Someone who once endorsed the Obama administrations Syrian strategy, Trump was quick to point the finger to the same administration. He went into detail about how failing to retaliate on previous chemical weapons attacks on Syrians has caused them to be used again. There’s been quite a lot of chest thumping going around the White House lately about their decisive missile strike on Syria for using chemical weapons on their own citizens. During an interview with Fox Business Trump has this to say:
What I did should have been done by the Obama administration a long time before I did it, and you would have had a much better – I think Syria would be a lot better off right now than it has been.
Poor sentence structure aside, that is a small finger being pointed at the Obama administration for allowing the Syria problem to continue rather than be decisively settled “a long time” ago. How many times is Trump and his administration actually going to keep pointing the blame finger towards Obama and his administration? It’s getting really old and we’re still about 30 days from the first 100 days. Syria is just one more issue to add to the pile of contradiction and back tracking this administration has consistently leaned upon.
On June 15, 2013, Trump tweeted:
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
The tweet was part of the praise that Trump repeatedly directed Obama’s way for not taking military action in the wake of the June 2013 use of chemical weapons in Damascus. There isn’t much different now in Syria than in 2013; perhaps the Russian involvement is larger. Regardless of that, why a relatively small chemical weapon attack getting 59 cruise missiles in response but a much larger attack in 2013 not getting any engagement is rather telling. It’s telling in that this president is reacting rather than governing. We may very well be on the precipice of yet another Middle Eastern war we can’t afford to fight in.
There are multiple issues happening in the world right now that Trump can’t afford to “react” to if he’s to be anywhere near what most consider successful as the president. Syria, North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, China; the list keeps getting longer. Trump should admit he has no clue what he’s doing, find people who do, and make them key members of his administration before the United States is once again the target of another 9/11 style attack. Syria is just the latest in a long line of problems blamed on the Obama administration. Who cares who’s to blame, just do what is necessary to save American lives and protect our country. That doesn’t start by changing your story when it suits you.