In a hyper-partisan era, President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is proving to be one thing that can bridge the divide. Unfortunately, it’s not in a good way.
Following the United States’ 59-missile assault on a Syrian airfield that, despite killing 15 people, failed to hamper or deter Bashar al Assad’s chemical weapons program, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, General Joseph Dunford held a closed door briefing for Senators today. Neither Democrats nor Republicans emerged happy.
“We don’t have the benefit of a larger strategy, said Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), the second ranking Republican in the Senate. “I think the administration is having difficulty coming up with a strategy, because it’s very very complicated.”
The Republican Whip seemed baffled as he boiled down foreign policy to a high school level, “We … need a strategy to figure out what is our goals in Syria. Is our goal just to defeat ISIS or is our goal to change the regime, and if there is policy to change the regime what comes next?”
Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) echoed what would ordinarily be an obvious sentiment. “I think the president should provide us with a comprehensive plan for what his vision is and how we’re going to go forward,” he said.
“I think the administration is assessing what their strategy is going to be there,” offered Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI). “Right now they’re assessing a strategy as relates to ISIS,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with Syria because I don’t know what their reaction is going to be.”
After the evidence of colluding with Russia to tamper with our elections, bragging about sexual assault, the many lies and groundless accusations, everyone knew it would take a truly terrifying act to stir Republicans from their partisan complicity. Terrifying, in this case, may be an under statement — especially if you live in Syria — and Republicans are beginning to show signs of life.
As yet though, it’s all just talk. As we wait for them to take action to stop the incompetent regime and wanna-be tyrant they elected, lives will hang in the balance.
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Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com