I would say Donald Trump blaming Barack Obama for Bashar al Assad using chemical weapons on civilians is “surprising” if this wasn’t what he always does. For months I’ve been telling people that Trump’s going to take credit for anything he feels he can con his supporters into believing he was responsible for (even if he had nothing to do with it), while blaming anyone and everyone but himself for anything negative.
He’s able to get away with this (at least among his supporters) because most of the people who back him are mindless sheep who believe whatever idiotic drivel he feeds them. No matter how many conspiracies he pushes without a shred of evidence, lies he tells that are soundly debunked, or incoherent Twitter rants he goes on, most of his supporters never doubt a thing he says.
In Trump, and only Trump, they trust — how sad.
But let’s follow Trump’s asinine “logic,” shall we?
Almost immediately, his administration began taking credit for the jobs reports that his policies obviously had nothing to do with as the data we saw for January and February were clearly a continuation of the same economic success we saw during the last 75 consecutive months of Obama’s presidency. By the way, these same jobs reports Trump’s comically tried to take credit for are the same exact ones he said were “fake” and “phony” during his campaign.
Once again, luckily for him, he’s supported by people who don’t care that he treats them like idiots.
Nevertheless, because these economic numbers are positive, he’s had no problem taking credit for them — even though he had nothing to do with them being that it usually takes a few months for a new administration’s economic policies to “kick in.” However, some policies can have an instant impact, such as his travel ban or hiring freezes.
Another aspect to a “presidential” administration that can have an instant impact are policies related to our military. It doesn’t take time for a Commander-in-Chief to come in and change a military strategy or our official policies towards another nation. Such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson effectively saying (along with U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley) a few days ago that the position of the Trump administration is that they would not intervene or push for the removal of dictator Bashar al Assad from power in Syria — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s good buddy.
So what we have is Putin-loving Trump — just a few days ago — taking the official position that the United States will not push to have the Russian tyrant’s good buddy, Assad, removed from power. Then, “magically,” a few days after Trump made it clear he wouldn’t try to remove Assad from power, the dictator used chemicals weapons on civilians (again). This all comes years after Obama threatened military force, resulting in Assad turning over what everyone thought was all of his chemical arsenal.
So, let’s follow this timeline:
- In 2013, Assad uses chemical weapons on civilians.
- Obama almost immediately threatens military action in response to the use of those monstrous weapons.
- Assad then surrenders stockpiles of chemical weapons and doesn’t use any for nearly four years.
- Trump enters office as “president,” making it clear that he’s not going to say anything negative about Russia or Vladimir Putin — Assad’s most powerful ally.
- A few days ago, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson essentially makes it clear that the U.S. will not be involved in any attempt to force Assad out of power.
- On Tuesday, after not using them during the last 3 1/2 years of Obama’s administration following a threat of military force, and shortly after the Trump administration says they’ll not push for his removal from power, Assad uses chemical weapons on civilians.
But Trump, Republicans, and his supporters are trying to claim this is because of the “weakness” of the Obama administration — nearly three months after he left office?
Donald Trump and the people backing him have said and done a lot of really stupid things since he launched his campaign, but this definitely ranks near the top of that list.
After years of not using any chemical weapons following a threat of military force by the Obama administration — just days after Trump’s administration publicly said they wouldn’t push for the removal of Assad, Putin’s good buddy, from power in Syria — the dictator, once again, used chemical weapons on civilians.
So the “logic” here is that Assad had been planning to use these weapons all along due to the “weakness” of Obama, yet he waited until nearly three months after he left office before he used them?
Why wouldn’t he have used them before now? If Obama’s administration was so “weak,” it seems that he would have been perfectly fine using them at any point in time during the previous, oh, nearly four years since his last attack in 2013.
It seems fairly clear why this happened less than three months after Obama left office.
You don’t need to be a military expert to realize that Bashar al Assad, a close ally of Putin, almost certainly felt empowered to use these weapons for the first time in years after the Trump administration officially said their strategy doesn’t include forcing him out of power.
You know, I agree that Tuesday’s chemical weapons attack is definitely a result of weakness — Trump’s weakness.
This is what happens when we have a weak, incompetent “Commander-in-Chief” who’s nothing more than a puppet for a Russian tyrant. The same serial-killing tyrant who’s also a close ally with the genocidal dictator who, mere weeks into this new Putin-ass-kissing-administration, used barbaric chemical weapons on civilians for the first time in nearly four years.
Trump’s administration, because of its weakness, cowardice, and his refusal to take a strong stand against authoritarian dictators like Putin and Assad, empowered the Syrian dictator to feel as if he could use these heinous weapons without any kind of reprisal for doing so.
As we saw Tuesday, Donald Trump’s not taking responsibility for this. He’d rather blame Obama, proving once again what a spineless, weak “Commander-in-Chief” he truly is. Instead of acting like a true leader, condemning the evil he empowered via his refusal to stand up to authoritarian tyrants, he did what he always does — tried to blame someone else for his failures.
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