Today is Friday, the 7th of April, 2017; the final working day of a terrible week.
We were shocked this week to learn that Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad, once again unleashed a horrible chemical weapons attack on his own people, killing dozens; conjecture among military analysts and diplomats is al-Assad was emboldened to take this action after he was treated with kid gloves since the Trump administration took office.
And, we reaffirmed our knowledge this week that the President of the United States lacks the requisite knowledge and skill to deal effectively with the rapidly worsening crisis in Syria.
Case in point is this exchange with a reporter at a news conference following al-Assad’s attack; when asked whether the chemical attack in Syria crossed a “red line,” Trump said:
“It crossed a lot of lines for me. When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, babies, little babies, with a chemical gas that is so lethal, people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many many lines, beyond a red line. Many many lines.”
This response amounts to little more than verbal diarrhea from the president.
At the same event, another reporter asked: “You know very well that the Iranian militias and Hezbollah have been propping the Syrian regime for a while, over a few years now; will you go after them? What message will you give them today? And will you work with the Russians to stop, to ground, the Syrian Air Force and to establish safe zones?”
Trump, because he had no idea what the reporter was talking about, responded with vague generalities recycled from the campaign trail: the Iran nuclear deal and ISIS.
The reporter pressed the president: “But sir, I’m talking about the Iranian militias in Syria supporting the Syrian regime, separate of the nuclear deal. What message do you have for them today?”
This was Trump’s response:
“You will see. They will have a message. You will see what the message will be, okay.”
No, not okay.
This president’s ignorance of global risks will lead to a worsening of critical threats and armed conflicts around the word, and will increase the chance that more innocent people will die.
Bottom line: This man is unprepared for the global challenges he faces. And, we haven’t even started to talk about China and North Korea yet.
I worry that, because of the president’s poisonous combination of ignorance and hubris, the world is on the precipice of disaster.