Donald Trump has severely disappointed America with his response to the chemical attack in Syria earlier this week. Trump decided to attack Syria last night, without Congressional approval, and has put America in an extremely dangerous and compromised position with Russia, one of Syria’s allies.
Trump’s response to this entire fiasco has been extremely weak, and today Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) weighed in on Trump’s abuse of power and use of military action in Syria – which was nothing but embarrassing for Trump. Sanders showed everyone how a real president should respond to the Middle East, and further confirmed that Trump has no business being in the White House.
Sanders provided this statement to PoliticusUSA:
As the most powerful nation on earth, the United States must work with the international community to bring peace and stability to Syria, where over 400,000 people have been killed and over 6 million displaced. The horror of Syria’s civil war is almost unimaginable.
If there’s anything we should’ve learned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in which the lives of thousands of brave American men and women and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghan civilians have been lost and trillions of dollars spent, it’s that it’s easier to get into a war than get out of one. I’m deeply concerned that these strikes could lead to the United States once again being dragged back into the quagmire of long-term military engagement in the Middle East. If the last 15 years have shown anything, it’s that such engagements are disastrous for American security, for the American economy and for the American people.
Sanders also called on Trump to give Americans an explanation of just why he decided to attack Syria and what his strategy would be going forward – something that Trump probably will not be able to do, as it’s being reported that Trump ordered the attack only so he could look “strong” and get some good PR:
The Trump administration must explain to the American people exactly what this military escalation in Syria is intended to achieve, and how it fits into the broader goal of a political solution, which is the only way Syria’s devastating civil war ends. Congress has a responsibility to weigh in on these issues. As the Constitution requires, the president must come to Congress to authorize any further use of force against the Assad regime.
Further, the US must work with all parties to reinforce longstanding international norms against the use of chemical weapons, to hold Russia and Syria to the 2013 deal to destroy these weapons and to see that violators are made accountable.
Sanders said it perfectly. The most dangerous thing about Trump is his incompetence and inexperience, combined with his emotional instability. A president cannot act alone when dealing with a dictator like Assad, nor should he skip getting authorization from Congress before using the military.
Trump is running his presidency with his eyes closed – and it’s unfortunate that America has to live with the fact that presidential candidates like Sanders and Hillary Clinton – who didn’t win the election – are so much more capable of leading the country than the man who did.