Posted: 04/10/17 23:21
by Dave Mindeman
All of this praise for Donald Trump's "attack" on Syria has been a little overextended. The problem with Trump's action is that it was probably done on impulse and not after studying the situation carefully.
In reality, it is fortunate that Trump's strike was essentially ineffectual. I know a lot of people were pleased at the message, but if he had actually done any serious damage, the many aspects that make up the Syrian situation would have come into play.
Last September, Obama did a forum with Jake Tapper and when asked about Syria, Obama outlined in clear and precise detail the consequences of taking actions like this in Syria.
It indicates how Obama analyzes a situation...how he takes into account, all of the potential reactions....and how, unlike Trump's bogus bluster of a slogan, he does think about consequences for America first.
You can tell from how clearly Obama explains the situation that he had thought long and hard about what we do in Syria. He is deeply troubled by the carnage that is ongoing, but he clearly is reluctant to make a bad situation worse.
His humanitarian actions revolve around refugees and how to support our allies, while Trump's actions are pure military for bluster and show.
Listen to Obama's answer below.