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Trump’s airstrike: a convenient U-turn from a president who can’t be trusted

12 Apr

Sometimes the right thing can be done by the wrong person. Donald Trump’s bombing of a Syrian airfield seems to belong in that category, though even that verdict depends on events yet to unfold. For one thing, we don’t yet know if the 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles that rained down on the Shayrat base in the early hours of Friday morning were a one-off or the start of something more.Antony Blinken, who served as Barack Obama’s deputy secretary of state, recalled that the US intervention in Libya, which he backed, began with a very narrow, legitimate goal – the protection of civilians from an imminent threat of slaughter – but “ended in regime change”. Blinken warned Trump of the dangers of “mission creep”, urging him “to avoid falling into an escalation trap.”

Source: Trump’s airstrike: a convenient U-turn from a president who can’t be trusted | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian

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Posted by on April 12, 2017 in Middle East, North America

 

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