Seen in Damascus tonight.
I am 100% in support of the actions tonight from the United States in conjunction with Britain and France regarding a military strike on Syria It is proper for Donald Trump to call out Russia and Iran for their support of the world’s most murderous regime. We can, and should, call attention to Trump’s too cozy handling of Russian President Putin over the past 18 months. That is why the news tonight that Trump called out Putin by name is a most critical part to this story.
But let me reiterate what needs to happen.
What is needed is not another symbolic, targeted airstrike akin to what took place almost a year ago. What is required is a strategy for Syria and the region. The Trump White House has been adrift when it comes to seriously considering a policy that allows for the larger long-term needs to be met. So while I very much applaud a strong reaction to the barbaric behavior from Assad and his military I also want to see an actual policy be developed.
Trump made a huge mistake when stating he wanted to have an exit strategy from Syria. Since there was no policy in place the exit would only have allowed for a vacuum which rightly has caused the Pentagon, State Department along with allies such as Israel and France to be alarmed.