Did Trump Approve Syria Strikes To Distract From Russia?
While the US already conducted 7,469 airstrikes in Syria prior to this in the fight against ISIS — Operation Inherent Resolve — this was the first time they directly targeted the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Trump claims this was a response to the chemical weapons attack against civilians on Tuesday, April 4, the horrifying images of which have been disseminated repeatedly by the media throughout the week.
The president is receiving praise from both sides of the aisle for taking action.
CNN commentator Fareed Zakaria, who said Trump spent his who life "bullshitting," praised him after the military strike and said he "became president of the United States... this was actually a big moment."
Meanwhile, Republican Senator John McCain, who at times has been quite critical of Trump, is applauding the president's actions.
The Syrian government is allies with Russia.
If Trump hadn't responded to the chemical attack, it's fair to say his critics would've attacked him and said he was holding back because of Russia.
Some are worried this military strike was Trump's attempt to boost his popularity and distract us from the recent discussions surrounding Russia.
It's hard for many to believe Trump actually cares about the well-being of Syrians, given he wants to ban them from entering the US, despite the fact Syria is currently the largest source of refugees during the worst refugee crisis since World War II.
Not to mention, after a chemical attack in Syria in 2013, Trump repeatedly told former President Barack Obama not to attack the Syrian government.
This week, however, Trump hypocritically blamed Obama for not doing more.
So, Trump just did exactly what he told Obama not to do just a few years ago.
Back in 2013, Trump also said Obama would need congressional approval to conduct such a strike, yet he had no such approval on Thursday.
It makes you wonder what Trump's true motives in Syria are, and why he completely changed his stance in just a few short days.
This is not the first chemical attack in Syria, as already noted, and thousands have already died there.
In short: The timing of the Syria strikes should not be ignored.