The investigation into Russia’s hacking of our election last year and the possible coordination with trump’s campaign is important and Syria shows just how much it matters. Yesterday, it appears that Assad used chemical weapons against his own people again. Our beloved leader naturally blames President Obama’s administration. But, there are some real questions that need to be asked first before blame is put anywhere.
The civil war in Syria has been raging for about six years now. When he was in office, President Obama wanted to get rid of Assad, but he wasn’t too eager to send in troops to help in the war. For that matter, the American People didn’t want to send in troops either. Including trump who tweeted about a hundred times over that period saying “Syria isn’t our problem”.
In 2012, President Obama said after another chemical attack that it could not be tolerated, and put that proverbial “red line” down. However, he decided not to do anything warlike. Almost every Republican on the planet railed against the decision, except donald trump. He tweeted to show restraint.
In 2013, the administration along with Russia announced a deal on chemical weapons in Syria. The plan called for Russia to remove all of the chemical weapons from Syria and the UN to inspect to ensure they were in fact removed. We were assured by Russia and the UN that the weapons had in fact been removed.
Over the following next few years, we did not hear about a chemical attack in Syria. So, it appeared that the weapons had been removed by Russia. All through the election we heard trump say many wonderful things about Russia and Putin. He has never said a negative word about Putin, but he has said over and over that Syria was not our problem. Rather he said that Syria was Russia’s and Iran’s problem.
Our beloved leader has never called for the removal of the butcher in Syria. As a matter of fact, his empty suit of a Secretary of State said in Turkey the other week said “longer-term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people.” That has been a euphemism used by Damascus, Moscow, and Tehran to indicate that he isn’t going anywhere.
At the UN, Ambassador Nicky Haley said that she doesn’t like Assad, but she could probably learn to work with him. Even Sean Spicer sad this about Syria:
Well, I think with respect to Assad, there is a political reality that we have to accept in terms of where we are right now.
There is no other way to look at these statements other than trump and his administration is winking at Assad and basically assuring him we won’t do anything to remove him from power.
Now we get back to the investigation and trump’s attempt to distract us from the importance of that investigation by blaming everyone except himself or his team. You must remember that all 17 intelligence agencies said that Russia was in fact the hacker of our elections. They all have said that Russia was trying to influence the outcome of our elections with the hacks and spreading of false news. Beloved leader called all of that fake news.
All through the election trump heaped praise on Putin. He called him a “great leader” and that everyone in his country loved him. He refused to accept the intelligence community calling them liars. He blamed the hacks on some 400 lb. guy sitting on his bed in his mother’s basement.
He said Russia’s involvement in Syria was a good thing because Russia wanted to get rid of ISIS as fast as we did. Only, Russia wasn’t bombing ISIS locations, they were bombing strongholds of the rebels fighting against Assad. Both Russia and Assad were bombing hospitals and civilian areas without regard to how many people were killed.
Russia and Iran have sent troops into Syria to prop up Assad. Recently, America started bombing ISIS in Syria and whether or not you know this, there are about 1500 American troops in Syria right now sent there by trump. They claim it is preparation of an attack on Raqqa which is ISIS’s main city.
So, we have a president who doesn’t want to say anything bad about a Putin. We have a president who is seemingly winking at Assad and basically saying we won’t try to oust him. Then yesterday, it appears that Assad dropped what appears to be sarin gas on a rebel city killing 50 to 100 people. Sarin gas is a nerve gas.
Which brings us back to those questions we need to look at? Did Russia really take out all of the chemical weapons like they said? When the UN inspected, did Russia and Syria hide some of the weapons? Did Russia return the chemical weapons to Assad after Obama left office? If so, why did Putin believe it was okay once trump became president?
Of course the big question is why isn’t trump asking these same questions? Why is he ignoring the fact that Russia is probably complicit in this chemical attack? And don’t tell me that Putin wouldn’t do such a thing either. Putin is a butcher himself. He is accused of murdering all of his political opponents and opposition news reporters. Since this attack was made on a rebel stronghold, I have no doubt that Putin has no problems with the attack.
As a matter of fact, Putin was very quick to say that Assad was not responsible for the attack, even though outside observers said that the attack came from helicopters. The rebels don’t have helicopters.
Beloved leader can try to point the finger at anyone he wants. But, this attack took place on his watch. There may not have been anything he could have done to stop it, but his response is anything but responsible.
It is because of things like this attack in Syria that the investigations into trump’s campaign and the Russia hack is so important. As long as this cloud hangs over trump’s administration, we cannot believe anything that he says about Syria, Assad, or Putin.
What is trump planning to do about this? Is he going to blast Russia for allowing Assad to either keep or rearming him with chemical weapons? Is he even going to ask where the weapons came from? Or, is he going to keep taking the Russia first tactic he has followed since beginning his campaign?
All of the shit that he has come up with to distract attention from the investigation is just that, shit. The Nunes affair, the claim that President Obama “tapped my wires”, and the latest about Rice “unmasking” names from intelligence reports is all bluster and an attempt to hide the truth from us.
Just to be clear about one thing. Unmasking names in reports is NOT leaking the information. As a matter of fact, I would have more serious questions about a National Security Advisor who did not seek more information when he/she read a report that looked disturbing. That is called “doing your job”. We will have more on this in the near future.
The facts are very clear to me. Our beloved leader gave hints to Assad that he is safe from us. He has given Russia hints that we will not get involved in the civil war, including arming the rebels. All the while he is under investigation for colluding with Russia during the election. Then, Assad launches a chemical weapons attack knowing trump will do nothing about it.
There are way too many coincidences in this to look the other way. This incident shows just how important it is for us to get to the bottom of this mess. If trump and his team are innocent, fine. If they are guilty, then something needs to be done.
However, until we get to the bottom of this mess, we will never be able to trust trump or anything he says, especially about Russia. That is the real story here. That is why this investigation is so important.
Beloved leader has always thrown out cheap shots from the cheap seats at various leaders over the years. Well, he isn’t in the cheap seats anymore. We need a leader. We need someone who knows what the hell he is doing. We haven’t seen anything from trump that indicates he is either. All we have seen is a spoiled brat who blames everyone else for his failures.
To use trump’s own words, when you look at trump all you see is “a big loser”.
And, the shirts keep marching along.