(TFC) – Donald Trump Takes the Bait? Launches 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles in US strike after Syria chemical attack.
It was just seven days ago that Donald Trump and the White House press team were announcing a major foreign policy shift in Syria, conducting multiple interviews proclaiming that the “mission in Syria was to shift away from changing the regime of Bashar Assad, and focus on eliminating the Islamic State.”
Nikki Haley, The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said that the “priority was no longer to focus on getting Assad out.” Saying that “We can’t necessarily focus on Assad the way that the previous administration did.”
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said; “that the United States must accept the political reality that the future of Assad is up to the Syrian people.”
Speaking in the Turkish capital Ankara last Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Assad’s longer-term status “will be decided by the Syrian people.” Responding to a question about U.S. support for the Kurdish YPG militia (which Turkey sees as a hostile force) in Syria, Tillerson also said there was “no space” between Turkey and the United States in their determination to defeat Islamic State.
In a roundtable discussion on the future of the conflict in Syria, analyst Sam Heller of The Century Foundation, a U.S. policy research institute, argued that not much is left of the opposition.
“When we say that the Assad regime has ‘won the war,’ we mean it’s achieved a strategic victory in Syria’s central civil conflict: the war between, in approximate terms, the regime and its mixed revolutionary-Islamist opposition in western Syria,” he said. “The Syrian government seems to be on track to stabilize much of the country under Assad’s control, securing a strategic, political victory”
Since December, Syrian government forces and foreign fighters have been pressing their military edge, slowly winning back rebel-held areas near the Syrian capital and squeezing Tahrir al-Sham and other Islamist militias in the northern Syrian province of Idlib, to the west of Aleppo.
Several military observers from European governments in recent weeks have said that they saw no way that opposition forces can threaten Assad’s hold over the main western and coastal cities of Syria.
With all this evidence that Bashar Assad’s position as president of Syria was relatively secure it draws the question what did he have to gain by using banned chemical weapons against civilians?
That question has been asked by Ron Paul, congressman Thomas Massie and others. “It makes no sense, even if you were totally separate from this and take no sides of this and you were just an analyst, it doesn’t make sense for Assad under these conditions to all of the sudden use poison gasses,” Ron Paul said. On his “Ron Paul Liberty Report” broadcast “I think there’s zero chance that he would have done this deliberately.”
Rep. Thomas Massie told CNN’s Kate Bolduan. “I don’t think Assad would have done that. It does not serve his interests. It would tend to draw us into that civil war even further.”
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) April 6, 2017
This comes as no surprise to many who have come to recognize Trump as another tool for the deep-state military industrial complex. Donald Trump apologist will attempt to claim that he as been tricked or fooled into pursuing the neo-con agenda, but it is fairly obvious by the fact that the white house is saying one thing and doing another that Trump is another puppet on a string.
Who in their right mind would believe that Assad, having gained the advantage and with the finish line in sight, would suddenly order a massive chemical weapon attack on his own people? The neocons and their partners in war crimes in the mainstream media may accuse Bashar Assad of being an evil dictator, but no one has ever accused him of being stupid. This isn’t Saddam Hussein we’re talking about here but a highly intelligent medical doctor who studied at a prestigious school in London.
The first and perhaps only question one should always ask when trying to determine the culprits of a geopolitical incident like this is: Who benefits?
So who benefits from this incident, Assad and the Syrian government? I think not. The imperial American regime in Washington and its military complex, however, are licking their chops at the idea of the invoices they’ll soon be cashing in once American boots are on the ground.