No Good Options For Syria

Trump has promised some sort of action against Assad in retaliation for his supposed chem attack on civilians……will Trump actually listen to his advisers or FOX News?

Are the options any good?

On the evening of 7 April 2018, the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma was subjected to an apparent chemical weapons attack. According to local first responders, the attack killed more than 42 residents sheltering in their homes and affected more than 500. The attack came as Syrian government forces subjected the city to a surge in conventional bombing after negotiations stalled over the city’s surrender.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/middle-east-north-africa/eastern-mediterranean/syria/can-us-respond-syria-chemical-weapons-attack-without-risking-escalation

More information on the possibilities after the retaliation…..

With war ‘fanatic’ John Bolton in the White House for the first time as his new national security advisor on Monday night, President Donald Trump gathered his military advisors together as lawmakers and anti-war policy experts raised warnings that any move by the president to attack Syria in the wake of a suspected chemical attack over the weekend would not only be extremely “dangerous” but also “illegal.”

“President Trump’s threat to attack Syrian forces in response to a chemical weapons attack is a reckless, knee jerk reaction to a complex and dangerous situation,” Martin said. “There hasn’t been an independent investigation into the chemical weapons attack, Congress still hasn’t debated or authorized the use of force in Syria, and there is still no international legal basis for U.S. military action in Syria.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/04/10/critics-warn-any-us-attack-syria-ordered-trump-would-be-reckless-dangerous-and

They say that Trump is building a coalition to help with his decision to strike at Assad……

President Trump is in the process of building a new coalition of allies to participate in a multi-nation “strike force” attack on the Syrian government. This talk of coalition action reflects the rapid escalation of plans since US officials embraced Saturday’s allegations of a chemical weapons strike.

Officials said as early as Sunday that the claimed Saturday attack would lead to a US military strike, and President Trump indicated this would happen “very soon.” Instead of a one-off strike, as with last April’s tomahawk missile bombardment of Syria, the US seems to be envisioning starting a whole new war over it.

This new US-led war in Syria doubtless suits much of the administration just fine. After all, this time last week US officials were trying to talk President Trump out of ending US military involvement in Syria. Now, they seem to have a pretext for an open-ended conflict.

https://news.antiwar.com/2018/04/10/trump-builds-coalition-for-war-against-syrian-government/

Trump has cancelled his trip to Peru so that he can be close to the advisers for a decision to attack Syrian forces….the media is working hard to push the airstrike or missile strike or whatever violence they can think of……the MSM wants a war to end all wars especially in Syria……

With America’s major corporate cable outlets—particularly so-called liberal networks like MSNBC—continuing to uncritically provide generals and lawmakers a massive platform to beat the drums of war as President Donald Trump inches closer to launching a military attack on Syria, critics have concluded that the U.S. media has clearly learned nothing from the crucial role it played in cheerleading for the Bush administration’s catastrophic invasion of Iraq in 2003.

“The push for escalation on TV is overwhelming,” Cenk Uyger, host of The Young Turks, observed in a tweet on Wednesday, reacting to the numerous instances this week of television hosts opining on Trump’s “military options” with the likes of Iraq War supporter and retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey while refusing to question the underlying rationale for or legality of unilateral military action.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/04/11/showing-they-learned-nothing-iraq-corporate-media-help-beat-war-drums-trump-attack

The world is on the edge of their chairs waiting to see just what tough guy Trump will call as the reaction to the chem attack.

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