The Story Behind The U.S. Air Strike on A Syrian Air Base

By The Prophet of Life

There’s a lot of talk about the U.S. air strike on a Syrian Government Air base in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack that killed scores of civilians in a Syrian town right now.  Some people believe President Trump did the right thing. Others thought that what he did was meddling in international affairs. Syrian rebel groups cheered the move and hoped that this was the beginning of an escalation of U.S. intervention to topple the Assad Administration. Many of others are just confused.

 

President Trump would like to have good relations with Russia. The Russian response was inflammatory but measured as was, according to many world leaders, the U.S. bombing as a response to the use of Sarin. Sarin is a deadly nerve agent that attacks the central nervous system and is lethal a high percentage of the time. President Trump said that it’s use crossed the line and that it had to be responded to.

The attack was disguised as a bombing. When it first took place, reports of civilians dying with symptoms synonymous with toxic nerve agents were almost immediate. Syria was accused to using chemical weapons once again, just as they had several years ago. Russia came to Syria’s defense and claimed that they Syrian Air Force did not drop chemical weapons on the town but hit a cash of Sarin stored by rebel forces. They cited the fact that all of Syria’s chemical weapons were destroyed as a result of a deal struck by Russia and the Obama administration to destroy all of Syria’s chemical weapons the last time the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own civilians.

That deal, as you may recall, was made after then Secretary of State John Kerry answered a question posed by a reporter in London a week after the incident. Kerry was asked what Syria could do to avoid U.S. intervention and potential war against Syria. Kerry’s response was “They should get rid of every last chemical weapon in their arsenal”.  Within an hour Russia responded to Kerry’s outburst by stating that Syria was willing to do that.

At that point in time tensions between Russia and the U.S. were high and there was a strong possibility that the U.S. would escalate it’s military intervention in Syria. End of the world evangelists were filling the media and the internet with predictions of this being the beginning of World War 3 and the end of the world. With this as a backdrop, I sent messages to white house staffers suggesting that they get a message to Secretary Kerry to demand Syria get rid of all of their chemical weapons. Secretary Kerry made the statement a few days after my message was received.

President Trump expressed his feelings about the Obama not correctly handling the use of chemical weapons in Syria when they were in office. He didn’t want to make the same mistake. He also wants to preserve good relations with Russia. So, why did the U.S. launch the air strike?

I believe that the air strike was a calculated move to sow the world that the U.S, condemns the use of chemical weapons on civilians. I further believe that the U.S. has footage of the planes taking off from that air base, and dropping the chemical weapons on the town. I believe that President Trump had seen the video footage and told the Russian Government that he would respond but that he would not show the footage unless Russian reaction forced him to.

In this way, Russia saves face (they were the ones who claimed that the chemical weapons came from the ground and were stored by rebels and that Syria got rid of all of their chemical weapons). Russia, in response will issue some harsh toned rhetoric but take no further action. You might just see Bashir Al Assad quietly leaving office in the next six months, which could possibly be part of the deal that was struck this week. He would likely be replaced by a more moderate leader, loyal to and controllable by Russia, who will work towards negotiating a peace.

You could also see an increase in U.S. military intervention. It will all depend on the relationship between the U.S. and Russia and the ability of the world press to ferret through the rhetoric and read between the lines.

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The Problem with Donald Trump

By The Prophet of Life

As everyone who hasn’t lived under a rock for the past several weeks knows, Real Estate Tycoon and Reality TV Star Donald Trump is running for Republican Party nomination as President United States of America. When one goes to his official website one gets a good idea of what his campaign is all about. It says: “Trump for President” followed by his campaign slogan “Make America Great Again”. There is one button that says Join Us and another that says Donate. There is a banner that says In The News which has headlines about the Trump campaign’s accomplishments.

There is nothing about Trump’s position on the main issues. There is no campaign platform. There is no vision for America. There is just the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” and nothing about how Trump is going to make that happen. The website is just a glimpse into the problem with Donald Trump.

Trumps announcement that he is running for President was filled with what Trump is famous for, self-aggrandizement it seemed more like a commercial for how great Donald Trump is than the announcement of a candidate for the Republican Party’s selected Candidate for President. Perhaps he assumes he already has the nomination but the summer 2016 is a long way away and November 2016 is even longer.

His announcement also came with controversy as he made a statement that inferred that the majority of Mexicans are criminals and rapists. The statement stirred controversy among Latinos and Democrats and even drew the ire of members of the Republican Party who will totally lose the Hispanic vote in 2016 and perhaps beyond if they follow Trump’s lead. Rank and file Republicans are trying to defend Trumps statement saying things ranging from:  “He’s right”, to “He’s just saying what everyone else is thinking, the difference is HE has the guts to say it”.

Trump did try to clarify the things he said by citing case of a deported Mexican crossed back onto American soil and continued criminal activity but that was more damage control than an apology. He doesn’t seem to realize the pain and anger his statements have inflicted upon Mexican immigrants who have worked hard at jobs that pay crap just for a chance to live a better life. Mr. Trump himself is a first generation on his mother’s side and a second generation immigrant on his father’s side. Both his mother and grandfather came here from another country.  If he had thought about how he would feel if someone accused his grandfather of being a rapist, he would likely feel some of the anger and pain the people he slighted do, that’s if he would have thought about it before he said it which it appears, he never does.

Since his website doesn’t tell where he stands on the important issues of the day, the voting public can only go by comments he had made on these issues in the past and soundbites he makes on the campaign trail. Here is a rundown of where he stands by those standards.

Domestic Policy

The Economy

Balance the budget by cutting government programs, and cutting corporate taxes so more jobs can be created. Trump claims to be the jobs creation candidate. He won’t cut social security he will bolster it by bringing in more money. Most of his predecessors have bolstered social security by giving amnesty to large groups of illegal aliens many of whom are young, who are already here and will pay into social security for another 40 years, which balances out the number of seniors drawing money from it. Perhaps Trump will do it with all of the new jobs he is going to create by giving corporations, not voters, tax breaks.

Immigration:

Trump will make the border tougher to cross and will be stronger on deportation than other Presidents have been. He gives no specifics on how he is going to do this.

The Drug Epidemic:

Trump will legalize drugs and create revenue from taxing it. The Government has already done that with alcohol and it has taken us almost 100 years to get the resulting deaths and destruction from addictions to that somewhat under control.

Infrastructure:

Trump wants to rebuild America’s roads and bridges. He says his construction background has giving him the insight to build them for 1/3 of the cost everyone else is rebuilding them for. Will the work be done by Trump Construction? Last time I checked that would be a conflict of interest.

Supporting our Veterans:

Trump says no one will be as good to America’s veterans as he will. He has never said how he will do this. Trump never served in the military. He never fought in any wars unless you count real estate wars. It is possible that someone who has never served in the military could have the compassion to improve the treatment of veterans, and Trump has given millions to charity, a fact which he touts all the time. Giving money to charity doesn’t make you a compassionate person especially when you can write the money off on your taxes and especially when you constantly point out that you give millions to charity.

America’s Nuclear Stockpile:

Trump wants to update America’s nuclear stockpile. He says other nations (like Iran?) are updating theirs and we need to catch up. This could just be another ploy to help create jobs and bring more money to America which is, after all, the world’s top exporter of weapons.

Foreign Policy:

Terrorism:

Trump says that no one will be tougher on ISIS than he will. He says he will find a general with the intelligence and ingenuity of Patton and have him fix the military and set that guy loose on ISIS. Sound like a declaration of war and the commitment of American troops. This time, however, American troops will not be going into battle with ill equipped, ill trained fighters with crappy leadership but fighters who may be better equipped than they are.

Trade:

Trump has said that nations like China and Mexico are stealing our jobs. He has also said that America is treated poorly in trade deals. He says Japanese car companies are sending millions of cars here but no one in Japan drives a Chevrolet.  He says he is going to make American number one again. He doesn’t say how. The Japanese car companies are selling millions of cars here because Americans think they are built better than American made cars. If he wants to get the Japanese to buy more American cars perhaps he should first try and get more Americans to buy American cars.

Perhaps Trump doesn’t understand that the global economy is just that, a global economy. Sure, his company competes in markets other than America but approaching the global economy from the reference point of America is the greatest nation on earth and America always wins and everyone else loses doesn’t work. In the global economy, nations do well by out-thinking and out competing everyone else.  Gone are the days when one nation dictates terms and the rest follow in lock step. Trade deals are struck to benefit all of the nations involved and all of the nations involved have a say in how they are worded. The United States is a major player but not THE major player.

China is doing well globally, not because they have more consumers than anyone else but because they are the global leaders in the manufacture green technology, they are buying up natural resources across the globe and they are investing in developing economies. There are the type of things America used to do. China is doing well because they plan their economy with an eye towards what the world will be like in 100 years. America can’t even get a corporation to plan beyond a single quarter, or a national leadership that plans beyond four years into the future. If Mr. Trump wants to make America great, get America to do those things.

I am sure that Donald Trump is a brilliant man, there’s no way someone can become a billionaire by being stupid. I am sure he has a great business sense but in his world, he tells the people he works with what to do and they follow. The American Government doesn’t run like that. Donald Trump has no experience in governance of any Congressional District, State or nationally. This, by many will be seen as a flaw.

Donald Trump may be a brilliant man and may have some good ideas but his campaign hasn’t shown that Donald Trump. It has only shown us the Donald Trump of sound bites and inflammatory statements. It has shown us the Donald Trump long on self-aggrandizement and short on substance. The problem with Donald Trump is he hasn’t shown us anything that looks remotely presidential. Perhaps “All Fanfare and No Substance” would be a more fitting slogan for the Donald Trump for President Campaign we have seen so far.

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