Trump Vows More Pressure, Sanctions and War on Syria
by Stephen Lendman
America has been at war with Syria since launched by Obama in March 2011 - using ISIS, al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria) and other terrorist groups as imperial foot soldiers.
Trump earlier said he “inherited a mess.” His actions so far made a deplorable situation worse - in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere abroad, along with domestic governance serving privileged interests exclusively.
He’s a war criminal, a domestic and international law-breaker, a national disgrace, a threat to world peace, stability and security.
Will nuclear war be waged on his watch? The unthinkable could become nightmarishly real, given neocon generals in charge of geopolitics - warmaking their strategy of choice to advance America’s imperium.
In a letter to Congress, Trump tried justifying the unjustifiable, saying he “acted in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.”
“The United States will take additional action, as necessary and appropriate, to further its important national interests.”
Attacking Syria’s Shayrat airbase was naked aggression against a sovereign independent country - based on a false flag Khan Sheikhoun CW attack staged by US-supported terrorists, likely CIA orchestrated.
It had nothing to do with protecting or defending US national security, everything to do with wanting Assad replaced by a pro-Western puppet, America gaining another imperial trophy.
Friday’s aggression wasn’t a one-off incident. Further US military action against Syria is virtually certain, perhaps intense enough to materially weaken its military, risking direct confrontation with Russia.
Claiming Syria was responsible for the Khan Sheikhoun CW attack was a Big Lie, supported by media scoundrels - destroying diplomatic conflict resolution prospects, worsening already dismal US/Russia relations.
Tomahawk cruise missiles cost $1.59 million - $94 million for 59 used against Syria’s Shayrat airbase, money wasted instead of used for vital homeland needs, besides illegally attacking another country based on a Big Lie.
In 2013, Trump tweeted: “What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.”
Security Council authorization alone permits attacking another country - only in self-defense, never preemptively for any reason.
Trump’s action was an illegal act of aggression - the supreme crime against peace, Nazi war criminals hanged for committing it.
In the aftermath of Trump’s action, key is what’s next? The outlook is dismal and very scary.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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