Of all of the concerns which even President Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters have, Syria and the crisis as it relates to Russia rank among the highest. Certainly, the president has shown a great deal of prowess when it comes to global threats like North Korea. Kim Jong-un may even soon be wobbling up to the bargaining table.
Yesterday, Mr. Trump spoke about the gassing in Syria and blamed Syrian President Bashar Assad for the mayhem that “left dozens dead and hundreds injured.” The Commander in Chief even flexed his muscles and warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin that there is a “big price … to pay” for backing and siding with the embattled Syrian leader whom he called the “Animal Assad.”
In a two-part tweet, the president typed, “Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia, and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price…”
“…to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!”
Those who CBS has defined as “Syrian opposition activists” along with first responders reported that on Sunday, “a poison gas attack on the rebel-held town of Douma near the capital of Damascus” took the lives of 40 people.
Both Russia and Syria have denied the claims that Assad is responsible or that the Russians played any role in it.
Some reports are that the terrible attacks targeted woman and children, though this has not been confirmed. However, families were found suffocated in their homes or wherever they had hidden. The “Syrian Civil Defense were able to document 42 fatalities.”
This, however, does not confirm who used the chemical agents. Those with the most to gain would be those who wish for the removal of Assad, actually. It is likely, according to some, that those opposed to him would happily kill “just” 42 people to see the unpopular ruler fall.
ISIS opposes Assad with great fervor.
Mr. Trump did remind everyone how the U.S. ended up where they are today on Twitter. “If President Obama had crossed his stated Red Line In The Sand, the Syrian disaster would have ended long ago! Animal Assad would have been history!” he tweeted.
The most worrisome part of this whole affair is that last year, an attack by the U.S. on Syria had Russia nose to nose with Uncle Sam and many feared World War Three on the spot.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that both he and the Trump administration, “will be reviewing with the president all different alternatives” as a possible response, according to “Face The Nation.”
It is also hoped that those near the U.S. leader will establish firmly who is responsible before any action is taken, or even if it must be.
White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert was warned that no options are off the table, something that can be read a great number of ways.
“The State Department put out a statement last night and the president’s senior national security cabinet has been talking with him and each other all throughout the evening and this morning,” Bossert also stated.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) talked of the president’s “defining moment” as he said, “He has challenged Assad in the past not to use chemical weapons. If it becomes a tweet without meaning, then he’s hurt himself in North Korea. If he doesn’t follow through and live up to that tweet, he’s going to look weak in the eyes of and Russia and Iran.”
Graham pushed for bloodshed when he said that Donald Trump must “show a resolve that Obama never did to get this right.”
That is, assuming that Graham is right. If he is not, that is a huge price to pay for a mere accusation, no matter how despicable Assad may be.