Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Citizen Trump on Syria - Following the Tweets

With President Donald Trump threatening Syria's democratically elected leader, Bashar al-Assad, as I am prone to do, I thought I'd take a look back in time to see if Citizen Trump's stance on Syria is consistent now that he's Commander in Chief of the men and women who will be the boots on the ground.

Here is what Donald Trump had to say about Syria on June 15, 2013:

To help you put the following Trump tweets into perspective, on August 21, 2013, Syrian opposition activists claimed that a large-scale chemical attack had taken place in both Eastern and Western Ghouta, suburbs of Damascus.  According to a United Nations investigation, survivors of the attack suffered from the following symptoms which they attributed to the nerve agent, sarin:

Here is Donald Trump weighing in on the evolving Syria issue on August 29, 2013:

Here is what Donald Trump had to say about a potential problem erupting from a U.S. attack on Syria on September 2, 2013, probably his most profound tweet of all:

Here is what Donald Trump had to say about the involvement of the United States in Syria on September 3, 2013:

Here is Donald Trump on September 5, 2013 at 4:13 am:

Here he is once again on September 5, 2013 at 6:20 am:

All caps; he must really have meant this tweet!

...and again on the same day at 1:45 pmanother one of his more profound tweets on the issue:

...and yet again on September 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm which falls into his pattern of getting someone else to pay for what Washington does:

...and one last time on the same day at 1:45 pm, another one of his more profound tweets on the issue:

Here is Donald Trump, once again stating his views on the Syria issue on September 9, 2013:

Here is what he tweeted on September 12, 2013:

Lastly, here is what Donald Trump tweeted on September 16, 2013:

That's the problem with the internet; it never forgets anything, particularly when it comes to what politicians have said, typed or thought in the past.  There are a number of additional Trump tweets about Syria; it is interesting to see how he does manage to switch from one side of the debate to the other as shown in this tweet from August 28, 2013:

....and August 29, 2013, a tweet following his observation that the United States had nothing to gain by attacking Syria as noted in a tweet above:

It is rather amazing to see how Donald Trump has done a complete 180 degree turn around in his views of what should transpire in Syria after the latest alleged chemical attack in Douma.  Perhaps the military-industrial-intelligence complex is far more persuasive than we might expect, or maybe its the fact that the defense industry contributed $1.17 million to his 2016 election campaign.  While this is a small fraction of the total that was donated to the Trump campaign in 2016, it's never too early to start thinking about fundraising for the 2020 run for the Oval Office from one of Washington's most influential and deep-pocketed donor industries.

In closing, given the results of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, we have two questions that we should ask ourselves; will a war in Syria make lives any better for Syrians?  Secondly, will a war in Syria make life any better for Americans?

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