was a horrible, horrible thing. I’ve been watching it and seeing it, and it does not get any worse than that. I have that flexibility. And it is very, very possible, and I will tell you it is already happened, that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.”
The mainstream media’s narrative simply does not add up, and Trump is putting our nation in danger by caving.
In 2014, then Secretary of State John Kerry reported that the last of Assad’s chemical weapons were removed from Syria.
In 2013, eyewitness testimony and evidence surrounding a chemical attack on Syrian citizens strongly suggested that the US backed Syrian rebels were responsible for the attack, and not Assad. A UN official told the press that there was “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that the rebels carried out the attack.
Furthermore, Assad is strong allies with Russia, whom the neocons have an intense desire to provoke conflict with. Hillary Clinton, who has a longstanding history of supporting regime change in the Middle East, supported a no-fly zone in Syria, and was potentially involved in the arming of Syrian rebels.
And now here in 2017, Bashar al-Assad is near victory in his fight against rebel forces and would have zero reason to stage a chemical attack, especially knowing what the ramifications would be from the global audience. Moreover, it would have been impossible for him to carry out such an attack if as John Kerry reported on in 2014, Assad no longer had any chemical weapons. So either Kerry wasn’t telling the truth then, or they’re not telling the truth now.
Adding further suspicion to the ordeal, Twitter user @sahouraxo discovered that an anti-Assad reporter tweeted about the chemical attack in Syria 24 hours before it happened.
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) April 5, 2017
Given the immense level of uncertainty surrounding the recent string of events in Syria, it is irresponsible and disappointing to see President Trump do a complete 180 on Syria and consider developing a new plan to deal with Assad.
Considering the reports are coming from the same people that lie through their teeth about him and have lied about Russia, President Trump is out of his mind, and is letting the neocons drag us into yet another pointless war that will cost trillions of dollars, kill thousands of soldiers and civilians, and erode our individual liberties here at home.