Recent reports of a chemical attack that was allegedly perpetrated by Syrian President Bashir Al-Assad onto his own people has President Trump reconsidering his stance of neutrality in the Syrian civil war. He is even considering direct military action, a CNN report claims.
“It crossed a lot of lines for me,” Trump said in a press conference regarding the recent chemical attack in Syria. “When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, babies, little babies, with a chemical gas that is so lethal – people were shocked to hear what gas it was. That crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line, many, many lines.”
According to the CNN report, Trump is relying on Defense Secretary James Mattis and the Pentagon for advice on how to retaliate against Syria for the alleged chemical attacks. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin “highlighted that it was unacceptable to make groundless accusations against anyone without conducting a detailed and unbiased investigation” in a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to various reports.
Speciously, the attack happened as Assad was gaining momentum in his country’s civil war. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated that Syria would decide its own fate, a stark departure from the Obama/Neocon doctrine of aggressive belligerence toward the Assad regime. In the aftermath of this grizzly chemical attack, Assad is the world’s pariah yet again and American interventionism is looking more likely. However, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) isn’t buying the official story.
“Frankly, I don’t think Assad would have done that,” Massie said to Kate Bolduan on CNN’s At This Hour. “It does not serve his interests.”
Massie’s message echoes sentiments from Trump before he was elected President. “DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA,” Donald Trump urged President Obama in a Tweet released in 2013. “IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!”