Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Ass In The Morass

Assad. Putin. Trump. This is the guy Putin, Trump's BFF, is helping to retain power. The guy who calls Trump his "natural ally." Who committed mass murder of what appears to be largely peaceful opponents.

 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government secretly executed between 5,000 and 13,000 people in just one prison as part of its campaign to eliminate opposition to his rule, a new report by the watchdog group Amnesty International has found.
The killings took place over a four-year period between 2011 and 2015 in the notorious Sednaya facility outside Damascus, and the bodies were later disposed of in mass graves, according to the report released Monday by Amnesty... 
... The majority of those executed at Sednaya were political prisoners, including many of the ordinary people who joined in the peaceful protests against Assad, the report says. ... [F]or the most part they were “doctors, engineers, protesters,” one former prison official is quoted as saying. “They were somehow understood to be linked to the revolution. Sednaya is the place to finish the revolutionaries. It’s the end for them.”...

The situation in Syria is awful in all ways. And complex. Which, if any, of the rebels are good guys? Are all enemies of ISIS our friends? Are enemies of ISIS's enemies friend or foe, and how can we tell? Whether the US could have done more or should have done less under President Obama, I have no idea. But it's not hard to understand why he was reluctant to intervene bigly at this point.

Comes now Trump, to whom thoughts arrive in 140 characters, and who thinks there's a way for the US single-handedly to end ISIS militarily. (Whatever happened to his oft-claimed, pre-election, secret plan?)

... Trump’s response to the Syrian Civil War has been nothing short of flippant. He has repeatedly voiced support for Russian president Vladimir Putin’s military intervention. He has suggested that the United States work with the tyrant Bashar al-Assad against ISIS. And even a charitable observer would conclude that he has shown little interest in the country’s refugee crisis, which to him is less a matter of burning humanitarian need and more an opportunity to demonstrate American strength... 
Hard to believe anything Trump decides to do can make things better. But, you know, give him a chance. 

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Smoothtooperate said...

Well, Yemen just told Drumpf to suspend all ground operations.

If killing little girls and American military is "winning". If losing a 75 million dollar aircraft is "winning". If Yemen kicking out the American troops fighting ISIS is "winning".

Then yeah, I am sick and tired of winning. They can't impeach this loser fast enough.

Sidney Schwab said...

The more I read, the more it sounds like Trump okayed the mission with little input, slept through it, and even gave the go-ahead because his advisers told him Obama wouldn't have been "bold enough" to sign off. Because, you know, lack of current intel, backup plans, etc.

Smoothtooperate said...

Yeah, Drumpf thinks military boarding school is the military service. He plans on using the military as his own personally toy, bully, etc. The only real clear and present danger is Drumpf and his lap dogs.

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