Blood On Our Hands II: Trump Again Bumbles Into Encouraging Assad To Use Chemical Weapons.

A President Who Never Learns From His Mistakes Is Doomed To Repeat Them.

Blood On Our Hands I.

A year ago I wrote how statements of by Trump, and those in his Administration, emboldened Syrian President Assad to launch chemical attacks against his people. At the time I wrote:

An amateur in foreign policy heads an administration of amateurs in foreign policy. The foreign policy bumbling of this President, and his Administration, has gone beyond embarrassing tweets and awkward meetings with other heads of state. The clowns running this show have blundered into encouraging the use of chemical weapons against women and children. The blood of those victims, at least partially, stains the hands of the United States.

I also quoted Republican Senator John McCain at the time condemning Trump and describing the predictable nature of this “disgraceful” American role in contributing to this catastrophe.

The thing about predictability is that it is predictable. Sadly, Trump’s inability to learn from his mistakes was also predictable.

Blood On Our Hands II.

A week ago Trump stunned his own advisors, in both the Departments of State and Defense, declaring he wanted withdraw American forces from Syria very soon. In a speech that was supposed to be about infrastructure, Trump surprisingly declared:

Only a few days later Assad launched a devastating chemical attack on his own people, killing dozens.

History replayed itself as John McCain again condemned the President for emboldening Assad into the attack.

In the words of Yogi Berra “It’s deja vu all over again.”

The sense of deja vu continues with Trump’s similar naivete induced incredulous response that this could happen. A year ago Trump responded by strongly condemning Assad’s use of chemical weapons, blaming Obama for not enforcing a “red line” (that at the time Trump said Obama should not enforce), and launching a largely ineffectual (but expensive) cruise missile strike on a mostly deserted Syrian airfield that returned to operations the next day.

This time around Trump took to twitter to strongly condemn Assad’s use of chemical weapons, blame Obama for not enforcing the red line, and threaten more military action.

This President has led a disastrous foreign policy of unnecessarily alienating allies, encouraging despots, and incompetently blundering (twice now) into encouraging the Syrian regime to use chemical weapons against its own people. It’s not surprising. The State Department is in complete disarray from large scale firings, to include that of Trump’s Secretary of State less than ten days ago.

There is a price to be paid for such chaos and incompetence. Once again that price was paid by Syrian women and children.

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Retired lawyer & Army vet in The Villages of Florida. Lifelong: Republican (pre-Trump), Constitution buff, science nerd & dog lover. Twitter: @KeithDB80

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