I’ve had a bit of writer’s block over the last couple days. But you know what clears that up real quick? Saber-rattling in regards to more war in the Middle East, that’s what. I woke up today to see Donald Trump sending out some ridiculous threats in the direction of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Not only that, he threw Putin and Russia in for good measure.
This is a complete 180 from what the president was saying just last week, mind you.
Mysteriously, after withdrawal was the watchword of the day, a chemical attack appears out of nowhere to suck Trump back in…
Syrian rebels agreed to give up their last foothold in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, state media reported on Sunday, hours after an alleged gas attack killed at least 40 people.
First responders and a relief organization said they found families suffocated in their homes and shelters in the besieged town of Douma, with foam on their mouths.
They did not identify the substance used, but the Syrian Civil Defense and the Syrian American Medical Society said survivors treated at clinics smelled strongly of chlorine.
The reports, which started circulating late Saturday, could not be independently verified, and the government denied allegations it had used chemical weapon in its assault on the town.
Don’t get me wrong, this chemical attack could be perfectly legitimate. Maybe it’s not some false flag designed to pull the United States even deeper into a civil war which has nothing to do with our national security interest, but everything to do with Israel’s. It’s not like there are documented false flag attempts on Israel’s record, or anything.
Still, my mind doesn’t change even if it was a real chemical attack by Assad. The point is, we don’t belong in Syria and never did. We’ve wasted trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives in the Middle East over the last 15 years. And you can take one look at the same old suspects and see them rubbing their hands together with delight at the mere possibly of a full-scale war with Syria (and possibly even Russia).
Sen. Lindsey Graham on this — “If he doesn't follow through and live up to that tweet, he's going look weak in the eyes of Russia and Iran. This is a defining moment. You need to follow through with that tweet. Show a resolve that Obama never did to get this right.” https://t.co/frVgJFmSat
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) April 8, 2018
As in 1940, so in 2018: The effectual truth of "America First" is America impotent.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) April 8, 2018
The only thing that’s going to stop more US involvement in Syria is a strong pushback on the part of Trump voters. It’s what stopped Obama back in 2013. His own voters rebelled. Nothing short of that will stop Trump from getting sucked in by the neocons.