While the President’s cheerleaders in the media took a victory-lap on his behalf today after his controversial missile attack on Syria, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) launched an attack of his own on his Facebook page.
In a scathing post today, he called-out Trump’s hypocrisy, exposed the fallacy of his motives, and asked the 4 questions every American needs to ask as they decided for themselves whether or not they can trust their President to handle this crisis.
Without any further ado, we give you Congressman Jared Huffman:
“Mr. President, you’re learning the hard way that navigating difficult policy issues from healthcare to foreign policy is actually complicated. That’s especially true with the myriad of conflicts and crises we face on the world stage.
But you cannot lead the free world by being impulsive, unilateral, and unpredictable. You have signaled for months that the US doesn’t care about humanitarian and moral issues. You’ve completely ignored a massive humanitarian crisis in east Africa that threatens starvation and death for 20 million people – in fact, you’ve proposed deep cuts to humanitarian aid that would make it worse. You’ve turned your back on desperate refugees fleeing Assad’s war crimes in Syria. You’ve signaled that Russia and Assad are free to do whatever they want because it’s not our fight – almost inviting more atrocities in Syria and beyond. And now you suddenly change your mind — but it’s not clear if it’s just this once, or something more.
Was it the images of dying Syrian babies, even though you ignored prior images of dying Syrian babies and all of the dying African babies?
Was it politics – perhaps your historically low poll numbers and complete lack of accomplishment in your first 11 weeks as President?
Was it the fact that oil prices will now magically go up, a boon to your fossil fuel cronies?
Or was it something else – a head fake vis-à-vis Russia in advance of [Secretary] Tillerson’s trip, to provide cover for the sanctions relief your team has been pursuing ever since before the election?
We shouldn’t have to ask these questions about our President, but with this President, I’m afraid we do. We have far more questions than answers after last night’s airstrikes. And it underscores, among other things, why Congress must reassert its authority over war decisions as called for by our Constitution.”
Thanks to the President’s abrupt and oddly-timed decision to insert the American military into this 6 year and running conflict, we are now fully engaged in the calamitous Syrian Civil War and all that comes with it. Let that sink in.
As the dust from yesterday’s attack settles and the facts leading-up to his decision – as well as the fallout from it – become more clear, we can start to form answers to these questions Rep. Huffman is asking.
Who knew foreign policy could be so complicated?
Peter Mellado is a writer, producer, and a branding and messaging specialist with over 15 years experience. He studied history at San Jose State University, and resides in Los Angeles.