Less than 3 months in, Trump’s regime has gone to war.
The United States launched missiles on Syrian government targets on Thursday night. It is the United States’ first direct attack against the Syrian government since rebels (including al-Qaeda and ISIS, both aided and abetted by the US government) began their attacks six years ago.
We stand opposed to this imperialist attack on another country – an attack certain to bring more misery to Syria’s residents, just as the attacks on Iraq and Yemen have brought untold suffering to the people of those countries.
The United States president said earlier on Thursday that “something should happen” to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicated that the US was discussing options on how to possibly remove Assad from power.
The US invasion of Syria comes after a disputed chemical attack that killed dozens in Idlib province. The United States claims the Syrian military attacked with chemical weapons. The Russian government has said the air strike hit chemical weapons stored by terrorists.
It would not make sense for Syria to conduct a chemical attack certain to bring international outrage given that Tillerson indicated earlier in the week the US wasn’t interested in regime change in Syria. It would further seem out of place since the Syrian government military has been making advances against the rebels.
Tillerson also seemed to issue a warning to Syria’s ally Russia, saying the country should “consider carefully their continued support for the Assad regime”.
The last couple of days saw the Trump regime’s threats of war escalate in terrifying fashion.
On Tuesday night, Tillerson issued an unusual, terse statement on North Korea (DPRK). After DPRK launched a medium-range missile test, Tillerson released a press statement that read: “North Korea launched yet another intermediate-range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment.”
Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon, had no experience as a diplomat prior to his selection by Trump as Secretary of State. Tillerson’s selection at Secretary was reportedly pushed by Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, who has ties to white nationalism.
Tillerson’s statement on DPRK seemed to indicate the United States was considering military action against the country. But less than 48 hours later, Trump’s regime was beating the war drums against another country – Syria.