In the last twenty-four hours we have heard lots of people talking about how “presidential” the attack on Syria was. Pundits are falling all over themselves congratulating trump for his “presidential stand” against the dictator in Syria. You are even hearing how the bromance between trump and putin has ended because of the attack.
I don’t agree with either of those assessments. I know that just because you use the most powerful military in the world to blow some shit up does not make you presidential if that is all you have. And, so far, trump has shown us that is all he has.
What everyone is missing is that we have bombed and blown shit up in Syria for a while now. President Obama sent in bombs more than once in Syria, but he was attacking ISIS not the Syrian government. When he requested authorization from congress, something he should have done, to attack Syria after the chemical attack in 2013 with basically the same target and plan as this one, he was rejected by the same Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell who claim that now it is being “presidential” because their lackey bombed Syria without asking them to stick their necks out on the issue like Obama did.
And, for all of you “pure constitutionalists” out there, Obama followed the Constitution in getting approval from Congress to launch an attack on a sovereign nation. Beloved leader did not seek approval which means he did not follow the Constitution. Which also means he used “executive overreach” to launch his attack.
Yesterday I asked, what next? We still don’t know what is being planned next, if anything. We hear that if Assad uses chemical weapons again, he will be attacked again. But that is all.
Additionally, we don’t know how much damage was actually done. It was reported yesterday that Syrian planes were taking off from the airfield that was attacked less than 24 hours later. They were flying attack missions against the same area of Syria that they chemically attacked earlier in the week. So, it would appear the attack, in Mitch McConnell’s own words, was a “pinprick”.
But, even more importantly, we need to know, and we have a right to know, just what beloved leader plans to do next. He has officially dragged us into the civil war in Syria. Bombing ISIS as Obama did was one thing, bombing Syrian forces is another. Since we have now more or less picked sides for the whole world to see, what will he do next?
Just a couple of weeks ago we were told by the empty suit, Rex Tillerson, that who runs Syria is up to the Syrian people. Things changed Thursday night when trump attacked that leader directly. So, are we now fighting on the side of the rebels and are we going to try to oust Assad? Are we going to increase air strikes against not only ISIS but the Syrian military as well?
If we manage to oust Assad, what then? Who will run Syria? Will Russia have a say in who is the new leader? What happens if Syria becomes another Iraq? Will we continue the western policy of putting together countries without regard to what the population is and what they want? Or, will we consider splitting up the country so each ethic or religious sect gets their own country?
If we are going to expand our presence in Syria, does that mean ground troops? If there are ground troops, how will that affect things with Russia and Iran who already have troops in the country? Will we decide to split up the country under American, Russian and Iranian zones like we did Berlin after World War II?
That would mean that each of the three countries would be forced to keep their troops in Syria for a very long time. Are we willing to do that? If we do, what does that mean to the rest of the middle-east? What if Iran demands the zone bordering on Israel? More importantly, what will Turkey say about that? Would we need to include a zone for them?
Syria is a mess. The civil war has been raging for six years. A lot of the country is in total ruins. Even if we find a peaceful solution to this mess, how does Syria recover economically? How does Syria recover from this horrible situation? Who will be responsible to help rebuild the country? Will we even consider helping them, or hide back in trump’s “America First” slogan?
Beloved leader has put himself in a real mess as far as I am concerned. The problem is he has no clue how to get out of it. We are facing lots of problems and we don’t have the people in place to handle all of these problems and offer proper solutions to them.
As we have talked, the State Department and the Department of Defense are horribly undermanned because trump hasn’t even named anyone to fill the empty desks that smart people who could analyze and help solve these problems usually fill. Thursday night trump officially became a war president. And, he is ill prepared to be a war president.
Finally, trump claimed he launched the attack because of the heart wrenching videos of the victims of that horrible chemical attack. The very same people who have been hoping to come to the U.S. to get away from the war and be saved from becoming victims of future attacks. If he was so moved, why is he still banning refugees from coming here? That just shows me he really isn’t “moved” by those videos, he just used them as an excuse to blow up some shit for some good press for a change.
As you can see, just blowing shit up does not make one presidential. Having a plan, knowing what you will do next, and be able to explain those two things to the American People make you presidential. I am afraid we will be waiting for hell to freeze over before trump becomes presidential in any meaningful way.
Remember his “secret plan” to defeat ISIS? We still haven’t seen that plan either on paper or in action. That tells me he has no plan to follow-up his attack on Syria with.
The major reason Iraq is such a mess goes back to George W. Bush and his neo-con VP Dick Cheney. They launched an attack on Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein without a plan to follow once that happened. As a result, there has been 14 years of civil war in that country, too.
If trump thinks that blowing shit up is being presidential, what can we expect when he looks at North Korea? Will he decide to blow shit up there too without a real plan for follow-up action?
Sorry folks, but without thinking things through beforehand and having a real plan for what to do, blowing shit up is political not presidential. We need a president not a continuous political candidate at this critical time in the world. Problem is trump only wants to be a continuous political candidate. He has shown no real interest in becoming a real president.
And, the shirts keep marching along.