4/7/17

The Syrian Affair

The hypocrisy and stupidity of Donald Trump and the GOP is explained very well in this article from Atlantic.

Trump's Syrian strike was un-constitutional and unwise

Trump was and has been viciously critical of Obama's 'red line' thing, and the fact that there was no real action on Obama's part.

“What I am saying is stay out of Syria,” Trump added days later. “AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER,” he emphasized, “DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA - IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!”

It gets even better:




Obama did take his case to the Congress, which is what he was supposed to do, given that there was no clear and present danger presented to the United States. He didn't need Ol' Heel Spurs to tell him that.

Mitch McConnell was vehemently opposed to striking Syria when Obama sought approval from Congress.

“But let’s be very clear about something. These attacks, monstrous as they are, were not a direct attack against the United States or one of its treaty allies ..."

Nor were the chemical attacks of this past week a direct attack against the United States or one of its treaty allies.

Trump was even more vehemently opposed, back in 2013. And yet, this week, he blamed Obama for this most recent outrage by Assad. He even accused Obama of plotting to use strikes back then, even before the 2013 Syrian attacks, as a way to boost his polling numbers.

Yep. He did:



So now we have Trump, having looked a couple of photos of dead kids, making an emotional decision to attack Syria. A more cynical person might think he was more motivated by an opportunity to boost his poll numbers, which are in the toilet, rather than any concern for some Syrian slum kids.

Here's a good list of Trump's ranting Tweets, about the 2013 Syrian chemical attacks, and how Obama should not intervene.

Back in 2013, “more than 100 House lawmakers––at least 98 Republicans and 18 Democrats––signed on to a letter formally requesting that President Obama seek congressional approval for any military response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria,” the Washington Post reported. “The letter, first written by Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.), suggests that failure to seek congressional authorization for military strikes would be unconstitutional.”

And the saber-rattlers in the GOP continue to run around with their peckers at high port.
I suppose in order to be a TrueAmerican™, I should make sure to set the flag out in the front of the house along with a sign, "God bless Trump!"